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One World Childrens Fund

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Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, International, International Development, Philanthropy, Private Grantmaking Foundations

Mission: Uniting people to improve the lives of children affected by poverty. We envision a world where we act together as a global community, to ensure all children have education, healthcare, and a safe home. We value Compassion, Community, Generosity, Reciprocity, Respect, Transparency

Results: We have raised and disbursed more than $7 million for over 50 grassroots organizations in more than 20 countries. These funds have served more than 1,000,000 children and youth with locally driven program focused on education, healthcare, and provision of a safe and loving environment to call home.

Target demographics: unite people across the globe and improve the lives of children affected by poverty.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 500,000 children, 50 grassroots organizations

Geographic areas served: Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the United States

Programs: raising critical funds and recognition for the work of grassroots leaders and communities.

Community Stories

32 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

One world has been the no 1 catalyst that has levelled the ground between grassroots organizations and the donors. Most of the visionary fellows do not have a US office and hence do not have a 501, with this many continue to miss that opportunity to impact the world as they continuously lack resources .One world has given grassroots organizations like Kindle Orphan Outreach an opportunity to be heard, to provide solutions to the challenges peasants face. We can now apply even to funders who have this restriction, and again through One world, we have that visibility ass we are right on their website being able to fundraise whilst still operating in our locality.

Maria O.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

One world supported us to connect with friends and supporters in the US to raise funds to complete our community inclusion hub for children with disabilities and their families in Kibera Slum, Kenya.
As a young organization , working with One World helped us attract support and receive it in a timely way to support us to complete our hub.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Shared Action Africa (SAA) is a nonprofit registered in Uganda that is focused on promoting economic development for rural women, youth and their families through access to financial and business training prior to linkage to tailored and affordable financial services. SAA partnered with One World Children's Fund in 2014, and since then, we have accessed services and resources that would be out of reach for a global south nonprofit like SAA with no physical presence or legal status in the US. Through this partnership, SAA receives fiscal sponsorship which has enabled us to access funding from US donors and foundations at no cost. We have also benefited from direct non restricted funding from OWCF and travel grants that have supported both our programs and networking activities. More importantly, OWCF is transparent and accountable to its partners, and I particularly love its practice of involving its partners in its grant making process. It for these reasons that I will continue being part of the OWCF global family and looking forward to a long mutually beneficial partnership.

Client Served

Rating: 5

OWCF serves as a fiscal sponsor for my Kenya-based organization, and as such support us through mentoring and exposure.

Client Served

Rating: 5

One World Children's fund invited me to San Francisco earlier this year to connect with potential funders and share our story. I was lovingly hosted by the Chairperson of the board Ralph Mc Leran and his wife Deborah. I spoke to friends and partners of OWCF and managed to unlock new support and funding in the US. every $200 that we receive from the US helps us train a young person from the poorest homes in the slums with marketable skills that lift them and their family out of poverty.

OWCF share our vision for young people from the slums of Lilongwe Malawi and commit to ensuring we secure the funds we need to do our work by actively sharing about the work that we do and opening up new opportunities for learning, support and funding.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am very impressed by the One World Children Fund (OWCF) and the support they have offered to us over the last four years. We have been assisted to link up with new donors and our budget has increased from 100,000USD to 450,000USD over the last four years. This would not have been possible without their support.

Dr Robert Kalyesubula
President, ACCESS Uganda

Donor

Rating: 5

I've donated to an organization via One World Children's Fund four times a year for the last three years. Sometimes I do it online, sometimes I do it via a check, and sometimes I do an electronic funds transfer. Each time, they have handled it quickly and sent my paperwork promptly. It's an amazing service they provide to allow grassroots organizations to raise money without having to set up their own administration. The amount of money and time they save these small but critical organizations is crucial to their ability to operate, and as a donor, it gives me confidence that my money will get directly to those in need.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

One World Children's Fund provides crucial services to the non-profit in South Africa that I represent as Co-Champion - the Kliptown Youth Program in Soweto, Johannesburg. By providing fiscal sponsorship, a giving platform, database support, and safe international transfer of funds, the organization is able to raise critical funds in the US to support its work lifting the children of the Kliptown township out of poverty. Their tutoring programs, twice daily meals, school fees and uniforms, performing arts and sports offerings would not be capable of serving the 460 children who rely on them daily without US dollars. On behalf of KYP, I am grateful to OWCF for its expertise and support of its work. We could not do it without you!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great organisation with proven transparency and evaluation policies. Effective and working with small organisations the organisation believes local people are best suited to making decisions

Highly Recommended

Client Served

Rating: 5

One world children's fund is simply doing a great work for the world! Their approach and the dedicated involvement helps many charities like us in many ways!!! When we struggled to get the donations from the US, we came to know about OWCF. Our champion Prof Patricia Moran started working together with One World and now all our issues are sorted out and the donations are transferred simply without any hassles!!! They provide a timely support in a professional way... Thanks One World!!! Love, Madhan

Client Served

Rating: 5

Akili Dada has been with OWCF for the past 8 years and all we've know is mutual respect, insumountable support and a desire to be the best in what the organisation set out to do-to serve children worldwide.

OWCF staff and board are passionate and driven to bring about lasting change in the world. They will go out of their way to attend to the partners' needs. They help organise fundraising house parties, host bazaars where the partners can talk about their work and recently started raising additional support for partners to further their work. Their additional support is especially critical since its mostly focused on hard-to-raise budget lines such as unrestricted funds that allow some flexibility to a partner or travel grantees to attend that critical meeting, event or training.

OWCF operates from a place of trust for the grassroot partners that they work with. This is important because it gives the grassroots partners the 'street creed' in the donor spaces that allows them to access more funding for the work being done on the ground.

As a fiscal sponsor to many organisations especially from the global south, OWCF does not charge the partner any fees for processing the funds that come from funders in the US- they transfer 100% of the funders to the intended partner.

OWCF listens to the partners and hosts monthly calls with the partners to facilitate a co-learning and networking space where the partners can speak freely about their issues and OWCF can also share their views, take lessons and ask for support as needed. This way of working with partners dismantles power dynamics that sometimes can hinder progress in the social justice space.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

OWCF is the best fiscal sponsor organisation ever. We are a non-profit organisation based in Nairobi Kenya investing in girls and young women from underresourced backgrounds. We've partnered with OWCF since 2010 and so far, its been a great relationship of support, mutual respect and championing our work and of other non-profits in Africa and India. OWCF actively connects us to other funders, hosts fundraisers for us and is generally very resourceful. The team at OWCF is friendly, helpful, dedicated and will go out of their way to ensure a partner has what they need to succeed or serve their constituents better.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The organization is top notch! It has always been a passion of mine to help children in struggling nations have the life and opportunities I was blessed with. This organization is different because the impact they make are at a grass roots level eliminating the need to work through intermediary organizations. This allows the funding to go straight to the project and make immediate impact in the work being done.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor to One World for many years and have seen them grow to serve more children every year, while maintaining their personal touch and integrity. They have a unique model (see their web site for the details) which increases their fundraising capability for Partner projects all over the world, without increasing their overhead costs (because volunteer "Champions" raise the funds in the US for each Partner). In addition, because they fund raise separately for their owner operational expenses, they do not take a fee from the money donated to support any particular Partner. So, 100% of any donation to a Partner goes to that Partner, minus any credit card fees, etc. They also help the smaller nonprofits and NGOs that are too small to get the notice and receive support from the big US nonprofits. A great organization, efficiently run and serving thousands of children and their caregivers all over the world.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great non-profit whose funds go directly to the children who need them. It enables local partners all over the world to accomplish their giaks.

Kathy258

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

One World Children's Fund (OWCF) makes it possible to support organizations and people that best know how to provide services in their own community. Having worked in international aid and development, I have been part of the large fundraising machines for non-governmental organizations and U.N. Agencies. I have seen the breakdown of what goes to international staff versus national (in-country) staff. By supporting community-based grassroots organizations, OWCF levels the playing field. They ensure partner organizations directly receive funds to do their important work with no middlemen. OWCF also provides a way for champions, like me, to support partner organizations (Tunaweza Fund - KCBRP in Tanzania) and issues and people that I care deeply for from a distance.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As the original organisation(People First Educational Trust) that OWCF supported we can attest to the high standards of accountability, transparency, and ethical standards present in all of their work.
The champions model adopted by OWCF is unique and innovative and enables fund raisers for vetted projects to raise money for their cause with support and professional guidance .
The commitment of the team to enable effective giving is remarkable.
The organisation represents a real alternative to donating to large organisations with large running costs who often do not a positive impact at grass roots level.
Highly recommended

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I believe in change. I believe that everybody should have equal opportunity to live decently with all basic needs met. I have experienced poverty first hand and I know children's access to education, health,and a safe-clean environment to grow is an Xfactor for real change.

I give and put my energy to support One World Children's Fund (www.owcf.org) because this organization promotes true change for many communities around the world by provide access to education, health, and shelter to children less fortunate while empowering and trusting local grassroots organizations and leaders.

Review from #MyGivingStory

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

OWCF have a superb track record that ensures all money donated goes directly to communities that children.

Donor

Rating: 5

You will not find a more dedicated group of people working to solve the many issues children face around the world. From the small office staff to the fully engaged Board, to the Program Champions that are raising funds for over 40 programs throughout the globe.

Go to www.owcf.org to learn more about the programs- your heart will be touched. Call the office to see how you can take part in changing the lives of children.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

One World is one of kind organization when it comes to the genuineness of working with grassroots organizations and local people. While philanthropy struggles to support and recognize the effectiveness of local leadership, One World champions in working with them, advocates, puts them at the table and not just on the menu. Real changes are Happening, communities are seeing progress they've never seen before with the traditional top down approach, and children lives are being extraordinarily improved. I love it!

Review from Guidestar