Project Managers: David Lykins, Flor Lykins
The primary objectives of Open Opportunities are to help alleviate suffering and hardship as well as bring hope and encouragement through various means. These include:
On average, Open Opportunities collects and distributes $23 worth of needed humanitarian aid for every $1 it receives in cash from donors, certainly outstanding when compared with other organizations, including most of those with an international outreach.
Receiving and collecting donated humanitarian aid is only the first step. Ensuring that the aid arrives safely, at minimal cost, and reaches those who are truly in need is the final goal. Accountability is also a vital consideration. Open Opportunities only works with projects that can be verified and have the ability to provide an accurate account for any aid received. Open Opportunities and its partners’ involvement in the actual distribution and subsequent follow-up is one of the prerequisites for selecting aid beneficiaries.
Since its inception in 1998, Open Opportunities has distributed, on average, $700,000* per annum in the form of donated aid, with some years hitting the $1,200,000 mark.
Footnote: * These figures are estimated at 25% of the market value of the donated goods.