TechnoServe
Impact Rating

# TechnoServe

Top Poverty Nonprofit Impact Audited

Impact: $4,500 increases the net revenue of a small business owner by$150,000.

Impulsa Tu Empresa meets the benchmark for high cost-effectiveness. The nonprofit increases income for a beneficiary by more than $1.50 for every$1 spent.

Note: The impact of this program may not be representative of the entire operation of TechnoServe.

Governance: Passes checks

Mission

TechnoServe is a leader in harnessing the power of the private sector to help people lift themselves out of poverty. A nonprofit organization operating in 29 countries, we work with enterprising men and women in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses, and industries. By linking people to information, capital, and markets, we have helped millions to create lasting prosperity for their families and communities.

Cause

Poverty

Rated Program

Impulsa Tu Empresa

Location

Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa

Location

Arlington, VA

Website

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Cause

Poverty

Rated Program

Impulsa Tu Empresa

Location

Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa

Location

Arlington, VA

Website

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#### Why We Could Be Wrong

We welcome your suggestions for improving our methodology. Our methodology section includes explanations of how we mitigate these issues.

• The outcome could oversimplify total impact. Using “increased net revenue” as the metric of analysis may not intuitively convey the potential downstream benefits of participating in a livelihood support program, such as reduced financial stress.
• There could be multiple important outcomes not captured in our analysis.
• TechnoServe may be spending additional money in order to serve harder-to-reach and/or particularly valuable populations.
• In the absence of better data, we assume uniform counterfactual rates for programs, at the risk of masking variation across nonprofits.
• Our estimates rely on data made public by TechnoServe on its website, annual reports, financial statements and Form 990s.
• We only analyze programs that meet our criteria. As a result, this report may not fully reflect the impact of TechnoServe.
• We do not assess what explains the nonprofit's cost-effectiveness.

We assign a rating to the nonprofit using the rubric:

• There are indications of governance or financial health issues at the nonprofit.

• After being given an opportunity, the nonprofit chose not to publish impact information.

We are not yet issuing this level of star rating.

• The rated program does not meet our benchmark for cost-effectiveness.

• The rated program is cost-effective.

• The rated program is highly cost-effective.

#### Nonprofit Comment

(Adapted from the Impact Audit.) We are proud that ImpactMatters’ audit confirms the powerful impact that our projects can have, and we are excited to be at the forefront of greater transparency of impact measurement. The crossing-cutting findings in this and the three other impact audits demonstrate the importance of a rigorous, transparent accounting of impact. As TechnoServe’s core values include integrity and a commitment to results, ImpactMatters’ recommendations will help us continue to hold ourselves accountable for lasting, measurable impact.

— TechnoServe

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###### Analysis Details

Analysis conducted by ImpactMatters and published on November 22, 2019.

This rating is based on an independent audit by ImpactMatters. Using data from the audit, ImpactMatters analysts calculated impact and assigned a rating.

We welcome corrections. If you are interested in exploring applications of ImpactMatters data, contact us at partnerships@impactmatters.org.

#### Governance Check

TechnoServe passes our governance check.

Conducted a financial audit

Overhead spending is reasonable (<35% of total spending)

Charity Navigator has not issued a fraud or mismanagement advisory

TechnoServe itself has not reported any material diversions of assets

TechnoServe itself has not reported any excess benefit transactions

Source: TechnoServe Form 990 and Charity Navigator

#### How We Calculate Impact

This rating is based on ImpactMatters analysis of the impact of Impulsa Tu Empresa relative to costs. Impact is the change in the social outcomes of people served by the program, net of the change that would have happened even without the program (the “counterfactual”); divided by cost. Learn more.

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