ACRES OF LOVE

Rescuing Children. Creating Families.

San Juan Capistrano, CA   |  www.acresoflove.org

Mission

Our MISSION is to rescue children and create families. Our VISION is to become a leader in establishing a highly effective orphan care program in South Africa: -Driven by passion and focused on execution -Focused on excellence in particularized care - Establishing a replicable benchmark model program of creating families -Empowering our leadership and Unique Ability Teams Our VALUES: We view it as our collective calling to passionately serve our children with excellence and joy through: -Bringing hope to children who have been orphaned -Treating every child as we would our own -Breaking the cycle of poverty -Solving the complex problems of the poor -Transforming communities

Ruling year info

2001

CEO

Mrs. Gerda Audagnotti

Main address

31920 Del Obispo, Suite 150

San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 USA

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EIN

33-0930465

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

AIDS (G81)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (O12)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our organization aims to address the growing orphan crisis in South Africa. Most recent studies estimate that there are 3 to 5 million children living without either biological parent in the country, with 100,000 children struggling to survive in child-headed households. The foster care system is overburdened and we seek to offer the very best family care to children who have been orphaned and/or abandoned.

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?

Family Homes

We exist to rescue children and create families. We provide the very best family care to children orphaned or abandoned in South Africa and are raising a generation who understands they are a beautiful gift to our family and the world. We do this through offering the highest quality, family-based, holistic care in our Acres of Love Family Homes. Since 1998, we have nurturing vulnerable children and the need continues with 3 to 5 million children currently orphaned in South Africa. Each year 3,500 babies are found abandoned and statistics say that for every three babies abandoned, only one will be found in time. This creates a continued sense of urgency as we work to offer the highest level of care for every child welcomed to Acres of Love. Over 40% of the children in our care have moderate to severe medical needs including HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, cerebral palsy, cancer, down syndrome, paralysis, autism, hearing impairment, CHARGE syndrome, spina bifida, and Prader-Willi syndrome.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People of African descent

Many of the abandoned infants and children designated to our care arrive on the brink of death, with substantial emergency medical needs that require immediate proactive intervention. Many others require long-term care to address severe malnutrition affecting their ability to reach developmental milestones.

We strive to ensure that each child gets the care, education, and assistance needed to develop and thrive. Our Emergency Medical and Special Needs (EMSN) Program exists to empower our team to accept progressively more complex cases. Our scaled up capabilities have allowed us to fully engage and care for children with complex medical conditions such as HIV, TB, Cerebral Palsy, Cancer, Down Syndrome, Paralysis, and severe malnutrition.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Children and youth

We offer preschool and therapeutic (occupational, physical, and speech) care to the children in our Forever Homes to encourage reaching developmental milestones and preparing them for school.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
People with disabilities

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 students at or above a 90% attendance rate

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

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Our focus is raising children to self sufficient adulthood so the lower numbers show years where our young adults launched from school to self sufficiency and we welcomed babies too young for school.

Number of students enrolled

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

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Our focus is raising children to self sufficient adulthood so the lower numbers show years where our young adults launched from school to self sufficiency and we welcomed babies too young for school.

Number of children with a source of ongoing care

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Family Homes

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We welcome children, launch them into self-sufficient adulthood, and support adoptions. Welcoming children with special needs keeps some of our homes smaller in size to best care for their needs.

Number of HIV-infected persons surviving 3+ years after diagnosis of AIDS

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Emergency Medical and Special Needs Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

As treatment progresses in SA, we receive fewer children with HIV. Our numbers reflect launching young adults who are thriving and have healthy viral loads.

Number of meals served or provided

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Family Homes

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We serve our children and house parents 3 healthy meals each day filled with nutrient-rich foods to combat past malnutrition.

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.

We firmly believe that each life has unlimited potential, and we are committed to supporting each of our children into adulthood. When a child enters our care, he or she undergoes an extensive medical overview to establish a long-term medical care program and Individual Development Plan (IDP). Our goal is to give each child everything needed to truly thrive. A team of social workers, medical professionals, teachers, occupational therapists, speech therapists, and physical therapists join house parents to create an IDP that addresses the individual and particular needs of each child to allow them to reach their full potential.

In order to meet our goals, in a "Forever Home" model of care, we are dedicated to providing:
-Long-term, residential care in a normalized family home with full-time “house parents"
-Comprehensive health care, including HIV/AIDS testing, on-going antiretroviral treatment for HIV/AIDS-positive infants and children
-Direct and individualized personal care; including love, nurturing, support, spiritual guidance, culturally appropriate activities, mentoring, recreational activities, nutritional meals and clothing
-Education, including uniforms, school supplies, educational games, mentoring and tutoring,participation in extra-curricular and other educational activities
-Recreation, including outings, culturally appropriate activities, sports and volunteer supervised community activities
-Case planning, including coordination and transition to foster care in partnership with South Africa's Department of Social Development
-Adoption and other permanency planning activities in partnership with the Department of Social Development and approved adoption agencies
-Age-appropriate early childhood development activities, including games, hygiene, team cooperation and normal age-appropriate activities
-Education and training to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS in the community at-large and among families of children in care
-All other activities necessary to provide a stable, nurturing, structured and normalized home environment that provides guidance, support, love, exceptional care and hope

We are a global movement of compassionate individuals, private and public foundation, churches, and corporations who have embraced an entreprenurial approach to solving the orphan crisis in South Africa. Moving away from institutional model of orphan care, we work to enable and empower children to thrive, not just survive.

Our staff functions within Unique Ability Teams, and in these roles we are able to work toward the common goal of offering each child everything needed to thrive. We have a dedicated team in Johannesburg that oversees the operational side of providing a family to each child in our care. This includes advocating for children's rights at local and government levels, the maintenance of our 31 Forever Family homes, supporting our full-time House Parents and in-home assistants, supervising the medical and prescription needs of our children, and building relationships within the local school, church, medical, and business communities to meet the needs of our children with the highest level of care. Each Forever Family Home has a house parent or parents who have completed a strenuous and lengthy training process. Viewing this role as their calling in life, these men and women are raising our children as their own. Children often come into our Forever Homes with immediate medical or emotional needs that must be addressed. Our House Parents are involved in the slow and steady work of helping children heal from horrific past trauma, the loss of parents, terrible abuse, and medical conditions that have gone untreated for far too long. Each home has full-time House Parent Assistants as well, in order to offer another layer of support to our children and their House Parents.

Within each Forever Family Home, our school-aged children are placed in academic environments that will empower them to reach their full potential. Based on unique needs, members from one Forever Family might attend up to six different schools. Many of our children have medical and special needs that require ongoing clinic, hospital, specialist, or private practice appointments throughout the larger region. We also encourage and support extra-curricular sports, hobbies, and activities for our children to pursue their dreams and interests. Tackling the scheduling and transport for children in over 30 Forever Family Homes requires an entire transport team. Using large family vans, our transport staff works hard to provide for the logistical challenges to smoothly get our children from home to school, choir or rugby practice, clinic appointments, and home again. Our transport drivers have become like uncles to our children and are often found helping out around the homes as well! They provide one more layer of extended family relationships and consistency for our children. Social workers, therapists, homework tutors, and dedicated volunteers work together to advocate for and offer our children an extended support system emotionally, academically.

We are working to strategically rescue more children abandoned and orphaned in South Africa. We would like to open more Forever Homes in order to serve more children with the dignity, love, and hope they deserve.

Financials

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ACRES OF LOVE

Board of directors
as of 03/02/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ryan Audagnotti

No affiliation

Gerda Audagnotti

Acres of Love Inc USA and SA

Ryan Audagnotti

No affiliation

Sue Pebley Esq

No affiliation

Louie Carson

No affiliation

Gary Million Esq

BTA Advisory Group

Robyn Mills

John Davies

Davies Public Affairs

Rhona Carter

Paul Danchik

Kim Campbell

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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/18/2022

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
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data