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The GREATER CONTRIBUTION

Empowering Women to Work Their Way Out of Poverty

aka The Greater Contribution   |   Thousand Oaks, CA   |  www.GreaterContribution.org

Mission

We are committed to compassionately serve the poorest people and communities worldwide, raising awareness and funds and using micro loans and empowering some of the most impoverished women in the world. Through micro loans, hard-working women develop small, sustainable businesses to lift their families out of poverty. Micro loans ignite powerful change.

Ruling year info

2008

President

Karon Wright

Main address

1336 Moorpark Rd. #208

Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 USA

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EIN

26-0597892

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (Q12)

International Economic Development (Q32)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Persistent poverty is a defining characteristic of Northern Uganda, the area The Greater Contribution serves. The proportion of poor people who live in the region increased from 68% to an unacceptable 84% between 2006-2013. Most families live on one meal a day. Virtually none have running water and housing consists of mud and thatched-grass roofs. Lack of employment, poor paying jobs, alcohol abuse, inadequate access to health care and low education levels all contribute to unrelenting poverty. Economic isolation is made worse by insufficient roads and limited market access. Households find it difficult to meet even basic subsistence requirements, much less generate a surplus.

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?

The Greater Contribution micro loan program

We provide micro loans to women in developing nations, allowing them to create small enterprises that will lift them out of poverty. In addition we provide business skills training and literacy training

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Women and girls

Where we work

Awards

Vibrant Giver- Karon Wright, President 2009

Vibrant Nation

Women Making a Difference -President Karon Wright 2009

Los Angeles Business Journal

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

Our goals are to empower underserved women through economic, health education and leadership development programs; creating opportunities while addressing inequality, strengthening social systems that reduces vulnerability to poverty, disease, hunger and illiteracy in Uganda.

The Greater Contribution’s microloan program involves more than the loan itself. Local women come together to build and maintain support networks called loan groups. Since the women have little or no collateral, the groups guarantee the individual loans. Borrowers receive basic English and business training that includes budgeting, inventory, record keeping, and writing a simple business plan. Attendance is mandatory for a woman to receive a loan. Borrowers come to the local loan center every two weeks to make their payment. With their micro-loans, women purchase seeds, chickens, clothing, and other items to sell at a higher profit and over-time begin to earn a sustainable income. Vac-Net also provides trained, local peer counselors who meet with the women to mentor and help solve any business challenges. After receiving their micro-loans, borrowers continue to meet and share best practices within their loan groups. Once a loan is paid back, the borrower is eligible for additional loans up to $250.

We have a strong, dedicated paid staff in Uganda and a strong partnership with a Ugandan NGO with the same or very similar programs and goals. Our Program Manager has a degree in Accounting and Finance and experience at an international micro finance organization. In addition, we share offices, vehicles, technology and most importantly a passion for helping the desperately poor and underserved women and families of Northern Uganda.

We survey our borrowers every six months measuring a myriad of poverty indicators, every thing from income to number of children in school, number of meals the family eats each day, the ability to get health care when needed and more. Some of the indicators that tell us we are succeeding include:

1. Annually our borrowers report an average increase in income of 405%

2. Annually our borrowers report an average increase in savings of 88%

3. On average 98% of all borrowers are consistently able to repay their microloans and qualify for new, larger amounts of loans.

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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently

Financials

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Operations

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

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The GREATER CONTRIBUTION

Board of directors
as of 02/08/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Karon Wright

Karon Wright

Scott Gibb

Lisa Carey

Cathy Cole

Miles Ramsden

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 ? No
  • 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? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/8/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data