Oasis International Ltd.

Satisfying Africa's Thirst for God's Word

Chicago, IL   |  www.oasisinternational.com

Mission

Oasis International is a ministry devoted to growing discipleship through publishing African voices. We engage Africa's most influential, most relevant, and best communicators for the sake of the Gospel. We cultivate local and global partnerships in order to publish and distribute high-quality books and Bibles. We create contextualized content that meets the specific needs of Africa, has the power to transform individuals and societies, and gives the African Church a global voice.

Ruling year info

1999

Principal Officer

Dr. Matthew Elliott

Co Principal Officer

Mr. Jeremy Johnson

Main address

2045 W Grand Ave Ste B, PMB 42474

Chicago, IL 60612 USA

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Formerly known as

Oak Foundation

EIN

36-4200033

NTEE code info

Christian (X20)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

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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?

The Africa Study Bible

Hundreds of millions of Africans know and love Christ. However, most Bible resources come from a Western perspective—cultures far removed from the reality of life in Africa. In order to help meet this urgent need, the Africa Study Bible was created.
The Africa Study Bible will combine the clear, accurate text of modern translations—beginning in English with the New Living Translation—with study tools that reflect uniquely African insights and experiences. Check out some sample pages from the Book of Genesis.
Over 350 writers and editors, from 50 countries, from four major language groups, have all worked on this project to create the most ethnically diverse study Bible content to date. This historic collaboration has produced study notes for a Bible that truly reflect the many unique cultures that make up Africa—from Botswana to Egypt, from Kenya to Nigeria.
Read more about this project at africastudybible.com

Population(s) Served
People of African descent

Thousands of pastors and leaders in Africa greatly desire their own copy of the Word of God but find the price of a Bible difficult to afford. Help Oasis bring the gift of God's Word to them! Learn more at www.godswordforafrica.com

Population(s) Served
People of African descent

Where we work

Accreditations

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) 2004

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) 2012

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) 2013

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) 2014

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) 2015

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) 2016

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) 2017

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) 2018

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) 2019

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) 2020

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) 2021

Affiliations & memberships

ECFA 2021

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Satisfying Africa's Thirst for God's Word

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 collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person),

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

    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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    The ongoing growth and diversity of our staff with African employees.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Oasis International Ltd.

Board of directors
as of 11/4/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dean Merrill

Edward Elliott

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Steve Nelson

Matthew Elliott

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Virginia Elliott

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John Feyerer

Invesco

C. Jeffrey Wright

Urban Ministries, Inc.

Modupe Ehirim

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Janice Muchai

Paul Mpindi

Mission French Africa

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 01/28/2021

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
Male, 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
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/28/2021

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Data
  • 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.
Policies and processes
  • 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 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.