Help One Now

Help One Now empowers families in developing countries through high-capacity local leaders with proven solutions to end extreme poverty.

aka Help End Local Poverty   |   Raleigh, NC   |  www.helponenow.org

Mission

Help One Now empowers families in developing countries through high-capacity local leaders with proven solutions to end extreme poverty.

Ruling year info

2009

CEO/Founder

Mr. Chris Marlow

Main address

PO Box 26716

Raleigh, NC 27611 USA

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EIN

26-3618295

NTEE code info

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Help One Now empowers families in developing countries through high-capacity local leaders with proven solutions to end extreme poverty. Our vision is to empower 100,000 families to end extreme poverty in their lives by 2030.

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?

Restorative Care

At Help One Now, we realize that it is difficult to make a true difference at the community level through simple one-to-one sponsorship. Furthermore, we know that sustainable change can only come through a collaboration of our resources. We must not only feed individual children, but we must also improve water systems, build and maintain schools, and create job opportunities for the communities in which we are working to break the cycle of poverty and move these communities forward.

We sponsor orphans five times to ensure their life-changing, 24/7 care, education, food, clothing and medical needs are consistently met, and to support their local leaders and allow them to improve the living situations for all of the children in their care.

We sponsor vulnerable children (children of families in very extreme poverty) twice so that they can receive at least one hot meal every day, so that their community’s schools are supported, and, most importantly, so that local families are strengthened and vulnerable children are prevented from becoming orphans.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Our vision is to empower 100,000 families to end extreme poverty in their lives by 2030. Our Business Launch Program shifts the narrative; it helps keep struggling families together. Each family goes through a 7 step process that ultimately allows them to launch their own business. To date, we have enrolled over 750 families in our Business Launch Program in Ethiopia, Haiti, Uganda, and Dominican Republic with an average increased income of approximately 642% — and many of these families now have 2-3 years of self-sufficiency under their belt! Not only does the program help families to thrive, but it ripples outward into the community as families grow their businesses, create even more jobs, and pour into the local economy.

Population(s) Served
Families

Education saves children’s lives, promotes girl’s and women’s rights, and makes people healthier. It boosts economic growth, reduces poverty, and increases income.

As education transforms communities and breaks the cycle of extreme poverty, opportunity & hope flourish in entire regions. A high-quality education makes a world of difference. We are currently supporting 170 teachers around the world by providing fair wages, training, & classroom supplies, as well as nutritious hot meals for students. And through that support, the futures of over 3,700 students each school year are directly affected!

Population(s) Served
Students

Where we work

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 people receiving safe drinking water from community systems

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

Children and youth, Adults, Families

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We provided consistent access to clean water to these individuals. *in 2020 this metric shifted to all individuals with access to clean water through Help One Now programs

Number of meals served

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

Children and youth, Families, Students

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of meals served per year in our communities

Number of children who are receiving a quality education

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

Children and youth, Students

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

students receiving quality education

Number of teachers who are receiving a fair salary

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

Adults, Academics

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of high-capacity local leaders who have been empowered and resourced

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of orphans who have received 24/7 holistic care and support

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

Children and youth, At-risk youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Completed the Family Empowerment Program

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

Children and youth, Families, Parents

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Graduated the Family Empowerment Program and are now out in the community with their own businesses flourshing!

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.

Help One Now empowers local leaders through friendship and partnership. We work with leaders who are already working effectively in their respective communities. These leaders are friends and partners in the fight against extreme poverty. They are our greatest resource, and without them, sustainable change is impossible.

Empowering Families: We serve in some of the poorest communities in the world, where people live on less than $2 US per day. In these communities, empowering families through education and entrepreneurship has proven to be the most effective course for long term change, creating a hand up to build a better future for themselves.

Help One Now joins alongside leaders in their communities to learn about what they believe to be their most difficult and pressing issues are and how they believe they can be fixed. We help to empower and resource leaders to be able to deal with these problems.

Help One Now believes in honoring human dignity by empowering families through entrepreneurship opportunities and training, restorative care, community development and education, healthcare, and spiritual development.

Our Family Business h Program shifts the narrative; it helps keep struggling families together.
To date, we have enrolled over 1,000 families in our Family Business Program in Ethiopia, Haiti, Uganda, and Dominican Republic with an average increased income of approximately 642% — and many of these families now have 2-3 years of self-sufficiency under their belt! Not only does the program help families to thrive, but it ripples outward into the community as families grow their businesses, create even more jobs, and pour into the local economy.

As education transforms communities and breaks the cycle of extreme poverty, opportunity & hope flourish in entire regions. A high-quality education makes a world of difference.
We are currently supporting 183 teachers around the world by providing fair wages, training, & classroom supplies, as well as nutritious hot meals for students. And through that support, the futures of nearly 4,000 students each school year are directly affected!

Restorative care plays a key role in community transformation over time. Through the meeting of basic needs and the provision of holistic care, human dignity is restored, laying a foundation that empowers future families to thrive.
In communities where extreme poverty exists, under-resourced systems often fall short in caring for the most vulnerable. Children without adequate parental care experience neglect, trauma and exploitation while a lack of community resources leads to the basic needs of many going unmet. Around the world, Help One Now provides 24/7 holistic care to children rescued from or vulnerable to trafficking and provides resources that meet the basic needs of individuals living in extreme poverty.

Our greatest asset is our indigenous leaders. We partner with some of the most passionate, dedicated and brilliant men and women in the developing world. They understand the challenges their countries and communities are facing better than an outsider ever could. They also understand the assets that their people have to meet those challenges. They have a clear vision for transforming communities and ending extreme poverty, but they don't have the resources or support to accomplish that vision. We come alongside these incredible leaders and empower them to accomplish their vision. Our capabilities lie, as they should, in the strength of our local leaders.

We'd like to introduce you to 2 of our 12 leaders:

Aschalew Abebe is our Director of Family Empowerment. With a Master's degree in community development and a PhD in Project Management, Aschalew's thoughtful and holistic approach to ending the orphan crisis in Ethiopia is as inspiring as he is. He and his team are committed to going upstream to address the root of the orphan crisis - poverty. Aschalew and his team are working hard to empower families and prevent poverty orphans. Their local team have facilitated more domestic adoptions in Ethiopia than any other group, and they have won multiple awards from the Ethiopian government for their work in the community. They have empowered hundreds of families and enhanced the education of thousands of students. Aschalew's holistic approach to community development will yield incredible transformation in the years to come. Community awareness and education—family empowerment—domestic adoption—reunification—and long term group homes for children who have no other option. Aschalew believes that every child deserves a family, and that we WILL see the end of the orphan crisis!

Jean Alix Paul is one of our local leaders in Port au Prince, Haiti. He is a talented businessman and a dedicated pastor who has mastered the art of raising up leaders. Over the past 25 years, he has planted 10 churches, started 5 schools and founded 3 children's homes. He is also helping us fight trafficking and slavery by working with us to build and oversee a trafficking prevention refuge in northeast Haiti. He believes (as do all of our leaders) that there are two things that are most needed to break the cycle of extreme poverty in Haiti: 1) people must know Jesus; and 2) children – and adults – must have a good, solid education. Among other things, there are currently over 1,000 children receiving a good education because of this incredible leader. And we have seen over 60 children rescued from trafficking in the past few years as we have walked alongside Jean Alix. He is ready to shift his focus from aid to development, and he has a plan to see Haiti transformed from the inside out by way of agriculture, business and education.

Since the start of the Family Empowerment Business Launch program, over 1,000 families have been empowered to start and sustain their own businesses.

In 2020 alone:
210 children benefited from 24/7 holistic restorative care
Over 1.2 million meals were served free of cost to families, students, and staff
378 families launched businesses through the Family Business Program
6,500+ students were enrolled in school
183 teachers were employed full-time
4,908 individuals received spiritual mentorship
and over 11,000 families were directly impacted on a daily basis through our education, business, and care initiatives

Financials

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Operations

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

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Help One Now

Board of directors
as of 02/11/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Mike Rusch

Pure Charity

Chris Marlow

Help One Now

Korie Robertson

Duck Commander

Seth Haines

Charles Lee

Ideation

Kristin Buse

Pure Charity

Lindsey Nobles

Onsite

Mike Hensley

Guardian Wealth Partners

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? 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/6/2021

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
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/06/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • 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 seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.