About Us

Help One Now empowers families in developing countries through high-capacity local leaders with proven solutions to end extreme poverty.

About Us

Help One Now empowers families in developing countries through high-capacity local leaders with proven solutions to end extreme poverty.

The Origin of Help One Now

Help One Now empowers families in developing countries through high-capacity local leaders with proven solutions to end extreme poverty.

In 2007, our CEO and Founder, Chris Marlow, met a starving young child living in an abandoned gas station in Zimbabwe. That encounter compelled him to start Help One Now and dedicate his life to seeking justice by empowering leaders and organizing a wide table of people to do good together. Help One Now’s story began with caring for children. However, after years of research and conversations with brilliant local leaders, our model shifted to a more holistic approach and focus on the entire family unit. In the developing communities we serve, empowering families through education and entrepreneurship has proven to be the most effective course for long-term change, creating a hand up to build a better future for themselves and end the cycle of poverty.

Help One Now partners with high-capacity local leaders who are already working effectively in their respective communities in 8 countries around the world. These leaders are friends and partners who share our mission to end extreme poverty. They are our greatest resource, and without them, sustainable change is impossible. We truly believe our greatest gift is one another, and that together we can use our gifts, talents, passions, and resources to empower families and end extreme poverty forever.

Our Values

At Help One Now, we strive to incorporate our core values in everything we do. These values translate into our work on the ground, our work as a team, and our communication and partnership with the communities we serve. 


We view all of our relationships as friendships and value open conversations and transparency in those relationships – from our team to donors, international partners, and everyone in between; we’re always open, honest, and upfront. 


We are a wide table:  we believe anyone who wants a seat at the table of doing good deserves to be here. That means we have a wide range of personalities and perspectives surrounding us, and we think that’s beautiful. We recognize tension but prioritize connection and empathy.


We believe our greatest gift is one another. Collaboration is how our best work gets done – collaborating with our friends, donors, international partners, and each other is what makes us great.


We are smart, fun, and entrepreneurial. Being part of our team means taking initiative and problem-solving some of the most unique issues, from small to large.


We exist to empower people around the world, and we take that value to heart. This includes empowering our team, donors, and friends. We believe everyone’s voice matters and seek to see all people live out their fullest potential. 


Development work is hard; it’s not a quick fix and takes time. We are committed to the partners, families, and children we serve around the world. We’re in this for the long haul, and we believe true partnership only exists with true commitment. That commitment is a two-way street in all of our relationships, and we strive to uphold that commitment in all ways – our commitment to our donors to utilize the resources they give for the greatest impact, our commitment to international partners to stand by them and work together for good, our commitment to the people we serve to develop in healthy, sustainable, dignified ways, and our commitment to each other to see this work through. 


We value the collaborative relationships we develop here at Help One Now. We think the best way to stay committed and connected is to remember that we are building friendships. We create a team atmosphere, we love to have fun together, work hard, and play hard. We take that value into every facet of our organization – our global partnerships, team building, donor journey, and board relationships.

Impact Highlights

61,000+ Individuals

are impacted daily through Help One Now programs.

1,500+ Families

have launched hope through their new family business.

6,900+ Students

have been empowered through our education programs.

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Help One Now

PO Box 26716
Raleigh, NC 27611
Phone: (919) 230-6259

501(c)(3) (2009, U.S.)
EIN: 26-3618295