MIRACLE FOUNDATION INC

Rating: 4.99 stars   143 reviews

Issues: Human Services, International

Location: 1506 West Sixth Street Austin TX 78703 USA

Mission: The Miracle Foundation transforms struggling, institutional orphanages into stable, nurturing homes where children thrive. We partner with existing orphanages to implement our proven and systematic method which provides a home where the fundamental rights of children are met and helps them become self-sustaining members of our world community. Our measurable approach weeds out corruption and ensures donations are going into the mouths, hearts and minds of the orphaned children we serve.
Results: Our goal is to enhance the operations of existing orphanages so they can give children a safe, happy childhood and the education necessary to obtain employment and become self-sustaining adults. In addition, we conduct life-skills training so the children can grow up to be healthy, develop their emotional intelligence, and be prepared to make challenging life decisions. We guarantee all children in our care enjoy nutritious meals, have access to clean water, and receive regular health and dental check-ups and medical follow-ups as needed. We ensure all children are fully vaccinated, have mattresses to sleep on, wear well-made clothes and school uniforms, and are provided with academic tutors. One of the rights is the right to a stable, loving, and nurturing environment. This right is all about staff support. The typical child-to-housemother ratio in orphanages in the developing world is 80:1. We decrease this ratio to 20:1 and create family groups so each housemother can provide a greater depth of care to her children. In addition to tracking the height and weight of all the children we support on the WHO growth charts, we track their hemoglobin levels. When we entered Anbarasi orphanage, 53 children (35%) were anemic. Just six months later, only 11 children (8%) of the children were anemic – 126 had a healthy hemoglobin level. The children who are still anemic have open health cases and are under close doctor supervision. These transformative results are representative of the health results we see in all our orphanages. When we sign an agreement with an orphanage, we form a detailed implementation plan, outlining the timeline of the programs we will conduct with the orphanage so that all children have the potential to fully realize their rights. Our Program Coordinators visit the orphanages monthly to monitor, train, and mentor the orphanage staff. During their visits they also spend time with the children to ask them directly if they are receiving the necessary care and support. Quarterly, we conduct formal assessments with our comprehensive measurement tool. This assessment is a patterned interview/observation instrument with 175 measurable indicators which measures the orphanage’s progress toward achieving 100% of the 12 rights. With this assessment, the orphanage is given a grade in the form of a percentage indicating their progress toward providing all children their rights. This assessment gives us a snapshot of any gaps in care at the orphanage, so we can create strategies to address these issues and help them make continued improvement. We provide the orphanage specific, constructive feedback and training in the areas they need support. The progress each orphanage makes demonstrates how effective our method is at improving care for orphans.
Target demographics: orphans and orphanages reach their full potential.
Geographic areas served: rural India
Programs: clean water, nutritious food, high-quality healthcare, an excellent education, and a stable, loving, nurturing home for orphaned children. All of our interventions are based on the United Nations Rights of the Child, ratified in 1989 by 183 countries around the globe. We have codified each of the 12 rights applicable to orphans, even those more difficult to quantify - like the right to guidance from a caring adult - with specific and measurable standards.
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been assisting in the finance area since March 2014 and am impressed with the entire organization. Hearing the story of how the organization was started from the founder (Caroline) is truly inspirational. I'm sure she has told the story hundreds of times, but you wouldn't know it from the raw emotions and passion she shows.

Empowering children to reach their their full potential, one orphan at a time is the mission of The Miracle Foundation. It really isn't a slogan, the amazing board of directors and staff live and breathe this on a daily basis. They are all very dedicated to the children and in helping to improve not only their daily lives, but their futures as well. Many generous donors help make the mission possible and The Miracle Foundation are excellent stewards. I'm proud and honored to be associated with this fine organization.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I’ve worked in the social sector for over 20 years as a CEO, consultant and Board Member. I am honored to assist this phenomenal organization. If you are not familiar with their work please consider supporting them as they have 1) strong leadership/ deep expertise (Staff, Board & Volunteers) 2) scalable/ proven model and 3) excellent ROI, a game changing organization that empowers and impacts the lives of thousands.

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

Test pilot projects in other countries... expand reach/ impact.

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Definitely

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've worked with the Miracle Foundation for several years now. Their true passion for making a real difference is very real. My company has been involved in helping non-profits define their brand and communicate their core values to their audience and rarely have I seen such a great passion for a good cause combined with actual smart business acumen. They transform poorly run orphanages into solid, well performing organizations with MUCH better outcomes for the children and much greater efficiency for every dollar spent. Everyone wins here in true fashion.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Miracle Foundation has reset the bar for how to run a non-profit in a caring, organized, and responsible way. They have a unique way of connecting volunteers and children who live far from each other, yet who both benefit deeply in a bond through the organization . When you work with The Miracle Foundation, you know that your time, talents and/or funds are going to be used effectively and efficiently and that there will be measurable impacts to the lives of each and every child engaged with TMF. I think that The Miracle Foundation's NEST (Nurture, Empower, Strengthen and Transform) program provides a smart, scalable way to ensure that their learnings and framework can be implemented by dedicated groups who are going to follow their proven model. Their model provides an effective way to carefully evaluate that the orphanage is using funds wisely and in accordance with their standards. These standards are the different between these amazing children getting access to clean water, good food, education and a loving house mother. I've been so moved by the passion of everyone involved in The Miracle Foundation and have enjoyed my advisory role. I've gained much more from it than I have given (a common theme in the reviews). My goal is to take my daughters to India when they are the right age and to experience it with The Miracle Foundation.

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

Get the word out further! They are doing a phenomenal job in this regard and the more people that know about their mission in the world, the better.

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Definitely

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

Life-changing

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

In my experience, I've noticed that most non-profits and NGOs start out with lofty goals and good intentions, but fall flat because they do not have the acumen to run them like businesses that grow, thrive, and most of all, WORK. The Miracle Foundation is an astonishing and rare exception, with a compassionate but focused mission; financial transparency, and an inspiring and effective leadership team (headed by founder Caroline Boudreux) that has the talent and ability to deliver on their promises to donors... and those they serve. Everyone involved with this organization can feel its impact on the beautiful kids in India, and I personally believe that The Miracle Foundation will become the "success template" for international orphanage management, and is destined to make a substantial difference for thousands—if not millions—of children worldwide.

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Definitely

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Miracle Foundations is the most transparent and well-run non-profit organization that I know. I heard about them from one of their board members and have been extremely impressed with the passion and dedication of the team and volunteers. Regardless of day to day pressures, they are able to put the welfare of the children in the orphanages first.

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I've spent time in their offices, with the team members, volunteers and advisors - the leaders at The Miracle Foundation are smart, thoughtful, and tenacious!

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

I would want to see it grow/scale and address similar problems in other countries. They are already on their way to making this happen.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of advisors?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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