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AFRICAN SKY INC

Spread Love

aka AfricanSky.org   |   Munroe Falls, OH   |  africansky.org

Mission

Organizational Vision: Promote peace, prosperity, and happiness through friendship between Malian and US communities. Organizational Mission: Together with our friends and colleagues in Mali, African Sky promotes capacity- building, empowers individuals through education, and develops innovative leaders for social change. Our philosophy of community development is based on the belief that humanity's physical, ecological, and spiritual well-being is rooted in universal compassion and sustainable living.

Ruling year info

2005

Founder & Executive Director

Scott M. Lacy PhD

Associate Director

Colleen Naughton PhD

Main address

PO Box 203

Munroe Falls, OH 44262 USA

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EIN

20-1761327

NTEE code info

Citizen Participation (W24)

Women's Rights (R24)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

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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?

Education

Eliza Swedenborg, Program Director

Population(s) Served
Adults

Adam Klein, Program Director

Population(s) Served
Adults

Aleric Babej, Program Director

Population(s) Served
Adults

Carolyn Kulb

Population(s) Served
Adults

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 community-based projects completed (in alignment with our 2020-2024 strategic vision and goals)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of podcasts and public outreach initiatives completed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Total number of communities directly reached by projects/programming (Mali & US)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

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.

African Sky's work is designed to meet four strategic goals:
1. Address community-identified priorities by connecting Malian and US communities
2. Empower individuals and communities through education and knowledge sharing
3. Develop strong leaders for social change
4. Advance African Sky's organizational integrity and operational sustainability

Partnership: Malian communities are equal partners in all of African Sky's projects. We envision, design, implement and evaluate our projects with our Malian counterparts. Our projects focus on expressed community needs.

Sustainability: African Sky projects are sustained within the community after official project timelines expire. Projects are designed to positively impact the ecological, social, and economic foundations of our host communities.

Friendship: African Sky seeks to build enduring friendships and increase understanding between American and Malian communities.

African Sky leaders include an energetic assemblage of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who served in Mali. Additionally, our team includes professionals and students of all ages, most of whom have been part of the African Sky family for years. We also have leaders and partners all across Mali; these Malians include teachers, farmers, mothers, fathers, entrepreneurs, artisans, and more.

Together, out transatlantic team is well positioned and experienced in not only delivering transformative resources and support directly to Malian communities, but we uniquely build long-term relationships with our Malian partners to collaboratively develop and deploy initiatives that enrich all of our lives.

As an all-volunteer organization, we can do this work with minimal overhead, allowing us to deliver over 95% of every donated dollar directly to our Mali programs.

Since our first year in 2004, African Sky's core accomplishments include (but are not limited to) the following:
*Construction of three village schools and one women's literacy center (all in rural farming communities)
*Created and hosted a cross-generational, self-help women's summit
*Established an on-going, multi-sited women's literacy program
*Collaborated with Malian communities and Engineers Without Borders chapters to complete technical projects including access to clean water, a school construction cement mixer, and a sorghum press for making sorghum molasses as a more nutritious and locally produced substitute for sugar (commonly used to sweeten porridge)
*Facilitated numerous pen-pal, art, school supplies drives, and other cultural exchange between US and Malian schools
*Partnered with and provided direct support to self-help organizations for women and for people with disabilities
*Provided emergency direct relief for families and communities experiencing food crises

Goals we are currently working to achieve include building and operating a modest community center to extend our literacy program and to organize seasonal workshops to provide support and learning opportunities for community leaders throughout Mali. Additionally, the center will organize and facilitate an annual community summit to exchange ideas and successful initiatives achieved in our partner communities.

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

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Financials

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Operations

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

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AFRICAN SKY INC

Board of directors
as of 07/18/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jeremy Coats

Cherie Wade

Susan Schunk

Kathy Lacy

Kevin Dreslinski

James Allen

Hamidou Dicko

Sadio Sogoba

Amy Freels

Jamie Newhall

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? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • 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 7/18/2022

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
Human

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

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Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Transgender Identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/18/2022

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.
Policies and processes
  • 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.