What is a Nonprofit?

Us! We’re a nonprofit! 

Excitement aside, The Okoa Project is a nonprofit and that is something worth explaining. There are countless nonprofits that you have probably heard of, some of these include the American Red Cross, Amnesty International, and The Salvation Army.

At The Okoa Project, our social enterprise approach is one of the defining characteristics which sets us apart from other nonprofits. We aim to train technicians and create jobs to help build local economies, sustainability, and continuity - rather than implementing practices that build dependency. The communities we work with are our design partners, colleagues, and are the driving force behind the impact we make. Our goal is to empower local community members to make a difference in the area they work - whether that be through making ambulances out of the innovation center, running an ambulance dispatch system, or driving patients to the hospital. We rely on our partners and recognize the communities we work with as the backbone of our organization. 

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If you want to get into the specifics of what it means to be a nonprofit organization, then suffice it to say we’re a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. That name comes from section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code which allows for a special tax exemption status for nonprofit organizations. The main reason an organization is able to have this status is due to proven accountability and dedication to a particular social cause. This accountability comes from the responsibility of the organization to donors, funders, volunteers, the public, and recipients of the services provided. We work hard to provide information about our organization to remain accountable to everyone working tirelessly to support our cause. Dedication to our cause is integral within all decisions made and actions taken by our team to focus on our vision. 

The biggest challenge faced by nonprofit organizations is raising funds. For this reason, donating to nonprofit organizations such as The Okoa Project is one of the best ways to support them. In addition, nonprofit organizations rely on volunteers and supporters to spread information and help at events. Participation and contributions allow nonprofits to allocate their time and resources toward the cause. 

If you’re interested in ways to help, you can make a donation and connect with us on social media! All donations made to The Okoa Project are 100% tax-deductible and help us directly in our mission to save lives one ride at a time. 

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