Q. What does The HIKE Fund, Inc. mean?
A. The term HIKE is an acronym for Hearing Improvement Kids Endowment. It is incorporated as a not-for-profit charity under the law of the State of Nebraska and registered with the Internal Revenue Services as a tax exempt charity. The HIKE Fund, Inc. is the continuing charity project supported by Job’s Daughters International.
Q: How to make a donation?
A: Submit your donation online! Send your donation to The Hike Fund Inc., c/o Hike Board Executive Secretary, 530 Elliott St, Council Bluffs, Iowa 51503-0202, Phone (712) 325-0812, Questions? Include this Donation_Form or the Current Incentive Program Form with your contribution.
Q. What is the purpose of the fund?
A. It has a two-fold purpose. First, the funds (provided in grants) assist children with hearing loss to achieve improved communication skills. Second, it provides a means of public awareness and public relations for Job’s Daughters International.
Q. To apply, must a child be related to a Job’s Daughter’s family?
A. No. Any child with hearing loss between the ages of newborn and twenty years, with financial need, may apply.
Q. How do I locate a child in need of our assistance in my community?
A. Hearing clinics, school nurses, health departments, and local social services departments often identify children who need assistance.
Q. Are grants from The HIKE Fund, Inc. approved only for hearing aids?
A. No. With proper application, other hearing devices, as needed, on an individual basis may be considered for funding. Included may be enclosed caption converters for television, tactile units, FM units (into which a hearing aid is plugged for amplification), computers to assist deaf children in communicating, as well as other technical devices may be prescribed.
Q. Must a family be indigent or on welfare to qualify?
A. No. Many of the recipients are children of working parents who are unable to meet this special need financially.
Q. Where can I get an application?
A. Applications are online here.
Q. Must a Bethel or Jurisdiction contribute to The HIKE Fund, Inc. before they submit an application?
A. No. However, they are encouraged to participate in raising money for the fund.
Q. Where does one submit the application?
A. You may submit an application to The HIKE Fund, Inc. in care of the person listed on page three of the application form.
Q. Where does the Bethel send the money which they received from hiking, or other Bethel activities or donations?
A. To Mr. John Hauser, Executive Secretary of the HIKE Board. See above on ‘How to Make a Donation.’
Q. Is there a limit to the amount of grant?
A. Each Application is considered independently. Usually grants are awarded based on the financial need of the family and according to the price indicated in the prescription accompanying the application form.
Q. Are contributions to HIKE Fund, Inc. tax deductible?
A. Yes. The charity itself is identified as a tax deductible organization under the Internal Revenue Code, Section 501(c)(3). The tax identification number for The HIKE Fund, Inc. is 36-3406438. This is only for The HIKE Fund, Inc. not for Job’s Daughters International.