Message from the Board Chairman


A Successful Year

As Chairman of Five Talents USA, I want to share my thanks and gratitude with you. This has been a terrific year, and your support has made that possible.

I’ve seen our programs at work where I travelled in Southeast Asia, I’ve listened to the excitement of our team who returned recently from South Sudan, and I’ve seen new possibilities unfold in DR Congo and other new areas because donors helped us start new programs. Everywhere we work we see tangible benefits as communities are transformed by the power of local leadership and the new businesses these program participants start. Just as important, we are seeing the cycle of dependency broken as our clients take ownership of their programs. Long after we are gone, our Five Talents groups continue to benefit the communities they serve.

Matching Gift Opportunity

I hope you will join me in helping these programs grow. There are still leaders around the world asking us almost every week, “Can you come to my area? Can you start a program to help the people I am responsible for serving?” In most cases we have to tell them to be patient and to wait. So, please help us really “move the needle”. Help us say yes and to continue to grow this work that transforms many lives.

It only takes a few minutes to donate online, or send a check to P.O. Box 331 : Vienna, VA : 22183. And remember, through the end of this year, all donations are matched!

With gratitude and joy,

Jim Oakes,
Board Chairman
(click here to meet Jim)