Saturday, May 27, 2017

FAQ


Frequently Asked Questions

Does Our Family Orphan Communities make a profit from any part of the operation of the orphanage communities?
No. All funds that are donated, or that may come from any sale of goods within an orphan Community are returned to further the work of this non-profit organization serving orphans.

Is Our Family Orphan Communities affiliated with a church or religious group?
Our Vision Statement says: “Our Family Orphan Communities, Inc exists to improve life for orphans of any race, religion or gender throughout the world.” We welcome help from any religious tradition which wants to help with this purpose. We do not think it is correct to exclude help to needy children because they, or others who are serving them, might not share our beliefs. Many great religious leaders have taught that helping others unconditionally is fundamental.


How do I know that you are a legitimate non-profit organization?
Feel free to check with the Colorado Secretary of State.  (http://www.sos.state.co.us/)
– Articles of Incorporation File number: 20041171859, incorporated May  N07, 2004.
– Colorado Charitable Solicitations Registration number: 20043004765,   approval notification May 17, 2004

Do you have a Determination Letter as a 501-c-3 from the IRS?
Yes. As a 501-c-3 all donations to our charitable organization are tax deductible. (Click to view our determination letter)

Can we adopt children who are living in the Community?
The purpose of the Community is to provide children with a family. Since they will have a family in the Community, they are not available for adoption to other families.

Is it possible for private investors to own part of the “economic engines?” To invest in the Social Businesses?
There are some opportunities. In the case of the Community owned businesses, investors will be repaid their initial investment, with appropriate interest. Send us an email regarding your desire and how much you would like to invest, click here.

Why not simply provide additional support to existing orphanages or other services which help orphans?
International organizations such as the UN/UNICEF and others point out that traditional institutions/orphanages are not able to prepare children for their future as well as a family can.

We do not just want to find a better way to simply do what has always been done (basic institutional house, feed, clothe), we want to introduce something new. We envision something unique and different that can revolutionize the way we help homeless young people. Family groups so the children know what it means to be part of a family, to learn how they can raise a family when they grow up, opportunities to learn job skills, supplemental education, all built into “The self-sustaining Community”.

Why not do the Sustainable Communities in the USA? We have lots of need here?

We will be doing it in the USA in the future after we have learned from the prototype community.   Some of the reasons we are not doing it in the USA first include: – the bureaucracy of setting up businesses and of childcare/adoption is very challenging;  – the implementation, staffing and construction costs will be higher when we do it in the USA;   – there are several charities and government services currently helping children in the USA while there are few organizations providing those services to children in developing countries.

Why is it taking so long to get the Sustainable Communities started?

Like any “new idea” it takes a while for people to recognize its value and benefit.  With an all volunteer staff, things always move slower.  It has been said, “no one wants to be first to invest in a new idea, but everyone wants to be second.”  This also applies to grant givers. They do not want to put funding into a project until it is actually serving those it exists to serve.  Thus, we are continuing to look for “seed funding” as we continue to proceed with all volunteers.  Once we acquire funding, we will certainly gain momentum.  While we are moving slowly, to have accomplished things like having land donated to this project in Vietnam and to have been thanked by the vice-president of Vietnam in a televised ceremony in front of the nation speaks highly of the potential that visionaries see in this project.  (The Vietnam project is on hold until we finish the first community in Mexico).

Why don’t you stat with something smaller?

Some people suggest that we start with “just one business like the greenhouse”  or “just build a few homes.”  This Sustainable Community model is a NEW model, a new way of doing things.  What is new about building another business like thousands like it around the world that are known to function? What is new about building homes?  The problem is that traditionally, charities and well-intentioned people do not look at the “big-picture” of what does it take to help people create a decent quality-of-life.  Consider for a moment, what good would it really do to build some new homes for people who do not have jobs, clean water, a sewer infrastructure, education, healthcare, etc?  This Sustainable Communities model helps people create their own new community and to be able to take care of themselves (and get orphans into real families) and to have a decent Quality-of-Life.  An analogy would be your body. How well would it function without some of its parts – like the heart or the lungs or the brain?  Another is a car. How well would it function without the engine, or the wheels, or the transmission?  The community is the same. It needs all of the appropriate systems if it is gong to function properly.  The real benefits of the Sustainable Communities result from the synergy of having all of the needed systems for a community operational at the same time.

Is there really a need for this project?

There are over 17 million orphans who need a family. Add to that billions of people living in poverty because they do not have a good job, homes, education and job skills.  Do an internet search with the name of any country + poverty and look at the images that come up.  This project is NOT an international charity, but is a project that helps local people like those you see living in poverty be trained and supported to create new jobs, build the infrastructure systems, new homes and other systems they need to build their own new community for a decent life for themselves and their children.  The entire society benefits when this is done.

How much has been donated to this project so far?

There have been contributions from over 800 people from 18 different countries as we have gone through the design process and are now moving into implementation. In addition to the individual donations, organizations that have donated include: University of Colorado, Colorado School of Mines, Leeds School of Business, Adams State College, Metro State University to name a few.   The value of the cash and inkind donations made by these people who see the value of what is being done totals to over one million dollars.  As a 501(c)3 organization, we respect all that has been donated and use it wisely.

How much of the donations received go to staff salaries?

The answer is zero.  We remain an all volunteer organization and none of the income of the organization goes to benefit any staff member.

 

For other questions you might have, please send us an email: 

                                                         info (at) orphancommunities.org

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