Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking

JUSTWORLD INTERNATIONAL INC

  • Wellington, FL
  • www.justworldinternational.org

Mission Statement

JustWorld International is devoted to breaking the cycle of poverty by funding local partners around the world helping children thrive.

JustWorld International works through the international equestrian community and its extensive networks to fund and sustain programs that provide basic needs to children with little opportunity to receive support from other sources.

JustWorld International's Rider Ambassadors raise awareness and funds for our programs.

JustWorld supporters learn about the needs of others across the globe as they give thousands of children a leg up to a brighter future.

Main Programs

  1. Los Patojos
  2. Compartir
  3. People Improvement Organization (PIO)
  4. Fundacion Social Antorchas de Vida
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

- Stung Mean Chey and Borei Keila, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
- Los Pinos, Nueva Suyapa and Villa Nueva in Tegucigalpa, Honduras
- Jocotenango, Guatemala
- Medellín, Colombia

ruling year

2003

Principal Officer since 2003

Self-reported

Jessica Newman

Keywords

Self-reported

Humanitarian, International, Children, Equestrian, Education

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EIN

06-1676798

 Number

3897901825

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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JustWorld's partners continue to align with our mission in providing education, nutrition, health and hygiene, and leadership and cultural development programs for children who otherwise wouldn't have access them to. Los Patojos and PIO both have waiting lists for families who see the benefits of these programs for their children and are working towards expansion. Children are benefiting from the results of the nutrition and health programs, in Cambodia by not having diseases generally associated with poverty and in Guatemala by having fewer students with malnutrition. The mobile library in Honduras has increased involvement from participants' parents, helped students to improve their grades and socialization, and created safe spaces in the community where they were previously unable to gather. We are now supporting more than 6,000 children thanks to the generosity of our supporters who believe in and see the results of our partners' work.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Los Patojos

Together, JustWorld and Los Patojos have been making a difference in the community of Jocotenango for the past six years. JustWorld finances a medical clinic and community kitchen, and provides the children of Los Patojos with after-school tutoring, scholarships, school supplies, and leadership and cultural development activities such as journalism, break dancing, ballet, and photography classes.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

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Budget

Program 2

Compartir

JustWorld partners with Asociacion Compartir to provide a mobile library for children in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. This library reaches thousands of children who live too far to attend local schools and brings them books and educational activities such as innovative libraries, a literacy program, science and book fairs, a journalism group, and educational field trips.

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None

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

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Program 3

People Improvement Organization (PIO)

For the past ten years, JustWorld has worked with PIO in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, to build and fund the operation costs for two Kindergarten - 9th grade schools. These schools, Stung Mean Chey and Borey Keila, provide children living in poverty-stricken communities with certified teachers, educational materials, lunches, health care, and rice allotments for families with students in good attendance.

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None

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

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Program 4

Fundacion Social Antorchas de Vida

Antorchas de Vida is a safe haven that provides students a welcoming environment, nutritious meals, professional guidance, and access to a local public school which empowers them to develop important communication, problem solving, and organizational skills for the future.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Results

Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

1. Number of meals served

Target Population
Females, Males, Children and youth (0-19 years)

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
This number includes the total number of meals served for students at Los Patojos(breakfasts and lunch) and PIO (lunch). Note: change from 2014-2015 as Los Patojos became full-time school.

2. Number of students enrolled

Target Population
Females, Males, Children and youth (0-19 years)

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Total number of students enrolled in all programs.

3. Total number of classes offered

Target Population
Females, Males

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
These classes fall under JustWorld's 'Leadership and Cultural Development' pillar. Example: dance, theatre, art, journalism, juggling, music, etc.

4. Number of snacks served for students participating in programs

Target Population
Females, Males, Children and youth (0-19 years)

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Number of snacks served by Los Patojos and Compartir. Note: change from 2014-2015 due to Los Patojos becoming full-time school and transition to more meals/breakfasts being served..

5. Number of patient consultations

Target Population
Females, Males

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Total number consultations at in clinics supported by JustWorld at Los Patojos and PIO. Los Patojos includes children, adults and elderly. PIO clinic includes children and teachers.

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Education is fundamental, but a hungry child cannot learn and a sick child cannot attend school. Our goal is to help break the cycle of poverty by funding programs which support students' development and in turn create more opportunities for them to help themselves. JustWorld's holistic approach includes funding education, nutrition, health, hygiene, and cultural programs, providing:

    •Access to education through 3 full-time schools, a mobile library, and educational programs so that students can graduate, continue studying through high school and college/university, and then have more career opportunities.

    •Improved nutrition through meal and snack programs as well as clean drinking water, evidenced by healthy height/weight ratios and general health status.

    •Access to essential healthcare services through health clinics and professional medical attention

    •Hygiene through education on proper hygiene as well as lavatories and showers

    •Opportunities for cultural development through art, music, theatre, and dance programs for students to have positive outlets for self-expression, learn new skills, and involve the local community.

    As a result, students will have the opportunity to support themselves and their families in the long-term and become tomorrow's leaders in their community.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    JustWorld's strategy for accomplishing our long-term goals is three-fold:

    1. More People: to help more children around the world and to get more people involved to support the organization's efforts.

    2. More Places: to partner with more organizations in more countries and raise more awareness and funds of the mission.

    3. More Funds Raised: to create and sustain established successful initiatives.

    We will accomplish this through increasing and improving our fundraising, growth, organizational structure, communications, project management, financial management, workforce development, and strategic planning in order to achieve greater sustainability. We will be able to work harder together to reach our goals and enable our partners to focus on what they do best and become sustainable themselves.

    Our annual gala, site visits with donors, and increased/better communications with our partners, potential donors regarding the success of our project partners, and third party endorsements will help us to build relationships and bring in more funding so we can support more children around the world.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    JustWorld strives to operate on a budget that allows the greatest amount of funding to go directly to our partners in order to make the greatest difference in others' lives. Two of our directors take no salary, in support of this, and we have a low turnover of staff. We have been able to support five paid staff for the past four years and on average, our staff has worked for the organization for 4+ years. Our budget has also continued to increase each year and on average we receive over $300,000 worth of in-kind donations including free office space, advertising, and donations for events, thanks to the generosity of our donors and supporters.

    This vision and support, in turn, has created lasting partnerships. We have worked with three of our four partners for the past eight years and look forward to continuing helping them in their missions.

    A great majority of our funding comes from within the equestrian community because of founder's network as a previous international competitor. We have developed long-term corporate sponsorships with universally recognized brands and maintain partnerships with equestrian events around the world which strengthen our network and help us to develop the support of equestrians and donors within the countries where our projects are located. There are more than 500 riders from 41 countries around the world who help to raise awareness and monetary support for the cause.

    We continue to grow our capacity and gain insight and skills to better serve the organization. We are developing our grant writing process, working on strategic planning, participating in webinars, offering professional development opportunities for staff, and building a new website to attract new donors and show the real impact of our work.

  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    JustWorld is creating a dashboard for the board, directors and staff to keep a pulse on the organization and track our progress. We have implemented quarterly board meetings in which this will be reviewed. Our current focus is on providing monthly funding to partners on time, fulfilling our annual budgetary commitments to our partners, and providing group health insurance to full-time staff by the end of our fiscal year (June).

    We are working on a system for monitoring and evaluating our project partners to provide more complete analysis of our impact as well. We collect data from our partners on a quarterly basis through reports which include: the number of children served, number of students who graduate and pass their high school entrance exams, number of students who student in college, number of meals served, and number of health examinations. We will also track the number of partners we work with, third party endorsements of both the organization and our partners, and construction projects we help to fund.

    Additionally, project trips allow us to meet directly with our partners, witness their programs in person, and bring donors and supporters to see firsthand how their donations are making a difference.

    By tracking trends in operations and the impact of funding, we will be able to see which areas are successful and which need additional or less funding.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We are proud of the difference our supporters help us to make. Thus far, we have increased the number of students we're supporting in Honduras; our partner in Guatemala became a full-time school and added a 7th grade class; we are working with a new organization in Colombia; and we will be implementing a membership program. This year's gala raised more funding than any previous one; we attained our first grant to fund a self-sustaining initiative at our project in Guatemala, and we developed new corporate partnerships. We have also helped fund the construction of three new schools and two directors of our partner projects have been recognized by CNN:
    • Phymean Noun, People Improvement Organization- 2008 CNN Top 10 Hero
    • Juan Pablo Romero Fuentes, Los Patojos- 2014 CNN Top 10 Hero
    These achievements are fulfilling our goals of “more people, more money, and more places" so that we can help more children around the world. Five students, who were involved with our project in Guatemala from the beginning of our partnership, were just recently hired for their first professional jobs by a local company within our donor network, further showing how the cycle can be broken through the opportunities our partners provide.

    Through our work, we have learned that we need the support of a great core staff and as well as strong relationships with the organizations we partner with, who must have support from their community and diverse funding sources. Our challenges include: competition from other charities, donor fatigue, the donor lifecycle, and the context within each country we work in.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

- Stung Mean Chey and Borei Keila, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
- Los Pinos, Nueva Suyapa and Villa Nueva in Tegucigalpa, Honduras
- Jocotenango, Guatemala
- Medellín, Colombia

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Financials

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JustWorld International Inc
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Leadership

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Principal Officer

Jessica Newman

BIO

Jessica Newman is the Founder and Executive Director of JustWorld International. She began working in the non-profit sector in 1999. Her humanitarian experience includes establishing the Honduras branch of the Trickle Up Program; actively participating in the Friends World Experiential Education Program in Costa Rica and Nicaragua; volunteering at the 'Crisis Center' for street children in Casa Alianza, Honduras; and collaborating on policy advocacy at Oxfam America. Ms. Newman holds a B.A. in International Affairs from The American University of Paris.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Jessica Newman

JustWorld International

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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