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Our American Friends’ website launches

Now it's even easier for our American Friends to support St Jude's.
Home of the free: Our students are excited about their new American Friends.
Home of the free: Our students are excited about their new American Friends.

We are fortunate to have generous supporters across the world, and are excited to announce that some of our amazing American friends have made it even easier for US supporters to help fight poverty through education.

The American Friends of the School of St Jude, Tanzania, Inc. has a new website which allows US supporters to give to St Jude’s with easy, tax-deductible contributions!

Our American Friends have been working hard to ensure St Jude’s US fundraising efforts are officially recognized as a 501(c)(3) public charity. Now we’re celebrating the American Friends organization being granted official tax-exempt status! EIN 47-3077055

This means that donations from the US will no longer go through a third party financial provider, so more of your donation will come directly to the school.

That will help us continue to foster the next generation of leadership in Tanzania, by providing a free, high-quality education to approximately 1,800 of the poorest and brightest students in Arusha.

And you aren’t just helping our students have a brighter future.

Our holistic approach and extended national curriculum is creating community-focused leaders with strong skills and values, a vital contribution to a country where 93% of the adult population has no secondary education.

You’ll also help support local families, as our school purchases local ingredients for 31,000 meals each week. From January to December in 2015 St Jude’s injected over $3,254,000 USD into our local community through purchasing, services and wages. In fact, 98% of our total expenditure benefits the surrounding community, not to mention the 19,256 hours our hard-working local staff members spend volunteering each year in their local communities.

Land of the brave: 2016 graduate Maureen modeling a student designed ode to America.
Land of the brave: 2016 graduate Maureen modeling a student designed ode to America.

The American Friends website is now accepting donations and sponsorship payments, and US supporters with monthly auto-deductions can easily make the switch by clicking here.

All supporters can now be confident that any financial donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

You can also help St Jude’s by letting us know of any American government and foundation grants we may be eligible for.

Finally, find out more about our excellent American Friends board and its members here.

Celebrate with us today by donating to American Friends of School of St Jude!

To make sure parcels arrive and incur no expenses for the school

  • Please do NOT register or insure any mail as it costs the school at least USD $25 in taxes at our end.
  • Mark all parcels as being “second-hand goods” or “personal gifts”.
  • Ensure the description of goods written on the parcel matches the actual items inside as customs and postal staff frequently inspect contents of parcels.
  • Please label all parcels clearly with the first and last name of the recipient and your full name.
  • Please put the value of the package at no more than US$10 (the lower the better).
  • Ensure that your parcel is LESS THAN 2KG. We have been advised that parcels less than 2KG are technically tax-free regardless of content, but this is not guaranteed by all postal workers.
 

Tax-free items include books, personal goods and anything that is not new. Used goods, used clothes, etc…(please remove labels and packaging from all items before sending them)

Keep in mind that parcels sent by airmail can take up to four months to get here (sea mail is even longer – often 12+ months!), so don’t worry if it takes a while for us to let you know the parcel has arrived.