EXTOLLO INTERNATIONAL

Building a Stronger Haiti

aka Extollo S.A.   |   Pleasanton, CA   |  www.extollo.org

Mission

Unleashing Haiti's potential to build a stronger future by training a construction workforce of character and capability, while adding strength and safety to Haiti's infrastructure. We teach and train people to rebuild their own communities. By participating in the process of “raising up” buildings, we believe dignity and self-respect can be instilled and restored. We want to help communities build permanent homes, churches and schools using local labor, readily available local materials, and International earthquake and hurricane building standards.

Notes from the nonprofit

A core principle that motivates us is that the future of Haiti is Haitian - and as such, the best use of capital and expertise is to build the capacity of men and women who are motivated to build a stronger Haiti for all.

Ruling year info

2013

President

Keith Cobell

Main address

1258 Quarry Lane, Suite H

Pleasanton, CA 94566 USA

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EIN

46-1019372

NTEE code info

Employment Training (J22)

Vocational Technical (B30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There are millions of men, women and children in Haiti suffering and enduring the pain and heartache of extreme poverty and lacking hope. Many organizations are treating the consequences of extreme poverty, but what is needed is a long-term solution to reduce Haiti's dependence on foreign aid and to restore hope for a better future. Over 60% of Haitians live on less than $2 a day and 70% are under or unemployed. Parents can't afford even the most basic housing or to send their children to school. They watch their children go hungry as they can only feed them once a day. Many children are malnourished and die from preventable diseases. The future of Haiti is Haitian - and those best positioned to build a stronger Haiti are Haitians who have the skills, experience, and character to forge a better future for all.

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?

Skill Development / Economic Development

Extollo International is a social enterprise that is unleashing Haiti's potential to build a stronger future by training a construction workforce of character and capability while adding strength and safety to Haiti's infrastructure. Operating a social-impact trade school and construction company, Extollo’s mission is to help ambitious men and women in Haiti lift themselves out of extreme poverty through skill acquisition, character development, and economic opportunity.

We want to help communities build a better future by investing in:

Local labor
Local materials
​International earthquake and hurricane building standards

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families
Economically disadvantaged people
Unemployed people

Where we work

Accreditations

EFCA 2021

Excellence in Giving Certified Transparent 2021

Global GIving - Vetted 2021

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 people trained

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

Economically disadvantaged people, Victims and oppressed people, Unemployed people, People of African descent

Related Program

Skill Development / Economic Development

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The pandemic and civil unrest impacted our operations in 2019-2021.

Number of participants who felt that they have been provided with a range of options for future employment

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

People of African descent, Economically disadvantaged people, Unemployed people

Related Program

Skill Development / Economic Development

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Includes students in Level 1 classes, Practicum trainings, and Alumni Association - which launched in 2021.

Number of family members impacted by Extollo's training & employment

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

Children and youth, Adults, Families, Parents, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Skill Development / Economic Development

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

As of December 2021, it is estimated that nearly 3,680 family members have been directly impacted by Extollo's training and employment practices. This based on an average family size of (6).

Number of construction projects completed

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

Unemployed people, Economically disadvantaged people, People of African descent

Related Program

Skill Development / Economic Development

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

By the end of 2021, Extollo students have completed a total of 57 projects throughout Haiti, mostly on the Extollo campus.

Number of orphans housed by Extollo projects

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

Skill Development / Economic Development

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

128 orphans have been provided with housing as a result of Extollo's model of "learning while earning." This unique on-the-job training allows for our students to learn while impacting the community.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 approach is based on the Chinese proverb, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish, you feed him for a life-time." For the past five years, Extollo International has been developing and implementing a program that teaches Haitians how to care for themselves. Using the apprenticeship approach of “learning while earning and learning by doing," Extollo combines classroom instruction with on-the-job training and supervision. Haiti has a need for skilled construction workers at the journeyman and contractor level. Extollo is meeting this need by teaching employable skills and character development to the people in Haiti that need it the most, those living in extreme poverty.

We teach and train people to rebuild their own communities. By participating in the process of “raising up" buildings, we believe dignity and self-respect can be instilled and restored. (Extollo means “raise up" in Latin). We want to help communities build permanent homes, churches and schools using local labor, readily available materials and international building codes. Using our design/build techniques and vast experience in construction, development and training, we train students from all over the country to build structures that are cost-effective, high-quality, permanent and earthquake/hurricane resistant. As we build, we create jobs, training nationals with employable skills, we stimulate local economies by employing nationals in our projects, and we develop men and women of character

Our plan is uniquely simple.....educating Haitians to rebuild Haiti resulting in reduced unemployment, less crime and improving the quality of life and living conditions of the Haitian people.

Extollo partners with trained professionals from around the United States and brings them in to provide training in Masonry, Concrete, Electrical, Plumbing, Welding and Carpentry. We have our own 5-acre property located 30 km north of Port-au-Prince where we conduct our training, in addition to launching a new campus in Port-au-Prince in late 2021. Our trainers have years of experience, many licensed in California and specializing in building earthquake-resistant structures. All of Extollo's trainers teach to the International Building Code and insure that students have a comprehensive knowledge of those regulations and building practices. Extollo also partners with businesses and organizations throughout Haiti and assists with job placement for many of the training graduates. As our curriculum continues to develop, we will be adding classes on business creation and development so graduates have the tools needed to begin their own businesses.

At the end of 2021, Extollo graduates have built 22 community structures, completed 34 different projects supporting those structures, brought in 84 US volunteer trainers, providing housing for 128 orphans and have trained over 650 men and women. Our program has continued to grow and we have developed a Practicum / apprentice training curriculum. We have brought back many of our graduates and they have become trainers for our Level 1 classes. We are also putting significant investment into bringing tilt-up construction technology to Haiti and we are developing an entire training program around teaching men and women this new construction method. Additionally, we have developed a sophisticated metal fabrication facility that will allow us to train in advanced metal techniques as well as provide high-quality metal products to the marketplace.

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?

    Men and women who are Haitian nationals who benefit from our services (trainings, alumni association) as well as our staff.

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

    Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls,

  • 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, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    After the most recent Alumi Association meeting, we used feedback from our survey to design a Practicum program, and a way that alumni can have more ownership of the future of the Alumni Association.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    It has involved them in the process of developing these programs, and a stake in the future direction of our work.

  • 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?

    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, 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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EXTOLLO INTERNATIONAL

Board of directors
as of 02/25/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Sherman Balch

Balch Enterprises

Term: 2020 - 2023

Bruce Kirkpatrick

Roger Brownell

Karen Jones

Brent Aasen

Keith Cobell

(ex officio)

Sherman Balch

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 ? 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 2/3/2022

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
Native American/American Indian/Indigenous
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/03/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

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 employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • 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 seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • 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.