Originally Posted by areyourucky
Is it better to give donations directly to missionaries. The UPCI charges 23% for overhead on donations. So if 4 million is collected this year for missions, they get 1 million to answer the phone. overhead seem high. can anyone explain this better to me.
I'm not UPC and I don't know what the handling fee is. 23 percent seems high.
Some of that might go toward a retirement fund, toward hospitalization and life insurance, or as with holding for taxes.
So it may not go to the missionary as cash but they do receive it as a benefit.
It is my understanding that if money is given directly to a missionary, it causes a tax problem with the government where the missionary is located. It is also my understanding that if a UPC missionary receives money directly, they have to report that to UPC headquarters and then what they receive from headquarters is reduced by the amount the missionary received directly.
Like I said, I am not UPC and do not know how the system works, but from what I've heard, there is a reason for the system being the way it is.
Someone like Sis. Alvear who knows some UPC missionaries would be in a better position to comment on this.
Let's not make this another "bash the UPC" thread.