Why Donate to IAM

  • Interfaith Assistance Ministry provides emergency relief to Henderson County residents who are experiencing financial crises. We are not a government welfare agency funded with your tax dollars. Instead, we depend on support from individuals, businesses, civic service organizations, congregations and grants.
  • We are a local nonprofit that does not answer to a national headquarters. Your entire donation stays in Henderson County.
  • We are not a United Way Agency. We choose not to compete with our community partners who depend greatly on these funds.
  • We are good stewards of funds donated to us. Our overhead expenses are low because we use 300 volunteers supported by 12 paid staff, of which only 4 are full time. Last year, our volunteers helped us provide over $1.9 million in services.
  • We are effective. Last year, 61% of the clients we assisted did not need to return for subsequent assistance. Another 33% needed our help only two or three times.
  • We are efficient. We keep records of our services and coordinate with other crisis and human service agencies and programs, to ensure maximum effectiveness and to prevent duplication of services.
  • We offer a hand up, not a hand out. Clients are given written action plans with information and referrals to reduce the likelihood that they will have to return for further assistance.
  • We are good business partners. We are a Chamber of Commerce member, and last year, we spent over $566,000 with over 111 different businesses in the community.
  • We are reliable and here to stay. Established in 1984, Interfaith has a proven track record of responsible crisis assistance in Henderson County. We have established an endowment fund with the Community Foundation of Henderson County that provides donors an opportunity to make a lasting difference for those in need through donations to the IAM Endowment Fund.