Alfalit International, Inc.

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We are a faith-based, nonprofit organization founded in 1961 by Eulalia Cook, Justo and Luisa Gonzalez. We offer programs in literacy, basic education, early childhood development/preschool, health, nutrition, job and skills training and community development to the poorest in 16 countries throughout Africa, Latin America, Europe and the United States. Alfalit reaches very poor and remote areas and provides high quality, cost-effective education with compassion and respect for the people we teach.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Alfalit International, Inc.
3026 NW 79th Avenue
Miami, FL 33122


Phone: (305) 597-9077

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 591595459

CEO/President: Alexandra Coll

Chairman: Joseph Milton

Board size: 14

Founder: Eulalia Cook, Justo and Luisa Gonzalez

Ruling year: 1975

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2013


The vision of Alfalit resides in the heart of every human being who yearns to improve himself or herself and longs for a better quality life, but has no opportunity to get it. Whether under a tree, in a sun baked field, or in a corrugated tin shed, Alfalit wants to be there teaching those persons - giving them self-esteem, hope, and the basic tolls not only to survive but to truly live.

Mission statement

OUR MISSION: to create hope and opportunity through literacy and education in order to improve individual lives, raise self-esteem and to share the love of Jesus Christ so that people will come to know and believe in Him and follow His/her teachings and be enabled to apply Christian principles in lives, homes, and communities.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Relief and Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating768 of 103460 of 85
Fund acquisition rating896 of 103677 of 85
Resource allocation rating743 of 103663 of 85
Asset utilization rating343 of 103434 of 85

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$242,869$168,721$351,856$379,054$211,965
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$100,977
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$1,436,367$884,536$1,085,315$645,872$572,234
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$90,511$104,625$111,835$124,698$137,562
Other long-term assets$0$322,569$50,958$235,958$270,251
Total long-term assets$90,511$427,194$162,793$360,656$407,813
Total assets$1,526,878$1,311,730$1,248,108$1,006,528$980,047
Payables and accrued expenses$177,599$14,627$26,150$20,275$46,646
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$177,599$14,627$26,150$20,275$46,646
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total liabilities$177,599$14,627$26,150$20,275$46,646
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$1,316,325$1,264,049$1,173,604$937,167$905,391
With donor restrictions$32,954$33,054$48,354$49,086$28,010
Net assets$1,349,279$1,297,103$1,221,958$986,253$933,401
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$3,230,779$5,168,387$5,373,039$4,131,313$4,126,552
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$0$11,063$11,473$3,917$23,474
Other revenue$11,051$0$0$0$0
Total other revenue$11,051$11,063$11,473$3,917$23,474
Total revenue$3,241,830$5,179,450$5,384,512$4,135,230$4,150,026
Program services$2,547,084$4,376,375$4,450,807$3,464,343$3,634,525
Management and general$232,648$322,153$290,839$324,619$269,402
Total expenses$3,189,654$5,104,305$5,148,807$4,082,378$4,142,770
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$52,176$75,145$235,705$52,852$7,256
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$52,176$75,145$235,705$52,852$7,256


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1943 - Dr. Frank Lauback, a world-literacy pioneer, presents the Laubach method in Latin American and Cuba. This method proved to be one of the most successful strategies in teaching an illiterate individual to read, write and do math within a few months. In the same year, Eulalia turned to Cuban educators Justo Gonzalez and his wife, Dr. Luisa Garcia Gonzalez, to assist her with the literacy program.

1961 - Alfalit is born. Eulalia Cook and Justo and Luisa Gonzalez established Alfalit headquarters in Costa Ria. Using the Laubach method as a basis for teaching, Justo and Luisa Gonzalez wrote Alfalit's first instructional books that are still used today. The original books were published through the Florida Methodist Women's Bishop Branscomb Fund, with the effort spearheaded by Mrs. Vail Weems, President of the Women's Society at the time.

1963 - 1974 - Alfalit literacy and basic education programs gain tremendous momentum across Central and South America.

1968 - Alfalit expands to the Caribbean.

1975 - Alfalit International Headquarters established. In 1975 Alfalit International, Inc. is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a nonprofit organization, and the organization is registered with the state of Florida. Roberto Perez becomes the first President.

1983 - UNESCO awards Alfalit in Peru the First Prize for World Literacy.

1990 - A premier partnership begins with Lkarmissionen, a Swedish humanitarian foundation.

1992 - UNESCO once again recognizes Alfalit's successes, this time for its programs in Guatemala.

1993 - Alfalit becomes an official partner of several Ministries of Education across Latin America.

2000 - Alfalit Angola established.

2002 - USAID partners with Alfalit to provide programs in Angola and Bolivia.

2004 - Due to the success of Alfalit's first contract with USAID, the U.S. government partners with Alfalit to provide programs in the Dominican Republic. Methodist Bishop James Lloyd Knox raised funds to begin Alfalit's programs in Mozambique.

2006 - Alfalit Liberia begins operations with USAID support. Alfalit Bolivia is chosen as model program by First Lady Laura Bush and UNESCO.

2011 - President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush visit Liberia and listen to the testimony of an Alfalit student who thanks them personally for the USAID - Alfalit partnership. Roberto P. Perez, Alfalit's President, received the Presidential Citizens Medal from U.S. President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony for his involvement with Alfalit as a volunteer for over 40 years. The medal is the second-highest civilian award given to United States citizens for exemplary deeds or services.

2014 - Alfalit - Dem. Republic of the Congo graduates its first French literacy class. Rev. Roberto Perez retires as President of Alfalit and passes the baton to Joseph Milton.

2015 - President Joseph Milton announces the expansion of Alfalit Haiti and pledges to serve 8,000 students by the end of 2016. Alfalit South Sudan commences classes. Jessica Milton launches the Alfalit International Young Processionals Board to bring the next generation of leaders and volunteers into the work of Alfalit.

Program accomplishments

Our Impact: We bring adult literacy, basic education, preschool, conversational English and job skills to people living in poverty. Alfalit believes literacy is a fundamental right for all individuals.

51,180 total students last year

2,144 Alfalit conversational english students

34,750 adult students (74% female)

2,159 job skills students

3,983 preschoolers

1,586 trained volunteer teachers


We know we need God's help in serving our brothers and sisters who are often extremely poor and live in some of the most dangerous environments in the world.

We need volunteers to help with every aspect of our organization. When we work together, we can change lives in ways never imagined.

We do everything we can to minimize overhead costs so that we can maximize the programs we offer. When you make a donation to Alfalit, you are guaranteed that we will put your compassion to work effectively!