2020 ANNUAL REPORT
Expanding Our Reach
Amplio’s mission is to empower the world’s most vulnerable communities through knowledge sharing. In 2020, our Talking Book programs and partnerships grew in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic. Together with our wonderful donors and partners, we’re helping people learn new skills and knowledge they can use to improve their lives. Join us!
Impacting One Million Lives
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Amplio passed a milestone: Talking Books have now reached over one million listeners! By 2024, we expect to double that number.
This is possible because of you, our wonderful donors and supporters.
In 2020, your support provided Talking Books loaded with COVID-19 messages to Ghana’s Ministry of Health to raise awareness in vulnerable districts. You expanded our reach to new countries and regions, providing access to knowledge about agriculture, health, education, and more. Thanks to you, we were able to develop a self-service platform that will allow our partners to more easily and cost-effectively launch and run their programs. Today, Talking Books have reached Haiti and Bangladesh, and we’re expanding throughout West Africa. Finally, I want to express our deepest gratitude to Arm and VoLo Foundation. Year after year, these two organizations have provided tremendous support, allowing us to make long-term investments to scale up our impact.
As the world reflects on the importance of access to reliable information, Amplio will continue to ensure that no one is left behind. Together with our partners and donors like you, we are empowering the world’s most vulnerable communities with life-changing knowledge. Thank you.
Founder & Executive Director
In 2020, Talking Books expanded to new countries and regions, including Ghana, Niger, Liberia, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Haiti, and Bangladesh.
Empowering the World’s Poorest People
For Amplio, 2020 was a pivotal year. Amplio has now reached over 1,000,000 people in its target audience of people living on less than $1-2 a day. Amplio itself is growing and has added new staff in Seattle and Ghana. Amplio’s partnerships also grew, with new programs in Liberia, Ethiopia, and Zambia.
Talking Books are an effective technology to help some of the world’s poorest people. That’s why my wife Cathy and I are long-term supporters. Along with other Amplio supporters, we recently provided the initial funding to expand Amplio’s programs outside of Africa with Talking Book programs in Haiti and Bangladesh.
I invite you to join us and help Amplio grow worldwide! Your financial support enables knowledge sharing that empowers people to improve their lives.
Paul Cotton (2017-present)
Amplio Board Chair
President and Founder
PBC & Associates
Christine Chew (2017-present)
Amplio Vice Chair
School Board Representative
Bellevue School District
Tony Cavalieri (2017-present)
Amplio Finance & Development Chair
Senior Program Officer
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Dena Morris (2019-present)
Amplio Governance & Country Office Chair
Former CEO and President
Washington Global Health Alliance
Cliff Schmidt (2008-present)
President and Founder/Executive Director
Kevin Reed (2008-present)
Amplio Secretary and Legal Counsel
General Sessions Criminal Court
Shelby County, Tennessee
Dave Vogel (2015-present)
Founder and CEO
Voloridge Investment Management
Margo Schneider (2021-present)
Senior Director, Digital Strategy
Tim Akinbo (2021-present)
Software Developer and CEO
Revi Sterling (2021-present)
USAID WomenConnect Challenge
Tawiah Agyarko-Kwarteng (2021-present)
Sustainable Development Consultant
Heritage Flow2 Ltd
In response to the pandemic, Amplio Ghana and Ghana Health Services launched a COVID-19 awareness campaign in the Upper West Region. Some Talking Book programs were put on hold, while others took off. In addition, we laid the groundwork for new partnerships and programs in new countries and regions.
Ghana: COVID-19 Response
Our Ghana team partnered with Ghana Health Services on an emergency public health campaign to raise awareness about COVID-19.
Niger: Smart Villages
The government-led Smart Villages pilot launched. Talking Books deliver agriculture, health, and education messages.
Liberia: Land Rights
Landesa uses Talking Books to help Liberia Land Authority spread the word to women farmers and youth about their constitutional land rights.
Zambia: Sexual Health
VSO Zambia’s TALK! project introduced Talking Books to engage young people about their sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Research & Design
Designing for Scale
In 2020, we hired a product manager and developed a suite of self-service products to help partners more easily and cost-effectively launch and run Talking Book programs—and measure their impact. We also made progress with the new Talking Book prototype that runs on rechargeable batteries.
By the Numbers
In 2019, Amplio received a major philanthropic gift. The difference between 2020 revenues and expenses is due to a board-approved spend down to support scaling our programs and invest in research and development.
Donors & Funders
We are grateful to our donors and funders. Your generosity helps share life-changing knowledge about sustainable agriculture, maternal and child health, education, nutrition, women’s entrepreneurship, land rights, and more. A million thanks for your support!
Kate Miller and Brian Behlendorf
Bill Evans and Barbara Berry
Robert St. Pierre and Laura Bonner
Gabrielle Rocap and Paul Borghesani
Christine and Chee Chew
Allen Wilcox and Connie Collingsworth
Peter and Cynthia Cook
Paul and Cathy Cotton
Roger and Anne Eddy
Laura Hart and Rich Grady
Anne Sammis and Eric Gropp
Craig Russell and Kathy Haranzo
Mark and Nadine Huck
Michael Busch and Carolina Janssen
Gene and Judy Kossmann
Gene Ball and Cynthia Lanners
Robert and Margaret Lanphier
Natalie Parker Lawrence
Joel Jacobson and Danielle Legault
Anthony Cavalieri and Ellen Look
Jeff and Susan Lubetkin
Brendan and Collette MacLean
Rich Feit and Melissa Mahoney
Karen Yen Montagnani
Patrick and Patricia Ngatchou
Chuck Nordhoff and Maribeth O’Connor
Julie and Gary Panick
Ray Foundation Ghana
Mark and Wendy Rafn
Tamara and Kevin Reed
Satya and Rao Remala
Mike and Mary Roberts
William Rowe Jr.
Robin and Paul Schachter
Grace Leong and Clifford Schmidt
Clifford Schmidt Sr.
Pete and Mary Schneider
Rosi and Michael Smith
George and Cherry Snelling
Sarah Revi Sterling
Gordon and Tina Strause
Vijay and Sheena Vaidyanathan
Jessica and Michael Van Deusen
James Rod and Carole Walker
Bryan and Christine White
Joe Blake and Ilva Wilson
Harry Hochheiser and Judith Yanowitz
A million thanks!
We’re working to reach a million more Talking Book listeners by 2024. Join us, and support the delivery of knowledge to new countries and regions.
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