PLATINUM2024

Amsha Africa Foundation

Empowering the poor to lift themselves out of poverty with dignity

Portland, OR   |  https://www.amshaafrica.org

Mission

We are on a mission to improve basic human rights for poor people in the Global South. In 2023, we aim to: > Educate 15 communities on sustainable agriculture practices, > Economically empower 10 communities on better money management, > Scale community outreach to 6African countries. > Connect 100 talented youth from under represented groups with meaningful and well-paying gigs online, and international clients.

Notes from the nonprofit

Amsha Africa Foundation's main mission is to encourage and facilitate the initiation of community based projects that are acceptable, affordable, sustainable, and aimed at improving the welfare of the communities we work with. We are determined to enhance the living standards and common good of people within some of the world's poorest villages and slums in Africa by reducing chronic social concerns such as hunger, disease, illiteracy, unemployment, substandard housing, and poor sanitation. Our programs over the past years have shown great success and we are looking forward to partner with donors, community groups, and individuals to enhance our vision and mission.

Ruling year info

2009

Executive Director

Mrs. Shali Woodruff

Founder

Tony Abuta

Main address

3300 NW 185th Ave # Suite 230

Portland, OR 97229 USA

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EIN

26-3259654

NTEE code info

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

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

Environmental Quality, Protection, and Beautification N.E.C. (C99)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Amsha Africa Foundation is working to promote sustainable agriculture in rural Africa. With unsustainable population growth, shrinking arable land, food shortage, and increase in un-healthy food choices, African population needs an alternative to the traditional way of farming. We have invested in teaching and fine tuning aquaponic solutions to fit the needs of the rural populations. We have ran four pilot programs with our custom-built aquaponic solutions. One in a small single-home setting, another in a medium-sized village, and two in much larger settings; a school and a church. The results of these pilot programs were amazing.

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?

Water, Sanitation, & Hygiene (WASH) Program

Water, sanitation, and hygiene are all critical to reducing the burden of water-borne diseases.
We work with registered community based groups to find effective sanitation approaches that will contribute to a world where children and families lead healthier, more productive lives.
We aim to develop scalable business models and technologies capable of moving communities we work with from unsustainable to sustainable sanitation services across the sanitation value chain.
We invest in technologies and methods for increasing sustainable access to clean water and hygiene.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We work with our partner organizations in an effort to stop child abuse and neglect and educate communities in Africa.
We support children who are forced to work for their survival and work with schools in income generating activities to support children under situations that would lead to neglect and drop outs.
Our program helps create child protection teams within rural communities and helps create an organization of lawyers that offer free legal services to children whose rights have been violated.
We also participate in research activities on children's right, such as street children.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

We leverage technology to create innovative solutions that enable sustainable agricultural practices. We pioneered self-contained, self-optimized aquaponic solutions that scale up - from small modules that fit in a studio apartment to large units that can feed an entire community. We work with technology organizations to leverage cutting edge solutions to improve agriculture in many parts of the world.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We connect talented youth from under represented groups in the global south with meaningful and well-paying gigs online, and international clients.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Area of land, in hectares, indirectly controlled by the organization and under sustainable cultivation or sustainable stewardship

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

Adults

Related Program

Water, Sanitation, & Hygiene (WASH) Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of consulting projects completed

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

Economically disadvantaged people, Internally displaced people, Refugees and displaced people, Victims of disaster, Farmers

Related Program

Water, Sanitation, & Hygiene (WASH) Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

The organization has successfully completed a considerable number of consulting projects, providing valuable expertise and support to diverse clients and stakeholders

Number of agricultural households the organization assisted in obtaining legally recognized rights to land

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

Economically disadvantaged people, Farmers

Related Program

Sustainable Agriculture

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The organization has assisted numerous agricultural households in obtaining legally recognized rights to land, promoting land tenure security and sustainable farming practices.

Number of funding dollars secured for demonstration projects or pilots

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

Adults, People of African descent

Related Program

Sustainable Agriculture

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Hectares of land that are (or are in the process of being) organically certified as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

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

People of African descent, Families

Related Program

Sustainable Agriculture

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Organic certification verifies land meets standards, free from synthetic inputs. Process involves application, inspection, and documentation

Number of job skills training courses/workshops conducted

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

People of African descent, Multiracial people, Families, Widows and widowers, At-risk youth

Related Program

Africa Gigsters

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We've conducted job skills training in technology and agriculture, equipping individuals with essential skills for diverse employment opportunities.

Number of computer literacy/skills/technology courses conducted

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

At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Immigrants and migrants

Related Program

Africa Gigsters

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We've conducted computer literacy/technology courses alongside agriculture training, broadening skill sets for diverse job opportunities.

Number of farmers who sold to an organization as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

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

Economically disadvantaged people, Farmers

Related Program

Sustainable Agriculture

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our efforts have facilitated numerous farmers to sell their produce to organizations, fostering economic empowerment and sustainable agricultural practices.

Number of financial literacy courses conducted

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

Sustainable Agriculture

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We've conducted a significant number of financial literacy courses, empowering individuals with essential skills for managing their finances effectively.

Area of land, in hectares, directly controlled by the organization and under sustainable cultivation or sustainable stewardship

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

Working poor, Low-income people, Farmers

Related Program

Sustainable Agriculture

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The organization directly manages hectares of land under sustainable cultivation or stewardship, prioritizing environmental conservation and responsible land management.

Number of children the organization added to the child protection register for the first time

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

Non-adult children, Children

Related Program

Child Abuse Prevention Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

The child protection register ensures vulnerable children's safety and well-being through proactive measures.

Number of people receiving safe drinking water from community systems

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

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Water, Sanitation, & Hygiene (WASH) Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The organization has enabled a considerable number of individuals to access safe drinking water through community systems, promoting public health and sanitation.

Acres of land that have been reforested by the organization

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

Economically disadvantaged people, Farmers

Related Program

Sustainable Agriculture

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The organization has successfully reforested acres of land, contributing to environmental conservation efforts and biodiversity restoration.

Number of orphanages supported

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

Extremely poor people, Homeless people, Low-income people, Children and youth

Related Program

Child Abuse Prevention Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The organization provides support to numerous orphanages, offering care and resources to vulnerable children in need of assistance

Number of communities provided clean water

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

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Water, Sanitation, & Hygiene (WASH) Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The organization has provided clean water to numerous communities, ensuring access to safe and reliable drinking water for improved health and well-being.

Number of families served

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

Economically disadvantaged people, Internally displaced people, Refugees and displaced people

Related Program

Water, Sanitation, & Hygiene (WASH) Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The organization has served a significant number of families, providing essential support and resources to improve their livelihoods and well-being.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

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

Families, Economically disadvantaged people, Internally displaced people, Refugees and displaced people, Victims of conflict and war

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The organization has benefited from a substantial number of volunteer hours contributed by dedicated individuals, demonstrating strong community support and engagement.

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.

AAF's goal is to continue creating child protection teams within rural communities and help create an organization of lawyers that offer free legal services to children whose rights have been violated.

We also have goals for investing in technologies and methods for increasing sustainable access to clean water and hygiene in 5 different sub-Saharan countries and promote sustainable agriculture through aquaponics training and implementation in these countries.

>Be in touch with key stakeholders in the communities that we are working our projects and conduct research to identify what matters most to the people we serve and what's important to them when planning a project.
> Realistic planning - ensure our strategic plan is achievable by being realistic in our goals and get feedback from our volunteers, employees, and community groups before implementing. We don't want to set our strategies for failute.
> Communication - Clearly communicate the expectations and resources available for the strategies in order to achieve the plan. Recognize and celebrate the results once accomplished.
> Select a champion to drive the implementation process. The champion will be an influential board member or community leader who has the respect and attention of other volunteers; a strategic thinker who understands the value of planning, who is directly involved in helping create the plan, and who can positively redirect resistance. This person will be a team motivator, ensuring the investment in planning pays dividends through an organization-wide, systemic approach to implementation.
>Equip the implementer with tools to promote their success.

Amsha Africa Foundation has strong partnerships with local communities and organizations in the countries we work in and has influence and respect to help foster a plan within the community.

Amsha Africa Foundation also has a strong team of dedicated volunteers with years of experience that are capable of driving the implementation process to fruition.

Amsha Africa Foundation has successfully implemented over 85 programs in 12 sub-Saharan countries over the past 9 years and is well capable in meeting the goals of any new project planned using our effective methodology.

AAF's so far this year increased our child protection teams to 8 within rural communities.

We are still working to find pro-bono lawyers in Sub Saharan Africa for our free legal services to children whose rights have been violated. So far, we have just secured 1 this FY.

We have had 8 aquaponics training sessions in Nairobi, Kenya and 12 implemented aquaponic projects so far.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
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 identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, 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 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, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Financials

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Operations

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

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Amsha Africa Foundation

Board of directors
as of 02/16/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Tony Abuta

No Affiliation

Term: 2008 - 2025


Board co-chair

Mrs. Janet Shali

Tony Abuta

No Affiliation

Janet Shali

No Affiliation

Agneta Mkangoma

No Affiliation

Katie Burke

No Affiliation

Monique Young

No Affiliation

Leonie Williams

No Affiliation

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? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable
  • 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 12/29/2022

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
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without 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: 01/19/2022

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 analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • 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 disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • 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.