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Kenya Community Development Foundation

Post Office Box 10501-00100
Nairobi, Kenya

Mission

To promote sustainable development of communities for social justice through institution building, partnerships, resource mobilization and policy influencing

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Most Meaningful Change

Our community development foundation is a unique organization. In a landscape where many nonprofits look to external donors for their sustenance, we look within Kenya and ensure it has its own investments to finance its activities. In a context where most donors and grant makers impose their agendas on communities, we support communities to be drivers of their own development agenda. Our strategic niche is in the promotion of a model that enhances growth and sustainability of communities through capacity development, community philanthropy and local resource mobilization. The ability of community members to support each other through active giving, whether of goods, services or cash, has always been the hallmark of African culture.

1997 Year Founded
$6,377,022 Endowment Value
$3,537,017 Total Annual Grantmaking

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Last Updated: 09.19.14

Population Area Served

1,000,000

Identifying Information
OrganizationKenya Community Development Foundation
Address 1Post Office Box 10501-00100
Address 2Did not answer
City / TownNairobi
State / RegionDid not answer
ZIP / Postal CodeDid not answer
CountryKenya
ContinentAfrica
Map Address (If Different)Morning Side Office Park, 4th Floor, Ngong Road
Map City / Town (If Different)Nairobi
Map State / Region (If Different)Did not answer
Map Zip / Postal Code (If Different)Did not answer
Map Country (If Different)Did not answer
Phone+254 20 3540239
Emailinfo@kcdf.or.ke
Websitewww.kcdf.or.ke
Organization Leader (Name, Title)Janet Mawiyoo
Primary Contact’s NameMelvin Chibole
Primary Contact’s PositionCommunications Manager
Foundation at a Glance
Year Founded1997
Mission StatementTo promote sustainable development of communities for social justice through institution building, partnerships, resource mobilization and policy influencing
Organization DescriptionCommunity Foundation
Other DescriptionDid not answer
Approximate Size of the Population Serviced1,000,000
Total Paid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)25
Total Unpaid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)Did not answer
Total Board Members8
Financial Information (in U.S. Dollars)
Organization’s Total Income in Last Fiscal Year$5,414,764
Organization’s Gifts Income in Last Fiscal YearDid not answer
Organization’s Total Expenditures in Last Fiscal Year$5,746,516
Organization’s Grantmaking Budget in Last Fiscal Year$3,537,017
Does Organization Have an EndowmentYes
Value of Endowment (or Financial Reserves) as of the End of Last Fiscal Year$6,377,022
Change in Financial Status Over Last Three YearsSignificant improvement
Priorities and Achievements
Factors that Played a Role in the Origins of Your Organization
Community leadershipPlayed a centrally important role
Philanthropic giftsPlayed an important role
Grassroots activismPlayed an important role
Inadequate government servicesPlayed a centrally important role
Changes in the political environmentPlayed an important role
Changes in the economic environmentPlayed a centrally important role
Government initiative fundingPlayed a slight role
Foundation initiative fundingPlayed a centrally important role
Bilateral or multilateral initiative fundingPlayed an important role
Favorable legal or fiscal policiesPlayed a slight role
Time Spent Working in Following Areas
NeighborhoodLots of time
LocallyLots of time
RegionallyLots of time
NationallyLots of time
InternationallyVery little time
Rate Importance of the Following Functions
GrantmakingCentrally important
Having local people as leaders in the organizationN/A
Seeking local donationsCentrally important
Having a gender balance in the organizationCentrally important
Board reflective of community diversityCentrally important
Building an endowmentCentrally important
Serving donor needsImportant but not central
Acting as a fiscal intermediary for the communityCentrally important
Building inclusion and trust in the communityCentrally important
Pursuing equityCentrally important
Accountability to local peopleCentrally important
Raising money for grantmaking annuallyCentrally important
Community developmentCentrally important
In the Last Year, Extent to Which Programming and/or Grantmaking Involved Work in the Following Areas
Arts and cultureLittle
EducationLot
EnvironmentLot
HealthFair amount
Human and social servicesLot
Human rightsLot
International relationsLittle
ReligionNot at all
Economic developmentLot
Conflict resolution/bridging different parts of the communityLittle
Information technologyLittle
Strengthening local or regional governmentLittle
HousingNot at all
ChildrenLot
WaterLittle
Alternative energyFair amount
Disaster reliefNot at all
Advocacy with authoritiesLot
Job trainingFair amount
Nongrantmaking Services Offered to Community in Recent Years
Convening for issues of local concernOften
Promote collaboration between granteesOccasionally
Promote understanding of public policyOccasionally
Training/capacity-building for local organizationsOften
AdvocacyOccasionally
Loaned staffRarely
ResearchRarely
Community needs assessmentOften
Leadership developmentOften
InternshipsOften
Providing space for local organizationsRarely
Access to information technologyRarely
Publishing/knowledge sharingOften
Main Trends Over the Past Year in Geographic Area Served
PovertyGetting worse
CrimeGetting much worse
Trust among different sections of the communityGetting better
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesGetting worse
Social position of marginalized groupsNo change
Responsiveness of authoritiesNo change
Appropriateness of public policiesGetting worse
Value of community assetsGetting better
Quality of the environmentGetting worse
Number of people and organizations working to change and improve their communityGetting much better
Levels of innovation and risk taking in addressing community problemsGetting better
Networks and links between different parts of the communityGetting better
Gender equityGetting better
Charitable giving through the community foundationGetting better
Number of people and organizations involved in philanthropic givingGetting better
Extent to Which Organization Can Claim Tangible and Measurable Achievements in the Past Three Years
PovertySome important achievements
CrimeA few small achievements
Trust among different sections of the communitySome important achievements
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesA few small achievements
Social position of marginalized groupsSome important achievements
Responsiveness of authoritiesA few small achievements
Appropriateness of public policiesWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Value of community assetsA few small achievements
Quality of the environmentA few small achievements
Number of people and organizations working to change and improve their communityMuch achievement
Levels of innovation and risk taking in addressing community problemsSome important achievements
Networks and links between different parts of the communityA few small achievements
Gender equitySome important achievements
Charitable giving through the community foundationSome important achievements
Number of people and organizations involved in philanthropic givingA few small achievements
Active Partnerships
Formal community associations and groupsLot
Informal associations of citizensN/A
Non-governmental organizationsLot
Local governmentLittle
National governmentN/A
UniversitiesLittle
SchoolsLot
BusinessesLot
Partnerships and External Aid
Other Institutions Helpful to Our Work
National association of grantmakersHelpful
Regional association of grantmakersHelpful
Global Fund for Community FoundationsHelpful
Particular foundationHelpful
Other organizationHelpful
Involvement of Local People
Regularly survey local people about our programsYes
Local people are engaged in the delivery of our workYes
Local people control what our organization doesYes
Have local people represented on our boardNo
Have regular sessions where local people advise us what our programs should doYes
Actively engage local people as volunteersYes
All of our board is composed of local peopleNo
Account to local people about our successes and failures each yearYes
Assistance in Overcoming Main Difficulties Faced in Developing Organization Further
Increased fundingVery important
Better legal or fiscal environmentVery important
More volunteersImportant
Access to advice or technical assistanceImportant
Better local culture of givingVery important
Stronger civil societyVery important
More responsive authoritiesVery important
OtherDid not answer
Most Meaningful Change
Most Meaningful Change that Organization Has Helped to Bring About in the Last Three YearsOur community development foundation is a unique organization. In a landscape where many nonprofits look to external donors for their sustenance, we look within Kenya and ensure it has its own investments to finance its activities. In a context where most donors and grant makers impose their agendas on communities, we support communities to be drivers of their own development agenda. Our strategic niche is in the promotion of a model that enhances growth and sustainability of communities through capacity development, community philanthropy and local resource mobilization. The ability of community members to support each other through active giving, whether of goods, services or cash, has always been the hallmark of African culture.
 

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Identifying Information

Foundation at a Glance

Financial Information (in U.S. Dollars)

Priorities and Achievements
Factors that Played a Role in the Origins of Your Organization

Time Spent Working in Following Areas

Rate Importance of the Following Functions

In the Last Year, Extent to Which Programming and/or Grantmaking Involved Work in the Following Areas

Nongrantmaking Services Offered to Community in Recent Years

Main Trends Over the Past Year in Geographic Area Served

Extent to Which Organization Can Claim Tangible and Measurable Achievements in the Past Three Years

Active Partnerships

Partnerships and External Aid
Other Institutions Helpful to Our Work

Involvement of Local People

Assistance in Overcoming Main Difficulties Faced in Developing Organization Further

Most Meaningful Change

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