Gentle Giants

no one left behind

aka no   |   Laguna Niguel , CA   |  https://thegentlegiants.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

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs and results

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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).

Population(s) Served
Adults

We want to be able to give everyone an opportunity to join this incredible journey. We understand that covid19 effected human and non-human alike. You can do a one time $2 donation or set it up to be a monthly donation.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We support the indigenous Thai people. Mostly the local Karen Tribe. We routinely speak with members of each group to get feedback on how our support is helping, how we could do better, how they can become self-sustaining, how their lives have changed since covid and with our support.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls,

  • 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Recently we have supported the indigenous people of Om Koi Thailand when they approached us asking for help to stay home with their families and keep their elephants living in their natural habitat. Rather than both human and elephant being exploited in unethical tourism venues. We have under our support 55+ elephants and 100's of people. We are setting up a Volunteer Program to help with this. We are currently working with the people of Surin Province, Thailand who also wish to remain home with their families and provide a ethical experience of tourism with their elephants. Eliminating cruelty and abuse, while becoming self-sustaining. We are setting up a Volunteer Program to help with this.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    The people we support feel empowered & motivated with these changes. The woman are being empowered by offering them education, training to help financially support their villages. The men are able to help support their families by remaining home and working their farms and crops; which also is helps the village become self-sustaining. Families are intact and happier. They are happy & excited to have their elephants home, back in their natural habitat and not working in the unethical tourism or logging industry.

  • 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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Gentle Giants

Board of directors
as of 07/20/2022
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

Gentle Giants

Colby Steiner

Gentle Giants

Tracey Brace

Gentle Giants

Saengduean Chailert

Save Elephant Foundation

Darrick Thomson

Elephant Nature Park

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 7/20/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

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 (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/20/2022

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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.