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  

These Numbers Have Faces is an exemplary organization that performs its mission with integrity and fierce dedication. As a finance intern, I have had the privilege of working for Executive Director Justin Zoradi, whose inspirational leadership and visionary brilliance are the keystones of the organization. Justin’s commitment is so inspiring that the professional staff of TNHF are willing to pour their heart and soul into the organization for minimum-wage pay, while the intern staff are willing to work for free. In their modest office in Portland, Oregon, the walls are bare except for poignant photos of South African scholarship recipients and a tribute to Nelson Mandela. What the office lacks in frills, it more than makes up for in goodwill, laughter, and cooperative productivity. TNHF is a healthy, lean, ethical organization where every possible dollar is used to further the mission of helping South African youth attain education and empowerment.

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

seeing the faces and hearing the voices of beautiful, grateful, inspired South African students who have attained a college degree due to the work of TNHF.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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It's the holistic approach of These Numbers Have Faces that I love. Yes, getting a scholarship is great, but if a student does not have encouragement, support, accountability, or practical life skills, the money is wasted. TNHF understands that. I am completely on board with the mission of the organization and the staff is just the cherry on top. I work with genuinely caring, supportive individuals. We are driven towards a common goal and believe in working together to accomplish our best work. It is this community effort that allows us to effectively impact South Africa. These Numbers Have Faces is truly the embodiment of the quote by Margaret Mead, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." It's a blessing to be a part of that small group.

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

how it has caused me to refocus and re-prioritize my own life. A life well lived is one that serves others.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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I first found out about These Numbers Have Faces in 2008. I had come across their website from some mutual friends that were supporters of the organization and decided to look into them and see what they were about. I was pleased with their mission and with their interactions with me, answering any questions I had. I offered my services as a Video Production Professional and we stayed in touch. Earlier this year (2010), I had edited a few videos for them and was informed by Justin (founder) that TNHF was going to start an internship and he wanted me to apply. So I did, and the Board agreed to bring me on the TNHF team as the Video & Media Intern. As of writing this, I've worked for the organization for over 5 months and have grown even more pleased with the organization since getting more involved. One area that has greatly pleased me is the efficiency with which money is distributed. So much of the funds donated goes to South Africa and that really encouraged me that I was working for someone with integrity, an organization that truly cares for the people it's helping. I am also happy that it's not basic charity but that the organization is built upon a model that can be taken anywhere and can be sustainable in the area that adopts that model, eventually without the help of These Numbers Have Faces. To have an exit strategy is not common among many non-profits and for that, I commend TNHF and it's founders, for wishing to bring more than charity to the people of South Africa. They seek to help them build a foundation for their future and for those who will come after the students currently in the program. They hope to one day hear that the organization itself isn't needed anymore, as the program has become a fully South African model that is sustaining itself. The organization is very personal with it's donors (it's how I ended up working for them) and is responsible with their resources and donations.

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

seeing the impact it has had on the students in the program in South Africa.

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

I am not sure. At the moment, I can't think of anything I would change.

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

how personal they have been with donors. If it wasn't for that, I would not have ended up working for them.

Ways to make it better...

no answer.

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 week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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I first heard about TNHF from a friend of mine while I was describing my struggles to get in touch with a different local nonprofit in the Portland area. She mentioned that she had heard great things about this organization, that it was small, but extremely effective. One glance at their website and I was enthralled. I loved the mantra that called for TNHF to work themselves out of business, by helping to create sustainable change through South African youth in their communities. I immediately emailed the volunteer address and was shocked to receive a personal email from Justin a few hours later, thanking me for my interest. That personal touch is apparent through out the website and in the videos with interviews and speeches given by the scholarship recipients. The humility and dedication of our scholars inspired and motivated me and I am very excited to be a recent member of the TNHF team.

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

I have personally experienced the team work and the dedication of the staff here in Portland. I'm very excited to meet with the South African staff, and I hope to travel to South Africa to meet the students one day.

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

the mission of this organization that is centered around the importance of building relationships!

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

full of energy and totally focused on the positive with a constant debate around improving and making things better. It feels like we're building and contributing to the solid foundation of education.

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

continue to build relationships between students and their families in South Africa with U.S. students, families and individuals creating a cross cultural community base celebrating the importance of education.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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TNHF strives to provide education opportunities in South Africa through unique methodology that I find inspiring. Students are not simply given money to go to school. They are holistically taking care of via financial literacy programs, mentorship, and of course, their collegiate educations. The staff is fully dedicated to this cause.

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

I push the youth I work with here in the United States to pursue higher education in any form so that they can achieve the great results I've seen in the TNHF students. I'm inspired.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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7 people found this review helpful

My experience with These Numbers started from an outside view. I loved how they used people to tell their story. Their financial model really impressed me as well. The idea that a dollar could have such a reach and multiple applications is a rare find in many non-profits today. As a current intern, I love the hearts of the people working there, and it's obvious that the primary focus are the students in South Africa.

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

seeing the faces of sponsored students grow brighter each update we get from South Africa.

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

continue efforts to expand brand recognition and presence in major US cities.

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

The people. They're full of joy for this cause.

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

More than dedicated. There is a motivation behind each of them that cannot be described in words.

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

finish its work in South Africa and focus on a new country.

Ways to make it better...

we had a coffee pot in the office ;)

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

continuing to expand reach.

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

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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This organization has grown as organically and sustainably as they intend to develop communities in South Africa. I met Justin Zoradi, the director, in college and have kept up with his work over the years only to be constantly amazed at the genuine compassion and intelligence exhibited by this non-profit. They have created something that few non-profits can do: a project that will end if all goes well. As such, I am proud to represent their work in my classroom. I recently taught a lesson to a Public Speaking class at Arizona State University dealing with the use of language and the use of ethical messages to communicate and persuade about big ideas. As a class, we examined this group's webpage and had a discussion about how this group's communication is making a difference. My students were excited to see a direct example of the principles that we discussed and, more importantly, an example of what young people can do for and with each other to change the world. TNHF is doing that, and doing it well.

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

my classroom, in my household, in my social network, and in my own ideas about the world. This group is actively changing things.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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I know a number of people involved with TNHF from volunteers to the chair of the board. I am continually impressed with their attention to detail that is coupled with their laser-sharp focus on the long-term vision - which is to go out of business! That really should be the goal of any development organization... that they help reduce poverty to the point that they are no longer relevant. TNHF is well equipped to handle the messy process that is development. They have the relationships, resources and vision to do some real good, long-term work in South Africa and be a catalyst to empower local leaders to change their communities forever.

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

TNHF does a phenomenal job of using media and the internet to share the stories of the lives they are helping to change. This has been an incredible tool for me as a donor to experience the real live results from the work that they are doing.

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About every six months

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2010-5-01

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6 people found this review helpful

I am a long time friend of the founder of TNHF. This is one of the best organizations I have ever had the pleasure of being involved in. The biggest strength of TNHF is their clarity of purpose. Whne you walk into their office in Portland it is clearly written on the wall. As a donator I know exactly were my money is going. TNHF also does an incredible jod of connecting with their contributors. Whether it is a weekly newslater, posts of facebook, or even a friendly hand written thank you note, you always feel invovled and like you are making a difference. TNHF also connects their contributors with the people they are working with. They attatch faces with the work they are doing. I have worked with other non profits and NGO's in the past, but my experience with TNHF has been so much more rewarding then anything else.

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

I have seen results through conversations with people involved in TNHF. I have read the handwritten letters of those living in S. Africa, I am being constantly updated with stories of hope, and encouragement as a result of the work that is happening.

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

The personal connections with the employees and the work that is happening in S. Africa

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

Amazing, caring, deadicated, hardworking and loyal people who have a heart for the world.

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

Improve communities in S. Africa by educating leaders who are willing to give back to the places were they grew up. They can empower an entire generation that is capable of more than anyone could imagine.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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12 people found this review helpful

TNHF is a grass-roots organization committed to sustainable change in S. Africa through education and community development. It has been inspiring to observe the consistent enthusiasm by young people for those living across the globe. That passion is complemented by hard work on a daily basis to advance the goals. And it's paying off: beginning with funding the college education for one student in 2008, TNHF now has placed 8 students in 2010 with plans to increase the number to 20 in 2011. One specific fundraising goal this year is to enable 10 women to attend college. Small donations fund the project, which seeks to change the world, one face at a time. And it's happening. I'm proud to do my small part for such an impressive, visionary organization.

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

participating in tangible support for promising young people, who then are, as we speak, becoming leaders for the future.

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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7 people found this review helpful

I heard about These Numbers Have Faces through Facebook, and thought it sounded cool. When checking it out I noticed they had an awesome t-shirt design and so I bought it. I get a ton of compliments on the shirt, I know the money went to a good cause, and so I bought a bunch as gifts for friends. Now I pay attention to the charity, know about the cause and the need for education in the townships, and am really impressed by the methods These Numbers Have Faces uses to reach the public and help get education opportunities to youth and thus help a whole community.

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

awesome designed t-shirts for a cause

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About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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