Unity 4 Orphans

Fighting for a Brighter Future

San Diego, CA   |  https://unity4orphans.com/

Mission

Unity 4 Orphans fights for a brighter future where orphaned and vulnerable children experience power and transformation in every area of their lives. We are a charitable organization established to raise awareness, unite communities, and mobilize people towards creatively and tangibly investing in the lives of marginalized children in Mexico and Nicaragua. We support children who face a number of challenges due to poverty and lack of resources, and we strive to come alongside them to create solutions and provide care that help them rise above their circumstances. Our programs include holistic care, such as healthy food, medical treatment, and counseling to help them be at their best physically, mentally, and emotionally; and educational tools to ensure and increase future opportunities.

Ruling year info

2007

President

Joe Brandi

Operations & Finance Director

Keem Fares

Main address

5137 Foothill Blvd

San Diego, CA 92109 USA

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EIN

47-0959902

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

IRS filing requirement

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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?

Education 4 Change

We’ve made it a priority to provide English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction to the children we serve. Being able to speak English gives them a leg up in their education and provides future job security. Our program is provided free to the kids and they have a real hunger to learn; in Nicaragua, we have more than sixty students learning English! But we need your help to pay the salaries of our local teachers, purchase the materials they need for their classrooms, and ultimately expand the program to serve even more kids in struggling communities.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Low-income people
Working poor

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We are committed to building the Transformation Center in Miramar, Nicaragua, a facility that will encompass all of our programs in one location. This will provide a dedicated building that offers space for education, support, and family services. In this area, the families who live at or below the poverty line do not have access to other support systems, and U4O is determined to continue raising the quality of life–and education–in the community to provide the children with dignity and hope for their futures.

Unity 4 Orphans supports children in Nicaragua who face a number of challenges due to poverty and lack of resources, and we strive to come alongside them to create solutions and provide care that help them rise above their circumstances to brighter futures. Our programs include holistic care, such as healthy food, medical treatment, and counseling to help them be at their best physically, mentally, and emotionally; and educational tools–in the form of ESL instruction–to ensure their success and increased opportunities. As a small non-profit, this is our biggest project to date! The project budget is equivalent to our annual operating budget; therefore, the funding plan is phased over five years. Currently in year four, we have not yet reached 50% of the funds needed.

Financials

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Unity 4 Orphans

Board of directors
as of 05/21/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Joe Brandi

Keem Schultz-Fares

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Stephen Castillo

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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 4/15/2022

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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

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/15/2022

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • 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 disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.