1 HOT NEWS Spring/ Summer 2018 HOT is about helping The Poor and The Hungry, The Elderly, Youth at Risk, Individuals with Special Needs, and those who need Compassionate Care, or are Victims of War Terror or a Natural Disaster. We have helped these people, all of whom without HOT would have continued to suffer. We did this with 100% of the money raised going to people that needed our help. No overhead of any kind is charged to any donor’s gift other than one donor who pays for all of these expenses and makes a large enough programmatic gift to “seed” all of HOT’s programs. This booklet describes all of HOT’s current programs. For ease of reading we use red print to emphasize our initiatives where we Help People Help Themselves – projects where HOT helps people gain or regain their financial independence. We feed and clothe the poor, but realize that unless we teach them what is necessary for them to get a (new) job, they will continue in the never-ending cycle of poverty. We use blue print to designate grants we have already made or designations you can make where our dollars are leveraged, by having it matched with money raised by our partners. You will see opportunities to leverage YOUR gift to help the people you think have the greatest need. We use yellow highlighting for strong emphasis. You will see opportunities to help individuals, and in many cases, entire families, to escape the endless cycle of poverty. In its year ended June 30, 2017, HOT raised $1,104,000 from 281 donors and distributed $1,149,000 to help people in need. In Fiscal 2018, through March 15, we have already raised more than $2,700,000 including more than $1,200,000 in cash (of which $325,000 was designated to Hurricane Relief) from almost 400 donors and $1,500,000 of supplies (from upwards of 10,000 donors) we distributed to victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria (see pages 55 and 56). As of March 15, 2018, we are still distributing food, water and supplies to hurricane victims in the Florida Keys and Puerto Rico. To new readers – HOW DOES HOT WORK? Unlike other charities where 25, 30, 40 or in some cases as much as 50% of what you give goes to pay for the administrative and fund-raising expenses of the charity, we have a donor who, in addition to a substantial annual programmatic gift (see below), pays 100% of all HOT’s expenses, resulting in 100% of your gift helping people who would otherwise continue to suffer. Unlike other charities where your gift goes into a “pot,” HOT encourages you to pick which specific group of people you want to help and how you want to help them: six categories to pick from, 44 projects in all. The donor referred to above seeds every project, every year. The projects can be expanded if you want them expanded. Unlike other charities that tell you $100 does this, or $1,000 does that, or $10,000 does something else when all they are doing is giving you “illustrations,” dollars given to HOT do not become fungible as HOT directly uses what you give it, for exactly what you want it to be used for.