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Aid for Africa, Inc.

  • Chevy Chase, MD
  • www.aidforafrica.org

Mission Statement

Helps African children, families, and
communities through a network of charities providing healthcare (HIV/AIDS,
malaria), education, food, economic improvement, conservation, wildlife
protection, and arts programs.

Main Programs

  1. Support Nonprofits working in Africa, Educate about African Issues
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Aid for Africa’s member charities work throughout the countries of Sub-Saharan Africa—that area of the continent located below the southern edge of the Sahara Desert.

ruling year

2004

Principal Officer

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Barbara Alison Rose

Keywords

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Africa, African Charities, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Darfur, Liberia, Angola, Cameroon, Uganda, Rwanda, Zambia, Malawi, Ethiopia, Ghana, Congo, Elephant, Mountain Gorilla, African Wildlife, Ghana, children, South Africa

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EIN

06-1703295

 Number

1766536316

Physical Address

6909 Ridgewood Avenue

Chevy Chase, 20815

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Public Foundations (T30)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

International Economic Development (Q32)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

During this year, Aid for Africa helped empower thousands of families in Sub Saharan Africa to build better lives through our support of more than US-based nonprofits in our network. Activities included building schools, providing scholarships to students, providing women with capital to start small businesses, training mentor mothers to help stop the spread of HIV to the unborn, protecting rare wildlife in East and southern Africa, protecting the rainforests in Tanzania, providing support to families throughout Sub Saharan Africa, disseminating new agricultural technologies, replanting forests and more. During 2014, Aid for Africa supported girls attending primary and secondary schools as well as college. Aid for Africa continued its partnership with the Friedman School of Nutrition at Tufts University through the Aid for Africa Endowment for Food and Sustainable Agriculture, which supports graduate students undertaking research in Africa. Through its blog and other social media outlets, Aid for Africa reached out to thousands of followers about the complex issues facing Sub Saharan Africa how the challenges they present are being met.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Support Nonprofits working in Africa, Educate about African Issues

Provide support for nonprofits working in Sub-Saharan Africa undertaking programs in healthcare, education, food security, micro-enterprise, wildlife protection, environmental conservation, and the arts. Educate U.S. citizens about Sub-Saharan Africa.

Category

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Aid for Africa works to empower poor African children, women and families to escape poverty by supporting community-based self-help programs that improve health, expand education, create businesses, improve the environment, protect wildlife and more.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Aid for Africa achieves poverty reduction in Africa by supporting fully vetted, innovative, grassroots organizations providing health care, education, small-business development, clean water, agriculture, transportation, tree planting for land restoration, wildlife conservation and more. Aid for Africa’s approach is to bring together these organizations and their African partners to help resolve the inter-related challenges facing Africa. Our members realize that, as effective as they each are on their own, they can be even more powerful when they approach Africa’s issues as a group. To help make this happen, we

    • support development efforts that are community-driven and bottom up in order to leverage change,

    • enable collaboration among our organizations by serving as a forum for discussion, a clearinghouse for shared results, and a greenhouse for nurturing and planning future projects,

    • develop partnerships to pursue development projects on the ground in Sub Saharan Africa,

    • facilitate participation in funding opportunities through workplace, online and other funding programs, and

    • support public awareness and educational campaigns on African issues.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Aid for Africa is the first organization to bring together independent nonprofits specifically focused on Sub Saharan Africa. As an alliance of more than 80 grassroots organizations working on the ground throughout the continent, Aid for Africa has incredible capabilities to make a difference in the lives of women, children and families. Because the approach of our members to development is bottom-up rather than top-down, the needs of African beneficiaries and the approaches that are most likely to be successful are tracked throughout the development process. As a result they are more likely to be effective and sustainable solutions.


    Aid for Africa believes that development should be evidence driven. Therefore the alliance works with research organizations such as Columbia University, Tufts University, and international research organizations to expand knowledge and development research. As part of this commitment, Aid for Africa established the Aid for Africa Endowment for Food and Sustainable Agriculture at Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition to enable graduate students conduct research between academic years in Sub Saharan Africa.

    The members of Aid for Africa’s board of directors have broad expertise in finance, development, outreach and Africa. The organization’s team supporting its financial, management, outreach and administrative tasks are highly skilled and committed to the highest professional standards as well as to the efforts in Africa that the organization supports.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Each year Aid for Africa reviews the accomplishments of the organizations it supports during the previous year. Focus is on location, activity, result, number of beneficiaries. It reviews where activities were undertaken, how many individuals were engaged, and the number of beneficiaries of their work. It also makes public a list of the major accomplishments achieved during the previous.

    Aid for Africa engages members through annual meetings and other activities where research results are shared, partnerships are formed and outreach efforts discussed.

    Aid for Africa’s Board of Directors meets a minimum of twice a year and communicates with Aid for Africa staff on an ongoing basis. The organization monitors its outreach efforts, including website, educational blogs and social media posts, in an effort to increase its reach and monitor success.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Aid for Africa has increased support to African development during the last ten years by almost $10 million while spotlighting African issues and the communities and development partners working to address them. Aid for Africa has worked to leverage results through effective and targeted support. Examples of success include replication by governments of grassroots solutions and the establishment of partnerships that address development issues effectively and economically.

    Organizations supported by Aid for Africa have seen their grassroots approaches to problems taken up by African governments. For example, mothers2mothers, a nonprofit based in South Africa, works to reduce the spread of HIV to unborn children. The approach of incorporating Mentor Mothers, who work directly with pregnant mothers, into the healthcare team as fully paid partners is now being incorporated in the Kenyan Government’s national health plan. Arlington Academy of Hope, based in rural Uganda, saw a need for health care for its students and, ultimately, their families as well as a need for business development among the women of the community. Aid for Africa members Foundation for the International Medical Relief of Children and Women’s Microfinance Initiative, provided guidance and support for each of these activities, respectively. The result has been better learning for healthier students, small-business development for hundreds of women and a healthier, thriving community.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Aid for Africa’s member charities work throughout the countries of Sub-Saharan Africa—that area of the continent located below the southern edge of the Sahara Desert.

Social Media

Blog

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Financials

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AID FOR AFRICA
Fiscal year: Apr 01-Mar 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Aid for Africa, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Barbara Alison Rose

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Edward Sulzberger

No Affiliation

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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