Frequently Asked Questions

What is STEP International?

STEP International is an indigenous organization, committed to transform the lives of destitute children, oppressed women and communites in South Asia through holistic actions. Our programs are run and administred by indignous workers in countries like India.

Can you explain STEP International's rating on GuideStar transparency?

STEP International is a Gold Level GuideStar Exchange member. We are committed to financial transparency, integrity. Our core purpose is to empower local communities will continue to be unwavering. Be assured, STEP is committed to invest at least 80 cents of every dollar to fund the programs that benefit our STEP-assisted programs.

Where does STEP International work?

Today STEP works in South Asia, mainly in Northern India and in the border regions of Nepal and Bhutan.

How does STEP International work?

The hallmark of STEP’s work is “community based” development programs for the local people, operated by the national workers in the fields. Through various holisitc services we are able to participate in programs that offers life-changing benefits that range from discipleship opportunities to life-skill training.

Is STEP affiliated with any denomination or church?

STEP International works with international organizations, church partners representing various denominations. We are evangelical in commitment and we suscribe to the “Lausanne Covenant.”

What makes STEP stand out among other organizations?
  • A focus on holistic development: Our program targets the needs of individuals in the local communities to create a sustainable effect.
  • National workers and Local initiatives: Every single project is initiated by local leadership team in the field, compatible with local cultures and values. Our programs are of the local people, by the local people and for the local people.
  • Low-cost and Life changing Experience: Our goal is to reach the least-reached with most effective ways that are “low-cost but changing every sphere of life ranging from education to life-skill training.”
What percentage of expenditures are spent on program activities?

80 percent of total expenditures applied to program activities, with less than 20 percent being used for salaries, fundraising and administration. Our finances are audited by Certified Public Accountants (CPA) in every country where we work.

What is a STEP sponsor?

A sponsor is someone like you who has made the decision to personally invest in the lives of people in South Asia facing poverty, discrimnation and difficult situations. As a sponsor, you are creating opportunties for local communities to participate in programs that offers life-changing benefits including help with:

  • education
  • life skills development
  • discipleship training
  • women empowerment programs

 

How does STEP International ensure that my support actually benefit the program and people in the field?

STEP International works exclusively through local leadership team in each field country to launch, run and operate projects to benefit local communities. Local leadership team is personally acquainted with the local people and knows their unique needs. We conduct audit regularly to make sure funds are properly received, tracked and managed.  We work hard to monitor and evaluate (both quanitative and qualitative) each project in terms of program effectiveness and long-term impact.

Are my financial contributions to STEP International tax deductible?

Yes. All contributions are tax-deductible in the United States and Canada. We issue tax-deductible receipts for your contributions at end of the year.

As a sponsor, how else can I learn more about programs and places where STEP is working??

STEP International regularly organizes “Learning Tours.” This is an opportunity for the STEP sponsors and potential partners to visit projects in South Asia. In addition, we will send you periodic updates and newsletters about situations in the field countries and how projects are progressing.

How do I sign up for child sponsorship program and log into my account?

Online

How much does it cost to sponsor a child through STEP?

To sponsor

Will I be the only person sponsoring the child I'm helping?

Child

Why does it cost less to sponsor a child through STEP than other similar organizations?

Less

What specific benefits does a child receive through sponorship?

Sponsorship

How long should my child sponsorship last?

Your

What do I do if I am considering canceling child sponsorship?

Cancelling

If I discontinue my child sponsorship, what happens to the child I'm helping?

Child..

How can I communicate with the child I sponsor?

Yes.

Can I visit my sponsored child?

Yes

May I send gifts to my child?

Yes

What is Amazon Smile and how does it benefit STEP International?

AmazonSmile is a way for you to have 0.5% of your eligible Amazon.com purchases donated non-profit charities of your choice. It’s free and easy to participate. Your shopping makes a difference. Do your regular Amazon shopping at smile.amazon.com/ch/82-2535032 and Amazon donates to STEP International.