Annual Report Writing

Health & Nutrition

By Alissa O.

Chief Governance Officer

Posted Apr 24, 2018

This project was


Jul 2, 2018

Matched with:

Eniola F.

This project will save us $9,148 , allowing us to invest more in fundraising and outreach to increase our impact across the continent.

What We Need

  • Clear and effective copy for an annual report that illustrates the Organization’s successes and plans for growth (e.g., descriptions of programs, allocation of funds, and recognition of donors and volunteers)
  • Blueprint of the structure for the annual report, including optimal content, length, and style
  • Suggestions for format and visuals, if applicable

How This Will Help

Our organization has been in transition over the last few years and we have not done an Annual Report since 2014. We really want to do one for 2017, but there are resource constraints and we currently have no communications staff. Africare has a long, rich history and our programs have real impact on the ground every single day but we need your assistance telling our story!

What We Have In Place

We currently have our vision, mission and plenty of programs to spotlight which should make it easy for you to get started. We also have a rich network in Africa where we currently have programs in 13 countries and the ability to provide any other information you need.

Fun Fact

We are celebrating our 48th birthday on May 4th!

  • Location: Remote (work anywhere)

Project Steps

Prep: Distribution of Materials
  • Volunteer Manager delivers relevant information such as the Organization's mission, vision, and key messages, profiles of individuals or communities served, previous annual reports, and stories of impact
  • Volunteer Manager shares the previous year's statistics, financial statements, significant accomplishments and stories of impact, awards received, new and noteworthy grants, as well as the complete list of supporters (including names and donor levels)
  • Professional reviews prep materials, identifies any information gaps, and requests additional information or clarification (as needed)
Milestone 1: Brainstorm & Planning
  • Professional and Volunteer Manager connect to discuss prep materials, overall goals, and desired tone and style for the annual report
  • Professional and Volunteer Manager brainstorm key messages, themes, and content, and determine the timeframe for draft and final product delivery
Milestone 2: Annual Report Outline
  • Professional creates the outline for the annual report and submits to the Volunteer Manager for review
  • Volunteer Manager reviews outline and provides feedback
  • Professional incorporates feedback and creates final draft of the annual report outline
Milestone 3: Final Annual Report
  • Professional writes first draft of the content for the report and submits to the volunteer manager for review
  • Volunteer Manager reviews the content and provides feedback
  • Professional incorporates feedback and creates final draft of the content
Prerequisites for Professional
  • Excellent writing and communications skills
  • Experience writing annual reports or comparable marketing collateral
Prerequisites for Organization
  • A senior staff member (e.g., executive director or board member) committed to providing feedback
  • Information about your Organization’s impact, financials, program achievements, and other relevant details

Our Mission

Africare works to improve the quality of life of the people in Africa.

What We Do

Africare is a registered 501(c)(3) with corporate headquarters in Washington, DC and offices in 14 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. As the largest and most experienced international NGO operating exclusively in Africa, since 1970, Africare has partnered with local communities, NGOs, governments, academia, and the private sector to advance our mission of improving the quality of life of people in Africa. With over 45 years of experience, in large-scale multi-sectoral project management in 35 African countries, our core expertise and technical specialties include Nutrition, Agriculture and Food Security, Health (HIV/AIDS and MNCH), Humanitarian Assistance, and Youth and Women's Empowerment. To ensure sustainability and foster prosperity we collaborate with local organizations to transfer skills and best practices as our philosophy has always been "There are no Africare programs, only African programs." Africare is endorsed by Charity Navigator and the American Institute of Philanthropy Charity Watch.

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