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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: AIDS, Children & Youth, Health, International, International Relief, Youth Development

Mission: The mission of 25:40 is to channel the attention and resources of those blessed with much toward saving children in southern Africa from the devastating impacts of poverty and AIDS, and in so doing, create one community of people empowered with purpose, healing and hope.

Results: We started a pilot after school care program in Canzibe, South Africa that serves 40 orphans. It is so successful that we are now working to expand the program to accept more orphans and to build a skills center for the entire community.

Target demographics: Orphaned and vulnerable children in the poor rural areas of southern Africa.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Several hundred orphaned and vulnerable children.

Geographic areas served: southern Africa

Programs: Canzibe Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) Action Project Hlalani Kum AfterCare Program Masonwave Preschool

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Jennifer E.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

25:40 is an amazing organization. The main mission of 25:40 is to help children in Africa affected by AIDS. However, the founders of the charity also take time from their busy lives to enrich and educate the childen here in America through sharing their experiences. This inspired a group of elementary children to collect books and clothes to send to South Africa. The enthusiasm and commitment of the Zacarolis to their charity is amazing.

Lori R.


Rating: 5

Wow! 25:40 is a wonderful organization helping African children and families whose lives have been touched by the AIDS epidemic. I have had the privilege of knowing the creators of this organization, Alec and Amy, and am blessed to call them my friends. I have enjoyed helping with various fundraisers over the past years--25:40 Walk, 25:40 Concerts, and other donation opportunities. They have been such an inspiration in my life by showing me how lives can be changed by even the smallest gift of time, talent and treasure.


Rating: 5

2540 is an amazing organization. I have run only one marathon in my life and it was only because I had dedicated myself to raising the money for 2540. I was so proud of finishing that race for my child in south Africa. I have been to a number of their other events which are always well run, thought provoking and energizing. I love the work of Amy and Alec. They also helped and advised my daughter through a fundraising effort in Ivory Park, South Africa. Through their patient advice and help, she was able to raise money to help a small group of preschools. I love the work of 2540 and hope that others will support it as well.


Rating: 5

I raised money for 25:40 for a recent marathon, and I was particularly impressed with the leadership of Alec and Amy Zacaroli. They have a personal attachment to helping touch the lives of children afflicted by AIDS in South Africa. Alec thoroughly explained how this nonprofit organization works with the government in South Africa to ensure that a coordinated effort is implemented in combating AIDS/poverty. I am fully confident that all donations to this organization are well spent, and I hope to participate in more of their events in the future.


Rating: 5

2540 has provided me and my family with a wonderful opportunity to help people that we would not otherwise be able to reach. When I explained to my two young daughters why I was running a marathon and raising money, it had such an impact on them, that 3 years later they continue to pray for “the girl my dad was running for” every night at dinner.

Thomas Z.


Rating: 5

From 1970 to 1978, my family lived in South Africa. My youngest son, Alec, was 1 1/2 years old when we went there so his formative years were spent there and "he has Africa in his blood". Alec has gone on to a successful career, marriage to Amy and family of his own in America, but his heart remains with the people with whom he grew up.
When it became apparant that South Africa was rife with AIDS, Alec and Amy determined to do what they could to ease the suffering.
Through research and friends in South Africa they found that while there were efforts underway to fight AIDS in the major population areas, little was being done to help in the rural areas and most particularly to help the children who were either HIV positive or orphaned by loss of parents to AIDS.
Creating the non profit, 25:40 was their answer. You can learn all about their success on the 25:40 website. What is hard to discern from a website is their devotion to this cause, the joy it has brought to the area they serve and how it has changed lives and given hope to so many.