Optivest Foundation at a Glance
2015 Funds from Optivest companies: $596,052
2015 Funds from other donors: $21,172
Funds distributed in 2015: $534,072
Number of recipients in 2015: 50
Funds distributed thru Optivest Foundation since 2007: $2,889,364
Over the last eight years, the Optivest Foundation has funded a variety of projects with the desired impact of communicating Christ’s love and care. Our strategy is to express our love to people in meaningful, tangible ways so that they will see our love for God and know God’s love for them. With the goal of funding strategic opportunities that are holistic, collaborative and Christ honoring, Optivest Foundation has funded a variety of initiatives from individual scholarships to single family assistance to transformative community projects.
Northrise University (NU) is a fully accredited regional university strategically located in Ndola Zambia. The University is dedicated to delivering the highest quality of education through a comprehensive approach to teaching, research and learning. Since its inception in 2004, NU has attracted local as well as international students who receive training in various academic disciplines at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Northrise University is a Christ centered university, serving 550 current students and the surrounding communities through various outreach projects. The 600 acre parcel given to NU by the Zambian government will be used to expand the campus with classroom and dormitory buildings, student center, faculty housing, modern clinic, acres of bananas, dozens of cows and coops with several thousand chickens that are processed each week, creating increasing subsidy for student tuitions. The Optivest Foundation has pledged funds to help build out the university infrastructure during the next two years.
Location: Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe, Asia
This mission of Hope International is to invest in the dreams of families in the world’s underserved communities through providing biblically based training, savings services and loans that restore dignity and break the cycle of poverty.
Using a model of Christ-centered microenterprise development as the foundation for transformation, Hope International engages in culturally appropriate evangelism and discipleship in each country where they work. HOPE International’s network provides a variety of services and resources across 17 countries to address the pervasive employment gap faced by the world’s poor.
Location: Forest Falls, California
Forest Home Ministries partners with the Church to create Christ-centered experiences in which people of all ages hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ, explore the Word of God, purse God’s call for their life, engage in Christ-centered relationships and connect with God through His creation.
Established in 1938, Forest Home is located in Forest Falls, California at the base of the San Bernardino Mountains. Through a wide variety of engaging programs, retreats and camps in their mountain setting, Forest Home serves thousands of adults, youth, and families every year.
In areas of conflict, children suffer incredibly from sexual exploitation, disease, loss of education, families and futures and represent half of war casualties. Breakthrough Partners and Christian Action for Reconciliation and Social Assistance (CARSA), a Rwandan ministry, are working together to give a helping hand to thousands of Rwandan children still experiencing the negative effects of the 1994 genocide.
This partnership, known as High-5 Rwanda, is engaging education centers established in over 500 local churches. Each church will work with approximately 100 preschool children, a total of over 50,000 in the two initial districts of focus.
Breakthrough Partners’ involvement in High-5 Rwanda is to facilitate the publishing of the curriculum, training of the teachers and oversight of the program. The Optivest Foundation will help to provide funding toward establishing this foundation for a positive value system to shape Rwandans for decades to come.
Serve India Ministries –
Stepping Stone Children Tutoring Centers
Southern regions of India
Stepping Stone Children Tutoring Center ministry—an educational outreach that impacts entire villages. Stepping Stones tutorial centers offer free after-school tutoring plus a nutritious snack for children of all ages. On Saturdays, centers provide Bible stories and songs, games, and life skills training covering topics ranging from good manners to health and hygiene.
Stepping Stones currently tutors nearly 3,500 children in 80 centers.
Stepping Stones tutoring centers:
• Are led by a Serve India national pastor and church volunteers, with part-time tutoring staff to help children with homework and projects.
• Help fight illiteracy and poverty for underprivileged Dalit children.
• Open doors for the Gospel as staff members build trust and friendship with children and their families
The Optivest Foundation has invested funds to sponsor 75 children for one year in the Stepping Stones tutoring centers.
Operation Mobilization USA –
The Freedom Climb
Women around the world caught in sex trafficking
The Freedom Climb began as a dream of something tangible that could be done to raise awareness and help give oppressed, enslaved women and children a voice. Representing all corners of the world, 48 women climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise global awareness, prayers, and funds for women and children who are oppressed, enslaved, exploited, and trafficked throughout the world. Their purpose was to be a voice for the voiceless; for those who could not declare freedom in their lives and climb out of their circumstances on their own. The goal for the climb, and for 2012, is to affect the lives of 10,000 women through projects that break the cycles of poverty, shame, slavery, and despair.
The Freedom Climb is a ministry of Operation Mobilization (OM). It supports OM projects focused on at-risk women and children, specifically with those who are exploited, enslaved, oppressed, and trafficked. OM works among the most marginalized and least reached people in the world and has 6,100 workers from 100 nations, serving in 118 countries.
The Optivest Foundation has invested funds to support and expand the ministry of The Freedom Climb.
Acres of Love
Acres of Love seeks to solve the complex problems experienced by infants and children without families living in South Africa. Forever Family Homes offer orphaned children love and care by families in individual homes, run by loving and committed full-time house parents and staff. Their work has resulted in the rescue of over 500 children who either reside in Acres of Love Forever Family Homes, have been adopted into legal and permanent families, or reunified with family. Their desire is to empower these children to experience hope and a bright future.
The Optivest Foundation is providing funds toward the ongoing expense of Sikelela, one of the Forever Family homes.
Madagascar Collaborative Partners
Working with various partners in the U.S. as well as on the ground in Madagascar, the Optivest Foundation is embarking on a multi year project to reach the people located in the southern most region of this remote country.
The ethnic group in this region is defined in church planting language as an ‘unreached people group’ because it does not have an indigenous, self-propagating Christian church movement. Other contributing factors to this definition are the remote location, absence of national support, severe drought prone topography and little to no agricultural development.
Spearheaded by Optivest Properties President, Warren Allan, a strategy will be developed to provide a holistic approach of meeting the spiritual, health and educational needs that exist. The Optivest Foundation will provide funds toward developing this project.