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International : Development and Relief Services

Solar Electric Light Fund

ENERGY IS A HUMAN RIGHT

three stars

89.02

1612 K Street, NW Suite 300
Washington, DC 20006
tel: (202) 234-7265   Web Site
EIN: 52-1701564

Board Leadership
Steven Swig
Chairman

CEO
Robert A. Freling
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.02 three stars
  Financial 85.00 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 11/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF) is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit whose mission is to implement solar energy solutions to assist those living in energy poverty with economic, education, health and agricultural development. Its Whole Village Development Model takes an innovative approach to designing and implementing integrated solar systems to improve the lives of the 1.5 billion people living in energy poverty worldwide.

To help overcome the challenges of energy poverty, SELF partners with international development organizations, aid agencies, NGOs, foundations, governments, and private sector companies.

Since 1990, SELF has completed projects in more than 20 countries, pioneering unique applications of solar power for drip irrigation in Benin, health care in Haiti, telemedicine in the Amazon rainforest, online learning in South Africa, and microenterprise development in Nigeria.

The Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF) is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit whose mission is to implement solar energy solutions to assist those living in energy poverty with economic, education, health and agricultural development. Its Whole Village Development Model takes an innovative approach to designing and implementing integrated solar systems to improve the lives of the 1.5 billion people living in energy poverty worldwide.

To help overcome the challenges of energy poverty, SELF partners with international development organizations, aid agencies, NGOs, foundations, governments, and private sector companies.

Since 1990, SELF has completed projects in more than 20 countries, pioneering unique applications of solar power for drip irrigation in Benin, health care in Haiti, telemedicine in the Amazon rainforest, online learning in South Africa, and microenterprise development in Nigeria.

Financial

three stars

85.00

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 11/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
87.9%
  Administrative Expenses 6.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.16
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.24
  Program Expenses Growth 13.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 41.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Solar Electric Light Fund on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Solar Electric Light Fund on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Solar Electric Light Fund (DC) 89.02 three stars
Akshaya Patra USA (MA) 95.19 four stars
American Himalayan Foundation (CA) 95.06 four stars
Trickle Up (NY) 91.84 four stars
Room to Read (CA) 91.42 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,238,431
   Federated Campaigns $13,067
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,251,498
   Program Service Revenue $3,318,811
Total Primary Revenue $4,570,309
   Other Revenue $1,881
TOTAL REVENUE $4,572,190
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $4,078,462
   Administrative Expenses $226,937
   Fundraising Expenses $192,000
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,497,399
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $74,791
   
Net Assets $851,500

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Due to an error on this organization's Form 990, we are unable to display program information.

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 11/01/2018 89.02 three stars
2016-12 10/01/2017 88.82 three stars
2015-12 12/21/2016 86.50 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 92.92 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/01/2015 95.62 four stars
2013-12 05/01/2015 91.75 four stars
2012-12 12/20/2013 94.33 four stars
2011-12 03/01/2013 91.81 four stars
2011-12 10/01/2012 89.09 three stars
2010-12 02/01/2012 89.34 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 78.79 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 03/01/2011 79.62 two stars
2008-12 05/01/2010 96.41 four stars
2007-12 03/01/2009 95.63 four stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 52-1701564
Name in IRS Master File SOLAR ELECTRIC LIGHT FUND
NTEE Code C30
NTEE Classification Natural Resources Conservation and Protection
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (351) Combating or preventing pollution (air, water, etc)
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
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).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date October, 1990
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013

The data displayed in this profile is provided by the IRS for free in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$189,000 4.20% Robert Freling Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Solar Electric Light Fund (DC) 89.02 three stars
Partners Worldwide (MI) 94.18 four stars
Endeavor (NY) 89.63 three stars
Vital Voices Global Partnership (DC) 88.55 three stars
BrazilFoundation (NY) 85.85 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Solar Electric Light Fund
1612 K Street, NW
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20006
tel: (202) 234-7265
EIN: 52-1701564

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Board Leadership

Steven Swig
Chairman

CEO

Robert A. Freling
Executive Director

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