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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EIN 26-0416765
503-489-8643
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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I have so enjoyed getting the founders, employees, board members, and interns at These Numbers Have Faces over the past year. On one occasion I spoke at length with a board member of this organization and was challenged to hear of the relational basis of their work and impressed by the sustainability of their model for providing higher education scholarships and opportunities for young women in South African Townships.

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

being a witness an a hearer of stories of real people's lives transformed through relationships and access to education.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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6 people found this review helpful

I was first introduced to TNHF by the Executive Director, Justin, in 2006. We met at a coffee shop so he could share his story about meeting the JL Zwane Football Team, Coach Eric and Anda. He wanted to continue his relationship with the team, felt called to do more, and formed a sole proprietorship business in order to do so. Little did he know that soon, after many a meeting in his attic, this little sole proprietorship would be the incredible nonprofit it is today. I believe in TNHF and am honored to be associated with this organization not only because of their responsible community-based development model and understanding that investing in girls is a key solution to addressing poverty from the bottom up, but because of the passionate dedicated leadership behind the scenes. Justin, his wife Trisha, the very few staff members, and the countless volunteers work at TNHF because they believe in the power of education, the dignity of all human beings, and they just love their friends in South Africa.

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

In South Africa I saw true friendship between TNHF and the students/staff. Students are graduating, chosen to be Ambassadors at the World Cup, more students are going to college, none have contracted HIV, women are at the forefront. Results in action!

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

working with everyone at TNHF, meeting and getting to know the students and staff in South Africa, and seeing TNHF grow and develop into the organization it is today. I love the women's empowerment campaign!

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

dedicated,resourceful, brilliant, hilarious, and amazingly creative.

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

shut down its US operations and be led and directed completely by South African nationals; or it could replicate its model into other countries.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006-10-01

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6 people found this review helpful

These Numbers Have Faces is a tremendously committed group of men and women that work everyday to play their small part in improving this world. It would be easy to be discouraged when tackling something like poverty in South Africa, but what they are accomplishing through their community impact model is revolutionary. They have the potential to empower not only the youth of South Africans to lift their communities out of poverty, but also leave a sustainable organization and structure that in the future will not be reliant on These Numbers Have Faces.

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

helping them raise funds and spreading the word to family and friends about important it is for charitable organizations to build an organization that can be sustained by the community they mean to help.

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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6 people found this review helpful

My volunteer experience with These Numbers Have Faces (TNHF) has been nothing short of continuing growth. The team at TNHF is unusual. Once the team recognized my talents and skills I was encouraged to come up with creative ideas to help grow my area of skill. I had been so accustomed to working in a controlled environment I’d almost forgotten what it was like to be free and creative. When I’m not volunteering I work in marketing for a company who sells consumer products. Having the knowledge I did in marketing and some contacts in the non-profit world here in Portland proved to them I could help get the job done. We met weekly to talk about ideas and status on projects. Every week I was there was positive and we continued to move forward. The positive feedback on ideas encouraged me to dig deeper for creativity within myself. When a company or non-profit allows their employees or volunteers to be free the sky is truly the limit on where they can go. I know TNHF will continue to inspire those they aid as much as those who volunteer.

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

the last I have volunteered.

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

seeing the growth of aiding 2 student to 10 in one year.

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

all positive and friendly people.

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

eliminate the cycle of poverty faster in South Africa.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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