Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness and Relief

Openworld Relief Inc

Empowering communities affected by natural disasters

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Empowering communities affected by natural disasters. This is done through the deployment of personnel through the Rescue and Relief Phases of a post-disaster environment, during this time assessments are run and we determine what the most impactful projects will be for the long term. Additionally, we develop technologies, capabilities, and partnerships that provide innovative approaches in the disaster relief space as a whole.

Ruling Year


Executive Director and President

Benjamin J Watsky

Main Address




Disaster, relief, empowerment, rebuilding, business redevelopment, health, sustainability





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (M12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (E12)

Unknown (Z99)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Increased funding. We have been predominantly operating using personal funds of our board and management staff, in addition to fundraising efforts. We have achieved year 1 and well into year 2 but in order to be sustainable and increase growth to serve more communities we need to establish predictable sources of donations and funding. To accomplish this we have taken several approaches to develop including, crowdsourcing utilizing products from areas we have served, the entertainment industry - putting on a large scale event (Visit after the first of the year), and employing a commission based grant writer to secure public and private funds to power our projects across the US and abroad.

Our programs

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Search and Rescue

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of people receiving safe drinking water from community systems

Population(s) served


Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context notes

This is availability of clean drinking water now available based on our water projects. This is calculated using a conservative figure of filtration capability in the systems distributed.

Charting Impact

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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?

How will they know if they are making progress?

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

Empower Communities Affected by Natural disasters. We are driven by the need of those that are affected in any way by the ever increasing number of natural disasters, through our managements diverse background, ranging from USAF Pilots to Agricultural PHds, we strive to continue growing in a sustainable and innovative way. In the long run, this will allow us to serve an increased number of people while expanding efficiency and effectiveness.

We employ industry standards from a wide range of industries; for safety we pull from Safety Management Systems established in aviation, for supply chain management we utilize six sigma black belt practices to ensure efficiency, for sustainability we pull from connections and engineering studies to ensure a sensible application of technology as we rebuild, and for entertainment fundraising we have build panels of experts of equally diverse backgrounds to establish a low-cost event planning and talent booking model to ensure the highest margin of funds flow from our events to the people we serve.

We have built a team that in turn has built networks that have greatly increased our reach and capability. Our largest deficiency at this point is the need to increase funding which is addressed above. There are many programs and processes that have already been designed and beta tested and are ready to go, at this time however, there have been so many natural disasters that we need to serve the immediate needs of the communities impacted by those disasters.

We have monthly internal progress reports that analyze every facet of the organization from website performance to building completion on projects. We have an increasing detail model in place that each month's data will be analyzed and compiled to paint the most realistic picture for quarterly, biennial, and annual reports.

In the past 15 months, we have gone from a SAR and building team with no organization to a complete organization that is constantly building out our models to provide a more robust response for those in need. Moving forward we will continue to expand all components of the organization in a sustainable way to ensure we can have a larger impact year over year.

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Openworld Relief Inc

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization


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?

Not Applicable


Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Not Applicable


Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Not Applicable


Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Not Applicable


Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Not Applicable

Organizational Demographics

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? This organization has voluntarily shared information to answer this important question and to support sector-wide learning. GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/23/2020


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & Ethnicity
Gender Identity
Male, Not Transgender (Cisgender)
Sexual Orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability Status
Person without a disability

Race & Ethnicity

Gender Identity

Sexual Orientation

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Equity Strategies

Last updated: 03/23/2020

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more


We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
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 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 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.