Empowers Africa Inc

Empowering People, Protecting Wildlife & Conserving Land

NEW YORK, NY   |  www.empowersafrica.org

Mission

OUR FOCUS IS ON: • funding programs in communities that live in proximity to protected conservation and wildlife areas or World Heritage Sites • funding programs in urban communities where tourism is a strong source of development and • funding programs that support the protection of wildlife and land conservation We support community-led, measurable, and sustainable programs that bolster communities by improving access to education, healthcare, and business opportunities. We also support programs that protect wildlife and land conservation because we believe safeguarding Africa’s natural wealth is critical to the empowerment of the surrounding communities.

Notes from the nonprofit

Africa is one of the only regions in the world in which the youth population is increasing. This growth presents tremendous opportunities. Key to those opportunities is grassroots economic empowerment, arming the continent’s youth with entrepreneurial tools and removing the obstacles to progress. We are committed to supporting local projects that are doing that, not by parachuting in with boilerplate solutions, but by being part of the communities they serve and by empowering youth with skills and education. At the same time as Africa is experiencing a rapid growth of its youth population, its wild areas are under threat from poaching, destructive land management practices and global warming. At current poaching rates, some of Africa’s most iconic residents could be extinct in our lifetime. We believe that conservation can be a key contributor to empowerment and prosperity. Our organization is entirely run by women and our overhead is funded by our all-female board of trustees.

Ruling year info

2013

Executive Director

Krista Krieger

Main address

2 Beekman Place Suite 18B

NEW YORK, NY 10022 USA

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EIN

32-0403737

NTEE code info

International Relief (Q33)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Africa is one of the only regions in the world in which the youth population is increasing. This growth presents tremendous opportunities. Key to those opportunities is grassroots economic empowerment, arming the continent’s youth with entrepreneurial tools and removing the obstacles to progress. We are committed to supporting local projects that are doing that, not by parachuting in with boilerplate solutions, but by being part of the communities they serve and by empowering youth with skills and education. At the same time as Africa is experiencing a rapid growth of its youth population, its wild areas are under threat from poaching, destructive land management practices and global warming. At current poaching rates, some of Africa’s most iconic residents, such as, the elephant and the rhino, could be extinct in our lifetime. We believe that conservation and the protection of Africa's natural assets can be a key contributor to empowerment and prosperity.

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?

Human Empowerment

Empowers Africa provides funding for a variety of human empowerment programs in the following areas: Education; Healthcare; Small Business Development.

Education:
We provide funding for primary and secondary educational scholarships; school infrastructure improvements; feeding programs at schools; and teachers' salaries.

Healthcare:
We provide funding for clean water support; COVID-19 medical and food support; and funding for improvement of healthcare infrastructure.

Small Business Development:
We provide funding for small business development, including women's cooperative gardens and larger scale community farming projects.

Population(s) Served
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Empowers Africa supports a variety of wildlife protection and land conservation programs in sub-Saharan Africa. Africa's wild areas are under threat from poaching, destructive land management and global warming. Some of Africa’s most iconic species could be extinct in our lifetime. As such, we have made wildlife protection and land conservation a core focus of our work.

We provide funding for the following wildlife protection activites: wildlife translocations; de-horning of rhinos for protection from poachers; collaring of species for tracking purposes; anti-poaching rangers salaries; infra-red cameras for tracking species; two-way radios for anti-poaching rangers, and more.

Population(s) Served
Social and economic status

Empowers Africa produces educational documentaries. To date, we have produced 7 short film documentaries regarding matters related to rhino anti-poaching efforts, lion and elephant collaring, education, small business development and female empowerment. Many have gone on to participate in local and international film festivals and won awards, including the London Independent Film Awards, NorCal Film Fest, the Independent Short Film Awards, the Crown Wood International Film Festival, and the Accolade Global Film Competition. We have also been involved in 2 full length documentaries, Edge of Existence and The Last Horns of Africa. Finally, we host educational film festivals addressing both wildlife and human empowerment issues in Africa.

Population(s) Served
Health
Social and economic status

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.

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Holding steady

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Holding steady

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Wildlife Protection & Land Conservation

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Context Notes

Big cat reintroduction. We work with local partners to by reintroducing cheetah and lions to areas where they may have been locally extinct or are in need of genetic diversity.

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Wildlife Protection & Land Conservation

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Context Notes

We support both elephant and rhino sanctuaries that are home to hundreds of orphaned elephants and rhinos.

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Films & Film Festivals

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Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We host educational film festivals featuring films about pressing human empowerment and wildlife and conservation issues facing the continent.

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.

At Empowers Africa, our main goal is to support leading organizations throughout Africa that are change-makers in wildlife protection, land conservation, and human empowerment. We provide funding for programs in the following areas:
• Education
• Healthcare
• Small business development
• Wildlife protection
• Land conservation
• Fiscal sponsorship services
• Short film documentaries

Empowers Africa supports community-led, measurable, and sustainable programs that bolster communities by improving access to education, healthcare, and business opportunities. We believe safeguarding Africa’s natural wealth is critical to the empowerment of the surrounding communities. Also, Empowers Africa provides a cost-effective fund-raising solution to 24 fiscal sponsor partners in Africa. Through our fiscal sponsorship program, we make it easier and more affordable for some of the most effective organizations on the ground to process donations from U.S. donors. By collecting funds on behalf of these NGOs, we free them up to focus on their important work on the ground.

Africa is one of the only regions in the world in which the youth population is increasing. This growth presents tremendous opportunities. Key to those opportunities is grassroots economic empowerment, arming the continent’s youth with entrepreneurial tools and removing the obstacles to progress. We are committed to supporting local projects that are doing that, not by parachuting in with boilerplate solutions, but by being part of the communities they serve and by empowering youth with skills and education.

At the same time as Africa is experiencing a rapid growth of its youth population, its wild areas are under threat from poaching, destructive land management practices and global warming. At current poaching rates, some of Africa’s most iconic residents, such as, the elephant and the rhino, could be extinct in our lifetime. Extinctions of species would be a tragedy for biodiversity. We believe that conservation can be a key contributor to empowerment and prosperity. Reducing human wildlife conflict and redefining interactions at the places where communities come into contact with Africa’s wildlife is paramount to progress for both local communities and the animals that live along side of them.

The organizations and projects that Empowers Africa supports through annual grants and our Fiscal Sponsor Program strategically tackle issues of education, health, economic empowerment, wildlife protection and land conservation with the understanding that they are all inextricably linked to one another.

In addition, our fiscal sponsorship provides 24 African NGOs a cost-effective solution to fundraising in the United States by acting as their fiscal sponsor. As an established 501(c)(3), we accept donations from U.S. donors and grant funds directly to our partners’ projects. In turn, allowing us to significantly help some of the most effective changemakers on the continent, enabling them to focus on what’s most important—the work happening on the ground.

In addition to being a fiscal sponsor to over 24 organizations and making grants to over 60 organizations, we create educational films and host a series of educational film festivals and cultural events throughout the calendar year to raise funds and awareness for critical issues facing the continent.

Conservation and wildlife protection in Africa are ever changing environments. To be an effective leader in this space, it is vital to stay current and establish relationships with other leaders in the field as collaboration remains a key strategy for success. To this point, Empowers Africa attends three leading wildlife, conservation, and tourism conferences annually and maintains frequent communication with the leaders on the ground. Empowers Africa is grateful to have such a strong network of members, supporters, and donors, and we are proud to be personally connected to the programs we fund. We make multiple trips per annum to visit the programs we support and maintain frequent communication with the leaders on the ground. We come to the table with a leadership team with vast experience in community development, wildlife protection and land conservation.

Empowers Africa has granted over 60 organizations in 15 countries throughout Africa since its inception in 2013. The nonprofit also acts as a fiscal sponsor for over 24 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Africa. Through our 501(c)3 status, we efficiently collect and grant donations to some of the most effective changemakers on the continent, allowing them to focus on what’s most important—the work done on the ground. Through donations and fundraising, we have been able to raise over $10mm since inception.

In efforts to provide the public with important insight into issues affecting the African continent, such as human-wildlife conflict or species protection, we have created and hosted educational films and film festivals. To date, we have produced seven short film documentaries regarding matters related to rhino anti-poaching efforts, lion and elephant collaring, education, small business development, and female empowerment. We were also involved with the production of 2 full-length documentaries, Edge of Existence and The Last Horns of Africa. Many of these films participated in local and international film festivals and went on to win awards such as the London Independent Film Awards, NorCal Film Fest, the Independent Short Film Awards, the Crown Wood International Film Festival, and the Accolade Global Film Competition.

Additional points of progress:
• Our annual CharityBuzz safari auction raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for African charities.
• Women in conservation. As an organization entirely run by women, Empowers Africa is excited to see the increasing role women are playing in conservation from safari guides to the frontlines of anti-poaching. Our fiscal sponsors include Asilia Africa, who run the continent’s first all-women safari camp, Dunia Camp, in Tanzania’s Serengeti, and the Black Mambas, a majority women anti-poaching team in South Africa’s Balule Nature Reserve. We are extremely proud to have supported these incredible female initiatives.
• Key changemakers that we are associated with through our fiscal sponsorship program, including Fred Swaniker, a Ghanaian entrepreneur, and Founder of the African Leadership Academy and African Leadership University.
• We were involved in the reintroduction of lions in Akagera National Park, Rwanda, where lions had been extinct for over 100 years:
• (https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/28/rwanda-lions-reintroduced-south-africa-akagera-national-park +
• https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/article/150810-lions-return-rwanda-genocide-aftermath)
• We were involved in the reintroduction of lions at Somkhanda Game Reserve, South Africa, a reserve owned by local community members:
• (https://africageographic.com/stories/lion-relocation-success-somkhanda-lions-reveal-cubs/
• https://www.news24.com/news24/travel/pics-phinda-lions-released-in-somkhanda-game-reserve-massive-boost-for-lion-conservation-20170509)
• We were involved in a cheetah translocation in 2021 from

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

    Empowers Africa serves over 60 different organizations in Africa. Through each organization we directly serve at-risk communities, endangered species and vulnerable conservation areas. Here is a list of some of our partner o ALU Foundation o AsiliaGiving o Cape Leopard Trust o Children in the Wilderness o Dyer Island Conservation Trust o Ecoexist o Friends of Alexandra o Friends of Hwange Trust o Friends of Samara Trust o iAfrica iLearnabout o Kenya Bird of Prey Trust o Kenya Wildlife Trust o Laikipia Wildlife Forum o Lion Landscapes o Natural Resource Conservation Network o Pangolin.Africa o PUBAH (Purpose Uganda Babies Home) o Rhino Conservation Botswana o Singita Lowveld Trust o The Royal Portfolio Foundation o Tsavo Trust o The Tswalu Foundation o Wilderness Wildlife Tust o Wildtrust

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.),

  • 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    During COVID-19 we learned through feedback that communities were in need of food security and medical supplies. As such, we diverted funds to these programs to meet the needs of the communities we serve.

  • 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?

    Our main goal is to provide assistance in the best way possible to our fiscal sponsorees. Asking for feedback has allowed our organization to provide those needed services and support in a more holistic and responsive manner. The more information we are able to gather in regards to their needs, the more streamlined our support proves to be.

  • 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 any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Empowers Africa Inc

Board of directors
as of 10/31/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Krista Krieger


Board co-chair

Kim Charlton

Empowers Africa

Term: 2016 - 2023

Krista Krieger

Empowers Africa

Kim Charlton

Empowers Africa

Donna Corbat

Empowers Africa

Beth Rudin DeWoody

Empowers Africa

Krysten Ericson

Empowers Africa

Allison Freeland

Empowers Africa

Lisa Gentil

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Patricia Glass

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Aisha Haque

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Catherine Howell

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Jenny Kennedy

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Suzanne Leydecker

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Mary MacElree

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Laura Nicklas

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Zita de Zagon

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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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/30/2021

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/26/2021

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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.