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Is GiveLight Foundation a nonprofit organization?
Yes. GiveLight Foundation is a USA 501 (c)(3) organization with Tax ID: 562500794. Contributions to GiveLight Foundation are tax exempt
How much money actually goes to the orphans directly?
Because we are primarily run by volunteers and pro-bono experts, we have been able to operate at a minimum cost since founded in 2005. We saved more than $500,000 in overhead and salary expenses, which allows us to maximize the amount of funds that directly benefit our children. We have reached a flex point where we need to hire paid staff this year (Management, Web Role, Office/Account Manager). Our goal is not to exceed 10% in administrative costs, which will still be far lower than industry average.
What makes GiveLight different from other charitable organizations?
We focus only on helping orphans and we stay in their lives from the moment we take their small hands until they go to college. We invest in their education, social and spiritual development. We build personal connections with each child. Our Founder regularly visits all of our children and they all call her "mother". We also send volunteers to teach, which reinforces the personal touch and feeling of family for the children. Our connection with the kids is critical to their development and our passion for the cause. We emphasize the importance of education and good character. A few examples of what make us different:
- We provide private tutoring for our children. Every day after school they study either English, Computer or Arabic/Quran.
- They have banks accounts.. Some have saved up to buy a motorbike and some have $500-800, which is unheard of for most orphans.
- We buy them new clothes, shoes, and backpacks and don't accept hand-me-downs.
- We run an annual campaign called “Soul to Sole” and we take them to stores to choose their very own pair of shoes
- We take them on special outings to water parks, and picnics by a lake or ocean,. 6. We send volunteers to teach and stay at our homes. Interactions with these volunteers are prized by our orphans.
How many orphanages have been built so far and how many orphans are under GiveLight’s care?
We have built five homes in the following locations:
- Takengon, Central Aceh- Indonesia
- Rawalpindi, Pakistan
- Athulugama, Sri Lanka
- Kampong Cham, Cambodia
- Savar, Bangladesh
We are working to begin construction of our sixth home in Casablanca, Morocco. Apart from the children living in our homes we also support those living with poor relatives. No one can provide better love and care than one's own family so we don't want to take them away from their homes. We provide the financial means for them to attend school and live a dignified life.
How old are the orphans and how are they doing?
When we started Givelight in 2005, our youngest child was two years old. She lost her father and older sister in the tsunami. Today, ten years later as we expand to other countries we bring in children aged 6-12 years. The kids love their homes and they feel a sense of security and warmth. They all go to school and some are extremely bright. We teach them to dream big, to work hard and get good grades. The children in the Aceh home are somewhat older, with some in High School and College a few on scholarship.
Who manages the orphanages?
One of the criteria for partnership is that our local partner must be willing to be our Management in the field. We rely on them to form a local Givelight team consisting of individuals who share our passion and philosophy. The team has to be able to execute our strategic planning with the well being and education of our children at the center of everything we do. Each home has a live-in mother and/or father, a cook, security and treasurer/secretary who work part time.
What are GL’s future goals?
Our long term goal is to care for 10,000 orphans around the world. Our goal is to get at least 80% of them to complete High School and 60% to College. We also plan to establish a Global Scholarship Fund and bring some of the brightest orphans to study in U.S. Universities.
How can I help?
There are many ways you can help. You can volunteer for different projects here in the U.S. or go to teach in one of our homes. Here's the link to the volunteer page. You can sponsor a child for $1 a day or contribute to the cost of building our next home in Morocco. You can throw a tea party or a birthday party to benefit our children. You can suggest other ideas to help us raise awareness around the U.S. and around the world. We have been blessed to see our growth mainly through word of mouth. We believe in the power of many individuals doing small things and we look forward to spreading our light to every corner of the world, with God's mercy and help of our friends and supporters. Thank you for your interest. If you have ideas or questions please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org