FAQ

100% OF PUBLIC DONATIONS MADE THROUGH THIS WEBSITE DIRECTLY FUND IMAGINE1DAY’S EDUCATION PROJECTS – HOW?

Investment income from a $10 million endowment established by Chip and Shannon Wilson in 2007, combined with the Wilsons’ ongoing financial support and the support of our Leadership Circle members, allows us to maintain our promise of a 100% flow through of public donations to our projects in Ethiopia.

WHAT IS THE IMAGINE1DAY USA FOUNDATION?

Registered as Friends of imagine1day, Inc., the imagine1day USA Foundation is a publicly supported, tax-exempt organization (Tax ID 46-0983910) organized under section 501 (c) (3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code.

It carries out its charitable purpose by issuing grants to imagine1day, a Canadian registered charity legally registered to operate as direct implementers of education programming in Ethiopia. The imagine1day USA Foundation has an independent Board of Directors that exercises complete discretion and control over all grants made to Imagine 1 Day International Organization. Only projects approved by the Board of Directors of Friends of imagine1day, Inc. will receive funding.

Read more about the imagine1day USA Foundation.

WHAT IS IMAGINE1DAY’S EXPERIENCE AND CAPACITY IN ETHIOPIA?

Since 2007, imagine1day has been exclusively focused on implementing projects that contribute to Ethiopia’s commitment to universal primary education.

Working under Ethiopia’s public education system, and in partnership with the federal, regional and district government education offices in the country, imagine1day has demonstrated an ability to reach out-of-school children and implement education activities, which have significantly improved enrollment, retention and succession rates, as well as quality and equality in primary education. imagine1day has been recognized and awarded on several occasions by our government partners in Ethiopia for thought leadership and implementation effectiveness.

Through our work since 2007, we have developed an invaluable understanding of the workings of the education sector, as well as local community influencers and all cross sector offices, that impact the success of holistic education projects. Our focus on developing people by giving them the tools to be great leaders has resulted in strong relationships at a federal ministry level, and within the regional education bureau and district education offices with whom we work. We’ve learned what it takes to help create a mindset of legacy among key stakeholders, and a commitment to education being not only a value but also a cultural necessity.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A DIRECT IMPLEMENTER?

It means we have a team on the ground in Ethiopia who directly implement all of our project activities, and then monitor the progress and impact of each dollar we invest. We don’t provide funding to other organizations, rather we work hand in hand with our partners in government and in communities to get to the root of issues and implement sustainable solutions.

DO YOU ACCEPT FUNDING PROPOSALS FROM OTHER GROUPS OR ORGANIZATIONS?

We don’t accept external funding proposals.

DO YOU WORK ANYWHERE OTHER THAN ETHIOPIA?

No, we’re entirely focused in Ethiopia. Learn more about why we made this choice.

WHY EDUCATION?

The United Nations declared education as a human right (UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948). Education is a fundamental need for all to ensure an educated, healthy and vibrant population, which is a key factor leading to a country’s economic growth and stability. Education ensures an informed population that is capable of bringing about economic growth, peace, democracy and good governance. As instability leading to state failure is a concern for all, it is argued that a poorly educated segment of society is a risk shared by the whole world. An educated population is less likely to suffer from preventable diseases, such as HIV/AIDS, malaria and dysentery. Attendance at school also allows for screening of treatable illness (eye exams); improved diet through school meals; and increased opportunities in life through learning basic fundamentals such as arithmetic and reading/writing. This is especially true for woman where education in turn, leads to decreases in childhood marriage, fertility rates and infant mortality rates. Lack of education is also directly linked to increased poverty. Educated populations are less likely to suffer from extreme poverty, not only because they have greater access to job opportunities, but also because education better prepares them for success in their local environment. This is true for the majority of children living in developing countries, where 80% of the population lives in rural areas and are involved in agricultural activities. In these regions, school curriculum is tailored to meet the local needs; passing on knowledge about best farming practices and protection from climate change. Education also plays a role in conserving the environment where children can learn of the environmental consequences of harmful practices and best practices to ensure sustainability.

DO YOU HAVE ANY INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE?

Our needs are always changing and we’re open to talking to you about internship possibilities. Our objective is to ensure that our interns gain in spades from their experience with us so it’s important that we evaluate whether there is a current fit based on your skills and availability. Please contact us if you are looking to explore an internship opportunity.

DOES IMAGINE1DAY REFUND DONATIONS?

Unfortunately, imagine1day does not refund donations.  If you require assistance, please contact us.