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Liberia Forward

Creating, Nurturing, and Empowering Liberian Leaders for the 21st Century.

Brandywine, MD   |  https://www.liberiaforward.org/

Mission

Liberia Forward, founded in 2020, is a leadership development organization with the goal of moving our country forward. We strive to put in place effective procedures to promote change by recognizing significant challenges that our country faces and using talent both locally and globally to create solutions. Farming, renewable & sustainable infrastructure, and career development are the focus of our social impact projects.

Ruling year info

2020

Founder & CEO

Sgt Lawrence Kwame Totimeh Jr.

Main address

14501 Owings Ave

Brandywine, MD 20613 USA

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EIN

85-0828357

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

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

Liberia Forward, founded in 2020, is a leadership development organization with the goal of moving our country forward. We strive to put in place effective procedures to promote change by recognizing significant challenges that our country faces and using talent both locally and globally to create solutions. Farming, education through technology, career development, and renewable & sustainable infrastructure are the focus of our social impact projects.

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?

Project G.R.O.W (God Rewards Our Work)

The estimated value of the global cassava trade is in excess of US$2 billion annually. It is estimated that more than 75 percent of the cassava produced in Africa is processed into garri and the population explosion in Africa has made it difficult to produce enough cassava to feed many ‘common’ Africans.

Our goal with this project is to grow cassava & add value by processing it into garri of the finest quality and selling it to local markets. In doing so, we will be able to equip women and youth in our rural community with the sustainable skill to increase their income, quality of life, and develop the community.



Population(s) Served

Since the end of the civil war, Liberia's infrastructure has been devastated and in need of restoration. Major contributors to sickness and poverty are inadequate sanitary facilities and access to safe drinking water. The poor, who receive poor service from the formal sector, are most affected by insufficient drinking water and sanitation facilities.

Liberia Forward assists the diaspora, international organizations, and communities in making clean water sanitation facilities, and infrastructure projects a reality through our building better infrastructure initiative. Our team works with communities to improve their quality of life by traveling to remote areas of the nation, some that are inaccessible by car and carrying out these projects.

Population(s) Served


The "skills gap" limits economic and social development by limiting individuals' ability to find work and improve their living standards; companies' ability to improve productivity, competitiveness, and growth; and countries' ability to reach their full potential.

It takes time to develop a critical mass of skilled workers in critical industries, but it is doable by taking more practical and flexible approaches while leveraging available resources based on Liberia's unique history and capacity.

Thanks to our collaboration with Grow with Google, we've been able to create an educational pipeline with scholarship opportunities, equipping Liberians with job-ready skills on a path to in-demand jobs they can put to work in less than 6-12 months.

These skills are in the fields of Digital Marketing and E-Commerce, IT Automation via Python, UX Design, Project Management, and Data Analytics.

Population(s) Served

The modern world of technology is moving fast and in order for Liberia to catch up everyone needs to be able to become tech-savvy. Through our partnership with RHOTEL House of Innovation, our program makes it possible for students to update themselves in modern tech skills and become efficient in their personal and professional duties. We offer; an introduction to computers, fundamentals of programming, particularly Java and Python; web development, database design and management, mobile applications development, and Arduino programming and simulation.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
At-risk youth
Farmers
Unemployed people
Economically disadvantaged people
At-risk youth
Farmers
Unemployed people
Economically disadvantaged people
At-risk youth
Farmers
Unemployed people
Economically disadvantaged people
At-risk youth
Farmers
Unemployed people
Economically disadvantaged people
At-risk youth
Farmers
Unemployed people
Economically disadvantaged people
At-risk youth
Farmers
Unemployed people

Where we work

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.

Liberia Forward, has a vision to create, nurture and empower Liberian Leaders for the modern future. This starts with creating 5 centers of impact by 2025 that facilitate our mission's three initial tenets. These centers of impact will empower the community to grow, sustain a prosperous and competitive Liberian economy, and create leaders for the 21st century.

Out
Establish and revitalize health Clinics across Liberia

Liberia Forward has an extensive volunteer base that are subject matter experts in their field, credentialed with Bachelor, Master, and PhD holding leadership from various backgrounds, disciplines, and sectors.

Liberia Forward is predominantly led by change agents and respected leaders within the African Diaspora.

The connections and networks of those involved in moving Liberia Forward are deeply rooted and have international appeal.

Each facet of proposed programs have been successfully demonstrated individually with either first hand or second experience.

Liberia Forward is well equipped and well supported to accomplish the missions and realize the vision.

We have raised awareness among the African Diaspora about the need and importance of the impact of the work to be done.

We are building connections and raising capital to accomplish the mission and the vision established.

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • 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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • 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?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

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

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Liberia Forward

Board of directors
as of 07/05/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Sgt Lawrence Totimeh Jr.

Liberia Forward

Term: 2020 - 2024

Lionel King

Liberia Forward

Renée V Moulden

Liberia Forward

Carolyn Ann Powell

Liberia Forward

Carlisa Hurtt

Liberia Forward

Tyisha Noise

Liberia Forward

Keya Ivey

Liberia Forward

Lawrence K Totimeh Jr.

Liberia Forward

Shae Brown

Liberia Forward

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 ? Not applicable
  • 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 10/24/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/24/2022

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 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.
Policies and processes
  • 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.