Case Studies

Enabling Foreign Charities to Scale Their Impact

This case study tells the story of why Tusk closed its US 501(c)(3) organization and established the “Friends of Tusk Fund” at CAF America.

For many foreign nonprofit organizations, accessing donors from the US is an important goal for financial success. However, applying for 501(c)(3) status and maintaining a charity in the US can be a costly and challenging reality. This case study of Tusk shows why a UK charity chose to close its US public charity and instead worked with CAF America to establish a Friends Fund, a cheaper and more efficient vehicle for receiving taxeffective donations from US taxpayers.

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Solar Lights Across Africa

To build awareness around the advantages of solar technology and to give credibility to the solar movement in local African communities, SolarAid launched the SunnyMoney social enterprise.SunnyMoney’s focus is on building relationships with local schools to demonstrate how solar lights operate and educating the surrounding communities on the advantages of investing in solar technology. They provide affordable study lights to students and empower shops, traders, and independent agents to sell and distribute a range of solar lights within the community. Through their innovative distribution model, in only seven years SunnyMoney has grown to become the largest seller and distributor of solar lights in Africa, impacting countless lives along the way.

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The Power of Basketball

This grant was necessary to refurbish the basketball court built by the Kazickas Family Foundation in partnership with NBA Cares in Vilnius, Lithuania in 2006. The refurbishment of the court includes the replacement of basketball stands and hoops, the restoration of the fence surrounding the court, and a complete refinishing and repainting of the court’s surface. KFF’s main focus in refurbishing the court is the continued promotion of fitness and overall physical and mental health for Lithuanian youth through The Power of Basketball initiative, launched in 2015. The Power of Basketball is a social responsibility program created by the Kazickas Family Foundation and conducted by Capital Basketball School (Sostines Krepsinio Mokykla) in Vilnius.

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Creating a Campus: A Donation of Foreign Real Estate

The most pressing questions standing between donors and the fulfillment of their philanthropic visions are often related to identifying the appropriate cause and organization to support. How do you choose a social issue when there are so many and all are worthy? How do you find the organization with the greatest impact? Once these questions are answered, everything else becomes easy. Or does it?

Giving can be as simple as writing a check, however, often times it is a far more complex process that requires extensive resources and the support of a very committed team. When charitable giving involves actors from various countries, the donation is nonmonetary, and is done under considerable time constraints, the donor’s most pressing questions are likely to revolve around how it can be done most effectively.

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Kyengera Women's Hospital

According to the World Health Organization’s 2013 report on micronutrient deficiency in women and children in Uganda, 435 deaths were reported during pregnancy and childbirth for every 100,000 live births in 2010, with malaria and malnutrition being major contributing factors.2 These alarming maternal mortality rates combined with the increasing need to improve people’s knowledge of healthcare issues inspired the Sisters to focus their efforts to increase awareness for women’s health, maternity care, and health education. In order to facilitate their overall goal of improving access to proper health care, the Sisters decided to lend their support in building a women’s hospital in the Kynegera community.

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