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THE TANDANA FOUNDATION INC

aka The Tandana Foundation   |   Spring Valley, OH   |  www.tandanafoundation.org

Mission

To support the achievement of community goals and address global inequalities through caring intercultural relationships that embody mutual respect and responsibility.

Ruling year info

2006

Founding Director

Anna Taft

Operations Director

Aaron DiMartino

Main address

2933 Lower Bellbrook Rd.

Spring Valley, OH 45370 USA

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EIN

20-4748423

NTEE code info

International Cultural Exchange (Q21)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Scholarships

We offer rural Ecuadorian students funding for uniforms, books,
supplies, transportation, and other costs so that they can continue
their secondary education.  For the 2009-2010 school year, we are
supporting 47 students, and we hope to increase that number next year.

We
have also offered Ecuadorian youth the chance to participate in
experiential education programs--opportunities that allow them to
realize dreams they never imagined would be possible.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Indigenous peoples

We offer small grants for locally-initiated projects in Mali and Ecuador that enhance education or address basic needs. You can donate directly to a specific project or to our general fund.  Some projects we would like to support include:

Creation of a well and a wall for a dormitory in Bandiagara, Mali. (http://sitekreator.com/tandana/internat_scolaire.html)

Expansion of the "Heritage Class" that allows students from Bandiagara, Mali to travel to important sites in their region and learn about the local cultures and history. (http://sitekreator.com/tandana/heritage_class.html)

Projects we have funded 2007 - 2009:

Creation of a grain bank in Kansongho, Mali (http://sitekreator.com/tandana/grain_bank.html)

Creation of a computer lab for the Alejandro Chavez Intercultural Bilingual School in Gualsaqui, Ecuador. (http://sitekreator.com/tandana/computers.html)

Creation of a school garden in Kori-Maounde, Mali (http://sitekreator.com/tandana/kori-maounde.html)

Restoration of a well in Kansongho, Mali. (http://sitekreator.com/tandana/kansongho_well.html)

Creation of a school garden in Tereli, Mali. (http://sitekreator.com/tandana/terely.html)

Expansion of the "Heritage Class" that allows students from Bandiagara, Mali to travel to important sites in their region and learn about the local cultures and history. (http://sitekreator.com/tandana/heritage_class.html)

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
Economically disadvantaged people

The Tandana Foundation offers volunteer vacations for
adults and families.  These trips bring together diverse groups of
individuals united by a desire to learn, grow, share and contribute in
the communities they visit.  They offer opportunities to experience
life in Ecuadorian or Malian communities; exchange ideas with locals of
different perspectives, ages, and vocations; and to give and receive
joy. 

The Tandana Foundation also coordinates service projects that give groups a chance to make a
difference in the lives of rural Ecuadorians or Malians while becoming
part of the community they serve.  These groups can stay with host families or in a
community building, eat local foods with their hosts, help villagers
replace inadequate drinking water pipes or paint their community
center, harvest corn and use its flour to bake bread, hike to sacred
places while hearing legends about their importance, and play games
with schoolchildren.  The project and activities are customized to meet the needs of the groups.

In 2008, We coordinated six volunteer programs in Ecuador, which allowed 57 North Americans to volunteer their services to help 15 rural communities in Ecuador, while learning about the local culture.  Five of these programs were focused on health care, and allowed our volunteer healthcare providers to treat 1,022 patients in 14 communities.  The other program was focused on education and allowed us to provide free English courses for approximately 50 local students.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
Families

This program works with our health care patients year-round to ensure they learn how to use the local health care system. We advocate for our patients, helping them get the care they need, deserve, and are entitled to.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses
Indigenous peoples

Where we work

Awards

Top-Rated Nonprofit 2017

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Top-Rated Nonprofit 2018

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Affiliations & memberships

Better Business Bureau 2018

Better Business Bureau 2019

Better Business Bureau 2020

Better Business Bureau 2021

Better Business Bureau 2022

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients who become literate because of literacy education programs by the nonprofit

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, People of African descent, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Community Projects

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Since 2012, 2092 women have participated in our Tommo So Literacy program in Mali. Numbers here are students passing the final test, which we began to administer in 2015.

Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Indigenous peoples, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Scholarships

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These scholarships allow rural Ecuadorian students to continue their secondary and higher education.

Number of patient visits

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Indigenous peoples

Related Program

Volunteer Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These patients received medical and/or dental care through our Community Health and Well-being Program in remote villages in Ecuador.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

The Tandana Foundation is aiming to create win-win relationships where everyone who comes into contact with one another learns something new and goes home with a greater appreciation for one another and themselves. We also aim to strengthen communities in their ability to achieve their goals.

As we create these friendships we are able to advance local and sustainable projects that are suggested by the people who live there. By this method, the local people are in charge of their own destiny as we support them.

We bring motivated and capable international donors and volunteers who want to give of themselves to support someone else and celebrate in their successes.

We have accomplished so much in nearly 15 years. Please visit tandanafoundation.org to see what we have done.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve

Financials

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Operations

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

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THE TANDANA FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 03/12/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Hope Taft

No Affiliation

Term: 2006 - 2024

Jill Spiker

Susan Napier

Beau Lefler

Alta Beasley

Dick Duval

Hope Taft

Ken Gates

Peter Glaubitz

Joyce Johnson

Santiago Gualapuro

Mianda Bashala

Bridget Vis

Sira Diop

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