Agape Fish Fund

Stewardship for Kingdom MInistries

aka Agape Fish   |   Westminster, CA   |  http://www.agapefish.org

Mission

Our mission is to support kingdom ministries in East Asia to impact the world as Jesus commissioned. We develop ministries to have a strong and ethical foundation for long-term self-sustainability. We also nurture a passion and cultivate prayer for poverty alleviation and missions among the Christian community in the United States.​

Ruling year info

2016

President

Nancy Nguyen

Main address

8900 Bolsa Ave Ste A

Westminster, CA 92683 USA

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EIN

81-3407033

NTEE code info

Protestant (X21)

Public Foundations (T30)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our vision is to help alleviate physical and spiritual poverty for children and families in need, both locally in California and abroad in Southeast Asia. We believe that the gospel and discipleship are central in transforming families suffering from poverty.
There are already many spiritual leaders with strong grassroots church ministries. However, they need training in community development skills for their ministries to become more effective, sustainable, and holistic. We train and support these kinds of kingdom ministries to better serve their impoverished, least-reached locals.

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?

Burma Orphanage

We partner with Adonai Child Rehabilitation, a Christian faith-based ministry in Kalaymyo, Burma that was established in May 2016. This ministry creates a place of rehabilitation for children and teenagers from various backgrounds like orphans, unwanted children, street children, and poor children. Our support provides nutrition, education, and Christian discipleship for 9 children.

Population(s) Served

In partnership with the Vietnamese C&MA church, provide food, Bible memorization activities, and discipleship for 100 Vietnamese prisoners in Taipei, Taiwan.

Population(s) Served

In partnership with ZOE, we sponsor rescued trafficked children in Thailand, providing care and restoration in a loving Christian environment.

Population(s) Served

In partnership with local pastors, we're supporting a livestock breeding training center for income generation and ministry among tribal groups in Vietnam.

Population(s) Served

Agape Fish Fund partners with local churches and volunteers to provide meals, supplies, and Christian support for the homeless in San Jose, California.

Population(s) Served

Agape Fish Fund partners with Southeast Asian Prayer Center (SEAPC) to provide orphans in Cambodia with education, nourishing food, and an opportunity to learn about Jesus in a Christian home.

Population(s) Served

Agape Fish Fund partners with Vets with a Mission (VWAM) to provide life-saving heart surgery for poor children in Vietnam and to share God's love with their family.

Population(s) Served

In partnership with SOMEDCO and local pastors, we are building water wells for clean water and ministry among tribal groups in rural Vietnam.

Population(s) Served

In partnership with SOMEDCO, we build sturdy new houses for families living in extreme poverty in Vietnam and share the gospel with them.

Population(s) Served

Agape Fish Fund partners with a missionary team and local church in Lashio, Burma, to provide meals and ministry for malnourished children in remote areas of Burma under war and conflict .

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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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 develop ministries to have a strong and ethical foundation for long-term self-sustainability. We also nurture a passion and cultivate prayer for poverty alleviation and missions among the Christian community in the United States.
Our local focus is helping low-income students and homeless people in the Bay Area. Our overseas focus is in Southeast Asia, which is one of the poorest, least-evangelized regions of the world.

We choose to partner with strategic evangelical ministries that have these characteristics:
• Focus on poverty alleviation and community development in the poorest, least-evangelized regions of East Asia or the local Bay Area, California
• Invest in long-term relational evangelism and discipleship
• Need capacity building training to meet their objectives and increase their impact
• Display commitment to stewardship, ethics, financial and program accountability, and transparency
They are all vetted for financial and program efficacy, transparency, and real-life impact.
We invest into Capacity Building Training for each ministry we partner with, which includes four parts: Transparency Training Curriculum, Non-Profit Management Coaching for Self-Sustainability, Publishing Literature for Public Accountability, and Rigorous Vetting and Due Diligence Visits.
In the US Christian community, we also raise awareness and funds for the ministries to increase their support network. Our goal is to connect individuals, communities, and churches in the West with the ministries in East Asia, so they can more effectively serve their indigenous people in need. We aim to nurture a passion and prayer movement for poverty alleviation and missions among the believers in the United States. We accomplish this through activities such as providing training, hosting events, giving presentations, fundraising, and sharing through social media and other communications that help Americans understand the need and the opportunity to get involved.

Agape Fish Fund board members are passionate, self-supporting volunteers who do not receive a salary. They all have a heart for missions and extensive experience in poverty alleviation and the nonprofit sector. Four board of advisors are Christian and Missionary Alliance pastors and missionaries with experience in Cambodia, Taiwan, and Vietnam.
Agape Fish Fund's board members and officers were affiliated with the successful 501(c)(3) US non-profit organization, Transparent Fish Fund (TFish), which was established in 2011 to focus on poverty alleviation in East Asia, and helped effectively support over 350 different projects. This previous experience equipped our team with the connections and expertise to implement similar strategies through Agape Fish Fund, but with a specifically Christian focus.

In 2017 we supported 12 different ministries in 7 different countries. In 2018 we are expanding by adding 5 new ministries, and we are deepening our support of the original ones. To read the stories of the children and families we have helped, please visit our website: www.agapefish.org.

Financials

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Operations

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Agape Fish Fund

Board of directors
as of 04/27/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Nancy Nguyen


Board co-chair

Gary Wong

Stanford University

Term: 2016 -

Amber Wong

The Institute for Innovation, Integration & Impact

Daniel Nguyen

Foothill Health Center

Thu Nguyen

Canada Christian & Missionary 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 ? 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