CENTER FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY AND APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGY FOR THE

aka CREATE!   |   Eugene, OR   |  www.createaction.org

Mission

CREATE!s mission is to build resilience in the face of climate change in rural West Africa, particularly Senegal, through improved access to clean water, food security, health and nutrition, and livelihood opportunities, using appropriate technology and environmental-based solutions with women as the drivers of change.

Ruling year info

2008

Executive Director

Mr. Michael Carson

Main address

132 East Broadway Suite 416

Eugene, OR 97401 USA

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EIN

26-1535453

NTEE code info

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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

CREATE-ing resilience in the face of climate change

CREATE!s goal is to promote a “real green revolution” in rural Senegal and other similar regions in Africa together with developing self-sufficient, environmentally responsible and sustainable communities. “Water is life” is a well-known phrase throughout Africa, and is especially true in Senegal, where the annual dry season is nine months long. Agriculture here is traditionally carried out during the short rainy season with nearly 90% of agricultural land worked by small-scale, family-based farms engaged in subsistence agriculture. This results in food insecurity and micronutrient deficiencies. CREATE!s programs try to ameliorate the situation by providing year round access to clean water to the communities through rehabilitated wells and solar powered water pumps. This water helps the communities produce nutritious vegetables year round which improves their food security and nutritional outcomes. They also sell their excess produce in local markets, thus improving their income opportunities. Our success is measured by the amount of vegetables our communities produce, how that changes their nutritional indicators and how much each program participant earn and save through our projects. In 2020, CREATE!s 18 partner communities produced 13 tons of vegetables, turning barren community gardens into green oases; 100% women of reproductive age achieved Minimum Dietary Diversity, a verifiable nutrition indicator; and each participant earned and saved $20 per month. Our programs thus improve the lives and livelihoods of the rural population that we serve.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Farmers

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We work with rural communities in Senegal, West Africa.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We changed our program duration from five to four years after consulting the villagers we partner with.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    This has made us more equitable in our relationships.

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

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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CENTER FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY AND APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGY FOR THE

Board of directors
as of 5/20/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ronald Taylor

Former SpawGlass Co. CEO

Barry Wheeler

No Affiliation

Ronald Taylor

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Mary Tjosvold

Mary T., Inc.

Louise Ruhr

No Affiliation

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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 05/20/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

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Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/20/2021

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.