DAGBE

Do Good. Provide Opportunity.

aka Dagbe, Inc.   |   Charlottesville, VA   |  http://www.dagbe.org

Mission

Dagbé works with local care providers to provide basic housing, food, and restore social stability, access to education, and healthcare. Beneficiaries of Dagbé's funds include orphans, victims of child trafficking, physical and sexual abuse, and destitute poverty, as identified by local authorities.

Ruling year info

2011

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Mr. Gabriel LaPrairie

President

Tomas Sebastian Seromik

Main address

PO Box 1734

Charlottesville, VA 22902 USA

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EIN

45-2684496

NTEE code info

Single Organization Support (O11)

Single Organization Support (R11)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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Care for Children & Families

We provide for the basic needs of children both at our residential care center and though homestay arrangements with local families. Through these vital services, children receive nutritious meals, safe lodging, quality healthcare, and support from our team of community-based care providers.

Population(s) Served

We provide for the needs of trafficking victims and work with authorities to identify safe resolutions to the cases and reunite the victims with their families whenever possible.

Population(s) Served

Through our education program, we fund school fees, supplies, uniforms, and required immunizations for children from impoverished families who would not otherwise be able to attend school.

Population(s) Served

Our goal is to invigorate the local economy by empowering local business leaders, while at the same time providing sources of revenue for the children’s home and educating the younger generation with skills and business practices that they can use in a continuous cycle of prosperity

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Our goal is to provide children in crisis situations in rural Benin with the care and support structure that they need to flourish. We work on a case-by-case basis, determining the needs of every child and tailoring our approach to those needs. While continuing to provide care for the children that need it, we also train community leaders in prevention strategies that we hope will reduce the number of children in crisis situations (orphans, vulnerable children, victims of child trafficking, abuse, and extreme poverty) in the next several years.

We operate within a community-centered approach, seeking to make an impact in the region where we work. Our team works closely with community leaders, authorities, and social services representatives in the region in our four strategic program areas - Care for Children & Families, Human Rights & Child Trafficking Intervention, Education & Youth Development, and Social Enterprise & Business Training - to provide better opportunities for the children that we serve. By focusing on this particular region and demographic, we can provide more personal and comprehensive care for children, making sure that their needs are met. This approach, because of its focus on the community, also continually builds local support providing a better platform for sustained success in the future.

Our non-profit was founded by former Peace Corps volunteers who served in the region in Benin where we work. Our personal connections, knowledge of the area and culture, and passion for the work that we are doing set us apart in our ability to make an impact. Our team members' professional backgrounds also leave us uniquely positioned to address the areas of need that we have identified using our deep understanding of the region. These assets, along with our growing donor base and expanding social enterprise projects, allow us to develop our organization for sustainable impact.

Our organization has grown each year, providing better care for more children. In 2013, we assisted over 450 children across all program areas and counted nearly 700 beneficiaries overall. Over 90% of our funds went directly to our work in Benin and we positioned ourselves for even greater impact in 2014. Our organization is extremely well-received in the region where we work and our connections with community leaders have grown stronger each year.

In coming years, we hope to continue to grow our impact while at the same time setting a wider base of sustainable support by elaborating more potential social enterprise projects that could provide a source of revenue for our center in the region.

Financials

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DAGBE

Board of directors
as of 7/2/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Gabriel LaPrairie

Alexander Shannon

Gabriel LaPrairie

Tomas Sebastian Seromik

Kathryn Burruss

Jennifer Eschelbach

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? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No