Just One Africa, Inc.

Because Every ONE Matters

aka Just One Africa   |   Alpharetta, GA   |
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Just One Africa, Inc.

EIN: 45-5399345


Just One Africa cares for orphans and vulnerable children in Kenya by providing access to clean water and by partnering with local leaders to provide sustainable solutions which create hope through care, education, and community development.

Notes from the nonprofit

We will continue to raise awareness, as well as the funds needed to bring sustainable solutions to those affected by the ever-present, very real, clean water crisis. No matter how big the challenge, we have witnessed the impact when an individual chooses to make a difference…Just One person at a time. We strongly believe in sustainable solutions for long-term impact. It is paramount to work closely with our local leaders by investing in who they are and also building deep relationships with them based on trust and respect. We take a great deal of time to listen and ask questions to determine what they desire to see happen in their communities. It is from that input that we move forward creating sustainable solutions that will be managed, constructed, and maintained locally.

Ruling year info



Mr. Clay Churchill

Main address

6720 Prestion Glen Dr

Alpharetta, GA 30005 USA

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Formerly known as

Just One Foundation, Inc.



Subject area info


International relations

International development

Population served info

Children and youth


Women and girls

NTEE code info

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

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

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (Q12)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

Tax forms


What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Just One Africa has seen tremendous growth in the past year, enabling us to see our mission become a reality in many new ways. We have two main programs; partnering with local leaders to create sustainable solutions for vulnerable children and generating safeguards for those affected by the clean water crisis. With our Sustainability Programs, it is paramount to work closely with our local leaders by investing in who they are and also building deep relationships with them based on trust and respect. We take a great deal of time listening and asking questions to determine what they desire to see happen in their communities. From that input, we move forward, creating sustainable solutions that will be managed, constructed, and maintained locally. With our Clean Water Programs, we continue to rely upon our local partners to educate us regarding the urgent needs within their local communities as well as their surrounding areas.

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?

Clean Water

We have spent time with the families of this Kisumu, Kenya community and learned of the great need for clean and safe drinking water. The community can draw water from nearby Lake Victoria, but it is polluted. This can cause severe health problems in the local community.

In order to address the need for safe drinking water, the Board has identified a water filtration system that is inexpensive and easy to use. As part of the efforts of JOA to meet needs in Kenya, the Board, or its representatives, will provide water filtration kits to those in need, beginning in Kisumu, and expanding to other communities as funds become available.

We have also provided a deep water well in Kimana, Kenya.

Population(s) Served

According to UNICEF, HIV prevalence in Kenya increased from 5.3% in 1990 to a peak of 14% of the total population in 2005. This has led to a large population of orphans in Kenya, who have no family to support them and no place to call home.

The first organization we supported was Salem Orphanage, a Kenyan non-profit organization, which also runs community primary and secondary schools. The Board provided both funds and charitable humanitarian aid in the form of goods, such as, but not limited to, food, water, clothing, books, and other necessities. JOA travels to Kenya multiple times per year to ensure funds and goods are being used as intended. In addition, JOA seeks out additional organizations to assist as those organizations are vetted by the Board and funds become available to meet those needs.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

According to a recent report of the United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), 60% of the adult infections globally occur in women. Many of these women are elderly and have no means of support. They may even be caring for grandchildren whose parents died of AIDS as well.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

Where we work


Top Rated Nonprofit 2015

Top Rated Nonprofit 2016

Top Rated Nonprofit 2017

Top Rated Nonprofit 2018

Top Rated Nonprofit 2019

Top Rated Nonprofit 2020

Impact Award for Nonprofit Excellence 2019

The Lead Institute

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 overall donors

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

Clean Water

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success


Number of people receiving safe drinking water from community systems

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

People with diseases and illnesses, Extremely poor people, Working poor, Victims of disaster, Age groups

Related Program

Clean Water

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Water Filters given per year: 2022 - 1000, 2021 - 2000, 2020 - 1200, 2019 - 750, 2018 - 600, 2017 - 930, 2016 - 1100, 2015 - 1200, 2014 - 520, 2013 - 285

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

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

Preteens, Adolescents, Adults

Related Program

Clean Water

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Volunteers are mainly students in our school clubs and other volunteers.

Number of testimonies offered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


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.

The long-term strategic goal of Just One Africa is to empower local leaders who care for vulnerable children within their community with sustainable solutions. These solutions provide long-term access to clean and safe water, quality education, life skills training, adequate safe housing, and more efficient agricultural methods. These continuing viable solutions will reduce the reliance on outside sources of funding and furnish them the means and ability to provide for themselves as well as those they care for.

Just One Africa is observing a positive difference in the communities in which we work due to the excellent partnerships we have developed with our local leaders. We identify local leaders who are currently working in the areas within our mission, specifically those who are supporting and caring for vulnerable children. Just One Africa works alongside these influential leaders and provides the support of sustainable solutions and hope for a better future. We are not in any way trying to influence our partners to adopt our American customs and culture. We understand that the African culture is based on relationships and community and we wholeheartedly embrace this by making our priority people over projects. We have witnessed remarkable expansions and impact as we work towards a common goal of bringing what we can to the table and allowing each other's voices to be heard and to be part of the solution. Our cooperatives enable unique ideas, relationships, and resources to be shared to accomplish the greater goal. In order for these solutions to be long-lasting and to bring about the desired impact, it is imperative to have clear communication and accountability.

Just One Africa has worked closely with our leaders to develop and implement a follow-up program for the recipients of the water filters. The follow-up program collects important data to demonstrate the effectiveness of our Clean Water Program and also allows for further community relationships to be built. The increase in health in these communities has opened the door to have many important conversations such as the education of girls, women's health, and the illegal practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Our water filter distributions take place in and around the communities of our local leaders. As those areas are covered, we move outward. We let these partners introduce us to the newly impacted community leaders and chiefs. From there we are able to move into new communities with trust firmly in place.

Our funding comes from a variety of sources, but mostly from public support. We have worked with several supportive businesses, schools, and corporations that have provided matching funds and additional monies that are designated for specific programs. Just One Africa has also created a thriving revenue stream for our Clean Water Program through the sales of our recycled paper bracelets. It has become a unique opportunity that provides sustainable income for the Kenyan women who create the beads on the front end and then funds for clean water on the back end. We are growing our base of support as more and more people hear about our work through print media, word of mouth, speaking appearances, local school beading engagements, sales in both storefronts and at events, and social media.

Just One Africa has a long-term commitment to the people in the areas in which we have been fortunate to serve. We have established deep relationships and have built trust with the local leaders, chiefs, and government officials. Each year we have effectively doubled our impact with new sustainable projects, educational programs, and water filter distributions. We work closely with our local leaders to create follow-up programs and reports that we receive monthly. This allows us to measure our success and to make sure we are meeting our target goals and accomplishing our mission. We travel to the communities we serve multiple times a year to personally evaluate the status, measure results and discuss how the projects are meeting the needs of our local leaders.

Our goal is to start with a few local leaders to help them become sustainable so as they are established and standing, on their own we will have the capacity and ability to partner with others in new areas. We are currently developing new relationships so that when important resources become available we are positioned to provide the support that is needed.

There will always be a great need for clean water, and thus always a need for the water filters. Just One Africa desires to blanket whole communities with enough filters for everyone. In doing so, the entire community begins to thrive and everyone benefits. Once a community has access to clean water, we are able move on to another area of need. The water filters we use are capable of providing clean, safe water for up to twenty-five people for life. As impactful as the filters are in a community, simply providing a filter is not enough. We have found that training is needed to help people stay healthy. These new WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) Education practices need to be shared with the younger generation to build vital new habits. This training includes basic sanitation best practices, safe water handling, and other methods to keep people safe and healthy. We have met our water filter distribution goal every year since 2012 and thanks to generous support from donors and the success of the Recycled Paper Bracelet Program, we are on track to hit our goals again in 2021. We will distribute at least 2,000 filters, capable of impacting 50,000 people, in this year alone.

Just One Africa has worked diligently to make sure that our efforts have not just been about projects but also about the people impacted by our work. Our desire is not just about crossing things off a list to say we made the world better, but we also aim to take into account how our partnerships with local leaders can create change from within the community. Working to bring about change in developing communities is a very thoughtful process. It can often bring more harm than good not if rolled out in the most deliberate and astute ways. Just One Africa deeply desires to help, not hurt, our brothers and sisters in Kenya. That is why we believe so strongly in the relationships we build on the ground first and foremost. Without our local leaders who live and serve in these communities, we would altogether miss the true needs. This continues to be a very rewarding process for us to learn and we anticipate growth as we challenge the status quo of bringing aid into other communities. At its core, this process of building relationships remains Just One Africa's highest commitment.

Through this thoughtful partnership, Just One Africa has seen remarkable progress and for that we are grateful. Some of the projects that fall under our sustainability program include multiple school buildings, dormitories, bedding, mosquito nets, ovens and bakeries, bathrooms, agriculture projects, solar power, rain harvesting systems, water storage tanks, and 450 foot deep well and electric pump system. This well provides a reliable source of water for the school, rescue center, local community, and irrigation for crops. While this is a revenue-generating project, it also allow the school to produce much of its own food. All of the sustainability projects we commit to are started and completed with excellence, knowing the impact created will be significant for the communities we work in.

We have distributed thousands of water filters in six geographic areas of Kenya and trained the recipients on WASH sanitation best practices and simple ways to keep their families healthy. Their money is now spent on food and necessities rather than diverted for medicine or medical care. Entire villages are seeing the benefits of having clean water and hope for a healthy future is expanding.

We will continue to raise awareness as well as the funds needed to bring sustainable solutions to those affected by the ever-present, very real, clean water crisis. We also strongly believe in sustainable solutions for long-term impact. We will continue to listen, learn, and partner with others who seek to create this type of change for those who care for vulnerable children. No matter how big the challenge, we have witnessed the impact when an individual chooses to make a difference…Just One person at a time.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve local leaders in Kenya who are caring for vulnerable children. We distributed point of use water filters to rural communities in Kenya. We do not discriminate who receives the water filters.

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We recently refocused our water filter distribution program and incorporated a number of Water Ambassadors who each live in a community we serve. These people have all received filters and are trained to help their community answer questions, resolve issues, and communicate with our staff on needs. These local leaders understand the needs in their community and know the people who live there. This has been a huge benefit to our program.

  • 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?

    The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is hard to come up with good questions to ask people


Just One Africa, Inc.
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 31.20 over 9 years

Months of cash in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 6.2 over 9 years

Fringe rate in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 6% over 9 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

Source: IRS Form 990 info

Just One Africa, Inc.

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Just One Africa, Inc.

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

This snapshot of Just One Africa, Inc.’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $48,083 $140,305 $112,822 $127,501 -$26,311
As % of expenses 17.6% 45.7% 22.6% 16.3% -2.9%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $48,083 $140,305 $112,822 $127,501 -$26,311
As % of expenses 17.6% 45.7% 22.6% 16.3% -2.9%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $322,051 $447,126 $833,076 $799,890 $870,237
Total revenue, % change over prior year -0.9% 38.8% 86.3% -4.0% 8.8%
Program services revenue 22.5% 16.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 1.7% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 77.5% 83.9% 89.6% 89.0% 98.3%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 10.4% 9.2% 1.7%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $273,968 $306,821 $500,151 $782,201 $896,044
Total expenses, % change over prior year -10.5% 12.0% 63.0% 56.4% 14.6%
Personnel 16.7% 13.2% 14.6% 12.3% 10.6%
Professional fees 1.3% 1.5% 0.7% 1.6% 1.4%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.2% 0.4% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 62.3% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 19.7% 85.1% 84.3% 86.1% 88.0%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Total expenses (after depreciation) $273,968 $306,821 $500,151 $782,201 $896,044
One month of savings $22,831 $25,568 $41,679 $65,183 $74,670
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $296,799 $332,389 $541,830 $847,384 $970,714

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Months of cash 6.0 11.1 14.8 9.5 8.1
Months of cash and investments 6.0 11.1 14.8 9.5 8.1
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 5.9 10.8 9.3 7.9 6.5
Balance sheet composition info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Cash $136,184 $283,593 $615,644 $616,706 $603,300
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $1,344 $824 $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 2.1% 3.4% 3.8% 1.6% 1.1%
Unrestricted net assets $134,577 $274,882 $387,704 $515,205 $488,894
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $229,389 $119,577 $120,081
Total net assets $134,577 $274,882 $617,093 $634,782 $608,975

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Material data errors No No No No No


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


Mr. Clay Churchill

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Just One Africa, Inc.

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Just One Africa, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 03/31/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Mr. Nelson Guzman

Trinity Risk Advisors, Inc

Term: 2019 - 2022

Clayton Churchill

Just One Africa, Inc.

Noel Coleman

Nelson Guzman

Trinity Risk Advisors, Inc

Maureen Starr

National Christian Foundation

Joel Stocksdale

ACA Compliance Group

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? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • 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 8/5/2022

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity


Sexual orientation


Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/05/2022

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  • 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 analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • 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 disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • 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 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.