Human Services

GiveLight Foundation

Invest in the life of a child

San Jose, CA

Mission

GiveLight is a world-recognized crisis relief organization building loving homes & family for orphans in response to extreme circumstances such as natural disasters, extreme poverty and war. Our mission is to build and sustain beautiful homes and provide our children with long term, high-quality education. We strive to recreate a loving family, a sense of belonging and strong identity/self-esteem. Our first home in Aceh, Indonesia established in 2005, is a success story where the kids are growing up happy and thriving. We plan to increase our orphan sponsorship from 1,000+ in 11 countries today to 10,000 within 10 years.

Ruling Year

2005

CEO/Founder

Mrs. Dian Alyan

Main Address

1879 Lundy Avenue Suite 226

San Jose, CA 95131 USA

Keywords

givelight tsunami disaster relief war orphanage orphans orphan children school home aceh indonesia pakistan sri lanka cambodia bangladesh jordan nepal turkey mexico syria syrian refugees usa america asia africa

EIN

56-2500794

 Number

2791595782

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Other Housing Support Services (L80)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

153 million children worldwide have lost one parent (“single orphan") and
17.8 million children worldwide have lost both parents (“double orphan").

From our inception, we were determined to build an organization with global reach and impact because poverty is not isolated to any particular region. It is an urgent global issue. We realized, however, that we had to start small and learn from scratch how to establish and manage a home for orphans from afar.

We started with one home in Aceh, Indonesia, Dian's hometown, with land donated by her family. Today, using that same model we have expanded to eleven countries, including Pakistan/Kashmir, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Morocco, Turkey, and the Bay Area and we currently support over 800 orphans.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Indonesia - Noordeen

Sri Lanka Orphanage

Bangladesh Orphanage

Nepal Orphanage

Cambodia Orphanage

Morocco Orphanage

Turkey - Syrian Refugee Orphans

Afghanistan Orphans

PAKISTAN - KASHMIR Orphans

San Francisco Bay Area Orphans

Where we work

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

We plan to build beautiful homes on a global scale, prioritizing areas that have the greatest needs. This helps meet immediate needs of the children we seek to support, and tap into resources to help us build and sustain a loving home and surrogate family for them.

Funding and the building are only part of the equation but the most important thing for us is the children. They must be cared for, loved and given the chance to reach their full potential.

TEN-YEAR PLAN AND PRIORITIES
Today in 2017, we are caring for close to 1,000 orphans in eleven countries. By 2027, we aim to help 10,000 orphans in 40 countries.

Here is the formula that has worked well:

Step 1: When a disaster/war strikes a region, we begin by researching which reliable organizations are working on the ground.

Step 2: Based on our findings, we narrow down our research to those organizations that meet the following criteria:
a. Focus on helping orphaned children
b. Share our philosophy of making sure that 100% of funds reaches the orphaned children or as close as possible (some organizations take 3% for admin cost to visit orphaned children in remote areas such as in Kashmir)
c. Our leadership team personally meets with the head of organization to ensure there is synergy and alignment in priority and work ethic

Step 3: We then search for donated land. This creates two things: 1) Ownership from local family and community, and 2) Accountability by having trustworthy individuals on the ground to oversee our homes and children.

Step 4: Our Founder, Dian Alyan, personally travels to visit the location and meet with the family who will be running the orphanage on our behalf. We create a "Memo of Understanding" that outlines how we will jointly raise funds and manage the home and raise our children.

Step 5: We develop the project timeline and agree upon a grand opening date. Active fundraising for construction efforts and furnishings begins.

Step 6: When the orphanage is ready, the children move in and with that begins our next phase of supporting their living and schooling expenses.

GROWTH STRATEGY

1. Awareness and exposure to high-impact organizations/ individuals
2. Target companies that match GiveLight for grant
3. Establish chapters in major cities around the world
4. Endowment
5. Invest in talents and tools to build the best social enterprise for global orphans

The majority of our funding has always come from private individuals and donors. Our first “big" donors were a group of elementary and middle school students who raised $11,000 for us. At our very first fundraising event, which was attended by 100+ close family and friends, we raised over $100,000. In year two, we were approved for an employee-matching grant from Cisco and over the years that grew from one company to forty. Today we have over $2.5M in reserve to sustain and expand globally.

These are some of the companies matching our donors today:
Adobe, AllState, American Express, Applied Material, Cisco, Dell, eBay, Elrepco, ePocrates, GE, Global Impact, Google, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Intuit, Juniper, Just Give, Kaiser Permanente, LinkedIn, Mentor Graphics, Microsoft, Netflix, Network for Good, Nvidia, Oracle, OF Foundation, Orange County Community, Qualcomm, Salesforce, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Silver Lake Technology, SEI Giving Fund, Synopsys, Tenet Healthcare, The Benevity, Toyota Motor Foundation, United Way, VMware, Wells Fargo and Yahoo.

According to Unesco, there are 153 million orphans in the world today. However, there are very few organizations working to solve the long-term needs of these children. Most organizations are run by individuals of other faiths, leading to thousands of conversions especially in Africa.

Our challenge is to find ways to grow exponentially so we can care for more orphans in more parts of the world.

Our growth strategy will enable us to measure success:
1. Awareness and exposure to high-impact organizations/ individuals
2. Target companies that match GiveLight for grant
3. Establish chapters in major cities around the world
4. Endowment
5. Invest in talents and tools to build the best social enterprise for global orphans

Today in 2017, we are caring for close to 1,000 orphans in eleven countries. By 2027, we aim to help 10,000 orphans in 40 countries.

Our Operation as of 2017:

Country Number of Children Year Completed Partners
1. Indonesia 60 boys and girls 2005 Yayasan Noordeen
2. Pakistan 50 at Rawalpindi Home
160 in Kashmir 2008
Saba Trust
Helping Hands
3. Bangladesh 300 boys in Gazipur
40 girls in Savar 1964 (we adopted in 2008)
2013 Darussunat
ECHO
4. Somalia 50 boys and girls *Sponsorship started 2013 Agoon Foundation
5. Afghanistan 17 boys *Sponsorship started 2011 Omeid International
6. Sri Lanka 50 boys 2013 Abdul Ageed Foundation
7. Cambodia 50 boys 2013 WEDO
8. Morocco 17 boys and girls *Sponsorship started 2012 ABPO
9. Haiti 20 boys and girls *Sponsorship started 2011 Helping Hands
10. Bay Area, SF 11 boys and girls 2011
11. Nepal 10 boys and girls *Sponsorship started 2015 AMA Foundation
12. Turkey 100 boys and girls *Sponsorship started 2016 Syrian Forum

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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?

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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Gender

Race & Ethnicity

Arab American

Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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