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African Connections Research and Education Fund

Rutherfordton, NC   |  https://africanconnections.com
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African Connections Research and Education Fund

EIN: 83-2724013


Mission

The AFRICAN CONNECTIONS Research and Education Fund, Inc, (ACREF) was created in direct response to the numerous distortions, half-truths and omissions seen almost daily in the popular media regarding Africa, her people and the African Diaspora. Our principal mission is to illuminate, to educate and to provide a balanced viewpoint that celebrates genuine achievement and service to humanity. In telling these important stories, we will focus as well upon the physical, cultural, religious, intellectual, political, economic and geographic diversities of the continent and of the African Diaspora. ACREF seeks to train and nurture a new generation of internationally focused "virtual griots" - multimedia historians, journalists, writers, technicians and photographers.

Ruling year info

2023

Principal Officer

Melvin H. Cox

Main address

339 Lyles Pond Rd

Rutherfordton, NC 28139 USA

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EIN

83-2724013

Subject area info

Cultural awareness

Population served info

Young adults

People of African descent

Students

Teachers

Researchers

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NTEE code info

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

Tax forms

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The AFRICAN CONNECTIONS Research and Education Fund, Inc. (ACREF) works to address the many permutations of individual prejudice and institutional bias against Africa, her people, cultures and institutions. The organization seeks to specifically address the evils of racism, casteism, sexism, coverage bias and anti-intellectualism - through the development and presentation of public programs that celebrate excellence, diversity, creative expression and the rich histories of Africa and the African Diaspora.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

2024 Summer Study Tour and Focus on Africa Seminar

In partnership with The Co-operative University of Kenya (CUK) , The AFRICAN CONNECTIONS Research and Educational Fund, Inc. (ACREF) is organizing a two-week cross cultural, intergenerational study tour in Kenya - East Africa's most vibrant economy.

The program will run from August 8th to August 23, 2024 - with an optional excursion to Zanzibar (United Republic of Tanzania) from August 24 to August 28.

It is anticipated that participants will include U.S. and East Africa based undergraduates, graduate students, mid-career professionals and recent retirees all sharing and learning from each other.

The one of a kind program offers exposure to leaders in Kenyas public health, technology, transportation, energy, cultural and political sectors.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
People of African descent
Students
Researchers
Activists

The study will examine The Commonwealth of Nations and the role of African nations in the confederation.

While The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of fifty-six (56) independent and equal nations representing approximately one-third of the worlds population, many citizens of the United States and other non-Commonwealth nations are woefully uninformed about the organization - its mission, aims, structure and achievements.

Although twenty-one (21) African nations are members of The Commonwealth, there remain very serious questions both on the continent and in the African Diaspora as to a) the true impact of this participation b) the relevance of the organization to the lives of persons outside of the social, political, academic and commercial elites in member nations and c) the contradictions posed by membership in an alliance that perpetuates the British monarch as its ceremonial leader and sovereign over the fifteen (15) Commonwealth Realms.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of new grants received

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Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

No grant proposals submitted in calendar years 2019 - 2023.

Number of unique website visitors

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Minimal promotional activity prior to September, 2023 - organizational period. Est. based on analytical data from Cloudflare.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

- To increase public knowledge regarding Africa, her people, cultures and institutions.

- To illuminate, to educate and to provide a balanced viewpoint that celebrates genuine achievement and service to humanity.

- To train and nurture a new generation of internationally focused "virtual griots" - multimedia historians, journalists, writers, technicians and photographers.

- To build bridges of friendship and understanding between 'Africa Focused' individuals and institutions throughout the world.

- To raise relevant questions regarding Africa's role within world affairs.

During Calendar Year 2024, we will:

- Develop a minimum of two (2) international research projects

- Further develop our social media strategies

- Schedule a major fundraising event in Washington, DC or Chicago during the late 2025 / early 2026 timeframe

- Expand and further diversify the ACREF Board of Directors

- Publish papers and research studies addressing issues within our key areas of interest

After a period of forced inactivity, due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, 2023 saw the ACREF organization successfully revived.

Over an eight month period, a Board of Directors was seated, officers elected, a social media campaign launched and plans placed in motion for the presentation of outstanding programs in 2024 and beyond.

Representing a diversity of experience and background, the board is geographically spread between East Africa, West Africa, the Carolinas and California. Meetings are strategically scheduled online.

The organization is currently developing programs examining a wide range of topics deemed central to the development of vital communities: Public Health; Media, Technology and Education; Gender Equality; Energy and Transportation. A study tour to Kenya is planned for Summer 2024 in cooperation with The Co-operative University of Kenya.



Financials

African Connections Research and Education Fund

Financial data

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

African Connections Research and Education Fund

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: 2023

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Revenue
Contributions, Grants, Gifts $525
Program Services $0
Membership Dues $0
Special Events $0
Other Revenue $0
Total Revenue $525
Expenses
Program Services $0
Administration $0
Fundraising $0
Payments to Affiliates $0
Other Expenses $0
Total Expenses $450

African Connections Research and Education Fund

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: 2023

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Assets
Total Assets $75
Liabilities
Total Liabilities $0
Fund balance (EOY)
Net Assets $75

Operations

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

Documents
Letter of Determination is not available for this organization
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Principal Officer

Melvin H. Cox

There are no officers, directors or key employees recorded for this organization

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African Connections Research and Education Fund

Board of directors
as of 02/28/2024
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Board of directors data
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Board chair

Melvin Cox

Merrill College, University of California, Santa Cruz

Term: 2025 - 2023

Emily Achieng' Akuno

Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology

Anna Gray

United States Peace Corps

Stephen S. Robinson

Synergy Doctors

Kelvin 'Sterling' Scott

Consultant

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/25/2024

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Male
Disability status
Person without a disability

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