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ADVOCACY
(ad’ve-ke-si) n. speaking or writing in support of something.

ORL speaks out for the needs of at risk children in Swaziland and the effective programs that are addressing those needs. This is accomplished through the organization’s web site and through print media, live presentations to groups and individuals and through the preparation and submission of grant proposals to philanthropic foundations and government organizations.


RECRUITMENT
Another critical component of ORL’s relief effort will be the recruitment of volunteers to travel overseas and to offer their time, training and talent to the various programs being supported on the ground. Information regarding these overseas service opportunities are made available through media, the internet and live presentations by ORL representatives. ORL assists volunteers with necessary travel arrangements and coordinate their activities while in Africa with its partner organizations in Swaziland.


FUNDRAISING
The raising of funds in support of the HIV/AIDS orphan relief efforts in Swaziland is critical to achieving the goals set forth by ORL’s board of directors. Key components of these fund raising efforts are: direct solicitations through media advertising; web page; distribution of ORL Newslink newsletter; live presentations to civic, religious and private organizations and the preparation of grant proposals to designated philanthropic foundations and government agencies and programs.


GRANT WRITING
The overall financial needs for the selected indigenous programs being supported in Swaziland are broken down to their component parts (food, shelter, education, medical, etc.). These focus areas are then individually addressed in separate grant proposals submitted to specific governmental agencies and private foundations and organizations whose areas of interest match the specific needs being addressed.


STRATEGIC PLANNING
An important facet of the working relationship between ORL and those partner programs on the ground in Swaziland is that of coordinating existing and future assets as they relate to program development and strategic planning for the future. By necessity, individuals responsible for the programs in Swaziland are totally immersed in day to day operational activities and do not have adequate time, resources or personnel for future program planning or investigating new support sources for their further expansion. By maintaining continuous dialogue with representatives of partner programs in Swaziland, ORL assists these programs in the development of clear and effective plans for the future. The strategic planning that results from this process is incorporated into grant proposals submitted to philanthropic foundations, organizations and government agencies in an effort to secure the financial, material and manpower resources these programs require.


FISCAL OVERSIGHT
In today’s climate, financial responsibility and controls are of primary concern to those being asked to make financial contributions. ORL follows accepted accounting practices to track budgeted funds and materials forwarded to recipient Swazi organizations. As a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, ORL is required to file an Annual Return of Organizations Exempt from Income Tax (IRS Form 990) and a California Exempt Organization Annual Information Return (California Form 199). These reports contain detailed income and expenditure information and are available for public inspection.

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