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Thinkhumanity, Inc.

"A positive change for refugees and underdeveloped communities in Africa."

aka Think Humanity   |   Loveland, CO   |  http://www.thinkhumanity.org/

Mission

Mission Statement: "To help save lives and provide hope for refugees and underdeveloped communities in Africa by improving provisions for healthcare, clean water, education and socio-economic development."

Ruling year info

2008

Executive Director, Founder

Mrs. Beth Ann Heckel

President

Jim Heckel

Main address

2880 Spring Mountain Dr

Loveland, CO 80537 USA

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EIN

26-1635429

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Diseases, Disorders, Medical Disciplines N.E.C. (G99)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We continue to give out mosquito nets to fight malaria and to educate the community on how to use them properly. We interview and add new students to our Think Humanity Secondary School annually. Wells are continued to be constructed with more interest in providing clean water in underdeveloped communities. The socio-economic development program continues to grow by hiring new staff, purchasing products from women artisans in Uganda for selling in the USA.

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?

Bed Nets 4 Life

Bed Nets 4 Life is a program within Think Humanity, a nonprofit organization whose mission is "to provide a positive change for refugees and underdeveloped communities in Africa." Malaria is a disease of the blood that is transmitted to people by infected mosquitoes, killing a child every 30 seconds in Sub-Saharan Africa. Malaria is preventable and treatable. To fight this disease, Think Humanity provides free Long-Lasting-Insecticide-Treated-Nets to children, orphans, elderly, and other marginalized communities within Uganda.
Since December 2007, Think Humanity has freely given approximately 130,230 nets covering more than 400,000 high-risk individuals. The results of these nets have statistically demonstrated an over 85% annualized reduction in the incidence of malaria, saving potentially thousands of lives. The majority of the net recipients have been refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sudan and Uganda.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Immigrants and migrants

Our aim is to educate and empower female students through access to secondary education and supplementary programs.  Our school is located in Nyakambugu Ward, Buhanika, Uganda. We bring together female children from underdeveloped and refugee communities and work with these girls over the next 4-6 years as they complete their secondary education.  Upon completion, our hope is that each girl will not only be educated through secondary school, but that each will be economically stable and able to give back to their communities.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Victims and oppressed people

UNHCR Refugee Camps and underdeveloped communities in Uganda need access to clean water sources. Women and children make their daily walk to many polluted water sources. They walk up to two miles each way and they carry containers weighing up to 40 pounds. Time spent walking and resulting diseases keep them from school, work and taking care of their families. While some may boil the water, many thirsty and unknowing children and adults simply drink it directly from open swamps which can result in diseases such as typhoid, cholera and worm parasites.
The wells we are building are in the villages where water is most needed. Think Humanity has provided clean water for thousands of refugees in Kyangwali Refugee Camp, in Kyaka II Refugee Camp, and in villages within Uganda. When it is difficult to walk long distances, people are getting water from nearby springs where they share water with animals.
Total wells as of 2024 is 125.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants

Think Humanity partners with and purchases handmade items from women in the Acholi Quarter Camp, Uganda. We purchase from them so that they can feed and educate their children. We sell their products in the USA and send 100% back towards our programs.
Before making these handmade products they were breaking up rocks for road base for about .25 a day. They can make one bracelet and earn the same amount. Women and girls can make approximately 25 bracelets a day and multiply their income by 25 times.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Immigrants and migrants

Where we work

Awards

2020 Top-Rated Nonprofit 2020

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Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Annualized Malaria Incidence Rate

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Bed Nets 4 Life

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

The estimated AMIR, based on 2022 being at 96% effectiveness, or 4% still getting malaria post LLIN distribution.

Annualized Malaria Incidence Reduction

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Bed Nets 4 Life

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Annualized Malaria Reduction Rate for villages where nets have been distributed. We do an A/B comparative analysis, on a statistically significant sample to obtain this data.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Bed Nets 4 Life

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We track this data on an ad hoc basis, when we need to sample. These figures are based on historical data, plus some extrapolated data estimates.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

Think Humanity's byline is "A positive change for refugees and underdeveloped communities in Africa."
We believe that by educating children that it will break the cycle of poverty.
By providing mosquito nets we will prevent malaria.
By providing clean water we will prevent diseases and...
by purchasing handmade products from refugee women, we will lift them up by giving them a skill so that they can educate and feed their children.

We survey after each bed net distribution to see the results. (see website)
We follow all the girls/students that we educate to see how they have used their education.
Think Humanity educates the communities on the benefits of clean water and how to maintain their wells. The wells are frequently visited to make sure that everything continues to operate well.
In socio-economic development, we continue to come up with new ideas together with the women's group that we work with, which also helps them to make more products. We also find them new organizations to work with so that they can continue to grow.

We have three managers living in Uganda and our Global Director in Norway, who are available to meet with our beneficiaries. They also conduct the trainings and surveys on mosquito nets to make sure that there has been improvements (less cases of malaria). The Think Humanity Team also speaks to communities on how to continue to maintain wells.
The girls' hostel is visited daily and the administrators make sure that all girls are prepared for exams by recommending tutors and other helpful means.
We have a live-in female administrator, a nurse, cook and security guard as well as the other members of the team that take turns to visit the hostel one week out of each month.

We have accomplished fighting malaria by more than 85 percent in many villages.
Educating students, with an emphasis on girl educating, has been very rewarding. We saw quiet girls blossom into brave and powerful young women. Their leadership growth is astounding.
We have helped women in the Acholi Quarter Camp to grow their businesses.
We have constructed many clean water wells where they had shared dirty water with animals.

We have not yet eradicated malaria even though we have given out more than 115,000 mosquito nets. We have to distribute more than 60 percent mosquito nets in all communities in order to see a reduction and funds are limited. We would like to go into additional refugee camps. At this point we have given mosquito nets in three different refugee camps.
We would like to expand our girl education program to add more students. January 2022, Think Humanity is a registered school
In Socio-Economic Development, we would like to sell more products in the USA so that the women could become more self-sustainable.

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 inform the development of new programs/projects, 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 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 look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Financials

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Operations

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

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Thinkhumanity, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 01/25/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Beth Heckel

Think Humanity

Term: 2007 -

Beth Ann Heckel

Think Humanity

Jim Heckel

retired Corporate Manager

Aimee Markwardt

TravelBoulder., About.com, SpaTravelGal.comcom

Cindy Rauschenberger

Buyer for Schlumberger Limited

William Reents

Physician in Family Medicine

Kevin Arnold

manager of software firm

Kristin Stephens

City Council 4th District, Fort Collins, CO

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • 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? 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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/3/2022

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, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/11/2019

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.