Africa Foundation (USA)

Empowering Communities. Enabling Conservation.

aka Africa Foundation (USA)   |   Friday Harbor, WA   |  www.africafoundation.org

Mission

Africa Foundation facilitates the empowerment and development of people living in or adjacent to protected areas in Africa, by forging unique partnerships between conservation initiatives and communities. We fund projects based on the needs within the communities, specifically in the following four areas: Education - school improvement, university scholarships, conservation lessons Healthcare - primary healthcare centers, HIV/AIDs awareness programs, access to water, sanitation Income Generating Activities - agricultural projects, skills centers, entrepreneurial support Wildlife and Conservation - environmental education programs, marine conservation, rhino conservation

Ruling year info

2001

Executive Director

Wendy Wood

Main address

P.O. Box 233

Friday Harbor, WA 98250 USA

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Formerly known as

Friends of CC Africa Foundation

Africa Foundation (USA)

EIN

88-0461880

NTEE code info

Education N.E.C. (B99)

Rural (S32)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Despite all that has been achieved in the last 25 years, our job has only just begun. We need your help in order to succeed in making a real difference to the lives of people in rural Africa while simultaneously supporting land restoration and wildlife conservation. Each action, no matter how small, can make a difference.

Our programs

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

Healthcare and Clean Water

Despite vast advances made in medicine over the past decades, many communities in rural Africa still do not have access to medical facilities and primary healthcare. Various factors such as poverty, malnutrition and unemployment all contribute to ill health. Africa Foundation assists by facilitating the building of clinics and accommodations for staff and the upgrading of existing, but inadequate, primary healthcare clinics. In most of the communities Africa Foundation supports, there are government clinics which attempt to provide for the local people, but they are woefully under-equipped, lacking in resources and poorly maintained. Africa Foundation is committed to ensuring that better facilities are put in place.
One of the worst daily hardships faced by many African rural communities is the extreme shortage of water. Rural women and children often walk more than a kilometer every day to fetch water, returning home stooped under the backbreaking burden of their full water buckets, sometimes repeating this trip several times per day. When children are required to spend a large part of their day gathering water, the task affects all aspects of their youth, especially time spent on education and physical development.

Africa Foundation has provided guttering and rainwater tanks, taps, water pumps and windmills, affording numerous communities access to drinking water. Rainwater harvesting has long been recognized as a viable and cost-effective means of accessing water for rural communities. Africa Foundation has been instrumental in the installation of approximately 30 water tanks and guttering in many communities. Water tanks raise awareness of the benefits of water collection in communities and individual households. The tanks provide water for school children, who do not have to miss school because they have to fetch water. Water tanks are sustainable and have a long life span.

Hippo Water Rollers bring immediate relief to the water scarcity and transportation problems faced by so many rural communities. The innovative design of the Hippo Water Roller (like an old-fashioned drum lawn roller) makes the task of collecting water much easier, and far less time-consuming. The Rollers have a 90-liter capacity – a great improvement on the usual 5-liter containers carried on the head. To date, more than 7,000 Hippo Water Rollers have been distributed.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Africa Foundation has a scholarship program called Community Leaders Education Fund (CLEF). Launched in 1995, the CLEF Scholarship Program offers partial funding to students from rural communities bordering conservation areas. The broad objective of the CLEF Program is to develop natural leadership potential by offering deserving students the opportunity to improve their career opportunities by studying at college or university level. Students are required to give back to their communities during their holidays by conducting an activity that involves and uplifts the community, for example, career guidance at high schools, community clean-up campaigns or helping at local clinics. Through CLEF, more than 387 students have received assistance to enable them to attend college or university.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Young adults

With rhino poaching at an all-time high in South Africa, Africa Foundation is supporting andBeyond and Great Plains Conservation in a project to safely translocate up to 100 rhinos from South Africa to the safe haven of Botswana, which has an excellent security system in place to protect these critically endangered animals and will be a safe haven for the relocated rhinos. To learn more about Rhinos Without Borders, please go to www.andbeyond.com/conservation-community/rhinos-without-borders and the attached PDF.

Population(s) Served
Adults

In remote rural communities, schools are often overlooked and chronically under resourced. Africa Foundation has made school construction and improvement a priority since the organization was founded. The education program consists of infrastructure assistance through construction of classrooms and provision of equipment; construction of sanitary facilities, daycare centers, kitchens, administration rooms and media centers; provision of fencing and security; development of vegetable gardens; and support in career guidance courses for secondary school students.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Caregivers

Africa Foundation has assisted community members in selling crafts, both at partner organization andBeyond lodges and also at newly built crafts markets adjacent to highways traveled by tourists.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Adults

Unemployment in rural communities can be tackled by identifying and empowering entrepreneurs, whose small, emerging enterprises can be an effective means of job creation. Africa Foundation identifies opportunities and helps start-ups. In particular, Africa Foundation stimulates the potential for income generation through a highly successful skills training program and access to technology.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Agricultural projects such as provision of water and assistance with vegetable gardens have reduced malnutrition and encouraged entrepreneurial farming. In many instances, the projects have not only provided communities with food but have produced extra income.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Africa Foundation sponsors conservation lessons for students and teachers from disadvantaged schools. Surprisingly, most local school children have never been inside their neighboring conservation area and have never seen an elephant or a lion. Many students report that their lives were changed when they realized what was on the other side of the game fence. Over the years, Africa Foundation has learned that this exposure is essential to building relationships between rural communities and their natural, wild neighborhood so that the communities understand the tangible and intangible benefits of conserving this precious resource.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

For 25 years, Africa Foundation, together with committed communities and generous donors, has facilitated the socio-economic development of rural communities in Africa, and in so doing, improved the lives and livelihoods of those most in need. Africa Foundation was born out of the belief that, through effective consultation and collaboration, with legitimate local leadership in place,rural communities are empowered to enable development on a far more successful and sustainable scale.

Africa Foundation succeeds where other non-profit organizations fail because it has long-term relationships with the communities in which it works. Africa Foundation believes that successful projects require that the community be actively involved in the selection and development of the project, in the building of the project and the successful running of the project once Africa Foundation is no longer actively involved. However innovative, projects are only sustainable if the community takes ownership of them, and this approach is what attracts and secures the support of Africa Foundation’s many loyal donors.

Africa Foundation works hard to ensure that the greatest possible percentage of each contribution goes directly to the communities it supports. Because Africa Foundation builds and maintains strong, long-term relationships with these communities, it can assure its supporters that the money invested in projects is efficiently and effectively spent.

Funding needs are identified by in-depth consultation and agreement with the communities to ensure that Africa Foundation only funds projects that are sustainable by virtue of community buy-in and active involvement on an on-going basis. All Africa Foundation projects are managed on the ground by organizations that have high quality management and donor relationships, accountability, the ability to provide comprehensive feedback and a measurable and favorable impact on the community.

All of Africa Foundation (USA)’s grant-making is done entirely on an invitational basis. We do not consider unsolicited grant proposals.

OUR ACHIEVEMENTS
In our 25 years of operation, Africa Foundation has achieved the following:

- Built over 170 classrooms, 25 pre-schools, school kitchens, bathrooms, media centers, libraries and teachers' accommodations
- Built 6 day care centers for orphans and vulnerable children
- Trained over 500 teachers and 7,000 pupils in environmental awareness
- Awarded university level scholarships to over 250 aspiring community leaders
- Built and supported 4 health clinics in remote rural areas
- Funded water relief programs including access to potable water for more than 25,000 school children
- Facilitated the establishment of food gardens
- Led HIV/AIDs initiatives

WHAT'S NEXT
- Oceans Without Borders marine conservation and sustainability program
- continuation of support for early education (refurbishing schools, kitchen/dining facilities, teachers accommodations)
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Financials

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Operations

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Africa Foundation (USA)

Board of directors
as of 3/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jan Moehl

Jan Moehl

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Susan Briggs

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Alexandra Lyon

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Jane Gaito

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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 ? Yes
  • 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