Legitimacy & Accountability
98% Policy means, every dollar donated goes to help the poor.
For every $1 you give we spend on our daily work furthering our cause.
With the financial crisis really being felt in the around the world, we face many challenges as a grassroots organization, especially once exchange rates started fluctuating in the countries we work in. However, our committed supporters remained loyal, helping us maintain a relatively strong position.
Charities are sometimes challenged about their legitimacy to speak out on issues such as world poverty. Sister 2 Sister Inc. is working continuously to develop and improve its accountability (a vital part of legitimacy) so that it fully supports our vision and mission, and ensures that our work has the greatest impact.
Sister 2 Sister Inc. started our organization on the very first day of Ramadan this year (2018). Our very first FOOD DRIVE will take place on August 5th 2018. We are very excited as we have been on a diligent mission to end homeless and we haven't slowed our pace not one bit. We have worked with poor people for more than 10 years handing out food to the homeless and seniors at senior facilities in California and have supported projects such as Habitat for Humanity in Southern California. We seek to employ people who understand the issues that keep local communities trapped in poverty.
Sister 2 Sister Inc. also carries out important advocacy and policy work, to make sure that governments and international organisations understand the needs of poor people, and work towards improving their lives. Members of the public who campaign for Sister 2 Sister Inc. help us to convey these messages and to increase awareness of our work.
Statement of Accountability
Sister 2 Sister Inc. believes that in order to achieve our organizational mission and to ensure that our work has the greatest impact, we need to be accountable to our key stakeholders. We are working towards improved transparency and information-sharing; more stakeholder participation in decision-making; and better evaluation and complaint mechanisms. Key stakeholders include the individuals and communities with whom we work; partners and allies; donors and supporters; staff and the wider public; and regulatory bodies in the US were we operate.
How we are planning to improve our accountability
Described below are the ways we make ourselves accountable, or plan to do so, with each of our different stakeholder groups.
1. People living in poverty and suffering
One of Sister 2 Sister Inc. core principles is to ensure our work is effective by involving poor people and partners. We want to involve them in monitoring what is delivered and in assessing impact. If there are problems, we want people to be able to make a complaint and to know that it will be acted upon. We also publish information about our work on our website. We have a plan to improve our accountability to the people living in poverty with whom we work. This includes: working to ensure that Sister 2 Sister Inc. meets all Humanitarian Accountability Program International standards; working towards delivering the Standards for humanitarian action.
2. Donors and Supporters
Sister 2 Sister Inc. aims to be open and transparent with donors and supporters. We will produce a variety of reports, including The Annual Report and Accounts and The Annual Review, as well as other materials such as newsletters and email messages. The most comprehensive and current source of information is our website. We have specific processes to deliver accountability to our major donors. This involves delivering regular reports to a timetable prescribed by, or negotiated with, the donor. We strive to keep fundraising and administrative costs low. For each $1 invested in attracting and maintaining financial support.
3. The Wider Public and those we challenge
Sister 2 Sister Inc. will make public statements that call for support from the wider public. In these circumstances, we will ensure that what we say is based on our mandate to overcome poverty and suffering and that it is based on our experience and research. In order to make more informed judgements about Sister 2 Sister Inc. and about what we say, the public is entitled to know whether or not what we suggested did happen or may happen, and to know the reasons. If concerns are raised that our claims are inaccurate or unfounded, we will investigate and respond appropriately.
4. Staff and Volunteers
We will be committed to an open and accountable management system in which staff are properly line-managed. We also will have human resources policies, to which staff with grievances, or those wishing to disclose information about malpractice have recourse.