Alfalit International, Inc.

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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


Phone: (305) 597-9078


Organization details

EIN: 591595459

CEO/President: Catherine F. Penrod, MPA

Chairman: Joseph Milton

Board size: 14

Founder: Eulalia Cook, Justo and Luisa Gonzalez

Ruling year: 1961

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2013


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

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Relief and Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating818 of 101064 of 84
Fund acquisition rating871 of 101273 of 84
Resource allocation rating793 of 101263 of 84
Asset utilization rating415 of 101037 of 84

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$242,869$168,721$351,856$379,054$211,965
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$100,977
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$1,436,367$884,536$1,085,315$645,872$572,234
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$90,511$104,625$111,835$124,698$137,562
Other long-term assets$0$322,569$50,958$235,958$270,251
Total long-term assets$90,511$427,194$162,793$360,656$407,813
Total assets$1,526,878$1,311,730$1,248,108$1,006,528$980,047
Payables and accrued expenses$177,599$14,627$26,150$20,275$46,646
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$177,599$14,627$26,150$20,275$46,646
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$177,599$14,627$26,150$20,275$46,646
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$1,316,325$1,264,049$1,173,604$937,167$905,391
With donor restrictions$32,954$33,054$48,354$49,086$28,010
Net assets$1,349,279$1,297,103$1,221,958$986,253$933,401
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$3,230,779$5,168,387$5,373,039$4,131,313$4,126,552
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$0$11,063$11,473$3,917$23,474
Other revenue$11,051$0$0$0$0
Total other revenue$11,051$11,063$11,473$3,917$23,474
Total revenue$3,241,830$5,179,450$5,384,512$4,135,230$4,150,026
Program services$2,547,084$4,376,375$4,450,807$3,464,343$3,634,525
Management and general$232,648$322,153$290,839$324,619$269,402
Total expenses$3,189,654$5,104,305$5,148,807$4,082,378$4,142,770
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$52,176$75,145$235,705$52,852$7,256
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$52,176$75,145$235,705$52,852$7,256


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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


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!