Newport Beach, CA   |  www.tiasarms.org



Notes from the nonprofit

We are all volunteer, give 93 cents of every dollar to our grantees, are in close communication with our grantees at all times, and, over our 19 years as a small non-profit, have raised almost $1,000,000 total for children in South Africa impacted by HIV/AIDS

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Anita Lampel

Main address

3 Wild Goose CT

Newport Beach, CA 92663 USA

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(Public Foundations) (T30)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (O12)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

TIAS ARMS focuses on the under-served children, victims of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in South Africa. These children live in single-parent, or grandparent-, or child-headed households, or in foster and group homes. They need everything, food, shelter, clothing, education, safe transportation, health-care, therapy, and joy. TIAS ARMS funds non-profit agencies near Cape Town and in Kwazulu Natal which work with a total of over 800 youth. These agencies would be unable to provide vital services, and several would just shut their doors, if TIAS ARMS did not send funds. Specifically, but not exhaustively, we send grants for: high calorie food for children on anti-retrovirals because of HIV; required staff education for group home licensure; teacher salaries for the only preschool in the village; child care worker salaries so children are not home alone while parents work during school vacations; and, safe transportation to and from programs for vulnerable 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?

Tias Arms

TIAS ARMS is a non-profit, non-denominational organization that believes in providing a dignified, nurturing, and compassionate environment for orphaned or abandoned children affected by HIV/AIDS in South Africa.

Since 2001, TIAS ARMS has raised $750,000 for our grassroots agencies in South Africa. And, 93 cents on the dollar goes directly to food, shelter, clothing, education, and support for orphaned, abandoned, and ill children, all impacted by HIV/AIDS. Our seven Grantees are carefully vetted and visited by our all-volunteer Board, so we know they use our money well. Preschools for vulnerable babies, food for HIV positive children, group homes for the abandoned, and programs for grandparents caring for grandchildren—TIAS ARMS is there..

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

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

Number of children who have access to education

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Direction of Success


Context Notes

TIAS ARMS funds a pre-school/elementary school in a non-served area of KwaZulu Natal region. Our funding has helped grow the school from a single classroom to a pre-school + 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades

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.

TIAS ARMS seeks to grow and stabilize specific non-profit agencies in South Africa which work with the vulnerable population of children impacted by the HIV epidemic. The stake-holders of those agencies are living in the communities and caring for the children; the Boards of those agencies similarly live and work there. Because these children need everything, TIAS ARMS requests yearly proposals from the Boards of the agencies which we fund. Those proposals identify the agency needs and set TIAS ARMS' direction. As a result, as said before, we fund food, clothing, shelter, education, transportation, and staff education, which is not an exhaustive list.
Because several of our agencies have grown in their capacity to serve, TIAS ARMS has increased its fund-raising efforts and goals. Our goal for the next two years (2019-20) is to raise $180,000, which would put us at over $1,000,000 for the 20 years we have existed. To do this we need to increase donor base numbers and diversity. Also, we need to improve the diversity of income sources, from major grants at the one end to small, frequent donations on the other.
As part of our major grant goal, TIAS ARMS is exploring a unified grant for agencies in a specific region of South Africa, Kwazulu Natal. That area is under-resourced and underfunded. However, it is also the area which hosts dynamic, impactful agencies that are growing and raising up the children which they serve. TIAS ARMS will seek to highlight these agencies.

To increase our donor base numbers and diversity, TIAS ARMS will encourage Board members, volunteers, and donors attending events to have one or more persons under 40 like us/follow us on social media, where we have a growing presence. We will have each Board member identify a new group and officer of that group to invite to one of our major in-person fund-raising events. We will maximize our use of social media for engagement, with a quarterly newsletter, Facebook postings weekly, with updates on South Africa and related issues as appropriate, and take and post pictures frequently on all social media.
To increase our income through diversifying sources, we will explore additional grant possibilities and apply for them. We will also explore a "unified grant" for the agencies in the under-served areas. We will increase the frequency of small donations through e.g. use of Amazon Smile and Facebook fund-raisers for birthdays. Also, we will participate in Giving Tuesday. We will design one or more campaigns each year around a specific need or crisis in an agency we support and ask for funds through social media, in addition to our two in-person fund raisers. We will advertise our existing Sponsorship levels, review our donor base to see who has the capacity to give more, and design a campaign to reach out with personal appeals. Because our 20th anniversary is within the next two years, we will design and execute a $1,000,000 or More Anniversary Campaign which is consistently branded and advertised.

TIAS ARMS is an all-volunteer charity, with an 11 person Board. These Goals and Strategies emerged from a Board-driven session and were vetted and reviewed by all Board members. All members have agreed to these and have committed to specific areas.
These are within our reach.

In the 19 years TIAS ARMS has existed, it has raised approximately $860,000 for agencies in South Africa. 93% of those funds go directly to TIAS ARMS grantees; this is truly an all--volunteer charity. Year over year, our fund raising has increased. Because of our longevity as a small charity, and because of the dire needs of the children we serve, we have secured donations from individuals and from a small number of foundations/charitable funds.
Our founder, Joanne Baker, helped start one of our grantees, Khazimula, which grew from a home serving a few children to a fully licensed facility in its own quarters, serving up to thirty youth-in-residence. This could only have been done with our money.
Two preschools serve about 100 children in poverty areas. One relies for over 70% of its budget on TIAS ARMS. The other, growing dynamically, began with $2000 of our money and now receives 5 times that and funds from other sources, too.
One group provides safe, secure transportation for girls to and from its therapy-oriented program because of us. Another provides high calorie food parcels to HIV positive children on anti-retrovirals--the only program like it in all of South Africa.
This represents our progress, which is to impact as many vulnerable children as we can by linking ourselves with small agencies, in place in the communities they know and serve best, in areas that otherwise receive minimal funds.

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 collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We adjusted how our 2020 grant funds could be used during COVID to repurpose school transportation funds for food purchase and purchase of PPEs for staff and children, where appropriate.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our board, Our funders,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,



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Board of directors
as of 9/26/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Donna Worsham

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 ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable
  • 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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 09/26/2020

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