not your average nonprofit

A trendsetting model

If you’re not up on what’s trendy in development work. let us tell you we’re so “in” right now! The new era of aid is centered around local participation, and we’re going one step further and making it about locals taking the wheel while we get in the back seat.

01. PROVEN APPROACH

Years of research on effective development work points to local participation being the key link to an initiative’s success.

02. LOCAL EXPERTISE

No one knows the Acholi people better than the Acholi people. Why should anyone else be calling the shots on the front lines of such important work?

03. COLLABORATE AND CONQUER

By working as a large collaborative team, we see can see the larger picture, share information and insight, and then divide up expertise in the most efficient ways.

Our partners are local visionaries and grassroots organizations who are doing incredible things.

Ambitious, yet simple

We have claimed we’re going to transform Gulu, and we will.  It’s a big job, but we can do it all because we’re not doing it all. We provide a few key pieces, but it’s the community that executes their vision from start to finish.

01. COMMUNITY SPACE

By providing classrooms and meeting spaces, local leaders have a place to offer education, mentoring, support, or counseling to their community.

02. INITIATIVE DEVELOPMENT

By providing initiative development training, leaders have can quick access to answers about their new initiatives.

03. MEASURED RESULTS

By providing free monitoring and evaluation for projects, leaders are able to receive relevant and timely feedback to continually improve their work.

Learn more about how we’re making a better way for Gulu…

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A community space that brings it all together

We never thought we would find a 5-acre property only a 5-minute walk from town, but we did, and we’re obsessed!  Sure, it needs some TLC – it is 50 years old after all – but once we get it in shape, Gulu won’t be able to stay away!

01. THE SPACE SOLUTION

So many development projects stop before they begin because space is such a difficult hurdle here. Not anymore.

02. NETWORKING ON STEROIDS

As a central hub for development work, we’re building a reputation across all of Gulu that provides a large network for all our partners to work with.

03. CREATING A SAFE HAVEN

As we development a high quality, comfortable space we’re showing the Acholi people the level of service they deserve and fostering a space where everyone can let down their guard.

In a single day, we could have the capacity to host…

1500+

PEOPLE ATTENDING A WIDE VARIETY OF CLASSES OR EVENTS IN OUR MEETING ROOMS, EVENT HALL OR AMPHITHEATER

1300+

PEOPLE GATHERING IN OUR PUBLIC HANGOUT SPACES, CAFE, ROOFTOP, OR LIBRARY.

500+

EMPLOYEES WORKING FOR ELEPHANTE OR PARTNER BUSINESSES AND ORGANIZATIONS.

Exponential Potential

We believe you change a community one person at a time, and each of those people can go forward and change their families and their neighbors. Every project that empowers the Acholi people, empowers the entire community.

01. EDUCATION

For every class hosted, that is community access to information and a more knowledgable community.

02. COMMUNITY

For every memory made or meal shared with loved ones, that’s a strengthened community bond.

03. JOB CREATION

For every full-time job created, 4 family members can be supported and a child can pay school fees.

04. LOCAL EMPOWERMENT

For every person who sees their peers stepping up to serve, that is immeasurable restoration of Acholi dignity.

We’re not there yet. We’ve only opened about 15% of our facility and our projects. We need your support to do the rest.

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Our impact to dollar ratio is stellar!

We’re a bootstrapping nonprofit, and we always will be. We believe in making the absolute most of your hard earned money. Not only do dollars go a lot farther here than almost anywhere, but every dollar given is highly celebrated and very intentionally spent.

01. $15 CAN HELP 150+ PEOPLE EVERY MONTH

A $15 donation will buy a chair. 150+ people could use that chair every month for a class, a support group, a development meeting, or a shared memory with loved ones.

02. THE RENT FREE DREAM

If our current partners had to find their own space tomorrow, their collective rent would likely be over $10,000 USD, and completely unsustainable. Our rent is $2,000 total, and most of our partners are using our space completely for free.

03. ONE TIME FUNDRAISING GOAL

Once we reach our one time fundraising goal, we will be fully sustainable and won’t have to rely on donations to continue to serve Gulu for years to come.

We want to tell Gulu there are thousands of people all over the world who believe in them.

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We’ll pay our own bills!

We’re not a monkey in constant need of bananas, we’ll grow our own. Unlike organizations that have a neverending need for monthly donations, once our facility is fully operational, we’ll be able to cover our own bills completely.

01. BUSINESS FOR THE COMMON GOOD

Elephante’s founders were entrepreneurs first, and have 5 years of experience doing business in Gulu. This mindset gives us a huge advantage towards achieving full sustainability and fast.

02. LOW MONTHLY COSTS

Our model gives us a unique advantage financially since we have very low overhead needs. Even at full operations, our projected monthly operation costs will be very affordable.

03. HIGH INCOME GENERATION

With all of our sustainability projects like our cafe, hotel, and farm, we will have no problem covering utilities, rent, salaries, and even bring in additional income to fund future projects.

A one time gift won’t go to monthly expenses, it will equip us to last for years and years.

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So why should you care?

01. The Acholi people shouldn’t have to do this alone.

02. They have the vision and they’re ready to do the work on the ground.

03. Your support is the missing piece to making it all happen.