Where is VIMA USA located?
We are located in Susanville, California; with a field office in Atlanta Georgia. VIMA also has representation in each of the countries we serve, mostly in West Africa. Though VIMA has also engage in some Acts of Kindness in the US, we are mainly an international relief agency, we mainly implement long-term programs in areas of fight poverty, responding to humanitarian emergencies, promote women health and advocating for policy change to improve the lives of the poorest people in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Who supports VIMA?
Most of our funding comes from our active members, well wishers, sympathizers, and through donations of items by members; VIMA also organizes fund-raisers, e.g. car wash fund-raisers, yard sales, Karaoke nights etc to generate funds, please contact our accounts division at email@example.com to enquire about how you can organize a fund-raiser either for your upcoming volunteer trip to Africa or just to sponsor someone in your community, workplace, church, school for a trip.
How can I make a donation in honor of someone?
Gifts in honor of a person can be made at our website www.vimaonline.org or by contacting our team at firstname.lastname@example.org, We also accept checks and PayPal on our site; we encourage our donors to donate via PayPal which is a secure and safe payment.
What is VIMA’s Employer Identification Number (EIN) /tax ID?
VIMA is committed to transparency in all of our dealings; our EIN is 30-0747116. For easy location, this number can also be found on our letterhead.
If I am an international donor, can I still make a donation to VIMA?
Yes, No matter where you live, you can support VIMA’s efforts to brings smiles to orphans or affordable healthcare as well as engage in our poverty-fighting programs.
I didn't get a tax receipt for my donation. How can I obtain one?
A duplicate tax receipt can be requested by contacting us at email@example.com all of our donors are also acknowledged in VIMA’s annual fundraiser bulletin.
where do my donations go?
The majority of our donors want their gift to be used wherever the need is greatest. This allows VIMA the flexibility to use resources as efficiently as possible. VIMA’s financial records are available to the public. Ninety-one percent of our expended resources support program activities. Nine percent of expended resources go toward administrative and fundraising expenditures. We strive for the highest accounting and financial standards.
How does my donated item get to its destination?
We work with shippers out of Augusta Georgia for donated items from southern US, also Long Beach in the Los Angeles area. VIMA has an elaborate and yet simple system of transporting donated items to our staging ground in Ghana, from where decisions are made by both local and the US team as to where the items are needed most. We do not serve one entity, we donate items ONLY to the needy, we do not sell and will not donate unless we see a need, and this is a major policy for the Organization.
Is my donation restricted to one Beneficiary?
Donations to VIMA go to support our poverty-fighting programs in poor countries, especially in Ghana, Togo and Burkina Faso. We have however done volunteer work in Jamaica and Haiti. This gives us the flexibility to channel funds to wherever the needs are greatest.
How can I donate my Delta Sky Miles? How exactly are they used?
Delta Airlines is the Airline of choice in most of the West African routes we serve, we are currently working with the Delta sky wish program office in order to receive miles from donors which goes a long way to facilitate our outreach program.
Can I donate clothes, shoes or other supplies?
Yes, we try to match any of your donations to our database of needs; we also make sure you are informed about where your donations went.
Can I volunteer for VIMA?
Yes, volunteer and have a wonderful fulfilling experience of a lifetime, most of our Volunteers return with very great and humble experiences and memories.
How can I or my company partner with VIMA for fundraising opportunities?
There are several ways you and your company can get involved in VIMA’s poverty-fighting mission. Kindly give us a call if you have some creative ideas that you might want to discuss.
- Many companies match their employees' charitable contributions.
- Organize a donation event for fellow employees to bring used items for VIMA to be sent abroad for the orphanages we assist.
VIMA is concerned with poverty and injustice especially against women everywhere, whiles local assistance is necessary at times, most of our donors and volunteers opt to serve individuals and families in the poorest communities in West Africa. VIMA is an enabler and a means for Americans and other nationals, including even the wealthiest in the countries we serve to share their compassion and generosity with those who have no safety net. We believe there are wealthy statesmen even in the poorest of places we serve and encourage them also to participate in our efforts to improve their local community.
VIMA is committed to doing more than meeting immediate needs. We strive to address the structural barriers to overcoming poverty, such as patterns of discrimination and exclusion;