Collaborate for good

aka MLIFE Church   |   San Francisco, CA   |
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EIN: 47-4678443


MLIFE's mission is threefold: To enhance children's literacy skills, mentor the next generation (NextGen) leaders to foster innovation, and uplift families living on the margins to realize upward economic mobility.

Ruling year info



Mwangi Mwangi Mukami

Executive Vice-President

Nickson Muiruri

Main address

1038 Howard Street

San Francisco, CA 94103 USA

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Subject area info

Arts and culture


Community and economic development


Human services

Population served info


At-risk youth

Artists and performers


NTEE code info

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

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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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

MLIFE concentrates on tackling learning poverty, a term defined by the World Bank as the inability of a child to read and write proficiently by age 10. In addition to addressing this educational challenge, MLIFE extends its impact by mentoring youths 14-17, young adults 18-24, and professionals 25-35, equipping them for various facets of life through resources focused on college preparation, job readiness, and entrepreneurship. Individuals from disinvested communities often face academic and career advancement limitations due to poverty and constrained resources. MLIFE aims to alleviate these barriers by providing unrestricted small grants to families and communities. This approach enables these families and communities to pursue meaningful goals, shifting the focus from goals dictated by the organization to those directly impacting their lives. In doing so, MLIFE contributes to reducing poverty and empowers communities to shape their paths to success.

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?

Learning Enrichment & Acceleration Program (LEAP)

MLIFE's Learning & Enrichment Acceleration Program (LEAP) supports underfunded public schools and actively invests in students' education. Through strategic partnerships, LEAP provides invaluable subscriptions to acclaimed publications like the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. This infuses classrooms with real-world insights and fuels a dynamic learning journey from mastering fundamental reading skills to unlocking the power of advanced learning. LEAP, powered by MLIFE, stands as a beacon of educational empowerment, ensuring every child can learn to read and read to learn.

Population(s) Served

The Leaders of Openness, Virtue, and Empathy (MLOVE), initiated by Mwangi Mukami in 2017 as the Summer Leaders Summit & Retreat (SLS), has evolved into a premier fellowship targeting young adults aged 18-24 and young professionals aged 25-35. This transformative 12-month experiential leadership program is designed to upskill and reskill participants for the dynamic challenges of the 21st-century job market. MLOVE stands out as a multidisciplinary and multicultural initiative, fostering a diverse community of under-resourced, high-impacting, and high-potential next-generation leaders.

Participants in MLOVE can choose from three tracks: college prep, job readiness, or entrepreneurship, tailoring their experience to align with their aspirations. The program offers fellows a monthly financial stipend, mentorship, and coaching, providing comprehensive support as they navigate their chosen paths.

Population(s) Served
People of African descent
Multiracial people
Young adults
Interfaith groups
LGBTQ people

Relief Aid for People in Despair (RAPID) is dedicated to fostering upward economic mobility for families and communities on the margins. By providing essential education, tools, and resources, RAPID empowers individuals to lift themselves from poverty. The program offers small unrestricted grants of $100 per family and larger community-based grants from $5,000 to $15,000. RAPID's approach is responsive, tailoring investments to address the specific needs of families and communities, creating a tangible impact on their journey toward economic resilience and self-sufficiency.

RAPID invested in education, regenerative agriculture, and health sectors in the past three years, supporting projects like the MBH Medical Center in Kiambu, Kenya, and the LEAP Tech Center at Kawangware Primary School.

Population(s) Served
Age groups
Ethnic and racial groups
LGBTQ people
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

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 students who demonstrate writing ability

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

Learning Enrichment & Acceleration Program (LEAP)

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

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.

MLIFE's mission is threefold: Enhance the literacy skills of children and youths experiencing learning poverty, defined by the World Bank as an inability to read and write proficiently by age 10. MLIFE employs a comprehensive approach emphasizing critical reading and writing skills through periodicals such as the New York Times. MLIFE mentors two distinct groups: next-generation leaders aged 18-24 and young professionals aged 25-35. MLIFE emphasizes upskilling and reskilling to prepare them for 211st-century jobs through college preparation, job readiness, and entrepreneurship programs. MLIFE uplifts families and communities in extreme poverty to foster upward economic mobility. MLIFE empowers individuals and communities to leverage and benefit from their stories and resources through strategic investments in technology, education, and the arts.

MLIFE employs a multifaceted approach to address the challenges faced by children experiencing learning poverty, youths aged 18-35, and families in disinvested communities. Our strategies are tailored to each group's unique needs and circumstances.

Children Experiencing Learning Poverty:
We utilize newspapers in education to enrich students' learning experience. Our curriculum, honed over the past five years, follows a simple yet effective methodology:

Reading Critically: We engage children in critical reading exercises, focusing on topics like the Declaration of Independence. This encourages thoughtful analysis of context, inclusion, exclusion, timelessness, and relevance.

Thinking Creatively: Recognizing the lack of exposure to creative thinking in poverty areas, we help children visualize a world beyond their circumstances, fostering self-belief.

Writing Clearly: Children articulate their dreams and action plans, addressing limitations and enhancing communication skills.

Speaking Confidently: Beyond vocal expression, we empower children to own their space, project confidence, and deliver impactful presentations.

Youth Programs (Ages 18-35):
For this demographic, our approach involves paying stipends and providing education in five essential skills:
Communication: Enhancing verbal and written communication skills.
Leadership: Cultivating leadership qualities for personal and professional growth.
Fundraising: Teaching skills crucial for resource mobilization.
Entrepreneurship: Nurturing entrepreneurial spirit for economic empowerment.
Mindfulness: Promoting mental well-being for overall resilience.

Monthly meetings facilitate professional development, offering opportunities for peer evaluation, learning de-escalation techniques, refining business pitching skills, and acquiring workplace professionalism.
Families in Disinvested Communities:

We offer unrestricted cash funding to address emergency needs swiftly. Additionally, a community grant empowers families to invest in initiatives that contribute positively to the community's well-being, fostering a sense of ownership and sustainable development.

MLIFE meets its goals, primarily driven by a committed and active board with diverse backgrounds in public policy, data, African studies, and government. Board members contribute volunteer time, bringing expertise to the organization. This collective knowledge base enhances MLIFE's ability to design and implement effective programs.

Additionally, MLIFE capitalizes on an extensive domestic and international network, particularly in Kenya, the United Kingdom, and the United States. This network is instrumental in imparting cultural competency, a crucial element in the organization's mission. By leveraging these connections, MLIFE ensures that its programs are culturally sensitive and resonate with the communities it serves, fostering a more impactful and sustainable approach to achieving its goals.

MLIFE's success is evident through its annual initiative, bringing together five distinct cohorts concurrently across three campuses in Nairobi, Kilifi, and San Francisco. This innovative approach allows for widespread impact and knowledge dissemination.

The organization thrives on leveraging the power of volunteers and in-kind donations. Experts and students willingly contribute their time and expertise, making impactful trips to Kenya. These journeys not only enrich students' learning experiences but also showcase the strength of collaborative efforts in achieving MLIFE's mission.

The quantifiable impact is notable, with MLIFE's support reaching 400 families, empowering them to address pressing needs. Additionally, over 400 MLIFE scholars have benefited from the organization's initiatives, furthering the cause of education and skill development. The success story extends to cultivating over 100 MLIFE Fellows, a testament to the organization's commitment to nurturing leadership and excellence.

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.
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    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually

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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 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 14.03 over 2 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0.6 over 2 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 8% over 2 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

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 info

This snapshot of MLIFE FOUNDATION’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 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $4,230 -$30,423
As % of expenses 2.9% -39.0%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $4,230 -$30,423
As % of expenses 2.9% -39.0%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $152,431 $47,526
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% -68.8%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 99.6% 99.5%
Other revenue 0.4% 0.5%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $148,347 $77,948
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% -47.5%
Personnel 2.0% 32.0%
Professional fees 7.8% 9.8%
Occupancy 60.9% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.2%
Pass-through 5.7% 1.8%
All other expenses 23.6% 56.2%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $148,347 $77,948
One month of savings $12,362 $6,496
Debt principal payment $1,851 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $162,560 $84,444

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2021 2022
Months of cash 1.0 0.2
Months of cash and investments 1.0 0.2
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 0.9 -2.9
Balance sheet composition info 2021 2022
Cash $11,761 $1,316
Investments $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 3.6% 455.1%
Unrestricted net assets $11,341 -$19,082
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0
Total net assets $11,341 -$19,082

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2021 2022
Material data errors No No


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization


Mwangi Mwangi Mukami

Mwangi Mukami is an award-winning humanitarian, writer, and leadership coach serving as president/CEO of the MLIFE Foundation. Mwangi leverages his leadership experience in public, private, and faith-based organizations to empower organizations to achieve their equity goals through intentional and transformative leadership. Mwangi has advised philanthropic organizations on equity investing and Fortune 500 companies on developing inclusive hiring and retention practices. Mwangi received his dual bachelor's degree in Political Science and International Relations, magna cum laude, from the San Francisco State University and a graduate degree from the University of California Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy.

Executive Vice-President

Nickson Muiruri

Njuguna is a management coach, trainer, traveler, and co-founder of the MLIFE Foundation with Mwangi Mukami, Kamaria Ventura, and Ashesh Ghale. From 2013 to 2015, he served as Co-Chair of the Mwangi Mukami International in Nairobi, Kenya, a community youth-led and youth-focused organization in Kenya. Before serving at MLIFE Foundation, Njuguna was Community Affairs aide to The Honorable Winnie K. Njuguna, Member of Parliament for Kirinyaga County in Kenya. In this position, he became recognized as a fervent advocate for women, children, and people living with HIV/AIDS, thus leveraging opportunities for their long-term multi-sectoral coordinated assessment and care. At MLIFE, Njuguna helped successfully coordinate international conferences and forums on youth leadership and conflict resolution in partnership with African Ascension under the leadership of American civil rights icon Joe Beasley.

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 01/03/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Mr. Mwangi Mukami

MLIFE Foundation

Nickson Njuguna Muiruri

MLIFE Foundation

Kamaria Joe Ventura

San Francisco State University

Rebeca Anyona Etuku


Martin Mwangi Ndegwa

MLIFE Foundation Trust

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 1/3/2024

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
Non-binary, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/29/2019

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.