Financials

Financials

We are a small, private charitable foundation run from our family’s kitchen offices across the U.S. and in Vietnam. Our grants range from Seed grants for startups, to larger Catalyst grants for programming and operational support of stellar nonprofits doing the real work to end poverty.

We work with several U.S.-based partners who serve millions clients worldwide, a majority 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 job creation and job readiness for youth and families in our own American neighborhoods as well as many other countries. Our work balances out to about 10% local and 90% global.

Annual Reports

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

Our Partners

 

M&M Pantry, Inc. Crisis Food Center

M&M Pantry, Inc. Crisis Food Center

Mecklenburg Area Catholic Schools Education Foundation

Mecklenburg Area Catholic Schools Education Foundation

WAMC Northeast Public Radio

WAMC Northeast Public Radio

Pan-Mass Challenge

Pan-Mass Challenge

Starpoint Church

Starpoint Church

Camp Opportunity

Camp Opportunity

Thompson Child and Family Focus

Thompson Child and Family Focus

StickWithUs

StickWithUs

The Diversity Center

The Diversity Center

Santa Cruz Film Festival

Santa Cruz Film Festival

San Francisco AIDS Foundation

San Francisco AIDS Foundation

Q Foundation

Q Foundation

Pataphysical Broadcasting Foundation (KUSP)

Pataphysical Broadcasting Foundation (KUSP)

National Alliance on Mental Illness

National Alliance on Mental Illness

Mini Mermaid Running Club

Mini Mermaid Running Club

Kiva

Kiva

Jolkona

Jolkona

Holy Trinity Catholic Middle School

Holy Trinity Catholic Middle School

HEROES, Inc.

HEROES, Inc.

Guilford College Peace and Conflict Studies Department

Guilford College Peace and Conflict Studies Department

Equus Anam Cara

Equus Anam Cara

Dragonfly Foundation

Dragonfly Foundation

Del Mar Elementary School

Del Mar Elementary School

Charlotte Secondary School

Charlotte Secondary School

Charlotte Catholic High School

Charlotte Catholic High School

Castro Country Club

Castro Country Club

Asylum Access

Asylum Access

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Access Health Africa

Access Health Africa

Ventures

Ventures

REACH

REACH

Project Hawai’i

Project Hawai’i

Prosperity Catalyst

Prosperity Catalyst

Tujenge Africa Foundation

Tujenge Africa Foundation

Eggpreneur

Eggpreneur

Education Bridge

Education Bridge

KadAfrica

KadAfrica

Idea4Africa

Idea4Africa

CREA Nicaragua

CREA Nicaragua

Bean Voyage

Bean Voyage

Beneficial Returns

Beneficial Returns

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

HomeFirst

HomeFirst

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

Xavier University: Life Community-Deduako

Xavier University: Life Community-Deduako

Live Oak Education Foundation

Live Oak Education Foundation

LivelyHoods

LivelyHoods

Lumana Village Ventures

Lumana Village Ventures

Malaria No More

Malaria No More

Medha

Medha

One Laptop Per Child

One Laptop Per Child

Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum

Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum

Praise Laundromat Project via the Catholic Diocese of Lexington

Praise Laundromat Project via the Catholic Diocese of Lexington

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

BOMA Project

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

Village Enterprise

Village Enterprise

Current Social-Impact Investments

 

 Our Numbers from Current Year

  • By dollar amount U.S. 11% 11%
  • By dollar amount global 89% 89%
  • By number of grants U.S. 33% 33%
  • By number of grants global 67% 67%

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 and 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

2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 

2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007