International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security

The Adventure Project

aka The Adventure Project

Brooklyn, NY

Mission

We create jobs in developing countries by giving people the tools, education and resources to become entrepreneurs, so they can serve their own communities with improved health, decreased hunger, a safer environment and clean water.

We “add venture."

Ruling Year

2010

Principal Officer

Becky Straw

Co Principal Officer

Jody Landers

Main Address

81 Prospect St

Brooklyn, NY 11201 USA

Keywords

Uganda, Kenya, India, Haiti, social enterprise, job creation, health, environment, hunger, water, sustainable, poverty reduction, development, human development, empowerment, poverty, enterprise

EIN

27-3809595

 Number

4785245235

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

International Economic Development (Q32)

Employment Training (J22)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (J12)

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Our programs

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Health

Hunger

Environment

Water

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Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

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Number of individuals completing apprenticeship

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Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Number of participants who gain employment

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Population(s) served

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Number of people receiving safe drinking water from community systems

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Population(s) served

No target populations selected

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Water

Number of health outcomes improved

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Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years)

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Health

Number of carbon emissions prevented (estimated by CO2 equivalent)

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Population(s) served

No target populations selected

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Environment

Total number of acres of area indirectly controlled under cultivation

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Population(s) served

No target populations selected

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Hunger

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

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What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

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 six organizations working in Haiti, India, Kenya 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 TAPs 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.

To monitor projects, we require partners to follow a reporting schedule, consisting of bi-annual reports detailing the progress of the program. Utilizing an app for data collection, our partners will collect and share detailed information.In the past, our partners have collected data with paper receipts but no more. We do not want to make more work through our reporting requirements - instead we want to supply resources to help partners share their impact with the world. This year, we launched an data collection application called Akvo FLOW to connect partners and share data transparently. We're calling it “Streamline" because it removes obstacles and increases speed. Using the Android App, partners can record the impact of creating a job, replacing tedious paper receipts and surveys. When they get to a Wi-Fi hotspot, the information is sent directly to a database where it is displayed on an interactive map. Info can be collected in any language, along with photos and GPS coordinates

Last year, we received individual donations from 2,204 individual supporters. Their collective gifts raised over $185,000, with an average gift size of $83. Supporters helped to create 117 jobs, manufacture and distribute 2,463 charcoal-efficient stoves, and repair 20 water wells. Our strategy was to expend more effort on our Innovation Fund so we can help more organizations scale in the years to come. Our water and environment interventions are part of our innovation fund, which provides seed capital to test ideas at a small scale. Last year, 22% of funds went to environment and 32% went to water. Health and hunger interventions are part of our scale fund. They have been proven to alleviate extreme poverty and need more funding to scale to new regions and countries. Last year, 15% of program funds went to hunger and 31% went to health. In five years we have bootstrapped to acquire over 7,000 donors and 50,000 blog followers.

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Financials

The Adventure Project

Fiscal year: Nov 01 - Oct 31

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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

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Gender

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Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies

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We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
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Diversity notes from the nonprofit
We post job and internship opportunities on diverse mediums to encourage diversity of applicants.