Our Vision

1MILLIONHOME is revolutionizing orphan care through broadly shifting mindsets and scaling up proven community-based models that reunite children with families and eradicate practices that lead to family separation. As we collaboratively do what it takes to get the first 1 million orphaned kids home, we make a way for millions more.

The Story of 1MILLIONHOME

Our co-founder, Mike Gallagher shares his journey from adopting one child to bringing multitudes home at the 2020 More Than Ever event.

Our Founders

Mike & Mandy Gallagher
Mike Gallagher and his wife, Mandy have six beloved children. Their youngest three children were adopted, one daughter domestically and boy and girl twins from Uganda. Flowing from years of experience with adoption, with special needs, and with building strategic partnerships to help more children like those they adopted, Mike and Mandy Gallagher co-founded The Chosen & Dearly Loved Foundation in 2014. Mike volunteers full-time as Chief Executive Officer.
Mike and Mandy are majority owners of Educational Outfitters, a U.S. franchisor of school uniform retailers. He previously served as a Managing Director of Denver-based private equity firm, Gallagher Industries. Mike currently serves on the Leadership Council of the Christian Alliance For Orphans (CAFO) and the International Advisory Board of University of the Nations. He previously served as a founding Board member of Ekisa Ministries International.

Leadership Team & Technical Advisors

James & Millie Snook

Board of Directors

Daryl Heald

Board of Directors

Jonathan Dowell

Jonathan Dowell

Executive Director, Weza Care Solutions

Brandon Stiver

Brandon Stiver

Senior Director, Global Programs and Partnerships

David Enge

David Enge

Director of Strategic Engagement

Rhonda Morgan

Rhonda Morgan

Director of Special Projects

Michele Schneidler

Michele Schneidler

Technical Advisor on Parent and Caregiver Empowerment

Deborah Gray

Deborah Gray

Technical Advisor of Attachment and Trauma

Jared Scheppmann

Jared Scheppmann

Technical Advisor on Children with Disability

Ruth Wacuka

Ruth Wacuka

Technical Advisor on Communications and Youth Engagement

Mick Pease

Mick Pease

Technical Advisor of Social Work Practice

Dan Hope

Dan Hope

Technical Advisor of Social Work Practice

Our Values

01.

Advance the cause, not the ambitions of individuals or organizations.

02.

Contend for excellence in message, ministry and personal character.
 

  • Pursue continual improvement in programs
  • Give consistent best effort
  • Right people / partnerships in right places
  • Walk in humility, the surest sign of strength.

03.

Build dynamic long-term relationships
 

  • Seek win-win-win across constituents
  • Understand, serve, and learn from every constituent
  • Treat donors and contributors as “family,” never as a means to an end
  • Collaborate, learn from, and partner with leaders, don’t compete
  • Earn trust through excellence and transparency.

04.

Seek impact, not activity
 

  • Attack root causes as well as treating symptoms
  • Invest effort, resources and influence in catalysts, not sponsorships
  • Remain accountable to team and all constituents.

05.

Never lose integrity
 

  • Refuse to build a family ministry at the cost of our own families
  • Think, speak and pray the truth in love
  • Don’t position ourselves to be something we are not; our yes is YES, our no is NO.

06.

Call for courage
 

  • Play to win vs. playing it safe
  • Expect challenges and hardships, and be prepared to face them
  • Take measured risks with potential for greater long-term change.

07.

Grow influence, not authority
 

  • Lead by example the broader landscape of leaders and organizations
  • Build and share a commonwealth of resources.

Our Collaborators

Francis Chan
BEST-SELLING AUTHOR

“For the last 20 years, I’ve spent so much of my time getting kids in orphanages. Knowing now that 80% of these kids have parents, the best thing we can do for them is reunify them with family.”

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Lindsay Hadley
Global Citizen, Orphan Myth

“The 1MILLIONHOME team and the work that they’ve done in this sector is truly inspirational. The leadership shown and entrepreneurial spirit brought with all their effort is just stunning.”

Daryl Heald
generosity path

“We’re excited to be able to share this story that we believe will move into something greater that just a story — into a movement.”

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Tom Hall
UBS Optimus Foundation

“For the past 6 years, we’ve been searching for innovative strategies and partners (in care reform), like 1MILLIONHOME.”

Dave Evans
Stanford University

“Relative to 1MILLIONHOME — is this worth doing? Yes it’s worth doing, and I can speak from personal experience…Trust me, coming home matters.”