We collaborate and provide Model Grants to organizations that have a local footprint in Ethiopia.  We only work with 501(c)(3) organizations working in Ethiopia who have a good understanding of local needs and an effective means of delivering services that provide sustainable impact. 

These organizations need to meet our grant criteria including:

  • Be local focused: hiring local populations and working directly with the people in the community,
  • Demonstrate high impact: measured by number of kids and communities served, direct benefit to women or children, or achievement of set goals and objectives,
  • Promote sustainability: defined by vision for longer term beyond the immediate project or goal, modifying goals and approach if the need and community involvement changes or evolves, and
  • Support collaboration: willing to work with other organizations to achieve a larger, broader scale impact with fewer resources needed.

We select organizations who have a track record of at least three years of consecutive success with previous projects or have the backing of another organization who does. They must have the ability to provide regular updates on progress throughout the project. They must also be a United States based non-profit organization with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service.

We look for multi-year projects that are tangible, have a start and finish date and are simple and easy to explain to potential donors and supporters. The organizations will partner with us providing volunteers and cover some of the costs.  They also will document their efforts and share with other interested organizations.

Our goals are to ensure impact, increase effectiveness of planning and design as well as capacity building for the collaborating organization and others with similar missions.

We require a written agreement with the recipient organization that describes how the funds will be used, account for use of the funds, and return any remaining funds not used.

We currently work with Ethiopia Reads, Seed of Africa, Lebawi, Project Ethiopia, MMRTI, and WEEMA.  We expect we will support others over time.

Please contact us if you would like to nominate a great organization.

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Current Collaborations

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