These Numbers Have Faces, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   37 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Education

Location: 537 SE Ash St. Suite #204 Portland OR 97214 USA

Mission: These Numbers Have Faces invests in African students to lead and empower their countries.
Results: To date, These Numbers Have Faces has provided 77 university loans to students in South Africa, Rwanda and Uganda and impacts hundreds of students per year with leadership & entrepreneurship training.
Target demographics: students lead and empower their countries
Direct beneficiaries per year: 300 students
Geographic areas served: South Africa, Rwanda, & Uganda
Programs: Leadership Loans - Social impact loans for high achieving scholars from impoverished communities to attend top African universities. Graduates reinvest a portion of their loan for new scholars from their community. Community Impact Program - Alongside their university education, scholars complete community service, attend leadership and entrepreneurship training, and are welcomed into a supportive family of friends.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Millions of Americans travel internationally each year. Whether we're overseas for a week, a month, a season, or a school year ("study abroad," anyone?), we come back changed. Sometimes that change is for the worse. Sometimes it's for the better. Rarely, however, does it convert a 26-year-old into a social entrepreneur on the scale of Justin Zoradi.

Don't miss the fact that These Numbers Have Faces works. It's growing. And it's poised for much more growth. Why? These Numbers Have Faces empowers African young adults to pursue a university degree, land a good job, and then turn around and fund a full-year scholarship for another person in their same community. Those new scholarship recipients later fund still other full-year scholarships.

Potential downside? So far, none. www.thesenumbers.org

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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This past summer I had the immense opportunity to work for These Numbers Have Faces as their design/marketing/street fair intern. Working for them changed my career path from just wanting to design to wanting to work for non-profits from here on out. They do amazing work and the best part is that it is sustainable. Youth learning to reduce poverty in their own communities... this is how to teach the next generation. This is how our world will change for the better.

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

watching how our students graduate, are offered jobs and are supported by members within their own community.

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

n't change a thing.

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The staff is very responsive to my questions and even so willingly send marketing, informative materials for anyone who wants to help spread the word and understand what TNHF does. My gift was matched by the company I work for dollar-to-dollar. The staff helped me make sure that it happened. Very good communication. The regular updates on the blog is AMAZING and ADMIREABLE.

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

witnessing the updates the organization provides through visuals, video footage, and blog entries.

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

send more regular (perhaps monthly) newsletter to remind us to check out the webpage for updates.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the ease of communication with the staff

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

passionate and helpful

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change a nation

Ways to make it better...

the staff do more campaigns around US to raise awareness

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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These guys not only have their hearts in the right place, but their understanding of what the needs are in South Africa - and how those needs can be met by members WITHIN the community - is astounding and inspiring. I will give my support to These Numbers Have Faces for as long as they accept it.

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

The video and letter updates I receive directly from the founders are so encouraging. To hear the stories of those that have had the chance to not only attend college, but graduate, is a testament to the good work they're doing.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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This organization has a true passion and heart for the people of South Africa. Their belief in helping all to gain access to furthering their education and producing strong community leaders is unmatched.

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

My travels and time spent in South Africa. I have met some of the sponsored students and many of those involved in the organization and I have seen how TNHF has encouraged and developed strong leaders.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Everything

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

passionate, encouraging and strong leaders.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change South Africa

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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These Numbers Have Faces had such an important impact on my and my husband's life. For years, we've donated to different non-profits but TNHF was changing the world in ways we could relate to. As a soccer player, dancer and advocates of education, we are overjoyed that the things we love are making a difference in the lives of others. As military members, time is not something we can give like TNHF can, so being able to help despite where we're stationed means the world to us. We are so proud to be part of such a great organization and love telling everyone (or showing thanks to our book!) about These Numbers Have Faces. We can't wait to be able to more with you guys:)

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

...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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I have been impressed with this organization and their long-term partnership in South Africa. The vision and execution of that vision make this organization very effective. Great people with a great vision can do great things.

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

I talk with Justin Zoradi, the founder of TNHF, very often and he lets me know what has been going on. I am planning to take a trip to South Africa with him and his team some time soon.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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The foundation that I am a board member of chose to support TNHF for the incredibly tangible results they deliver. We believe that fostering higher education is one of the more sure fire ways to create long-term sustained economic development. As financial supporters, we also greatly appreciate the high-level of communication, appreciation, and interaction that TNHF's leadership has provided.

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

fantastic communication and relationship w/ TNHF leadership

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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i went with TNHF to south africa in 2008 and documented their interaction with the people they exist to serve. it was awesome to see, and capture and learn the stories behind the "numbers".

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

the students lives they touch, the people they involve themselves with in south africa. i've personally maintained relationships, and had my friends support the group.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

TNHF is a fantastic organization. They are using creative ways to empower South Africans. I loved that they had a world cup bracket this summer and was excited that it became one of the biggest espn brackets in the world (#20 I think). They are excited about their work and have worked hard to develop a in country staff as well.

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

partnering to bring education and empowerment to peers in South Africa

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

make them more visible to individuals who would support their work

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their total commitment and exciting creativity in how they accomplish their goals

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated, fun and intelligent people

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

open the door for millions to change their own country

Ways to make it better...

I had been more involved

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

continuing to find individuals who are willing to personally partner with them in fundraising.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-7-01

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