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VENTURE

Justice for the Unreached

aka Venture Expeditions   |   Burnsville, MN   |  https://venture.org/

Mission

Venture works in the least reached areas of the world where millions of people are suffering from war, human trafficking, and oppression. In these tough places, Venture equips local Christian leaders to meet urgent needs and bring the hope of Jesus, so communities can experience generational transformation.

Ruling year info

1992

Executive Director

Mr. Paul Hurckman

President

Mr. Ryan Skoog

Main address

511 E Travelers Trial

Burnsville, MN 55337 USA

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Formerly known as

AFC Global

Venture Expeditions

Ambassadors For Christ

EIN

41-1720155

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (X12)

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Venture has spent the last decade identifying some of the greatest injustices in the world - such as refugee crises in war-torn areas, human-trafficking of vulnerable populations, water crisis and famine, and extreme poverty. We specialize in serving in areas where the needs are great, and the compassion organizations are few. We partner with local national leaders in those areas, to create a sustainable plan that moves individuals and communities, from relief, to development, to sustainability, to fulfilled living. With the need identified, and a sustainable plan developed, we then invite the Venture Community to participate in a unique ways. Our four fundraising engines are Churches, Businesses, Traditional Donations, and Peer to Peer fundraisers based on physical sacrifice/miles challenges.

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?

Venture Miles

Venture facilitates Peer to Peer Fundraising using the Venture Miles Platform to engage all ages of participants to use physical sacrifice (biking, hiking, running etc..) to advocate and fundraise for humanitarian and justice causes.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children
Adolescents
Preteens

Venture Projects include a Thai Social Foundation, that serves as an umbrella for a Community/Education Center in Ban Pong, as well as Refugee Care Points on the Thai-Burmese border. We also support various other projects and missionaries that address justice issues throughout Southeast Asia.

Population(s) Served

We serve in Nepal and Myanmar(including the Thailand/Myanmar border) to the marginalized population. These are mostly displaced people due to religious persecution and caste system culture. We receive and distribute meals from FMSC as well as buy regional foods where applicable. Creating sustainable farming microbusinesses are trending and successful thus far for long term solutions when land ownership is possible.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

The border between Nepal and India is the highest ranked trafficked places on earth. Here girls and boys are are sold to those that wish to exploit them based upon prejudices ruled by caste system beliefs and causes of desperation by those people lost in systemic marginalized lifestyles. Border Patrol Stations are small sheltered offices that operate on the Nepal side of the border used to identify and counsel potential victims of human trafficking. Most of the border "watchers" are former victims themselves who have gone through an extensive rehabilitation and training process.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

These programs include ongoing health and hygiene training, distribution of feminine hygiene products, trauma-informed care coupled with education in legal rights, financial literacy training, life skills training, entrepreneurial mentorship, and when possible - the distribution of small business grants.

Population(s) Served
Women
Adolescent girls
Young girls
Preteen girls

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Charity Navigator 2021

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.

As a faith-based organization, we want to respond to Gospel in clear and tangible ways, by feeding the poor, rescuing the orphan, caring for the widow, and standing with the oppressed. In order to accomplish this, we need to focus on two specific and inter-connected populations.

The first population are those who are most vulnerable, due to age, gender, violence, culture, government. These are the ones that sick, hungry, oppressed, trafficked. These are the communities that have experienced ongoing, even systematic oppression and injustice. We desire to stand by these populations, to respond to their needs, support their dreams, empower their ability, and offer the hope of Christ, in all we do. Consistent with in the variety of injustices we fight, in the various geographic places they occur, is a driving passion to move help vulnerable children become future Christian leaders.

The second population are those who want to respond to the needs they hear about, or ones they have not yet heard about. They want to make a difference, but don't know how, and don't fully know what that means. To us, it means that we who want to bring about change, must be willing to change. This is an extremely important part of the work Venture is called to. We must move past simply feeling bad for the situation that others are in, and even move past giving a bit of money, to willingly sacrificing our current comfort, so that others may thrive. We must change our lifestyles, and reorient our choices around principles of radical generosity, hospitality, and sacrifice. We must be willing to have less, so others may have what they need. And when we do this, we are changed.

When we focus on meeting the needs of the oppressed and vulnerable, while also calling others to a more sacrificial and generous lifestyle, then true biblical justice will be served, lives will be transformed, and the Gospel will be more fully revealed.

We use a 3 step strategy to accomplish our mission. 1. Identify the injustice. 2. Work with local leaders to develop a sustainable solution. 3. Raise funds through miles-based programs, church partnerships, Business for Good, and traditional donations.
Identify the Injustice. Venture is a 'where organization'. We identify places where the greatest injustices are happening. We define these areas, through our greatest needs matrix - where the least resourced, overlaps the least reached. The Least Resourced are defined as those who are subjected to the extreme injustices of oppressive poverty, refugee crisis, and/or human trafficking. The Least Reached are defined as those in areas where there is less than a 5% professing Christian witness. It is at this intersection of Least Resourced and Least Reached, that we focus our greatest energies.

Partner with Local Leaders for Sustainable Solutions. Venture partners with local leaders, who are already at work in these regions. We identify leaders with high leadership, strategic, and discipleship capabilities. We believe that God is already at work in the most vulnerable parts of the world, and is already raising up these leaders in these areas. Our role is to come alongside these leaders, to develop sustainable solutions, build capacity, and create a pathway that leads individuals and communities to experiencing the fullness of God's Kingdom Principles in their lives, and for generations to come.

Venture has always invited its community to move past 'feeling deeply' about the injustice in the world - to doing something. We believe our best response to the Gospel message, is to see need, and then to respond in a generous and sacrificial manner. We urge our community to financially give and to physically sacrifice by creating miles based fundraisers. Until we are all ready to sacrifice significantly, we will not see significant change.

In the end, lives are changed in some of the most desperate areas of the world, while the lives of our community and miles participants are changed as they reorient their lives to a more sacrificial life that is will to live with less, so that others in need may thrive. This is an appropriate response to the Gospel.

Cumulative Impact:
$45 Million raised for missionary projects around the world
50 Million meals provided - Feeding 15,000+ war refugees daily
2000 Churches planted (latest 3 year initiative)
1000+ Entrepreneurs empowered
1000+Girls rescued from trafficking
20,000+ Engaged in experiential giving events
1Million+ Miles logged from participants


Established 2 Foundations in SE Asia that serve vulnerable populations, including refugees, trafficking victims, and those impacted by extreme poverty in conflict zones.

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.
  • 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 identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • 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 demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), 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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve

Financials

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Operations

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

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VENTURE

Board of directors
as of 11/17/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Tim Skoog

Founder, Centrav, Inc

Paul Hurckman

Venture

Ryan Skoog

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Tim Skoog

Centrav, Inc.

Aaron Smith

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Brad Ahlm

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Terry Lijewski

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Seth Nielsen

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Andrea Lathrop

Kristen Willard

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Terry Boynton

Yonder

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 3/24/2021

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
Male, Not transgender
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
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
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