PRIORITY ONE WORLDWIDE INC

Minneola, FL   |  www.priorityoneworldwide.com

Mission

Priority One is a nonprofit, nonpartisan enterprise whose mission is to provide financial, spiritual, and physical aid to both orphans and indigenous missionaries who are working to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ to unreached people.

Ruling year info

2013

President

Mr. Garry Vermaas

Vice President

Mr. Ben Homan

Main address

15717 TURKEY FARM RD

Minneola, FL 34715 USA

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EIN

45-4877571

NTEE code info

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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Sponsor Orphans

Provide ongoing support to street children in India by providing an orphanage with clean water, education, and Jesus.

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Goals & Strategy

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Our goals are to provide emotional, spiritual and financial support to orphans and evangelists by partnering with indigenous missionaries and by providing low-cost adoption services for families. Our hope is to support those most in need through a thorough vetting process while ensuring donors that all of their funds reach the field. This is a ground-breaking organizational goal.

We find and build relationships with indigenous missionaries, visit and assess the needs of each mission, and ensure financial accountability and availability to wire funds directly to the mission. We also evaluate the integrity of the recipients via strict guidelines regarding their reputations, beliefs, doctrine, and impact on those around them. We fundraise via website, word of mouth, and inter-profssional networking. We prove to donors via financial statements and written and verbal updates that we hold to our promises of ensuring their monies go only to where they intend. This open policy continues to attract donors to our organization. In addition, we are currently awaiting licensure to become a child placement agency to facilitate adoptions at low- or no-cost to qualifying families. Such services- and quality- have rarely been offered without attached fees.

The board of directors includes two sets of adoptive parents, two successful business owners, one team leader at a local organization, one mental health professional, and six individuals who have extensive experience traveling to visit missions and orphanages. Among the group, we have 3 PhD degrees, 4 Bachelors, 4 Masters, and numerous licenses and certifications for counseling, marriage and family services, adoption provisions and home studies, and financial and business competencies. One of the board member's private for-profit organizations is a multi-million dollar and multi-national corporation, of which he is the CEO. Furthermore, the group has adopted or is in the adoption process of six special needs children from Asia. As a group of educated, spiritual, experienced, passionate leaders, we pool our resources and knowledge to be able to make wise financial decisions, visit missions for accountability and support, advocate for those in need, challenge individuals to give responsibly, and (soon) provide home studies and adoption services and support.

We have provided support for orphans and missionaries in India, Myanmar, Haiti, Tanzania, and now Indonesia. We are awaiting licensure to provide adoption services in the U.S. We would like to eventually become a Hague-accredited adoption agency to provide services for international adoption as well. We also hope to partner with as many indigenous missionaries as we can to continue providing support for them and for the orphans in their care. To that end, our goal in 2016 is to launch our child-placement agency, seek Hague accreditation, and add on additional missionary partnerships after completing thorough screening processes. We also intend to expand the reach of our organization to additional donors looking for a responsible way to give of their financial and emotional resources and supports. We believe people want to give but want and deserve assurance that their money and time are dedicated to those most in need.

Financials

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PRIORITY ONE WORLDWIDE INC

Board of directors
as of 9/1/2016
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Board co-chair

Mr. Garry Vermaas

Priority One Worldwide

Term: Mar 2012 -


Board co-chair

Mr. Ben Homan

Priority One Worldwide

Term: Mar 2012 -

Jodi Vermaas Secretary

Priority One Worldwide

Jaimie Homan Treasurer

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Keith Morris Member

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Kristy Morris Member

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Ben Homan Vice President

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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
  • 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