DZI FOUNDATION A COLORADO NON-PROFIT CORPORATION

Helping Nepal Communities Prosper, On Their Own Terms

aka dZi Foundation   |   Ridgway, CO   |  https://www.dzi.org

Mission

The dZi Foundation works in partnership with remote communities in Nepal to create lasting improvements in their quality of life.

Ruling year info

2001

Executive Director

Wende Valentine

Main address

PO Box 632

Ridgway, CO 81432 USA

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EIN

84-1595852

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

Unknown (Z99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The dZi Foundation partners with communities in Eastern Nepal who live in an extremely remote region of the country with little to no road access. The nine communities we partner with are home to around 31,000 residents and exhibit some of the highest poverty levels in the country. Most do not have access to basic resources that often contribute to healthy and prosperous lives, such as nutritious food, clean water, and earthquake-safe schools.

These communities can be up to a two-day's walk from the closest all-season road and have very limited economic opportunities because of their distance from markets. The majority of families are dependent upon subsistence farming for survival and have few options for earning income. Government services and other humanitarian or development organizations are virtually nonexistent.

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?

Deep Development

Deep Development (DD) encompasses the majority of our work in Nepal. Based on an innovative model of
rural development — a model that excels in areas where no other governmental or international organizations have worked before — DD encourages resource-poor communities to discover their own abilities and skills to create permanent change for better educational opportunities and facilities, basic health and hygiene, and
income generation.  

All projects are community assessed, determined, and implemented — this insures high levels of local
contribution (occasionally exceeding eighty percent of total project costs) and local investment in long-term maintenance.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

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.

The dZi Foundation aims to sustainably increase the prosperity and wellbeing of individuals and our partner communities, or 44,000 residents, as a whole through supporting locally-determined projects across a wide range of sectors. These sectors include, but are not limited to, income generation, public infrastructure, health, and cultural preservation. We aim to deepen this methodology, which we call Deep Development, in our nine partner communities while also creating new partnerships with additional communities in the neighboring district of Bhojpur.

dZi's Deep Development partnership model puts communities first. This has led to extremely high investment from local residents, and projects that last long after they are completed.

We accomplish this in a number of ways. First, communities select projects each year based on their greatest needs and their shared vision for the future. By trusting in the wisdom of the communities, each project is highly valued and desired by all community members.

After collaboratively selecting projects, dZi provides the communities with technical and financial support so that they can complete these projects skillfully and efficiently. In turn, community members contribute labor and materials to each project. These projects range from improving sanitation by constructing toilets, building critical infrastructure such as bridges and irrigation systems, increasing access to education by constructing earthquake-safe schools and forming PTAs, to increasing income and nutrition through our agricultural programs. While these projects all have a significant impact individually, the sum of these projects is greater than the parts.

The dZi Foundation has worked in Nepal for the last twenty-one years. In that time, we have cultivated trust and deep relationships with our partner communities. We have also helped to form and strengthen local NGO partners in each community, which are representative of the local population. With these NGOs, we implement projects together to ensure local stewardship and sustainability once we leave. Over the last ten years, we have a proven track record of developing and refining the Deep Development model, and are known as one of Nepal's leading grassroots development organizations.

We have a strong, committed team of 30 staff working in Nepal, more than half of whom work full-time in our project area. The majority of our staff in Nepal are from our partner communities themselves. Our US support team has a strong fundraising ethic and robust financial and monitoring systems.

To date, we have established strong partnerships with nine communities in Eastern Nepal, serving 44,000 people in total.

Together, we have built 42 schools and more than 230 drinking water taps. Farmers have collectively earned thousands of dollars of new income from our agriculture programs and are now eating dozens of new types of fruits and vegetables they grew, including tomatoes, kiwis, and broccoli. These are among countless other improvements in the quality of life of the people in our partner communities. In addition to these income and infrastructure-related gains, members of our partner communities have demonstrated reduced incidence of diarrheal disease and increased unity. Multiple villages led initiatives to ban littering and harmful pesticides and chemicals. We have also implemented some of the most comprehensive and effective urine recycling programs in Nepal.

Next, we plan to expand our Deep Development model to neighboring communities in the region to reach even more remote villages with a greater need. We will also dive deeper into our existing partner communities to meet their emerging needs.

Financials

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Operations

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

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DZI FOUNDATION A COLORADO NON-PROFIT CORPORATION

Board of directors
as of 10/4/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Brent Bishop

No Affiliation

Term: 2019 - 2021


Board co-chair

Matt Glerum

Caroline Fisher

Fisher Consulting Group

Robin Houston

Tom Fritz

Buck Elliott

Paragon Guides

Jeff Resnick

Goldman Sachs

Karsang Sherpa

Tralee Capital Partners

Brent Bishop

Yvonne Marsh

Matt Glerum

Ted Kerasote

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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/04/2021

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
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/08/2020

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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 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.
  • 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • 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.