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International : Development and Relief Services

Solar Electric Light Fund

ENERGY IS A HUMAN RIGHT

80.87

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 80.87
  Financial 77.50
  Accountability & Transparency 85.00
This rating was published 04/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, 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

77.50

Accountability & Transparency

85.00

This rating was published 04/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, 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)
87.5%
  Administrative Expenses 6.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.16
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.20
  Program Expenses Growth -8.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 28.3%
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) 80.87
charity: water (NY) 91.95
Global Volunteers (MN) 88.79
One Acre Fund (IL) 91.75
Room to Read (CA) 92.00

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,390,806
   Federated Campaigns $7,136
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,397,942
   Program Service Revenue $778,684
Total Primary Revenue $2,176,626
   Other Revenue $-3,337
TOTAL REVENUE $2,173,289
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,927,195
   Administrative Expenses $191,203
   Fundraising Expenses $221,922
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,340,320
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-167,031
   
Net Assets $684,469

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
2018-12 04/01/2020 80.87
2017-12 11/01/2018 89.02
2016-12 10/01/2017 88.82
2015-12 12/21/2016 86.50
2014-12 06/01/2016 92.92
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/01/2015 95.62
2013-12 05/01/2015 91.75
2012-12 12/20/2013 94.33
2011-12 03/01/2013 91.81
2011-12 10/01/2012 89.09
2010-12 02/01/2012 89.34
2009-12 09/20/2011 78.79
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 03/01/2011 79.62
2008-12 05/01/2010 96.41
2007-12 03/01/2009 95.63

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)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$189,000 8.07% Robert Freling Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Solar Electric Light Fund (DC) 80.87
TechnoServe (VA) 86.27
American Himalayan Foundation (CA) 93.98
International Community Foundation (CA) 95.54
Global Volunteers (MN) 88.79

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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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