Marketing and Fundraising with the African Community Education Program

Hello, and welcome to our site!

We are a group of WPI student researchers working with the African Community Education Program (ACE), and here is where you will find information about ourselves, our project, and our experiences at ACE.  On this page you can learn about our sponsor and the development of our project. For more information about us, head over to The People. To learn more details of what we will have accomplished in these seven weeks, check out The Executive Summary. Lastly, to experience a  glimpse of the experiences we have had,  hop over to The Journey.

Thank you for your time and we hope you enjoy our website!

-The ACE Student Research Group


Our Goal

To help ACE stabilize its funding and to increase the efficiency of their fundraising process, our group worked directly with the staff and board members to develop a compilation of evaluated potential fundraising campaigns as well as a fundraising manual for existing fundraising initiatives. The compilation of potential fundraisers will allow ACE staff and board to quickly determine the cost and benefits of fundraisers before devoting time and resources to them while the manual will simplify the planning process for the larger events ACE holds throughout the year. These two deliverables are an important step to help ACE develop a funding raising strategy that will allow the program to expand and prosper in the many years to come.

Objective 1) Identify ACE’s fundraising priorities;

Objective 2) Improve ACE’s current event operations;

Objective 3) Analyze potential ACE fundraising initiatives;

Objective 4) Promote the implementation of the recommended fundraising operations amongst  the current ACE staff, volunteers and board members.

Our Sponsor



The African Community Education Program is a Worcester non-profit organization focused on the education of  African immigrant and refugee youth. The organization began as hour long tutoring programs for Liberian youth  that was run by a few University of Massachusetts Medical students. With the driving forces of Kaska Yawo, Olga Valdman, the Worcester African community and UMass Medical students, the tutoring sessions evolved into a week-long afterschool and Saturday program. ACE is unique in that it focuses on all the aspects of its students; helping with their school life, home  life, and social life. ACE works to keep all of these aspects in balance so that its students may thrive.


Final Report

Fundraising Operations for the  African Community Education Program