The OR Foundation Ltd.

Too Much Clothing. Not enough Justice.

aka The Or Foundation   |   Cambridge, MD   |  https://theor.org

Mission

The Or Foundation (pronounced “or” -- standing for choice) is a USA-based 501(C)(3) public charity that has been operating in Ghana since 2009. Working at the intersection of environmental justice, education and fashion development, our mission is to identify and manifest alternatives to the dominant model of fashion: alternatives that bring forth ecological prosperity, as opposed to destruction, and that inspire citizens to form a relationship with fashion that extends beyond their role as consumer. Too much clothing. Not enough culture. Too often a consumer. So rarely a human. It is time to recover. You are invited.

Ruling year info

2011

Co-Founder & Executive Director

Liz Ricketts

Co-Founder

J Branson Skinner

Main address

103 Choptank Ter

Cambridge, MD 21613 USA

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Formerly known as

The Of Rags Foundation

EIN

27-1488092

NTEE code info

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

Business and Industry (S40)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

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Our programs

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Dead White Man's Clothes

Dead White Man’s Clothes is a multimedia research project exploring the secondhand clothing trade in the context of Accra, Ghana.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
People of African descent

Our Long Recovery symbolizes the unlearning, the reckoning and the healing that will be necessary as we -- collectively -- work to transition from a linear to a regenerative economy. This work takes place alongside the tangible recovery of the material resources that have become waste. Our Long Recovery brings action to the findings of our research and advocacy project Dead White Man's Clothes.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Self-employed people

To provide immediate relief and alternative economic opportunities for young women and girls living in dire conditions and working as Kayayei, we have organized a structured and paid apprentice placement program with local designers, artists and business professionals. We created this content with great care. Thank you for sharing it kindly - https://theor.org/work

The Mabilgu Program (meaning ‘sisterhood’ in Dagbani) includes a monthly class on financial literacy, entrepreneurship, women’s rights, workplace safety and various sustainability practices. We are also working to extend these classes to a broader community of young women outside of our apprenticeship program.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Internally displaced people

A community center and circularity lab located in the heart of Accra, adjacent to Kantamanto Market, in order to catapult innovations around circular product design, waste management solutions and skills training. The lab functions on cycles four to six months long where we choose one material/garment type from the waste stream to investigate. The lab also serves as a community center. Retailers and tailors participate in the upcycling and recycling process. We host dialogue sessions, film screenings and exhibitions about sustainability and circularity with stakeholders across the market.

Population(s) Served
People of African descent
People of African descent

Where we work

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The OR Foundation Ltd.

Board of directors
as of 3/3/2022
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Board co-chair

J Branson Skinner

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Board co-chair

Elizabeth Ricketts

J Branson Skinner

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Elizabeth Ricketts

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 ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

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

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