Alfalit International, Inc.

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Summary

We are a faith-based, nonprofit organization founded in 1961 by Eulalia Cook, Justo and Luisa Gonzalez. We offer programs in literacy, basic education, early childhood development/preschool, health, nutrition, job and skills training and community development to the poorest in 16 countries throughout Africa, Latin America, Europe and the United States. Alfalit reaches very poor and remote areas and provides high quality, cost-effective education with compassion and respect for the people we teach.


Contact information

Mailing address:
Alfalit International, Inc.
3026 NW 79th Avenue
Miami, FL 33122-3122

Website: www.alfalit.org

Phone: (305) 597-9078

Email: info@fluxdmg.com


Organization details

EIN: 591595459

CEO/President: Catherine F. Penrod, MPA

Chairman: Joseph Milton

Board size: 14

Founder: Eulalia Cook, Justo and Luisa Gonzalez

Year founded: 1961

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2013


Purpose

The vision of Alfalit resides in the heart of every human being who yearns to improve himself or herself and longs for a better quality life, but has no opportunity to get it. Whether under a tree, in a sun baked field, or in a corrugated tin shed, Alfalit wants to be there teaching those persons - giving them self-esteem, hope, and the basic tolls not only to survive but to truly live.


Mission statement

OUR MISSION: to create hope and opportunity through literacy and education in order to improve individual lives, raise self-esteem and to share the love of Jesus Christ so that people will come to know and believe in Him and follow His/her teachings and be enabled to apply Christian principles in lives, homes, and communities.


Statement of faith

Transparency grade

A

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Relief and Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating293 of 91329 of 75
Fund acquisition rating561 of 91549 of 75
Resource allocation rating448 of 91537 of 75
Asset utilization rating132 of 91312 of 75

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
6%8%8%7%6%4%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%8%8%7%6%3%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
99%100%100%100%99%100%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%8%8%7%6%4%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
1%0%0%0%1%0%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
86%86%86%85%88%89%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
97%99%96%99%100%93%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
83%84%83%84%88%83%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
3%1%4%1%0%7%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
7%6%19%5%1%32%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
7%6%6%8%7%8%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.723.894.134.064.233.30
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.341.481.151.561.711.14
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.855.774.746.327.243.75
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
8.4960.4741.5031.8612.273.73
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.110.020.020.030.080.27
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
3.152.052.471.841.522.34
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
13%1%2%2%5%24%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
48%25%24%24%23%23%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20192018201720162015
Cash$715,815$733,459$266,818$259,292$412,588
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$168,721$351,856$379,054$211,965$612,258
Short-term investments$0$0$0$100,977$95,898
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$884,536$1,085,315$645,872$572,234$1,120,744
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$104,625$111,835$124,698$137,562$151,653
Other long-term assets$322,569$50,958$235,958$270,251$0
Total long-term assets$427,194$162,793$360,656$407,813$151,653
Total assets$1,311,730$1,248,108$1,006,528$980,047$1,272,397
 
Liabilities20192018201720162015
Payables and accrued expenses$14,627$26,150$20,275$46,646$300,630
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$14,627$26,150$20,275$46,646$300,630
Debt$0$0$0$0$0
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total liabilities$14,627$26,150$20,275$46,646$300,630
 
Net assets20192018201720162015
Without donor restrictions$1,264,049$1,173,604$937,167$905,391$845,287
With donor restrictions$33,054$48,354$49,086$28,010$126,480
Net assets$1,297,103$1,221,958$986,253$933,401$971,767
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20192018201720162015
Total contributions$5,168,387$5,373,039$4,131,313$4,126,552$4,507,039
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$11,063$11,473$3,917$23,474$6,218
Other revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Total other revenue$11,063$11,473$3,917$23,474$6,218
Total revenue$5,179,450$5,384,512$4,135,230$4,150,026$4,513,257
 
Expenses20192018201720162015
Program services$4,376,375$4,450,807$3,464,343$3,634,525$3,723,599
Management and general$322,153$290,839$324,619$269,402$318,738
Fundraising$405,777$407,161$293,416$238,843$157,946
Total expenses$5,104,305$5,148,807$4,082,378$4,142,770$4,200,283
 
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$75,145$235,705$52,852$7,256$312,974
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$75,145$235,705$52,852$7,256$312,974

Compensation

Compensation data for this ministry has not been collected.


Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.


The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 6/7/2021. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


History

Alfalit International Inc. began in 1943 when Dr. Frank Laubach presented his literacy method in Latin America and Cuba. At the same time, Eulalia Cook, a Christian missionary, started a literacy campaign in Baguanos, Oriente, Cuba. In 1961 Eulalia Cook and Justo and Luisa Gonzalez founded Alfalit in Alajuela, Costa Rica. In 1975 Alfalit International, Inc. is registered with the State of Florida on March 24 and the IRS recognizes it as a nonprofit on February 23. Founders of new corporation are: Eulalia Cook, Justo and Luisa Gonzalez, Roberto Perez, Robert and Jean Korner, and others. Roberto Perez becomes first President. In 1990 Alfalit had its first meetings with Ingvar Guldstrand, President of Lkarmissionen, Swedish Journal Social and Medical Foundation. In 1991 programs in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras and Panama are reorganized, and Lkarmissionen gives its first financial support to the literacy programs in Latin America. In 1994 an agreement with Lkarmissionen is signed backing a 5-Year Literacy Program (1994-99) in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama. Also in that year, Literacy Project begins in Equatorial Guinea, Africa and Alfalit's Literacy Program are reorganized in Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Venezuela.


Program accomplishments

Our Impact: We bring adult literacy, basic education, preschool, conversational English and job skills to people living in poverty. Alfalit believes literacy is a fundamental right for all individuals.

51,180 total students last year

2,144 Alfalit conversational english students

34,750 adult students (74% female)

2,159 job skills students

3,983 preschoolers

1,586 trained volunteer teachers


Needs

We know we need God's help in serving our brothers and sisters who are often extremely poor and live in some of the most dangerous environments in the world.

We need volunteers to help with every aspect of our organization. When we work together, we can change lives in ways never imagined.

We do everything we can to minimize overhead costs so that we can maximize the programs we offer. When you make a donation to Alfalit, you are guaranteed that we will put your compassion to work effectively!