CHRISTEL HOUSE INTERNATIONAL, INC.

Giving kids that need the most help the best chance.

aka Christel House   |   Indianapolis, IN   |  www.christelhouse.org

Mission

Christel House prepares students to identify their goals and dreams, and to achieve upward economic mobility, become good citizens, and realize their human potential.

Notes from the nonprofit

100% of donations support programs and services for the students of Christel House. Overhead and fundraising costs are covered in perpetuity by the organization's Founder.

Ruling year info

1999

President and CEO

Bart Peterson

Main address

10 West Market St. Suite 1990

Indianapolis, IN 46204 USA

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EIN

35-2051932

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Christel House is a holistic model that helps impoverished children transform their lives and break the cycle of poverty. Christel House focuses on "the whole child," providing robust K -12 education, character development, health care and nutrition, family assistance, career guidance and job placement. Our students receive care and support for up to 18 years.

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?

Academic Programs

Education has always been the pathway to a better life. Academic achievement and character development are central to the Christel House model.
We provide an emphasis on excellence.
High expectations of students and teachers.
Focus on English language fluency.
Longer school day and year.
Technology, arts, sports and culture.
Items provided to all students: Textbooks, transportation, school supplies, uniforms, nutrition.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Students receive two nutritious meals and a snack daily, regular medical and dental care, and when needed, counseling from social workers and mental health professionals.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Students return to their families and communities each night. Christel House offers a variety of workshops on topics, including: family planning, parenting skills, conflict resolution, substance abuse, nutrition and hygiene to improve the lives of parents and community members.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Character development is a key part of the Christel House model.
Core values of Respect, Responsibility, Independence and Integrity are woven into daily lesson plans. In addition, service learning and social responsibility are part of the character program.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

To ensure success, Christel House College & Careers program begins career planning in middle school.
We provide guidance on post-secondary studies.
Graduates work, study or do both.
Assistance continues up to five years.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

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 unique website visitors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, People of African descent, People of Asian descent

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Will be reinstating Google Ad Words in 2019

Rate of student attendance during the reporting period

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

Academic Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Average daily attendance rate of students K-12.

Number of new donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Excludes Timeshare payroll deduction and Events (Christel House Open, Art Show, Passport to Prosperity and Virtual Walk)

Number of donors retained

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Excludes timeshare payroll deduction and Events (Christel House Open, Art Show, Passport to Prosperity and Virtual Walk)

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

Christel House transforms the lives of impoverished children around the world — breaking the cycle of poverty and building self-sufficient, contributing members of society.

Children don't choose to live in poverty. Most grow up never realizing their human potential. Instead they face physical and psychological trauma - hunger, malnutrition, disease, low self-esteem and lack of opportunity. Christel House offers a pathway for students away from multi-generational poverty and creates self- sufficient, productive citizens of the world who give back to their communities. Christel House has learning centers around the world - two in India, one in Jamaica, one in Mexico, one in South Africa and three charter schools in Indianapolis.

Christel House addresses the root causes of poverty through a holistic human development model. Christel House focuses on the "whole child," providing robust K-12 education, character development, health care and nutrition, family assistance, career guidance and job placement.

Christel House almost becomes a child’s surrogate parent through its long-term approach, comprehensive services and College & Careers program. For 18 years – from early childhood through high school, college and into launching a career – we support and nurture each child’s potential. Character development is just as important as academic learning. Our College & Careers program guides our graduates through post-secondary studies, vocational/or job certifications or into the workforce. Christel House operates with rigorous business principles, clearly defined goals and metrics to measure our success. We are committed to high degrees of accountability and transparency at every level of the organization.

High measures of accountability, complete transparency and rigorous business practices define Christel House as a charity.
100% of all donations directly benefit the children of Christel House. Overhead and fundraising costs are provided by the organization's Founder. Christel DeHaan has generously supported Christel House financially and is bequeathing most of her assets to fund its general, administrative and fundraising expenses far into the future. This structure leverages her resources most effectively and enables expansion. A growing number of corporate, foundation and individual donors in the United States and globally support Christel House as well.

Christel House currently has eight learning centers around the world. Two in India (Bangalore and Atal Nagar), one in Mexico City, Mexico, one in Cape Town, South Africa, and three schools in Indianapolis, Indiana (USA). Our newest school, Christel House Jamaica opened in the Fall of 2020. 5,340 students are being served (including College & Careers).

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Christel House serves nearly 6,000 students, including students in our College & Careers program, at nine schools around the world with locations in India, Jamaica, Mexico, South Africa and the United States.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Our College & Careers program offers support to our students as they prepare for graduation from high school and follows them through five years after graduation. Continuing education is a goal but Christel House also encourages vocational opportunities for students that may not want to move on to university studies. College & Career coordinators at each school train to improve their support of our students.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    It is empowering to our students we serve. As part of our character program, we encourage students to become self-sufficient leaders, in control of their opportunities.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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CHRISTEL HOUSE INTERNATIONAL, INC.

Board of directors
as of 8/6/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dennert Ware

Retired Executive Chariman of the Board, CeloNova Biosciences, Inc.

Term: 2020 -

Nancy Gillespie

World Bank

Martha Lamkin

Lumina Foundation for Education

Dennert Ware

CeloNova BioSciences, Inc.

Cheryl Wendling

Christel House International

Donald Knebel

Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Guido Neels

Essex Woodlands

Gail Shiel Mahoney

Shiel Design Company

Matthew Will

University of Indianapolis

Gordon Gurnik

Hilton Grand Vacations

Don Harrill

Orange Lake Resorts

Judy Kleiner

KBC Financial Products

Lucas Montarce

Elanco

Bart Peterson

President and CEO, Christel House

Marc Nichols

Executive VP & General Counsel, Saab, Inc.

Stephen Ross

Retured CEI if Edcon (Republic of South Africa)

Olivier Chavy

President, RCI Exchanges

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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/25/2021

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

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data