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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 grade school, offering career models.
We provide guidance on post-secondary studies.
Graduates work, study or do both.
Assistance continues up to five years after high school graduation.

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

Rate of student attendance during the reporting period

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

Social and economic status

Related Program

Academic Programs

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

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

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

New Annual Fund donors. 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

This is Annual Fund donors only. Excludes timeshare payroll deduction and Events (Christel House Open, Art Show, Passport to Prosperity and Virtual Walk)

Number of students enrolled

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

Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Students currently enrolled including College & Careers program

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 nine 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 public charter schools in Indianapolis, Indiana (USA). Our newest school, Christel House Jamaica opened in the Fall of 2020. Nearly 6,000 students are being served (including College & Careers graduates).

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.
  • 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

  • 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 02/12/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Steve Ross

Retired CEO of Edcon (Republic of South Africa)

Term: 2021 - 2024

Nancy Gillespie

Retired Human Development Economist, World Bank

Martha D Lamkin

Retired President and CEO, Lumina Foundation for Education, Inc.

Dennert O Ware

CeloNova BioSciences, Inc.

Cheryl Wendling

Emeritus

Donald E Knebel

Barnes & Thornburg LLP - Emeritus

Guido Neels

Operating Partner, EW Healthcare Partners

Gail Shiel Mahoney

Principal, Shiel Design Company

Matthew Will

Director of External Relations and Associate Professor of Finance, University of Indianapolis

Gordon S. Gurnik

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Hilton Grand Vacations

Don Harrill

Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, Orange Lake Resorts Florida

Judy Kleiner

Former Senior Vice President, KBC Financial Products

Lucas Montarce

Vice President and CFO of Lilly's International Business Unit, Eli Lilly and Company

Bart Peterson

President and CEO, Christel House

Stephen Ross

Board Chair, Christel House International; Retired CEO of Edcon (Republic of South Africa)

Olivier Chavy

President, Travel + Leisure Club and Panorama

Dennert O. Ware

Retired Executive Chairman of the Board, CeloNova BioSciences, Inc.

Rebecca Rich

Chief of Staff to the CEO of Teach for All

Awais Sufi

Chief Executive Officer of SchoolSmartKC

Matthew B. Murphy

Founder, Emboss Partners

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 2/12/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data