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, http://www.sadevelopmentfund.org/) and Eastern Education Resource Collaborative (East Ed, http://www.easted.org/). 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.