Center for Renewable Energy and Appropriate Technology for the Environment (CREATE!) (Eugene, OR)


  • Name:Kaitlyn Grigsby
  • Title:Grants Coordinator

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Center for Renewable Energy and Appropriate Technology for the Environment (CREATE!)
  • Address:132 East Broadway
    Suite 416
    Eugene, OR 97401
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:541-603-0522

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  • Mission:
  • CREATE! helps rural populations in the developing world cope with water, food, and fuel shortages resulting from the impact of climate change on their communities. CREATE!’s programs decrease dependence on fossil fuels, conserve natural resources, and increase the use of appropriate technologies.

  • Overview:
  • CREATE! partners with eight communities in rural Senegal, where our Senegalese field staff work closely with local and traditional authorities to ensure the success of our program activities in four primary sectors: water, food, energy and environment, and income generating activities. CREATE! strives to respond to the felt needs of communities in Senegal with techniques and technologies that are appropriate to local conditions and that are empowering.


    CREATE! provides agricultural training and farming inputs and ensures the availability of water with improved wells, solar powered pumps, and gravity fed irrigation systems so that cooperative groups of women are now able to grow vegetables year round on land previously limited to the cultivation of traditional crops during the two to three month rainy season. CREATE! has rehabilitated existing or installed new wells in each of our partner communities. Each solar pump provides thousands of gallons of water each day, which is then transferred through a gravity-fed irrigation system to basins located in the garden site.


    Women are now able to grow a variety of crops, including vegetables and cashews, throughout the year using the solar-powered pumping system that CREATE! staff installed. In each of CREATE!’s partner villages, cooperative community gardens have produced enough vegetables that members are able to sell some produce in local markets. Women are consequently able to earn and save money for household use. Cooperatives have produced and sold more than 20,000 pounds of produce and have planted more than 11,000 fruit and nut trees. Community members have donated more than 20 acres of land for community gardens and cooperative training centers. There are 41 active cooperative groups in our partner communities – representing nearly 900 cooperative members


    CREATE! also works with community members to construct fuel-efficient cookstoves made from free, local materials. Participating women have built hundreds of improved cookstoves and report a firewood savings of between 50 and 70 percent when using these new stoves. Before CREATE! intervened in these eight communities, women and girls spent several hours each day collecting firewood for cooking. Since building fuel-efficient cookstoves, women spend about half as much time collecting firewood. Our field technicians also teach women how to establish tree nurseries that provide thousands of seedlings for food production, living fences, and local reforestation.


    CREATE! field technicians also work with rural women to help them gain basic financial literacy skills and use these skills to manage their profits from poultry and agricultural production programs. For rural residents who may not be able to read or write and whose needs are rarely met by for-profit financial institutions, Voluntary Savings and Lending Associations (VSLAs) provide an appropriate, transparent system for group saving, lending, and social insurance. Association members save small amounts of money each week and then make loans to each other to cover business, personal, and household costs. Association members are able to save a portion of the profits they receive from participating in CREATE!’s cooperative community garden programs. VSLA is a sustainable, appropriate means of empowering women to lift themselves from poverty.

    In some of our partner communities, CREATE! staff have also helped women build poultry sheds and start poultry cooperatives. Poultry production brings numerous economic benefits to women in our partner communities. Selling poultry is very profitable for cooperatives and women reinvest their earnings into the next round of poultry production.

  • History:
  • Sustainability is at the heart of CREATE!’s mission and philosophy. We work with villages to develop methods and strategies of community self-development that are based on local knowledge, participation, and social mobilization to maximize self-reliance and self-sufficiency. CREATE!’s ultimate objective in Senegal is to “work ourselves out of a job.” Our overriding goal is to build the capacity of residents in our partner communities and help them gain the skills they need to be sustainable and self-sufficient.

    Since our founding in 2008, CREATE! has strived to respond to the felt needs of communities with techniques and technologies that are appropriate to local conditions and that are empowering. CREATE!’s programs address systemic issues of disempowerment and dependency often present in international development projects. CREATE! believes that development projects cannot be successful without meaningful community leadership, participation, and buy-in. When beneficiaries are active participants in development interventions, projects produce sustainable, productive change.

    CREATE! programs foster economic resiliency and build capacity while helping communities on the path towards true self-sufficiency. With the training we provide, our partner communities will gain agricultural and economic competency and will no longer need ongoing financial and technical support from CREATE! We are excited that our partner communities of Diender, Fass Kane, and Fass Koffe are very close to becoming fully independent of outside support for project activities in their villages. These communities will soon be responsible for managing and expanding their water, garden, poultry, and income-generating activities that will improve their lives and those of their families.

    CREATE! has also recently extended our programs to three rural communities in the Guinguineo District of Senegal. In coming years, we hope to partner with additional villages in this region to bring them the skills they need for long-term sustainability and self-development in their communities.

  • Year established:2008
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:6
  • Advisory board size:
  • Staff size:16


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:26-1535453

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:261535453
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:CREATE
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:132 E BROADWAY STE 416
  • Organization City:EUGENE
  • Organization State:OR
  • Organization Zip:97401-3155
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:December, 2008
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:Q30
  • Asset Amount:$138,301
  • Asset Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • Income Amount:$425,042
  • Income Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$425,042
  • Last Updated:2/19/2018 7:37:33 pm

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