The Minga Foundation

Los Angeles, CA   |  www.mingafoundation.org

Mission

The Minga Foundation partners with individuals and community-based organizations in underserved communities to improve socioeconomic conditions and health equity. Through collaborative and respectful partnerships, we build capacity, create and strengthen networks, and provide resources based on locally-identified needs. Our goal is to empower those seeking a healthier future for their communities.

Ruling year info

2004

President

Brian Burke

Main address

1823 Westridge Rd

Los Angeles, CA 90049 USA

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Formerly known as

Foundation Human Nature USA

EIN

11-3704324

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (S12)

Community Health Systems (E21)

Single Organization Support (T11)

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Carrazedo (Brazil)

Since October 2015, Minga has been working with the community of Carrazedo in North Brazil to construct a clean water system and revitalize an açai orchard. The project will provide an economic alternative to logging, which is the dominant industry in the region.

Carrazedo is a small and very remote riverside community of quilombola people, descendants of runaway African slaves. After two centuries of isolation, discrimination, and government neglect, they face extraordinary challenges to their health and well-being.

The community has prioritized two key projects:

1). A treated drinking water system so the community’s 60 households no longer have to rely on a polluted river for drinking, cooking, and bathing.

2). The revitalization of an açai orchard so that community members can enjoy improved nutrition and an economic alternative to rainforest logging.

Carrazedo has not worked with outside agencies in over a decade. They never thought a partnership like this was possible, but they have already made amazing strides!

Population(s) Served

Minga is supporting the Lubengoa Women Development Association (LUWODEA), founded in 2003 by a group of women seeking to improve economic opportunities for HIV positive women in rural Kamuli District of Uganda. LUWODEA’s initial project was a village savings and loan system which has been quite successful in expanding opportunities for women. Now, with support from Minga, LUWODEA hopes to help women expand their economic potential and improve the nutrition of their families by offering training in sustainable, organic vegetable gardening.

Implementing a “train the trainer” model, LUWODEA plans to train 25 women in different villages of the region as agricultural extension workers who will teach sustainable agriculture practices and help community members establish home vegetable gardens. In addition to training extension workers, LUWODEA will further develop their demonstration farm which can help support the sustainability of the project through sales of vegetables, seedlings and manure. They also plan to raise awareness in communities across their district about the importance of vegetable gardening.

Population(s) Served

In July 2016, we began supporting the Nancholi Youth Organisation (NAYO), aiming to improve access to Youth Friendly Health Services for the young people of Nancholi, Malawi. NAYO is an organization that has been working to combat HIV/AIDS and empower youth in their community since 2004. We will work with them to train youth leaders in sexual and reproductive health, increase access to condoms and other contraceptives, conduct leadership and life skills training for youth leaders, and expand access to HIV testing and treatment.

This project is essential for community development. Currently there are only 3 HIV clinics in the region. They are all far away from Nancholi and are difficult for most young people to access. Additionally, youth face great stigma in seeking out HIV testing at these sites and thus many avoid being tested. NAYO plans to establish regular youth activities at their new Youth Friendly Health Center including after school sports, youth groups, and evening activities, in order to draw in more young people. The goal is to make it less stigmatizing to access condoms, other contraceptives, and HIV counseling and testing. In addition to increasing services for youth, they have planned multiple educational and outreach meetings with traditional leaders and parents’ organizations and will develop a cohort of supportive adults through a club matron/patron group. Though they are working in partnership with the Malawian Department of Education and Ministry of Health, both of these governmental organizations are underfunded and have not been able to adequately provide similar services to the community of Nancholi. For this reason NAYO sought out partnership with Minga.

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The Minga Foundation

Board of directors
as of 10/26/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Brian Burke

Appalachian State University

Term: 2018 -

Erin Lund

Jessica Levy

Washington Univ, St. Louis

Karin Friederic

Wake Forest University

Dan Kselman

Instituto Juan March

Julie Titus

No Affiliation

Jessica Nadolski

No Affiliation

Megan Snair

Cleveland Clinic

Rhianon Liu

Jennifer Tucker

Rachel Bick

Eleni Angelides

Maia Monell

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and 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 ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and 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? Yes