The Adventure Project

aka The Adventure Project   |   New York, NY   |  www.theadventureproject.org

Mission

The Adventure Project is a nonprofit dedicated to lifting people in developing countries out of poverty by creating transformative jobs. We think the world’s greatest problems need entrepreneurial solutions. We invest in smart, cost-effective solutions that empower people to become profitable entrepreneurs, so they can serve their own communities with lifesaving services. Our vision is to end extreme poverty in our lifetime.

Notes from the nonprofit

Our fiscal year runs November 1- October 31.

Ruling year info

2010

Principal Officer

Becky Straw

Co Principal Officer

Jody Landers

Main address

228 Park Ave S, PMB 86132

New York, NY 10003-1502 USA

Show more contact info

EIN

27-3809595

NTEE code info

International Economic Development (Q32)

Employment Training (J22)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (J12)

IRS filing requirement

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

Sign in or create an account to view Form(s) 990 for 2019, 2018 and 2017.
Register now

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Adventure Project is a nonprofit dedicated to "adding venture" to lift people in developing countries out of poverty by creating transformative jobs. We think the world’s greatest problems need entrepreneurial solutions. TAP provides jobs that give people dignity. The increased income enables families to send their kids to school and lead healthier lives. Job opportunities also strengthen the economy and reduce the risk of violent conflict. We invest in smart, cost-effective solutions that empower people to become profitable entrepreneurs, so they can serve their own communities with lifesaving services. From training women how to make and sell stoves that are eco-friendly to educating Community Health Workers who can help administer anti-malaria medicine, our work transforms the lives of entrepreneurs and the communities they serve. TAP’s programs focus on four targeted areas: Environment, Hunger, Health, and Water.

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?

Health

Problem: Every minute, three children die in the developing world because they do not have access to basic medicines - treatments that cost less than a cup of coffee.

Every minute, six children die in the developing world because they do not have access to basic medicines - treatments that cost less than a cup of coffee. TAP trains local leaders to become health care agents, so they can earn a living selling over 60 products at affordable prices. Each person cares for approximately 800 people in their community, giving special attention to pregnant mothers and young children. Community Health Workers have reduced child mortality by 25% in their communities.

Population(s) Served
Families
Infants and toddlers

80% of the poor in Sub-Saharan Africa work as rural farmers. Each night, 75% of their children go hungry because they struggle to grow enough to feed their families.

12-15 million farmers in Africa would benefit from irrigation. One irrigation pump can lift a farmer and his family out of poverty and into the middle class in as little as one harvest. In addition, we equip farmers in Malawi with the tools and education to grow drought-resistant seeds. On average, each farmer grows enough to sell produce to 50 community members and earns enough to send one child to school for the first time.

Population(s) Served
Families

Cooking over open fires is one of the world's biggest - but least known - killers. Four million people die each year from breathing in toxic cooking smoke.

Stoves are made locally and sold by men and women in Kenya and Tanzania. Both masons and vendors earn commission for every sale. Each stove saves a family 20% of their daily expenses, because they use 50% less charcoal per day. One stove saves six trees from being turned into charcoal each year and reduces carbon emissions by 1.5 tons.

Population(s) Served
Families

Over one-third of all wells drilled in the last twenty years are now broken - 50,000 are currently broken in Africa alone.

In Uganda, we train local well mechanics and water operators to fix and maintain wells. This is the most sustainable way to ensure wells are always working so people have access to clean water. Mechanics earn income from the communities. In Ghana, we train water entrepreneurs how to treat water, providing their communities with no water access a safe water option.

Population(s) Served
Families

Where we work

Awards

Best New Charity 2012

Stay Classy

The People's Voice Award 2015

Diane von Furstenberg and the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation

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 participants who gain employment

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Jobs created by our programs.

Number of people receiving safe drinking water from community systems

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

Water

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of health outcomes improved

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Health

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of people served by Community Health Workers

Number of carbon emissions prevented (estimated by CO2 equivalent)

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

Environment

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of acres of area indirectly controlled under cultivation

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

Hunger

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn more about Sustainable Development Goals.

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.

Our vision is to end extreme poverty. Our goal is to create one million jobs in 10 years. Because every job is in the social sector of a developing country, millions of people living in poverty will benefit while entrepreneurs earn an income to provide for themselves and their families.

Economic growth is the key to lifting communities from poverty to prosperity. We work with local organizations with remarkable track records. Each is creating measurable impact, but needs additional funds to scale and train more people. We “add venture" capital so they can deepen their impact and expand their work to new villages and countries. Our partners recruit local people to become entrepreneurs who go on to sell goods to their communities.
We use a three step strategy:
1. Identifiy
We vet the partners thoroughly and conduct annual site visits, ensuring our partners are achieving sustainable and measurable impact -- creating jobs that are truly lifting people out of poverty.
2. Scale
We invest in the best. Funds are sent to local partners to provide specialized job training, education and support to people living in poverty.
3. Proof
After individuals are working, we share their stories - showing our supporters exactly who has been helped and how they have benefited.

Each partner must be a legally registered nonprofit and must demonstrate measurable impact, leadership, and the ability to scale. To date, we have supported nine organizations working in Ghana, Haiti, India, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Togo and Uganda. Our local partners are experts in their respective fields and are focused on achieving measurable outcomes. By operating locally, they are able to provide ongoing support to entrepreneurs and conduct regular site visits. We deploy what is termed patient capital - bringing an organization from start-up to scale. Provided the organizations are achieving measurable outcomes and need our support, we strive to continue to partner year after year.

To track progress, our partners adhere to our reporting schedule and regular site visits from TAP's program staff.
We have a small team of three full-time staff members that run our programs, operations and communications from New York City. We also rely on dedicated volunteers and interns.

In ten years, TAP has galvanized the support of over 10,000 donors to create jobs for 2,212 people in Ghana, Haiti, India, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Togo and Uganda. These entrepreneurs now serve almost 1.9 million people in their communities with access to better health care, nutritious food, clean water, and a safer environment.

Financials

The Adventure Project
lock

Unlock financial insights by subscribing to our monthly plan.

Subscribe

Unlock nonprofit financial insights that will help you make more informed decisions. Try our monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights?
Learn more about GuideStar Pro.

Operations

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

lock

Connect with nonprofit leaders

Subscribe

Build relationships with key people who manage and lead nonprofit organizations with GuideStar Pro. Try a low commitment monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights? Learn More about GuideStar Pro.

lock

Connect with nonprofit leaders

Subscribe

Build relationships with key people who manage and lead nonprofit organizations with GuideStar Pro. Try a low commitment monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights? Learn More about GuideStar Pro.

The Adventure Project

Board of directors
as of 3/8/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Brady Norvall

FindABetterU

Term: 2019 -

Jody Landers

The Adventure Project

Becky Straw

The Adventure Project

Cassie Stewart

Middle School STEM Teacher

Shawn Budde

CEO, 2Checkout

Warren Webster

President and CEO, The Coveteur

Amanda Beisel

Vice President, Goldman Sachs

Brady Norvall

FindaBetterU

Adrienne Dorison

Run Like Clockwork

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 03/08/2021

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
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability