The Proof Is in the Reporting: 3 Nonprofits’ Success Stories to Inspire Your Work

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The Proof Is in the Reporting: 3 Nonprofits’ Success Stories to Inspire Your Work

Though it may not feel like it, the behind-the-scenes work like compiling reports is just as important as shaking hands and working one-on-one in the field. But the fact is that the numbers and impact reports that nonprofits provide don’t just serve as a call-to-action for funders and potential donors and volunteers; they serve to inspire other organizations working to make a difference. Check out the numbers and stories behind these 3 nonprofits, and draw a little inspiration for the next time you’re putting together the numbers for your own nonprofit.

Kiva Microfunds

Kiva relies on the kindness of strangers online across the world in order to alleviate poverty. This nonprofit was founded in 2005 by Matt Flannery and Jessica Jackley after gaining inspiration from a lecture by Muhammad Yunus about microfinance. After working closely with entrepreneurs in Africa to understand the startup problems they faced, the pair founded Kiva. The idea behind Kiva is simple: donors register for free on kiva.org, lend as little as $25 to a borrower in need, and are repaid over time. Though its expectations of its donors are small, the organization achieves enormous results.

To date, Kiva…

  • Has a 98.84% repayment rate
  • Has given $567,189,400 in loans
  • Hosts 1,178,455 lenders
  • Serves 75 countries
  • Works with 250 field partners

Water.org

Water.org was co-founded by Gary White and Matt Damon in July 2009 as a merger between White’s WaterPartners and Damon’s H2O Africa. Water.org and its WaterCredit Initiative focus is twofold: to address the lack of access to safe water and sanitation, and to address the lack of access to finances to implement solutions for these problems. WaterCredit works to achieve these solutions by facilitating loans from local microfinance institutions in the developing world to low-income individuals in order to finance safe water and sanitation.

According to Water.org’s most recent annual report, in 2013 alone the organization…

  • Constructed 73,081 toilets
  • Established 66,632 household water connections
  • Established 34 water and sanitation programs worldwide
  • Expanded the WaterCredit concept across 4 continents
  • Reached 1.1 million people via WaterCredit
  • Had a 99% repayment rate

Room to Read

A nonprofit dedicated to children’s education and the promotion of both literacy and gender equality, Room to Read was founded by John Wood in 2000. Wood was inspired to start Room to Read after a trip to Nepal during which he visited local Nepalese schools, where students were eager to learn but lacked resources to succeed. Today, Room to Read operates worldwide, operating under the idea that “World Change Starts With Educated Children.”

According to its most recent Quick Fact Sheet, Room to Read has…

  • Established over 1,600 schools
  • Established over 16,000 libraries
  • Facilitated the publishing of 1,000 children’s books in 27 local languages
  • Distributed over 13 million children’s boots
  • Established more than 50 chapters in 16 countries
  • Accrued over 11,000 volunteers

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