In Psalm 24, David reminds us that the whole earth belongs to the Lord, as well as everything in it. At SIM, we believe the work we’ve been given to do and the resources God has provided to do that work, all belong to Him. When you partner with SIM financially, you can trust us to handle your gifts with the highest levels of transparency, integrity, and accountability because you’re not giving to us, you’re giving to God through us.
All gifts to approved SIM projects and missionaries are used as requested by the donor, with the understanding that when the need has been met or the missionary’s status changes, the gift will then be applied where needed most at the discretion of SIM USA, preferably to a similar project or missionary. In keeping with IRS guidelines, SIM USA has complete control and administration over the use of tax-deductible donations received for ministries within SIM.
SALARY, HOUSING, AND TAXES:
Your supported ministry worker’s salary requirements include funds to cover basic living needs, foreign and U.S. taxes, Social Security tax, and children’s education. This covers costs for their time in their country of service, as well as home assignment time back in the United States.
Your support dollars also pay for your SIM worker’s health insurance. SIM has a global health plan that covers people no matter where they serve. It also includes medical emergency evacuation. In an emergency, this helps us ensure the safe evacuation of a SIM worker in need. This is a vital part of caring for our worker well, though we pray we do not need to use it.
Care for future needs is also included as we build in an amount that is invested every month into a retirement account (403(b)) with a major mutual fund company. We work to help them adequately plan for their years after service on the field. Financial planning is simply a wise decision for anyone to make, including our workers.
HOME AND FIELD SERVICES:
A portion of their requirement also goes to cover administrative expenses involved in running a mission organization and supporting the work of hundreds of SIM USA workers around the world. The services include tax and legal costs, receipting and banking, accounting and audit, recruiting and training, communications and technology, member care and counseling, project management, and many more vital support services.
INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL EXPENSES: As part of their support requirement, we also set funds aside for travel costs to and from their place of ministry. This ensures that they always have funds available to come home when their term is finished, in order to not create a financial burden on the SIM worker (and family).
MINISTRY EXPENSES: Some (not all) of our workers include monthly ministry expenses as another line item in their monthly support budget. This is the case if you see an option to give only to your SIM worker’s support account. By giving to their support account, you can rest assured that they will have funds available for ministry activities. Click “SIM Worker Ministry Accounts” to see a full description of ministry funds.
Outgoing (One-Time) Needs: Newly appointed SIM workers will have one-time outgoing needs prior to leaving for the field. These needs may be met by way of gifts designated for their support account.
If you do not see the option to give to your designated worker’s ministry account, it’s because they have included ministry expenses within their support budget.
Ministry activities with more substantial costs are funded through SIM projects
SIM greatly values financial integrity. As members of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA), we manage our resources according to biblical standards, as well as U.S. tax law. Financial integrity includes accountability and transparency, both of which are important aspects of our projects system. Each project reports regularly on the use of funds and the achievement of ministry objectives. SIM has hundreds of ongoing projects around the world. Our projects system is designed to help meet needs and also give comfort knowing that resources are being used wisely and effectively.
A small percentage of every gift goes toward service fees. The fees that are applied vary depending on where the gift is sent. These fees make our ministries possible by contributing toward the cost of managing our projects, including administrative overhead.