“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
Colossians 3:17

Our History

While visiting an orphanage in Ukraine, Bob and Kathy Drane and their daughter Jessica fell in love with 22-month-old Olla and her twin sister Natasha and set out to adopt both girls. During the eight-month adoption process, Natasha developed pneumonia due to severe winter weather and inadequate conditions in the orphanage and died.
“A little child died because no one cared enough to buy $10 worth of penicillin for her,” said Kathy. “She died and I still see that little face.”
Driven by a profound desire to help those precious children they couldn’t bring home, several adoptive parents approached Kathy and suggested: “There must be something we can do to help orphan children.” So began the Hopeful Hearts Foundation, which was established in memory of Natasha.

Since it was established in 2002, Hopeful Hearts has provided aid to thousands of children living in orphanages, hospitals, homeless shelters, and transition homes. Kathy summarizes, “We believe that God has truly blessed this Foundation, and there are no limits to what we can accomplish to improve the quality of life for orphan children.”

Our Mission

“A Christ-centered organization founded to meet the spiritual, medical, nutritional, and basic living needs of orphaned, abandoned, and at-risk children around the world.”

Our Vision

“A ministry dedicated to meeting the physical and spiritual needs of orphaned, abandoned, and at-risk children through the transforming power of Jesus Christ.”

Hopeful Hearts was established in 2002. Initially, Ukraine was the primary focus. However, in recent years, God has opened new doors and provided fresh opportunities, allowing Hopeful Hearts to deliver long-term care and support not only to children in Ukraine but in Myanmar, Sri Lanka, India, Haiti, Cuba, Kenya, and Indonesia as well.

Our Progress

750 Children | 6 Countries | 1 Great God

Our Board

Brad Keith (Executive Director)
Bob Drane
Kathy Drane
Luther Bakken
Jeff Bellucci
Chris Diehl
Roger Garland
Shane Harstine
Jason Kang
Connie Roach
Susan Thieneman

Our Junior Board

Ryan Hubbs (Chairman)
Melanie Hubbs
Leigh Borraga
Whitney Jones
Morgan Pottinger
John Burgard
Camille Burgard (Secretary)
Hopeful Hearts Foundation is approved by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(C)(3) tax-exempt organization 
and all donations are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.

Hopeful Hearts Foundation’s Federal Identification Number (EIN) is 75-3003999. 

Donations for projects that become fully funded will be used in other areas of our ministry.