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Gentle Giants

Together We Can Create A Better World For Captive Elephants

aka no   |   Laguna Niguel , CA   |  www.gentlegiantselephants.org

Mission

Elephant conservation and to work in collaboration with elephant owners and their local communities in finding a more harmonious and peaceful coexistence with the gentle giants and enabling the mahouts (caretakers) to earn a decent living to support their families. By helping create opportunities where elephants can stay and thrive in their own habitats, sanctuaries or other ethical, humane projects living in harmony with nature. Benefiting not only the elephants, the mahouts ( caretakers) but also their communities. Through our sponsorship programs. Our Nonprofit will always be willing to work with anyone who is wanting to better the living conditions of their communities while protecting the well - being and natural habitats of the elephants. .

Ruling year info

2020

Founder/President

Mrs. Diana Munoz

Co-founder/Director

Ms. Colby D Steiner

Main address

24952 Rancho Clement

Laguna Niguel , CA 92677 USA

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EIN

85-1224112

NTEE code info

Protection of Endangered Species (D31)

Forest Conservation (C36)

Rural (S32)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

To change the lives of captive Asian elephants in unethical, abusive tourism. To return them to their natural environment allowing natural behavior; while simultaneously giving their owners an optional way to earn a supportive income for their families.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Meet the herd/ sponsor an elephant

Elephant Sponsorship - to ensure elephants have necessary food & care. Allowing the elephants to remain home, chain free in the forest with their herd. Keeping them out of the terrible, suffering life of the logging and/or tourist industry.

Population(s) Served
Activists
People of Asian descent

A Mahout is the most important person in the life of an elephant, that is living in any form of captivity in Asia. They are the ones who tend to all the needs of the elephants and are who know them the best. From being able to tell when the elephant is not comfortable, is tired, or hungry; to when they are not feeling well. All of this makes the mahout's job extremely important. Sadly, for a very long time, their hard work has gone unrecognized. The mahouts are made to work long hours with very little pay. They are also forced to leave their homes and families behind. This is why, at Gentle Giants, we are committed to pay the mahouts who work in our program(S) fair wages. We want them to be able to, not only support their families, but not have to leave them and their village homes behind.

Population(s) Served
People of Asian descent
Caregivers

By purchasing fresh fruit and vegetable from local farmers, we are not only providing the elephants with healthy supplemented food/nutrients, but supporting the community.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
People of Asian descent

An additional way to help support those gentle giants already under our care, while allowing us to bring more needy ones into our Project. This also gives small businesses and corporation, from around the world, a opportunity to not only give back, receive a tax deduction, but advertise on our website.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Many of the villages were not prepared for their elephants to return home. They have no shelters built for them. Many shelters were destroyed during the wet season and fires. All elephants, particularly the mothers and young babies need a place to protect them during the night and from the elements throughout the day.

Strong enclosures for the young bull elephants need to be constructed to ensure that they can continue to live chain free and not be subjected to phajaan (or the 'crush).

We have built 10 shelters! 5 at ENP, 3 at other projects, 1 at GG Providence and the very first chain-free shelter at Om Koi.

Population(s) Served

Any organization or individual whom wants to join our cause, walk with us, and help save Thailand's captive elephants is welcome. Under the ally program, a organization, corporation, group or individual donates $10K+ and offers continual support. They are featured on our websites Home page. Allies are just one step under our Partner.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Surprise your loved ones by sharing your special occasion with the elephants! Whether celebrating a Birthday, an Anniversary, Graduation, Baby Shower or any special occasion, the Gentle Giants elephant would love to be part of your Party.

Beautiful, unique, personalized cakes made specifically for each elephant. These gorgeous masterpieces are a mixture of leafy bamboo, fruit and nutritious fortified rice meal. Your personalized message is written with tamarin. They are made by the beautiful staff at Elephant Nature Park.

These cakes not only provide additional nutritional supplements to the elephants, but support local farmers and help keep the staff at Elephant Nature Park employed.

You get to personally choose the herd, or elephant/s, whom you want to celebrate with you! PLUS you will receive a personalized video message of the elephants enjoying their cake along with numerous photos (via email) you can share with whomever you choose.

Population(s) Served

Inadequate nutrition can have detrimental effects on any elephants mental and physical well-being. It can lead to stunted growth, compromising their strength, bone density, and muscle development, making them more prone to injuries. Additionally, insufficient nutrition can impair cognitive development, affecting their learning abilities, problem-solving skills, and natural behaviors. Behavioral issues, such as aggression, restlessness, and abnormal social interactions, may arise as a result of malnutrition. Weakened immune systems and increased vulnerability to diseases and infections are also common consequences.

Our rice-ball program not only offers supplemental nutrition to the elephants under our care; all ingredients of these healthy treats are locally sourced & made by the community. helping the local farmers & rice growers, as well as, providing work to the village men and woman; who otherwise wouldn't have enough to make ends meet.

Population(s) Served
People of Asian descent
Families of origin
Low-income people
Working poor
Farmers
People of Asian descent
Families of origin
Low-income people
Working poor
Farmers

Providing prosthetics and orthotics for 4 disabled elephants and one cow.

We join hands with Derrick Campana & Bionic Pets on a new journey of healing. This journey provided a new opportunity; a better quality of life for 5 gentle souls. With this opportunity, these 5 gentle ones will be able to walk without restraint, without pain. Giving them a greater quality of life.

Read more here: https://gentlegiantselephants.org/bionic-giants

Population(s) Served

Gentle Giants Elephants collaborated once more with Derrick Campana of Bionic Pets to create three elephant orthotics that will significantly help three handicapped elephants. These orthotics be proactive in stopping their conditions from degenerating more, but they will offer comfort, reduce pain, increase mobility and help all three ladies live a greater quality life as they continue to age. Read more: https://gentlegiantselephants.org/bionic-giants-2

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Green Steps Category of the Responsible Thailand Awards 2022 2022

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of animals rescued

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People of South Asian descent, Low-income people, Families of origin

Related Program

Meet the herd/ sponsor an elephant

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We've rescued six elephants & aided in the rescue of 2 others; All reside at Elephant Nature Park & are forever free. We continue to provide food & care and pay for their caretakers wages.

Dollars donated to support advocacy efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People of South Asian descent, Families of origin, Low-income people, Working poor

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Total dollars in donations sent to Thailand to support captive elephant welfare; daily food/care, medical, supplemental food, shelters, etc

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

This plan allows both indigenous families and elephants to benefit:

- The mahouts (handlers) would still be employed, earning fair wages and stay with their families;

- The elephants would no longer be forced to work in the tourist and logging industry, nor would they be chained day in and day out. Instead, they would roam around freely in the forest together with other elephants. They would be able to display natural behaviors.

- The communities would benefit by Gentle Giants supporting local farmers for elephant food. Woman would be empowered by teaching them new skills to contribute income to their families. Families would be able to remain home and earn income through farming.

Gentle Giants Nonprofit, partners with Lek Chailert (Save Elephant Foundation) to work with the elephant handlers working in logging and tourism. We have developed a plan to meet the needs of both elephants and the communities. We support captive elephants remaining in their natural habitats, chain free. Gentle Giants provides education and awareness to the detriments of captive endangered Asian elephants to the public. We empower woman by training them in new skills to help earn income to support their families. We purchase products from local farmers to supplement their income. We hire local contractors and businesses to build shelters for the elephants. We provide training for the elephant owners and caretakers to teach them a more kinder, gentler way to live with their elephants. We provide income to the elephant owners families to supplement their incomes so that they may remain home.

In three short years, Gentle Giants Nonprofit as routinely demonstrated our ability to meet our goals. We have developed a stable community of supporters. We have continual social media growth and reach. We have experience and knowledge to make this happen. We have a strong partnership with Lek Chailert, who has been involved in rescuing elephants and building habitats for over 25 years. The number of elephants and indigenous people we have been able to help since Covid_19 is continually increasing.

We have had over 168 elephants under our care over the last three years. We have helped farmers, construction workers, and countless human families through our projects.

We have rescued six gentle ones and aided in the rescue of 2 others; All reside at Elephant Nature Park and are forever free. We have provided much needed nutritional supplements for all and medical care for those in need. We continue to send funds monthly for their food and care.

We have built 10 shelters! 5 at ENP, 3 at other projects, 1 at GG Providence and the very first chain-free shelter at Om Koi.

We have provided funds for medical care for any elephant in need. Whether it be one who has been rescued or lived at another project.

We participated in Save Elephant Foundations food bank by donating 1000s of tons of food to those who were starving. We have helped aid Elephant Nature Park during ruinous storms and flooding. We have sent aid for ENP's Cat Kingdom. Plus, we donated 200 baby bottles and about the same amount of baby nipples for puppy, kittens, and monkeys to ENP!

We started the rice-ball program in Surin to provide additional nutritious treats for the elephants, as well as support the local farmers and community.

We created our elephant enrichment program to support elephant mental & physical well-being.

Gentle Giants Providence was created in Surin. A haven with a chain-free shelter for elephants.

We supported Nepal Elephant Walk Sanctuary (NEWS) by providing food for starving elephants in Nepal.

We created the ele-celebration cake program o help Elephant Nature Park, our partner Saengduean Lek Chailert, to feed her gentle ones; keep the ENP staff employed and help the local farmers stay in business.

Om Koi Evolution was born; a new way of life for 60+ elephants and their human families. We developed a "hands-off" volunteer program that would benefit both elephants and the people. We supported the community by hiring locals to build a kitchen, mud room, showers, bathroom and storage/prep room. For approximately 27 months, we sent monthly support for 18 elephants & 15 months for all elephants.

Bionic Giants was born. 6 beautiful souls at Elephant Nature Park received orthotics and prosthetics, engineered with the latest technology, by our wonderful friend Derrick Campana of Bionic Pets. The very first in history elephant knee brace, for Mae Mai, became a reality! GG traveled back to Thailand with Derrick and Nomadica Films to film the Wizard of Paws, Season 4's final episode.

We continue sending our monthly financial commitment, to a total of 36 gentle ones: GG's 6 rescued elephants, 10 elephants at ENP, 3 elephants at Elephant Highlands, 1 elephant at Cambodia Wildlife Sanctuary and 16 x-begging elephants in Surin.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Gentle Giants

Board of directors
as of 01/31/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mrs Diana Munoz

Gentle Giants

Term: 2020 -


Board co-chair

Mrs. Colby Steiner

Gentle Giants

Term: 2020 -

Diana Munoz

Self-employed

Colby Steiner

Self-employed

Eduardo Fonseca

NASA/spaceX

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/31/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/20/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.