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Reeces Rainbow

Special Needs Adoption Support

aka Reece's Rainbow Special Needs Adoption Support   |   Combined Locks, WI   |  www.reecesrainbow.org

Mission

Reece's Rainbow is an advocacy and adoption grant foundation serving foreign-born orphans with Down syndrome and other special needs. We raise funds as adoption grants, and we seek adoptive families for those children. We assist committed families in further fundraising to minimize the out-of-pocket expenses needed to bring them home. Children born with disabilities are abandoned at a very high rate abroad. There is no place in society for these children; no resources for bio families, no education, medical care, or future. Over 2000 children are "orphans no more" as a result of our advocacy and fundraising programs. We seek donors year-round to minimize and/or eliminate the upfront cost of bringing these children out of orphanages and into loving forever families.

Notes from the nonprofit

At Reece's Rainbow, we pride ourselves on fiscal efficiency and transparency. We function under 10% annually for our operational costs. When you give to Reece's Rainbow, you can rest assured in the best use of your monetary gifts. We welcome your personal preferences in giving (determining which child or family you wish to support). We also invite your trust in allowing us to allocate your gifts to the waiting child or family in greatest imminent need at the time. We provide detailed donation transaction statements upon request, so you always know where every penny was allocated. There are no faith-based restrictions on our grants. Funds are given on behalf of the child, and are available to families who are legally approved by their state social workers, their adoption agency, and the foreign adoption officials.

Ruling year info

2008

Executive Director

Mrs Michelle Zoromski

Main address

PO Box 146

Combined Locks, WI 54113 USA

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EIN

20-5466141

NTEE code info

Disabled Persons' Rights (R23)

Adoption (P31)

Down's Syndrome (G25)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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Voice of Hope Fund

Reece's Rainbow functions operationally on less than 10% annually. Our growth and ability to reach a greater audience each year depends entirely on funds for these expenses.

Population(s) Served
Families

From November 1 through December 31 of each year, Reece's Rainbow runs our Miracle of Adoption Christmas Campaign (MACC).  This is our number one fundraiser & greatest visibility campaign for the year. Approximately 100 of our waiting children, chosen by our advocates, are openly posted on one page and eligible for grant donations.  The goal is to raise $1000 or more for each child during the campaign. Sponsors who give $35 or more receive a beautiful photo ornament of their sponsored child, and "Christmas Warriors" use their blogs and the power of social media to help raise more than $1000 for their child's adoption grant.

Population(s) Served
Families

Donations made to specific children who are still seeking a committed adoptive family. Donors can also give to a trust of funds to be allocated by our leadership staff to children in greatest imminent need (example aging out, medically fragile, been listed a long time, etc).

Population(s) Served
Families

Donations made on behalf of the child *after* they have found a committed family. The average total cost of a foreign adoption is $30-40,000. Families are expected to use their own funds, in addition to other grants, loans, and funding sources. Donors are welcome to give on behalf of certain children/families, or to give to a trust of funds, to be allocated by our leadership for urgent last minute travel funding needs.

Population(s) Served
Families

Where we work

Awards

Congressional Angel in Adoption Award 2010

United States Congress

Hero of the Year 2010

People Magazine

Top 5 Finalist for Use of Social Media 2011

Bloganthropy

Top 3 Finalist for Most Innovative Use of Social Media 2011

Classy Awards

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 children with special needs, adopted with our support

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

To provide grant funding to minimize and/or eliminate the high out of pocket costs to adoptive families for the international adoption of children with diagnosed special needs.

Measurable goals for 2017: 300 children HOME, $3,000,000 revenue, 1 new country program

24/7 social media visibility. Continued relationship-building with licensed adoption agencies and facilitators. Presence online and in the special needs communities to share the urgent needs of these waiting children. Seeking new corporate and foundation grant funding this year, as all funds in previous years have been strictly private, individual donors.

We already have a highly visible online social media presence. Using these forums are more fiscally efficient than convention and other costly in-person events. Each year our network of advocates, donors, and adoptive families grows. They are a local voice for us, and the remaining children, within their own communities. Greater funding will mean greater opportunities for national TV and print advertising.

We have saved the lives of 2000 disabled orphans.
We have kept religion and politics out of the equation.
We have streamlined the adoption process in dozens of foreign country programs.
We have built a community of wise, experienced, supportive, encouraging adoptive families & advocates.

We haven't been recognized by CNN, the President, or been considered for the Nobel Prize.
We have not authored a book.
We haven't made a short film or documentary.
We have not done a lot of OpEds in national media publications.
We have not had any billboard ads.
We have not reached the $5,000,000 annual revenue mark.

Financials

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Reeces Rainbow

Board of directors
as of 10/18/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Cameron Al-Khazraji

Reece's Rainbow Board President

Michelle Zoromski

Cameron Al-Khazraji

Carla Dobrovits

Lisa Llewellyn

Jamie Lentz

Board leadership practices

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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? No
  • 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? Not applicable
  • 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 3/14/2022

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
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/14/2022

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.