Executive Leadership Team – Our executive leadership team oversees all the foundation’s efforts. The committee meets regularly to ensure that all of our teams perform efficiently and to facilitate cross-functional connections.
About One Dream Foundation
Mission and Vision
The mission of One Dream Foundation has remained the same since its founding in March 2007 by Betty Phiri Chibwe and Oliver Chibwe.: to “promote the value of giving to humanity”. This approach is intended to produce such breakthrough work and giving in health, poverty, education, social and access to technology in developing countries globally.
Who We Are
Betty & Oliver Chibwe were born and raised in Zambia, Africa. We were both privileged to get a great higher education; Oliver majored in Information Technology, CEO/Founder of Krysto Drym Inc, Co-Partner/Founder of Eco Papyrus and Betty majored in Social Science, CEO/Founder of VuVu Stone Collection.
Why One Dream Foundation
Betty Phiri Chibwe’s first visit to a Dollar Store inspired a lifetime of giving
“Growing up with single parents was not easy. Despite us having great higher education, our parents were poor and struggled to provide for our basic needs including school products. For example, when my father passed away, mother and I together with my siblings moved from the city to the village where the closest elementary school was about 16 miles away. One day, in my first grade, I was walking back from school with friends and we decided to stop by the river to cool off. On our way to the village that evening, I realized I had lost my pencil. I was so afraid to face my mother because I knew how much she would whip me. It was such a relief when the next morning on my way to school I found that pencil by the riverbank.
When we moved to the United States of America, I noticed that the Dollar stores here sold 20 pencils for One dollar. This was very exciting to me. With our minimal income, we decided to begin buying pencils and sending those to rural schools in Zambia. As time went by and our income improved, we started adding pens, books, toothbrushes & toothpaste, underwear, socks and used clothes plus more.
As the boxes became bigger and shipping became expensive, we started talking about how we could maximize our efforts. We agreed we could build a school – Oliver said not just a school but an Ivy League University in Zambia, Africa.
So many friends and family have died along the way and one that stands out the most is when my young sister carried her sick baby on her back to take her to the nearest health center, which was over 20 miles away. The baby had diarrhea and by the time she reached the clinic, the baby had died on her back already and she was not even aware. I met Dr. Mathew German, a medical doctor (friends of ours) just about the time I received the bad news. I shared that with him and he suggested we start sending medical help to clinics in Zambia, Africa. We decided we could add the hospital to our “building the Ivy League University” project. Not just a hospital but a research medical center, considering people are still dying from so many curable diseases i.e. malaria, urinary, yellow fever, malnutrition, lower respiratory tract infections, diarrheal etc”
“This is not my story alone but the reality of the 1.1 billions of people living in the continent of Africa every single day”
Betty Phiri Chibwe (Co-Chair/Co-Founder)
We decided to make this project official by registering it with the State of Missouri as One Dream Foundation. We believe that everyone deserves at least a chance to dream; even it’s just one dream. This is a nonprofit foundation with the main focus on helping humanity around the world. We are a 501c3 tax-exempted organization
While we have continued doing our shipping of basic school & medical supplies as some of our short-term goals, we’ve gone ahead and secured land for our long-term goal – building the University, Green/Solar Hospital & Research Center. This is about 130 Hectares or 325 Acres of land and it is located in Mumbwa District – Central Province, about 140 km (85 miles) from the capital city Lusaka, Zambia.
We have two architects, a land surveyor, graphic, and marketing team currently working on this long-term project. We are the possibility.
Now, as at our founding, we work to identify and resolve some of the world’s most pressing problems in developing countries. Yet, while our mission has not changed, the world around us has, and we and our work must change with it, and are doing so.
Board of Trustees
One Dream Foundation is governed by the Board of Trustees which consists of no fewer than 12 members, with the Foundation’s president serving as an ex-officio member. The Board of Trustees is generally responsible for overseeing the Foundation’s program and grantmaking strategy; budgets, expenditures and appropriation policies and guidelines; and investment strategies, allocations and performance. The Board of Trustees performs its duties through committees that include, but are not limited to: the Executive Committee, Investment Committee, Budget, and Compensation Committee and Audit Committee and Trusteeship Committee as described in the Foundation’s Bylaws.
Leadership & Board of Trustees
- Betty Phiri Chibwe, Co-chair, and Trustee
- Oliver Chibwe, Co-chair, and Trustee
- Irene Silavwe Mushinge, Secretary
- Dr. German Matthew, Board Member
- Mubanga Chanda, Treasurer
- Joan Chuzu, Public Relations Director
- Oliver Chibwe, Co-chair, and Trustee
- Betty Phiri, Co-chair, and Trustee
- John Chiti, President, and Trustee
- Isaac Kandindi, Treasurer
- Mike Zulu, Project Coordinator
- Robert Sikombe, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
- Ngoza Kerensa Zulu, Secretary
|One Dream Foundation
|One Dream Foundation||Legal|
|Non-Profit Corporation – Domestic – Information|
|Entity Creation Date:||3/28/2011|
|State of Business.:||MO|
|Last Annual Report Filed Date:||8/22/2012 12:59:21 AM|
|Last Annual Report Filed:||2012|
|Agent Name:||Chibwe, Oliver|
|Office Address:||526 Oakland Hills Dr.
Chesterfield MO 63017
As stewards of all donations of any kind, we believe it is our responsibility to use every dollar received wisely. Ninety percent of total contributions go directly toward the mission of our organization, including program services and educating the public.
Organized under the laws of Missouri State as a not-for-profit corporation, the One Dream Foundation is tax-exempted funder section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Our Federal Identification Number is 45-133299
Code of Conduct
This Code of Conduct is designed to guide the trustees, officers, and staff of One Dream Foundation in the performance of their duties and the operations of the Foundation, and sets out the Foundation’s conflicts of interest and related policies.
The foundation expects all of its activities to be conducted lawfully and consistent with the highest ethical standards, with each employee acting with personal integrity as well as coming forward and raising concerns should they become aware of any questionable activity involving the foundation generally. In essence, each foundation employee is responsible for:
- Acting with integrity
- Understanding and complying with this Code of Conduct and applicable provisions of law
- Notifying the foundation if a violation of foundation Policy or the law has occurred
- Fully and honestly cooperating in the investigation of an alleged violation of any foundation Policy or law, should it occur
It is not possible to describe every potential ethical situation that may be encountered; however, the policies listed below have been developed and adopted by the foundation to provide guidance for employees on responsible behavior expected in specific situations 1. The overarching expectation is that foundation employees will act in adherence to foundation policies and use good judgment to safeguard the foundation’s assets and reputation, recognizing our reputation is one of the foundation’s most valuable assets.
As stewards of the public trust, all staff and trustees are expected to ensure that the One Dream Foundation complies with the highest standards of financial accounting and reporting, and engages in lawful and ethical behavior. This policy is intended to encourage staff to report to management concerns about possible violations and to lay out procedures for reporting and investigating complaints
The Bylaws of One Dream Foundation as amended through November 4, 2010, follow, as they apply to Trustees, Board Meetings, Officers of the Corporation, and more.