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Sidekick Foundation / Mara Elephant Project

CharityWatch report issued
January 2021

CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

Sidekick Foundation / Mara Elephant Project
4000 West 106th St
Suite 125-238
Carmel, IN 46032

Other Names

Mara Elephant Project

Tax Status


Stated Mission

To be a sidekick for the heroes of wildlife conservation and global humanitarian work.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 12/31/2019

Program Percentage: 95%

The percentage of Sidekick Foundation / Mara Elephant Project's cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $1

How many dollars Sidekick Foundation / Mara Elephant Project spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Government Funding

0% to 24%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources


Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
Sidekick Foundation IRS Form 990 45-3996413
Sidekick Foundation Audited Financial Statements 45-3996413
Entity: Sidekick Foundation
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 45-3996413
Entity: Sidekick Foundation
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 45-3996413

Governance & Transparency

CharityWatch evaluates certain criteria related to a charity's Governance and Transparency. Donors may want to consider a charity's willingness to be open and transparent with CharityWatch to be a good litmus test for determining its commitment to public accountability.
Sidekick Foundation / Mara Elephant Project
does not meet governance benchmarks.
Sidekick Foundation / Mara Elephant Project
does not meet transparency benchmarks.
Provides Financial Information
Audit Accessibility
Governance: Policies
Reports regularly & consistently monitoring & enforcing compliance with a written Conflict of Interest Policy
Reports required, annual disclosure by officers, directors, and key staff of interests that could give rise to conflicts
Reports having a written Whistleblower Policy
Reports having a written Document Retention and Destruction Policy
Governance: Financials
Reports providing copy of tax form to all board members prior to filing it with IRS
Reports that financial statements were audited by an independent accountant
Governance: Board of Directors
Reports at least 5 voting board members
51% or more of voting board members reported as independent
Reports documenting minutes of board and board committee meetings
Privacy Policy
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Unable to Provide Salaries

CharityWatch is unable to provide a range of Top Three Salaries for this charity for the above fiscal reporting year because we lack complete salary data for the organization. Except for officers, directors, and trustees, the IRS does not require breakouts of salaries totaling less than $100,000.

For example, XYZ charity would be required to provide a breakout in its tax form of compensation to its president of $55,000, but would not be required to provide a breakout of $99,000 in compensation to its top medical researcher if that person is not also an officer, director, or trustee of the organization.

This charity reports that compensation to its officers, directors, and trustees is under $100,000 per individual. Donors who would like to view limited salary data for this organization should refer to its tax form, which may be available on the charity's web site or from a number of third-party sources. See CharityWatch's Links page for information on obtaining copies of charity tax forms.

CharityWatch Analysts perform an in-depth analysis of charities' audited financial statements and IRS tax filings, and often review other documents such as state filings, annual reports, and fundraising contracts during their evaluations. Below are select notes that CharityWatch believes may be of interest to donors.

According to the Sidekick Foundation audit of December 31, 2019 (Note 3, Descriptions of programs):

"The core programs are vital to the mission of the Foundation: To protect and restore endangered keystone wildlife species in the greater Maasai Mara ecosystem in Kenya by funding boots on the ground initiatives and well-informed partners that share our holistic approach."

The programs described are: Mara Elephant Project, The Maa Trust, and Northern Rangelands Trust.

[Note: Northern Rangelands Trust is a separate legal entity from Sidekick Foundation, as are the other "Trusted Partners" listed on the Sidekick Foundation website, according to CharityWatch's January 2021 correspondence with Sidekick Foundation.]

According to the Sidekick Foundation audit of December 31, 2019 (Note 12, Subsequent events):

"Towards the end of December 31, 2019, an outbreak of a novel strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) emerged globally. Currently, it is not possible to reliably estimate the length or severity of this pandemic and hence its final impact. If there is a significant slowdown in the economy due to this pandemic, the Foundation may see adverse impacts to its financial position and results of operations during 2020 that cannot be quantified at this time."

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