Mission  | Background |  Team  |  Structure  |  Finances

The US-Africa Network depends in large part on the voluntary efforts of participants. In 2013, more than 30 consistent participants contributed at least 1,800 hours in volunteer time and $14,000 in travel costs and other in-kind contributions to the US-Africa Network.

Staying true to our goal to minimize costs and build a network, we have elected not to have office space. Contributions made to the US-Africa Network go directly to projects that include co-ordinating efforts by network volunteers. Funds raised go for part-time staff and for expenses for bringing participants together for in-person meetings, beginning with the initial consultation in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in June 2013.

Fiscal 501(c)(3) sponsorship of the US-Africa Network as a project is provided both by the South Africa Development Fund (SADF, and Eastern Education Resource Collaborative (East Ed, East Ed has provided these services since December 2012, making it possible for the US-Africa Network project to be launched and continued in 2013 and 2014. The SADF also took on the US-Africa Network as a project in June 2014.  SADF and East Ed are each responsible for managing and reporting on those funds contributed through their respective sponsorships of the US-Africa Network project.

From December 2012 through the end of 2013, the US-Africa Network received $80,000 in grants, $70,000 from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and $10,000 from the New World Foundation. It also received individual donations totaling $12,684.

An unaudited financial statement for 2012 and 2013 is available on request from