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ANNUAL REPORT 2009


Read Inside About 5

Boards

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Global Development Internship

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Global Development Ambassadors

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Global Development Fellowship

11 Media 13 Financials 14 Future Goals

ThinkImpact is a non-profit organization that connects American college students and recent graduates with rural villages in Africa to become social entrepreneurs. ThinkImpact provides American college students and recent graduates with a unique opportunity – not just a chance to visit Africa once, but to begin a long-term commitment through its internship and fellowship programs in South Africa, Kenya and Sierra Leone. Through ThinkImpact’s Global Development Internships and Fellowships, young Americans are given the opportunity to alleviate poverty through a sustained commitment to social innovation, leadership and entrepreneurship.

Our philosophy is people-powered global development. ThinkImpact focuses on the next generation of leaders. We offer students the ideas, leadership, and capital to leverage social innovation and local community resources to alleviate poverty. Based in Washington, DC, ThinkImpact began in 2001 when Executive Director Saul Garlick was a high school junior. Since then, the organization has grown into a national organization with presence on 40 college campuses with 72 program alumni.

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MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Each year is marked with momentous change that results from hard work, dedication, skill and luck. This year was no exception. As we wind the calendar year to a close, we at ThinkImpact reflect on an active and successful 2009. More than any other year, ThinkImpact became an institution, reaching thousands more people through our Global Development Program while offering higher quality support, training and services than ever before. In just one year the organization has made significant strides. The year’s notable achievements include: Global Development Internships in 2 countries: Kenya and South Africa 5 Global Development Fellows successfully raised funds for their 3 projects Led 26 young leaders to live and work in Kenya and South Africa Completed construction of 2 schools, 2 sports fields, 14 latrines, 13 hand washing stations. Hosted 2 Global Development Ambassadors trips to South Africa Received support from Coca Cola, Rotary International, Clinton Global Initiative, Cordes Foundation, FUNDaFIELD Renamed Student Movement for Real Change to ThinkImpact (www.thinkimpact.org) with website redesign and complete rebrand. Presence at numerous conferences including Opportunity Collaboration, Hosted Annual Springs Shebeen event in Colorado Springs. National Happy Hour event that engaged 6 cities to launch the new brand: ThinkImpact. Hosted Annual Gala Event, ThinkEmbassy at the Embassy of Kenya and presented the Ambassador Princeton Lyman Global Leadership Awards. Of course, none of this would be possible without our incredible Global Development Interns, Fellows, staff and donors. We are growing as both an organization and as a leader in rural social entrepreneurship, and we look forward to alleviating poverty with you in 2010. Warmly,

Saul Garlick, Founder and Executive Director


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS We would like to thank all the wonderful staff, interns, and volunteers that have built Think Impact into the international nonprofit organization that it is today. The dedication and hard work of the several talented young professionals listed below have established ThinkImpact into an organization known for its commitment to the cause. ThinkImpact is also grateful for its close relationship with the Board of Trustees and Young Trustees. The Boards have provided unending generosity and strategic advice that is essential for our success.

Staff Saul Garlick, Executive Director Vanessa Carter, Director of Finance and Programs Lily Muldoon, Director of Fellowships Megan Barry, Country Director—South Africa Abdallah Mohamed, Country Director—Kenya Andrea Calderon, Atlas Corps Fellow Matthew Scharf, Project Director—GDI South Africa Stephen Billy, Team Leader—GDI South Africa Michael Oyler, Team Leader—GDI South Africa

WE WISH TO ACKNOWLEDGE AND THANK THE FOLLOWING ORGANIZATIONS FOR HELPING TO MAKE AN IMPACT

Fellows Kaitlin Walter, South Africa Fellow Sarah Whitney, South Africa Fellow Claire Bristow, South Africa Fellow Julie Walz, South Africa Fellow David Lamb, South Africa Fellow

Interns Julia Rosenbaum, Office Intern Bret Mares, Office Intern Jessica Schwartz, Programs Intern Emma Shapiro, Office Intern

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BOARDS TRUSTEES & YOUNG TRUSTEES ThinkImpact’s Board of Trustees, the official governing board of the organization, is growing! We have invited Ron Cordes, CoChairman of Genworth Financial Wealth Management and Chairman of the Cordes Foundation and Amber Herman, former member of the Board of Young Trustees, works in the Office of the Secretary of Agriculture at the US Department of Agriculture. ThinkImpact’s Board of Young Trustees continues to be a highly engaged group of 20 young professionals from across the United States and even around the world. New members commit to raising $800 during the year for the organization and help with events, recruitment, Fellowship selection and community selection. Board of Young Trustees Stephen Billy Alyce Blum Annette Blum Avi Goldgraber Dita Garlick

Kurt Herzer Xuan-Trang Ho Jonathan Hunt-Glassman Lauren Johnston Jessica Marks, Chair

Cara Miale Allison Nuanes Rebecca Offensend Raphael Picciotto Jessie Risch

Ilya Shapiro Zeke Vince Elvia Zazueta Josh Zelkind

Special thank you to our Trustees Ron Cordes, Mary Barry, Betty Arkell, and Amber Herman as well as Danya International, the Oak Foundation, the William J. Clinton Foundation and over 1000 individual donors for your generosity. Special thanks to Holland & Hart LLP for pro bono legal counsel. Additional thank you to Young Trustee, Josh Zelkind for his accounting support and guidance. Matt Andrew Photography


2009 Achievements

GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT INTERNSHIP

KAYAFUNGO, KENYA

ThinkImpact is pleased to report on the success of the pilot Global Development Internship program in Kayafungo, Kenya during the summer of 2009. With an outstanding group of 8 young leaders, ThinkImpact set off to Kayafungo to complete evaluations of past projects and to lay the foundation for new projects. Students traveled an hour outside Mombasa to the rural area in the Kaloleni District where they lived and worked with local community members in the Kayafungo Location. Students were introduced to the community by doing scavenger hunts and capacity inventories to learn about local community resources. In pairs, students visited different project sites to complete monitoring and evaluation reports. Six students pursued the fellowship track and were challenged to mobilize local committees on common goals and interests of community members such as women’s health, business development, and agricultural improvements. Two fellows were selected: Laura MacArthur who will be working on The Ground Up Project and Alexandra Crosson who is working on the Women’s Action Center.

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2009 Achievements

GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT INTERNSHIP

MANYELETI, SOUTH AFRICA

This is the third consecutive year ThinkImpact has hosted a successful GDI to South Africa. Sixteen students were selected and led by three new staff members to Manyeleti, South Africa. They hosted camps for over 400 local children, empowering youth to help run these camps and thus develop leadership experience. They taught English, math, science, and economics at Manyangana High School, Hananani Primary School, and Shiviti Primary School. They conducted computer lessons, typing skills, and helped young people realize the importance and power of a college education. GDIs facilitated agricultural systems allowing for improved crop yields. They made physical improvements in local schools, libraries, and developed rainwater catchment systems in three different communities. They taught about the risks of HIV/AIDS, held health awareness seminars taught in Xitsonga, accompanied community members to get tested for HIV, and created a sustainable condom distribution system that valued individual privacy. Concerned about the level of unemployment in the villages, GDIs implemented a series of CV-workshops. Students completed numerous Monitoring and Evaluation surveys to assess the sustainability of past ThinkImpact projects. The “Soccer for Real Change” tournament was a major success as well. GDIs and local community members planned the tournament and hosted over 1000 players and spectators for 2 days of soccer and health education. Two fellows were selected: Mary Templeton—Dixie Youth Center and Jessica Maurer—Sprouts for Education Project.

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2009 Achievements

GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT AMBASSADORS The Ambassadors trip is an opportunity to complete site visits to ThinkImpact community projects to gain a deeper understanding of ThinkImpact’s purpose. Ambassadors enjoy accommodation with local Shangaan families in the communities where we complete projects for 3 nights while they learn about common challenges and the Shangaan culture. Ambassadors also spend 2 nights at Djuma Game Reserve, a private luxury game lodge located in Sabi Sands - adjacent to the famous

ThinkImpact hosted 2 Ambassadors trips in March and October of this year. We were joined by members of our Board of Trustees and Young Trustees. A SAIS international development scholar was selected from a competitive pool of applicants for a scholarship. Long-time donors had an opportunity to visit communities they have supported for several years for the first time.

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2009 Achievements

GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT FELLOWSHIP

SOUTH AFRICA

ThinkImpact sent its first class of 5 fellows to South Africa for their in country fellowships for periods ranging from three months to one year. The fellows raised $45,000 collectively for their three projects and received matched gifts in South Africa valued at over $40,000. It was a record breaking year for project fundraising and it proved the ability of young leaders to raise funds for fellowship projects. The pilot year got off to an impressive start!

Mundzuku Scholarship Foundation The Mundzuku Scholarship Foundation was successfully developed with Global Development Fellows David Lamb and Julie Walz, who worked closely with Angie, a local community member. A series of trainings for college counseling as well as a selection committee comprised of local community women in Manyeleti, South Africa was established. The women selected three finalists who would receive mentoring and scholarships through high school and college. The remarkable program is being implemented with the support of the Buffelshoek Trust and MAD Foundation.

Matt Andrew Photography

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2009 Achievements

GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT FELLOWSHIP

SOUTH AFRICA

Bakery Social Entrepreneurship Project The Bakery in Uta is up and running! The utilities, financial systems and staff are more efficient and more effective than ever. Working to increase production, reliability, and transparency, Global Development Fellow Kaitlin Walter teamed up with Dories Siwela and several community members. Now entering the second stage of her project, Kaitlin will begin a microfinance program with a loan selection committee comprised of bakery staff to provide support for new initiatives in Uta.

Uta Community Center Accomplishments In early December, the Uta Community and Business Development Center broke ground! Working with local community members Angie and Grace, they were able to design a hall that will provide vocational training, support groups and business resources including computers and financial literacy programs to the entire Uta community.

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MEDIA

2009 Achievements This year ThinkImpact hired Rabinowitz/Dorf Communications for a 4 month campaign effort to build media presence and launch our new brand: ThinkImpact. From the beginning of the year, ThinkImpact has been featured in numerous media outlets including:

How Generation Y can end hunger, The Denver Post The Meaning of Mandela, The Huffington Post

Gen-Y: The Social Innovation Generation, Social Edge OTHER ARTICLES Scholar takes her charity work global, The Daily Times Lily Muldoon on coming of age in Kayafungo, The Examiner Livonia Native Helps to Reduce Poverty in Kenya, Hometown Life OSU grad to travel to Africa as part of a Think Impact fellowship, The Lantern Mitchell makes moves for change, The Chronicle Poverty reduction project in South Africa, Huron Hometown News

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In Colorado Springs – we hosted our second annual Spring Shebeen and raised over $10,000 During October – we celebrated the official launch of our new name, ThinkImpact, with 6 happy hours hosted nationwide by young professionals. This was our first nationwide event and announced our new brand to several new networks across the country.

We hosted our second annual event at the Kenya Embassy in Washington, D.C. on December 3. This was a beautiful event with Tusker beer from Kenya, hors devours from The Village Wharf, and an award ceremony honoring the Princeton Lyman Global Leadership Awardees, Marina Kim, Director of Ashoka U and Jeffrey Hoffman, CEO of Danya International.

EVENTS

Over the last year ThinkImpact hosted several successful events with the support of our incredible network of contributors who have raised over $25,000 and helped us spread the word about our work.


Financials FY 2008-2009


Future goals – 2010 Next year we plan to take on 5 Global Development Internships with 75 interns to Kenya and South Africa. This growth will place ThinkImpact at the forefront of the social entrepreneurship sector—connecting young leaders with rural Africa. The challenges are many and our growth depends on our confidence in the operational systems we have built as well as our capacity to scale up our staff. We hope to send all 4 selected fellows to Kenya and South Africa to facilitate the implementation of their proposed projects until 2011. This will be our first year sending fellows to Kayafungo, Kenya – a community in great need of our fellows’ projects. We look forward to measuring their impact next year. In the office we are growing as well. We will bring on a third full-time staff member to the DC office increasing our permanent staff to 6. This addition is necessary to be successful in maintaining the quality of our programs while continuing to grow the organization.

Matt Andrew Photography


ThinkImpact Annual Report 2009