Financials

Financials

We are a small, private charitable foundation run from our kitchen office in northern California. Our grants range from one-time donations of $1,000 to support relief efforts and valuable projects, to larger multiyear grants for programming and operational support of stellar nonprofits doing the real work to end poverty.

We work with fifty U.S.-based partners who serve nearly seven million clients, 60% of whom are ultra poor (as measured by the World Bank at $1.90/day or less).

Check out our entire portfolio on our Causes page and see this year’s list below.

We support pragmatic self-help programs in education and job creation for youth and families in our own American neighborhoods as well as 125 other countries. Our work balances out to about 15% local and 85% global.

Annual Reports

For a quick overview, check out our recent annual reports:

Our Partners

Advancing Girls Education: AGE Africa

Advancing Girls Education: AGE Africa

African Entrepreneur Collective

African Entrepreneur Collective

Agora Partnerships

Agora Partnerships

Akilah Institute for Women

Akilah Institute for Women

Alfalit International Inc.

Alfalit International Inc.

Anseye Pou Ayiti (Teach for Haiti)

Anseye Pou Ayiti (Teach for Haiti)

Artemis Center

Artemis Center

Asante Africa Foundation

Asante Africa Foundation

Batonga Foundation

Batonga Foundation

BESO

BESO

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Lexington

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Lexington

Catholic Committee of Appalachia

Catholic Committee of Appalachia

Center for Community Transformation via endPoverty.org

Center for Community Transformation via endPoverty.org

Compass Family Services

Compass Family Services

Cooperative for Education

Cooperative for Education

Dayton Christian Center

Dayton Christian Center

Dayton International Peace Museum

Dayton International Peace Museum

Destiny Foundation through Cents of Relief

Destiny Foundation through Cents of Relief

Digital NEST

Digital NEST

Educate Lanka

Educate Lanka

EHC Lifebuilders

EHC Lifebuilders

Emily Griffith Foundation

Emily Griffith Foundation

FEDA

FEDA

Feed the Children

Feed the Children

Firelight Foundation

Firelight Foundation

Food for the Poor

Food for the Poor

Freedom From Hunger

Freedom From Hunger

Gardens for Health International

Gardens for Health International

Global Press Institute

Global Press Institute

Good Shepherd Ministries

Good Shepherd Ministries

Grameen Foundation

Grameen Foundation

Hand in Hand

Hand in Hand

Harvard Divinity Solutions to Poverty

Harvard Divinity Solutions to Poverty

Hope for Honduran Children

Hope for Honduran Children

JAAGO Foundation through the Jolkona Foundation

JAAGO Foundation through the Jolkona Foundation

Jibu

Jibu

Kiretono Resource Centre through AID Tanzania

Kiretono Resource Centre through AID Tanzania

Life Community-Deduako

Life Community-Deduako

Live Oak Education Foundation

Live Oak Education Foundation

LivelyHoods

LivelyHoods

Local 2 Global Grants

Local 2 Global Grants

Lumana Village Ventures

Lumana Village Ventures

Malaria No More

Malaria No More

Medha

Medha

One Laptop Per Child

One Laptop Per Child

Pacific Aviation Museum

Pacific Aviation Museum

Praise Laundromat Project via St. Joseph the Worker

Praise Laundromat Project via St. Joseph the Worker

Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation

Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation

Resonate

Resonate

Save the Children

Save the Children

StrongMinds

StrongMinds

Summer Search

Summer Search

Teach North Korean Refugees

Teach North Korean Refugees

The BOMA Project

The BOMA Project

The School Fund

The School Fund

The TERF Project via First Christian Church of Mt. Sterling KY

The TERF Project via First Christian Church of Mt. Sterling KY

Tomorrow’s Youth Organization

Tomorrow’s Youth Organization

Unitus

Unitus

Upaya Social Ventures

Upaya Social Ventures

V-Day

V-Day

Village Bicycle Project

Village Bicycle Project

Vittana

Vittana

Voice of Witness

Voice of Witness

Voix & Actions

Voix & Actions

Wahat al-Salam–Neve Shalom through American Friends of Wahat al-Salam–Neve Shalom

Wahat al-Salam–Neve Shalom through American Friends of Wahat al-Salam–Neve Shalom

Women LEAD

Women LEAD

Working Capital for Community Needs

Working Capital for Community Needs

Working Narratives

Working Narratives

World Central Kitchen

World Central Kitchen

Current Social-Impact Investments

 Our Numbers from Current Year

  • By dollar amount U.S. 19%
  • By dollar amount global 81%
  • By number of grants U.S. 33%
  • By number of grants global 67%
  • % to Ultra Poor 60%

NUMBER OF GRANTS

MORE THAN MONEY

Our real value does not come from the size of our donations.—We’re too small for that. It comes from our informed belief in the visionaries we support—real human beings, who wake up every day and cannot help but care, who dedicate their lives to the work of equal opportunity.

If you browse through the “Seeds of Hope” stories of our students and entrepreneurs and our partners who serve them, you’ll see what gives us hope in humanity. You will see their love in action, changing the world for good.

If we didn’t have strong convictions that intention and effort matter more than money, we’d just write a check and call it a day. However, the Skees family and board believe in being there as volunteers. Our board members and director donate from a few hours a month to 60 hours a week to supporting our grantee partners in any way we can, cultivating and nourishing collaborative relationships, and writing stories of advocacy for those doing the nitty-gritty work of effecting prosperity and equality for all.

Our board members give their time and talent to many other organizations, and our family members volunteer for a variety of nonprofits; faith-based, educational, and healthcare providers; environmental-justice and human-rights organizations. Actually, we end up inspiring one another, to stop off after work or stay up a little later, to put in the time be a part of the change we wish to see in the world.

GRANTS HISTORY

For details on our history of grantmaking since 2005, please click the link below to our 990PFs, or check us out on Guidestar.

990PF TAX RETURNS

2015 2014 2013 2012

2011 2010 2009 2008 2007