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About Friends of Liberia

Friends of Liberia is a 501C3 non-profit organization, based in Washington, D.C., whose members live throughout the United States and in several foreign countries. Anyone who donates to support the organization and shares the following mission, vision and values is a member.

Mission:FOL is a non-governmental, non-profit organization that seeks to positively affect Liberia by supporting education, social, economic and humanitarian programs and through advocacy efforts.

Vision: As an organization, FOL values

  • Liberian participation and increased involvement in the organization
  • Growing as an organization and including a diverse membership of young and older members
  • Responding to the needs of Liberians through giving to institutions rather than individuals
  • Cooperating with existing Liberian groups and expanding our partnerships with such groups, especially at the grassroots level
  • Cooperating with U.S. organizations and groups working in Liberia
  • Building community awareness across Liberia
  • Capacity-building for self-reliance
  • Filling a niche in development needs
  • Respecting the talents and skills of Liberians
  • Sustainability
  • Promoting entrepreneurship/self help
  • Leveraging funds for other organizations
  • Complementing the educational effort
  • Engaging in micro-financing
  • Not substituting for inherently governmental functions
  • Not the exclusive source of program support
  • Leveraging funds with other funding sources/partners with one or more entities
  • Advocating and standing up for Liberia in various fora
  • Responsive to the needs of Liberians (as perceived by Liberians)
  • Mentoring, partnering and empowering those Liberian groups that we work with
  • Continue to keep up with the Liberian news and to increase and use our knowledge base of modern Liberia