A Family for Every Orphan

Because Children Belong in Families

Seattle, WA   |
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A Family for Every Orphan

EIN: 26-4015124


A Family for Every Orphan is a Christian non-profit organization helping orphans find loving families in their home countries. Our vision is a world without orphans.

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Executive Director

Heather Dyer

Main address

113 Cherry St #37939

Seattle, WA 98104 USA

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Formerly known as

Doorways to Hope

Doorways to Hope

Doorways to Hope

Doorways to Hope



Subject area info

Disaster relief

Youth development

Population served info

Children and youth

NTEE code info

International Relief (Q33)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (O12)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

Tax forms


What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Compelled by the biblical mandate to care for orphans, A Family for Every Orphan works to provide EVERY child with a family. Millions of children around the world grow up without experiencing the love and stability of permanent families. UNICEF estimates 140 million children today have lost one or both parents. 15.1 million are “double orphans” meaning they’ve lost both parents. This statistic and how one defines the term “orphan” barely scratch the surface of the issue. There are MILLIONS of children who have no one caring for them, despite some having living relatives. They are at risk: 1.2 million are trafficked annually and all too often they succumb to crime, poverty, drug abuse, prostitution, and disease after they “graduate” from orphanages. Approximately 10% commit suicide. Institutional care is failing these 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?

Support individual adoptive and foster families in several countries

Support for individual adoptive and foster families in Russia, Ukraine, Romania, Kyrgyzstan, India, Bangladesh, Uganda, Ghana and Paraguay is possible through:
- Salary and travel for "child advocates"- these individuals are usually hired by a church or national Christian NGO and assigned specific children
- Construction/home repair for adoptive/foster families - Funding for Psychologists/Medical evaluation (pre-adoption requirements)
- Pre-adoption training for families and post-adoption counseling and check ups
- Food, clothes, school supplies for orphans with temporary foster families while they are waiting to be matched with their adoptive families
- Post adoption material support

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Support for national adoption and foster care movements with World Without Orphans is successful through:
- Events promoting adoption and foster care- we have supported national conferences, church presentations, bikeathons and TV programs that all encourage people to consider adopting. Some of these events have also given government leaders, church leaders and NGO leaders the opportunity to meet and talk about how they can each support the development of adoption and foster care in their countries
- Training on best child welfare practices for government and NGO social workers

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

To develop and expand the national orphan care movements in these nine countries, AFFEO is partnering with national leaders to help fuel specific projects. Each country has its own unique needs and approaches to orphan care. Local laws differ as well as cultures, traditions, and stereotypes. With such varying approaches, it is critical that in-country orphan care movements are led by national leaders who are experts on the distinct situation in their own country.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

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 children served

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Out-of-home youth, Families, Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


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.

Our vision is a global community focused on ending orphanhood by helping every child to grow up in a permanent, stable, and loving family in their home country. It’s our goal to advocate for the fatherless by giving children who’ve been silenced a voice and to shine light on those living in darkness.

We’ve created a sustainable approach through partnering with national orphan care movements in nine countries. These carefully vetted in-country partners are committed to best practices, believe in collaboration, and understand their own culture’s needs and solutions to see children in families. AFFEO’s goal is to support and strengthen our in-country partners through funding, help with program strategy and development, and accountability so they can impact more lives.

Our role is to fundraise for programs that are carried out by nationally-led ministries and non-profit organizations who have demonstrated integrity, competence and compassion. We call these groups our international partners. We believe strongly that our international partners, who understand best their respective cultures and its needs concerning adoption and foster care, are the ones who should be leading the programs within their nations. They communicate with us about specific project and program needs and we work to provide funding to help fuel their efforts.

Our board of directors, advisory council, and staff is a team of highly dedicated individuals who demonstrate a wide array of talents and skills that they use to serve A Family for Every Orphan. Many of which have adopted siblings or adopted children of their own which fuels their passion for providing families for orphan children. A Family for Every Orphan employs two Program Directors who work directly with our international partners to ensure constant communication and support between the two parties.

In just the past year, AFFEO together with our partners helped 30,634 children and families, navigated legal barriers to adoption, offered adoption support and counseling to 9,190 parents, distributed over 68,000 adoption resources, trained 2,261 social workers, and helped individual families in their quest to adopt, foster or reunify by providing specific material support.


A Family for Every Orphan
Fiscal year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 218.47 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 4.2 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 8% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

Source: IRS Form 990 info

A Family for Every Orphan

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

This snapshot of A Family for Every Orphan’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$21,453 $80,195 $1,036 $16,315 $174,349
As % of expenses -4.1% 12.2% 0.2% 2.8% 28.4%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$21,453 $80,195 $1,036 $16,315 $174,349
As % of expenses -4.1% 12.2% 0.2% 2.8% 28.4%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $445,962 $841,785 $614,481 $625,304 $762,868
Total revenue, % change over prior year -33.7% 88.8% -27.0% 1.8% 22.0%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $518,290 $656,101 $637,691 $588,111 $613,593
Total expenses, % change over prior year -13.6% 26.6% -2.8% -7.8% 4.3%
Personnel 22.2% 18.4% 19.5% 21.8% 18.0%
Professional fees 5.1% 4.0% 4.9% 5.7% 6.3%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 67.8% 56.6% 53.7% 49.2% 59.5%
All other expenses 4.8% 21.0% 21.9% 23.3% 16.2%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Total expenses (after depreciation) $518,290 $656,101 $637,691 $588,111 $613,593
One month of savings $43,191 $54,675 $53,141 $49,009 $51,133
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $561,481 $710,776 $690,832 $637,120 $664,726

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Months of cash 1.6 4.9 4.7 7.0 10.6
Months of cash and investments 1.6 4.9 4.7 7.0 10.6
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 0.2 1.6 1.7 2.1 5.5
Balance sheet composition info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Cash $67,994 $266,510 $247,829 $343,907 $543,304
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $38,260 $36,391 $35,453 $29,703 $4,703
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.6% 3.8% 5.4% 18.8% 17.1%
Unrestricted net assets $7,085 $87,280 $88,316 $104,631 $278,980
Temporarily restricted net assets $98,509 $203,998 $179,752 N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $98,509 $203,998 $179,752 $200,630 $175,556
Total net assets $105,594 $291,278 $268,068 $305,261 $454,536

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Material data errors No No No No No


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Heather Dyer

Heather’s journey and passion to see children in stable and loving families began when she first accompanied her father on a work trip to Central America as a young girl. Heather’s eyes were opened to the impact of poverty and the vast and deep needs of children and families who care for them. After attending graduate school, Heather began volunteering with vulnerable youth in West Dallas and as a youth ministry group leader at her church for eight years. During that time, she helped lead mission trips ministering to impoverished children alongside a local church in Guatemala. These experiences deepened Heather’s empathy and love for vulnerable children and their families, and her passion to see every child in a stable and loving home. Heather has over 15 years experience in finance, accounting, NGO work, leadership, and strategic planning. She most recently served as the CFO of a 110-year-old Chicago based non-profit which provides early childhood education and camps for children wit

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 02/07/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board co-chair

David Melilli

Board co-chair

Melinda Mandell

Anita Deyneka

Karl Scheuerman

Paul Zhdan

Allison Pinkham

Anthony Ritchie

David Melilli

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? 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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/15/2021

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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