Africa is where the Heartbeat of ARK Started For almost 30 years, ARK has played a unique part in bringing attention to the needs of African families affected by civil wars, generational poverty and HIV/AIDS – by working in partnerships with local communities. ARK uses a participatory engagement approach in all our programs where members of the community participate from the start to implementation, to program evaluation and in finding lasting solutions so locals can use to keep the projects going when ARK pulls out. Locals learn how to identify and utilize their own resources effectively. ARK partners with community and civic groups, organizations, donors and other stakeholders who assist us in accomplishing our mission goals.
As a child-focused organization, ARK will continue to focus on 5 core program areas: • Care for elderly caretakers of orphans and vulnerable children through our “Adopt-A-Grandma” initiative • HIV/AIDS prevention outreach especially among the youth and elderly • Access to Education and youth career development • Early Child Development • Women and youth empowerment This collaboration prioritizes on groups that ARK has been working with for years focusing on 4 key areas: • Share knowledge we’ve gained by working in diverse community settings. • Offer financial support to our strategic implementing community based groups aimed at providing much-needed support for building their internal capacities and infrastructure. • Continue to recruit and train international volunteers who will travel to Africa to support our implementing partners. • Regular assessments and progress evaluations.
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Planned giving is a wonderful benefit for both the donor and ARK sustainability. Stocks, bonds, and mutual funds, especially those with long-term capital gain, are popular gift assets because they may generate multiple tax benefits. These benefits include a charitable income tax deduction of the stock, bond, or mutual fund’s market value on the date the asset is received by ARK and no capital gains tax on the appreciation. Most stocks are transferred electronically. Please work with your stock broker or financial adviser to ensure your gift is transferred to ARK, or have your broker contact us if there is a question. Have your stocks, bonds, or mutual funds declined in value? If so, you may find there is an advantage to selling the stock, bond or mutual fund, recognizing a loss, and then contributing the cash proceeds of the sale to support ARK causes. Talk to your accountant or financial adviser about the best option.