Help us to continue to serve families
The work of SHARE that enables families to remain in their fields of service relies on the faithful generosity of partners who give of their finances. You may not be able to travel overseas to serve with SHARE, but you can become a financial partner with us.
You can invest in the lives of families living and serving overseas
All SHARE staff are on-loan to SHARE from other sending agencies (or are self-funded), so SHARE incurs no salary or benefit expense. Accordingly, all donations will be applied either to ministry programs or management/general (sometimes called overhead), seeking always to comply with donor intent. In Fiscal Year 2018-19 more than 85% of income went directly to programs, and less than 15% to management/general. Fundraising received less than .2%.
In the 1990s, many families moved into Russian and Central Europe. But many of these families struggled with providing education for their English-speaking children. Because of limited education resources, many families returned home prematurely, frustrated and disillusioned. SHARE Education Services was established to assist parents in the daunting task of providing for their children’s education in Europe, Russia, the Middle East, and Central Asia.
International research has shown that difficulty with their children’s adjustment is a main preventable reason why overseas families return to their passport cultures prematurely—and education is a key element in children’s adjustment. Twenty-five years ago, veteran overseas educators conceived of SHARE Education Services to assist parents in providing quality education for their children. Today SHARE continues to offer that much-needed help.
Twenty international sending agencies have agreed to serve as sponsors of SHARE Education Services. Each agency pays a nominal annual fee, which entitles its personnel to reduced-fee services. Most sponsoring agencies each appoint one person to serve as a SHARE board member.
SHARE provides receipts for all donations (hard-copy receipts for cash or check, and electronic receipts for ETF or other electronic transmission). SHARE is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization; in accordance with IRS guidelines, all contributions to SHARE Education Services are income tax deductible to the full extent permitted by law. Donations to SHARE are accepted with the understanding that SHARE Education Services has complete discretion and control over the use of all donated funds.
As funds are available, SHARE canl increase the number and the frequency of conferences in locations that are accessible to English-speaking families. These conferences provide instruction for parents, testing of children, and consultation on children’s education issues. In addition to these program services, SHARE offers encouragement, fellowship, and nurture. An investment in SHARE is an investment in effective world service. (See SHARE Operational Expenses and SHARE Special Project Needs below).
SHARE’S service to families is limited by the funds available; the number of families that we serve is directly related to funding. As additional funds become available, SHARE can expand the services we provide to families overseas. Given the expense of getting families to the countries where they serve, the work of SHARE in helping to keep them serving productively is one of the most cost-effective investments an organization, business, or individual can make.
SHARE provides services in Hungary at our International Office and on-location throughout Europe, Russia, and Central Asia. The following listing reflects major annual operating needs of SHARE:
- International office rental in Budapest (annual expense): $20,000
- Communications (phone, internet, website – Budapest & U.S. offices): $1,200
- Staff training & professional development: $5,000
Conference and Program Expenses
- Travel needs (the greatest service expense for SHARE is air travel costs): $12,000
- Hungary Family Education Conference (facilities & transportation): $8,000
- Greece Family Education Conference: $12,000
- Central Asia Family Education Conference (multiple cities): $7,000
- Spain Family Education Conference: $5,000
- Regional testing trips (multiple needed @ $1,000 each): $1,000
- Scholarships for family conference fees (multiple needed @ $250/family): $250
- iPads for testing children of overseas families: (6 pairs @ $1400/pair): $8400
- To comply with GDPR:
- Digital shredders (12 @ $100 each): $1200
- VPN for security (12 @ $100 each): $1200