Unlocking Communities

Unlock, Empower, Elevate

CHICAGO, IL   |  unlockingcommunities.org

Mission

We equip entrepreneurs with the education and tools to sell sustainable products that unlock economic, social, and environmental transformation in their communities.

Ruling year info

2019

Founder and CEO

Josh Goralski

Main address

100 N Hermitage Ave Unit 704

CHICAGO, IL 60612 USA

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EIN

83-2060233

NTEE code info

International Economic Development (Q32)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

Employment Training (J22)

IRS filing requirement

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

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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The Unlocking Communities Model

Unlocking Communities (UC) is a social enterprise established in Haiti in 2018, where we equip entrepreneurs with training and financing to sell affordable products that preserve health and the environment. Over the course of two years, UC has enabled access to clean water for over 12,000 people in 15 communities resulting in an estimated $1.5 million savings over the five-year filter lifespan. Additionally, we have sold over 500 clean-burning stoves resulting in economic savings of $225,000. UC demonstrates that providing low-income communities with the tools to create business opportunities is an effective way to create quality and long-lasting economic, social, and environmental impact.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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By the end of 2022, we will impact 135,000 people in two countries leading to $20.2 million in economic savings. Nearly 95,000 adult trees will be saved through reduced CO2 emissions.

Unlocking Communities is passionately working to provide Haitians the tools to be their own catalysts for change. To make quality and long-lasting economic impact in communities, our model gives aspiring entrepreneurs a solid foundation by training them in business fundamentals. Once their training is complete, they are given access to in-demand, environmentally beneficial products (water filters and clean-burning stoves) that they can earn a commission from selling on a micro-loan. The entrepreneur then reinvests in additional inventory, and the cycle continues to expand. This expansion provides a business model that generates income, offers examples of entrepreneurship and savings, and it produces substantial social value through regenerative and sustainable businesses.

How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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  • 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 bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations,

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Financials

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Operations

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Unlocking Communities

Board of directors
as of 4/21/2021
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Board co-chair

Ron Lane


Board co-chair

Antony George

Organizational demographics

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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

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