PLATINUM2024

Womens Empowerment Coalition

Investing in women who are invested in their communities

aka WECO   |   PORTLAND, OR   |  https://wecoalition.org/
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Womens Empowerment Coalition

EIN: 82-2215640


Mission

Our mission is to partner with grassroots international initiatives that mobilize marginalized women and girls by enhancing their educational and economic opportunities. In collaboration with community partners we create projects that directly benefit women and girls - currently in Costa Rica, India, Peru, Cambodia, and Kenya.

Notes from the nonprofit

We're a small team but have ambitious goals for 2024 as we close a very productive 2023! We're currently creating a 3 year strategy plan while gaining momentum for our infrastructure programs that were put on hold during the pandemic - when we primarily focused on food security projects.

Ruling year info

2017

Co-CEO

Jenny Clark

Co-CEO

Rebecca Charles

Main address

3425 NE 48th Ave

PORTLAND, OR 97213 USA

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EIN

82-2215640

Subject area info

Elementary and secondary education

Early childhood education

Community and economic development

Women's rights

Women's services

Population served info

Children and youth

Women and girls

Families

NTEE code info

Women's Rights (R24)

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

Blog

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

WECO connects donors and volunteers to meaningful grassroots initiatives for gender equity through education and business development projects that provide local partners with resources to achieve greater impact for women and girls in their communities. By implementing these programs, we are seeking to bridge the gender gap that currently exists for women and girls that prevents them from having equitable access to reproductive health, education, and economic programs that would enable them and their families to have a better life. Our programs directly address a number of the SDGs, including: No Poverty, Zero Hunger, Good Health and Well-being, Quality Education, Gender Equality, Decent Work and Economic Growth, Reduced Inequalities, and Partnerships for the Goals.

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?

Education and Childcare in Cambodia

WECO has three local partners that enhance education and childcare programs in Cambodia. Our partners are local and women-led, and work closely with rural families to ensure long term success for both women and their families. Our major project consisted of building a childcare center with a local resource center to expand their services and reach more families, as well as prepare the next generation through an early education childcare program through ongoing early child education programs. It also allows organizational staff to reach more women so they can benefit from their workshops and counseling support. In addition we supplement two other local-led education projects that provide critical efforts to keep children on track for success for their primary, secondary, and now university schooling.

Population(s) Served

WECO worked on building an artisan center alongside women who are members of a rural textile craft cooperative on building a community space to meet and run their businesses. Our local partners support rural Andean women’s associations and groups to launch successful small businesses in the remote mountains of Peru. These programs create avenues of skill-building and leadership development so women can increase their income as well as transform their communities. In partnership with cooperatives of women in Huilloc and Pinagua, WECO worked on the construction initiatives that provides space for the women to conduct their businesses and promote hospitality and tourism in the area. These projects support the development of reliable income sources for women to improve the quality of life for their families and themselves, and provides women with greater power to more actively participate in decision-making for their families.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

Women and girls in India have minimal access to menstrual awareness and health, which exacerbates dropout rates for girls during puberty. In addition, menstruation taboo and cost of menstruation products prevent many women and girls from addressing their menstrual needs. WECO has been working with a local school on making and distributing approximately 2,500 sanitary pad kits to date for women living in 7 rural villages. Each kit contains washable pads that can be washed easily with very little water. Kits are affordable and customized according to community needs and often contain a number of additional essentials.This project supports skills development and training for students and teachers at the school who conduct outreach and distribution.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Children and youth
Women and girls
Children and youth

Women coffee farmers in Costa Rica earn 40% less than their male counterparts and are excluded from access to valuable information and market opportunities. These communities have also faced significant challenges due to COVID-19 such as a 75% loss of annual income. WECO is empowering smallholder women coffee farmers with business development resources to provide and strengthen economic opportunities for women in the La Legua community.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

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 per classroom during the reporting period

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Totals By Year
Related Program

Education and Childcare in Cambodia

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The childcare center with the WRC assists approximately 180 students per calendar year. In 2021 and 2022, we also supported our Pong Ro school project which assists over 200 students annually.

Number of children who received school supplies

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

Education and Childcare in Cambodia

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2018 we distributed over 300 backpacks and school lunches to children with our parter org, the PLF. In 2020 and 2021, we supported their food security program for children in extremely remote areas

Number of first-entry undergraduate program students who identify themselves as 'visible minorities'or 'non-white'

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

Education and Childcare in Cambodia

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2018 we supported a mentorship program with our partner, the PLF for 100 students so they could attend career fairs, participate in financial management workshops, and receive peer mentorship

Number of job skills training courses/workshops conducted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2018: Hygiene and Financial management workshop(s) in Cambodia; 2019: Financial management workshops in Peru; 2021: Skills training/COVID workshops in India/Cambodia; 2022: Skills training in India

Number of organizational partners

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

As of 2022 we have 8 active partners across 4 countries. In 2023 we began exploring a new partnership (project for 2024/2025) in Kenya.

Number of families served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2018: Childcare center/education in Cambodia; 2019: Business development in Peru; 2020: Menstrual health education in India; 2021: COVID relief; 2022/2023: Business development in Costa Rica and India

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 goals align seamlessly with the SDGs. We aim to achieve these goals by working with local partners who are imbedded in their communities and who are deeply familiar with the challenges and opportutnies they face. We thoroughly vet our partners and build lasting relationships with each program manager on the ground from which we build lasting partnerships and programs.

Our programs include infrastructure building to support the local economy and ultimately involves providing a number of critical services for women and girls to thrive. These services are unique to each project we co-create with our partners. All of our programs have an element of community outreach and and include fair wages for all workers, key resources for women and girls (workshops, trainings, educational materials, supplies, counseling, etc), and an amplified effect. This latter part refers to the impact we see when we support one group or one community of women. Every single time the group we support takes information, resources, etc, and extends them to other women and girls in their community, creating an amplified effect, allowing our programs to scale in an organic, truly empowered manner.

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 inform the development of new programs/projects, 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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, It is difficult to get the necessary resources to always act on the feedback we receive

Financials

Womens Empowerment Coalition
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

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Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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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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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

Co-CEO

Jenny Clark

Jenny has collaborated on and co-led international community initiatives and volunteer trips abroad beginning in 2013, primarily in Southeast Asia and Latin America. With an M.A. in International Development (‘16) she has experience with non-profit administration and management; fundraising and grant writing; partnership and relationship-building; program development and coordinating community-based projects; and facilitating student development during education abroad.

Co-CEO

Rebecca Charles

Rebecca has traveled to over 60 countries all over the world, and has planned, coordinated, and managed over 20 projects in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. She co-founded and served as president of an international nonprofit based in Austin, Texas for six years, and has vast experience in nonprofit administration; international relations and global development; project management; volunteer recruitment and coordination; outreach and fundraising; and sustainable community-building.

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 02/01/2024
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Board chair

Jenny Clark

Steve Buhaly

Retired

Rebecca Charles

Self-employed

Don Morrison

Retired

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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/28/2023

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

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/28/2023

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

Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.