Donations that are not marked for any specific purpose (“not earmarked”) will go into the Unrestricted Fund (also known as the “General Fund”). This gives the organisation the flexibility to deploy resources to whatever needs arise. Indeed, needs evolve over time. One year we may have many medical emergencies; another year, housing needs surge. Flexibility allows TWC2 to respond better to circumstances.
Donations that are earmarked by donors for any special purpose(s) will be exclusively spent on the named purpose (subject to the section “Unsolicited but earmarked”). However, such earmarks would only be possible:
(a) when TWC2 informs the public through this website that such a donation window is open — the donation appeal will state the purpose and time limit for the appeal;
(b) when there is prior mutual agreement between a donor and TWC2.
Earmarked donations (where mutually agreed or accepted through a specific appeal) will be applied to the designated purpose for as long as the purpose exists. If there is any excess after the purpose is fulfilled, or the named beneficiary (if any) is no longer contactable for a period exceeding six months, the excess donations will be migrated to the general fund, so that the monies can be more usefully applied to other needs and programmes run by TWC2.
Unsolicited donations that are earmarked by donors create administrative difficulties for us. For example, telling us that a donation is meant for language courses for migrant workers is meaningless when TWC2 neither runs language courses nor is there any demand by workers for language courses. Telling us that a donation is meant for such and such a worker whose plight was featured in the press only creates a hassle because we may not have any contact with this named worker.
It is unfair to other donors to create such administrative difficulties, because we then expend resources, e.g. staff time and communication costs, trying to sort out or return earmarked donations. These resources would have been supported by donations from other donors, and are better spent providing for migrant workers than sorting out the above-mentioned hassles.
Where a special purpose (earmark) is attached to a donation by the donor, but TWC2 has not set up such a special purpose, the special purpose cannot be recognised as valid. Where the donor is anonymous or cannot be reached, the donation will go into the general fund.