Rules for Life2Orphans Yahoo Group
Note: These rules are subject to modification at the discretion of Life2Orphans.
In an effort to successfully achieve our mission of improving the quality of orphan lives,
a list of rules have been established regarding posts to the Life2Orphans Yahoo Group.
These rules allow Life2Orphans members to most effectively communicate relevant
information and/or questions to our ever expanding group of well over 220 individuals.
These rules take into consideration that group posting is of one the primary mechanisms
for coordination of our organization’s activities.
Clearly, standard etiquette rules apply to group posts. Group members should refrain from
§ Personal responses and replies to personal email
§ Messages forwarded without permission from the originator
§ Chain or forwarded chain letters
§ Virus alerts, hoaxes, suspected hoaxes, sweepstakes, etc.
§ Non-group-related personal requests
§ Inappropriate personal comments and criticisms
Diversity Tolerance: Politics & Religion
Life2Orphans is comprised of members throughout the world, each with differing religious
preferences and political opinions. What makes the group so successful is our ability to
collaborate with all members without regard to religious or political affiliation.
It is for this reason that all members must strictly refrain from any group posts of a
religious or political nature.
Megan Fordenbacher when making general donations. General donations are considered to be any donation that
is sent to the Mission without an orphanage, sponsored child or other mailing address
designation. This type of donation will be distributed to the most needy orphanage(s)
based on the tracked needs lists of each Life2Orphans-sponsored orphanage.
Soliciting for Shipping Funds
To ensure that all of the group’s efforts are successful, we ask that you contact
Life2Orphans prior to making a
request to the group for shipping funds. She coordinates the requests for financial
donations toward projects, working closely with Megan Fordenbacher and Lynn Kolber.
Soliciting for Project Donations
In order to best coordinate our efforts as a group, we ask that you contact
Life2Orphans prior to posting any requests for
donations towards your project. She coordinates these types of requests, working closely
with Megan Fordenbacher and Lynn Kolber.
Announcements Regarding Efforts Outside Life2Orphans
Please do not make announcements to the group regarding efforts outside of
Life2Orphans without first contacting
It is important that Life2Orphans does not inadvertently appear to advocate an organization of
which we have no knowledge based on an implied association through our group members’ posts.
Allowing Megan the opportunity to investigate these organizations prior to posting greatly
minimizes the possibility of conflicts of interests and/or other adverse results.
In addition, efforts of Life2Orphans communicated to other Yahoo groups, distribution lists,
and/or community organizations should first be discussed with Megan.
Assistance Versus Adoption
Life2Orphans is strictly involved with assistance to the orphanages, and not with adoption
facilitation. Many of the members of Life2Orphans are adoptive parents, so it is quite
natural for the subject of adoption to come up in posts. However, as it is illegal to
pre-select children in Ukraine, all members must make certain to avoid posting any verbiage
that could possibly lead others to believe that information provided by Life2Orphans made an
Feedback from the numerous Life2Orphans-sponsored orphanages requires the assistance of our
volunteers. While fully dedicated to the task of providing our members with very necessary
donation feedback, our volunteers also have jobs and families that understandably take a
higher priority from time to time. In addition to this, not all of the orphanages have
digital cameras and/or frequent internet access. We ask that all members be respectful of
these things, and patient about receiving pictures and other information from the orphanages.
We also ask members to understand that, although we would love to be able to take pictures
of each and every donation received in the arms of the children who received it, with the
exception of the Help an Orphan donations, this is just not a possibility given our limited
A shipping process is established that has proven to be the most effective way for Life2Orphans
to get donations to the children. We partner with the Nazarene Ministry of Help organization
to ship our donations due to their years of proven success in delivering parcels to Eastern
European nations without customs issues and at a minimum expense. Taking advantage of this
partnership allows Life2Orphans to focus our efforts on gathering donations, and not on the
process of shipping these items from Portland, Oregon to the orphanages.
While we are available to help with specific questions regarding this process, all members need
to understand that if they are shipping through Life2Orphans, the established shipping
arrangement will be used.
Please refer to the Life2Orphans website for detailed instructions on how to prepare your
shipment. As part of your shipment preparation, remember to keep a copy of your shipping
forms for your tax records. This shipping form is what you will need to itemize your
contribution to Life2Orphans for your tax returns, and Life2Orphans will not be able to
keep track of this information on your behalf.
Questions about shipping should be directed to
and not posted to the Yahoo group. Megan will investigate your questions, working closely with
the individuals at Nazarene Ministry of Help, and provide you with answers.
We are all anxious to know that our donations have been received at the orphanages, but please
do not contact Megan regarding parcel delivery until 6-8 weeks after the box has been sent
from the Mission. Allow 9 weeks if your package went to a region far from Kyiv. This is the
reasonable shipping timeframe.
If you order items that will be sent directly to the mission without a check for shipping
payment, please make sure you send Megan a shipping form with these items listed on it before
you send the items. Be sure to specify the name/address of the sender (i.e. Amazon, Children’s
Place, etc.) on the shipping form.
Any questions regarding the delivery of FriendsFund purchases should be directed
Megan Fordenbacher and not
posted to the Yahoo group. Megan investigates your questions, working closely with the
individuals who handle these purchases, to find out the status of your purchase.
Formula/Baby Cereal Purchases via Life2Orphans Website
All food orders placed via the Life2Orphans website are placed on a quarterly basis – order dates
3/31, 6/30, 9/30, 12/31. To prepare the order and wiring of the money for the order, your
donation must be made 3 days prior to the quarterly order date – due dates 3/28, 6/27, 9/27,
12/28. If you are sending a check, please make sure to have it in the mail at least a week
prior to the due date so your donation can be received by the due date.
Charitable Deductions for Trips to Ukraine
Unless a Life2Orphans member is on a specific assignment for the group, prior
notification and approval must be obtained from
to declare a charitable deduction for trip expenses and gifts/donations personally taken to Ukraine.
1. When making cash donations keep either your cancelled check or your PayPal
receipt. Either would satisfy IRS documentation requirements if you were ever
2. When donating new in kind items shipped to Portland, make yourself a copy of the shipping document,
attach the sales receipts to it, and put it with your other contributions. Yes, you can claim the
shipping charges as a charitable contribution.
3. When donating used items, charitable organizations never give receipts for value. The recipient
determines the value. All the charity does is recognize the list of items. Portland should make a copy
of shipping documents and file them alphabetically for the rare circumstance that someone would be
In order to protect the children, the orphanages sponsored by Life2Orphans have specifically requested
that no individuals visit without prior consent of both the orphanage staff and the Life2Orphans
Board of Directors. Any individuals sent as a representative of Life2Orphans must have written
authorization from the Board to do so.
Visitors must abide by the following rules:|
1) Your visit must be arranged by L20. You should not call or email the orphanage directly.
Let us know your travel plans and we will arrange your meeting at the orphanage. Further,
if you are taking someone with you, they must be cleared by L20. We must know if you plan
to take someone so that we can inform the orphanage who will be arriving.
2) The children at the orphanage are generally not adoptable. You should not discuss adoption
with them or raise your hopes that you may be able to adopt one of these children. Also,
pre-selection in Ukraine is illegal, so locating a child and hoping to go back and adopt them is
not an option either.
3) Any letter, gifts, food, etc must be given to the orphanage director or L2O liaisons -- but
should never go directly to a child or children.
4) Any photos taken must be for personal use only and not distributed to other sponsors directly.
Any photos taken should not be used for any media purposes or be posted anywhere. If you want to
share photos, send to me and we will get them posted on L20 site.
5) The orphanage directors and workers are extremely busy and the kids will be on schedules.
Please ensure your visit is planned accordingly.
6) Rather than just taking gifts, candies etc to your sponsored kids, we ask that you take
enough to share with the other kids so they do not feel left out. It can be something small --
just so everyone is included.
7) You must make all your own local travel arrangements. If you use any of the L2O volunteers,
you should offer to pay for their time and all the travel costs (taxis etc). The orphanage staff
and volunteers are very kind and offer to help but you should NOT accept this. They are
extremely busy and their time is valuable.
Copyright Notice: All
text and photos on the Life2Orphans.org website and photos accessed via links from the
Life2Orphans.org website, are the property of Life2Orphans.org and are protected
by International copyright laws. No permission, either express or implied,
is granted for the electronic transmission, storage, retrieval, or printing of
the text or photographs contained on Life2Orphans.org, other than that which is related
to the normal "caching" practices of web browsers. No parties/individuals
visiting Life2Orphans.org may otherwise copy, modify, publish, transmit, or
distribute the contents of the website or that of the photographs found on this site, or
photographs accessed via
links from the Life2Orphans.org website. Express written permission must be
granted, on behalf of the President of Life2Orphans (Megan Fordenbacher),
in order to use the text or the photographs at Life2Orphans.org for any purpose that is not
outlined above. Your viewing of the text and photographs accessed from the Life2Orphans.org
website indicates your acceptance of these conditions.