ORPHANetwork Announces New Chief Operating Officer, COO

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The non profit expands leadership team with appointment of Avant Ministries executive, Ted Draper

Ted Draper, ORPHANetwork COO

With a clear vision for the future, the team at ORPHANetwork has experienced phenomenal results in their initiatives.

ORPHANetwork, a non profit serving 20,000 vulnerable and orphaned children in Nicaragua, today announced the appointment of Ted Draper as its first Chief Operating Officer. Draper begins work at the Virginia Beach headquarters on August 1st and will report to CEO Dick Anderson.

In this new role, Draper will focus on advancing the funding model of the ministry by identifying and cultivating relationships with new major investors, working with corporations to increase Gift-in-Kind revenue and by collaborating with United States churches to support the organization's programs in Nicaragua. In addition to these fundraising roles, Draper will lead the Marketing, Communications and Human Relations Departments for the organization.

"Ted's expertise in Development, Marketing and Communications will expand ORPHANetwork's investor base to continue executing our strategic plan of breaking cycles of poverty in Nicaragua," says Dick Anderson, ORPHANetwork's CEO. "We are thrilled to add Ted's business acumen to our leadership team as well as his shared passion for changing children's lives through the local Nicaraguan church."

"I am humbled to be joining ORPHANetwork. While serving the local church in Nicaragua, ORPHANetwork has blessed thousands in their strategic plan to help Nicaraguans solve the issues of Nicaragua," says Ted Draper, incoming COO at ORPHANetwork. "With a clear vision for the future, the team at ORPHANetwork has experienced phenomenal results in their initiatives. I am excited to partner with them and God to see more lives blessed and transformed."

Prior to joining ORPHANetwork, Draper worked for Avant Ministries (Kansas City, MO) as US Director, where he annually raised over $1million dollars from individuals, corporations and foundations. In his ten year career with Avant he also served as Vice President of Marketing, Communications & Development as well as Director of Public Relations & Media.

About ORPHANetwork
OPRHANetwork serves 20,000 vulnerable and orphaned children in Nicaragua. Believing that the local church is the "Hope of the World," ORPHANetwork works through the local Nicaraguan church to break cycles of poverty through health, education and jobs.

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