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WE SHALL OVERCOME FOUNDATION

Faith, Love, Hope and Action

Cincinnati, OH   |  www.weshallovercomefoundation.org
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WE SHALL OVERCOME FOUNDATION

EIN: 46-0778407


Mission

We Shall Overcome Foundation is dedicated to providing the physical, social, educational and economic needs of poor, ignorant , abused and neglected people. We specialize in training and mentoring young people and ex-offenders in the carpentry and construction trades.

Ruling year info

2014

President

Isaias Gamboa

Main address

1682 E. Seymour Ave

Cincinnati, OH 45237 USA

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EIN

46-0778407

Subject area info

Arts and culture

Vocational education

Job creation and workforce development

Population served info

Adolescents

Adults

Ex-offenders

At-risk youth

NTEE code info

Vocational Technical (B30)

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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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CINCINNATI CONSTRUCTION ACADEMY

CINCINNATI CONSTRUCTION ACADEMY (CCA) is a recognized, State of Ohio Apprenticeship Council Pre-Apprenticeship Program. CCA's primary focus is providing high-level pre-apprenticeship construction training and workforce education, career preparation, and job placement to minorities, low-income and other marginalized communities in greater Cincinnati, Ohio, and surrounding areas. Our program was founded on the belief that construction education and skill development in the building trades, along with knowledge of basic entrepreneurial principles and real estate economics, can lead to a dramatic increase in property ownership and the building of generational wealth by African Americans and other marginalized communities. Through the We Shall Overcome Foundation CCA has been actively achieving these objectives for nearly a decade.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
At-risk youth
People of African descent
Ex-offenders
People of Latin American descent

In 2016, based on the research compiled in WSOF founder Isaias Gamboa's book, "We Shall Overcome: Sacred Song on the Devil's Tongue", the We Shall Overcome Foundation (WSOF) filed a landmark lawsuit seeking to free the freedom anthem, We Shall Overcome for the control and exploitation of powerful music publisher, The Richmond Organization.

Funded entirely with private donations, this two and a half year project required additional research in 5 states.

In January of 2018, WSOF, Judge Denise Cote of the Southern District of New York ruled in WSOF's favor and We Shall Overcome was forever released into the public domain.

We are extremely thankful to all our donors and supporters for helping the WSOF return this anthem to the world.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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WE SHALL OVERCOME FOUNDATION

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WE SHALL OVERCOME FOUNDATION

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: 2021

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Revenue
Contributions, Grants, Gifts $40,000
Program Services $0
Membership Dues $0
Special Events $0
Other Revenue $0
Total Revenue $55,000
Expenses
Program Services $15,000
Administration $5,000
Fundraising $0
Payments to Affiliates $0
Other Expenses $0
Total Expenses $24,000

WE SHALL OVERCOME FOUNDATION

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: 2021

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Assets
Total Assets $150,000
Liabilities
Total Liabilities $25,000
Fund balance (EOY)
Net Assets $125,000

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President

Isaias Gamboa

Isaias Gamboa is the founder and president of, We Shall Overcome Foundation. Born in San José, Costa Rica to parents of African and Spanish and ancestry, although of Jewish ancestry, he was raised in both Baptist and Catholic traditions, being the religious affiliations of his parents. When he was only two years old, Isaias' family emigrated from Costa Rica to Los Angeles, California, where he would spend the rest of his childhood and the majority of his adulthood. Isaias Gamboa was raised to believe that love, kindness and compassion for the poor and needy were the only true measures of divine faith and discipleship. Throughout his childhood, Isaias traveled to many Central American countries with his family. During these excursions, he would witness his parents demonstrate many acts of kindness, love, and compassion to the poor and needy. These experiences had a profound effect on his life and planted the seeds for what would become the We Shall Overcome Foundation. In addition to his important mission work in the US, Isaias has traveled to nine Latin-American countries in expression of his own personal love and devotion to the poor, needy, abused, disenfranchised and marginalized. In 2010, while in Brazil to donate toys and clothing to the poor, he formed a strong relationship with three orphanages, which inspired him to establish the, We Shall Overcome Foundation. In addition to his humanitarian pursuits, Isaias has been blessed with a 30-year career as a recording artist, award winning music-producer, music-publisher, songwriter, recording engineer, musician and arranger. In 2012 he authored the book, "We Shall Overcome: Sacred Song on the Devil's Tongue" - a comprehensive guide on the history of We Shall Overcome and the biography of, Louise Shropshire--the original author of, the freedom song, "We Shall Overcome". He is currently directing a documentary film, which follows this ten year journey of discovery.. He now resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where the We Shall Overcome Foundation is now based and does most of its work helping at-risk youth.

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Board of directors
as of 11/28/2023
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Maria Ferguson

Alexandria Christian Grand

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