AFRICA INSTITUTE FOR CHARITY (AIC)
Africa Institute for Charity (AIC) is Africa’s premier incorporated institution for nonprofit leadership and management, dedicated to capacity-building, training, research and development of sustainable approaches aimed at equipping nonprofit executives and stakeholders; for effective communication, proper accountability and maximum impact.
We draw strength from traditional African communal solutions to our challenges by optimizing the sacred satisfaction of probity to effect the much needed positive change in our society.
We blend ancient African care with international best practice. It is our belief that the yearnings for experiential deliverables by our communities could be properly addressed by vision driven leaders and practitioners fortified with the right information on modern day economic variables and data base projections.
Therefore, the emergence of nonprofit leaders equipped with the globally certified tools to disrupt and develop transparent result-oriented guidelines that will enhance charity, philanthropy and nonprofit services in Africa, becomes imperative.
We are internationally recognized impact charity institution for top notch nonprofit leaders and practitioners, with certification from prestigious National Development Institute, United States and world class Medallion Holder of Best Practice Charity, as the continental champion member of National Association of Nonprofit Organizations and Executives (NANOE), Washington, U.S.A.
To develop and certify leaders of public trust in philanthropic management and charitable services for maximum impact in our communities
WHY AFRICA INSTITUTE FOR CHARITY (AIC)
Philanthropy and Charity are key components of nonprofit, otherwise known as the Third Sector. It has contributed tremendously to the development of Nigeria and Africa; majorly through foreign aids, grants and individual tax deduction based donations.
However, local organizations willing and ready to contribute through nongovernmental mechanisms towards complementing the developmental efforts of governments in our society are confronted with lack of leadership and management manpower, verifiable database, transparent impact assessment auditing system and partnership policy framework.
This is in contrast to what is obtained in the United States of America where statistical data shows that the nonprofit sector generates over 5% gross domestic product (GDP) of their economy. It employs over 11million workers, with 9% of all wages and salaries amounting to over 500billion dollars.
In the United States also, 90% of nonprofit workforce is found in healthcare, education and other social services. Cumulatively, charitable giving from 1976 – 2016 in United States amounts to US$400billion dollars. More than 2/3 of tax payers in United States give to charity and three quarter of US$400billion dollars comes from individual giving. In volunteering, 63million Americans volunteer for charity and it is made up of 25% adults.
The numerous reported and unreported cases of misappropriation of funds meant for charitable services, lack of public trust, and unprofessional conduct of some domestic nonprofit practitioners have resulted to withdrawal of some foreign aids, grants and donations required to meet the critical needs of our communities. These are propellers that challenged our working group to peer review nonprofit capacity building guidelines, with international best practice ‘rooted in principles of moral agency, stewardship, freedom of speech, freedom of peaceful assembly, ethical practice, and transparency that supercharge charity’.
Charitable practice in Nigeria is in desperate need of overhaul and re-engineering, in consonance with new corporate laws, 21st century industry standards and corporate social responsibility, new media variations etc. This will innovatively empower nonprofit sector to tackle many social and environmental issues confronting our communities, in accordance with Chapter Three, paragraph 836 of the Companies and Allied Matters Act, 2020.
Africa Institute for Charity was established with the commitment to refine, improve, strengthen and promote governing guidelines of nonprofit capacity building in Nigeria and Africa generally.
HOW WE SERVE
RESEARCH, DATA & DEVELOPMENT (RDD)
The most recent World Humanitarian Data and Trends, published by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), records that more than 130 million people worldwide depend on Humanitarian Assistance for survival. Accurate and accessible database is important in taking informed decisions by critical nonprofit stakeholders. This is crucial in a world where environmental and humanitarian crisis are increasing in complexity, frequency and duration, thereby exerting pressure on the limited resources with competing demand on charitable services.
Therefore, Africa Institute for Charity identifies, investigates, defines and articulates areas of nonprofit sector practices that inhibit organizational growth and community impact. Our work is based on doctoral methodology, experiential interactions with concerned communities, volunteers, donors, board members, executives and relevant government bodies. Deployment of our field tested mechanisms of capturing and recording the undercurrents of nonprofit challenges, opportunities and impact; will aggregate into:
a. Collection: Data collection of functional nonprofit organizations operating in Nigeria.
b. Evaluation Process: Evaluating the collected data, authenticating the channels of reference and tools deployed.
c. Storage and Management: Storage and management of evaluated data for development and further references.
- Sharing: Data generated could be shared with funders and stakeholders. Processed data are necessary requirement for corporate and individual donors as well as overall nonprofit best practice.
- AFRICA INSTITUTE FOR CHARITY (AIC) will build a reliable donor database for nonprofit organizations in Africa. Nonprofit practitioners will access information to meet philanthropists and funders who share specific passion on how to serve communities with their resources.
PROMOTE GUIDELINES AND INNOVATION:
Africa Institute for Charity (AIC), will create the platform where, nonprofit executives, academicians, philanthropists, volunteers, policy makers and affected communities, will share experiences, knowledge and approaches to review and develop new set of competencies and frameworks that will increase impact in the Third Sector. It will recommend and embrace changes in structure and operations of nonprofit governance, leadership and impact assessment.
TRAINING AND COACHING:
Experiential coaching and hands-on training for individuals, groups and organizations on short and long term career in nonprofit management, philanthropic giving and charitable services. This will enhance evidential service delivery, professionalism and high impact.
MENTORING AND CONSULTING:
Mentoring on best practice charity and consultancy services in nonprofit fund management, accounts auditing, monitoring and evaluation, as well as onsite visits for risk assessment, loss prevention, reduction and adjustment. We will also help corporations in identifying areas of charitable interventions in our communities.
MEDIA PARTNERSHIP AND VENDOR OUTLETS:
The activation of interactive media windows for non-stop engagement with stakeholders is paramount. Our official website www.aic.org.ng is fully optimized for virtual online links on cloud based information and specialized trainings individuals, donors, charitable organizations need to actualize their nonprofit missions. Syndicate publication of nonprofit real news and investigated stories with our strategic nonprofit media partners will help in tracking activities and drawing attention to areas of need.
CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY ADVOCACY:
Africa Institute for Charity (AIC), as part of its social enterprise mandate, will track and evaluate activities of companies in our environment on how they impact on the communities they operate. By tracking the doings of For-Profit Organizations’ corporate social responsibility reports, AIC will advocate for tax rebate and legislations that will encourage such firms in tackling the increasing demands on community based nonprofit issues. This will complement the competing needs confronting governments with limited budget. We will also publish periodic Reports on Nonprofit Charitable opportunities and public policy challenges. Africa Institute for Charity (AIC) will also sensitize and mobilize on policies and programmes by Federal, State and Local governments that are inimical to nonprofit charitable works.
CREDENTIALING AND CERTIFICATION
Africa Institute for Charity (AIC) is the first Institution in Nigeria and Africa, to be duly licensed by the Federal Ministries of Justice, Education and incorporated with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) to research, educate, coach, train and issue certificates for the promotion of professional standards in Nonprofit practice. Our courses and programmes are developed and implemented through practical research methodology and experiential environmental approach, vetted and certified by National Development Institute, USA. We are fully accredited by the United States only Unifying Nonprofit Legislative Council (NANOE) that oversees the codification of guidelines that govern sound charitable practice.
THE BENEFITS OF AIC CREDENTIALING, CERTIFICATION AND MEMBERSHIP.
- You become internationally certified Nonprofit Professional equipped with the global best practice capacity in charitable practice.
- Enjoy global recognition with international charity organizations for funding, employment and consultancy in nonprofit sector.
- Special International Recognition for donors and funders as Humanitarian Nonprofit Champions.
- Special access to local and international grants, funds and donors for nonprofits mission accomplishments.
- Recommendation for local and international nonprofit services.
- Opportunity to attend annual Mega Gifts Ramp-Up Programmes in the United States, powered by National Development Institute, USA.
- Opportunity to attend the biggest bi-annual Nonprofits’ event in the United States, NANOE Board of Governors Convention and Expo.
- Authorize to use AIC badge and designations in public title on complimentary cards, letterheads, websites etc..
- Have their names and certifications recorded in the database and published periodically.
THE TRIPOD PILLAR OF AFRICA INSTITUTE FOR CHARITY
- Robust Strategy: To effectively communicate the vision, mission and master plan of the institute with user-friendly buttons for impact optimization, enhanced visibility and effective participation.
- Result Oriented Programmes: Continuous experiential capacity building development with measurable result oriented programmes and improved assessment analysis.
- Enhanced Relationship: The Institute must constantly engage innovative technology to enhance corporate and individual relationship with all stakeholders.
THE FOUR CARDINAL DEVELOPMENT PLANS FOR AFRICA INSTITUTE FOR CHARITY
- Creating and developing implementable strategy for continuous growth and sustainability in the third sector.
- Adopting a baseline or irreducible bench mark for performance, accountability and credibility.
- Optimization of practical knowledge and experiential tools for philanthropy, charity and nonprofit management in Africa.
- Cultivating and scaling up strategic partnership for nonprofit management development, funding and community service.
OUR AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
- To engage in researching, educating and training of practitioners and executives of nonprofit organizations.
- We seek to coach, train, and interact with nonprofit leaders about matters related to scale, sustainability and impact.
- To promote advocacy in the area of ethics and values for manpower development in nonprofit services.
- To engage in conducting and analyzing data and surveys in the field of the nonprofit sector.
- To research on the scale, sustainability and significant impact of nonprofit practice in Nigeria and how they transform the communities they serve.
- To provide a genuine platform for promoting professional standards in nonprofits practice in Nigeria.
- To host forums, trainings, conferences and events and issue certificates of participations to participants.
- To partner with both local and international philanthropists and stakeholders who share our passions and vision to improve the charitable sector’s value.
- To encourage change, innovation, creativity, flexibility and adaptability in individual and organizational practices.
- We partner to create change by learning, reflecting, discovering and innovating together, as we change and respond to challenges; we all grow in understanding, skill and experience.
CENTRES AND SCHOOLS
- Centre For Nonprofit Leadership And Development
- School Of Nonprofit Executives And Capacity Building
- Centre For Nonprofit Organisations And Management
- School Of Charity, Philanthropy And Fundraising
- Centre For Grants, Gifts And Donation Management
- School Of Nonprofit Ethics, Compliance And Legal Administration
- Centre For Accountability, Relationship And Integrity
- Centre For International Cooperation, Partnership And Development
- Centre For Media And Non Profit Communications
- School Of Corporate Social Responsibility
- Centre For Research And Data Management
- Centre For Credentialing, Certification And Continuing Education