AO Foundation International Inc

Sustainable Living and Education for All Children Orphaned by Natural Disaster and Conflict

ASHEVILLE, NC   |  http://www.aofi.org

Mission

AO Foundation International is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit. We serve as a global portal for philanthropy highlighting several well established and efficient charities, such as the GlobalGiving.org initiatives. We as music artists visit children in their own cultures, feature them singing in our world music projects, and fund their needs. Our primary focus is to help provide sustainable support for children, orphaned by natural disaster and conflict. The vision for AOFI began with the world music group AO MUSIC and their excursions to record children in remote villages around the globe. With AOFI we hope to establish a new and effective way for the music arts to wage hope and promise for impoverished children in a time of great change and global transformation.

Ruling year info

2012

Founder/Manager

Richard Gannaway

Main address

PO BOX 8606

ASHEVILLE, NC 28814 USA

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EIN

45-5149519

NTEE code info

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (O12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (A12)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In 2020-2026 we hope to: - Raise enough funding to deliver inspiration and relief to children in Tibet, India, Siberia, Ireland, Scotland, Republic of Georgia, Switzerland, Uganda We also hope to address our need to always have ample funding in place for these and several other programs. This will require sufficient cash reserves to hire a veteran non-profit CEO, who can administrate and manage all of our funding campaigns/grants at a more effective level.

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?

Children of Yushu

Providing inspiration and a water pump house for school children of Yushu, China (prefecture of Tibet) who suffered in China's 2008 earthquake. These kids still have many essential needs for their school. and we hope to go back soon.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children
Indigenous peoples

We sent funding to CHAS in 2017, endorsed by Scotish singer Julie Fowlis, who appeared as a guest artist on AO Music's 2017 album release "Asha". We want to continue sending support to CHAS every year.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children

We sent funding to Barretstown in honor of the children from Connemara, Ireland who sang on AO Music's 2013 album release "Hokulea". Barretstown is a not for profit camp for children with cancer and other serious illnesses located at Barretstown Castle, Ballymore Eustace, County Kildare, in Ireland. We would like to continue sending support to these children every year.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children
People with diseases and illnesses

We went to Abakan (Siberia) to record a choir of children in Sept of 2018. These children performed on the upcoming 2021 AO Music album release, and will be receiving financial aid from album proceeds as well as direct funding from AO Foundation.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children
Artists and performers

We recorded a group of children in Bangalore, India in 2019, arranged by our astute colleague, Bollywood film composer Sandeep Chowta. These children will receive financial aid via proceeds from AO Music's 2021 album release as well as direct funding from AO Foundation.

Population(s) Served
Artists and performers
Non-adult children

In 2009, AO Music visited an orphanage in Tbilisi (Republic of Georgia), and sent those children financial aid via proceeds from AO Music's 2011 release "...and Love Rages On!". We very much want to get back to those kids throuh AO Foundation, and involve them in another project.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children
Economically disadvantaged people

We donate to this organization who started grass roots here in Asheville by hosting shoe-making picnics (new shoes recycled from used tires), and continue to save lives in Uganda by removing "jiggers" from the bare feet of impoverished kids. AO Music recorded children in Johannesburg, South Africa, featured their voices on AO Music's 2011 album release "...and Love Rages On!", and donated to SoleHope in 2012 and 2013 in their honor, and we'd like to go record them on a future AO Music project, and surprise them with a bigger chunk of change from AO Foundation!

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children
Indigenous peoples

In 2011 AO Music sent financial aid to the victims of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti via HaveServe (under the GlobalGiving umbrella). Through AO Foundation we would like to follow that up by going back to Haiti to record and inspire those children, with a new music project.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children
Indigenous peoples

We are in the process of establishing a program that reaches out to inner-city schools in post Katrina New Orleans, record a choir of children, feature them on an upcoming AO Music project, and fund their needs with the proceeds.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children
Students

We are in the process of establishing a program that reaches out to children on Navaho and Cherokee reservations schools in California, Arizona, North Carolina and Oklahoma, record their choral groups, feature them on an upcoming AO Music project, and fund their needs with album proceeds and donations to this foundation.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children
Students

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Near-term
2020-fund our 2nd visit and donations to children in Yushu, China (Tibet)-$11,000
2020-fund our 2nd visit to children Galway, Ireland and fund Barretstown (children with cancer)-$10,000
2020-fund The Children's Hospice Association of Scotland-$3,000
2020-fund SoleHope-relief for children in Uganda-$3,000

Mid-term
2021-fund our 2nd visit and donations to children in Abakan, Siberia-$11,000
2021-fund our 2nd visit and donations to children in Bangalore, India in 2019-$11,000
2021-fund our 2nd visit and donations to children in Tiblisi, Republic of Georgia - $10,000
2022-Inspire enough annual donation to headhunt and hire a full-time, veteran, non-profit CEO, who will oversee all global campaigns to visit children in remote parts of the globe, and all fund-raising for annual donations to all programs ($70,000)

Long-term
2023-2026 - grow the organization under the direction of a full-time, veteran non-profit CEO; more amply funding the basic living/educational needs of children on each continent

We are steadily building global awareness for the world music group "AO Music", which is the platform for visiting, recording, inspiring and donating to children world-wide. We are reaching out to people and organizations who have funded our programs in then past. We are always networking to gain greater exposure in philanthropic circles for what it is we do, and how important it is to follow through with these campaigns to inspire and aid the communities we reach out to around the globe. Once we have enough cash reserves, we will headhunt a veteran non-profit CEO, to ensure stronger fund-raising and philanthropic outreach campaigns...

AO Music has been at the forefront of the global world music scene since 2000, and have won several awards. We recently won the 2017 "Best World Music Album" award from the ZMR international community of radio broadcasters. This year (2020) we will release our sixth album, which will feature children's voices from Abakan and Bangalore as our centerpiece for the album's message of global awareness. In 2017 AO Music's independent record label Arcturian Gate signed a five-year partnership agreement with Toronto-based Abbeywood Records for the international release and promotion of AO Music's album projects... This partnership has greatly expanded the group's range of territories for broadcast and distribution... This partnership will enhance our outreach for attracting potential donors.

In 2019 we visited and recorded children in Bangalore, India... They will be featured on AO Music's 2020 album release, and receive charity proceeds which in their name, which will be donated to a local cause for needy children in Bangalore through AO Foundation...

In 2019 we visited and recorded children in Siberia (Abakan)... They will be featured on AO Music's 2020 album release, and receive charity proceeds which in their name, which will be donated to a local cause for needy children in Bangalore through AO Foundation...

In 2018 we raised enough funding to build a water pump house for the children of Yushu, China (prefecture of Tibet). These children are featured singing on our 2017 album release "Asha", which won the 2017 "Best World Music Album" award from the ZMR international community of radio broadcasters.

In 2017 AOFI donated to CHAS (Children's Hospice Association of Scotland) in honor of Julie Fowlis, who was a feature vocalist on AO Music's 2017 release "Asha"...

In 2013 we funded children in Tibilisi (Republic of Georgia) who were orphaned by conflict in late 2008...

In 2012 we visted and recorded children in Nepal, who were featured on AO Music's 2013 album release "Hokulea".

In 2012 we sent funding to Barretstown in Ireland to aid children with cancer, in honor of the Children's Choir of Connemara, whom were also featured on "Hokulea".

In 2010 we recorded a choir of children in Johannesburg, South Africa, who were featured in AO Music's 2011 album release "...and Love Rages On!", and funded SoleHope (giving relief to impoverished children in Uganda) in their honor.

Financials

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AO Foundation International Inc

Board of directors
as of 10/30/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Richard Gannaway

AO Music

Term: 2012 -

Richard Gannaway

AO Music

Miriam Stockley

AO Music

Maya Christobel

Maya Christobel

Galen Wood

Point Alliance

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 ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable
  • 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

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Leadership

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

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/20/2021

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  • 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 engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.