OUR MISSION

THE ARCHIBALD PROJECT PRODUCES STORIES THAT INCREASE THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE CARING FOR ORPHANED AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN AND HELPS THEM THRIVE IN THEIR EFFORTS.

ABOUT THE ARCHIBALD PROJECT

Like the selfless men and women who care for orphaned and vulnerable children, The Archibald Project is the foundation for healing and growth. With our years of experience (and adoptive parents ourselves) we have created and curated some of the most compelling, encouraging, and supportive resources that will help you thrive at one of the most important jobs in the world.

Founded in 2012 by Nick and Whitney Runyon, The Archibald Project is creating families by inspiring new people into caring for vulnerable children and supporting those who have already taken the leap.

The Archibald Project is more than a nonprofit. It’s made up of a movement of people who refuse to let children grow up without a family. A lot of people can be heroes but our people leave legacies.

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STORIES THAT CREATE FAMILY

PROBLEM

There are millions of orphaned and vulnerable children in this world, but getting involved is overwhelming and scary while staying involved requires help.

SOLUTION

Our stories and resources provide you with the encouragement, answers, and support you need to get involved and thrive in this challenging work.

RESULT

As more people get involved and stay involved, vulnerable children all over the world will have (what they need the most) family.

IT’S WORKING

“The Archibald Project has inspired me, my sister, and two of the CPS workers I work alongside to become foster/adoptive parents. Also maybe an unexpected consequence was a few years ago when I started following you I began this journey of learning more about racism, my own privilege, and the black community. The Archibald Project has truly made me a better police officer…”

MORGAN, TAP subscriber, Police Officer

“We got a call asking if we would foster a 6-month-old boy. We aren’t licensed, already have a 6-month-old girl, live in a studio apartment…countless reasons to “justify” saying no. But because of the education, The Archibald Project does around foster care and ethical adoption, we said yes. We are now fostering that 6-month-old boy, working toward reunification with his family, and if not, adoption…”

Reese & Rene, Foster Parents

OUR FOUNDING STORY

Above Photos of Archie’s adoption by Whitney Runyon, August 2011.

In the fall of 2011 Whitney and Nick Runyon felt like they were supposed to document and photograph the adoption of a Bulgarian boy who has Down Syndrome named Archie. They made the trip to Bulgaria and when they returned they posted the pictures and story of the adoption on Facebook. A few weeks later, Whitney got an email, from a woman she had never met, saying that they had seen the adoption story, were deeply moved, and were now adopting a child with a chronic illness because of their story. Had they not seen the photos of Archie’s adoption they would have never found their child.
The Runyon’s were moved to tears and realized at that moment, that stories could create families and thus make an impact in the lives of orphaned and vulnerable children all over the world. So in 2012 they formed a non-profit and named it after Archie, the Bulgarian boy whose story started it all.

Since this adoption in 2011, The Archibald Project has grown into the leading Orphan Care Advocacy Organization and continues to educate people on ethical practices and inspire people with beautiful stories.

OUR TEAM AND BOARD

WHITNEY RUNYON

Creative Director and Co-Founder.

NICK RUNYON

Film Producer, Executive Director + Co-Founder.

ALLIE CHANDLER

Content Producer.

JEN SMITH

Director of Operations.

DAVE PANOS

Chairman of the Board.

AARON SNOW

Board Member.

HALLIE GRAVES

Board Member.

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