Diseases, Disorders, Medical Disciplines

Global Soap Project, Inc.

  • Atlanta, GA
  • http://www.globalsoap.org/

Mission Statement

Reducing waste.  Saving lives.  One bar of soap at a time.

Main Programs

  1. General Operations

service areas

International

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Areas Served Narrative

As of October 2013, the Global Soap Project has distributed soap in the USA as well as in 30 foreign countries on four continents, including: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Cameroon, Congo, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, St Lucia, Swaziland, Tunisia, Uganda, Uzbekistan, and Zimbabwe.

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ruling year

2010

Principal Officer

Sam Stephens

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Keywords

Global Health, WASH, Hygiene, International Aid, Humanitarian Relief, Behavior Change, Atlanta, Global Soap

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EIN

27-0621849

 Number

3687533737

Also Known As

The Global Soap Project

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Diseases, Disorders, Medical Disciplines N.E.C. (G99)

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?

Impact statement

As of October 2013, more than 1,200 hotels across North America are partnering to send GSP their used soap, which is recycled into new bars that are distributed to vulnerable people around the world.  To-date, nearly 2 million new bars of soap have been sent to 31 countries outside the US, providing lifesaving soap, and hygiene education, to tens of thousands of people.

Programs

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

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Program 1

General Operations

Receiving soap from hotels, recycling it into new bars, and distributing it to vetted NGO recipients to serve vulnerable people around the world.

Category

Budget

Population Served

Charting Impact

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The goal of the Global Soap Project is to recycled discarded soap, mostly from hotels, recycle it into new bars, and then get the new soap and hygiene education to people who lack access to it worldwide. Specifically, in 2013, our goal is to recycle 250,000 pounds of soap, produce 1 million new bars, and distribute them to at least 100,000 people.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    To achieve our goals, we partner with hotels and global health organizations, allowing us to simultaneously increase our reach while keeping our costs low. We partner with hotels to divert their used soap from landfills, providing us a supply that we turn into new bars. We then partner with leading global health organizations to identify populations most at risk of illness/death due to lack of soap use, then design interventions based on the needs of the individual populations to ensure they always have access to soap at the end of the long-term program -- without being dependent on us for free soap, and also while supporting local economies.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We leverage our expertise in soap recycling to produce the end product. We also leverage our partnerships to allow us to efficiently and effectively reach people in need and ensure they have the resources necessary to achieve long-term success.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    We look at outputs such as waste diverted (pounds), new bars produced, and number of people served. We also work with our partners to identify outcomes, such as quantifiable improvements in health due to handwashing with soap, long-term soap use, etc.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Since 2009, we've grown from a network of just 50 hotels, to a global operation spanning the globe. We've not only increased our outputs significantly -- we've also worked to identify interventions that yield the most success, allowing us to build more effective programs going forward. Finally, we've heard powerful stories -- and seen impressive numbers -- showing that handwashing with soap truly does improve health and save lives, reducing incidences of illness and death in the communities we serve while also positioning the populations for long-term soap use to sustain the impact for years to come.

service areas

International

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Areas Served Narrative

As of October 2013, the Global Soap Project has distributed soap in the USA as well as in 30 foreign countries on four continents, including: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Cameroon, Congo, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, St Lucia, Swaziland, Tunisia, Uganda, Uzbekistan, and Zimbabwe.

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Social Media

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Financials

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Olobal Soap Project, Inc.
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Operations

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

Global Soap Project, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Sam Stephens

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Nicole Rudd

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?