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an opportunity to THRIVE


There are millions of critically vulnerable children living without a parent in this world.

There are extraordinary local leaders serving and supporting these children.

We support these leaders so that they can save hundreds, if not thousands, more young lives. 

 

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an opportunity to THRIVE


There are millions of critically vulnerable children living without a parent in this world.

There are extraordinary local leaders serving and supporting these children.

We support these leaders so that they can save hundreds, if not thousands, more young lives. 

 

How We Give

1

We find remarkable people who provide holistic, direct services to vulnerable children. 

We look for sustainable models which support the full development of a child.  
2

 Together, we build a plan to sustainably grow and serve more children. 

In partnership with each organization, we create clear, actionable capacity building plans to scale their programs and increase the number of children they serve. 
3

We provide the resources needed to make this plan a reality. 

We provide capacity building grants, financial modeling, technical expertise, and active network building.  
4

We believe in sharing. We actively connect grantees, partners and advisers.

We seek every opportunity to collaborate and learn. Operating with trust, transparency and the bigger goal in mind. We review every opportunity, consider every possibility, and when things don't go as planned, we're still available to our grantees to share ideas.
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Our Values

We strive for patience, transparency, compassion and collaboration in all we do. We believe that we are beholden to our grantees, for their's is the difficult and patient work.

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Our Grantees

We support dedicated, local organizations serving orphaned children through sustainable, holistic, direct service models. We find one another through a network of Global Nominators. 

Our Grants

Unrestricted financial grants to support defined, actionable capacity building plans -- coupled with active networking and financial and technical expertise. 

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the global orphan crisis


The economic, social, and psychological consequences of orphan-hood are devastating. For one in two orphans, this means sex or labor slavery, suicide, hunger, extreme poverty, violence or child soldier-hood before the age of 18. This is a global crisis. We must act while the children are still children; we don't have the luxury of time. 

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the global orphan crisis


The economic, social, and psychological consequences of orphan-hood are devastating. For one in two orphans, this means sex or labor slavery, suicide, hunger, extreme poverty, violence or child soldier-hood before the age of 18. This is a global crisis. We must act while the children are still children; we don't have the luxury of time. 

Today, there are more children living without parents than there are people in Manhattan. They have no parent to guide, love or protect them -- and they are extremely vulnerable. Of these, one in ten will commit suicide before 18. One in four will drop out of school due to hunger, disease or stigma. And a full half of these children will enter the global sex trade, become child soldiers or enter the prison system before they are 16 years old. Some of those in the forced sex trade are the same age as a U.S. first grade child.

The challenges of serving orphaned children are significant.

Vulnerable children need holistic care. It’s not simple.

Supporting children living without parents means ensuring social and emotional support, creating safe spaces and fighting social stigma. It is difficult, tireless work.

Many programs and public systems are weak or harmful.

Many who claim to support orphaned children do just the opposite – providing unsafe, unclean, unjust environments rife with physical and emotional abuse.

Capacity building for effective programs is critical, and underfunded.

An organization is only as strong as the personnel, strategy planning and infrastructure on which it sits.

Trusted and transparent relationships with donors are critical and uncommon.

Creating long term value for deeply vulnerable children requires flexibility and agility, from both donors and nonprofits. Many donors place a heavy emphasis on ‘sure bets’, leaving NGOs little room for candor with donors, and discouraging collaborative navigation of the pitfalls & challenges of growth.

together we can do better.

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igniting local leaders


We believe building strong organizations takes patience, hard work and good planning. And we believe that great ideas deserve great support.

Prioritizing sustainability (through partnership with the public sector or significant earned revenue programs), investing in good people, and weathering a few storms together. 

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igniting local leaders


We believe building strong organizations takes patience, hard work and good planning. And we believe that great ideas deserve great support.

Prioritizing sustainability (through partnership with the public sector or significant earned revenue programs), investing in good people, and weathering a few storms together. 

Our model: identify leaders who serve children and invest in their success

First, we identify compassionate, dedicated leaders through our global Nominator Network and through former grantees. We review all outreach on a rolling basis and consider all opportunities. 

Second, we support organizations who provide sustainable, holistic, direct-services to orphans; and who need capacity building support to overcome tipping-point moments in their growth. 

Finally, we provide unrestricted financial capital, network & partnership growth; and financial & executive expertise to these leaders. 


Meet Jackson

Jackson Kiguri is the Founder and Director of Nyaka AIDS Orphan Project in Uganda. He works with children orphaned by AIDS. He provides homes for the children with grandmothers living in rural villages – and he provides income generating craft and entrepreneurship programs for the grandmothers to make this possible. He also runs two schools which operate on fully sustainable models: for each child who pays full tuition, he is able to provide full scholarship and housing for one orphan. His schools are considered among the best High School institutions in all of Uganda.

“A great marketing director. That is the first thing I would do with new money. I need people, and most donors support programs".

Jackson needed a great marketing director to help fill the enrollment for his new school and spread the word about his work to more donors and partners. None of his donors were willing to give the funds for this, they all wanted to donate directly to a specific program – to know that their donation brought in a specific, defined number of children to the program.

Orphan Opportunity provided the resources, both financial modeling advice and the unrestricted funds to hire a new Marketing Officer. We secured a 100% match from the Cordes Family Foundation, providing a total grant value of $50,000 alongside financial modeling and marketing support with Jackson and his team.

The result is catalytic growth, far beyond what program-restricted funding could offer. Jackson leveraged our $50,000 with a matching campaign among his donors, securing the funds to complete the school and begin the search for the innovative, entrepreneurial, Uganda-based marketing director he needs.   

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our advisor network


We are advised by a global group of co-creators, funders, thought leaders, non-profit executives who counsel and reroute us.

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our advisor network


We are advised by a global group of co-creators, funders, thought leaders, non-profit executives who counsel and reroute us.

our worldwide advisors consist of these amazing organizations

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who we are


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who we are


Ladislav Kossar

A former investment banker who has built a successful venture capital firm, sold several start-ups, and currently manages both a social enterprise accelerator and a small family office. He launched and continues to operate an experiential education program for teenage orphans to improve motivation and acquire skills for social integration in Slovakia. He has a reputation for one of the biggest hearts in Slovakia and speaks 8 languages, 10 when you include “ngo” and “vc”. 

Teal Brown

Teal is an expert in strategic philanthropy. She focuses on systems-level change in how we allocate philanthropic capital for effective economic development. She has designed and implemented social impact strategies alongside Fortune 100 companies, global foundation, family offices and community activists in more than a dozen countries. Her personal commitment to disadvantaged children began when she was 12- years old, playing cards with Turkish refugee girls in a church basement near where she grew up in Vienna, Austria.


strategic advisors, technical advisors and champions 

Passionate, dedicated, thoughtful and generous individuals have committed their time and insight in the following ways:

  • Strategic Advisors help us refine and ignite our strategy
  • Technical Advisors support our grantees with surrounding services to support their work
  • Champions support Orphan Opportunity Fund’s operational capacity and encourage other to join us

Ruma Bose, USA 
Entrepreneur, Girls Advocate

Jozef Bardik, Slovakia 
McKinsey and Co, VC Investor, Philanthropist

Maya Winkelstein 
Executive Director, Open Road Alliance

Marko Fiorese, Monaco 
Global Dignity advocate, Philanthropist, Investor

Shantidevi Galvan Cuenca, Mexico 
Regional Ambassador, Global Youth Nexus 

Saskya Bruysten, Germany 
Yunus Socialbusiness, CEO & Co-founder

Ron Cordes, USA 
Cordes Family Foundation, Impact Investor, Asset Manager

James Snook, USA 
Former CTO, Starbucks; Advocate for Safe Adoptions

Rachel Cohen Gerrol, USA 
Co-Founder, Global Youth Nexus, Global Networker

Matthew Bishop 
US Business Editor and New York Bureau Chief, The Economist