Community Improvement, Capacity Building

Village Improvement Project, Inc.

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aka VIP, Inc.   |   Columbus, OH   |  www.vipinc.org

Mission

The mission of the VIP is to enhance the quality of life for village communities in rural Liberia through service and education.

Notes from the nonprofit

At Village Improvement Project, Inc., we are currently working to increase opportunity for poor rural communities in Liberia, reduce household air pollution and smoke inhalation by replacing kerosene lanterns with clean solar lanterns that also charge mobile phones and providing improved cook stoves.

We believe that individuals have the power to change the world. In order to make a difference, we rely on the support of compassionate, generous individuals and businesses who believe that when we come together, there's no problem too big to solve.

We would be most grateful if you would consider making a tax-deductible investment to help us reach our goals.

Ruling year info

2014

President

Dr. LeRoy Z Boikai

Main address

3185 Gallant Dr

Columbus, OH 43232 USA

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EIN

47-1515667

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Rural (S32)

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

International Economic Development (Q32)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We at V.I.P are striving to change lives and unlock opportunity. In this present day, simple and affordable technologies are available to greatly improve the lives of those less fortunate. This project aims to utilize sustainable alternatives such as solar power, improved cooking stoves, compressed earth bricks, and composting toilets to help improve the quality of life for village communities in rural Liberia.

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?

Solar Lantern Program

Provide LED solar lantern with 560 lumens and mobile phone chargers to 50 village homes in three villages. The lanterns which can stay on for 8 hours will allow school children adequate light to study and do their homework.
Provide a 20W solar street light for each village to be erected at the center of the village or market area to allow villagers to extend their work day or activities into night time.

Population(s) Served
Families
Budget
$45,000

Manufacture clean cookstoves using rocket stove technology to replace coal pots and open-fire cooking methods to help reduce household air pollution and the rapid deforestation of Liberia's rain forest.

Population(s) Served
Families
Budget
$20,000

Reflective signs identifying towns along major highways leading from the capital city, Monrovia.

Population(s) Served
Families
Budget
$15,000

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.

Number of groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

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

Families

Related Program

Solar Lantern Program

Context Notes

Number of individuals benefiting from clean renewable energy with the supply of solar lanterns capable of charging mobile phones

Number of participants engaged in programs

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

Families

Related Program

Solar Lantern Program

Context Notes

Families that received solar lanterns

Number of funding dollars secured for demonstration projects or pilots

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

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related Program

Solar Lantern Program

Context Notes

Funds raised to support projects in Liberia

Number of products distributed

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

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related Program

Clean Cookstoves

Context Notes

Clean cookstoves for rural families in Liberia.

Number of overall donors

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

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Context Notes

Donors on GlobalGiving for solar lanterns and clean cookstoves.

Number of donations made by board members

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

Solar Lantern Program

Context Notes

Eleven board members made a minimum of 3 donations per year.

Number of children who have access to light to study

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

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related Program

Solar Lantern Program

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Improve the quality of life for Liberians living in “upcountry" villages after years of horrific civil war and most recently the outbreak of Ebola. The solar lantern project aims to replace costly, inefficient and polluting kerosene lanterns with clean and renewable solar lanterns, capable of charging mobile phones.<br/><br/>Every home in a village will have a solar lantern. The next phase of this project is to provide 500 new families with lanterns at the beginning of 2017. We have purchased these lanterns which are en route to Liberia for distribution.

VIP's strategy is to continue raising funds through GlobalGiving and grants that will allow this project to continue. To sustain the project, VIP will develop an enterprise to allow the sale of some lanterns to urban dwellers. This will generate revenue for funding the donation of lanterns to rural villagers with limited resources.

Six of VIP, Inc.'s Board members are ethnic Liberians with diverse backgrounds in their native Liberia and the Liberian community in the United States. Each has extensive contacts with family members, friends, and governmental officials in Liberia who will be tapped to handle the major implementation of VIP's projects. Two of these Board members are active in business development advisory roles, computer technology, and financial/strategic planning. Two couples and another individual on the Board are ex-Peace Corps Volunteers who together have 12 years' experience teaching and working with Liberians in rural communities. These Former Peace Corps Volunteers have a firm grounding in project planning and coordination. Overall knowledge of fund-raising techniques among individuals, corporate donors, and philanthropic agencies is high on our board. To date VIP has raised over $50,000. VIP, Inc. is very active and knowledgeable in the use of professional volunteers, web-site production, on-line funding sources, and social media outlets to accomplish its outreach for funding and to obtain project support and development assistance.

The solar lantern project will create some jobs for local youth in Liberia. The project will also have a net positive environmental impact through reduced indoor air pollution.<br/><br/>The VIP Board receives quantitative and qualitative data as well as frequent anecdotal feedback from Liberians in the field working on VIP projects. This feedback comes to the Board members in the US via telephone, video, local media coverage, and governmental announcements. Data and feedback collected by VIP's Liberian workers is deemed vital to VIP's ability to monitor progress, successes, and needs for improvements as its village improvement projects are rolled out in Liberia. As road signs, lanterns, and cook stoves are distributed and installed on-site in villages, contract workers, local villagers, local/regional governmental and administrative officials will be interviewed for their feedback, and the quality/quantity of actual improvement in village life measured and recorded for analysis by the VIP Board.

Village Improvement Project, Inc. has distributed over 1,650 solar lanterns in rural Liberia. Reports from the field confirm that the lanterns are operating well with little to no breakdown. Through a major in-kind donation of 360 solar lanterns by Panasonic, VIP assisted rural teachers and nurses obtain zero-cost reliable lighting to work at night.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Village Improvement Project, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 1/4/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Dr. LeRoy Boikai

Village Improvement Project, Inc.

Term: 2018 - 2020


Board co-chair

Mr. Emmanuel Wettee

Jerome Boikai

Village Improvement Project, Inc.

David Moore

Village Improvement Project, Inc.

Musu Boikai

Village Improvement Project, Inc.

Nancy Moore

Village Improvement Project, Inc.

Emmanuel Emmanuel

Angene Wilson

Jack Wilson

Aditya Govil

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Phillip Martin

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 ? 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? No

Keywords

Rural development, community improvement, unlocking potential, change, improve, build, light, hope, power, inspire