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FAQs


WHAT IS COFFEE KIDS ABOUT?

Coffee Kids collaborates with coffee communities to ensure the future of coffee. By training and mentoring young coffee farmers and their families, Coffee Kids fosters the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit that will empower these communities.


WHO IS BEHIND COFFEE KIDS?

Coffee Kids is an independently managed program of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung North America. Building on its 27-year history and its position as one of the first industry-specific nonprofits, the Coffee Kids program is managed by a dedicated team of experienced coffee development people from the offices of Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung North America in New York.


WHAT DOES “INDEPENDENTLY MANAGED PROGRAM” MEAN?

While Coffee Kids is a program within Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung North America, it has its own mission, vision, programs, advisory committee, and funding streams. Donors who support Coffee Kids programs can do so with the full confidence that their donations go directly to Coffee Kids.


WHAT HAPPENED TO COFFEE KIDS?

Due to a variety of financial factors, it became clear during 2014 that Coffee Kids could no longer continue doing its work as before. As a result, Coffee Kids’ leadership made the difficult decision to cease programming for 2015 to enter a period of deep reflection on the coffee industry and the role of Coffee Kids in it. With the generous support of some partners, it was able to fund a few programs in 2015, and these have been completed. To continue programs, the Coffee Kids leadership looked for a financially solid organization with a mission that closely resembles that of Coffee Kids. Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung North America was that organization. The Board saw this as the best way to continue to positively contribute to the long-term growth and sustainability of coffee farmers and the specialty coffee industry as a whole.

For more information see this press release.


DO YOU SELL COFFEE?

No. However, many of our supporters do sell coffee and coffee-related products.


HOW DOES COFFEE KIDS EMPOWER COFFEE COMMUNITIES?

We provide training, mentoring and financial support to young coffee farmers to implement creative solutions to the challenges they face in the changing coffee industry. Climate change, the aging of coffee farmers, migration, land pressures, and fluctuating coffee markets are barriers to young farmers’ success. We work in collaboration with all sectors of the supply chain to foster their entrepreneurial spirit in overcoming these barriers. Together we are ensuring the future of coffee.


WHO COORDINATES COFFEE KIDS’ PROGRAMS IN THE FIELD?

Coffee Kids was recently taken under the wing of Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung North America to enable Coffee Kids to have an extended reach and impact. Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung North America has team members on the ground in 14 countries throughout the world, including longtime Coffee Kids partner countries such as Guatemala, Honduras, and Peru. We look forward to expanding our reach to other coffee regions in Africa and Asia.


HOW DOES COFFEE KIDS DEFINE A SUCCESSFUL PROJECT?

We believe that an entrepreneurial approach is key to empowering communities. Successful projects are those that provide means for young farmers to achieve financial viability and improve the quality of life for themselves and their families.


HOW IS COFFEE KIDS DIFFERENT FROM OTHER COFFEE INITIATIVES?

Coffee Kids focuses on the human beings involved in the coffee trade and not just on the supply chain. For us, coffee is not just a commodity, but rather a community. We envision a global coffee community in which everyone has an equal seat at the table and in which coffee farmers thrive. We are working toward a world in which coffee-farming communities are self-sustaining and families have a life of dignity.


WHERE DOES COFFEE KIDS WORK?

In the near term, Coffee Kids will continue to implement programs in Latin America and aims to widen its project base to Africa and Asia.


ARE DONATIONS TO COFFEE KIDS TAX-DEDUCTIBLE?

Yes. Coffee Kids is a program of Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung North America, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

For supporters based in Europe, donations to Coffee Kids will be made in the future through Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung in Germany and will be tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. We will inform you in time when this option will be possible.


DOES COFFEE KIDS UNDERGO AN ANNUAL AUDIT?

Per New York State Law, Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung North America undergoes a financial audit by an external auditor on an annual basis. This audit includes the Coffee Kids program. Audited financial statements are available upon request.