We are an open book. Please don’t hesitate to contact us or call (952) 886-7606 with any specific questions regarding donations, use of funds, financial accountability, or whatever.
We trust our partners and believe in our causes. Each dollar of support represents sacrifice from participants and potential for our partners, so we distribute these funds honestly and effectively.
Donate with confidence to Venture. We are committed to financial health and organizational transparency. We trust the partners we work with; we’ve supported some over a decade as they’ve worked in impoverished areas—meeting essential human needs and bringing the hope of the Gospel.
Our call to integrity comes from many sources. But we resonate the most with the apostle Paul’s words, “We take pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of men” (2 Cor. 8:21, NIV).
We desire to be transparent in our finances so participants, donors, sponsors, and everyone else can see exactly where the money goes and how the initiatives work. We encourage financial questions because we believe responsible, knowledgeable donors will find Venture doing the best to engage everyone in God’s story of justice.
See some common questions below for our responses. Also, feel free to contact us for more information.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. We post our IRS documents here on our website. Additional financial information can be found on our GuideStar profile. New financial reports are posted after our annual audit is complete.
Does Venture pool funds or can I designate my giving to a certain project and know that the money will go to that goal?
Like most non-profits, such as Compassion International, we do pool funds. However, certain projects can be designated, such as the tornado relief raised by the 2011 Be: Present Joplin-Tuscaloosa Tour, or our refugee feeding program. We adjust how much goes into each initiative depending on the phase of the project and the support needed at the time. We honor requests for funds to be designated to a specific project. However, as a IRS registered 501c3 we reserve the right to designate funds as needed.
Why should I give money to Venture when I could give money directly to the partner organization Venture works with?
We believe in the organizations we partner with, so we encourage everyone to donate to them. Our mission is to get everyone involved in God’s story of justice—through any avenue possible. When people donate through Venture, their money supports causes represented and offers benchmarks of a team’s journey. Even giving directly to the partner organizations doesn’t mean donations will go directly into a specific project. For instance, Blood:Water Mission collaborates with several other non-profits who live in Africa and know the needs of the communities they serve. B:WM doesn’t do the work, they partner with the people who do. Because of Venture, thousands more are hearing about what our partner organizations are doing. The word is getting out. Giving to Venture is one way to be a part of this epic movement creatively responding to historic injustices.
When injustices occur in a different culture far from our own, it is easy to think of a black and white solution to the situation. However, the reality is that many of these injustices involve intricate webs of culture, religion, habit, belief and local economies. To respond tactfully, we must understand these intricacies and be a part of the community and culture it responds to. Venture serves to connect those willing to respond with the organizations doing the work. These organizations are knowledgeable about their work and seek to be a part of the community they serve.
The organization or ministry must represent the values we promote. Venture’s values are based in our mission statement: The Venture community empowers people to benefit the world and discover their souls through adventure-driven humanitarian efforts.
Unabashedly, yes. We believe the best way to share the love of Christ is to humbly provide for essential human needs: food, water, shelter, justice, and freedom.
Yes. All contributions to Venture are tax-deductible in the United States. As a requirement of the 1993 Revenue Reconciliation Act, we verify that no goods or services of value are given to you for your contribution.
Is Venture accountable to another organization? Ministrywatch, Guidestar, Charity Navigator, or ECFA?
Yes, we are registered on GuideStar have been granted their Exchange Seal for transparency. Also, we recently surpassed the $1 million mark in annual revenue which qualifies us for review through Charity Navigator.
No. We believe that God exists and desires to interact with us on a daily basis. Our program centers on discovering God at work in the world and in us. We adhere to the Nicene Creed, the Bible, and teachings of Jesus Christ. We work with multiple denominations, but are not affiliated with any particular denomination.
This number fluctuates slightly from year to year. However, because we have generous underwriters, over 90% of your donation will go toward the program you designate it to. Under 10% is used by Venture for administrative purposes (i.e. salaries, overhead, etc.).