For Immediate Release
LAMA (Latin American Missions Association) Ministry Has Reached the GuideStar Gold Level Profile as a demonstration of Its commitment to transparency
San Diego, CA – LAMA Ministry today achieved the Gold GuideStar Nonprofit Profile level. GuideStar is the world’s largest source of information about nonprofit organizations and a leader in advancing transparency in the nonprofit sector. This level demonstrates LAMA Ministry's deep commitment to nonprofit transparency and accountability.
"We have worked hard to showcase our progress toward our mission, and our long-held belief in being transparent about our work, to our constituents," said William Silverthorn, co-founder of LAMA. "As a GuideStar Gold participant, we use their platform to share a wealth of up-to-date information about our work to our supporters and to GuideStar's immense online audience of nonprofits, grantmakers, individual donors, and the media."
In order to be awarded the GuideStar logo, LAMA Ministry had to fill out every required field of our nonprofit profile page on www.guidestar.org.
"I encourage you to check out our profile on GuideStar to see what we're all about," added William. "We are engaged in exciting initiatives, and we are thrilled to have another platform for communicating our advancement and progress."
About GuideStar Nonprofit Profiles - The GuideStar database contains a profile for every tax-exempt nonprofit registered with the IRS. GuideStar invites nonprofits to update their profiles at no cost to the organizations. Updating allows nonprofits to share a wealth of up-to-date information with the millions of people who visit GuideStar to learn more about nonprofit organizations and the more than 120 sites and applications that use GuideStar data. To earn a logo, an organization needs to complete all required fields for that participation level. The GuideStar logos, acknowledged as symbols of transparency in the nonprofit sector, are displayed on all updated participants' profiles in the GuideStar database.
LAMA Ministry is a 501c3 charitable organization that is focused strategically in Latin America, and specifically has been very focused on a poor community area in Peru heavily affected by the 2007 (8.0) earthquake. This area is made up of farm worker families that have little to their name, and have poor spiritual resources to call on as well. LAMA has built a mission, a place for visiting missionaries to stay and service these people. It is permanently housed by missionaries who meet daily with the local people, building relationships, offering hope, giving resources when possible, making others know of the immediate need of the few. Most missionaries to this area come and go and have no sustaining effect. LAMA has made a permanent presence there, assuring these people that Jesus cares for them.
Related ministries at this mission are dealing with construction needs of residents, orthodontics have been a charity focus for a few, teaching music, chorus, skills, holding youth groups, partnering with AWANA (OANSA in Spanish), hosting dental hygiene training, optical checkups, helping with building materials, prayer and bible study groups, clothing and footwear needs, family counseling and more.
Please help us with this effort. We would love to come along side your church or missions group to receive your visit, your support, introduce you to our mission and missionaries, to tell you of specific family needs in the community, to present to your group or just to answer any and all questions you may have. We can commit to you full disclosure of all funds spent and how, also since we are all volunteers, the effect of your donation will go farther toward actual need than 99% of charities out there. Missions and missionaries are a group effort. Those that fund these efforts, usually never visit the actual location of delivery and need. We acknowledge that fact and would still love to invite all of our donors, either current or potential, to visit our mission and the villages of need we serve.