When you donate to ECTA you help to support every ECTA project. Without your help none of this would be possible! On-line donations are processed through our partner Colorado Gives. Sign up up for automatic recurrent monthly donations or make a one time gift. To view ECTA's Colorado Gives profile visit
1: One time gifts vs. monthly giving
One time gifts are a great way to raise money for the start-up costs on new projects (e.g. purchase of new ambulances, school construction, etc.). Ongoing operational expenses are best supported by automatic monthly contribution. Recurrent monthly expenses involve our driver's and teacher's salaries, monthly health worker training sessions, certain ambulance maintenance expenses, etc. ECTA's greatest need financially is recurrent monthly donations which cover the cost of these ongoing expenses. For example, a $100 automatic monthly donation does more for the financial stability of the organization than a yearly $1200 donation despite the fact that in the end, it is the same amount. Monthly donations help us to properly budget and project. We are currently seeking multiple monthly donors to cover the $3,300 of predictable monthly expenses which are currently uncovered.
2: Budget Priorities:
ECTA holds very strong convictions on budget prioritization. Many other international charities/non-profits priorities rank as #1 payment of domestic staff, #2 domestic operations, #3 international project expenses and finally international staff payment. At ECTA we take the inverse approach. ECTA is all about investing in people to be agents of positive transformation in their communities. We currently have 17 compensated international partners (at times 19 based on our Indian partner's funding status) and one paid domestic staff. Unemployment is a huge problem in South Asia. The salaries these individuals receive from ECTA empower them to serve their communities on a daily basis. Without our support, they would have to scramble for survival instead fulfilling their essential roles. Supporting our international partners is our #1 priority. Our #2 priority is the support of our projects, given that people's lives directly depend on many of the services we offer. #3 priority would be domestic operations and #4 is domestic staff. Domestic salaries are currently capped at the level of the state's minimum wage, the organization is not able to provide health benefits to domestic staff. On the contrary, our ambulance drivers/assistants are provided with full health coverage/accident insurance given the inherent level of risk in their jobs and their constant exposure to illness.
3: Additional Types of Giving:
Any gifts without special designation go directly into ECTA's general operating fund. We are proud of the fact that nearly 90% of our operating budget makes it directly to our partners and the communities we serve in India. Occasionally donors desire to make "personal gifts" to staff members for personal reasons. Personal Gifts are to be used at the recipient’s discretion and are not to enter the operational/general budget. Such gifts are not tax-exempt for the donor or recipient. Any gifts bearing a specific designation such as "health training" or "the school in Daragaon", etc. must be utilized for that purpose only. To make a donation in the form of stock, grants, corporate sponsorship or in-kind services/goods please contact Linda at firstname.lastname@example.org. She will be more than happy to assist you.
ECTA currently needs:
40 x $25 monthly donors
30 x $40 monthly donors
10 x $60 monthly donors
3 x $100 monthly donors
1 x $150 monthly donors
To cover on-going monthly expenses
ECTA invites you to sponsor their ride per foot of elevation gain. Estimated elevation will be 50,000ft spread across 610 kms.
1¢ per 25 feet = $20
1¢ per 10 feet = $50
1¢ per 5 feet = $100
1¢ per foot = $500
2¢ per foot = $1000
10¢ per foot = $5000
Help Ryan, Asher and 5 students from the Darjeeling District climb an impossible mountain. DONATE TODAY!
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