Sponsorship FAQ

Q: HOW MUCH DOES A SPONSORSHIP COST? HOW DO I PAY?

A: Sponsorship is $25 per month and is a monthly, recurring donation. The easiest way to donate is online with a credit or debit card via PureCharity account. We can also set up recurring withdrawals from your checking or savings account by emailing a cancelled check to info@dream514.com. If you prefer to pay by check, you may mail your donations to:
  Dream514

  c/o Maury Hills Church
  101 Unity Drive
  Columbia, TN 38401

Q: HOW WILL MY DONATIONS BE USED?

A: Your donations are used to address direct barriers to education, for example: school fees, textbooks, desks, school supplies, and school uniforms. Indirect barriers, like lack of access to safe water or a health clinic, are also addressed. Sponsorship funding also improves the quality of education your sponsor child is receiving, through programs like teacher training. The funding also makes the discipleship program possible. Good stewardship is extremely important to us and we strive to use your donations in ways that will have the greatest impact for your sponsored child, as well as other children in the program. Each community we serve has unique strengths and challenges, so we customize sponsorship programming in each location.

Q: HOW WILL MY SPONSORSHIP SPECIFICALLY IMPACT MY SPONSORED CHILD?

A: Your sponsorship will guarantee that the child you sponsor is enrolled in school and has access to a quality education. Your sponsorship also addresses your sponsored child’s physical needs, through health monitoring and feeding programs when needed. Most importantly, your sponsorship gives your child the opportunity to learn about Jesus and be encouraged through our discipleship programming. Sponsoring a child gives you a chance to build a personal relationship, but your impact will reach even further. Our model is holistic. Your decision to sponsor one child creates a ripple effect by raising the quality of education for all children in the community.

Q: CAN I WRITE TO MY SPONSORED CHILD? WILL THEY WRITE ME BACK?

A: Our students are always excited and encouraged when they receive letters and photos from their sponsors!
Regardless of how you send your notes, they are printed and delivered by teams traveling to the country where your sponsor child lives. There are 3 ways to write:

  1. https://www.dream514.com/write-your-sponsored-student to write a note and upload photos.

  2. Send your letter and pictures directly to our office:
    Dream514, c/o Maury Hills Church, 101 Unity Drive, Columbia, TN 38401

  3. Email your letter and photos to info@dream514.com

We encourage you to send your child letters and photos! Your support, prayers, and encouraging words are a wonderful gift for the child you sponsor.  Relationships are at the heart of what we do. We make every effort to make sure you receive letters from your child. With that said, the communities where our students live are remote areas of the developing world and regular correspondence is often challenging.

Q: CAN I VISIT MY SPONSORED CHILD?

A: Yes! It’s a special moment when sponsors are able to meet the students they sponsor for the first time. Service trips are the perfect chance to catch a glimpse into your sponsored child’s daily life. To find a trip, visit our website at www.dream514.com.

Q: CAN I SEND GIFTS TO MY CHILD?

A: Healthy giving is central to The Dream514 Model. We separate giving from our desire to feel good about ourselves. While well-intentioned, gifts often disempower our communities, undermining their progress and causing lots of problems for the child, school, and other children. If you become aware of a special need outside the scope of your monthly donation, we’d love to help you give in a healthy way. If you have further questions around our gift giving policy, please get in touch! We’d be more than happy to discuss this policy with you in greater detail or help facilitate giving to a special need.

Q: WHAT ELSE CAN I DO TO HELP?

A: Besides sending letters and photos, we encourage you to pray for your sponsor child and their community. We also encourage you to visit dream514.com to view the blog to stay up-to-date with what’s happening in your child’s community. You may receive periodic correspondence from us with other ways to support Dream514 or your child’s community through prayer or financial support for special initiatives.

Q: HOW LONG DOES MY SPONSORSHIP LAST?

A: While there’s no specific timeline for your commitment, students are generally sponsored through primary school, and in some cases, secondary school. However, our program is unique in that our ultimate goal is community graduation. We measure our success not by what we do, but by what the community is capable of doing on its own without help from outsiders. Recognizing God has gifted and equipped them to fulfill a purpose, communities become empowered to continue their development effort without us. At that time, we will celebrate graduation with them and move to a new community where support is needed and we may ask you to move with us. 

Q: WHY DOES THE DREAM514 HAVE MULTIPLE SPONSORSHIPS FOR EACH CHILD?

A: One of the things that makes our model unique and effective is multiple sponsorships. Having multiple sponsorships for each child allows us to make a deeper impact. The first sponsorship addresses barriers to education like school fees, textbooks, desks, school supplies, uniforms and feeding programs where needed. Additional sponsorships improve the quality of education by employing additional teachers, providing teacher training, and offering leadership and discipleship opportunities. Our model ensures that your sponsor child is able to attend school, and that he or she is receiving is a quality education. Sponsors create a ripple effect and improve opportunities for all children in our communities.

Q: HOW DOES SPONSORSHIP ADDRESS CHILDREN’S SPIRITUAL NEEDS?

A: In addition to physical and educational needs, we work to meet the spiritual needs of the children we serve. Our discipleship programs are central to our Sponsorship Model. We encourage students to be regular church attenders so that our leaders can pour into them weekly in Bible Study and Stewardship.

Q: IS DREAM514 CHILD SPONSORSHIP ASSOCIATED WITH A PARTICULAR DENOMINATION?

A: We’re not associated with a particular denomination. We’re committed to a calling that surpasses denominational lines and unifies the body of Christ in such a way that God would be glorified and people would experience His grace and love. Loving God and Loving Neighbors. 

Q: ARE MY DONATIONS ELIGIBLE FOR TAX DEDUCTION?

A: Yes! If you are on our online sponsorship program your sponsorship donation is processed through Pure Charity and executed by The Dream514 Sponsorship Program. Pure Charity, a registered 501(c)(3) organization, and long-time sponsorship administration partner of Dream514/Maury Hills Church. All donations and sponsorship payments made to Pure Charity are 100% tax deductible. Pure Charity will issue your year-end donation statement for sponsorship gifts.

If you are on in our online platform, a giving statement is produced by Maury Hills Church. 

Q: HOW DO I DISCONTINUE MY SPONSORSHIP? WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE CHILD I’M SPONSORING?

A: You can discontinue your sponsorship at any time by emailing info@dream514.com. Once we’re notified, we’ll begin finding a new sponsor so your child’s support can continue uninterrupted. We appreciate you giving us as much lead time as you can.

Q: WHAT HAPPENS IF MY SPONSOR CHILD MOVES OR GRADUATES?

A: We work in some very difficult and remote places in the world. Children are very poor with daily challenges beyond what we will ever experience or understand.

Despite the opportunity they receive from our sponsors, children run away, drop out of school, become pregnant, get married, leave without notice or don’t show up to write letters. You should know that your child might leave before they reach the end of their sponsorship. While this happens with less than 10% of our sponsorships, we want to be transparent and sharing this possibility with you is important. If that happens, we will select another child in the same program for you and provide you the opportunity to continue sponsoring and thereby supporting
the education program in the same community. Additionally, if your child graduates out of the sponsorship program by completing the highest level of education available in that program, we will ask that you continue with us in supporting another child in the program. This continuity allows us to continue to improve the quality of education for all the children in the community.

Q: WHAT ELSE CAN I DO FOR MY SPONSOR CHILD?

A: We ask that you pray for your child, their family, and their community. Your child will know your name, pray for you, and treasure the letters and pictures they receive. They feel encouraged by being sponsored and their life path will be different because of your generosity and relationship with them.

Remember… we’re on a journey of development in your sponsor child’s community. Our goal is to help your sponsor child break out of the vicious cycle of poverty. Because of your commitment and compassion, you have the opportunity to accompany them on this journey and see true, lasting change in their lives!

Q: HOW DO I GET IN TOUCH IF I HAVE A QUESTION?

A: Email info@dream514.com. We’re happy to chat and answer any questions you have!

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