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.
We find remarkable people who provide holistic, direct services to vulnerable children.
Together, we build a plan to sustainably grow and serve more children.
We provide the resources needed to make this plan a reality.
We believe in sharing. We actively connect grantees, partners and advisers.
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.
We support dedicated, local organizations serving orphaned children through sustainable, holistic, direct service models. We find one another through a network of Global Nominators.
Unrestricted financial grants to support defined, actionable capacity building plans -- coupled with active networking and financial and technical expertise.
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.
Supporting children living without parents means ensuring social and emotional support, creating safe spaces and fighting social stigma. It is difficult, tireless work.
Many who claim to support orphaned children do just the opposite – providing unsafe, unclean, unjust environments rife with physical and emotional abuse.
An organization is only as strong as the personnel, strategy planning and infrastructure on which it sits.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We are advised by a global group of co-creators, funders, thought leaders, non-profit executives who counsel and reroute us.
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 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.
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