Educational Institutions

Believe International

  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • http://www.believeinternational.org

Mission Statement

The mission of BELIEVE is to:  Help disadvantaged
youth in the Philippines become people of integrity and leaders in their
communities by providing them the resources needed to attend school and by
teaching them positive life-long values and leadership principles

Main Programs

  1. Youth Education

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Service Areas

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International

BELIEVE International currently provides scholarships to disadvantaged students in 15 areas throughout the Philippines (Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao).

ruling year

2002

President

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Lorenzo Carvel Whiting

Vice President

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Maureen Malungcot

Keywords

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believe, believe international, poverty, education, Philippines, students, scholarships, Utah, Chicago, Iowa, volunteer, volunteers, leadership, youth, service, values, training

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EIN

26-0025823

 Number

0651017201

Physical Address

1840 Moorecrest Court

Salt Lake City, UT 84121

Also Known As

BELIEVE

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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BELIEVE International has been extremely effective in achieving our goal of lifting young people out of poverty. From among the very poor we select bright, motivated, talented young people and help them gain an education. We guide them into careers where jobs are available and workers needed, so when they graduate they quickly become productive members of the community, providing for their own needs and helping lift their family and others out of poverty.

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

Youth Education

Believe currently has 294 students in the program ranging from elementary to college students throughout the Philippines.

Your donation can help fund:

School fees


School uniforms & supplies


Transportation to and from school


Values training

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Asian/Pacific Islander

Budget

$30,000.00

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?
    Our goal is to resolve the curse of poverty in the Philippines. We lift individual young people from poverty by helping them gain an education and by giving them additional training so that they will, when they graduate, help lift others out of poverty.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    From among the very poor we carefully select young people who are bright and motivated, and give them scholarships to attend public high schools and colleges. We also carefully train them in an after-school program where they learn and practice positive values and leadership principles.

    Thus equipped, they not only become successful in their own life, they are motivated to "give back," so they naturally do all they can to help lift others our of poverty.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    BELIEVE International is a 100% volunteer organization that effectively uses technology.

    1. In the Philippines, BELIEVE has partnerships with individual high schools. Each principal is responsible for the program in his/her school. Teachers in the school run the program as volunteers, including the after-hours training program.

    2. In the USA, a small handful of volunteers do the work of the program, enabled by a sophisticated computer system. This keeps the overhead work, and costs, to a minimum. The total overhead cost in the US averages about 2%,
    which includes fundraising costs.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    We regularly monitor students while they are in the program, and when they graduate we stay connected to them through their high schools and online.

    Examples of the progress of some of our students can be seen on the BELIEVE Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/believeinternational/?fref=ts.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    It has taken several years to develop the organizational model that we are using today - and it works! We use the facilities of public schools and the program is run by professional teachers. All of this without cost to BELIEVE.

    We have developed methods to effectively and securely manage the scholarships funds provided to our students - to ensure that the funds are actually received and used by those awarded scholarships.

    We have developed a strong following among the Filipino high school principals and teachers involved in the program, and have many times been awarded certificates of appreciation, etc. from the schools, including "Most Important Stakeholder in the Community" by several schools in their annual graduation ceremony.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

BELIEVE International currently provides scholarships to disadvantaged students in 15 areas throughout the Philippines (Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao).

Funding Needs

Other than a very small amount (2%) for overhead expenses, our only other need is money for the student scholarships.

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Operations

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Believe International

Leadership

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President

Lorenzo Carvel Whiting

Vice President

Maureen Malungcot

BIO

Retired VP and CIO of a major, nationally recognized health care organization.  Long career of executive positions.  Lived in the Philippines for two years.

STATEMENT FROM THE President

"BELIEVE International is unique in the way it maximizes the benefits gained from donations received.  It leverages received donations in two important ways:

1. BELIEVE is staffed 100% by volunteers.  None of the money received is spent on compensation to any individual for services rendered.  Our volunteers participate in this program because they believe in serving and helping those who cannot help themselves.  This, coupled with effective use of technology, has allowed us to keep overhead expenses in the US to 2% of donations received - which means that 98% of every donation is sent to the Philippines to support students education.

2. Our volunteers are a positive role model and mentor our scholars and teach values to them and their parents.  The values include such things as trust, respect, unselfish service, leadership principles, etc.  Our goal is for the students to eventually become leaders with a positive effect on their family, community and nation.  Thus, the benefit from educating a single student is significantly multiplied."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Lorenzo Carvel Whiting

Believe International

Term: Dec 2007 - Jan

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