What is the Melaleuca Foundation?
The Foundation was created to do good where good is needed. It began in 2001, raising $800,000 to help forgotten families after Sept. 11th. And after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, it raised $1 million in relief aid.

What is the Foundation doing now?
Currently, the Melaleuca Foundation has taken on a new cause. It has become the sole financial supporter of an orphanage in Quito, Ecuador, named the Santa Lucia Children’s Home.

orphan-boysHow will my donation be spent?
Everything the children need—food, clothing, medical care, facility maintenance and more—will be provided by the Melaleuca Foundation through your generosity. There are no administrative costs: 100% of a donor’s dollar will go directly to helping these special children.

Why did the Foundation select the Santa Lucia Children’s Home?
The Santa Lucia Children’s Home is a special place that provides a valuable example. Here, children are placed into family units, each consisting of eight kids, where the older children mentor the younger ones. This structure helps all the children to build close relationships and feel loved. And “volunteer mothers” donate their time over extended periods of time to watch over each family.

The Melaleuca Foundation’s vision is to duplicate this model in other orphanages around the world. Thousands of children can benefit from this loving system. It’s a much healthier solution for the children than just placing them into a big dormitory to save money.

How did Melaleuca become involved with the Santa Lucia Children’s Home?
For the past four years, Melaleuca’s President and CEO Frank VanderSloot has been personally sponsoring this orphanage. Over this time, he’s traveled to Quito several times, and he’s grown to love the children. He knows from first-hand experience that it is well managed, and it will use contributions from the Melaleuca family to help these children to flourish.

babyWill I learn more about the children and how my donation is being used?
Yes. The Melaleuca Foundation will provide regular updates about the Santa Lucia Children’s Home through Leadership in Action, the Melaleuca Country Catalog, this web site and periodic emails. The Foundation will communicate the children’s stories on an ongoing basis, allowing donors to know how they are positively impacting the children’s lives.

How can I make a donation?
You can make either a monthly pledge or a one-time pledge through this website or by calling 1-800-282-3000.

What if I want to change my pledge?
That’s not a problem. You can manage your pledge at the web site at this site or call Melaleuca anytime at 1-800-282-3000 to increase, decrease or cancel your pledge.

How will the monthly pledge work?
Melaleuca will use one of your methods of payment on file with the company. At the web site or on the phone, you can specify the particular account. The transaction will take place on the 5th day of the month.

Will my contribution be tax deductible?
Yes, your pledge is tax deductible for U.S. citizens. It’s a qualifying 501(c)(3) nonprofit recognized by the IRS. If you’re not a U.S. citizen, you’ll want to consult your tax advisor. Melaleuca will send a receipt at year’s end for tax purposes if you’re making a monthly donation. If it’s a one-time pledge, you’ll receive a receipt in the mail within the next month.


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What is the Melaleuca Foundation?
The Foundation was created to do good where good is needed. It began in 2001, raising $800,000 to help forgotten families after Sept. 11th. And after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, it raised $1 million in relief aid.

What is the Foundation doing now?
Currently, the Melaleuca Foundation has taken on a new cause. It has become the sole financial supporter of an orphanage in Quito, Ecuador, named the Santa Lucia Children’s Home.

orphan-boysHow will my donation be spent?
Everything the children need—food, clothing, medical care, facility maintenance and more—will be provided by the Melaleuca Foundation through your generosity. There are no administrative costs: 100% of a donor’s dollar will go directly to helping these special children.

Why did the Foundation select the Santa Lucia Children’s Home?
The Santa Lucia Children’s Home is a special place that provides a valuable example. Here, children are placed into family units, each consisting of eight kids, where the older children mentor the younger ones. This structure helps all the children to build close relationships and feel loved. And “volunteer mothers” donate their time over extended periods of time to watch over each family.

The Melaleuca Foundation’s vision is to duplicate this model in other orphanages around the world. Thousands of children can benefit from this loving system. It’s a much healthier solution for the children than just placing them into a big dormitory to save money.

How did Melaleuca become involved with the Santa Lucia Children’s Home?
For the past four years, Melaleuca’s President and CEO Frank VanderSloot has been personally sponsoring this orphanage. Over this time, he’s traveled to Quito several times, and he’s grown to love the children. He knows from first-hand experience that it is well managed, and it will use contributions from the Melaleuca family to help these children to flourish.

babyWill I learn more about the children and how my donation is being used?
Yes. The Melaleuca Foundation will provide regular updates about the Santa Lucia Children’s Home through Leadership in Action, the Melaleuca Country Catalog, this web site and periodic emails. The Foundation will communicate the children’s stories on an ongoing basis, allowing donors to know how they are positively impacting the children’s lives.

How can I make a donation?
You can make either a monthly pledge or a one-time pledge through this website or by calling 1-800-282-3000.

What if I want to change my pledge?
That’s not a problem. You can manage your pledge at the web site at this site or call Melaleuca anytime at 1-800-282-3000 to increase, decrease or cancel your pledge.

How will the monthly pledge work?
Melaleuca will use one of your methods of payment on file with the company. At the web site or on the phone, you can specify the particular account. The transaction will take place on the 5th day of the month.

Will my contribution be tax deductible?
Yes, your pledge is tax deductible for U.S. citizens. It’s a qualifying 501(c)(3) nonprofit recognized by the IRS. If you’re not a U.S. citizen, you’ll want to consult your tax advisor. Melaleuca will send a receipt at year’s end for tax purposes if you’re making a monthly donation. If it’s a one-time pledge, you’ll receive a receipt in the mail within the next month.¿Qué es la Fundación Melaleuca?
La Fundación Melaleuca fue creada para hacer el bien donde lo necesitan. Comenzó en el 2001 recaudando $800.000 para ayudar a aliviar la pena de las olvidadas familias de los victimas del 11 de septiembre, y luego de los huracanes Katrina y Rita, recaudó un millón de dólares para suministros.

¿A qué se dedica la Fundación ahora?
Actualmente la Fundación Melaleuca se dedica a una nueva causa. Se ha convertido en el único patrocinador de un orfanato en Quito, Ecuador llamado Santa Lucia Children’s Home.

orphan-boys¿Cómo será gastada mi donación?
Todo lo que necesitan los niños— alimento, vestuario, asistencia médica, mantenimiento del local y mucho más, será provisto por la Fundación Melaleuca a través de su generosidad. No hay cargos administrativos: El 100% de su donación irá directo a ayudar a estos niños.

¿Porqué la Fundación escogió al orfanato Santa Lucia Children’s Home?
El orfanato Santa Lucia Children’s Home es un lugar ejemplar. Aquí los niños son separados en grupos familiares compuestos por ocho niños en los cuales los niños mayores le enseñan a los más pequeños. Esta estructura le permite a los niños crear una buena relación y sentirse queridos. Y madres voluntarias donan su tiempo por largos períodos de tiempo para supervisar cada familia.

La Fundación Melaleuca tiene la visión de duplicar este modelo en otros orfanatos alrededor del mundo. Miles de huérfanos puedan beneficiarse de este maravilloso programa. Es una solución mucho más saludable para los niños en vez de colocarlos a todos en un dormitorio grande compartido para ahorrar dinero.

¿Cómo se involucró Melaleuca con el orfanato Santa Lucia Children’s Home?
Los últimos cuatro años, el Presidente y Jefe Ejecutivo Frank vanderSloot ha patrocinado este orfanato. En este tiempo, ha viajado a Quito en varias oportunidades y se ha encariñado con los niños. Sabe por experiencia propia que el lugar está bien administrado y que utilizaran las contribuciones de Melaleuca para ayudar a florecer estos niños.

baby¿Aprenderé más sobre los niños y sobre cómo es utilizada mi donación?
Sí. La Fundación Melaleuca le proporcionará información actualizada sobre el orfanato Santa Lucia Children’s Home a través de la revista Leadership in Action, el catálogo Melaleuca Country, la página de Internet de la fundación (www.melaleucafoundation.org) y a través de correos electrónicos. La fundación compartirá las historias de los niños de manera regular, permitiéndole así a los donantes saber el impacto positivo que tienen sobre las vidas de los niños.

¿Cómo puedo hacer una donación?
Puede comprometerse a hacer una donación mensual o una donación única a través de la página (www.melaleucafoundation.org) o llamando al 1-800-634-6246.

¿Qué pasa si quiero cambiar el monto de mi compromiso mensual?
No hay problema. Usted puede manejar el monto de su compromiso en línea en (www.melaleucafoundation.org ) o llamando al 1-800-634-6246 para incrementar, disminuir o cancelar su compromiso.

¿Cómo funciona el compromiso mensual?
Melaleuca utilizará uno de los métodos de pago que tenga establecidos con la compañía. Tanto en línea como por teléfono usted puede especificar la cuenta que desea utilizar. La transacción se llevará a cabo el 5to día hábil del mes.

¿Serán mis contribuciones deducibles en mi declaración de impuestos?
Sí. Su compromiso es deducible para ciudadanos americanos. Es una organización 501(c)(3) sin fines de lucro reconocida por el IRS (compañía de impuestos). Si no es ciudadano Americano, consulte a su contador. Si tiene un compromiso mensual, Melaleuca le enviará un recibo al final del año para que pueda utilizar esa información al momento de preparar sus impuestos. Si es una donación única, recibirá un recibo por correo postal en el próximo mes.

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