Giving

We are always in need of financial resources and supplies.

There are several ways that you can donate to the outreach of Vessels of Mercy International.

You can help Vessels of Mercy International by making a donation. Your help ensures that the resources are available to carry God’s practical love, assistance and hope to those in need.  Vessels of Mercy uses your gift to support programs that meet the physical and spiritual needs of hurting people in poverty-stricken areas of the US and around the world.

We do not withhold, discriminate or differentiate program services based on race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status or disability.


Donating by Phone or Mail

Donating by Phone: Please call Vessels of Mercy International at (804) 740-4575

Donating by Mail: Please send check or money order to Vessels of Mercy International, 12081 Gayton Road Henrico, VA 23238

Give by Automated Bank Draft
You can set up automated monthly, quarterly or annual donations from your checking account–This is Vessels of Mercy International’s preferred giving method because it incurs no processing fees, ensuring that more of your donation goes directly to those who need it most.

Please be sure in include a separate note indicating your gift preference for a particular missionary, project, or where needed most.

Other ways to donate

-Gifts in Honor or Memorial
-Mission Gift Catalog
-United Way Giving Campaigns #7081
-United Way Local Government & Schools #414
-Employer Match Programs
-Partnerships
-Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) #48926
-Planned Giving
-Supplies and Equipment
-Make a Pledge
-Give stock or Real Property

 


Donation FAQs-Giving

Is my credit card information secure?

Vessels of Mercy International takes every precaution to protect your contribution information. When you submit sensitive information via the Web site, your information is protected both online and offline. We use industry standard security protocol to communicate with your browser software, which makes it extremely difficult for anyone else to intercept the credit card information you send us. Companies we work with to process credit card transactions also use high-grade encryption and security protocols. Internally we work to accurately process your contribution information and apply security and privacy controls over the information. If you have additional questions about your financial donation, please contact us at 804-740-4575.

Why is there a minimum amount for credit card transactions?

There is a processing charge to Vessels of Mercy International for each credit card transaction, which makes it impractical to accept donations less than $ 20.00.

Can I change where I want my donation to go?

Yes. Please contact Vessels of Mercy International at 804-740-4575

How will my donation be used?

Please read our stewardship statement and our annual report.

Can I dedicate my donation to someone or make a donation on behalf of a person?

Yes. You can make your donation a “tribute” to someone — in their honor or in memory of a loved one. Please enter the name and address in the Honor/Memorial Donation Information section of the Online Donation page or attached the information to your mail donation. Vessels of Mercy International will mail a letter to your recipient announcing that you made an Honor or Memorial donation. You will also receive a letter of acknowledgement with you donation amount and date. Click Here to donate online.

I would like to donate supplies to charity. Does Vessels accept in-kind donations?

Yes, call for the current list of items we are accepting.

Can I make automatic credit card donations?

Yes, please contact Vessels of Mercy International and we will assist you further. There will be a minimum-giving amount of $ 20.00.

Why do you require my email address?

Your email address is required so we can send you proper acknowledgment of your gift. Details of your donation are found on this email, which you can print and save.

I made a donation online (or a memorial/in honor of donation) and now I have questions about it. Who can I call?

  • Vessels of Mercy International, Bev Gibson or Cerena Griffith at 804-740-4575.
  • Donating by Phone: Please call Vessels of Mercy International at (804) 740-4575
  • Donating by Mail: Please send check or money order to Vessels of Mercy International, 12081 Gayton Road Henrico, VA 23238

 

Other Ways to Give:

Give Stock or Real Property

To donate via stock:

Donating securities that have appreciated in value can be an extremely tax-effective way of giving. In most cases, you will be able to take the full market value of the securities on the date they are transferred as an itemized deduction, without incurring any tax on the gain represented by the difference between your cost and the current market value.

» Download the full instructions for easy reference

For other questions about giving to Vessels of Mercy International:

Please read the Giving FAQ, email info@vesselsofmercy.org or call 804-740-4575.


 Employer Match

Employer matching gift programs are an easy way to increase the impact that your cash donation. Many employers encourage their employees to support non-profit organizations by offering to match employee donations. Perhaps your employer is one of these. In order to participate, take the following steps:

  • Step 1 Find out if your employer has a matching gift program.
  • Step 2 If your employer does participate, obtain a matching gift form from your Human Resources department or Personnel Department. You may be able to down the form off your Employer’s Web site.
  • Step 3 Complete the form and send it to: Vessels of Mercy International, Inc., 12081 Gayton Road Henrico, VA 23238

 


Combined Federal Campaign

Eligible Donors include Federal Civil and Military Employees and US Postal Employees located in Central Virginia. The code for Vessels of Mercy Intl. is #48926, this number must be used to for funds to be given to Vessels of Mercy International.

Local Government & Schools United Way Campaign

Eligible Donors include local government and schools personnel in the Greater Richmond & Petersburg areas. The code for Vessels of Mercy Intl. is #414, this number must be used for funds to be given to Vessels of Mercy International.

United Way Code Vessels of Mercy

Eligible Donors include employees of private organizations and businesses in the Greater Richmond & Petersburg areas. The code for Vessels of Mercy Intl. is #7081, this number must be used for funds to be given to Vessels of Mercy International.

Private Organizations and Businesses may write in Vessels of Mercy International, 12081 Gayton Road Henrico, VA 23238 on their 2007 United Way Pledge Form to give funds to Vessels of Mercy International.


KROGER Community Rewards   Kroger

You can raise fund for Vessels of Mercy when you shop at Kroger and swipe your Kroger Plus card. You will need to create an account online at  www.krogercommunityrewards.com click on SIGN UP TODAY in the ‘New Customer?’ box to register your Kroger Plus card number and select Vessels of Mercy International NPO #84444 as your organization. Swipe your card each time you shop and Vessels of Mercy Intl. will reap the rewards. REMEMBER, purchases will not count for Vessels until after you register your card.     It’s as easy as Shop and swipe your card!

AMAZON SMILE

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  • Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to charitable organizations like Vessels of Mercy International.
  • AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.
  • Support Vessels of Mercy International by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com. It’s easy to sign up!

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What is AmazonSmile?

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Vessels of Mercy International every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to us.

How do I shop at AmazonSmile?

To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to AmazonSmile to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

How do I select Vessels of Mercy International to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?

On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you need to select Vessels of Mercy International as your charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. We will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make on AmazonSmile will result in a donation. Which in the end will help us change lives through tangible assistance and the love of Christ!

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Donation of Medical Supplies and Equipment:

In an effort to help meet some of the vast unreached medical and dental needs found internationally, Vessels of Mercy, Intl. sends out short-term mission teams annually to minister to the immediate physical needs of people in poverty stricken areas. All care is rendered without expense to the people we serve but, as you can imagine, the amount of pharmacy, dental, and medical supplies that have to be obtained to care for hundreds of patients is an area of great need for our outreach clinics. We’re looking for individuals and organizations that would desire to help us meet these needs. We purchase supplies directly but also depend heavily upon in-kind donations. Please refer to the following guidelines:

Supplies:

We have on-going needs for:  ace wraps, eye-wash solution, over-the-counter wound and burn sprays, gauze, 4×4’s, 2×2’s, kling wrap, triangle bandages,  alcohol wipes, hand sanitizer, toothbrushes, new-flip flops, generic sunglasses, reading glasses, and dental clinic supplies.

Equipment:

Vessels of Mercy does not routinely accept medical equipment. However, we do have specific needs for the following new or lightly used equipment:  otoscopes, ophthalmoscopes, portable digital BP/pulse machines, portable vision screening equipment and dental extraction instruments.

We do not accept the donation of equipment that is not in good working order.

Medications:

We have on-going needs for the following: Antibiotics, antibiotic ointments, extra-strength (500 mg) and regular strength (325 mg) Tylenol, Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) 200 mg, children’s chewable Tylenol, Robitussin cough medicine, Mucinex, Kwell lice shampoo, anti-inflammatory ointments (Hydrocortisone), anti-fungal creams, antacids (Tums, Pepcid, Zantac), Multivitamins (adult, children’s, and pre-natal), Benadryl (adult and children’s chewables), saline/artificial tears eye drops, allergy eye drops, anti-wax ear drop kits, cough drops, stool softeners, and prescription ear and eye drops.

We do not accept the donation of expired or unlabeled medication or narcotic/controlled substances.

Financial support:

If you have a heart to serve the medical needs through this work, please consider designating financial support to our medical outreach.


Solicitation Disclosure

Many States require charities soliciting funds within a State to register with the State agency responsible for regulating charities. Vessels of Mercy International is registered in the Commonwealth of Virginia with the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs and Services. A financial statement (990) is available from the State Office of Consumer Affairs in the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services upon request. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state.
The Board of Directors of Vessels of Mercy International, Inc. desires to be an exemplary steward of the funds and resources entrusted to Vessels of Mercy International. We believe that our supporters can rest assured that their contributions not only reach people in need, but also advance the Kingdom of God.
Vessels of Mercy International Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization, and all gifts are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. For financial integrity and accountability, Vessels of Mercy International Inc. is audited by an independent public accounting firm, and our audited financial statements are available upon request at: Vessels of Mercy International Inc., 12081 Gayton Road, Henrico, VA 23238 or by calling 804-740-4575. Copies of our audited financial statement can be obtained by mailing a written request to Vessels of Mercy Intl. with a check for $15 to cover mailing and processing costs.
Vessels of Mercy International Inc. is an accredited member of the Central Virginia Better Business Bureau.


Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy is designed to inform you of our privacy practices and principles regarding your information.

1. AWARENESS

This Privacy Policy is designed to provide transparency into our privacy practices and principles and to inform you of the way your information is collected and used. We continue to treat your information with care and respect.

2. INFORMATION WE COLLECT

We collect the following categories of information:

● “Personal Information” that can be used to uniquely identify you individually such as:
a) Information you provide online such as your name, address, telephone number, and email address. To continuously improve your service and tailor our subsequent communications to you, we may also ask for additional information, such as your demographics, comments, professional interests, and contact preferences;
b) Transaction information you provide when you donate online such as credit card information and payment information.

● Anonymous information that does not personally identify you:
When you visit our websites, open e-mails we send, or use our applications on third-party websites or platforms, we collect: usage, location, viewing, and technical data (such as your device identifier or IP address).

3. SHARING OF PERSONAL INFORMATION

Vessels of Mercy International, Inc. never sells, rents, leases, or exchanges your Personal Information to third parties. Your Personal Information will only be shared if we have a good-faith belief that access, use, preservation, or disclosure of the information is reasonably necessary to:
● Meet any applicable law, regulation, legal process, or enforceable governmental request;
● Detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security, or technical issues; or
● Protect against harm to the rights, property or safety of Vessels of Mercy International, our users, or the public as required or permitted by law.

The identity of all who contact us through this website will be kept confidential. Use of Personal Information will be limited to the internal purposes of Vessels of Mercy International, Inc. and only to further our ministry activities and purposes.

4. HOW WE COLLECT THE INFORMATION

In order to tailor our interactions with you and complete transactions you request, we collect information:
● You provide when you request information or materials from our organization;
● You provide through online donations; and
● Through the use of various online tracking technologies. Collecting information in this manner allows us to collect statistics about our websites’ usage and effectiveness and to personalize your experience while you are on our or third-party websites.

5. HOW WE USE THE INFORMATION

Vessels of Mercy International, Inc. uses your information to understand your needs and interests and provide you with better service. Consistent with local law and choices and controls that are available to you, we may also use your information to:
● Provide you with information you request;
● Complete any transactions you request or issue donation tax receipts. Credit card numbers are used only for donation processing and are not retained for any other purposes.
● Communicate with you about your donor account or transactions with us;
● Send you information about our organization or features on our websites and applications;
● Personalize content and experiences on our websites and applications;
● Provide advertising about our organization activities based on your activity on our websites and applications and on third-party web sites and applications;
● Optimize or improve our products, services, and operations; and
● Detect, investigate, and prevent activities that may violate our policies or be illegal.

6. INFORMATION SECURITY

Vessels of Mercy International, Inc. is committed to ensuring the security of your information. To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the proper use of information, we have established and implemented appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online. Vessels of Mercy International, Inc. uses Internet Encryption Software, Secure Socket Layer (SSL) Protocol when collecting or transferring sensitive data such as credit card information. Any information you enter is encrypted at your browser, sent over the public Internet in encrypted form, and then de-encrypted at our server. Please be aware that, despite our best efforts, no security measures are perfect or impenetrable.
7. LINKS TO THIRD PARTY WEBSITES AND THIRD-PARTY APPLICATIONS

To allow you to interact with third-party websites on which you may have accounts (such as social media websites) or join communities on such websites, we may provide links or embed third-party applications that allow you to login, post content, or join communities from our websites. We may also provide you with general links to third-party web sites. Your use of these links and applications is subject to the third-parties’ privacy policies, and you should become familiar with the third-parties’ privacy policies before using the links or applications.

Vessels of Mercy International, Inc. is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of those third-party websites.

8. ONLINE ADVERTISING

We may promote and encourage support of our organization’s activities by purchasing advertising space on third-party websites. When you visit one of our websites, we or a third party may place one or more types of cookies on your computer in order to recognize your computer. Because we advertise about our organization’s activities on third-party websites, we are able to compile anonymous information over time about the types of pages, content, and ads you or others who use your computer visited or viewed. This anonymous information is used for many purposes. For example, it helps us try to ensure that you do not see the same advertisements repeatedly. We also use this anonymous information to help select and display targeted advertisements on third-party websites that encourage support of our organization’s activities.

Third-party companies also may collect anonymous information about your activity on our websites and applications and on third-party web sites and applications using online tracking technologies. Tracking data collected by these third-party companies is used to decide which advertisements you see on third-party websites and applications, but does not identify you personally.

You may choose not to receive targeted advertisements from many ad networks, data exchanges, marketing analytics and other service providers by visiting the Ads Preferences Manager or by visiting the Network Advertising Initiative.

9. CHANGES TO THIS PRIVACY POLICY

From time to time, Vessels of Mercy International, Inc. may change this Privacy Policy.  Policy was last revised on 10/8/2013.

10. PRIVACY QUESTIONS AND FUTURE COMMUNICATION

If you have comments or questions about our Privacy Policy or if you no longer wish to receive future communications from Vessels of Mercy International, Inc., please use our Contact Us form.

If you determine that information in our database is inaccurate or has changed, you may modify the previously provided information by using our Contact Us form.

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