American Leprosy Missions Frequently Asked Questions

What would you like to know? We are happy to answer any questions you might have about our global ministry to people affected by leprosy. Below are some answers to American Leprosy Missions Frequently Asked Questions. If you don’t see your question and answer, please contact us at 1.800.543.3135 or [email protected]. Thank you for your interest!

What denomination are you? Do you witness to people?

American Leprosy Missions strives to present the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ by word and deed to each person our staff and partners encounter. American Leprosy Missions is a Christian, non-denominational organization. The organization and its employees adhere to the Statement of Faith of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).

How do you find the patients that you treat?

American Leprosy Missions-trained healthcare workers travel by foot, van, jeep, motorbike, bicycle and boat to remote areas and villages to find, diagnose and treat people affected by leprosy and Buruli ulcer. They also visit schools, clinics, churches and neighborhoods spreading the word that these diseases are curable. Some projects have hospitals where patients may come in for testing and treatment.

How much of my donation reaches the field?

The BBB Wise Giving Alliance Standards for Charity Accountability state that an organization must spend at least 65% of its total expenses on program activities. In 2016, 79% of our expenses were invested directly into programs and projects around the world. Just 3% of our expenses went towards administration and operations and 18% was spent on outreach and development. American Leprosy Missions strives to be wise stewards of the funds entrusted to us and aspires to consistently send funds to those who most need them.

Can I sponsor a particular patient?

To help the greatest number of families, American Leprosy Missions does not use its limited resources to track distribution of funds from a specific donor to a specific child. We use your gift where it can do the most good by combining it with the gifts of others to help transform entire communities.

Can I have my donation automatically deducted from my checking account or credit card?

Your charitable gifts can be automatically deducted each month from your checking account or automatically charged to your credit card. Checking Account Automatic Withdrawal forms are available on the Electronic Funds Transfer page. Or, you can set up a monthly credit card donation on our donate page. Please email [email protected] for details.

Where do the majority of your donations come from?

Funding for our ministry comes from individual contributions from more than 30,000 faithful donors, legacies, grants, foundations, churches and government agencies.

Can you give me an update on a featured child?

Sometimes we are able to receive patient updates and forward this information to donors. However, once patients are cured they often return to their villages far away from the hospitals and clinics where they were treated. We’re unable to stay in touch with them unless they return for further treatment.

Is my gift tax-deductible?

Yes, gifts are tax-deductible; receipts are issued. American Leprosy Missions is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable organization.

Can I control how much mail I receive?

We can adjust mail schedules to meet your needs. Please call us at 1.800.543.3135 to change your mail preferences.

What is your policy on designated gifts?

All gifts will be used as designated. In the unlikely event a project should become overfunded, we follow our board of directors’ policies in applying gifts to similar projects involved in the cure, care and rehabilitation of people with leprosy and related diseases.

Does American Leprosy Missions participate in the Combined Federal Campaign?

Yes, we are an approved charity. Federal employees can allocate funds to American Leprosy Missions during the enrollment season (September to January). Our CFC number is 10717.