We Care Solar

We promote safe motherhood and reduce maternal mortality in developing regions by providing health workers with reliable lighting, mobile communication, and medical devices using solar electricity.

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BERKELEY, CA – EIN 300627106  wecaresolar.org

Maternal mortality worldwide accounts for 300,000 deaths a year; 99 percent of these occur in underdeveloped countries. For every maternal death, at least 20 women suffer severe complications from childbirth.

Major causes of maternal death include obstetric hemorrhage (massive bleeding from childbirth), obstructive labor (labor where the mother is unable to deliver the baby), eclampsia (life threatening seizures related to high blood pressure), and sepsis (widespread infection). These emergencies cannot always be predicted, nor are they always preventable. However, with prompt, appropriate and reliable medical care, they are unlikely to result in loss of life.

Sporadic electricity impairs the operation of surgical wards, delivery wards, essential hospital equipment, and hospital communications. This compromises the ability of health workers to provide safe, appropriate and timely medical care. Labor and delivery nurses cannot quickly notify on-call physicians of emergencies. Midwives and physicians are forced to make treatment decisions without the benefit of necessary diagnostic tests. Obstetric procedures and emergency surgeries are conducted under grossly suboptimal conditions, and can have tragic consequences. This photo of the kerosene lantern was taken in the maternity ward of one Nigerian hospital – and was the only light available in the ward at night!

Our Beginnings
In 2009, we designed a photovoltaic system to power lighting, medical equipment, a blood bank refrigerator, and communication equipment in a major municipal hospital in Northern Nigeria. This system targeted maternal health care by powering overhead surgical lighting and surgical equipment, mobile telecommunications for hospital staff, a 12 volt DC blood bank refrigerator, headlamps, and lighting for the maternity ward and labor room. There was a marked decrease in maternal deaths over the next year, and an increase in patient utilization of the hospital. And many health centers began asking for solar power for childbirth.

The Solar Suitcase – A Portable Innovation
In response to requests for solar electricity from primary health centers, We Care Solar designed a compact solar electric system that was portable and fit in a suitcase. The “We Care Solar Suitcase” powers overhead LED lighting, charges cell phones, and includes LED headlamps that come with their own rechargeable batteries. The first deployment of these systems occurred in June 2009. Since then, these systems have been introduced in more than 20 counties for use in health care and emergency response: in Haiti, to aid medical relief teams after the 2010 earthquake; in Liberia, where we first worked with the World Health Organization in 2011; in Uganda, where we first partnered with AMREF and Safe Mothers, Safe Babies; in the Philippines, in response to Typhoon Haiyan in 2013; and in Nepal, after the 2015 earthquake.

In the last 3 years, we have conducted programs in Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Nigeria, The Gambia, Liberia, Nepal and the Philippines, partnering with international NGO’s, Ministries of Health and UN Agencies to bring reliable lighting, phone-charging, and fetal monitoring to hundreds of health facilities.

Our Solar Suitcases are user-friendly, robust, durable, and nearly maintenance-free. They work in mobile settings or can be easily installed in existing hospitals and clinics lacking reliable source of power. Improved surgical lighting, enhanced usage of existing medical equipment, and the support of mobile telecommunication systems reduces delays in providing care, and increases the capacity of health workers to care for patients with obstetric complications. In addition, workers report more confidence in performing skilled care, and no longer fear night duty.

We Share Solar
We Share Solar is the innovative educational program of We Care Solar that provides youth with an opportunity to link science and technology with international humanitarian service. We Share Solar empowers students to be global changemakers. By combining solar energy and engineering education with real-world applicability, trained teachers cultivate students’ interests in STEM subjects and inspire them to meet an immediate need in the developing world.

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WE CARE SOLAR

BERKELEY, CA 94704-1381 | Tax-exempt since Oct. 2011
  • EIN: 30-0627106
  • Classification (NTEE)
    Health Support Services (Health — General and Rehabilitative)
  • Nonprofit Tax Code Designation: 501(c)(3)
    Defined as: Organizations for any of the following purposes: religious, educational, charitable, scientific, literary, testing for public safety, fostering national or international amateur sports competition (as long as it doesn’t provide athletic facilities or equipment), or the prevention of cruelty to children or animals.
  • Donations to this organization are tax deductible.
Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2018

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2018

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Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2017

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2017

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Total Revenue

$5,645,163

Total Functional Expenses $3,460,050
Net income $2,185,113
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $5,165,753 91.5%
Program services $469,220 8.3%
Investment income $6,438 0.1%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $3,418 0.1%
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $334 0.0%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $222,980 6.4%
Professional fundraising fees $64,609 1.9%
Other salaries and wages $628,362 18.2%
Other
Total Assets $7,014,754
Total Liabilities $168,117
Net Assets $6,846,637
Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2016

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2016

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990 (filed on Nov. 2, 2017)

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Total Revenue

$4,971,082

Total Functional Expenses $3,625,320
Net income $1,345,762
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $4,158,376 83.7%
Program services $811,425 16.3%
Investment income $1,281 0.0%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $0
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $0
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $155,661 4.3%
Professional fundraising fees $41,668 1.1%
Other salaries and wages $614,463 16.9%
Other
Total Assets $4,758,115
Total Liabilities $106,271
Net Assets $4,651,844
Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2015

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2015

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990
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Total Revenue

$4,139,551

Total Functional Expenses $2,572,461
Net income $1,567,090
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $3,863,798 93.3%
Program services $252,861 6.1%
Investment income $1,309 0.0%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $18,365 0.4%
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $3,218 0.1%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $167,791 6.5%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $428,450 16.7%
Other
Total Assets $3,591,219
Total Liabilities $190,468
Net Assets $3,400,751
Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2014

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2014

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990

Total Revenue

$2,153,240

Total Functional Expenses $1,609,109
Net income $544,131
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $1,669,772 77.5%
Program services $445,475 20.7%
Investment income $0
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $0
Net inventory sales $31,872 1.5%
Other revenue $6,121 0.3%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $30,430 1.9%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $297,542 18.5%
Other
Total Assets $1,926,495
Total Liabilities $95,960
Net Assets $1,830,535
Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2013

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2013

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Total Revenue

$1,025,968

Total Functional Expenses $862,617
Net income $163,351
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $885,816 86.3%
Program services $90,165 8.8%
Investment income $0
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $0
Net inventory sales $49,987 4.9%
Other revenue $0
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $25,217 2.9%
Professional fundraising fees $9,276 1.1%
Other salaries and wages $210,260 24.4%
Other
Total Assets $1,583,661
Total Liabilities $423,335
Net Assets $1,160,326
Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2012

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2012

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990

Total Revenue

$1,404,114

Total Functional Expenses $513,002
Net income $891,112
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $1,350,773 96.2%
Program services $8,955 0.6%
Investment income $0
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $0
Net inventory sales $37,496 2.7%
Other revenue $6,890 0.5%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $12,200 2.4%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $181,512 35.4%
Other
Total Assets $1,030,629
Total Liabilities $33,654
Net Assets $996,975
Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2011

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2011

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990

Total Revenue

$613,819

Total Functional Expenses $535,162
Net income $78,657
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $604,069 98.4%
Program services $0
Investment income $0
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $0
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $9,750 1.6%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $41,283 7.7%
Professional fundraising fees $3,025 0.6%
Other salaries and wages $43,357 8.1%
Other
Total Assets $141,321
Total Liabilities $38,738
Net Assets $102,583
Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2010

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2010

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Form 990 documents available

Extracted filing data is not available for this tax period, but Form 990 documents are available for download.


Last Updated: 2020-11-21 07:57