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Aid For Africa, Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Health, Health Care, Philanthropy, Public Foundations

Mission: Helps African children, families, and communities through a network of charities providing healthcare (HIV/AIDS, malaria), education, food, economic improvement, conservation, wildlife protection, and arts programs.

Results: Aid for Africa has helped empower thousands of families in Sub Saharan Africa to build better lives through our support of more than 60 US-based nonprofits in our network. Activities included building schools, providing scholarships to students, providing women with capital to start small businesses, training mentor mothers to help stop the spread of HIV to the unborn, conserving rare wildlife, protecting rainforests in Tanzania, providing support to families in Northern Uganda, disseminating new agricultural technologies, and more. The Aid for Africa Girls Education Fund increases the number of girls in primary and secondary schools as well as college. Aid for Africa also partners with the Friedman School of Nutrition at Tufts University through its Aid for Africa Endowment for Food and Sustainable Agriculture, which supports graduate students undertaking research in Africa. Through its blog and other social media outlets, Aid for Africa reaches thousands of followers with information about the complex issues facing Sub Saharan Africa how the challenges they present are being met.

Target demographics: Poor and marginalized communities throughout Sub Saharan Africa.

Geographic areas served: Sub Saharan Africa

Programs: Provide support for nonprofits working in Sub-Saharan Africa undertaking programs in healthcare, education, food security, micro-enterprise, wildlife protection, environmental conservation, and the arts. Educate U.S. citizens about Sub-Saharan Africa.

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

Aid for Africa has been a champion for on-the-ground non-profit outreach in various parts of Africa. Our organization, Action Africa Inc has gained both access and exposure to other organizations through our partnership with Aid for Africa. This is so very important in developing collaboration and access to information and resources. The African continent is so huge and complex; it takes giant ideas and giant efforts to make a simple dent. Aid for Africa has a unique mission of bringing together many small organizational units, thus forming a strong and formidable group that is always ready for action. Africa is blessed in this effort.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Aid for Africa's impact stretches across the present and into the future. By supporting a select group of non-profits currently doing field work and graduate students doing research, they are constantly up to date and having exponential impact throughout the continent of Africa.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been working with Aid for Africa for over two years as a board member and I am very much satisfied with its professionalism, its commitment to its mission, its strong sense of responsibility toward its constituents, and its drive to move the organization forward. I am proud to be a part of this wonderful organization

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Aid For Africa is an excellent organization doing great work. I am a current Master's student studying nutrition and global health at Tufts University and, thanks to generous support from Aid For Africa's scholarship program, I recently had the opportunity to work on a community-based nutrition project in Rwanda and a sexual and reproductive health research project in Kenya. I have truly enjoyed working with the wonderful and passionate people who comprise Aid For Africa, and am eager to support their organization going forward.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Aid for Africa is a highly efficient organization that provides a unique service to nonprofits working in Sub-Saharan Africa. The organization provides financial support to some 80 different organizations that furnish urgently needed services to tens of thousands of people across the Continent. What makes Aid for Africa particularly effective is its emphasis on science-based development and the links that it provides it members to advanced research institutions. This effort helps ensure that member organizations have easy access to the latest technology in the fields of agriculture, environment and health. Aid for Africa's board, which is fully supportive of this effort, places a high priority on good governance, equity, and financial transparency. The board's work is facilitated by a small, but uniquely qualified and committed staff of development professionals.

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Board Member

Rating: 4

I really enjoyed being on the board of this organization that leverages the work of many different organizations to make a larger positive impact in regards to many issues facing those living in Africa. They help support the work of many great organizations doing important work.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been pleased to be on the board of Aid for Africa for a number of years. It was founded to help grassroots development on the ground in Sub Saharan Africa and it is doing that through its support of organizations focused on health, education, microfinance, agriculture, wildlife conservation, and more. Aid for Africa fosters partnership among these organizations, which work throughout Sub Saharan Africa, so that lessons and best practices can be shared and results improved. Aid for Africa is unique in its strong focus on research-focused development, which is reflected in its partnership with leading development organizations and its endowment at Tufts University that provides for graduate students to conduct research in Africa during the summer. I also find that Aid for Africa’s strict eligibility requirements and transparency ensures donors that financial contributions are well managed.

Review from Guidestar