Who is the Thomas Fund?
The Thomas Fund, a 501©3 non-profit, endeavors to improve the quality of life for seniors and blind individuals in Sierra Leone who lack independent financial means or family networks of support. The fund was established by Dr. and Mrs. Robert Thomas, Sierra Leoneans, who have lived in the United States for over 40 years. The targeted individuals reside at King George VI Home for the Aged, and the Sierra Leone Association of the Blind. One hundred (100%) percent of monies raised will go directly to fund the specific identified need. There will be no administrative costs funded by the monies raised.
When was it established?
The Fund was formalized in March 2011.
Sources of Funds
The Fund intends to solicit donations from companies and other partners to sponsor our functions. We will also raise funds from donations and contributions during our dinners, mixers and auctions.
What experience do participants have?
The Thomas Fund is led by Dr. and Mrs. Robert Thomas who operate a spectrum of supports for adults with developmental disabilities in Washington D.C. They have been supporting a variety of charities using their personal funds for a number of years and have extensive experience in ensuring accountability for the funds they disseminate.
Additionally, the able extended family members and board members bring diverse abilities and experience with accountability and charitable endeavors in a variety of disadvantaged arenas.
How do you ensure accountability and transparency?
The respective Board of Governors for the King George VI Home for the Aged, and the Sierra Leone Association of the Blind has contracted with external auditors to ensure that funds are accounted for. The Thomas Fund will also identify specific, tangible needs and disburse the funds directly to the parties providing the goods and services for which the funds are raised. Additionally, at least one member of the board will visit Sierra Leone and review the books with the external auditors on a yearly basis.