The very heart of what Food for Orphans does is to make sure that as many orphans as possible receive at least one nutritious meal every day. The best way for you to help feed orphans is to make a donation, preferably a recurring donation every month. Every 25¢ provides one meal to a hungry orphan.
$25 per month will feed three+ orphans
$50 per month will feed six+ orphans
$100 per month will feed thirteen+ orphans
$200 per month will feed twenty-six+ orphans
$600 per month will feed 66+ orphans (an entire orphanage)
If you have an unwanted or unneeded life insurance policy, now you can donate it to Food for Orphans through our relationship with LifePoint Charitable Endowment ... and LifePoint pays all future premiums.
LifePoint is a charity that accepts and manages donations of life insurance policies to benefit ministries and nonprofits. Here's how it works:
1. Contact LifePoint to learn if your policy is eligible for donation (you need to be 65 or over)
2. Select Food for Orphans as an endowment beneficiary
3. LifePoint assumes responsibility for all future premiums 4. You receive a tax deduction in the current tax year
5. Food for Orphans starts receiving contributions soon after your donation
This may represent the most significant gift you could ever give. VisitLifePoint Charitable Endowment or call them toll-free 1-877-808-1818 for more information. Or call Food for Orphans toll free at 1-888-219-0779.
Your Unused Vehicle Can be Turned into Cash to Feed Orphans!
We will help you through the process of donating any of these vehicles. If you have any questions regarding donations, please contact a Donations Specialist by phone at 1-800-766-CARE (2273). And be sure to mention Food for Orphans.
How much will my tax write-off be? The amount that is tax deductible is the sale amount of the vehicle.
My vehicle is not running. Can I donate it? We accept vehicles running or not; however, we do prefer the vehicle to be intact. Occasionally, we will make an exception depending on the year, make and model of the vehicle.
How quickly will you pick up my vehicle and how does the donation process work? In most cases your car can be picked up within 24 hours. The vehicle will be picked up by a licensed tow company at no cost to you and taken to one of our locations. You also have the option to drop the vehicle off at one of our locations with a scheduled appointment.
I'm ready to donate. How do I get started? Click on the link below and fill out the form. That's all there is to it!
Did you know that if you were to skip just ONE of those coffeehouse coffees ... you could provide food to 20 orphans? Now what if you did that every month. Click "More Info" to learn how or go to SkipaCoffee.com.
One of the best ways to tell others about the plight of orphans is to become a Food for Orphans Volunteer. A Volunteer is not content to just make a regular donation, but they invite others to join them. They have a passion for the cause of orphans and want to see the orphans’ misery and pain eliminated.
To become a Volunteer, send us an email and we will send you more information on how you can help.
Here are some things that a Volunteer can do. PICK ONE and then write us.
Friends: Tell others about how they can partner with Food for Orphans to help orphans.
Web: Build a personal website or on one of the sites like MySpace.com or Facebook.com to invite others to help feed orphans.
Blogs: Seek out and participate in blogs and forums that discuss orphans, children, or hunger. Refer readers to the Food for Orphans website.
Ask websites to add a Food for Orphans link, banner, or button to their sites.
Invite your employer to join in helping to feed orphans by matching employee donations and making a corporate donation.
Begin an Orphan Prayer group at church, praying for orphans around the world.
Ask your church to support Food for Orphans.
Start a Food for Orphans Restaurant Campaign in your city.
Contact your local radio stations and urge them to add "The Orphan Diaries" PSA to their rotation.
Ask your church to play a Food for Orphans video and take up a special offering.
Become a Celebrity Connection by introducing Food for Orphans to celebrities, famous people, politicians, business executives, or sports figures.
Churches: Annual Orphan Sunday, speaking opportunities, Sunday School class fundraising, special Christmas-giving challenges, Team opportunities, High School group fund-raisers, adopt-a-project, build-a-kitchen, stock-a-pantry, family/orphan dinner night. Many denominations have passed resolutions recognizing a day in November as National Orphan Sunday.
Christian Schools: Speaking opportunities, fund-raisers, “Get-Rid-of-the-Principal” fundraiser, and other Principal-Gets-a-Pie-in-Face ideas.
Christian Radio Stations: live on-air fund-raising campaigns
Restaurants: Special fund-raising campaigns, Add-a-Buck campaign, a Special Orphan Day where restaurant donates 25% of their sales to feed orphans
Businesses: matching employee donations, paycheck inserts, payroll deductions, special promotions to draw in customers, corporate partnerships
Food for Orphans is looking for outstanding students to be part of their Student Advisory Council. Members of this Council will have an active, participating role in some important operations of our international charity.
The council is made up of students from all over the country that have a desire to make a difference in the world and have a heart for the hungry and hurting. As a part of the Student Advisory Council, the students learn about and get to try out different functions of a non-profit such as networking, marketing, advertising and fundraising. This is an exciting journey that will give them valuable experience and education that will help them in college and their chosen careers.
As a part of our Student Advisory Council, each student can qualify to receive a letter from the White House signed by the President of the United States, a lapel pin and a Certificate of Achievement from Food for Orphans to include in their college admissions packet, employment resume and service profile.
Food for Orphans’ goal is to mentor the next generation of leaders in life, business, and mission. Please feel free to contact us at any time with any questions, or to nominate your outstanding student today.
The requirements are as follows:
1. Junior or senior level in High School (exceptions can be made.)
2. A college-bound student in good standing with at least a 2.0 GPA.
3. A student, who is energetic, possesses excellent communication skills, ability to build an maintain social rapport, ability to work independently, and a creative self-starter.
4. Must have access to a computer with internet access.
5. Willingness to volunteer a minimum of 2 hours per month, which will include participating in an online forum.
6. A written recommendation from a teacher or an administrator.
We want to motivate our Student Advisory Council members on an international platform; provide them with valuable charitable service, and save the lives of thousands of innocent orphans. If you're up for the excitement ... contact us.
Through Hungry for Change, nickels, dimes and quarters brings hope to orphans suffering from hunger. When you ask to get involved with Hungry for Change, Food for Orphans will provide your church, Sunday School class, workplace or other group with small containers to collect spare coins for six weeks. As the containers fill up, the accumulation of pocket change will have a big impact:
25¢ provides food to one orphan
$1 provides food to 4 orphans
$10 provides food to 40 orphans
$100 provides food to 400 orphans
Through a Hungry for Change drive, nickels, dimes and quarters will bring hope to those suffering from hunger and malnutrition.
It’s easy to coordinate a Hungry for Change drive, and it will be a great encouragement to your group to see how their small change can make such a big change in the fight against HUNGER! Just follow these simple steps:
Contact Food for Orphans to let us know that you are planning to lead a Hungry for Change drive at 1-888-219-0779 or contact us online. Food for Orphans will help you determine how many containers you will need and will send you the appropriate number. Or you can use any container you already have. We can also send you information cards you can pass out.
Find a group that you think would be interested in Hungry for Change. Consider your church, Sunday School, neighborhood, office and small group. Plan to host a Hungry for Change drive for six weeks.
Seek opportunities to publicize Hungry for Change — ask for a few minutes to share at your small group, church service or Sunday School class. Set up an information table and be available to answer questions and distribute the containers.
Consider finding a friend or business that would “match” whatever money is raised through your Hungry for Change drive.
If you are doing Hungry for Change drive at your church, plan to host a table the entire six weeks that you are having the Hungry for Change drive (if possible) in order to collect filled containers and distribute new containers. Some families and individuals may fill up several containers during the course of six weeks, so have a few extra containers to give in exchange for filled ones.. If you cannot have a person present to receive the filled containers at a table or booth, arrange for a secure location where the containers can be dropped off.
Once the change is turned in, find out if your local bank or credit union has a machine to sort and roll your coins. Some banks will do this for free. If no free services are available, ask for wrappers to roll the coins. Ask a few others to help sort, count, and roll the coins.
Bring your rolled coins to the bank and ask for a cashier’s check made out to Food for Orphans. You may also send the funds in the form of a personal check.
Mail the check to: Food for Orphans
Attn: Hungry for Change
PO Box 26123
Colorado Springs, CO 80936
Click the DONATE NOW link below and make a gift today to support Food for Orphans’ work to end orphan starvation.
One great way is to pick a special day and ask restaurants to donate a percentage of their sales for that day to feed hungry orphans around the world. Restaurants find this to be very appealing.
Ask them to donate 25% of their sales for that one day ( or whatever percentage they say). On the first Sunday in November (National Orphan Sunday) many restaurants are doing their campaign. Another good day is six months apart, on the first Sunday in May.
Another idea is the "ADD-a-BUCK" campaign. Servers ask the guests to add ONE DOLLAR to their check to feed orphans around the world.
We will provide them posters to hang in the restaurant so that they can alert their guests as to what they are doing that day. Food for Orphans will also do whatever we can to assist them in any Public Relations effort they have to include radio, television or print media in their generous efforts.
Restaurants are very open to this type of fundraising ... all you have to do is ask.
There are over 150 million retired cell phones discarded in drawers, desks, and storages in the United States. When you donate used cell phones to Food for Orphans, we sell those to a cell phone recycling center. Those funds are then used to help feed orphans around the world.
Setting up a campaign is simple and will cost you nothing but your time. Even the shipping of the collected phones is paid for by the recycler. Just contact us and we will help you.
You can partner with:
Churches(set up a box in the church lobby)
Radio Stations(designate a business as the drop-off location)
Businesses and Stores (generates store traffic)
Sporting Events (you can partner with a business to give out coupons for every phone donated)
Corporations and Stores
Food for Orphans corporate collection program provides an excellent community and employee relations tool for companies. By launching a cell phone collection campaign, your company can help the environment while helping to feed starving orphans. Your employees will appreciate the opportunity to safely dispose of their retired cell phones, and Food for Orphans will appreciate the contribution that your company can make as a result of your collection campaign.
It's environmentally responsible
A Food for Orphans Cell Phone Donation Campaign provides a new message for your company to communicate "We are environmentally responsible." The key environmental aspects of the collection program are reuse of otherwise idle cell phones and the proper disposal of obsolete phones and exhausted batteries. This is an aspect of the program that can further enhance your company's image.
A Cell Phone Donation Campaign is easy to implement
With Food for Orphans handling the logistics, it will be easy to participate and realize the benefits. Food for Orphans will work with you or your company in the coordination of collection materials, shipping, public relations and marketing materials. In addition, it is customizable-you can integrate a Food for Orphans Cell Phone Donation Campaign into an existing philanthropic program or launch it as a new initiative.
Our goal is to provide your church with relevant ways to engage church members in providing food for orphans. Churches see their members jump into action and respond with genuine heartfelt emotional acts.
1. Orphan Sunday Food for Orphans and the Christian Alliance for Orphans, along with many other fine organizations, are recognizing the first Sunday every November as National Orphan Sunday. A church can choose to join thousands of other churches nationwide and focus on the common date, or they can choose any Sunday they wish.
In addition, many denominations have passed a resolution recognizing a day in November as National Orphan Sunday and encouraging their churches to focus at least one Sunday on the orphan crisis. Many churches and denominations welcome the opportunity to provide for orphans, but just don't know how to do it. Food for Orphans can provide the church whatever assistance they might need to make that day a success. 2. The ONE Meal Miracle
The Gospels tell us of the time that a little boy donated his meal to Jesus. Jesus then created a ONE Meal Miracle, and changed that ONE meal into many meals. Families simply donate ONE meal per month ($15) to feed ONE orphan every day. This personal connection to orphans assures the genuine heartfelt emotional response the church is seeking. Food for Orphans can provide your church with a short video, bulletin inserts, pledge cards, and sermon notes to make your Orphan Sunday a success.
3. Sunday School Class FundRaising
Our "Hungry for Change" coin collector can be customized for the church, class, school, or group that is raising funds. You will be surprised at how quickly quarters, dimes, and nickels add up. These containers can be shipped for a suggested donation of $1.00 each plus shipping.
Begin an Orphan Prayer group at church and pray for orphans around the world.
Ask your church to support and promote Food for Orphans.
6. Be Creative
As you share your passion for helping orphans with others, you will discover many creative ways to raise the funds to buy food.
IDEAS: Speaking opportunities, Sunday School class fundraising, special Christmas-giving challenges, Team opportunities, High School group fund-raisers, adopt-a-project, build-a-kitchen, stock-a-pantry, family/orphan dinner night.
Remember ... every $15 collected will feed an orphan for a month.
"I feel better about the company now that I know that they are partnering with Food for Orphans."
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is when companies integrate social concerns in their business operations and in their interaction with their stakeholders. This provides a mutual benefit to the corporation and to the orphans.
“Food For Orphans is an organization that I have enjoyed working with over the last several years. Our audience appreciates the focus on helping the world’s orphans. The Christian community wants to feed these children of God with physical food and with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Food For Orphans sees to it that these children are blessed.” Peter Thiele
Program Director / Operations Manager
AM 970 The Apple / WMCA 570 AM
New York, NY
1. Ask your local station to do a fundraiser with Food for Orphans.
2. "The Orphan Diaries" is a free daily 60 second radio feature which tells the story of the struggles and successes of orphans and invites the listener to visit the Food for Orphans website. Professionally produced, "The Orphan Diaries" is a solid addition to any radio line-up.
Click links below to hear samples of "The Orphan Diaries"
Because employers want to encourage their employees to be charitable, they will match the employee's donation to a qualified charity dollar-for-dollar. This is an easy way to help feed twice as many orphans without having to increase your donation.
Here is all you need to do:
1. CONTACT your employer's human resources office and ask if your company matches employee donations. Ask for their guidelines to see if Food for Orphans qualifies.
2. REQUEST and fill out your company's matching gift form or submit it via your workplace intranet.
3. MAIL the completed form to Food for Orphans and we will do the rest. If Food for Orphans meets their guidelines, your company will begin sending its matching donation directly to Food for Orphans.
Your generous donation helps feed many orphans in the world's poorest communities. Your employer's matching gift will feed even more needy orphans who are struggling to survive. Many companies also match volunteer hours or gifts from spouses, retirees, and board members!
Send your completed corporate matching gift forms to:
Food for Orphans Matching Program
PO Box 26123
Colorado Springs, CO 80936-6123
If your company does not currently match employee donations, ask it to do so. Together, you and your employer can send a message of love and hope to orphans around the globe.
Contact Us if you are a motivated leader at a matching gift company who wants to ask co-workers to support Food for Orphans and to get their gifts matched also. Food for Orphans will help you spread the word.
Planned Giving is a set of ways a donor can leave money or assets to a nonprofit at death; or a way to invest money so that the donor receives benefits during their lifetime and then bequeaths the remaining funds to the nonprofit.
Gifts of Closely Held Stock
In some situations, a donor may wish to make a gift of stock in a closely held corporation. If you own highly appreciated stock in a company that has significant cash reserves, this may be the best way for you to make a sizeable gift.
Gifts of Real Estate
A gift of real estate can consist of almost any type of property:
a primary residence, a vacation home, a farm or ranch, a commercial building, subdivision lots or an undeveloped parcel. Such a gift will provide a charitable deduction for the full fair market value of the gift up to 30 percent of your adjusted gross income if you have held it for more than one year. The usual five-year carry-over also applies.
Gifts of Retirement Plans/Individual Retirement Accounts
Donors who participate in pension plans, Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs), 401(k) plans, Keogh plans and other qualified retirement savings plans may designate Food for Orphans as the death beneficiary. Gifts of retirement death benefits have tax advantages, as income taxes and estate taxes due upon death are wholly avoided.
Gifts of Life Insurance
Naming Food for Orphans as the owner or beneficiary of a paid-up life insurance policy entitles you to a deduction equal to your cost basis in the policy or its replacement cost, whichever is less. A policy purchased to provide protection for dependent children or as part of a business partnership and is no longer needed for this purpose often provides an excellent giving opportunity.
Introduction to Life Income Gifts
Gifts that provide income can be an excellent tool in retirement planning. These gifts allow you to make a significant contribution to Food for Orphans while receiving benefits such as:
Income payments for your life or the life of your spouse or others
Probable elimination of capital gains tax on appreciated property
A current income tax deduction
Probable reduction of estate taxes and probate costs
Personal fulfillment of directing your gift and supporting Food for Orphans during your lifetime
Charitable Gift Annuities
A charitable gift annuity is a contract in which a donor exchanges a gift of cash or marketable securities such as stocks or bonds (including mutual funds) to Food for Orphans. In exchange, the donor and/or donor's designee will receive fixed payments for life. The payment does not fluctuate with the economy, so you know exactly how much income you will receive. What's more, you have no investment worries because the annuity payments are guaranteed by Food for Orphans until your death.
Charitable Remainder Trusts
A charitable remainder trust provides income to the donor or other beneficiaries for life or a set term of years, leaving the remainder to Food for Orphans at the end of the trust.
Pays a fixed dollar amount (annuity) to the named beneficiary(ies).
Generally, the more income you receive, the lower your tax deduction.
Since additions cannot be made to an annuity, you may establish more than one.
Charitable Lead Trust
A charitable lead trust provides income to Food for Orphans for a set term of years, after which the remainder may be transferred to the donor's family or heirs. Lead trusts provide a charitable deduction to the donor for Food for Orphans' interest income and, under the proper circumstances, can allow the donor to pass property to family members at a greatly reduced estate or gift tax cost.
Gifts Through Wills and Bequests
In addition to its importance to your family and others for whom you wish to provide, a bequest in your will can be a vehicle for giving to Food for Orphans. It is a convenient way to know your property will be put to good use after you no longer need it. A gift may be included in your original will or added as a codicil by your attorney at a later date. Gifts through wills are popular because they are easy to arrange.
You may state that all, or a portion, of your estate be given to Food for Orphans after specific amounts are distributed to other beneficiaries.
You may stipulate that a certain percentage of your estate, a certain dollar amount, or particular securities or other assets be given to Food for Orphans.
Testamentary Charitable Trust
You may establish a unitrust or annuity trust for the benefit of specific beneficiaries through your will. The trust principal is transferred to Food for Orphans after the death of the last trust beneficiary.
If Food for Orphans is a part of your estate plan, please let us know.
This webpage is prepared as an informational piece for friends of Food for Orphans and is not intended as legal or financial planning advice. It is important that you consult with your attorney or other financial advisors as to the applicability of any item relevant to your own situation prior to making a gift to Food for Orphans. We welcome the opportunity to work with you and your advisors to establish individualized gift arrangements.
Less than one-tenth of one percent of all orphans will ever be adopted.
Here's the good news:
Food for Orphans believes that adoption is the best solution. Here is why:
God created all life. Every child is created in God's image and therefore, has immense worth and value. Adoption completes the cycle of being "pro-choice" and "pro-life".
Adoption is good for the orphanage and orphan caregivers. When an international orphan is adopted, it frees up a space for another orphan to be placed in the home. That means another homeless orphan is no longer living on the streets, struggling to survive.
Adoption is best for the child. So many orphans are all alone in the world with no extended family to give them love. Being raised in a loving home where Biblical and moral values are taught is best for every child. And the older orphan might even appreciate their new home with a new loving family even more. Adoption will provide an orphan the opportunity to develop a loving, caring attitude and a more positive personality. Adoption gives a child an outstanding opportunity for success in life!
Adoption is good for the adoptive family. Becoming a parent is a strong desire for many couples, yet many cannot conceive. Adoption is therefore a logical and practical solution, with many added benefits. The act of expressing love through adoption affects many more people than just the parents and child. In addition, many older couples are choosing to raise a "second family" after their biological children have left the house. These couples have a tremendous capacity of love and strongly desire to become adoptive parents. They are committed to giving a child a loving and permanent home through adoption.
If you would like more information on adoption, click on the link below for a list of helpful organizations.