The 15 principles below reflect H.O.M.E. beliefs about the role of philanthropy and the impact they want our organization to have. The principles guide what we do, why we do it, and how we do it. While many of them are fundamental to the way we operate, we will remain open to amending them as we grow and learn more about our own work.

Guiding Principle #1

Although we understand that our focus on HIV is not a popular cause, we aimed to convert that mindset with our Focus on Youth strategy. Our mission and concept in helping stop the further progression of HIV among youths through education merits your active participation in our positive cause.

Guiding Principle #2

Philanthropy plays a very important role in who we are and what we do.

Guiding Principle #3

The value of an education and our children have a great potential to improve lives around an HIV free world.

Guiding Principle #4

We are fundraisers, funders and shapers—we rely on a sense of urgency, action, and implementation.

Guiding Principle #5

Our focus is clear — We will prioritize issues based on needs, those youths who are at risk, demographics, communities, and segments of the population we feel needs attention.

Guiding Principle #6

We identify segments and points of prevention and apply our efforts against a theory of change through education, empowerment, life skills and awareness events.

Guiding Principle #7

We are willing to take risks, make big bets, and move with a sense of urgency. We are in it for the long haul with a calm consistency.

Guiding Principle #8

We advocate—vigorously but responsibly—in our areas of focus. We are “out of the box thinkers”.

Guiding Principle #9

We will remain humble and mindful in our actions and words. We seek and heed the counsel of outside voices.

Guiding Principle #10

We treat our grantees as valued partners, and we treat the ultimate beneficiaries of our work with respect.

Guiding Principle #11

Delivering results with the resources we have been given is of the utmost importance—and we seek and share information about those results.

Guiding Principle #12

We demand ethical behavior of ourselves.

Guiding Principle #13

We treat each other as valued colleagues.

Guiding Principle #14

Meeting our mission—to increase opportunity and equity for those most in need—requires great stewardship of the money we have available.

Guiding Principle #15

We leave room for growth, change, and development of our youths for the greater good of our society.