In the summer of 2014, Joshua Weir and Everett Thompson the owners of Transform, made a promise: starting then they would give at least 10% of Transform’s net income to an important cause. They had not yet decided where they would give, but knew that they wanted to help in a big way and that they wanted to be aggressive in Transform’s giving. One of their core values that drove this decision was the belief that a life well lived and a life fully enjoyed must be one where impact is being made in the lives of those that are hurting and helpless in the world. Years before Everett and Joshua had shared a desire to provide for orphaned and vulnerable kids but had never identified a specific way to do it. Because of this they had only intermittently given to several causes over the years. They tell the rest of the story:
Within only a few weeks of making that promise, Asia’s Hope came across Transform’s path through a chance meeting with the founder, John McCollum. We were totally sold on the mission and impact this organization was having on the worldwide orphan crises in three of the most ravaged countries in the world – India, Cambodia and Thailand. In India alone there is a staggering number of orphans, over 20,000,000, larger than the population the entire state of New York. The story can be read in detail here at asiashope.org/.
Asia’s Hope has a family style care model which means these children’s homes aren’t like an institution. Instead, each home functions like a family, with a mom, dad, often grandparents, a tutor and cook. The 18-22 children are brought into a home for life, not on a temporary basis, and become a family who will be together through college and beyond.
As we talked with Asia’s Hope, we discovered that the two greatest limiting factors for them were first, the lack of unrestricted funds to use where needed most, especially in education, and two, not having committed long-term financial partners willing to invest substantially in specific homes and projects. As a result of learning about the great IMPACT they are having in the lives of hundreds of children, we knew we wanted to join hands with them on behalf of these amazing kids.
Today, it is our privilege to fully fund the Kalimpong 2 home in India, providing for the daily needs of these children, and it’s our goal is to grow our commitment to this home and to help Asia’s Hope expand the number of children it can rescue. Currently our support commitment is beyond our 10% net profit, and as we grow as a company, we look forward to that 10% number growing as well.
As a client of Transform, you are playing a significant part in what we are able to do through Asia’s Hope for these children. Our hope is that our clients will not only be encouraged that a portion of their money is going to Asia’s Hope, but also feel moved to make a personal financial commitment, no matter how small, to Asia’s Hope. Together we will see hundreds and eventually thousands more children — children who would otherwise have no home and no family and no future — be brought into what should be everyone’s experience, a loving and caring family.
Joshua & Everett