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. AN ARMY OF COLLABORATORS
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.
We’ll pay our own bills!
We’re not a monkey constantly asking for bananas. We’ll grow our own. Unlike organizations that have a never ending 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 less than $10,000 USD.
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 will 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.
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 in Gulu is overcrowded and overpriced. Not anymore.
02. NETWORKING HUB
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 develop 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 their guard down.
In a single day, we could have the capacity to host…
PEOPLE ATTENDING A WIDE VARIETY OF CLASSES OR EVENTS IN OUR MEETING ROOMS, EVENT HALL, OR AMPHITHEATER
PEOPLE GATHERING IN OUR PUBLIC HANGOUT SPACES, CAFE, ROOFTOP, OR LIBRARY.
EMPLOYEES WORKING FOR ELEPHANTE OR PARTNER BUSINESSES AND ORGANIZATIONS.
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 can have 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…
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.
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.
For every class hosted, that is even more knowledge distributed to the community- information that is relevant, applicable, and focused on improving the lives of the students.
For every memory made or meal shared with loved ones, that’s a strengthened community bond, one that is not easily broken.
03. JOB CREATION
For every full-time job created, 4 family members can be supported and a child can pay school fees, propelling their family out of the cycle of poverty.
04. LOCAL EMPOWERMENT
For every person who sees their peers stepping up to serve, that is immeasurable restoration of the dignity and independence of the Acholi people.