Vice President, Development
As Our Own
There are 44 million vulnerable children in India where high rates of orphanhood, exploitation and enslavement radiate from a generations-deep poverty cycle. With no choice but to provide for their family, more than 13 million children under the age of 14 are forced to labor in extremely dangerous and oppressive conditions. Not only this, but another one million children are lost to the horrors of sex trafficking, some as young as seven years old. Without intervention, these children’s lives are slated to be systematically destroyed.
As Our Own works to stand in the gap on their behalf by rescuing and protecting children from exploitation caring for them as daughters, for life. Their mission is to revolutionize the way the world cares for vulnerable children – caring for them not as orphans, but “as our own”, so that they may fulfill the sovereign purpose God has for each child’s life.
Founded in 2007, AOO provides a life-long family and best-in-class academics (including college) to the most vulnerable children in India … those born in the red-light districts and high-risk slums. Through a family-style care model, top-notch academic curriculum, college scholarships and more, AOO empowers each vulnerable child to reach her full God-given potential. Its Founder & CEO, Ralph Borde (who was born and raised in India and is a former Motorola executive here in the U.S.), provides vision and leadership to an international team working together for India’s vulnerable children.
Based in Houston, Texas, the organization is under the oversight of a Board of Directors, and has five full-time staff in the U.S. (as well as 100 on the ground in India) and a 2018 income of just under $2.1 million.
In addition to its rescue operations and the two homes they operate, As Our Own recently opened Sparrow’s Nest, its brand new campus on 15 acres, in western India. The first phase of this world-class, $7 million campus features a Leadership Training Center, newly designed family-style homes, and a PreK–6 school that will be expanding to add grades 7–12 soon. Amazingly, 100% of the girls who have graduated have been accepted to college, including one who is currently in graduate school at Houston Baptist University.
The Vice President of Development is a key member of the leadership team – along with the CEO, Vice President of Operations and Vice President of Discipleship – and serves as the person responsible for successfully creating, leading and implementing an integrated resource development strategy, including overseeing a portfolio of key major donor relationships, ongoing donor development and engagement, community engagement (churches and corporate), and developing a systematized approach to monthly giving. S/he will expand and diversify AOO’s donor base/pipeline and work closely with other team members to secure funding for new initiatives. In addition, the VP will work closely with the board of directors and support board members, helping them take on a more active fundraising role. It is expected that the amount raised will increase in future years as the VP, Development systematically and effectively strengthens the organization’s overall fundraising capacity.
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To learn more about As Our Own, please visit their website at www.asourown.org.