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Lance Wood, HOPE Board Member

by Lance Wood, HOPE board member

This post was originally shared in 2018 and was updated and re-published in July 2022.

Fourteen years ago, my wife, Jeanie, and I were looking for organizations that our family could partner with. As believers, we were searching not just for a nonprofit but for a ministry that does good work while sharing the Gospel. And as someone who built a career in the accounting field, I sought an organization making the biggest possible impact per giving dollar.

HOPE International checked both of those boxes—and more.

Here are the top 10 reasons why I am all in with HOPE: Continue Reading…

5 nonprofites we recommend this Giving Tuesday!

“But God will never forget the needy; the hope of the afflicted will never perish.” Psalm 9:18

At HOPE International, we want to be the hands and feet of Jesus to a world in need of His love, and we are glad we’re not alone in this mission. This Giving Tuesday, we’d like to shine a spotlight on five organizations working to bring hope and healing to refugees and displaced communities around the world.

In the past ten years, the number of refugees around the world has doubled to nearly 21 million. From Syria to Venezuela, Afghanistan, Yemen, and so many other parts of the world, people have made the difficult choice to leave their homes in pursuit of safety.

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Jean Claude Kubwayo knew that goats would be a wise investment.

In rural Burundian communities like Jean Claude’s, goats and other livestock can provide a regular supply of meat, milk, and manure for crops. Animal products add nutritional and caloric value to a family’s diet, so simply owning livestock can improve a family’s overall health. Continue Reading…

Marcel & Jeanne

Not every small business owner aspires to build a small business empire, but Marcel Sinayobye and his wife, Jeanne Nyirangendahimana, are entrepreneurial to the core. While raising eight children, they have built more than 10 businesses throughout their community of Rusizi, Rwanda, and beyond.

And while we know this transformation won’t happen to every man or woman who receives a $48 loan, we marvel when it does.


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The Haanen family in front of their vehicle

In recent months, we’ve been inspired by examples of meaningful involvement. From the men and women who support HOPE to the families we serve, we regularly hear stories of sacrificial generosity. Below are just three of these stories—each one paired with a few actionable ideas.

Give your extra stuff

When it was time for the Haanen family (pictured above) of Littleton, CO, to replace their 8-year-old van, they realized they had grown attached. The van had served their growing family well—and they wanted it to continue serving.

After donating the vehicle, the family of six perused HOPE’s gift catalog and imagined their van funding the purchase of cash registers, seeds, and sewing machines for hardworking entrepreneurs around the world.

Take a look around your house for things you’re no longer using, imagine all the good they could do, and then part with them, donating any funds you raise to an organization you trust. (This can be a great activity to do with kids!) If you have an old vehicle, stocks, or even gift card balances you’re not using, consider donating them to HOPE through our partnership with iDonate. Continue Reading…

Giving Tuesday

On Giving Tuesday, we want to elevate other organizations doing life-changing work across our country and around the world. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the International Labour Organization predicted that 1.6 billion jobs on the margins of the world economy—representing half the world’s workforce—were in immediate danger. Lower-wage workers and minorities, as well as members of the informal economy, are particularly at risk—but these five organizations are stepping in, and they have our wholehearted endorsement. Continue Reading…