Mission: THE ORGANIZATION SUPPORTS PROGRAMS IN THE AREAS OF HUMAN EMPOWERMENT, WILDLIFE PROTECTION AND LAND CONSERVATION IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA.

Empowers Africa Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 2013, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  www.empowersafrica.org

 2 BEEKMAN PLACE
New York NY 10022-8016



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Encompass Rating System by Charity Navigator


Overall Score

100

out of 100

This charity's score is a passing score.
This overall score is calculated from multiple beacon scores: 90% Finance & Accountability and 10% Leadership & Adaptability


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...   Finance & Accountability


This score provides an assessment of a nonprofit's financial health (stability, efficiency and sustainability) and its commitment to governance practices and policies.


Finance & Accountability Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by Empowers Africa Inc. is a passing score

This V5 of the Finance & Accountability Score provides a baseline measure of an organization’s health including the indicators listed in the report below.

This score represents Form 990 data from 2019, the latest year published by the IRS.



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Finance & Accountability Report

100

of 100 points

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

94.44%

Higher effect on score

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The Program Expense Ratio is determined by Program Expenses divided by Total Expense (average of most recent three 990s). This measure reflects the percent of its total expenses a charity spends on the programs and services it exists to deliver.


Program Expense Percentage

Amount of Credit Received

70% or higherFull Credit
60% - 69.9%Partial Credit
Below 50%Zero Points for Both Program Expense percentage AND Liabilities to Assets

Source: IRS Form 990

Board Composition

17/17 Independent

Higher effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for at least 3 board members, with more than 50% of those members identified as independent (not salaried).


The presence of an independent governing body is strongly recommended by many industry professionals to allow for full deliberation and diversity of thinking on governance and other organizational matters.


Source: IRS Form 990

Independent Audit or Financial Review

Has Audit/Review

Higher effect on score


An Audit, Review, or Compilation provides important information about financial accountability and accuracy. Organizations are scored based on their Total Revenue Amount:

Total Revenue Amount

Expectation to Receive Credit

$1 million or higherExpected to complete an audit
$500,000 - $1 millionExpected to complete an audit, review, or compilation
Less than $500,000No expectation (removed from scoring methodology)

Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

24.12%

Lower effect on score


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990). This ratio is an indicator of an organization’s solvency and/or long-term sustainability.

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

Amount of Credit Received

Less than 50%Full Credit
50% - 59.9%Partial Credit
60% or moreNo Credit

Source: IRS Form 990

Website

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for a website on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency metric.


Nonprofits act in the public trust and reporting publicly on activities is an important component.


Source: IRS Form 990

Conflict of Interest Policy

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a conflict of interest policy on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy protects the organization and by extension those it serves, when it is considering entering into a transaction that may benefit the private interest of an officer, director and/or key employee of the organization.


Source: IRS Form 990

Board Meeting Minutes

Documented

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990 that the organization has this process in place as an accountability and transparency measure.


An official record of the events that take place during a board meeting ensures that a contemporaneous document exists for future reference.


Source: IRS Form 990

Document Retention and Destruction

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a document retention and destruction policy per the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy establishes guidelines for the handling, backing up, archiving and destruction of documents. These guidelines foster good record keeping procedures that promote data integrity.


Source: IRS Form 990

Whistleblower Policy

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a whistleblower policy per the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy outlines procedures for handling employee complaints, as well as a confidential way for employees to report financial or other types of mismanagement.


Source: IRS Form 990

Additional Information

Unscored

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

This chart displays the trend of revenue and expenses over the past several years for this organization, as reported on their IRS Form 990.

Salary of Key Persons

Presented here are up to five of this organization's highest compensated employees. This compensation data includes salary, cash bonuses, and expense accounts and is displayed exactly how it is reported to the IRS. The amounts do not include nontaxable benefits, deferred compensation, or other amounts not reported on Form W-2. In some cases, these amounts may include compensation from related organizations. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting



PAULA FRANKLIN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

$68,000


KRISTA KRIEGER, BOARD CHAIR

$0


LIZ KELLY, SECRETARY/TREASURER

$0


JENNIFER KENNEDY, TRUSTEE

$0


DONNA CORBAT, TRUSTEE

$0


Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2019

Business Master File Data

Below are some key data points from the Exempt Organization IRS Business Master File (BMF) for this organization. Learn more about the BMF on the IRS website


Activities:

Activity data not reported from the IRS


Foundation Status:

Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi) (BMF foundation code: 15)


Affiliation:

Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations). (BMF affiliation code: 3)

Data Sources: IRS Forms 990

The Form 990 is a document that nonprofit organizations file with the IRS annually. We leverage finance and accountability data from it to form Encompass ratings. Click here to view this organization's Forms 990 on the IRS website (if any are available).

Pandemic Response

Due to the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, we give charities such as this one the opportunity to share the story of COVID's impact on them. Charities may submit their own pandemic responses through their nonprofit portal.


Empowers Africa Inc. reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Revenue

  • Grants Received

  • Grants Sent


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's operations financially:

COVID impacted our ability to raise funds from events. We run a large travel auction on Charitybuzz that raises vital funding for charities in Africa. Unfortunately we were unable to run this auction 2 years in a row. This negatively impacted our revenue/funds raised and grants made.


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's delivery of programs:

As mentioned above, we were unable to host our annual travel auction on Charitybuzz two years in a row due to COVID. As such, we were unable to raise and make grants to many organizations in Africa that support education, healthcare and wildlife protection programs.


How this organization adapted to changing conditions caused by COVID-19:

We employed some very effective cost saving changes during COVID. Firstly, we eliminated our office space and we now work entirely on a remote basis. This will be a permanent change as we have found we are just as productive. We also decided to reduce salaries by having our Chair of the Board of Trustees be reinstated as our Executive Director. She served as our ED for many years upon inception and has the background to run Empowers Africa. She also does not draw a salary. This will also be a permanent change. These cost cutting strategies enabled us to reduce operating expenses significantly.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

As mentioned above, we will continue to work remotely and have our Chair of the Board of Trustees be our Executive Director.


...   Impact & Results


This score estimates the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.


Impact & Results Score

Not Currently Scored

Empowers Africa Inc. cannot currently be evaluated by our Encompass Rating Impact & Results methodology because either (A) it is eligible, but we have not yet received data; (B) we have not yet developed an algorithm to estimate its programmatic impact; (C) its programs are not direct services; or (D) it is not heavily reliant on contributions from individual donors.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.

Learn more about Impact & Results.


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Additional Information

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Empowers Africa Inc. reported its largest program on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


$3,097,062

Spent in most recent FY

100%

Percent of program expenses


See description of program services in Part I, Line 1.


...   Leadership & Adaptability


This score provides an assessment of the organization's leadership capacity, strategic thinking and planning, and ability to innovate or respond to changes in constituent demand/need or other relevant social and economic conditions to achieve the organization's mission.


Leadership & Adaptability Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by Empowers Africa Inc. is a passing score.

Encompass Rating V4 provides an evaluation of the organization's Leadership & Adaptability through the nonprofit organization submitting a survey response directly to Charity Navigator.


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Leadership & Adaptability Report

100

of 100 points

Mission

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s mission


Empowers Africa is a U.S. public charity under IRC Section 501(c)(3) that supports programs in the areas of human empowerment, wildlife protection and land conservation in sub-Saharan Africa. OUR FOCUS IS ON: 1. funding programs supporting the protection of wildlife and land conservation 2. funding programs in communities living next to protected conservation and wildlife areas or World Heritage Sites, and 3. funding programs in urban communities where tourism is a strong source of development We support community-led, measurable and sustainable programs bolstering communities by improving access to education, healthcare and business opportunities. We also support programs that protect wildlife and land conservation because we believe safeguarding Africa’s natural wealth is critical to the empowerment of the surrounding communities. Additionally, Empowers Africa serves as a fiscal sponsor to 24 non-governmental organizations in Africa organizations working on the ground in Africa.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s vision.


Africa is one of the only regions in the world where youth population is increasing. This growth presents tremendous opportunities. Key to those opportunities is economic empowerment, arming the continent’s youth with entrepreneurial tools and removing obstacles to progress. We are committed to supporting local projects doing just that, not by parachuting in with boilerplate solutions, but by empowering the expanding youth population with skills and education. Simultaneously, Africa's wild areas are under threat from poaching, destructive land management and global warming. Some of Africa’s most iconic species could be extinct in our lifetime. We believe conservation can be a key contributor to human empowerment, as such, protecting Africa's wild places and wild animals can also benefit Africa's people. Projects we support tackle issues of education, economic empowerment, wildlife protection and land conservation with the understanding that all are inextricably linked to one another.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Strategic Goals

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking and goal setting through sharing their most important strategic goals.


Goal One: We are looking to expand our fiscal sponsor program. COVID forced NGOs to look at more efficient ways to operate. This program allows that. We want to meet the increased demand for this service.

Goal Type: Grow, expand, scale or increase access to the existing programs and services.


Goal Two: We would like to produce additional films about anti-poaching and species protection efforts. Our films have been incredibly effective at raising both awareness and advocacy for vital causes.

Goal Type: This goal reflects our commitment to further our advocacy work for our organization and or cause area.


Goal Three: We are looking to expand our COVID relief program in Africa by providing food and emergency medical relief. Vaccination rates continue to be very low in Africa and extended relief is needed.

Goal Type: New program(s) based on observed changes in needs among our constituencies/communities served.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

Conservation and wildlife protection in Africa are ever changing environments. In order to be an effective leader in this space, it is vital to stay current and also to establish relationships with other leaders in the field as collaboration remains a key strategy for success. As such, we send our Executive Director to three leading wildlife, conservation and tourism conferences annually. The Business of Conference is an African Leadership University initiative convening leaders from conservation and the sectors it intersects with, to promote best practices, strengthen networks and unique partnerships, and collectively tackle these challenges. We are Africa is a tourism-based conference whereby leaders in the field gather to network, address issues and learn. Empowers Africa has a direct tie to ecotourism so this conference remains a key learning experience. Finally, Conservation Lab builds bridges leaders from the key sectors of conservation, travel, philanthropy and government.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Mobilizing for Mission

The nonprofit provides evidence of leadership through focusing externally and mobilizing resources for the mission.


This organization mobilizes for mission in the following ways:
  • Strategic Partnerships

  • Networks of Collective Impact Efforts

  • Thought Leadership

  • Raising Awareness

  • Community Building

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

Empowers Africa engages in strategic partnerships with 24 non-governmental organizations (NGO) in Africa by serving as their fiscal sponsor. Through our 501(c)3 status, we are able to efficiently collect and grant donations to some of the most effective changemakers on the continent, allowing them to focus on what’s most important—the work being done on the ground. We also host educational community film festivals (the next one is August 8th, 2021) in order to provide the public with an insight into important issues affecting the African continent, such as, human wildlife conflict or species protection. Our organization is very active raising awareness about issues impacting Africa. We accomplish this through our social media channels, newsletter and through our film festivals. We frequently post current issues and re-post our partners' content. Finally, we have granted to over 50 NGOs in Africa in over 15 countries since inception building a wide network of shared goals.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Story of Adaptability

The nonprofit has an opportunity to tell the story of how the organization adapted to tremendous external changes in the last year.


We held our annual event and travel auction one day before events were banned in New York City due to COVID (March 5th, 2020). The fear over COVID negatively impacted our attendance and also forced us to remove our travel auction from the online platform Charitybuzz. We were unable to run our annual event and travel auction in 2021 and may also be limited to do so in 2022. All of this forced us to either find other revenue sources and/or employ cost cutting measures. We started immediately with two very effective cost saving changes. Firstly, we eliminated our office space as of April 1st, 2020 and we started working on a remote basis. This will be a permanent change as we have found we are just as productive. We also decided to reduce salaries by having our Chair of the Board of Trustees be reinstated as our Executive Director. She served as our ED for many years upon inception and has the background to run Empowers Africa. She also does not draw a salary. This will also be a permanent change. These cost cutting strategies enabled us to reduce operating expenses significantly. As you can imagine, with the tourism industry at a complete standstill in Africa, people who relied on salaries from the industry are suffering greatly. In addition, salaries for jobs such as anti-poaching efforts are often paid for by tourism funds. Finally, with schools closed, children were not getting their daily meals from attending classes - this is often their only daily meal. We worked with our donors to raise funds for COVID relief to help with these sorts of issues. We ran campaigns to raise awareness and funds to combat the extreme hardships. We also interviewed and filmed top conservationists in Africa to learn how COVID was impacting both community members and the wild animals living along side of them. These interviews were featured at our August 9th, 2020 film festival and on our social media channels and newsletter. COVID made us more efficient and more creative!

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

...   Culture & Community


This score provides an assessment of the organization's engagement with the constituents it serves, a practice we term Constituent Feedback. When organizations listen to constituents, they are able to better deliver on programs and meet the needs of stakeholders. A future version of this Beacon will also assess an organization's people operations and its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) metrics.


Culture & Community Score

Not Currently Scored

Empowers Africa Inc. is currently not eligible for a Culture & Community score because we have not received its Constituent Feedback data. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile. This data will provide the basis for the initial evaluation of Culture & Community.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.


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Culture & Community Report

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Constituent Feedback

Constituent Feedback


Constituent Feedback and Listening Practice data are not available for this organization. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile. This data will provide the basis for the initial evaluation of Culture & Community.


Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations that engage in inclusive practices, such as collecting feedback from the people and communities they serve, may be more effective. We award every nonprofit that completes the Candid survey full credit for this Beacon, in recognition of their willingness to publicly share this information with the nonprofit and philanthropic communities. Although the data is not evaluated for quality at this time, future iterations of this Beacon will include third party or other data that will serve to validate the information provided by the nonprofit.

Analysis and Research


Like the overall Encompass Rating System, the Culture & Community Beacon is designed to evolve as metrics are developed and ready for integration. Our partnership with Feedback Labs and Guidestar by Candid, and other partners including Fund for Shared Insight, GlobalGiving, and Keystone Accountability, enables us to launch the first version of this beacon with Constituent Feedback information collected on Candid's site.


Feedback practices have been shown to support better Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion outcomes, an essential area of assessment that we intend to further expand and develop in the future. Feedback Labs has documented several studies which indicate that beyond achieving organizational goals, nonprofits that are attentive and responsive to concerns and ideas raised by beneficiaries establish stronger relationships with the people they serve, promote greater equity, and empower constituents in ways that can help to ensure better long-term outcomes. You can find resources to help nonprofits improve their feedback practices here.

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