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FROM THE PRESIDENT & THE EXECUTIVE DIREC TOR 2011: Our first year as a public charity It’s a new decade at Firelight Foundation. After 10 years of grantmaking as a private foundation, we celebrate our first year as a public charity. In 2011, we provided over $2 million to 134 African grassroots organizations working to improve the lives of children and families. This past year while the economy continued to struggle, many still chose to give. Our community of donors continues to grow. In fact, Firelight Foundation received a higher number of individual gifts in 2011 than in any previous year. Coupled with the support from our institutional funders and the Firelight Endowment, this year our income was the greatest since we were endowed in 1999.

Kerry Olson Founder & President

We’re proud of what these funds are able to accomplish, thanks to the generosity of our donors, the dedication of the Firelight team, and the vision and resourcefulness of the community organizations we support. Every day, Firelight Foundation’s grantee partners are working to ensure that children stay in school and receive the love, care, and necessities they need not just to survive, but to thrive. In this report, we share the inspiring story of one Firelight donor and one grassroots group making a tremendous difference for children and families. Our theme, 1 + 1 = 3, highlights what we see in action every day: When needed resources and support are brought together with innovative and locally grown initiatives, the impact is even greater than imagined.

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When poverty and AIDS affect a family, the life of a child is marked by a lack of food, clothing, opportunity for schooling, and the comfort of a parent’s love. In Africa, millions of children face these hardships daily. Vincent Worms believes that children should not have to struggle for their basic human needs. He also wants his philanthropic giving to provide opportunities for a brighter future. When searching for an organization that would help families meet their children’s needs while creating long-term change, he learned that Firelight grantee partners do just that. Since 2004 Vincent and his family have funded 29 organizations identified and supported by Firelight. “Each year we are impressed by the quality of Firelight’s relationship with its grantees and the results that are achieved by the organizations they support. We know that by funding Firelight, we are getting resources to the grassroots, where they are needed most. Through modest resources we are improving the lives of hundreds of children.” Most donors understand that lasting change happens when those affected by the problem develop the solution. But they don’t know how to identify the organizations that are delivering results. That’s where Firelight comes in. Our experienced staff, a vast network in the countries where we fund, and an in-depth evaluation process help us to find effective organizations that improve the lives of children. Funding from donors like Vincent Worms allow us to resource, mentor, and network grassroots organizations.

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Sunlight. It’s one of Africa’s most abundant natural resources. Association Inkoramutima is leveraging this abundance to solve multiple problems. Using Firelight funding, they purchased solar panels, then leased them to 40 families. As families pay off their leases, Inkoramutima uses the revenue to buy solar panels for another group of families. Replacing oil lamps and batteries with solar power means a cleaner and safer source of energy, reducing respiratory problems and fire hazards. Spending less money buying oil and batteries increases money for food. There is also the potential to earn a modest income by recharging cell phone batteries for a small fee. This kind of creativity and resourcefulness illustrates some of the qualities that grassroots organizations draw upon to solve multiple problems with a single solution.

Association Inkoramutima in Rwanda opens their first solar panels.

Grassroots organizations often struggle to secure funding from donors. Their leadership and understanding of the challenges facing children and youth are essential to reaching and effectively serving their communities. When Association Inkoramutima applied for Firelight funding, staff recognized their enterprising spirit and their ability to foster sustainable livelihoods. A site visit confirmed their skill in translating vision into tangible results. Firelight funding, advice, and networking all make a critical difference to this grassroots organization realizing its full potential.

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Family members receive training on the care of their newly donated cow.

A survivor of the Rwandan genocide, Yves is responsible for providing food, clothing, and schooling for his younger brothers and sisters. When he joined Association Inkoramutima, the support of peers eased his burden. But it’s the cow donated to Yves by Inkoramutima that is the talk of the neighborhood. Purchased with Firelight funding, the cow is a source of nutrition and income. When it had its first calf, the cow produced seven liters of milk per day. Yves and his siblings used two liters. They gave one liter to a neighbor with a malnourished child and sold four liters to a local restaurant. And that’s not all. Manure from the cow was used in the vegetable garden and shared with neighbors. The next calf will be passed on to another family in the community. Now, Yves and his siblings can count on regular meals, afford school fees, and go to the clinic when they are sick. There is joy and laughter in the home. Support to and from the neighbors helps to overcome daily challenges. One cow. One household. Community-wide benefits. Transforming the lives of poor children and their families takes patience, tenacity, and problem solving skills. That’s where grassroots organizations make a difference. They coordinate community support and local contributions such as food, clothing, and land. Firelight funding provides financial resources to purchase equipment or pay for training. Guidance from Firelight staff helps to refine programs, increase confidence, and provide links with new donors to expand the numbers of children served. Each player—the donor, Firelight, the grassroots organization—adds something to the equation. The radiant smile on the face of a thriving child makes it evident that the results equal more than the sum of the parts.

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2011 FINANCIAL REPORT

STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

STATEMENT OF AC TIVI T I E S

Note: Financial data is presented on an accrual basis. Support from Foundations includes US$1.765 million in grants receivable recognized in the current fiscal year but restricted for use in future fiscal years. 81%

13%

6%

(JULY 1, 2010—JUNE 30, 2011)

ASSETS

2011

Cash and Equivalents

2,380,978

Support from Individuals

927,729

Grants Receivable

3,036,443

Support from Foundations

8,061,638

Other Current Assets

47,599

Property and Equipment, Net

20,014

Total Assets

5,485,034

396,500

Fundraising

Other Income

Total Revenue and Support

63,117

9,052,484

LIABILITIES

Accounts Payable and Accrued Expense

Grants Payable

Total Liabilities

General & Administrative

2011

205,759

602,259

Total Program Expenses

REVENUE AND SUPPORT

NET ASSETS

Unrestricted Temporarily Restricted Total Net Assets

EXPENSES

Grants Awarded

2,062,600

Program Services

1,336,677

General and Administrative

524,824

4,492,905

Fundraising

245,608

4,882,775

Total Expenses

4,169,709

5,485,034

389,870

Total Liabilities and Net Assets

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FROM PRIVATE FOUNDATION TO PUBLIC CHARIT Y When Firelight Foundation began in 1999, our founders endowed the foundation allowing us to focus on our core mission. They focused their investment on African community-based organizations serving children because they wanted funds to go where they were most needed and could have a significant impact. Over the years, Firelight Foundation has stayed true to its mission while building on its strengths as a grantmaker. Our child-centered, family-focused, community-based approach, coupled with a funding model that reaches and supports effective grassroots organizations, has attracted many partners and donors. By the end of our first decade, Firelight Foundation had awarded over 1,100 grants totaling nearly $14 million to more than 330 community-based organizations serving an estimated 250,000 children. This milestone was achieved largely due to our increasing public support—from individuals, foundations and corporate partners, schools, and churches. In July 2010, we became a public charity. This transition opens new doors for partnership and public support.

In FY11, income was very good. Firelight brought in a number of multiyear grants from foundations and generous support from individuals. In addition, the Firelight Endowment provided a $1,500,000 grant to establish a $400,000 reserve and to contribute to operating costs through FY13. We transferred $881,359 of grant balances as part of the establishment of the public charity. In FY11, we made grants totaling over $2,000,000 to 134 organizations with an additional $1,336,677 for program services covering due diligence, capacity building, organizational learning, and advocacy. Our operational and fundraising expenses combined were kept below 20 percent. We start FY12 with a net asset base of $4,882,000. Of this, $1,765,000 is restricted for use in FY13 and FY14. Our vision moving forward is to greatly broaden Firelight’s base of support as a public charity. This will enable us to assist many thousands more vulnerable children and families, to help more grassroots organizations develop their reach and capacity, and to leverage our impact by continuing to persuade other funders to channel their resources directly to the grassroots.

Firelight Foundation’s complete audited financial statements are available at www.firelightfoundation.org

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DONORS

(JULY 1, 2010—JUNE 30, 2011)

We are grateful to all of our donors for their generosity. Their commitment to Firelight makes it possible for us to support communities and families in sub-Saharan Africa who are working to improve children’s lives. INDIVIDUALS

Daniela Bryan

Audrey DeLoache

Anonymous (17)

Hilary & Dave Bryant

Barnabe Diarra

Suzanne Abel

Keyna Bugner

John Donnelly

Karim & Lisa Abuhamad

Lawrence Carbone & David Takacs Cecilia Marie Carreon

B.P. & Vimal Agrawal Nayna Agrawal Aleene Althouse Karen Ande & Jeff Johnson Matthew & Carol Gilbert Arozian Catherine Bacon Eric Balog

Dave Carter & Linda Carter Ted Chaiban Bruce Chamberlin Anand Chandrasekaran Leigh Christian Randall Clare Judy Clement

Keinde Bankole

Paula Clupper

Bilge Bassani Rob Becker

Steven Corbato & Susan Bratton

Isaac & Andrea Bempong

Dawn Cornelius

Michael Berkovec

Matthew Craner & Lynn Ploch-Craner

Marci Berman Marla Bobowick Nick & Fran Bongo

Dennis Culp & Simone Steinhaus-Culp

Barbara Horscraft

Fabien Lombard & Liz Gilbreath

Julia Gaudinski & Jim Whitehead Jr.

Mark Lorey & Deborah Forbes

Marti Jeffers Mary Jessen

Lisa Luiso

Joan Duncan

Arnab Ghatak & Anu Gupta

Dave Katz & Kerry Olson

Michelle Eames

A. Edward Katz

Paola Gianturco

Janice Manion & Michael Lingelbach

Judy Edghill

Debbie Kennedy

Julie Goldstein & Eric J. Goodman

Lisa Luiso

Larry Kerr & Jennifer Antrim

David Margrave

Vikki Golsh & Richard Cervantes

Noreen & Kilby

Martha Egan Peter Ehrhardt George Ehrhardt Britt Ehrhardt Olof Einarsdottir Randle Ellington Patrice Engle Debra & David Evans Joris Evers Carolyn Fairman Concepcion & Benito Falcon Terri Fette Richard Fleming

Mary Darby

Roger Frankham

Sarah Brinda

Julie Dargis

Max Friedman

Jamie & Melanie Brown

Christopher Davis

Betsy Gaiser

Donors

Des Gasper & Shanti George

Alan Kanner

Caroline Foote

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Ted Hochstadt

John & Elise Gerich

Ron Da Silva

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Gina Loftis

Bonnie Ho

Nora Jimenez

Megan Fogarty

Jack Bradley

Pedro Hernandez-Ramos

Aviva Garrett & David Doshay

Mark & Belinda Geiger

Phil Curtiss

Jayne Booker

Marcel & Elisabeth Gani

Mike Goodkind Linda Gray Gretchen Gudenkauf Debbie Hall Karen Halverson & Steven Gilborn

Ali MacGraw Keith & Evy Macklis

Deborah Marzi Jody Lynn McBrien

Heather Kilner

Annie McDonough

Sharon Kosecki

Benjamin Milder

Aili Langseth

John Miller

Sandy Lansdale

Alan Miller

Richard & Dorothy Laugharn

Philip & Maribel Mitnick

Peter Laugharn & Marie Kagaju Laugharn

Kristin Molina Stephen & Susan Morriss

Katrina Hartman

Marc, Lily, and Kate Laugharn

Bryan Hassemer

Tory Lawson Albert & Pearl Lee

Franklin Mount

James Hayes John & Tracy Heathcote

Mary Lee

John & Susan Hebberger

Wendy Leonard

Kimberly Heldt

Tony Li & Lisa Bourgeault

Edward & Cheryl Heneveld

Laura Lo Castro

Lynn Murphy & Ward Heneveld

Kathryn & Ian Hermann

Rebecca Lo Presti

Dorothy & Mel Myers

Ruthann & Jay Hammer Jane Hartman

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Geeta Narayan & Kevin Black

Michelle Roland

Michael St. Johns

Peter Neal

Lawrence Rosler

Anne Staunton

GIFTS IN HONOR OF

FUNDS & FOUNDATIONS

Marcie Rubardt

Juniper Stein-Catanach

Nayna Agrawal

Aid for Africa

Peggy Newell

Joop Rubens & Laura Marcus

Yolande Sterling

Karen Ande

Robert Rubens

Cathy Aronson

Alpert & Alpert Foundation

Albert and Mary Nibbe

Don Stoll & Marianne Kent-Stoll

Dana Nichols

Kathleen Rubens

Linda Sussman

Leila Nimatallah

Emmanuel Rurema

Jules Niyogakiza

Emily & John Salcido

Christopher & Mary Szecsey

Zelda O’Brien Kelly

Danielle Sanchez-Witzel

Lester Olmstead-Rose

Jenny Sandrof

Gayle Ortiz

Suzanne Savage

Janis Ost

Patricia Sayler

Peggy & John Overcashier

John Nelson

Alysha Owens Lisa Palm Jim & Sandra J. Palmquist Geoff Parcell Christine Pareja Lori Perbeck

Firelight Endowment

Randy Trigg

Isabel Matina

Benita Tsao

John & Judy Neary

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

Thomas & Tania S. Schlatter

Fred Tung

Kerry Olson

Monique Van der Pauw

Lisa Palm

Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies Contribution Fund

Stephen Schottman

Rien Van Gendt

Ruthann Richter

Nike Foundation

Patricia Schroeder

Ronald Vertrees

Joop Rubens

Oak Foundation

Paola Scommegna & Paul J. Jackson

James & Sally Vittorio

Stefan Stec

Opportunity International

Luke & Georgia Tollin

Cliff & Leslie Sellery

Deborah Voisin

Robert Rhodehamel

Howard Ward

Hirut Townsend

Rotary of Scotts Valley

Jim & Judy Warner

Katie & Madeleine

Jonathan Warren

Kitty & Thomas

Tsadik Foundation c/o Partech International

Ellen Weiss & Jonathon J. Greenberg

Victims of War and Genocide in Rwanda

United Way of New York City

CHURCHES

Sherrie Witt

GIFTS IN MEMORY OF

Lynn Zachreson

Jeanne Atkinson

Leland & Marian Zeidler

Steve Warila

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Pradeep Sindhu & Marie-Francoise Bertrand Suzanne Skees Thomas Skibo Pete & Sally Slicer Allison Smith & Thomas E. McManus

Teresa Roberts

ROI Communication

Peter Laugharn

Hayward Simoneaux

Rosalea Roberts

Idaho Power Company

Bill Tod

James Potash & Sally J. Scott

Linda Richter

Cars 4 Causes

Marie Laugharn

Dan Shapiro & Hester Parker

Peter Rice & Judith M. Rice

Dave Katz

Peter & Deborah Wexler Chris & Nancy Wilson

BUSINESSES Burness Communications

Paul & Mary Telford

Victoria Pilate

Edward & Michelle Elcoat Poulton

Steve Cisler

Pacific Collegiate School

American Jewish World Service Elton John AIDS Foundation–UK

Nancy & Kent Shallow

Clemens Pietzner

Jennifer Astone

SCHOOLS Hales Corners Lutheran Elementary School

The First Presbyterian Church of West Virginia

Zaplin-Lampert Gallery

FAITH TO AC TION INITIATIVE * Bethany Christian Services Better Care Network Bright Hope International UNICEF World Vision

INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION FUNDERS GROUP * The Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation Inc.

Nancy & Ernie * Firelight acts as the Fiscal Agent for these groups.

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BOARD OF DIREC TORS, ADVISORY COUNCIL & STAFF BOARD OF DIREC TORS

ADVISORY COUNCIL

VOLUNTEERS

Kerry Olson, Founder & President

Geoff Foster, MD, Consultant Pediatrician,

Rachel Broshears

David Katz, Vice President & Secretary Jonathan C. Lewis, Treasurer Diana Aubourg Millner Barbara Fagan-Smith Geoff Foster, MD Rowland P. Hobbs

Ministry of Health, Zimbabwe

Jesse Clark

Mulugeta Gebru, Executive Director, Jerusalem Children and Community Development Organization (JeCCDO), Ethiopia

Allison Fiffer Jessica Hemphill Amanda Hill

Stefan Germann, (Dr), Director, Learning and

Peter Kent-Stoll

Partnerships, World Vision International— Global Health & WASH Team, Switzerland

Pamela King

Catherine H. Milton

Howard Kasiya, Country Program Consultant, Malawi

Kate Laugharn

Richard Staufenberger

Wairimu Mungai, Program Director, WEM

Lily Laugharn

STAFF

Linda Richter, PhD, Distinguished Research Fellow,

Peter Laugharn, Executive Director Robin Dixon, Communications Officer Gretchen Ellis, Program Associate Aili Langseth, Program Officer Dila Perera, Program Officer Scott J. Pietka, Grants Administrator Joop Rubens, Director of Development Zanele Sibanda, Director of Programs Jane Stokes, Finance Manager

Integrated Health Services (WEMIHS), Kenya

Cameron Miller

Human Sciences Research Council & Senior Specialist (Vulnerable Children), Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, South Africa

Cati Vawda, Former Director, Children’s Rights Centre (CRC), South Africa

VISITING SCHOLAR Louis Mwewa, Executive Director, Lupwa Lwabumi Trust (LLT), Zambia

Anne-Marie Mitchell Bob Moon Jordan Rose Annabella Sakasai Myriam Scally Mia Schmid Amanda Sosnowski Emiley Stake Adam Stieglitz Brandi Young

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SUPPORT FIRELIGHT It all adds up Become a Firelight Foundation Volunteer Host a Firelight Event at Your Home Like Us on Facebook and Tell Your Friends About Us Share This Annual Report with a Friend Make a Gift to Firelight Foundation

QUESTIONS? Contact our Director of Development at development@firelightfoundation.org or call 831. 429 . 8750


The mission of Firelight Foundation is to improve the wellbeing of children made vulnerable by HIV, AIDS, and poverty in sub-Saharan Africa. Firelight supports grassroots organizations that help families and communities meet the needs of their children.

You’ll find more news and stories online at Ubuntu, the Firelight blog where we publish articles about our grantee partners twice a week. There’s no reason Firelight can’t be where you are, so please take us with you and let the world know you support Firelight and its grantee partners.

Firelight Foundation 740 Front Street, Suite 380 Santa Cruz, CA 95060 USA Tel: +1.831.429.8750 Fax: +1.831.429.2036 info@firelightfoundation.org www.firelightfoundation.org

Direction by Robin Dixon. Writing and editing by Robin Dixon, Kerry Olson, and Zanele Sibanda. Photos by Joop Rubens and various photographers. Photograph on page 8 supplied by COPORWA. Design and production by one | em design. Printed by Community Printers on paper made with 100% recycled fiber. Copyright © 2011 Firelight Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

Annual Report 2011  

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