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To Fee or not to fee. Changes to Upcoming Aura’s House Projects.

28 September 2011 2 Comments

Dear Aura’s House Fundraising Friends and Sponsors,

We wanted to let you all know that we have updated Aura’s House policy regarding Children International’s (CI) recent change of charging a 10% administrative fee on special projects. Their new policy affects Aura’s House and its donors because about 95% of the fundraising projects we do on the site are in partnership with Children International.

This recent change indicates that as of October 1, Children International will begin to charge a 10% administrative fee on Aura’s House projects from $100 to $1000 with a $100 cap for anything over $1,000. CI has stated that it is a necessity with the growing number of special needs gifts that they are administering on a yearly basis.

Keeping in mind that Children International will not charge any administrative fee on continuing education or community projects, we would very much prefer to set education and community projects as our priorities for new projects to be featured on Aura’s House, since they will be exempt from a fee. Other types of projects will still be periodically featured on our site. We will, however, request that CI’s 10% administrative fee for these projects for individual children be contributed by our fund raising sponsors or it be raised by them in advance, so that the project is 10% funded prior to launching it on Aura’s House.

Please rest assured that all existing projects on our Waiting List, for which the report from Children International has already been obtained, will not be affected. All people, who are working at Aura’s House, are doing so on a strictly volunteer basis only, ensuring that 100% of proceeds go to our projects and directly benefit the children. We would also like to make sure that our donors are not discouraged in making such meaningful and special donations to the children in need, by this recent change in Children International’s administrative fee. We hope you understand, and we hope to continue working with you on new projects in the future!

Please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any questions.


  • Mack said:

    What is a community project, and how would somebody get one started?

  • Kristen (author) said:

    Hi Mack,

    I believe that Children International defines a Community Project as something that would have an impact on an entire community or village. It might be a water well project, vaccinations for a number of children, a new school or classroom, etc.
    We’ve done some of these in the past at Aura’s House. We normally ask Vickie Wiedenmann of CI if she can recommend a project or we ask about a specific sponsored child’s community and what their needs are.

    Hope this helps!


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