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Masindi Community Foundation

Plot 54 Persee Street
Post Office Box 368
Masindi, East Africa 256
Uganda

Mission

To mobilize and endow resources for the promotion and facilitation of asset based development so as to enable local citizens establish and manage sustainable social enterprises capable of improving their livelihoods and helping them achieve poverty relief.

Most Meaningful Change

The foundation has established/works with the following social enterprises among others; 26 charcoal briquette producing social enterprises(farmers producing effective charcoal briquettes from postharvest agricultural wastes which are available in plenty normally after harvest as opposed to the traditional system of deforestation for charcoal production); so as to provide income/capital for the groups. The 26 charcoal briquette social enterprises (each social enterprise containing 25 members) have so far yielded total income of more than USD 6,000 to the groups. According to each charcoal briquette social enterprise, 60% of the income from the sale of the briquettes is divided equally among the members, 20% is injected into the operational fund, OF to meet the operating costs of the social enterprise and 20% is injected into the Savings Scheme Fund to provide very low interest loans to members of a given social enterprise to set up other personal micro-enterprises like poultry, piggery etc. The foundation offers continuous mentoring and training to the social enterprises during PME to increase their efficiencies in improving livelihoods for poverty relief. Budongo Basket Weavers Association, BUBWA. BUBWA is an only women-association/social enterprise consisting of 210 women. The social enterprise has been successful in linking her asset of traditional expertise in embroidery to available market opportunities for the baskets provided by hundreds of tourists who flock Budongo forest, one of the key tourist attractions in Uganda to see the various primates, key among them chimpanzees. The foundation facilitated BUBWA with quality embroidery for use in the production of the baskets. We also partnered with a local consultant who helped the women adapt their crafts to be more appealing to the tourists. BUBWA currently earns an average monthly income of between USD 20-USD 40 from basket production. According to the social enterprise, 60% of the income from the sale of the crafts is divided equally among the members, 20% is injected into the operational fund, OF to meet the operating costs of the social enterprise and 20% is injected into the Savings Scheme Fund to provide very low interest loans to members of the social enterprise to set up other personal micro-enterprises like apiary, aviary etc. The foundation offers continuous mentoring and training to the social enterprises during PME to increase their efficiencies in improving livelihoods for poverty relief. A rice-processing centre in Nyabyeya Budongo subcounty. The facility/social enterprise is benefitting 158 rice producers. Here 60% of the income from the sale of the crafts is divided equally among the members, 20% is injected into the operational fund, OF to meet the operating costs of the social enterprise and 20% is injected into the Savings Scheme Fund to provide very low interest loans to members of the social enterprise to set up other personal micro-enterprises like salon, bakery etc. The foundation offers continuous mentoring and training to the social enterprises during PME to increase their efficiencies in improving livelihoods for poverty relief. A maize-processing facility in Kigezi, Miirya subcounty. The facility has brought milling services closer to the people, while doing so at a reduced fee. The income obtained from the milling services is injected into the community’s savings box which shall then provide small interest loans to community members to establish sustainable micro-enterprises capable of improving their livelihoods towards achieving poverty relief. Note: MCF's measure of impact is the total monthly income obtained by the community members. Currently over 3,000 people earn monthly income of atleast $100,000 from MCF's interventions; of which atleast 1,000 are female beneficiaries.

2011 Year Founded
$74,584 Endowment Value
$12,600 Total Annual Grantmaking

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Top Programmatic Priorities
Population Area Served

669,900

Identifying Information
OrganizationMasindi Community Foundation
Address 1Plot 54 Persee Street
Address 2Post Office Box 368
City / TownMasindi
State / RegionEast Africa
ZIP / Postal Code256
CountryUganda
ContinentAfrica
Map Address (If Different)Post Office Box 368
Map City / Town (If Different)Masindi
Map State / Region (If Different)
Map Zip / Postal Code (If Different)
Map Country (If Different)Uganda
Phone256465420090
Emailmcf@mcfuganda.org
Websitewww.mcfuganda.org
Organization Leader (Name, Title)Mr. Kirungi Micheal, Chief Executive Officer
Primary Contact’s NameMicheal Kirungi
Primary Contact’s PositionChief Executive Officer
Foundation at a Glance
Year Founded2011
Mission StatementTo mobilize and endow resources for the promotion and facilitation of asset based development so as to enable local citizens establish and manage sustainable social enterprises capable of improving their livelihoods and helping them achieve poverty relief.
Organization DescriptionCommunity philanthropy organisation
Other DescriptionMCF exists to; • Establish, promote and maintain sound community-rooted growth funds, to facilitate and promote asset based development as a model that enables communities establish and manage sustainable social enterprises capable of improving their livelihoods and helping them achieve poverty relief. • Facilitate establishment of saving and loan schemes for social enterprises for sustainability and to enable members access very low interest loans to invest in their enterprises and hence increase income levels. • Facilitate linkages between social enterprises and prospective markets like agricultural companies, schools and other agencies. • Work in partnership with other development partners to ensure that key services like extension services, inputs, access to finance and business development services are availed to the social enterprises. • Engage other development actors like the government to create favorable environment for social enterprises. • Support through grantmaking initiatives of formally established community based organizations, CBOs directed towards tackling issues which negatively impact on the social enterprises.
Approximate Size of the Population Serviced669,900
Total Paid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)5
Total Unpaid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)3
Total Board Members12
Financial Information (in U.S. Dollars)
Organization’s Total Income in Last Fiscal Year$368,106
Organization’s Gifts Income in Last Fiscal YearDid not answer
Organization’s Total Expenditures in Last Fiscal Year$328,572
Organization’s Grantmaking Budget in Last Fiscal Year$12,600
Does Organization Have an EndowmentYes
Value of Endowment (or Financial Reserves) as of the End of Last Fiscal Year$74,584
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 a slight role
Grassroots activismPlayed a slight role
Inadequate government servicesPlayed a centrally important role
Changes in the political environmentNo role
Changes in the economic environmentPlayed an important role
Government initiative fundingPlayed a centrally important role
Foundation initiative fundingNo role
Bilateral or multilateral initiative fundingPlayed a centrally 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
NationallyNone
InternationallyNone
Rate Importance of the Following Functions
GrantmakingImportant but not central
Having local people as leaders in the organizationCentrally important
Seeking local donationsCentrally important
Having a gender balance in the organizationCentrally important
Board reflective of community diversityCentrally important
Building an endowmentCentrally important
Serving donor needsCentrally important
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 cultureFair amount
EducationNot at all
EnvironmentLot
HealthNot at all
Human and social servicesFair amount
Human rightsNot at all
International relationsNot at all
ReligionNot at all
Economic developmentLot
Conflict resolution/bridging different parts of the communityNot at all
Information technologyNot at all
Strengthening local or regional governmentNot at all
HousingNot at all
ChildrenNot at all
WaterNot at all
Alternative energyNot at all
Disaster reliefNot at all
Advocacy with authoritiesNot at all
Job trainingNot at all
Nongrantmaking Services Offered to Community in Recent Years
Convening for issues of local concernOften
Promote collaboration between granteesOften
Promote understanding of public policyRarely
Training/capacity-building for local organizationsOften
AdvocacyNever
Loaned staffNever
ResearchOften
Community needs assessmentOften
Leadership developmentOften
InternshipsOften
Providing space for local organizationsOften
Access to information technologyRarely
Publishing/knowledge sharingOften
Main Trends Over the Past Year in Geographic Area Served
PovertyGetting better
CrimeDid not answer
Trust among different sections of the communityGetting better
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesGetting better
Social position of marginalized groupsGetting better
Responsiveness of authoritiesDid not answer
Appropriateness of public policiesDid not answer
Value of community assetsGetting better
Quality of the environmentGetting better
Number of people and organizations working to change and improve their communityGetting better
Levels of innovation and risk taking in addressing community problemsGetting better
Networks and links between different parts of the communityGetting much 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
CrimeDo not work in this sphere
Trust among different sections of the communityDid not answer
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesSome important achievements
Social position of marginalized groupsMuch achievement
Responsiveness of authoritiesSome important achievements
Appropriateness of public policiesA few small achievements
Value of community assetsSome important achievements
Quality of the environmentMuch achievement
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 communityMuch achievement
Gender equitySome important achievements
Charitable giving through the community foundationSome important achievements
Number of people and organizations involved in philanthropic givingSome important achievements
Active Partnerships
Formal community associations and groupsNot at all
Informal associations of citizensLittle
Non-governmental organizationsLittle
Local governmentNot at all
National governmentNot at all
UniversitiesLittle
SchoolsNot at all
BusinessesLittle
Partnerships and External Aid
Other Institutions Helpful to Our Work
National association of grantmakersVery unhelpful
Regional association of grantmakersVery unhelpful
Global Fund for Community FoundationsHelpful
Particular foundationVery unhelpful
Other organizationVery helpful
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 boardYes
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 peopleYes
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 environmentN/A
More volunteersImportant
Access to advice or technical assistanceVery important
Better local culture of givingImportant
Stronger civil societyN/A
More responsive authoritiesN/A
OtherDid not answer
Most Meaningful Change
Most Meaningful Change that Organization Has Helped to Bring About in the Last Three YearsThe foundation has established/works with the following social enterprises among others; 26 charcoal briquette producing social enterprises(farmers producing effective charcoal briquettes from postharvest agricultural wastes which are available in plenty normally after harvest as opposed to the traditional system of deforestation for charcoal production); so as to provide income/capital for the groups. The 26 charcoal briquette social enterprises (each social enterprise containing 25 members) have so far yielded total income of more than USD 6,000 to the groups. According to each charcoal briquette social enterprise, 60% of the income from the sale of the briquettes is divided equally among the members, 20% is injected into the operational fund, OF to meet the operating costs of the social enterprise and 20% is injected into the Savings Scheme Fund to provide very low interest loans to members of a given social enterprise to set up other personal micro-enterprises like poultry, piggery etc. The foundation offers continuous mentoring and training to the social enterprises during PME to increase their efficiencies in improving livelihoods for poverty relief. Budongo Basket Weavers Association, BUBWA. BUBWA is an only women-association/social enterprise consisting of 210 women. The social enterprise has been successful in linking her asset of traditional expertise in embroidery to available market opportunities for the baskets provided by hundreds of tourists who flock Budongo forest, one of the key tourist attractions in Uganda to see the various primates, key among them chimpanzees. The foundation facilitated BUBWA with quality embroidery for use in the production of the baskets. We also partnered with a local consultant who helped the women adapt their crafts to be more appealing to the tourists. BUBWA currently earns an average monthly income of between USD 20-USD 40 from basket production. According to the social enterprise, 60% of the income from the sale of the crafts is divided equally among the members, 20% is injected into the operational fund, OF to meet the operating costs of the social enterprise and 20% is injected into the Savings Scheme Fund to provide very low interest loans to members of the social enterprise to set up other personal micro-enterprises like apiary, aviary etc. The foundation offers continuous mentoring and training to the social enterprises during PME to increase their efficiencies in improving livelihoods for poverty relief. A rice-processing centre in Nyabyeya Budongo subcounty. The facility/social enterprise is benefitting 158 rice producers. Here 60% of the income from the sale of the crafts is divided equally among the members, 20% is injected into the operational fund, OF to meet the operating costs of the social enterprise and 20% is injected into the Savings Scheme Fund to provide very low interest loans to members of the social enterprise to set up other personal micro-enterprises like salon, bakery etc. The foundation offers continuous mentoring and training to the social enterprises during PME to increase their efficiencies in improving livelihoods for poverty relief. A maize-processing facility in Kigezi, Miirya subcounty. The facility has brought milling services closer to the people, while doing so at a reduced fee. The income obtained from the milling services is injected into the community’s savings box which shall then provide small interest loans to community members to establish sustainable micro-enterprises capable of improving their livelihoods towards achieving poverty relief. Note: MCF's measure of impact is the total monthly income obtained by the community members. Currently over 3,000 people earn monthly income of atleast $100,000 from MCF's interventions; of which atleast 1,000 are female beneficiaries.
 

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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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