Conservation: Education: Health

Lexington, MA   |
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EIN: 54-2195079


Conservation of Kibale National Park, Uganda through programs in area government primary schools and their communities that support education, health and care for the environment.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Elizabeth Ross

Main address

C/O Elizabeth Ross 1 Carley Rd

Lexington, MA 02421 USA

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Subject area info


Elementary education

Natural resources

Community health care

Population served info

Children and youth

Economically disadvantaged people

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Community Health Systems (E21)

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



Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Kibale National Park is an important biodiversity hotspot. A mid-altitude rainforest, the largest protected forest in Uganda it is home to > 400 endangered elephants and >1400 eastern chimpanzees – the largest population in East Africa - and many other rare animals and plants. However, a rapidly increasing population presses hard against the forest borders demanding land, timber and meat. Our project is designed to protect the forest from habitat destruction, agricultural encroachment and poaching

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?

Kibale Forest Schools' Program

We support programs in government funded primary schools bordering Kibale National Park in Uganda. Working with Ugandan grassroots partner, registered NGO "The Kibale Forest Schools' Program", we promote higher academic standards, better health and an appreciation for conservation in 8,000 children attending 16 forest edge schools, their teachers and their communities. Our holistic approach to better education includes infrastructure, health and conservation education, staff support, post secondary scholarships, special needs of girls, sanitation and clean water. immunizations, clean energy and reproductive health. In addition we partner with forest research programs on issues of importance to the health of the National Park eg cross-species transmission of respiratory viruses between people anc chimpanzees

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Our goal is ensure that Kibale National Park will survive with its precious ecosystem intact despite rapid population growth. We are invested in a holistic approach to cultivating a new generation of conservationists committed to protecting the forest.

We believe that if we provide people with resources they highly value – education and good health for their children – they will be more likely to respond positively to our conservation message. Sympathetic understanding of the challenges they face, investment in their childrens' future, income support and an all Ugandan staff , increased their trust in us from 26% to 74% between 2008 and 2017.

We have been designing, implementing and evaluating successful conservation, health and education programs for 23 years. We have a stable, well trained and skilled staff and a very low turnover. 100% Ugandan and 90% local they understand the challenges of local people and bring an important cultural perspective to all our programs. All projects are designed in partnership with direct beneficiaries as well as with local health, education and protected area authorities. We are a truly international project, combining knowledge and resources from western Universities including Harvard, Tufts, Boston College and the University of Wisconsin with Ugandan expertise and aspirations.



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 0.61 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 9 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of KASIISI PROJECT 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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* This organization changed its fiscal year accounting period in 2020. Please refer to its 2020 990s for more information.

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Profitability info 2016 2017 2018 2020 * 2021
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $5,904 -$10,999 $111,865 $207,030 $74,319
As % of expenses 1.3% -4.1% 44.0% 89.6% 25.9%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $5,904 -$10,999 $111,865 $207,030 $74,319
As % of expenses 1.3% -4.1% 44.0% 89.6% 25.9%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $448,149 $254,359 $365,882 $279,477 $361,649
Total revenue, % change over prior year 116.8% -43.2% 43.8% 0.0% 29.4%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 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% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $442,245 $265,358 $254,017 $230,932 $287,330
Total expenses, % change over prior year 74.4% -40.0% -4.3% 0.0% 24.4%
Personnel 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Professional fees 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 25.9% 15.4%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 98.7% 97.5% 98.1% 66.7% 81.6%
All other expenses 1.3% 2.5% 1.9% 7.4% 3.1%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2016 2017 2018 2020 2021
Total expenses (after depreciation) $442,245 $265,358 $254,017 $230,932 $287,330
One month of savings $36,854 $22,113 $21,168 $19,244 $23,944
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $479,099 $287,471 $275,185 $250,176 $311,274

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2016 2017 2018 2020 2021
Months of cash 3.3 5.1 10.6 13.8 11.7
Months of cash and investments 3.3 5.1 10.6 13.8 11.7
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets -0.9 -2.1 3.1 13.8 11.7
Balance sheet composition info 2016 2017 2018 2020 2021
Cash $123,361 $112,362 $224,227 $264,952 $280,385
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0 $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) 128.4% 140.9% 70.6% 0.0% 0.0%
Unrestricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets -$35,000 -$45,999 $65,866 $264,952 $280,385

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2016 2017 2018 2020 2021
Material data errors No No No No No


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Elizabeth Ross

Coming from a research science and education background I work to promote conservation through well-run, properly monitored, self sustaining educational projects that benefit communities living around protected areas in Africa, specifically through the support of primary school education in western Uganda. I founded the Kasiisi Project in 1997 and now direct a project working in 16 rural Ugandan schools serving 8,000 children and their communities. We fund conservation and health education, school infrastructure, teacher training, secondary and college scholarships to 158 students, boarding facilities, sanitation and clean water, special needs of girls, clean cooking stoves, pre-schools and research programs.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 02/08/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Mrs Terry Eastman

Richard Wrangham

Harvard University

Elizabeth Ross

Kasiisi Project

Terry Eastman

Zarin Machanda

Tufts Univeristy

John Slyconish

State Street Bank

Beth Armstrong

Christine Fairclough

Sean Rush

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 ? 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? Yes
  • 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 2/20/2022

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The organization's leader identifies as:

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

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/20/2022

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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 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • 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 measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.