Financial Integrity

Here at The Methodist Home, we recognize the responsibility we bear for our use of donor funds. We strive to meet the highest ethical standards in our handling of funds. We do this not only because we want to meet all applicable government regulation, and not only because we want to match the highest business expectations, but also because our desire is to honor God in everything we do, including how we handle the funds entrusted to our care.

  1. All funds are handled according to strict policies, approved by an outside auditor, designed to assure that each dollar can be tracked.
  2. All funds are allocated according to the donor’s intent, and used only for the purposes specified by the donor.
  3. Income and expenses are strictly separated. Persons handling income cannot handle expenses, and vice-versa.
  4. Our books are audited every year by an independent, outside firm of auditors. We use the firm of Howard Moore & McDuffie in Macon.
  5. Our Vice President for Finance is a CPA in good standing. He is current with applicable regulations and accounting practices.
  6. All donations are promptly receipted back to the donor, to provide them with a record of their gift.
  7. Policies are in place regarding self-dealing, business with Trustees, valuation of goods, receipt of in-kind donations, conflicts of interest, and similar matters. These policies provide guidance to ensure we conduct ourselves in the most ethical side manner.
  8. We report each year to state licensing authorities and to The South Georgia Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. Reporting to outside agencies helps assure oversight.
  9. We are accredited by COA (Council on Accreditation) and EAGLE (the United Methodist accreditation for health and welfare agencies. EAGLE is the only faith-based accreditation in the country.) These joint accreditations lead to and recognize our achieving the highest standards.
  10. We have listed on GuideStar, and are proud to have received the GuideStar Exchange Seal, demonstrating our commitment to transparency. Our GuideStar profile can be found here.
  11. The Methodist Home meets the standards set out by the Association for Fundraising Professionals for “Accountable Non Profit Organizations.” We abide by the AFP Code of Ethical Principles and Standards.
  12. Copies of our audit are available upon request.
  13. Copies of our Federal Form 990 are available upon request.
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