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With My Own Two Hands Foundation

 333 3rd St., Suite 1
 Laguna Beach, CA 92651
[P] (949) 416-5005
[F] --
[email protected]
Lindsey Pluimer
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Organization DBA With My Own Two Hands Foundation
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 45-2021595 00000


Mission StatementMORE »

With My Own Two Hands Foundation is a Laguna Beach based 501(c)3 non-profit with a mission to provide water and agriculture projects that fund education and create self-reliant projects and communities.  

Mission Statement

With My Own Two Hands Foundation is a Laguna Beach based 501(c)3 non-profit with a mission to provide water and agriculture projects that fund education and create self-reliant projects and communities.  

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2018
Projected Expenses $104,000.00
Projected Revenue $173,800.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Maasai Girls Rescue Center

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Mission Statement

With My Own Two Hands Foundation is a Laguna Beach based 501(c)3 non-profit with a mission to provide water and agriculture projects that fund education and create self-reliant projects and communities.  

Background Statement

Our story started on the campus of UCLA. Our founder, Lindsey Pluimer, was a star basketball player at UCLA and studied communications. While she was a student-athlete at UCLA, there were many protests on campus regarding the genocide in Darfur at the time. Lindsey studied the lack of media in Darfur in one of her classes and once wrote a very meaningful paper regarding the subject matter. In her conclusion paragraph, she committed to one day going to Africa and volunteering in order to help those in need.

After Lindsey graduated from college, she went on to play professional basketball in Sydney, Australia and Pamplona, Spain. On her offseason she had become a certified yoga instructor and fell in love with the practice both on and off the mat. She then went on to play in Pamplona, Spain and had a successful year. After winning a championship in Spain, she returned to the States only to leave again, but this time to volunteer in South Africa. She joined another nonprofit organization and spent two weeks with orphaned and disadvantaged kids in South Africa.

On her trip, she was so inspired by the children and how full of love and life they were. She also recognized how everything went a long way in Africa. Every thing and every dollar, from a donated outfit, to a water borehole, to a house built meant so much to these children. It was in Africa where her life forever changed.

After she returned to the states, Lindsey then decided to retire from playing basketball and instead start a nonprofit that would combine the yoga and sport communities while helping children in need in Africa. She then founded With My Own Two Hands Foundation in 2010 and has worked in South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Kenya to date. She now teaches yoga and runs WMO2H with the help of the board and volunteers.

Since our inception we have assembled a great board of directors that are committed to helping our cause. We have also inspired our local yoga and sport communities to give back to those in need.

Throughout the years, we have also taken many volunteer groups to Africa that have in turn impacted lives of both our volunteers and they children we have served. We have been so fortunate to work with some amazing NGOs in Africa that are doing some amazing work with children in need of their help.

We at With My Own Two Hands believe that we can all make a difference with our own two hands.

Impact Statement

In 2014 WMO2H built a school for the Wholisitc Caring Center in Ruiru, Kenya, complete with a new computer lab. This school is attached to an orphanage (where  19 children live) and the school can generate income for the orphanage. Upon completion there have been university educated teachers applying to teach there, and many new students in surrounding area signing up to attend (and pay) to go to school there. 
We also completed the drilling of a borehole at the Wholistic Center, not only providing clean water, better sanitation, and irrigation for agriculture, the center is selling the water to the neighborhood, generating regular income.
We provided cows and trees to the Orphanage we built in 2013 - The St. Ann's Children's Home in Kekopey, Kenya.
We also found a new project, assisting Rescued Maasai girls from Femail Genital Mutilation and early marriages - we will fundraise for this in 2014

Needs Statement

With My Own Two Hands Foundation's goal is to have a corporate sponsor to cover all administrative costs - therefore providing donors assurance that 100% of their donation will go directly to the children we serve.
At this time an annual commitment of $55,000 would cover all administrative costs.

CEO Statement


Board Chair Statement

With My Own Two Hands is a community-based and mainly a community-supported organization founded in 2010. As we are growing we are looking to tap into bigger corporate fundraising opportunities as well as grants. We also are growing our board of directors, and our CEO is participating in the Fieldstone Non-Profit Leadership training. This is a pivotal time for our growth. We hired an operations manager in 2014 - our first USA-based employee, and want to continue to grow the team. We are participating in internship programs with CSU Fullerton and USC to assist us in our grant research and grant calendaring.  

Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

WMO2H has many unique and fun ways to contribute to thesuccess of creating sustainable solutions for kids in need in Africa (all aretax deductible): - Make a straight donation - Unique fundraising events: - Attend or volunteer at our annual Documentary screening - Run, Walk, or volunteer at our Community Run?Love 5k/10k/Kids run in Irvine, CA - Attend our annual Seva Yoga retreat in Ojai, CA- Attend our donation yoga classes in Laguna Beach, Ca - Come on a Volunteer trip to Africa with our team. - Participate in one or more of our sponsorship opportunities: - Education Sponsorships - Uniform Sponsorships - Birthday Sponsorships - Become a WMO2H ambassador

Geographic Area Served

South Orange County
With My Own Two Hands Foundation is based in Laguna Beach, CA and currently serves children in need in Kenya, Africa

Organization Categories

  1. Food, Agriculture & Nutrition - Agricultural Programs
  2. International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security - International Development
  3. Human Services - Children's and Youth Services



Maasai Girls Rescue Center

With My Own Two Hands will partner with an NGO and donate land and construct a home for 60 Maasai girls, ages 6-16, who have been rescued from Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and early childhood marriages. 
The girls currently live a the AIC Boarding School in Kaijado, Kenya - they sleep 2 girls on each small mattress (4 girls on each bunk bed), under broken windows.  These amazing and resilient girls feel lucky to be at AIC and are taking their chance to be educated as a huge opportunity to better their lives. The 49 girls our team met in January 2015 are all excelling in their studies and have big dreams of careers, and a majority of them want get to work to help other girls who need to be rescued and offered an education. Our WMO2H African program director is in the process of searching for land, and he will also have  the contractor who built the school for us put together the drawings for the home. 
Budget  $70,000.00
Category  Housing, General/Other Emergency Shelter
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Africa K-12 (5-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  Allow the girls to have safe permanent housing. The girls are currently being permanently housed at the boarding school and the school does not want this. The school is on government land and can ultimately shut the project down at any moment. We need to get them immediately settled in a safe place, close to the school.
Program Long-Term Success 
To have the girls be able to contribute to the success of the rescue center. Ideally since this is a ground-up project starting with purchase of the land, and building on a home, we hope to work with the program directors to help them fundraise for water, agriculture, livestock, and technology to continue their growth and success. (similar to the success we had after building the St. Ann's Children's Home).
Program Success Monitored By  WMO2H has an on-staff program director in Kenya, who is responsible for completing reports and updates. We also send groups of American volunteers once or twice a year to visit projects. We send donor updates with photos and personal success stories on a monthly newsletter basis.
Examples of Program Success  Our recent building of a school at the Wholistic Center in Ruiru, Kenya is a perfect demonstration of how our formula works successfully. Our Kenyan Program Director found the center, which had an orphanage and a school on the property. The property is owned by the woman who runs the school and the orphanage. She also lives on the property, and is the only one who kisses the orphans goodnight every night. Her main concern was if anything happened to her that everything would end with her. Our director's research found the immediate need for water and longer term need for a better school (the existing structure was dire, and had no septic). We drilled a borehole in March 2014 and just completed the construction of the school. We put it on them to purchase the pump for the borehole, and they fundraised for it- and now the borehole also provides a steady income as they sell the water to neighbors. The school is attracting university educated teachers, and many new students who pay to attend. Within one year the entire project has turned around. The whole property is cleaned up, windows fixed, walls painted, etc. There is a pride in ownership and a hope of much future success.


CEO/Executive Director Lindsey Pluimer
CEO Term Start Jan 2010
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Marissa Chery Director of Development --
Mary Beth Pugh Director of Operations --


Award Awarding Organization Year
-- -- --


Affiliation Year
-- --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Fieldstone Non-Profit Leadership Program, USC Internship Program, UC Fullerton Internship program

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 3
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 50
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 100%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: --
Caucasian: 3
Hispanic/Latino: --
Native American/American Indian: --
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 3
Male: 1
Not Specified --

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? N/A
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A

Government Licenses


CEO Comments


Foundation Comments



Board Chair Lindsey Pluimer
Board Chair Company Affiliation With My Own Two Hands
Board Chair Term Jan 2010 - Jan 2020
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Crystal Jerabek Top of the World Elementary School Voting
Keith Kooman Pacific Life Voting
Denise Malone Allergan Voting
Lindsey Pluimer Founder/CEO With My Own Two Hands Foundation Voting
Mary Beth Pugh Operations Manager With My Own Two Hands Foundation Voting
Darcy Purvis Irvine, CA Police Dept Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
Denise Malone Allergan --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 6
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 5
Male: 1
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 5
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 85%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 0%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments


Standing Committees

  • Advisory Board / Advisory Council
  • Education


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $173,800.00
Projected Expenses $104,000.00
Form 990s

2017 Form 990

2016 Form 990

2015 Form 990

2014 Form 990

2013 Form 990

2012 Form 990

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $186,488 $129,559 $179,188
Total Expenses $202,549 $153,531 $153,069

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$84,869 $104,816 $179,188
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $16,791 $22,623 --
Investment Income, Net of Losses $7 -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $84,821 $4,700 --
Revenue In-Kind $15,120 -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $153,119 $98,019 $97,461
Administration Expense $29,038 $55,512 $12,399
Fundraising Expense $20,392 -- $2,369
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.92 0.84 1.17
Program Expense/Total Expenses 76% 64% 64%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 12% 0% 1%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $63,148 $53,517 $60,653
Current Assets $63,148 $41,537 $58,943
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- --
Current Liabilities $46,699 $21,007 $4,171
Total Net Assets $16,449 $32,510 $56,482

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 1.35 1.98 14.13

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments

Due to its size, this organization files a 990N. Summary financial data is per the financials provided by the organization and consultation with the organization.


Other Documents

With My Own Two Hands Financial Report (2014)

WMO2H projected Budget (2015)

No Other Documents currently available.