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    KickStart International

    KickStart International


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    ...501(c)(3) organization

    ...Donations are tax-deductible


    ...1849 GEARY BLVD UNIT 15908
    San Francisco CA 94115-5476


    San Francisco CA | IRS ruling year: 2001 | EIN: 06-1613235  


    Headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, KickStart's mission is to distribute irrigation tools at scale across sub-Saharan Africa, providing smallholder farmers and their families a sustainable path out of poverty through year-round harvests, climate resilience, increased income, and food security. With irrigation, farmers no longer depend on seasonal rains to grow food, enabling households to consume and sell their harvests throughout the dry season and in times of drought. KickStart's operations span 16 African countries, where we work with over 300 partner organizations to promote sustainable economic growth and employment creation through irrigation and provide small-scale farmers the necessary tools to tackle climate change and food insecurity. To date, KickStart has enabled over 1.4 million people to climb out of poverty; created 270,000 profitable farming businesses; and feeds over 14 million people with nutritious fruits and vegetables annually.


    Rating Information


    This charity's score is 86%, earning it a Three-Star rating. If this organization aligns with your passions and values, you can give with confidence.

    This overall score is calculated from multiple beacon scores: 90% Accountability & Finance, 10% Leadership & Adaptability. Learn more about our criteria and methodology.

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    The IRS is significantly delayed in processing nonprofits' annual tax filings (Forms 990). As a result, the Accountability & Finance score for KickStart International is outdated and the overall rating may not be representative of its current operations. Please check with the charity directly for any questions you may have.

    Rating Report

    • Impact & Results
    • Accountability & Finance
    • Culture & Community
    • Leadership & Adaptability
    Accountability & Finance
    Impact & ResultsAccountability & FinanceCulture & CommunityLeadership & Adaptability


    Accountability & Finance


    KickStart International has earned a 84% for the Accountability & Finance beacon. See the metrics below for more information.

    This beacon provides an assessment of a charity's financial health (financial efficiency, sustainability, and trustworthiness) and its commitment to governance practices and policies.

    This Accountability & Finance score represents IRS Form 990 data up until FY 2020, which is the most recent Form 990 currently available to us. 

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    Accountability and Transparency
    ...Full Credit
    ...Partial Credit
    ...No Credit
    ...Not Applicable

    Financial Metrics
    ...Full Credit
    ...Partial Credit
    ...No Credit
    ...Not Applicable
    ...Liabilities to Assets Ratio - 74.00% - 2.5/10 pts
    ...Working Capital Ratio - 0.17 years - 5/10 pts
    ...Fundraising Efficiency - $0.07 - 10/10 pts
    ...Administrative Expense Ratio - 5.60% - 10/10 pts
    ...Fundraising Expense Ratio - 5.00% - 10/10 pts
    ...Program Expense Ratio - 89.30% - 10/10 pts
    ...Program Expense Growth - -17.84% - 0/10 pts

    Unscored Information

    Total Revenue and Expenses - Data Available
    Salary of Key Persons - Data Available
    IRS Published Data (Business Master File) - Data Available
    Data Sources (IRS Forms 990) - Data Available
    Pandemic Response - Data Available

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