Childrens Hopechest, Inc.

Breaking the cycle of poverty through partnerships that cultivate two-way transformation

aka Greater Calling   |   Palmer Lake, CO   |  www.hopechest.org

Mission

Children’s HopeChest exists to glorify God by releasing the potential of orphaned and impoverished children and their communities. We do this through partnerships that cultivate two-way transformation.

Ruling year info

1995

CEO & President

Mr Kenneth Edwin Sparks

Main address

PO BOX 1190

Palmer Lake, CO 80133 USA

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EIN

33-0430285

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

Christian (X20)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Children's HopeChest seeks to eliminate the cycle of poverty in some of the most impoverished communities around the world. Vulnerable children are children who are exposed to the harsh realities of life, without the protections necessary for survival. A child is made vulnerable when left to live in exceptionally difficult circumstances, including neglect and having limited access to food, water, and medical care. Starvation, dehydration, preventable diseases, water contamination, and natural disasters are unfortunately forces that shape many children’s lives. We take a holistic view of the child and their community. If we simply help a child and neglect to partner with their home community in long-term transformation, when they grow up, these formerly vulnerable children will potentially be released as adults back into an unhealthy – and potentially dangerous – situation. HopeChest has a unique approach to transformation because we understand that systemic change is needed.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Services for Orphaned and Vulnerable Children

Children's HopeChest engages churches and other Christian communities in long-term partnerships that:
- Empower local leaders to share the Gospel, reduce poverty, and create self-sufficiency for every child.
- Equip partnering communities to directly engage as a community in healthy international development practices.
- Address the complex causes of poverty, including material, spiritual, emotional, social, economic, and educational needs.
- Tend to the child's holistic needs for survival, community, education, and employment.
- Transform the lives of children through a focus on sustainability, independence, and long-term self-sufficiency.
- Transform the lives of the partnering community members through exposure, education, relationship, and service.

Population(s) Served

Within the community development aspect of our programming, older youth and adults are provided training and access to a variety of programs such as life skills training, economic empowerment training, income generating activities, vocational training, and self help savings groups and/or savings and loans groups all which foster economic independence and household self-sustainability.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults
Children and youth
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of children sponsored

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Services for Orphaned and Vulnerable Children

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total number of children at all HopeChest CarePoints who are sponsored at fiscal year end. In 2021, we transitioned full responsibility for 32 Eswatini CarePoints to our ground partner in-country.

Number of partners

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Services for Orphaned and Vulnerable Children

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is the number of North American partners at year end who are connected with HopeChest CarePoint communities. Partners include churches, businesses, and community groups.

Number of trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Services for Orphaned and Vulnerable Children

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is the number of trips hosted by Children's HopeChest during the calendar year. Travel was dramatically impacted by the worldwide pandemic of COVID.

Annual Revenue

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is total annual revenue for Children's HopeChest. In 2021, we transferred 32 CarePoints in Eswatini out of our overall portfolio, impacting overall revenue.

Number of individuals served by our programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Services for Orphaned and Vulnerable Children

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total number of children, youth, adults who participated in and benefitted from programming and services by fiscal year end. In 2021, 32 CarePoints in Eswatini were transferred to ground partner.

Donor retention rate

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is the percentage of donors retained year-to-year.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

At Children’s HopeChest, we empower orphaned and vulnerable children and their communities through relationships that cultivate holistic transformation and sustainability. We connect communities in the U.S. and Canada with communities of orphaned and vulnerable children overseas. Our unique Community-to-Community model leverages the power of relationships to see long-term, sustainable transformation occur in the lives of children and their surrounding communities.

We seek to bring lasting, positive transformation to those we serve, and in turn, our communities in North America are impacted as well. We believe holistic transformation happens when one community partners with another.

Our goal is that every orphaned and vulnerable child will have the relationship, resources, and opportunities to overcome the negative aspects of poverty and to become a healthy, independent, leader in their home culture.

o HopeChest engages churches, businesses, and other communities in long-term partnerships which:
 Empower local leaders to share the Gospel, reduce poverty, and create self-sufficiency for every child.
 Equip partnering communities to directly engage as a community in healthy international development practices.
 Address the complex causes of poverty, including material, spiritual, emotional, social, economic, and educational needs.
 Tend to the children's holistic needs for survival, community, education, and employment.
 Transform the lives of children and their communities through a focus on sustainability, independence, and long-term self-sufficiency.
 Transform the lives of the partnering community members through exposure, education, relationship, and service.

o We connect communities in the U.S. and Canada with communities of vulnerable children and their caretakers overseas. Our unique Community-to-Community model leverages the power of relationships to see long-term transformation occur in the lives of children and in their surrounding communities. Ultimately, these relationships and resources empower children and their communities to survive, thrive, and succeed. Community-to-Community partnerships allow a church, small group, social network, or business to partner with a specific CarePoint overseas. The partner becomes a virtual extension of the overseas community, and members of the partner community are able to directly sponsor individual children at the CarePoint location. When an entire community embraces the vision to support an entire community in a developing country, the concept of relationship-building moves to a whole new level.

o Our Community–to–Community model sets the foundation for HopeChest's Survive, Thrive, and Succeed approach to transformation. HopeChest partners with communities and individuals in the U.S. and Canada who commit to a long-term relationship with overseas communities. Through this long-term relationship, the elements of Survive, Thrive, and Succeed are set in motion.

o HopeChest utilizes an asset-based development approach versus a needs-based approach.

o We employ approximately 220 in-country, local staff to implement programs, monitor effectiveness, and ensure financial accountability.

o HopeChest partners with local churches and local non-governmental organizations in countries of operation.

o We are legally registered, follow local rule-of-law, and have established relationships with local, regional, and national governmental authorities.

o Our asset-based approach and programming methods provide for excellent scalability while allowing for adaptation with each community's unique attributes.

o Over 88 communities are partnered with CarePoints in five countries and benefiting 34,170 individuals (children, youth and adults)

o In Fiscal Year 2019 (Pre-Covid), 813 People traveled on 92 visits to their partnered CarePoints

o Expansion into the corporate world with the Greater Calling brand, partnering businesses that care about social responsibility with CarePoints and Programming around the world

o In Fiscal Year 2020, we launched the Friendship Model. Unlike traditional child sponsorship models, the Friendship Model gives a child voice and choice in who enters their life as their sponsor. Children can now choose their HopeChest Friends, which reframes our perspective on child sponsorship by reducing the perpetuation of paternalism

o We are still working towards releasing a community that has reached sustainability and is no longer relying on donor resources

Financials

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Childrens Hopechest, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 06/23/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Sally Townsend

Ken Sparks

Sally Townsend

Matt Day

Jeff Wilson

Jeff Wertheim

Brynn Albretsen

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/23/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

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Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data