Question: How much of my donation will be used for FOAI's administrative expenses?
Answer: Thanks to the generous donation of time and effort of
FOAI's members, we currently use only 2% of donations to cover
administrative expenses within FOAI. This is markedly less than other
non-profit organizations that may typically consume 10-20% for
administrative overhead. As our programs expand, it may become necessary
to increase our administrative expenses somewhat, however it is our
intention to always keep our overhead to an absolute minimum.
Question: How is a project selected to become an FOAI affiliate?
Answer: As stated in our Statement of Purpose (home page), FOAI
"supports effective and established foundations, research centers, and
programs designed to preserve and protect African wildlife, environment,
and culture from the constant threat of extinction". Proposals from
prospective affiliates are given a board review using established
criteria to ensure that FOAI affiliates meet these standards.
Question: Why has FOAI chosen to become more involved in working
through established affiliates in Africa as opposed to creating new
Answer: Over the years, we have discovered some outstanding
programs originated by dedicated conservation and cultural professionals
in Africa. Rather than compete for funding dollars in similar arenas,
FOAI can provide more overall benefit by supporting these select
programs, through additional representation and guidance from our base
in the U.S., in addition to providing tax benefits for U.S. donors.