I used to live my life in a bubble world. I didn't realize many things that went on around me. Then in 2007 I found out about Love146. They informed me about how every minute, 2 children are sold into sexual exploitation of sexual slavery. They informed me that 27 million people were enslaved around the world and that more than half of them were children. I was in awe of what I learned. I thought slavery ended when it was abolished in the U.S. but I started to learn a great deal of information about modern day slavery and the abuse done to some as young as 5 years old (and some even younger than that). People are forced into prostitution, sold into bondage to do things that no child can even comprehend. It is happening, and Love 146 is doing so much to help restore those who are rescued out of their slavery. I have been so influenced because of what I learned from Love146, that as soon as I found out about what they were doing to help educate victims and show love that these children have never truly seen before through their advocacy, I started to daily research the issues. I have learned the greatness of spreading awareness and even did a presentation for my church on it, using the many examples given through love146. I also held a car wash with the youth group of my church to donate money to help them continue in it, as well as raise money for them amongst family and friends. I have enjoyed the updates I receive each month from them through emails, reading their blog, and knowing that their safe homes that I have helped support are making a difference in the lives of girls who have survived and will survive when they are restored back into society. The workers at Love146 all seem to have twitters and have really great communication and ways that you can be involved in helping them continue in their work of changing lives. They've held bike rides and walks/runs each year to spread awareness and raise money, they've held their Car Wash Across America to do the same, and are very involved in their dedication to bringing an end to slavery! I will continue to love and support all that Love146 represents, which is bringing a voice of those who are ignored and abused.
Love146 is an incredible organization doing some of the toughest work in regards to child trafficking. While IJM and other NGOs rescue young children out of sex trafficking, they bring the survivors to Love146 for long-term, holistic care that they themselves don't provide. Love146 is fighting the hardest battles on the forefront by implementing survivor care and prevention education programs. Few organizations, government agencies, or individuals take the time to fund or care about preventing trafficking and abuse from happening; Love146 does. If you are at all passionate about the issue, I would support Love146. They have offices in several countries and are growing to serve more and more children every day. I'm happy to support them as a donor and friend.
I have to respectfully disagree with w_65_j's assessment that this is an inefficient organization. Love146 has achieved a multi-year Four Star rating with Charity Navigator, which simply doesn't happen at inefficient organizations. Also, the organization places a very high value on transparency, accountability, and outcome measurement. All of their financials, program proposals, and annual reports are easily discoverable on the website. After working for almost ten years in the non profit sector I can confidently say that Love146's level of transparency and accessibility is the exception rather than the norm, unfortunately.
As both a longtime donor to Love146 and an attorney specializing in non profit governance and management, I feel utterly confident investing in the work of Love146. I cary high expectations for quality outcomes, which they consistently meet.
In summary: great organization, great people, great work.
As a graduate student studying Nonprofit Organization Management I highly admire and recommend this organization. The people working there are working for considerably less than people performing the same level of work in the private sector. These individuals are committed to their goal of ending modern day slavery. They spend their money well, including administrative and fundraising costs. How is an organization to do their work without spending money in those two areas? They cannot. For an organization doing as much work as Love146 is doing with the size staff they are working with and in the area they are working is mind blowing.
Inefficient organization. Program revenue growth equivalent to growth in administrative costs and fundraising expenditures. Not good. Program Expenses 71.4%
Administrative Expenses 13.2%
Fundraising Expenses 15.3%
Please note that Love146 is one of only a few hundred organizations that has met all 20 standards of charity accountability set by the Better Business Bureau. We have also earned a rare 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. “We are proud to announce Love146 has earned our fourth consecutive 4-star rating. This is our highest possible rating and indicates that your organization adheres to sector best practices and executes its mission in a financially efficient way. Attaining a 4-star rating verifies that Love146 exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in your area of work. Only 9% of the charities we evaluate have received at least 4 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that love146 outperforms most other charities in America. This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets Love146 apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness.” MICHAEL THATCHER President & CEO Charity Navigator Here is a link to the Love146 Charity Navigator page: (https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=12525): Our financials are also available at https://love146.org/financials/
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I never knew about modern day slavery until I heard about Love146 (they were a featured charity on Air1 Radio Station). Ever since I learned about Slavery (sex/labor/debt), I want nothing more then to help slavery and raise awareness. I love what Love146 is doing. God spoke to me though them.
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