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Community Foundation for Western Region of Zimbabwe

21 Walter Howard Road, Northend
Post Office Box 1799
Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
00263 9 200078 / 209617

Mission

To provide for the well-being of the economically disadvantaged communities in the western region of Zimbabwe by supporting and mobilizing resources for development initiatives coming from the communities themselves

Most Meaningful Change

The foundation has helped communities to better take care of orphans and vulnerable children through the extended family care system. We have also worked to reduce issues related to the stigma of and discrimination against people living with HIV. The poorest of the poor have been made to unleash their potential and have greatly improved the quality of their lives through inculcating a culture of saving and establishment of small income-generating activities. The socioeconomic status of women has been improved through the establishment of income-generating activities like baking and raising poultry. This has increased the economic base of women, as they now own assets, as well as their leadership qualities, as they now occupy positions of power in the communities.

1998 Year Founded
$100,000 Endowment Value
$10,000 Total Annual Grantmaking

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Last Updated: 09.22.14

Population Area Served

3,000,000

Identifying Information
OrganizationCommunity Foundation for Western Region of Zimbabwe
Address 121 Walter Howard Road, Northend
Address 2Post Office Box 1799
City / TownBulawayo
State / RegionDid not answer
ZIP / Postal CodeDid not answer
CountryZimbabwe
ContinentAfrica
Map Address (If Different)Did not answer
Map City / Town (If Different)Did not answer
Map State / Region (If Different)Did not answer
Map Zip / Postal Code (If Different)Did not answer
Map Country (If Different)Did not answer
Phone00263 9 200078 / 209617
Emailwestfund@mweb.co.zw
WebsiteDid not answer
Organization Leader (Name, Title)Stewart Mantula, Executive Director
Primary Contact’s NameStewart Mantula
Primary Contact’s PositionExecutive Director
Foundation at a Glance
Year Founded1998
Mission StatementTo provide for the well-being of the economically disadvantaged communities in the western region of Zimbabwe by supporting and mobilizing resources for development initiatives coming from the communities themselves
Organization DescriptionCommunity Foundation
Other DescriptionDid not answer
Approximate Size of the Population Serviced3,000,000
Total Paid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)7
Total Unpaid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)3
Total Board Members5
Financial Information (in U.S. Dollars)
Organization’s Total Income in Last Fiscal Year$40,000
Organization’s Gifts Income in Last Fiscal YearDid not answer
Organization’s Total Expenditures in Last Fiscal Year$39,000
Organization’s Grantmaking Budget in Last Fiscal Year$10,000
Does Organization Have an EndowmentYes
Value of Endowment (or Financial Reserves) as of the End of Last Fiscal Year$100,000
Change in Financial Status Over Last Three YearsDeclined
Priorities and Achievements
Factors that Played a Role in the Origins of Your Organization
Community leadershipPlayed an important role
Philanthropic giftsPlayed an important role
Grassroots activismPlayed a centrally important role
Inadequate government servicesPlayed a slight role
Changes in the political environmentNo role
Changes in the economic environmentPlayed a centrally important role
Government initiative fundingNo role
Foundation initiative fundingPlayed a centrally important role
Bilateral or multilateral initiative fundingNo role
Favorable legal or fiscal policiesPlayed a slight role
Time Spent Working in Following Areas
NeighborhoodFair amount of time
LocallyLots of time
RegionallyLots of time
NationallyNone
InternationallyNone
Rate Importance of the Following Functions
GrantmakingCentrally important
Having local people as leaders in the organizationImportant but not central
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 cultureNot at all
EducationLittle
EnvironmentNot at all
HealthLittle
Human and social servicesLittle
Human rightsNot at all
International relationsNot at all
ReligionNot at all
Economic developmentFair amount
Conflict resolution/bridging different parts of the communityNot at all
Information technologyNot at all
Strengthening local or regional governmentFair amount
HousingNot at all
ChildrenFair amount
WaterFair amount
Alternative energyNot at all
Disaster reliefFair amount
Advocacy with authoritiesFair amount
Job trainingNot at all
Nongrantmaking Services Offered to Community in Recent Years
Convening for issues of local concernOccasionally
Promote collaboration between granteesOften
Promote understanding of public policyOccasionally
Training/capacity-building for local organizationsOccasionally
AdvocacyOften
Loaned staffOccasionally
ResearchOccasionally
Community needs assessmentOften
Leadership developmentOften
InternshipsOften
Providing space for local organizationsOccasionally
Access to information technologyOften
Publishing/knowledge sharingOccasionally
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 much better
Social position of marginalized groupsGetting better
Responsiveness of authoritiesGetting better
Appropriateness of public policiesGetting much better
Value of community assetsGetting much better
Quality of the environmentDid not answer
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 foundationDid not answer
Number of people and organizations involved in philanthropic givingNo change
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 communitySome important achievements
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesSome important achievements
Social position of marginalized groupsSome important achievements
Responsiveness of authoritiesSome important achievements
Appropriateness of public policiesSome important achievements
Value of community assetsMuch achievement
Quality of the environmentDo not work in this sphere
Number of people and organizations working to change and improve their communitySome important achievements
Levels of innovation and risk taking in addressing community problemsA few small achievements
Networks and links between different parts of the communitySome important achievements
Gender equitySome important achievements
Charitable giving through the community foundationA few small achievements
Number of people and organizations involved in philanthropic givingWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Active Partnerships
Formal community associations and groupsLot
Informal associations of citizensLittle
Non-governmental organizationsLot
Local governmentLot
National governmentLot
UniversitiesLittle
SchoolsLittle
BusinessesLittle
Partnerships and External Aid
Other Institutions Helpful to Our Work
National association of grantmakersHelpful
Regional association of grantmakersHelpful
Global Fund for Community FoundationsHelpful
Particular foundationVery helpful
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 doesNo
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 environmentImportant
More volunteersNeither important nor unimportant
Access to advice or technical assistanceImportant
Better local culture of givingImportant
Stronger civil societyImportant
More responsive authoritiesImportant
OtherDid not answer
Most Meaningful Change
Most Meaningful Change that Organization Has Helped to Bring About in the Last Three YearsThe foundation has helped communities to better take care of orphans and vulnerable children through the extended family care system. We have also worked to reduce issues related to the stigma of and discrimination against people living with HIV. The poorest of the poor have been made to unleash their potential and have greatly improved the quality of their lives through inculcating a culture of saving and establishment of small income-generating activities. The socioeconomic status of women has been improved through the establishment of income-generating activities like baking and raising poultry. This has increased the economic base of women, as they now own assets, as well as their leadership qualities, as they now occupy positions of power in the communities.
 

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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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