Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA)

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Summary

MEDA is an international economic development organization that creates business solutions to poverty. For nearly 70 years, MEDA has been creating business solutions to poverty that are sustainable, scalable, measurable and replicable.

MEDA began as an association of Mennonite business people who believed they were called to be faithful in generously sharing their abilities and resources. Continuing in that Christian tradition, MEDA welcomes all who share our values and want to join us in our mission.

MEDA has worked in over 70 countries and brings a unique market systems approach to project design that integrates technical assistance and access to capital. As an early leader in innovative finance, MEDA leverages public and private funding to advance social enterprises around the world that are positively impacting social, environmental and governance challenges in their communities. We work in agri-food market systems, focusing primarily on women and youth in rural communities in the Global South. Our success is measured by income, improved processes, increased knowledge, and the creation of decent work.


Contact information

Mailing address:
Mennonite Economic Development Associates
595 Parkside Drive, Suite 2
Waterloo, ON N2L 0C7

Website: meda.org

Phone: 1-800-665-7026

Email: [email protected]


Organization details

EIN: 237398678

CEO/President: Dr. Dorothy Nyambi

Chairman: Jenny Shantz

Board size: 18

Founder: group of generous Mennonites

Ruling year: 1981

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Purpose

We believe that all people deserve the opportunity to earn a livelihood and that unleashing entrepreneurship is a powerful way to alleviate poverty.

Vision: That all people may unleash their God-given potential to earn a livelihood, provide for families and enrich communities.


Mission statement

Mission: MEDA creates business solutions to poverty.


Statement of faith

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Transparency grade

C

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating815 of 103390 of 124
Fund acquisition rating925 of 1035101 of 124
Resource allocation rating153 of 103516 of 124
Asset utilization rating976 of 1033121 of 124

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20202019201820162015
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
5%12%7%11%20%14%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
4%10%6%8%14%10%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
98%86%95%72%70%73%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
5%9%8%9%14%10%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
2%14%5%28%30%27%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20202019201820162015
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
84%91%92%91%86%90%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
93%108%85%88%97%97%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
77%98%79%80%83%87%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
7%-8%15%12%3%3%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
11%-7%19%13%4%4%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%0%0%0%0%0%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20202019201820162015
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.140.330.360.310.310.33
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.293.154.784.319.568.14
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
1.631.041.711.332.972.69
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20202019201820162015
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
20.982.051.601.661.121.12
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.050.490.620.600.890.89
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
6.705.922.643.590.440.49
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20202019201820162015
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
9%65%66%69%73%73%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%50%53%55%64%62%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
77%105%95%101%86%80%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20202019201820162015
Cash$9,363,595$6,500,601$6,452,171$877,600$677,458
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$317,877$521,127$430,104$428,564$1,104,394
Short-term investments$0$0$0$1,322,448$1,202,379
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$9,681,472$7,021,728$6,882,275$2,628,612$2,984,231
Long-term investments$18,654,128$20,062,434$17,539,100$18,861,704$17,877,173
Fixed assets$77,184$1,715$5,562$15,860$28,618
Other long-term assets$2,096,799$6,467,606$5,262,604$3,611,616$3,396,270
Total long-term assets$20,828,111$26,531,755$22,807,266$22,489,180$21,302,061
Total assets$30,509,583$33,553,483$29,689,541$25,117,792$24,286,292
 
Liabilities20202019201820162015
Payables and accrued expenses$224,394$464,853$427,798$310,884$614,542
Other current liabilities$4,505,715$3,920,318$3,709,042$2,028,698$2,044,561
Total current liabilities$4,730,109$4,385,171$4,136,840$2,339,582$2,659,103
Debt$15,196,470$17,813,030$16,299,706$16,041,164$15,162,900
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$15,196,470$17,813,030$16,299,706$16,041,164$15,162,900
Total liabilities$19,926,579$22,198,201$20,436,546$18,380,746$17,822,003
 
Net assets20202019201820162015
Without donor restrictions$10,583,004$11,355,282$9,252,995$6,737,046$6,464,289
With donor restrictions$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$10,583,004$11,355,282$9,252,995$6,737,046$6,464,289
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20202019201820162015
Total contributions$7,967,659$13,385,620$7,519,096$5,631,944$6,052,578
Program service revenue$977,838$582,394$2,892,242$1,804,028$1,333,098
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$1,874$4,155$1,004$165$220
Other revenue$313,967$110,717$0$645,614$898,407
Total other revenue$1,293,679$697,266$2,893,246$2,449,807$2,231,725
Total revenue$9,261,338$14,082,886$10,412,342$8,081,751$8,284,303
 
Expenses20202019201820162015
Program services$9,087,415$11,074,821$8,325,198$6,697,135$7,205,388
Management and general$0$0$0$0$0
Fundraising$946,201$905,778$857,250$1,111,859$831,024
Total expenses$10,033,616$11,980,599$9,182,448$7,808,994$8,036,412
 
Change in net assets20202019201820162015
Surplus (deficit)($772,278)$2,102,287$1,229,894$272,757$247,891
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($772,278)$2,102,287$1,229,894$272,757$247,891

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History

Investment as a Legacy since 1953
MEDA's story began in the aftermath of World War II. Over 35,000 Mennonites fled from East Germany and Russia, with about 5,000 settling in Paraguay. Initially, the recent newcomers struggled to make a living in their new South American home. Many were skilled craftspeople and farmers eager to set up their businesses but lacked the necessary financial resources.

At first, development assistance efforts in Paraguay mainly helped establish schools and hospitals. Yet, while this assistance was essential, it was only a temporary solution. The newly settled Mennonites needed capital to support business growth. Over time, Mennonite businesspeople in North America provided their fellow Mennonites with long-term financial assistance, which enabled them to build permanent settlements in Paraguay.

On December 10th, 1953, a group of generous Mennonites met at the old Atlantic Hotel in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. They decided to form an impact investment group and pooled their resources to send financial support to Paraguay. From this historic meeting, MEDA was formed.

Creating Business Solutions to Poverty
With the assistance of MEDA and their brothers and sisters in North America, the Paraguayans established businesses. They formed communities rooted in the ideals of peace, justice, and entrepreneurship.

Eventually, MEDA realized it could support people to lift themselves out of poverty by assisting small businesses worldwide. This new awareness inspired a new mission and vision - to create business solutions to poverty. Over time, the organization expanded its services and expertise to Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America.

Today, we continue our founders' work. MEDA views investment as a seed that can bloom into something greater. The seeds of prosperity that our founders planted decades earlier have continued to grow through the MEDA Risk Capital Fund and through the support that we've received from our generous private and institutional donors. These seeds have blossomed into millions of people in the Global South and beyond building successful enterprises, learning new skills, and growing higher quality and environmentally sustainable crops.


Program accomplishments

Our Global Impact FY2021:
200,854 individuals
7,765 businesses
52% women
106,088 decent work


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