HOPE INTERNATIONAL

Rating: 5 stars   12 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, International, Religion, Economic Development, Microfinance

Location: 227 Granite Run Drive Suite 250 Lancaster PA 17601 USA

Mission: HOPE's mission is to invest in the dreams of the poor in the world's underserved communities so that they might be released from physical and spiritual poverty.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been working in India with one of HOPE's partners now for nearly 10 weeks, and I am thoroughly impressed with HOPE's level of professional and spiritual excellence. Everything is done passionately and carefully. I've been so well cared for as an individual in this organization as well. I have worked for many Christian non-profits in the past and HOPE truly is unique--couldn't recommend it more highly!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Direct care from fellow employees; a fabulous week of training with all employees and international partners.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Can't think of any!

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Rating: 5 stars  

After interning at HOPE for 11 weeks and seeing how HOPE lives their mission in every aspect of their work and lives, I am really impressed even more by their ministry to the poor. HOPE has a great impact on alleviating poverty around the world. The staff is enthusiastic about investing their time and expertise for taking part in that mission and takes their job seriously. By excercising excellence and holding each other accountable around the globe by prayer, friendships and training, not only the international staff is impacted but through them also the clients experience life changing values. HOPE's approach is holistic and takes all aspects of life into account, making lasting changes in the lifes of the poor.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

hearing client reports, having the chance to talk with international staff members

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

basically going on with what they do, trying to improve and extend the programs. Start new programs or provide others with counseling how to do so and by this impacting more and more people.

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Rating: 5 stars  

HOPE International is a non-profit of excellence. I spent eleven weeks at HOPE volunteering and was positively impacted by the degree of genuine care and authenticity I saw expressed in the office between staff and through partnerships abroad. Not only does HOPE have great intentions to reach those in need and share with them the love of Christ by word and deed, but HOPE strives to be wise and knowledgable in their technical programs for microfinance and savings and credit associations. This organization is growing rapidly; yet, the growth is wisely measured and analyzed so as to best be stewards of that growth. HOPE International is an organization of great value that seeks to love its neighbor all around the world and do that by being excellent in every detail throughout its scope.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

As visitors view the exhibit or hear about HOPE International for the first time, I am always blessed by their excitement about HOPE's work because of what a great job HOPE is doing throughout the 15 different countries they work in. I've also experienced the heart of all the staff as they choose to work at HOPE with incredible qualifiacations because they love the work that HOPE does and the impact this organization has abroad.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

continue to work on relationships and connections from the institutions abroad to the HOPE base in Lancaster.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have never encountered a more Biblically founded ministry balanced with conservative financial wisdom. In looking for ways in which the resources I have been given could impact the world, I stumbled onto HOPE. More than just a good investment, it became a passion. HOPE does a remarkable job of connecting the investors and the sponsors and working to change the lives of both parties. HOPE is making a monumental difference in the hearts and the homes of people throughout the world and I am so honored to be able to help.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

reading the "Poor Will Be Glad," by the president of HOPE, Peter Greer. It helped open my eyes to the importance of HOW we should go about meeting the needs of the world. I hope to join an investor trip soon.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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Rating: 5 stars  

Hope International stands out among Christian organizations that I have interacted with. Hope strives for professionalism. They make the most of each dollar, but they don't cut corners. Hope is a community of people who have a vision - to empower those in poverty, both physically and spiritually - and who work enthusiastically to realize that dream.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Ukraine, where I interned. Interviewing clients, I was told time and again how satisfied they are with Hope Ukraine - the friendliness and professionalism of the staff, the helpful advice of their loan officers. While their loans are impacting their businesses, God's love, shown by the Hope Ukraine staff, is impacting their lives.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

create a stronger sense of connection between the work on the field and the operations in the US... however I suppose this is a problem that all international organizations face.

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Rating: 5 stars  

HOPE International is not only an incredible microfinance organization with a wholistic approach, but a group of folks that care tremendously about connecting with their donors beyond the donation of funds. HOPE wants to form partnerships, develping educated, passionate advocates.

My personal story with HOPE shows just this. While I've been a supporter of HOPE for a few years, I decided to raise money for HOPE through the 2010 Chicago Marathon. When I contacted HOPE I had expected to just request a few materials in order to aid in fundraising. Instead, their enthusiastic support led to a personal fundraising website, weekly reports of my progress, and a heart-felt card from the Lancaster staff when the race did not go quite as well as hoped.

This relationship only encouraged me as a donor and partnering advocate for the role microfinance can play in the race to end poverty. I'm not involved with efforts in the Chicagoland area to spread the word of HOPE's work.

An incredible organization working to serve!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Continued connection in HOPE's efforts

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continue working toward education of donors.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

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Rating: 5 stars  

HOPE International is one of those few organizations that really gets it right when it comes to combining development work and mission work. I was a field volunteer, so I was able to see first hand what their partnership and level of expertise in microfinance looked like. If you want you money and time to go where it will truly be used for a long-lasting kingdom impact, then give it to HOPE because you won't be disappointed.
HOPE's commitment to excellence is astounding. Never before have i seen Christians really commit themselves to excellently designing graphic design materials well or excellently taking the audit processes of field sites so seriously.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The field work of microfinance in Eastern Europe.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

While this organization is truly great, they can do a bit more improvement on connections with the field staff. HOPE is a relatively new organization that grew very fast, however, with their committment to excellence and to really serving one another well, I'm sure that their connections to what is going on in the field will change very soon.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was an intern at HOPE for 10 weeks and got a great insight into the organization. It is composed of great people who dedicate many hours to serve the poor in many of the world's developing countries. Alongside their commitment, they serve with strong technical expertise and a genuine heart for the underprivileged

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the people that I worked with as well as the success stories in many of the SCA programs and MF programs that HOPE runs (Russia, Philippines, etc)

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

hire more techincal assistance to support operations around the world. You can never have too many qualified hands on deck.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Hope International provides funding for opportunities that allow people in some of the poorest nations of the world, to actually get out of poverty. They do this through effective micro-loans, training, coaching and encouragement.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Through first hand reports, witnessing the growth of the businesses our Bank of Hope has funded in the DR.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give it more funding.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

Hearing and learning about how micro-finance works and of the needs in the DR.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

We had a good year at Headstand Media. Wanted to do something that would create opportunities for others.

What would you tell others about this organization?

Fund one of their many projects. Watch what they do, and how it can completely change the lives of individuals and families in poverty.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

HOPE International is a truly amazing ministry. The concept of not just giving a hand out, but a hand up is very compelling. HOPE has been able to help many people to break generational poverty through the means of micro-finance loans. We are truly blessed to play a small part of such a great ministry.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I was able to visit some clients of HOPE in the Dominican Republic and hear the stories of how the cycle of poverty was broken through the ministry of HOPE.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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