Educational Institutions

CHRISTEL HOUSE INTERNATIONAL, INC.

Twenty years transforming lives

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

Mission

Christel House helps impoverished children transform their lives and break the cycle of poverty to become self-sufficient, contributing members of society.

Notes from the nonprofit

100% of donations directly benefit the children of Christel House. Overhead and fundraising costs are provided 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

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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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
K-12 (5-19 years)
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor 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
K-12 (5-19 years)
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor 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
K-12 (5-19 years)
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor 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
K-12 (5-19 years)
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor 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
K-12 (5-19 years)
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor 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
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

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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
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of donors retained

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

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This is the preliminary number - does not include payroll deductions and others.

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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 Mexico, one in South Africa and four charter schools in Indianapolis. A 9th center, Christel House Jamaica will open in the fall of 2020.

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. College & Careers guides our graduates through post-secondary studies and/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 helps impoverished children transform their lives and break the cycle of poverty. Some of our 2018 statistics that prove the Christel House model WORKS! 99% of Christel House students pass graduation exams; 92% of graduates are continuing studies or employed; Annual K-12 student retention rate is 96%; Average K-12 attendance is 96%.

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 four schools in Indianapolis, Indiana (USA). Over 5,154 students are being served (including College & Careers.) The government of Jamaica and Christel House entered into a Memorandum of Understanding and Agreement, clearing the way for the ninth Christel House learning center. Christel House Jamaica is scheduled to open in September of 2020.

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 6/18/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Christel DeHaan

Founder, Christel House International

Christel DeHaan

Christel House International

Nancy Gillespie

World Bank

Nelson Hitchcock

Scholastic, Inc.

Martha Lamkin

Lumina Foundation for Education

Neil Offen

Direct Selling Association

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

Marcia Rowley

International Cruise & Excursions, Inc.

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

Board leadership practices

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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

Keywords

international, poverty, children, education, healthcare, nutrition, no overhead