Tyson Jon Ray

Global Community Impact Award

Children’s World Impact

FORM Wealth, LLC

Raymond James

In the three years since Tyson Jon Ray launched Children’s World Impact, the nonprofit’s momentum has been unstoppable. Mr. Ray is a founding partner of FORM Wealth Management Group in Lake Geneva, Wis.

The charity, which focuses on care and community development for widows and orphans, was a response to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, which left 750,000 children orphaned.

Children’s World Impact has conducted a medical mission in Haiti that served 3,000 patients; built an elementary school for 400 kids and a boys’ home for 120 kids; and, stateside, paid for and packaged 450,000 meals to send to orphans, with the help of more than 500 volunteers from Lake Geneva (a town of less than 8,000).

Since expanding services to Ghana in 2011, the organization has built a well, a bakery and a processing plant to enable more than 1,400 widows and orphans to create a sustainable income by selling water, bread and shea butter.

How did they accomplish so much so quickly?

“The facts that we are self-funding (with no overhead) and we could show results so quickly attracted donations. Also, we only fundraise for a specific project, $20,000 to $30,000 at a time, so it is achievable. And we share results via social media, which creates more excitement and interest,” Mr. Ray said.