FAQ

Below you’ll find frequently asked questions about The Global Orphan Project.

What is the significance of the GO Project logo?

The logo in our name represents a child, Stanley, who we reach together. Stanley represents a child Beth (Mama) Fox holds close to her heart. (You can read more of Stanley’s story HERE>>) GO Project started when a seed was planted in the hearts of Mike and Beth to care for children around the world. They invited their friends, who invited their friends, and GO Project started to grow. We named the O-H Stanley, but ask you: who is your Stanley? Who is the child on your refrigerator or the one you think about when you tell others about caring for kids around the world? When someone asks what the little orange symbol on your shirt is we hope it will start with a story, your own story, of who Stanley is to you.

Why orange? An apt description of orange from www.whatisorange.org says it so well:

  • Orange is a secondary color, created when you combine two primary colors-red and yellow.
  • Orange is what red and yellow can do when they combine efforts. If you paint only with red, you will get what only red can do. If you paint only with yellow, you will get what only yellow can do. But when you paint with red and yellow, you’ll get new possibilities, fresh solutions, vibrant outcomes.
  • We believe the warm heart of the family can be represented by the color red, and the bright light of the church can be represented by the color yellow. When these two entities combine their efforts for the sake of the spiritual growth of the next generation, the result is Orange.

God is using the ministry – using all of us together – to create new families through the local church for little ones who once had no future. And we’re being transformed in the process. That is very orange.


Has this organization gone by any other names before The Global Orphan Project?

Yes. Mike and Beth Fox started C3 Missions International, Inc. in 2004. We formally changed our name to The Global Orphan Project, Inc. in 2010. To download a PDF about the history, click here.


How are you different than other international organizations caring for children in poverty?

  • First, we focus on the lowest strata of children who have no viable caretakers or means of care; children who desperately need complete residential care. When you dig deep into other international childcare organizations, you’ll find that many do not focus on orphan care at the lowest strata.
  • Second, our model is unique. We emphasize local church owned, base level, sustainable care. It’s a humble community based care model, using the local church as the centering point. You can read about our model in greater detail here.
  • Third, we offer our 100% Commitment for orphan care donations. You can read more about our 100% Commitment here.
  • Fourth, GO Project expands ‘inside out’ through viral relationships. We don’t do direct mailers, infomercials, or broad based marketing. We don’t donor hunt. Rather, when God brings people ready to engage, we try to help them go deeper to the heart of orphan care with a first person experience. We encourage them to share this work and their experience within their circles. Many do, with great passion. That’s how our ministry expands its reach. We focus on depth, and trust God to bring the breadth.
  • Fifth, to this growing network of all of us who deeply engage – from families, to schools, to churches, to executives, to stay-at-home moms, to children – this ministry is family.

What is the 100% Commitment, and how is that possible?

100% of your orphan care donations go to pay for our sustainable orphan care programs. For example, if you fund a home or village, all of your donation(s) will go to pay for that project. If you fund ongoing orphan care, all of your donation(s) will go to pay for orphan care expenses. We do not use even 1% orphan care gifts for our administrative overhead or fundraising expenses. We are able to do this because several generous donors, led by the Fox family (GO Project’s founders), and other income sources fund our overhead so you can leverage your investment to the max.

Contributions for trip expenses, merchandise, event tickets, or other special programs obviously are not subject to the 100% Commitment.

Note that we are a member of the ECFA (monitor of financial accountability), and subject ourselves to an independent audit (including our 100% Commitment) each year. Learn more here.


Do you have an individual child sponsorship program, like Compassion International or World Vision?

No. We are big fans of Compassion and World Vision, and applaud them and so many other wonderful organizations for their service to children. But our model and focus is quite different. We focus on the lowest strata of orphaned and abandoned children; the kids who desperately need the last resort of full time residential care. These children become part of a family in our system, and it’s very hard work for the day-to-day caretakers. Having some of the children in a home with sponsors writing them and others not would bring hugely problematic ripple effects. In addition, building and running a high volume child sponsorship program would be economically inefficient in our system.

We focus on village and home sponsorships that are unique to our model. Village and home sponsors within GO Project have dramatically impacted thousands of children around the world, and impacted thousands more in their home circles.


Do you facilitate adoptions?

No. We champion the cause of the lowest strata of orphaned and abandoned children without viable care, and outside of the international adoption sphere. We do applaud adoptive parents, and those organizations that facilitate proper adoptions. If you are interested in adoption, you may find assistance through The Joint Council on International Children’s Services (JCICS), which is an international network addressing adoptions by country.


I am interested in volunteering with GO Project. What are my options?

We have well over 100 advocates who regularly and passionately give their time to expand this orphan care movement. They take GO Project to their circles, and grow the ministry. That is how this movement continues to expand. More people engage, take the work to their circles, and more kids come into care. Please join this growing army.

We also have voluntary trip leaders, event volunteers, and, from time to time, other volunteer opportunities. If interested in such opportunities to serve, please e-mail us at info@goproject.org.


I am interested in going to serve as a worker or missionary involved in orphan care. Are you a ‘sending agency’?

No. From time to time, we do fill positions within our model that require a significant field presence. However, we are not a missionary sending agency.


My church has a local church partner in another country we’ve worked with for years. We would like to launch our own orphan care work with that partner. Are you willing to share your experience and advice to help us get started?

Yes. One of our core desires is to give away this ministry to others, and watch it virally spread. If we can help you launch and replicate an orphan care ministry that you run and that works for you, great!

We will ask two things from you’ First, as you get going in your orphan care work, look to encourage and give it away to others. Second, if our assistance is substantive consultancy, we will work out an agreed-upon gift to GO Project for the time and service.


I see that GO Project is a Christ centered non-profit. I am not a Christian. Can I engage with GO Project without being singled out or pressured to ‘convert’ to feel welcomed?

Absolutely. You are most welcome. We have many friends and partners here in the U.S. who are not Christians, and have experienced great relationship and joy in this ministry together. We believe that’s a unique characteristic of The Global Orphan Project. We are unabashedly Christ-centered, and have a deep bond running within a very diverse group of people of all types and stripes, rich and poor, Christian and not, all across America and the world. Again, very orange!

Christ demonstrated a grace and radical love of others (without people limits), and commanded His followers to the same. He didn’t command His followers to hate, exclude, and narcissistically decide who is privileged enough to be called ‘friend. We’re well aware that has been the unfortunate norm in some Christian circles. You won’t find that here.

At the same time, please know that we don’t compromise our own center in Christ, or our model of working with local church partners in the field.


Do you have any logos, photos, banners, posters, etc that I can use for my own campaign?

Yes. Please visit our resources page here. Feel free to download our logo, photos and videos you find there. If you have a specific request that is not addressed, please e-mail us at info@goproject.org or call during normal business hours at 816-536-8333.


How can I give to The Global Orphan Project?

You can give online via our secure website. Visit our Give page to make a one-time or monthly donation. You can also mail a check to The Global Orphan Project: 6114 N. 9 Highway, Parkville, MO 64152. If you would like to wire funds, please e-mail Debbie at debbie@goproject.org.


Is my gift to The Global Orphan Project tax deductible?

Yes. The GO Project is a 501c3 organization. All gifts within IRS guidelines are tax deductible. You will receive a letter documenting the deductibility of your gift in the first quarter of the year following the year of your donation.


I am trying to make/modify a donation online, or I’m trying to change my contact information, but am having difficulties. What should I do?

Please call 816-536-8333 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. central time Monday through Friday and ask for our Controller, Debbie. If these hours are inconvenient for you, please e-mail us your phone number and when you would like for us to contact you to info@goproject.org, and we will call you.


What’s the best way to stay connected and updated through The Global Orphan Project?

We rely heavily upon electronic means and social media to keep our GO Family updated. Please sign-up for our e-mail updates here. We share amazing God stories, videos, and photos of what’s happening in the GO Project world via our blog. We update the blog at least weekly, and often daily. Our GO Family has really connected with us and each other through the blog. Follow along here. Also, you can connect with particular villages through our Villages page here. You’ll see that many of our villages in the world have dedicated Facebook pages.

To connect at the deepest level, we invite you to join us on a GO Trip here.


What is the 100% Commitment, and how is that possible?

100% of your orphan care donations go to pay for our sustainable orphan care programs. For example, if you fund a home or village, all of your donation(s) will go to pay for that project. If you fund ongoing orphan care, all of your donation(s) will go to pay for orphan care expenses. We do not use even 1% orphan care gifts for our administrative overhead or fundraising expenses. We are able to do this because several generous donors, led by the Fox family (GO Project’s founders), and other income sources fund our overhead so you can leverage your investment to the max.

Contributions for trip expenses, merchandise, event tickets, or other special programs obviously are not subject to the 100% Commitment.

Note that we are a member of the ECFA (monitor of financial accountability), and subject ourselves to an independent audit (including our 100% Commitment) each year. Learn more here.