Where does BLESS USA get the statistics it uses?

The statistics we use have been compiled from current sources such as the United Nations Human Development Report and World Bank Report.

Are any of the funds that BLESS USA collects taxable in the United States or Egypt?

BLESS USA is a tax-exempt organization in the U.S. pursuant IRC 501(c)3. The funds sent to Egypt are not taxed by the Egyptian government.

How are receipts of contributions handled for IRS tax-filing purposes?

In January, following the close of the fiscal year, BLESS USA sends a summary contribution statement to every contributor, according to IRS regulations.

Are my contributions tax-deductible?

Yes, all contributions are tax-deductible.

How does BLESS assess the need of individuals qualifying for assistance?

The BLESS team in Egypt, led by His Grace Bishop Yolios, keeps comprehensive track of individuals who receive funds from BLESS USA.

How does a person in Egypt become eligible for assistance from BLESS?

A person who is in need first seeks aid from the priest in his/her church.

Do any of the funds sent go to the building of churches in Egypt?

No. All of the funds BLESS USA sends to Egypt are used exclusively for distribution to people who are in need.

How is money sent to Egypt?

Funds are transmitted to Egypt through a secured bank account on a regular basis.

Does BLESS USA file a 990?

BLESS USA files a 990. It is available online at www.guidestar.org.

Is BLESS USA audited by an external auditor?

BLESS USA is audited by an independent external auditor, Leaver Gonzalez & Tabor, LLC.

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