A Look Back | 2015
At Serving Orphans Worldwide, our mission is to rescue, train, and sustain struggling orphanages around the world. In 2015, our supporters raised funds in more unique ways than ever before!
Our Team"I do"
2015 was a year of transition for our team. Sadly, we said goodbye to Emily as she said “I do” and left for Clarksville, TN with her new hubby. We can never fill Emily’s place here at SOW, but we did hire Bri in July as our new Communications Coordinator. We are so excited to welcome Bri to our family!
Our TeamWe love & miss you
Richard also recently stepped down from his position as COO to take a pastoral position at Grace Point Community Church. We will never have to say goodbye to Richard, because he will always be passionately involved in SOW one way or another, but we will definitely miss him as a part of our team! We are so thankful for his five years of service to this ministry, and wish him the best as he steps into the next leadership role God has prepared for him!
Our TeamWelcome Ken Anderson
As this year’s chapter comes to a close, a new one begins as we welcome Ken Anderson as our new Vice President of Operations! Ken brings years of valuable international missions experience to the table, but most importantly he brings a desire to carry out God’s will to defend fatherless children around the world. We are proud to welcome Ken to the SOW family!
DonationsIf it has two or more wheels, it was probably donated to us this year…
Chris Hill with Lexus of Kingsport donated a 2014 Lexus CT to us. We raffled it off, and earned $81,500!
A private donor gave $150,000 to Petty Garage to build us a one-of-a-kind Mustang convertible for us to auction off in January 2016.
Charlie Warren graciously parted with an original 1995 nostalgic Harley Davidson motorcycle for us to sell, and make more money to rescue orphans around the world.
Bike 4 Orphans distributed 45 bikes to Rose of Sharon orphanage in Zimbabwe, providing a safer and more time-efficient means of transportation for the children to get to and from school.
In addition to these unique donations, we also had some unique donors…
DonorsAn 8-year-old believed in us
8-year-old Kennedy McLendon inspired us by raising $2,054.80 all by herself selling Coke products in honor of global orphan care. Kennedy donated the money she raised to help sponsor Bless the Children Home in Guyana.
DonorsYou guys ran for us
The Orphan Run 4 Hope Project mobilized churches and communities all over the country to come together and spread awareness of the orphan crisis. As of September, the project raised a total of $73,919.92!
EventsIn September, we celebrated our first World Tour Gala and Golf Tournament.
Our first World Tour Gala and Golf Tournament was hugely successful, thanks to our amazing donors. With your help, we raised over $700,000!
TravelIn October, we traveled to Nicaragua on our first Awareness Tour.
While we were there, we visited two of the orphanages we help to support: Hogar Agape and New Life.
We had a blast hanging out with the kids! We played tag, colored, sang, got our hair French-braided against our will, and played soccer, soccer, and more soccer. Best job ever.
Total RaisedWe did it!
Thanks to our amazing donors, we raised over $1.2 million this year!
Since we’ve been in existence, SOW has raised over $3.5 million in support of global orphan care!
FinancialsTotal Sent to Orphanages
Africa – 25.94%
Asia – 39.96 %
Central America – 9.81%
Europe – 7.88%
South America – 16.41%
FinancialsA 100% Approach
Every penny you give goes directly toward orphan care all over the world.
We stand by what we call a 100% Approach. The money you donate will never be spent on SOW’s administrative costs. Through the generous support of our Board, everything from paper clips to staff salaries is totally covered. We even pay the credit card fees when you donate online.
FinancialsOur Administrative Operations
Total Admin Expenses – $324,108.70
Payroll Expense: $124,296.96
Events : $90,962.91
Professional Fees: $40,823.05
Operation, office Supplies postage, supplies, printing : $16,027.63
Paypal fees : $5,802.27
None of this would be possible without our Board of Directors.
Thanks!2015 was a Huge Success!
2015 was our biggest year yet! With our most unique donors and donations ever received, we were able to help rescue more orphaned children around the world than ever before. Thanks to all of you who helped make this year the most successful we’ve ever had, all at the start of possible!