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Building Humanity

 ORANGE, CA 92866
[P] (714) 585-5958
[F] --
[email protected]
Erin Colshan
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Organization DBA --
Former Names Porolissum Prietenie (2008)
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 36-4646773 00000



Mission StatementMORE »

We provide varying forms of assistance to needy communities around the world. Assistance may come in the form of building projects, volunteers, supplies, monetary assistance, or any other form of help a community may need. Building Families. Building Communities. Building Friendships.

Mission Statement

We provide varying forms of assistance to needy communities around the world. Assistance may come in the form of building projects, volunteers, supplies, monetary assistance, or any other form of help a community may need. Building Families. Building Communities. Building Friendships.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2019
Projected Expenses $43,000.00
Projected Revenue $50,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Sacred Valley Dormitory Build 2019

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Mission Statement

We provide varying forms of assistance to needy communities around the world. Assistance may come in the form of building projects, volunteers, supplies, monetary assistance, or any other form of help a community may need. Building Families. Building Communities. Building Friendships.

Background Statement

During the summer of 2008, Erin Colshan was interning on an archaeological dig in Porolissum-Moigrad, Romania.

Field schools during the summer months brought groups of international students participating in the archaeological digs which resulted in lot of financial support coming into the community. This support was very seasonal, and once the students left, the support ended until the next summer.

The local museum director and lead archaeologist became a dear friend and mentor to Erin, and encouraged her to find a way to continue helping the community, which was still struggling from its years of Communist rule.

After returning home to the United States, Erin and her mother, Stephanie, created the nonprofit, Porolissum Prietenie, which focused on collecting monetary donations and shipments of clothing and supplies for the local community in Moigrad. Soon, Porolissum Prietenie was being contacted by other communities and families in the Transylvania area who needed assistance.

In 2016 Porolissum Prietenie organized its first build project , and partnered with Caminul Felix orphanage in Oradea, Romania. After this successful endeavor, Caminul Felix’s sister community in Thailand, requested a team to come and assist them in building a bakery and basketball court.

At this juncture, with the non-profit expanding internationally, we changed the name from Porolissum Prietenie to Building Humanity.

In 2018 Building Humanity completed its second build project at Felix Family Village in Thailand, finishing the community’s basketball court and erecting the structure of the bakery, that has been completed and is now operational.

With Erin’s training as an architect, she has utilized her education and experience to help communities who cannot afford, or do not have access to these services. Through Erin’s extensive worldwide travels, she has made many contacts, and brings together communities in need with companies and professionals who want to provide pro bono professional services. Calls have come in from every corner of the world: Romania, Thailand, Peru, Ghana, Madagascar, Tanzania, USA, and more.

Building Humanity is working with communities around the globe on a variety of construction projects including housing, bakeries, basketball courts, dormitories, community health care facilities, bio toilet facilities, etc. We currently have projects scheduled for 2019 in Peru, 2020 in Tanzania and Ghana, and 2021 in Madagascar and Indian Canyon, California. 

Impact Statement

1. Thailand Build. We successfully funded and brought a talented team of volunteers to Surat Thani, Thailand to complete the construction on a bakery for the Felix Family Village. This bakery will provide the first step for the Felix Family Village to becoming self sufficient and not have to rely completely on donations to care for the 70 orphaned children in their care.
2. Blueprint Travel Grant. We were successful in receiving a $20,000 grant from AECOM to complete the bakery at the Felix Family Village in 2018.
3. Eco toilet facility with Mithun. We partnered with Mithun architects to hold an internal competition for employees to design an eco toilet facility for the Atsiekpoe Community Health Center in Ghana. We had a great turnout with 5 submissions and have chosen a winner. We are now working with the team in Ghana to implement the project. We are also interested in trying to utilize this design for the program at Indian Canyon, California.
Goals 2019
1. Peru Build 2019. We are counting down the months for our Peru Build 2019 and are currently accepting volunteers. We are diligently fundraising and hoping to receive several grants to help complete the funding requirements for the project. We are expecting a great turnout and successful build event.
2. Grant Writing. We are beginning to put together materials to be more successful in applying for grant funding. We need to prepare a template that can be modified and adjusted for the various projects and hope to have this completed by the end of the year.
3. Tanzania Build 2020. We are beginning to plan for the 2020 build and hope to have the full program, costs and funding kicked off by the end of the year.
4. Ghana Build 2020. We are beginning to plan for the 2020 build and hope to have the full program, costs and funding kicked off by the end of the year.
5. School Program with Cal Poly Pomona University. We have had interest from the architectural department to open up a program where we can invite architecture students to attend build events for IDP credit. We are looking into how we can open up this partnership and what kinds of projects would be successful for both BH and the students.

Needs Statement

  1. Funding for Peru 2019 build. We have been fundraising with all of the build team participants, but are still coming short of our $24,000 goal. We need to raise another $15,000 to reach our goal.
  2. We need volunteers for the Peru 2019 build who have specific skills that include: solar water heater engineer, wind turbine engineer, plumbers, electricians, grey water system specialists, or any other general contractor/construction skills. Please see our website for more information
  3. Grant Writing. To help our fundraising efforts we need to begin putting together a base grant proposal that can be modified and finalized based on the project. We need volunteers with grant writing experience who can help to write and edit our template.
  4. We are always in need of photographers/videographers/journalists willing to travel with our build teams to capture the events in photos/video/articles. These are useful in documenting our trips, showcasing what volunteers can expect when they attend an event, and are great marketing resources for us.
  5. Funding for our 2020 projects in Ghana and Tanzania. We are always fundraising and in need of funding for future projects.

CEO Statement


Board Chair Statement


Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Paypal, mailing check, in-kind donations, volunteer opportunities, etc.

Geographic Area Served

Central Orange County
North Orange County
West Orange County

We are a global service organization. We assist communities and organizations who have a need no matter where they are located. We have projects that cross the globe and are looking for more within the US to bring more focus back home. Currently we are working on or collaborating on project in: 

Indian Canyon, California
Oradia, Romania
Calca & Ollantaytambo, Peru
Tabora, Tanzania
Atsiekpoe Battor, Ghana
Antananarivo, Madagascar
Surat Thani, Thailand

Organization Categories

  1. Community Improvement, Capacity Building - Fund Raising & Fund Distribution
  2. Public & Societal Benefit -
  3. Housing, Shelter -



Sacred Valley Dormitory Build 2019

Our 2019 project, from September 19 to October 2, will be in the Sacred Valley, Peru. We will be helping to complete the interior build out and repairs for two dormitories in Calca and Ollantaytambo, Peru, as well as beginning construction on a small residence for the the program director. The dormitories provide the opportunity for indigenous girls living in remote Andean communities to live in the urban centers near schools where they are able to receive a secondary education that would otherwise not be available to them. Currently each dormitory houses twenty girls, ranging from 11 to 17 years of age. An additional ten girls come for tutoring and mentorship. Each dorm has a housemother who lives at the home to provide support and assistance in all aspects of life.
Currently the Sacred Valley Project has two dormitories, each supporting separate communities. One dormitory is located in Ollantaytambo, and the other about an hour and a half away in Calca. Some of the girls commute from as far away as a fifteen hour trek from their home village in the Andes.
We currently have 21 volunteers signed up from USA, UK, Ireland, Australia, & China, but have the capacity to take on 14 additional volunteers. We are specifically looking for specialized skills including a solar water heater specialist, wind turbine engineer, grey water treatment specialist, plumbers and electricians.
Budget  24,000
Category  Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Females At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success  Our team’s short term success will be based on completing the core construction to a point where the local team can easily complete with local laborers. Our team should be able to complete the dormitories and any repairs needed. Without our team, the local team would not have funding for construction materials, required specialty skills and free labor.
Program Long-Term Success 
In Peru, indigenous communities are dispersed throughout the Andes Mountains and lack access to many public services, including education. Children must walk several hours to the nearest elementary school and high schools which are often only located in larger town centers, often a distance that is too far of a journey to be made by foot. This lack of access to education presents an even greater challenge for indigenous girls. While many boys move to urban centers to pursue educational opportunities, this same option is not available to most girls.
Only four in ten Peruvian girls from rural Andean communities will graduate from secondary school. Education for women is an especially important investment as the benefits impact future generations and families. Female education is proven to have a substantial impact on reducing poverty. Studies show that an educated woman is more likely to have a smaller and healthier family, a stronger voice in family negotiations and the ability to advocate for herself and her children.
With our team’s help these young women will have a complete dormitory that will allow them to have safe spaces to learn and grow throughout their secondary education.
Program Success Monitored By 
Success is monitored on two different fronts.
  1. Our volunteers provide feedback about what worked well and what needs improvement for future build events.
  2. We also meet with the end users at various points after the build event. Typically one month, six months and one year after to see if they need any additional assistance to complete any remaining work, and to check in on any progress of anticipated works.
Examples of Program Success  --


CEO/Executive Director Erin Colshan
CEO Term Start 2008
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

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Award Awarding Organization Year
Bueprint Travel Grant AECOM 2018
Corporate Social Responsibility Award Q3 AECOM 2016


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External Assessments and Accreditations

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Felix Family Village
Sacred Valley Project
Caminul Felix Village
Stepping Stones for Africa
Eternal Family Tanzania
Eagles Wings Montessori School

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 100
Number of Contract Staff 0
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Staff Demographics

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Plans & Policies

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Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

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Government Licenses


CEO Comments


Foundation Comments



Board Chair Erin Colshan
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Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Erin Colshan -- Voting
Stephanie Colshan -- Voting
Michael Morrell -- Voting

Constituent Board Members

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Youth Board Members

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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 3
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 2
Male: 1
Not Specified 0

Board Information

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Written Conflict Of Interest Policy --
Percentage of Monetary Contributions --
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
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CEO Comments


Foundation Comments


Standing Committees



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2019 to Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $50,000.00
Projected Expenses $43,000.00
Form 990s

2018 990 Extension

2017 990

2016 990

2015 990

2014 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 $12,033 $23,678 $1,261
Total Expenses $3,830 $19,962 $954

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$136 $3,002 --
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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Individual Contributions $10,780 $15,568 $1,261
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $1,118 $5,108 --
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Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense -- $10,505 $427
Administration Expense $2,025 $3,863 $528
Fundraising Expense $369 $94 --
Payments to Affiliates $1,436 $5,500 --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 3.14 1.19 1.32
Program Expense/Total Expenses 0% 53% 45%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 3% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $12,304 $4,478 $883
Current Assets $12,304 $4,478 $883
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Current Liabilities -- -- --
Total Net Assets $12,304 $4,478 $883

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
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Long Term Solvency

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Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%
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CEO Comments


Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per Form 990s and consultation with the organization.


Other Documents

Entity Status Letter - post name change (2017)

No Other Documents currently available.