We have had a number of questions regarding donations and the best way to do it. This page will tell you how to do it in as easy a way as is possible.
Most people prefer to give to a specific project and we certainly welcome that. Please look at the “Projects” page and pick something that speaks to your heart. You don’t have to commit to funding the whole thing, every bit helps. Please indicate on your check or with a brief note which project you want to help with. Others are happy to give to a “General Fund” so their donation can be used for the most urgent needs. Both are appreciated and accepted. It is imp
You are welcome to give anonymously, but frankly we would like to know who you are so we can thank you for your support, and to keep you updated on the progress. In all cases your privacy will always be respected.
There are 4 ways you can donate to support and carry forward the work of the Adventist Health System, Waterloo Hospital in Sierra Leone.
Clarkston SDA Church, Africa Mission Fund
Our home church in Clarkston, Washington has a mission fund set up to receive donations for our work in Sierra Leone. At least once a year we meet with the church board to give a presentation on how the funds were spent and to review upcoming needs. This is all duly voted and recorded in the board minutes. You may send donations by check made out to the Clarkston SDA Church to:
Clarkston SDA Church
African Mission Fund
PO Box 548
Asotin, WA 99402
Again if you have a particular project you want to help with please indicate that with a letter or note on your check. Do not send cash, and do not make the check out to the hospital or to us. You will receive a tax deductible receipt from our church treasurer to include with your tax return.
Adventist Health International (AHI)
AHI is our managing organization based out of Loma Linda University in Loma Linda California. They provide needed administrative, financial and material support to us and over 30 other mission hospitals around the world. We could not exist without their support.
1) Check/money order – These should be made out to AHI (not to a hospital or specific person) with a separate note or a something in the note field on the check indicating Waterloo Hospital, Sierra Leone and the specific project if there is one. Please send checks to:
Adventist Health International
11060 Anderson Street
Loma Linda, CA 92350
You are welcome to put the name “Becky Brewster” on the envelope if you wish.
2) Paypal – The link is on the “donate now” page of AHI’s website (www.ahiglobal.org); the link is in the gray box on the left side menu. The default donation designation is “general/where most needed”; however, in most cases, donors should be able to add a note to seller to indicate a specific project. If they are unable to do so, then they should send a follow-up email to AHI’s email address – email@example.com.
3) Credit card – Credit card gifts can be done over the phone (Visa, Mastercard, or Discover only). AHI’s phone number is 909-558-5610.
4) Cash – this is of course also accepted, though I wouldn’t recommend sending it through the mail.
5) If donors are local to Loma Linda, they are welcome to stop by the AHI office directly. We are located on the Loma Linda University campus in Magan Hall (next door the Del Webb Library).
Please indicate that the donation is for Waterloo Hospital, Sierra Leone, and what project by including a separate note or indicate in the note field of the check.
The contact person for donations to AHI is:
Becky Brewster, AHI Gift Recorder
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
11060 Anderson Street Loma Linda, CA 92350
AHI is a 501c(3) organization and will provide tax deductible receipts for donations. To receive this receipt, all donations must go through AHI. Any donations (monetary or equipment) that go directly to an AHI facility cannot, by IRS rules, receive this receipt from AHI.
Through your own Church or 5013C Organization
Some churches have expressed an interest in partnering with us, and we love that! This is especially helpful for churches who wish to send a short term mission team over to Sierra Leone to work with us a specific project, or to help fund a specific project. It is very easy and legal to set this up through your own church so your members can receive an appropriate tax deduction for donations towards the trip or project.
- Ask the Church Board to authorize the project or trip and include the approval vote in the minutes of the meeting.
- Ask the Church Treasurer to add a line item in the finance report for the voted project, using the name voted by the church board.
- Present the need to your members. All donation to the trip or project are now legally tax deductible, even for those who donate that are going on the trip.
- Remember that on a mission trip only expenses directly related to the mission are tax deductible. Souvenirs, side trips to the beach, or added on vacation expenses are not tax deductible and should not be covered by your church fund.
- This fund can be continued for as long as your church wishes.
- It is important that the church appoint someone to be responsible for communicating with us to make sure the money is used appropriately, and that proper feedback is given or to coordinate the mission trip.
Again we love to have partnering organizations, but communication is the key to making it all work.
Private Direct Donations
You may always personally give us checks or cash, we won’t turn it down, although we prefer that donors use one of the above routes. This is to ensure transparency and so that there is always accountability for the funds donated. We take donations, either money or material, very seriously and it is important to us that our donors have the faith and confidence that their donation was used as it was intended.
We hope this page was helpful, if you have any questions please e-mail us at:
And remember that it is God who owns the cattle on a thousand hills, it is He who owns the gold and the silver. We just have the privilege of being the conduit through which He works to tell the world how much He loves us.
Scott and Bekki Gardner