aka CAIRO   |   Portland, OR   |

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EIN: 81-1843680


The Center for African Immigrants and Refugees Organization (CAIRO), founded in 2016, originated from community discussions in 2014 that addressed opportunity gaps and challenges faced by African children and youth in Portland Public schools. In 2019, CAIRO expanded its services to central Minnesota at the community's request. CAIRO's mission is to advocate for equity and social justice for African refugees and immigrant children, youth, and families. Through programs, services, community organizing, and collaborative leadership, the organization aims to create equitable opportunities that enable the community to thrive. CAIRO envisions a society in which children, youth, and families reside in supportive communities that bolster their cultural wealth and lived experiences.

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Executive Director

Abdikadir Bashir

Main address

13909 SE Stark St

Portland, OR 97233 USA

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Subject area info


Health care access

Diseases and conditions

Child advocacy

Immigration and naturalization

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Population served info

Children and youth

Ethnic and racial groups

Immigrants and migrants

Economically disadvantaged people

At-risk youth

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NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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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?

Schools, Parents & Communities Engaged for Students' Success (SPACE) Program

A program designed to support K-12 students through tutoring, mentoring, and youth leadership development

Population(s) Served
Multiracial people
People of African descent
People of Middle Eastern descent
Non-adult children

Where we work

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • 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

  • 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 share the feedback we received with the people we serve, 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?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome


Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30
Financial documents
2021 Audited Financial Statements
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

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 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 2.36 over 6 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 1.5 over 6 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 15% over 6 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: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of CENTER FOR AFRICAN IMMIGRANTS AND REFUGEES ORGANIZATION’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 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $38,863 -$2,628 $10,047 $271,624 $31,695
As % of expenses 13.6% -0.5% 1.3% 17.4% 1.0%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $37,681 -$4,403 $9,494 $269,742 $16,903
As % of expenses 13.2% -0.8% 1.2% 17.3% 0.5%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $323,721 $558,286 $792,884 $1,992,310 $3,311,453
Total revenue, % change over prior year 5.5% 72.5% 42.0% 151.3% 66.2%
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 29.2% 37.3% 23.9% 82.1% 88.9%
All other grants and contributions 70.8% 62.7% 76.1% 17.9% 10.9%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $284,858 $551,426 $786,465 $1,557,380 $3,160,664
Total expenses, % change over prior year -5.7% 93.6% 42.6% 98.0% 102.9%
Personnel 66.2% 78.5% 79.8% 73.8% 78.1%
Professional fees 5.7% 3.6% 2.1% 4.6% 4.0%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 4.6% 4.4%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1% 0.1%
All other expenses 28.1% 17.9% 18.1% 16.9% 13.5%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $286,040 $553,201 $787,018 $1,559,262 $3,175,456
One month of savings $23,738 $45,952 $65,539 $129,782 $263,389
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $119,200 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $1,452 $0 $122,500
Total full costs (estimated) $309,778 $599,153 $854,009 $1,808,244 $3,561,345

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 1.8 1.6 2.0 2.7 0.6
Months of cash and investments 1.8 1.6 2.0 2.7 0.6
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 3.1 1.6 1.2 2.7 1.3
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $43,253 $73,699 $131,592 $349,850 $153,676
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $47,505 $64,938 $209,971 $401,461 $755,440
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $4,800 $4,800 $4,800 $4,800 $122,500
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 42.5% 79.5% 60.8% 100.0% 12.1%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 17.4% 47.8% 76.0% 33.5% 38.0%
Unrestricted net assets $77,283 $72,880 $82,374 $352,116 $369,019
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 $0 $163,306 $282,400
Total net assets $77,283 $72,880 $82,374 $515,422 $651,419

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


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

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Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Abdikadir Bashir

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 09/21/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Salaad O'Barrow

Portland Public Schools

Term: 2022 - 2026

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 ? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/2/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation


Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/02/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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 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.