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Accountability and Transparency


The Presbyterian Home for Children takes our responsibility seriously to be the best stewards of the resources you entrust to us. We will use your gifts wisely to further our mission of caring for at-risk children, youth and families.

In February of 2024, the Home earned a coveted Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator, a designation achieved by only one in four charities, for the second year in a row. After an extensive evaluation, the Home earned high marks for its financial efficiency, sustainability and trustworthiness, as well as its commitment to good governance practices. This rating followed the Home obtaining a Gold Seal of Transparency in 2023 from Candid, formerly GuideStar.  

Charity Navigator said the Four-Star Rating designates PHFC as an official “Give with Confidence” charity, indicating that the organization is using its donations effectively based on Charity Navigator’s criteria. Charity Navigator has been an unbiased and trusted source of information for more than 11 million donors annually.

“This recognition is an indication to our community, our donors and our supporters – and most importantly to the children and families who depend on us – that we are a stable and well-run organization. But more than that, the Presbyterian Home for Children is an organization with financial integrity and transparency,” said Doug Marshall, President and CEO.   

PHFC’s development and fundraising program has a goal of meeting the organization’s sustainability and growth needs by expanding its resource base with philanthropic and charitable funding. A successful development program enables PHFC to acquire the supplemental resources required to accomplish and achieve its important vision and mission. The components for development success, include (but shall not be limited to) acquiring philanthropic support for the important programs that meet the needs of the children, caregivers, and young adults served by PHFC, its operating expenses, endowment, and capital projects. Generally, PHFC raises charitable funds through individuals, churches, corporations, foundations, and special fundraising events.

The mission of the PHFC’s Development Department is to build relationships, increase public awareness, and raise charitable funds that help PHFC accomplish its mission, expand its services, stay financially independent, and make positive impacts in the lives of the children, caregivers, young adults, and families served through the ministry. The mission for the Presbyterian Home for Children, recognizing the changing needs of children with their caregivers and young adults who are transitioning to adulthood, provides a faith based safe haven through programs which nurture, educate, and equip them to become the fully functioning persons whom God created them to be.

If you have any questions, please contact the Development Office at (256) 362-8284 or


As a Christian ministry, the Presbyterian Home for Children seeks to bring glory to God in thought, word, and deed and to direct its affairs, including its fundraising practices, in accordance with Biblical principles as an act of worship before the Lord, to whom each of us is accountable.


All personal information provided by PHFC donors or prospective donors, including their names, addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses, the names of their beneficiaries, the amount of their gift, etc. (whether provided online, via email, regular mail, telephone, in person or through written correspondence) will be kept strictly confidential by the Presbyterian Home for Children and its staff unless permission is obtained from the donor to release such information and will NOT be rented, sold, or shared with any other company or organization for any reason. PHFC further pledges to not use donor information to send fundraising mailings on behalf of other organizations. Gifts and donations may be restricted by a donor for use in any specific service area, and/or any stated PHFC purpose or program, and these requests must be honored.  PHFC has a written document retention and destruction policy.


Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To assure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the not-for-profit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:

I. To be informed of the organization’s mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.

II. To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization’s governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.

III. To have access to the organization’s most recent financial statements.**

IV. To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.

V. To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.

VI. To be assured that information about their donation is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.

VII. To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.

VIII. To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.

IX. To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.

X. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.

*Donor Bill of Rights is republished with permission from AFP, Association of Fundraising Professionals.

**A copy of our complete independent audited financials based on generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) or our Form 990 is available upon request.  

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