Frequently Asked Questions
What does Carry the Future do?
Carry the Future provides aid on four continents, often hand-delivered by our volunteers, to refugee families in camps and through partner organizations. We act nimbly to fill in gaps in humanitarian assistance, and focus on mothers and babies by providing hygiene supplies, diapers, and other supplies that help keep babies and their families safe. We also support quality of life initiatives, such as playgrounds and community gardens in refugee camps.
Who is Carry the Future?
Carry the Future is a group of more than 60 volunteer staff and 5,500 global volunteers who are just like you! We find time in the midst of our hectic lives, parenthood, carpools and work to organize locally, travel internationally, or share our professional talents with this organization we believe in deeply. At our core, we are all united by our shared desire to serve refugee families with love and dignity.
What is Carry the Future’s history?
It all started in September 2015, with one mom who wanted to make a difference by sending 100 baby carriers to be distributed to refugees arriving on a Greek island. Fast forward just a few months and Carry the Future began sending teams of volunteers to Greece monthly to meet ferries and distribute aid. Today, we have sent dozens of teams to multiple countries (including Greece, France, Serbia, and Jordan), and partnered with reputable nonprofits around the world to provide dignity and compassion to the world’s most vulnerable families.
Is Carry the Future politically or religiously affiliated?
No, we are not. Our donors, staff, and volunteers come from all walks of life. We span the political aisle and we bring many backgrounds to the table. We are committed to fostering diversity and inclusiveness in all that we do.
Where is my money going?
Your giving empowers us to nimbly meet the needs of refugee families. We purchase aid in-country, hand deliver aid to refugee families, and fund long term quality of life projects, such as community gardens and playgrounds in the communities we serve.
Does my donation really make a difference?
Yes! Your donation will be used to make a direct impact in the lives of refugee families. We are entirely volunteer-run. We have no paid staff. We have little overhead costs. This way, we can do the most good with donations entrusted to us.
What is needed most - volunteers or funding?
Both! With our unique organizational model, we are dependent on both volunteers and donors to serve refugee families. We empower everyone to do something. Whether you have a few hours to volunteer each week or have committed a monthly donation, your giving is needed and making a big impact.
Are there other ways to donate?
Yes! There are many ways to give to Carry the Future. Here are some suggestions:
- Become a Carry the Future Friend: Donate monthly and join an impactful group of committed monthly donors. Your ongoing support ensures that Carry the Future can respond quickly and nimbly to the needs of refugee families.
- Donor Advised Funds: If you have a Donor Advised Fund (DAF) you can direct a grant to Carry the Future.
- Matching Gifts: Many companies will match donations made by their employees, doubling or even tripling the impact of your gift. Check with your HR department to see if your employer participates in a matching gift program.
- Planned Giving: By naming Carry the Future in your will you can ensure that Carry the Future can assist refugee families for years to come. Planned gifts include wills, life insurance policies, securities, and more. Consult with your attorney or financial planned to determine if including Carry the Future in your estate plans makes sense for you.
- Host a Fundraiser: You can raise funds for refugee families by hosting an event, virtual or otherwise! If you choose to raise funds via a Facebook fundraiser, please be sure to let us know so we can thank you.
How do I give through a donor-advised fund?
- Recommend a DAF through your financial institution or foundation
- You can recommend a gift by contacting your financial institution or foundation or by granting online.
- The grant will arrive at Carry the Future with only the fund’s name and address on it, unless you request otherwise.
- Contact your fund manager
- Call your fund manager and recommend supporting Carry the Future, along with the amount of the grant.
- Your fund manager will send a check directly to Carry the Future from your fund.
When granting through your donor-advised fund, please use the following information:
Carry the Future Tax ID 81-0814710
Carry the Future, 121 W Lexington Drive, Suite L 106D, Glendale, CA 91203.
Can I donate through Paypal?
Yes. We’re listed as Carry the Future on PayPal. Give through Paypal now.
Can I send a check?
Of course! Please make your check payable to Carry the Future and mail to:
121 W Lexington Drive, Suite L 106D, Glendale, CA 91203.
Is my donation tax-deductible?
Yes, Carry the Future is a qualified 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Our tax ID number is: 81-0814710.
Questions for Monthly Donors
How can I become a Carry the Future Friend?
Visit our donate page and select the box to give monthly.
How can I make changes to my account?
What payment methods do you accept?
You can set up a monthly donation with any credit or debit card.
When will my gift be charged?
Your monthly donation will be charged on the anniversary date of your gift. For example, a pledge made on June 2nd would next be charged on July 2nd.
How can I cancel or suspend my pledge?
Can I send you a check?
We prefer monthly donations be set up as automatic payments whenever possible. Donations by check can be sent to us at Carry the Future, 121 W Lexington Drive, Suite L 106D, Glendale, CA 91203.
You can also set up a payment from your Donor Advised Fund. Ask your financial professional how to set up a monthly grant.
Can I request that my monthly gifts go to a specific fund?
Carry the Future Friends ensure that we can respond nimbly to the changing needs of refugee families. Therefore we cannot restrict monthly gifts to a single purpose.
Questions About Our Work
What type of relief does Carry the Future provide?
Carry the Future provides aid to refugee families that bring dignity to their experience while filling in gaps from other aid organizations. Specifically, our aid falls into three programs: Welcome Baby, Community Infrastructure and Emergency Response.
What quality of life initiatives does Carry the Future provide?
Carry the Future partners with many organizations to fund projects that improve the quality of life of the families we serve. These projects include women-friendly spaces, playgrounds for children, community gardens, and much more.
What organizations do you partner with?
Carry the Future seeks partners that have a well established presence working globally with refugees. They range from small grassroots organizations all the way through to large NGOs. Our most recent partners include Lifting Hands International, Refugee Support Europe, Do Your Part, The HOME Project, Help Refugees, Salam Cultural Museum, and the International Rescue Committee.
How do you decide who to help or where to serve?
Carry the Future has a detailed Strategy Screen that we use to ensure that each partnership and location not only meets the needs of refugee families, but also stays true to our mission, and makes financial sense to our donors. We vet each project, partner, and location to ensure we can effectively meet the needs of refugee families.
Questions About Getting Involved
What can I do besides donate?
We have several ways for you to get involved. From filling a volunteer staff role to hosting a fundraiser, there are many ways to make an impact and serve refugee families. Click here to learn more.
Can I send supplies to help?
The only aid donations we accept are baby carriers and handmade Me2You items. Our years of experience have taught us to shop “local first,” when it comes to purchasing critical aid. We source aid locally on the ground where we work because it is more cost-effective and it benefits local economies. Your financial donations make this possible.
Can I go on a distribution trip?
Yes! We rely on volunteers from around the globe to hand deliver aid and serve refugee families. To learn more about the application process and what your responsibility would be, click here.