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THE GLOBAL ORPHAN PROJECT INC

Connected by CarePortal

aka The Global Orphan Project   |   Kansas City, MO   |  goproject.org

Mission

The Global Orphan Project (“GO Project" or “GO") is a global orphan care and orphan prevention ministry dedicated to breaking the orphan cycle through the power of community, commerce, and the love of Jesus.

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Ruling year info

2004

CEO

Mr. Joseph Knittig

Founder of CarePortal

Mr. Adrien Lewis

Main address

3161 Wyandotte St

Kansas City, MO 64111 USA

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Formerly known as

C3 Missions International, Inc

EIN

81-6079539

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Christian (X20)

IRS filing requirement

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

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Widespread, systemic family breakdown is at the core of this global orphan crisis. In the United States alone, nearly 24.7 million children under the age of 18 live absent their biological father. Young men and women in the prime years of their lives for molding and shaping are without a shepherd. These children are at a higher risk for living in poverty, abusing drugs and alcohol, more likely to commit crimes, and more likely to go to prison. What if we could step in before family breakdown even begins and give parents the tools to provide for their family and strengthen relationships within? By working through the local church, we can effectively serve communities around the world according to their unique needs — career training, farming resources, parental counseling, social work, community support, job creation. Focusing on the heart of the issue, families are strengthened and willing parents have the opportunity to care for their own children.

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?

Prevention

The best form of Orphan Care starts with prevention: stepping into a child or parent’s story before a family breaks down. Through our fair trade apparel company, GOEX, we provide livable-wage jobs that improve the lives of the workers and communities we touch in Haiti and in Kansas City, Missouri, with the goal to break the orphan cycle through the dignity of work. We also offer culturally relevant family-strengthening and orphan prevention programs that equip families with basic financial management skills, job skills and spiritual healing. Additionally, we provide community support by connecting children and families affected by the child welfare system to people who want to help, through our online platform called CarePortal.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Description: GO Project embraces community. Focusing on one child at a time, we work together with our local church partners in 10 countries to provide sustainable, family-style care that is deeply rooted in compassion, hope and the belief that every child deserves a chance. We strive to be attentive to the heart and potential of each individual child.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Investing in the futures of children aging out of care is crucial to breaking the orphan cycle. We equip kids transitioning into adulthood with life skills, job skills and the spiritual development necessary to better prepare them for a successful future as adults. These initiatives are located primarily in Haiti and in India, where students have the opportunity to study a technical trade like sewing or agriculture.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

4-Star Rating 2021

Charity Navigator

Affiliations & memberships

Christian Alliance for Orphans 2013

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of churches active in the CarePortal network

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of jobs created and maintained

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of children served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

We are a global orphan care, prevention and transition ministry dedicated to breaking the orphan cycle through the power of community, commerce, and the love of Jesus. Whether you join us through the marketplace - using your purchasing power to create dignified jobs – or your passion is to give directly to ministry to the world’s most vulnerable children, you are needed and welcome in this global family of shoppers and givers committed to kids.

We empower and work through the local church, both here and around the world, to execute upon three key pillars: orphan prevention, orphan care and transition. The local church is critical to overcoming cultural, linguistic and other barriers as well as assessing the risks, needs and viability of any ministry efforts.

The Global Orphan Project began in 2004 with orphan care — providing sustainable, local, family-style care. As we helped local churches care for orphans around the world, it quickly became apparent that some children living in residential care did not lack family. Rather, their parents lacked opportunity.

In 2010, this realization led to a commitment to orphan prevention through job creation and education. Our vision was to help strengthen families, keeping more children with their parents. The orphan care and prevention model was improved, replicated, and implemented across three continents with four sister implementing organizations: GO Haiti, GO Africa, GO Middle East and GO India.

Serving across the entire spectrum of care means not just to give children a healthy childhood, but to also help them have a real shot to succeed as adults. Equipping kids transitioning into adulthood is the crucial third pillar in our mission to break the orphan cycle. GO's transition programs focus on discipleship and vocational training, designed to help young adults grow into successful adults. With skilled hands, sharp minds and persevering spirits, graduates are eager to be active members, contributors, and leaders of their communities.

At GO Project, 100% of what’s given to care for kids goes to care for kids. 100% of your donations to our orphan care, transition and prevention programs go exactly where you intended them. How? Because a generous group of dedicated donors, anchored by our Founders’ Circle, cover our administrative overhead and fundraising expenses, so you can give freely to the kids and families you care about.
For more financial information, please refer to the attached audited financial statements and Form 990.

What’s next: We hope to be serving more children and families in crisis through the local church, both domestically and internationally. We’d do so by having:
- CarePortal, our church-to-child connecting platform, up and running in a majority of counties in all 50 U.S. states and fully implemented in the international countries we serve.
- CarePortal needs entered and met with the convenience of a mobile app.
- A global child well-being app as the new standard for assessing and tracking the health and well-being of millions of children.
- Innovative Technology to build relationships, improve response, and serve more kids.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
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 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 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 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

Financials

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Operations

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

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THE GLOBAL ORPHAN PROJECT INC

Board of directors
as of 04/14/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Mike Fox

No Affiliation


Board co-chair

Mrs. Elizabeth Fox

No Affiliation

Mike Fox

No Affiliation

Beth Fox

No Affiliation

Ed Barber

No Affiliation

Bruce Kusmin

No Affiliation

John Larimer

No Affiliation

Chris Levy

No Affiliation

Alan Dietrich

No Affiliation

Jeff Murphy

No Affiliation

Aaron Blake

No Affiliation

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? No
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/12/2023

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

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data