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Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services

Mission: Miracle Foundation empowers orphaned children to reach their full potential. Since our founding on Mother’s Day in 2000, the Miracle Foundation has taken a stand for orphaned children. Today there are 8 million children living in institutions around the world. That is unacceptable. Ask any child and they will tell you that their biggest dream is to be part of a loving family — it’s where they thrive.

Target demographics: Bring life-changing care to orphaned and vulnerable children

Direct beneficiaries per year: 7,000 orphaned children

Geographic areas served: Global

Programs: 80% of children living in institutions have a living relative. We make every effort to reunite these children with their birth family, if possible. For abandoned children without family — our measurable, systematic method ensures that children are loved, educated, healthy and safe until they transition to a permanent family. And we actively collaborate with governments, other non-profits and local family-strengthening organizations to transform systems and give children a voice.

Community Stories

213 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The best thing about the volunteer experience with The Miracle Foundation in India is that you are allowed to help in the way that you are most comfortable--they way that you can do the most good. Whether it's giving needed resources to growing children, teaching them, or sharing new experiences, your actions are going to provide a lasting hand-up and open their world. You can dive in and play and sing with kids all day, or help organize projects, or use your skills in cooking or plumbing or whatever. The core philosophy behind the TMF is sustainable growth, and as a volunteer you become part of that process.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am an intern with the Miracle Foundation and I have had a wonderful experience thus far! I decided to apply for an internship after reading about the mission and the impact that this foundation has had in the lives of so many orphaned children. It is awesome to see how much each person on staff uniquely cares for this program and works to fulfill the mission of the Miracle Foundation. The staff members genuinely have a heart for supporting the kids in need; and this heart is reflected in how they go about doing business. I enjoy being in this work environment because it personally encourages me and challenges me to take a passion that I have for a social cause and seek to be a part of the solution. Even in the few weeks that I've worked here, I have already learned so much about how this particular foundation works and how nonprofits operate in general. I think that the Miracle Foundation is doing a great work and I am so excited to continue learning and growing through my experience as an intern!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an intern at Miracle Foundation, I was initially drawn to this nonprofit because of the way they framed their mission. As an international nonprofit providing life-changing care to orphaned and vulnerable children around the world, Miracle Foundation seeks to go "out of business" by the year 2040. This was a revolutionary idea to me, but one that makes so much sense upon further reflection. Nonprofits, like Miracle Foundation, exist to help solve societal issues; therefore, if you effectively solve the issue, there's no longer a reason for the nonprofit to exist. Since starting my internship with Miracle Foundation, that message has really been driven home for me. Everything the foundation does is working towards the goal of having every child out of an institution and into a loving family. I have immensely enjoyed the opportunity to apply my passion for human rights and social justice towards helping support the work that Miracle Foundation does to ensure that the United Nation's 12 Rights of the Child are realized by each and every child, everywhere.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I interned with Miracle over the summer, and it was one of the best learning experiences I have ever had. I witnessed firsthand how much they care about the children and how hardworking all the employees are. They always made sure that I was enjoying the work I was doing and that it aligned with my career goals. Miracle has greatly helped me grow professionally and personally - they truly love what they do every single day.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was able to serve as an intern at The Miracle Foundation, fall of 2017 and absolutely loved it! I came across the organization by simply looking for nonprofits in the greater Austin area with a mission that I felt aligned with my passions and I chose the correct one. I was able to meet some of the friendliest people with a professional attitude toward one common goal of helping the children. I would highly recommend everyone to become involved in any way!

mitchellcohen111

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently moved to Austin and was looking for places to help out and volunteer. I went on Charity Navigator and found Miracle Foundation was on the top of the list based on their outstanding rating. After doing more research I learned more about their mission and their founder's incredible story. I then met the founder at a Social Impact Summit and have since gone into the local office a few times to help with a project. Everyone is super friendly and also super driven behind the foundation's cause and mission. This is an awesome organization!

Laney S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I interned with the Miracle Foundation during my senior year at the University of Texas at Austin. I had an incredible internship experience and was beyond excited to be hired on as a staff person in May of 2018. In the short time that I have been apart of this organization, I have witnessed an unparalleled commitment to their mission and a fearless orientation toward innovation. I am so proud to be apart of an organization that does not settle for the status quo. The Miracle Foundation continually seeks new opportunities to better serve orphaned and vulnerable children both internationally and right in our own backyard.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a current development intern at the Miracle Foundation and am so fortunate to confidently say I support the mission of TMF and I am gaining valuable experience in the nonprofit sector. Everyone who comes in and out of the office, full-time staff or even volunteers, are always with a smile on their face and passionate about what they are working on. TMF has already done such amazing work and I can't wait to see what is in store for the future.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I was fortunate to be a Miracle Foundation ambassador to Anwesha orphanage in Agartala, India in Fall of 2016. Science in a Suitcase, an Austin non-profit dedicated to spreading STEAM education to underprivileged children, organized volunteers and fundraising to get us over to India where The Miracle Foundation connected us with Anwesha to help bring STEAM education to some of the most beautiful children I've ever interacted with. We did simple science experiments with the young kids, and taught programming and engineering concepts to the older kids using the LEGO WeDo robotics platform over the course of three days.

This was one of the most enriching and fulfilling experiences I have ever had the opportunity to participate in! These kids have so little, yet are still so full of life, hope, and happiness. All the mundane challenges of getting over to India ready to help these kids melted away the instant we drove up to the Anwesha gates in our Tuk-Tuks and saw the whole orphanage waiting eagerly to receive us with all the pomp and circumstance they could muster. We taught programming, did some neat experiments, and setup a sustainable robotics program in the Anwesha computer lab with trained mentors during our time there, and every time one of the children looked me in the eye beaming with excitement and happiness, I just wanted to hug them.

The Miracle Foundation created this opportunity for us, and I am forever grateful. Heather Shaw of the Miracle Foundation in Austin helped us organize our preparations for the trip, and once we arrived in India, all the logistics like food, transportation, and lodgings were taken care of. Barbara Joubert was absolutely incredible in the way she took care of us in India and the way she loves every single one of these kids, she is an inspiration. Thank you Heather, thank you Barbara, and thank you Miracle Foundation!

1 Laura356

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Miracle Foundation is a nonprofit that truly does amazing things for orphans around the world. The founder's story fuels the organization with a fierce passion to create Centers of Excellence where these children in need can thrive until they are reunited with their kin. Keep making miracles happen!

1 Rahul B.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Miracle Foundation has a strategy. And it is working. They aren't just tossing dollars and riding missions statements, but executing on a coherent and amazing strategy.

It was beautiful to see what they do. I went in to my work with them (teaching robotics at one of the homes) a skeptic. I had watched the ted talks and listened to stories, but there is always a part of you that wonders what they do with your donations, how real the story is, how affected are they by corruption in the country the work in, etc.

And man, it was beautiful. Spending a week teaching Robotics to the kids in the home, I saw the joy that permeates every facet of the home. The kids have the opportunity to be children. They are not forgotten orphans. The eat and play, they have mothers. They get individual attention, teaching, training, equipped to stand on their own two feet.

When we came, there was a new girl that had just come. You could tell, because she didn't smile or talk or interact. And I saw so many times the mothers in the home or staff would go hang out with the girl and comfort her. And we did too. Just such an amazing community feel.

Ren H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the privilege going to an orphanage in Agartala, India with The Miracle Foundation in September 2016. I didn't know what to expect. I have never met an orphan in my home country, let alone India.

I met the nicest group of children when I was there. They didn't have much in terms of material possession, but they were loved. They were well-fed. They got good education. The 12 rights of children that The Miracle Foundation believes in really showed at the orphanage. The children probably had sad pasts, but they were so happy at the orphanage.

In the short four days, the children passionately called me "Dada," which means older brother. I don't have any siblings, but had so many littler brothers and sisters that week. I was there to set up a robotics program. I don't know how many lives I changed that week, but it certainly changed mine. It put in perspective how prevailed I am simply because where I live and from.

People say India is incredible, but children were even more so, every single one of them. I can't wait to see them grow up and make India even more incredible.

Board Member

Rating: 5

My wife Raka, our children, and I have been actively involved with the Miracle Foundation for over ten years. We have made annual trips to orphanages run by the Miracle Foundation for the past four years, and I have served as Chairman of the Board for a number of years.

The numbers speak for themselves: Miracle Foundation helps 2,500 kids, which translates to over a million meals, hundreds of thousands of medicines, and thousands of textbooks. Imagine a typical household with two kids and multiply what happens there by one thousand, all with a maniacal attention to detail to meet each child’s needs!

More than just the numbers, however, I am a big fan of the Miracle Foundation due to what I call my “3 Ps”:

a) Process: Miracle Foundation has a proprietary Thrive Scale—this is a methodology created to measure and enable systematic change in their homes. The process emphasizes measurement followed by investment at greater rates as a home/organization hits its critical Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). In my world, this is venture capital meeting a non-profit: something as magical as true fusion of oil and water!

b) Persistence: Miracle Foundation has an amazing team in the U.S. While the staff is 10,000 miles away from the children they serve, it makes positive change with uncompromising integrity in India. This is a testament to the team's sheer perseverance and grit for the kids they serve. It is impressive they’re able to succeed and make this vision a reality.

c) People: The Miracle Foundation staff is among the most amazing people we have ever encountered. From a place of selflessness, motivation for the well-being of the kids, and very astute business thinking, the team has conceived and implemented a technology-enabled methodology (with tremendous attention to detail) that creates the maximum impact for every dollar generated.

I have seen many companies, have sat on many Boards, and have worked with amazing CEOs and entrepreneurs. But there is something about the folks at Miracle Foundation that makes you want to help them with their mission to empower the world’s most vulnerable children. Supporting them is one of the best decisions I have ever made.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Miracle Foundation is a fantastic organization.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I was blessed to travel with other Miracle Foundation ambassadors to meet the incredible children of Balgram Poynad. These children were inquisitive, happy, and funny. They were fed delicious, nutritious meals and were in excellent physical condition. Their living conditions were clean and comfortable, and their home mothers were loving and caring. The children discussed their aspirations for their future with no limits on possibilities. The Miracle Foundation has changed the lives of these incredible young people. I hope many others will support this vitally important organization!

1 Sandy132

Donor

Rating: 5

The journey that I took with the Miracle Foundation was extraordinary. I was not expecting to go to an orphanage and meet children that was so full of joy . There is no doubt that these kids are loved . Those children was very well taken care of . I know that they are getting an education because we walk them to school . This group of kiddos was very happy and healthy . I got to see first hand exactly how much the donations we make to the Miracle Foundation is providing for these children . I have to say it is very impressing . I will continue to support those children by donating to the Miracle Foundation.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Love lives in the eyes of the Miracle Foundation's children. The kids in the care of TMF are filled with light and joy. They laugh with their stomach muscles, play competitively but fair, dance gracefully and whole-heartedly. They are being raised by hard-working, impressive women who are referred to as house mothers....and mothers are definitely what they are. The model created by The Miracle Foundation is beautifully implemented. It provides these precious people with not only what they need today, but the tools and hope for bright futures. We left them in the most tender of hands, in a place filled with goodness, with mothers and brothers and sisters whose devotion to each other is something that the whole world should be able to see. I recommend you go see it!

1 Jessica133

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been donating to them for years now. They are going to do great things for orphans all over the world. Their system is transparent, measurable, and SO obviously working when you visit with the impacted children!!!
This is my fourth trip to India with TMF and I am sure it won't be my last.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just returned from my third trip with the Miracle Foundation. I also promised one of the girls that I would come back and see her so there is a fourth trip in my future.
The whole experience is amazing - the kids are a joy, the staff at the homes operate with transparency, TMF staff always makes me feel safe and supported in a new place, the other ambassadors are also a huge part of the experience.
We donate monthly with plans to continue that indefinitely.
Highly recommend this charity!
Jessica Killen

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am a long-time donor (over ten years) to The Miracle Foundation, and my association with their organization and their methodology is a tremendous point of pride for me. Their work defining a measurable, sustainable, effective solution for protecting children's rights has been impressive at every turn. Recently returning from my first trip to one of their homes in India, I can attest first-hand to their success is creating environments where children not only thrive, but have a home. These abandoned and rescued children are joyous, educated, responsible, and actively participate in the management of their own lives. They have futures. Big ones.

I would encourage anyone, anywhere to become involved with, and donate to, The Miracle Foundation.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I run a nonprofit that partners with various nonprofits around the world to bring unique educational experiences to children. We’ve had the fortune of partnering with The Miracle Foundation for several years now to bring STEM education workshops to kids in the homes they support in India. Each experience has been incredible, and I cannot say enough good things about this organization. The staff of the Miracle Foundation are so incredibly committed to these children and passionate about giving them the love and support they need to become healthy, thriving, human beings who get that they matter. If you ever have an opportunity to go on a trip to visit one of their homes, to look these children in the eyes and tell them they matter, to laugh and dance and just experience joy with them… I highly recommend you take it. It will forever change you.

Nicole Richard
Co-Founder of Science in a Suitcase

3 Roxy K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to visit an orphanage in northeast India that the Miracle Foundation has invested in, this past month, and the experience was astounding. First, the kids were happy and their happiness was tangible. I clearly could not communicate with any of the children extensively, but every time I looked at any of the children, a big smile would fill their face. It was beautiful! I was so excited to be with the children, and they were just as excited to be with me. The Miracle Foundation has made an impact in the lives of these children that is truly providing all of their 12 rights of a child, but also a happy, clean and loving home.

I was so impressed, and so happy to have spend a few days getting to teach some basic science and robotics concepts to the children. The organization truly cares about every child that walks through the doors of their homes.

They were also very supportive of their volunteers and very thankful for our time and efforts. I will definitely keep on supporting!