Last November, I announced the creation of a nonprofit organization called The Hope Effect. The nonprofit was funded by the proceeds from my new book, The More of Less. Because we don’t need much to live on, we are able to build something significant from the extra income.
The Hope Effect is changing how orphans are cared for around the world by providing solutions that better mimic the family. Rather than constructing large, cold buildings with dozens of children and only a few guardians, we are committed to building smaller homes that house 6-8 orphaned children, 2 adults, and function as a healthy family.
You can find out more about our work, right here.
Since announcing the organization late last year, we have raised over $150,000 from 1,000 individual donors. Thanks to their generous gifts, our first home is currently being constructed in Siguatepeque, Honduras and should be complete later this Fall (pictured above).
We are also beginning to turn our attention toward a new location: San Luis Río Colorado, Mexico. This Mexican border town has a population of 200,000 and the local authorities have encouraged us to build some Hope Effect Homes in their community. We are laying the groundwork for that to happen.
All of the funds that we raise for The Hope Effect are used directly for orphan care—literally every penny. We do not use publicly raised money for administrative expenses, everything goes directly to the construction and/or operation of our homes. We call it The 100% Model and we are proud to be restoring people’s faith in non-governmental organizations.
In order for this model to remain sustainable, we depend on private donors and corporate sponsors to cover our administrative costs.
Up until this point, I have not gone public with this opportunity. I have invited the Becoming Minimalist community to become active in changing orphan care around the world by donating to The Hope Effect, but I have not provided opportunity for private and corporate donors to help build the organization.
But today, I want to invite some of you to partner with us in this specific way. As our fundraising and reach has grown, so has our need to fund the growing organization without sacrificing the 100% Model we created.
We are committed to keeping our administrative expenses as minimal as possible. However, the fact remains there are always costs associated with doing business (web, design, fees, office supplies, a part-time Executive Director, and currently, the cost of expanding our organization into Mexico). I invite you to partner with us in covering some of those specific costs.
If you would like to partner with us in this unique way, please donate using this page.
It is our goal to raise an additional $5,000/month to begin expanding our staff and developing community among our donors. Your recurring monthly donation will help make that goal achievable. Thank you.