Friends of Vanuatu

Facilitate. Promote. Support.

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Friends of Vanuatu

EIN: 84-4455250


MISSION: To facilitate networking, knowledge exchange, projects and activities, and promotion of cultural understanding amongst all persons with a common interest in the country of Vanuatu, and to promote holistic support of U.S. Peace Corps Vanuatu volunteers. GOALS: 1. Facilitate a platform for networking and exchange to connect all persons with a common interest in Vanuatu. 2. Promote and charitably support community-driven, needs-based projects and activities in Vanuatu. 3. Support U.S. Peace Corps Vanuatu volunteers before, during, and after their service through activities and platforms that promote encouragement of continued public service.

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Brett Serwalt


Dennis Mello

Main address

6218 Georgia Ave NW Suite 1-673

Washington, DC 20011-5125 USA

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Arts and culture




Disasters and emergency management

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NTEE code info

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

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Our programs

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Cyclone Harold Recovery Fund

Through a partnership with ActionAid Vanuatu, Friends of Vanuatu is providing micro-grants to women in savings and loan groups on the small island of Malo in northern Vanuatu. This island was devastated by the category 5 cyclone. The micro-grants are specifically for income-generating activities as these women work to rebuild their communities and the island's economy. Separately, funds have also been provided to help rebuild and restock a small community library on Malo.

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Brett Serwalt


Dennis Mello

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Friends of Vanuatu

Board of directors
as of 04/23/2023
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Board chair

Mr. Brett Serwalt

Friends of Vanuatu

Term: 2022 - 2024

Dennis Mello

Gaea Dill-D'Ascoli

Teresa Oberti

Aaron Hiliker

Veronica Legler

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? Not applicable
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    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

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