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Caravan To Class

  • Sausalito, CA
  • www.caravantoclass.org

Mission Statement

Caravan to Class is an all-volunteer registered 501c3 charitable organization that invests in education and brings literacy to remote villages in the Sahara Desert region of West Africa.

Main Programs

  1. Fund Operations of a Class
  2. Fund Operations of a School
  3. Build a School

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Service Areas

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International

Caravan to Class is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) registered charitable organization which invests in literacy and education in the Sahara Desert region of West Africa. We build and provide funding for the operations of 8 schools in villages near Timbuktu, one of the world's most underserved and illiterate areas.

ruling year

2010

Principal Officer

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Barry Hoffner

Keywords

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literacy, Africa, Mali, education

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EIN

27-1885332

 Number

5506098114

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

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

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Caravan to Class strives to reach and uplift the children of some of the world's poorest villages by ensuring that they achieve literacy and obtain an education. We aim to provide them with the opportunity to become part of the global community, striving for an educated, equitable and tolerant nation. We do this by building schools in carefully selected villages around the fabled Timbuktu, Mali and supporting these schools' operations. Since 2010 we have built nine schools bringing education to more than 1,2000 deserving children.

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

Fund Operations of a Class

Fund the operations of a class in one of Caravan to Class' schools. Your support will pay for a certified teacher, basic nutrition, and school supplies.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$2,500.00

Program 2

Fund Operations of a School

Your support will pay for the operations of one of our schools for a full year. This includes paying for certified teachers, basic nutrition, and school supplies, including books.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$10,000.00

Program 3

Build a School

Build a school in a village in the Southern Sahara region of Mali.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$45,000.00

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?
    With Caravan to Class bring education to the first generation of children in the villages where we operated, our focus is to make "going to school a routine part of life". We make a careful investment in a village by building a school and then supporting that school for a period of three years. Our target is to achieve a 70% attendance rate in the schools that we have built and do this by committing to support the schools operations and help raise awareness of the importance of education within the village.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Caravan to Class partners with the Timbuktu Ministry of Education and the UN World Food Program when we engage a village. The Timbuktu Ministry of Education sends a Director at their expense to run the school and ensure the national curriculum is followed. In addition, the UN World Food Program supplies the schools with basic nutrition. We also have other network partner NGOs that intervene in the same village in different areas, eg. sanitation, health etc., to lift the entire village up.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Caravan to Class works through our local NGO partner, Nord et Developpement to not just build the school but sensitize the village of the important of sending their children to school. By focusing in one area, we are able to use our relationships and experience to bring real change in the villages where we operate.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    In all of the nine schools we have built, we have achieved our target of 70% attendance rate. In some schools, we are as high as 90%. Our long-term goal is to get 100% of the children to school and then begin sharpening our focus on literacy outcomes.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Since 2010, Caravan to Class has built nine schools, provided education for more than 1,200 children annually. We pay the salaries of 25 teachers, and provide over 150,000 meals annually.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Caravan to Class is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) registered charitable organization which invests in literacy and education in the Sahara Desert region of West Africa. We build and provide funding for the operations of 8 schools in villages near Timbuktu, one of the world's most underserved and illiterate areas.

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Funding Needs

General Donations             $28,070 Global Giving Campaign   $35,000 Hoffner Family                  $10,000 Partner Contributions           $5,000 Grant Solicitations              $25,000

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Operations

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Caravan To Class

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Barry Hoffner

BIO

Barry Hoffner, a former investment banker in emerging markets, traveled to Timbuktu,
Mali and attended the Festival au Desert in January, 2010. While there, he had a
chance encounter with a village of Tuareg and returned home to California with
the idea of rebuilding the village’s educational infrastructure. By the end of 2010, he had
organized Caravan to Class as a 501c3, partnered with a local non-governmental
organization (NGO) to administer the project, raised funds, and started construction on
Caravan to Class’ first school(http://www.caravantoclass.org/our-work/model-project-rebuilding-the-tedeini-school) in the village of Tedeini. Caravan to Class is now responsible for eight different schools, 1st - 6th grades,
in villages near Timbuktu.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"2011 was a ground-breaking year for Caravan to Class.
Not only was it our first full year in operation, but also one where we gained
the support of so many people, who like us, share the vision of the right to
education for all. This will help Caravan to Class as we takeover running five
additional schools in the Timbuktu region of Mali from a very respected
Arizona-based foundation, TurtleWill, which is closing its doors.

 

It is a very challenge time for Northern Mali stabilizing the region. Mali has been a
relatively peaceful country in the past and we hope that a amicable resolution
will be found soon. In the meantime, our schools remain open and, for the most
part, are full. As always, it is most vulnerable who are victimized by both the
radical elements of a population and the political response. During this time,
Caravan to Class’ work is more vital than ever as is fundamental right of the
dream of literacy and hope. I have been inspired by so many of our supporters
to propel Caravan to Class forward and continue our work on behalf of the
wonderful children we serve.

 

With my most profound thanks,

 

Barry Hoffner

Executive Director, Caravan to Class"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Barry Hoffner

Caravan to Class

Term: Apr 2010 - Apr 2015

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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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?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Diversity Strategies
Yes
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
Yes
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
Yes
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
Yes
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
Yes
We have a diversity committee in place
Yes
We have a diversity manager in place
Yes
We have a diversity plan
Yes
We use other methods to support diversity