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Bethany Christian Services

Family Changes Everything

aka Bethany   |   Grand Rapids, MI   |  http://www.bethany.org

Mission

Bethany Christian Services demonstrates the love and compassion of Jesus Christ by protecting children, empowering youth, and strengthening families through quality social services.

Ruling year info

1987

President & CEO

Mr. Keith Cureton

Main address

901 Eastern Ave NE PO Box 294

Grand Rapids, MI 49503 USA

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EIN

38-1405282

NTEE code info

Family Services (P40)

Adoption (P31)

Foster Care (P32)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Bethany Christian Services would like to see every child empowered by being part of a loving family. We provide comprehensive resettlement services for refugee and immigrants. In the US, services include adoption, foster care, and counseling. Programs are also in place for family preservation for vulnerable children/families, included assistance with substance abuse. We are prepared to increase all of these services to these populations by providing cutting-edge social services for vulnerable children in the US and abroad, by assisting with family preservation, focusing on substance abuse treatment. Globally we would like to build additional services asssiting with in-country foster care, family preservation and global in-country adoption services.

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?

Social Services

Bethany Christian Services is a global family preservation and child welfare agency serving orphaned, abandoned, and vulnerable children spanning five continents. For more than 70 years, Bethany has been reaching out to children and families in need through quality social services including family preservation, pregnancy counseling, adoption, post-adoption support, foster care, refugee and immigrant services.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Parents
Immigrants and migrants
Substance abusers

Where we work

Awards

Consortium of Christian Relief & Development Assoc 2017

OVC Good Practice

Affiliations & memberships

Better Business Bureau 2020

InterAction 2020

Accord Network 2020

DEBO Alliance for Children 2020

Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development 2020

Faith to Action 2020

Changing the Way We Care 2020

Wells of Hope - Uganda 2020

Deaf Academy - Haiti 2020

Refugee Council USA 2020

Evangelical Immigration Table 2020

Alliance for Strong Families & Healthy Communities 2020

Better Business Bureau 2020

Barnabas Foundation 2020

National Christian Foundation 2020

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 refugees resettled

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

Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups

Related Program

Social Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These numbers are directly impacted by Federal laws and guidelines. We are in the process of opening up these programs in others states and exponentially increasing our impact.

Number of foster care children placed with a family that were formally adopted

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

Age groups, Family relationships

Related Program

Social Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of licensed foster families as a result of the organization's efforts

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The number 35,603 are all vulnerable children in the US, which Bethany assisted. Of that number 1,473 were from Foster Care in 2022, as we continue to expand our services across the continuum of care.

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.

Demonstrating the love and compassion of Jesus Christ by protecting children, strengthening families, and empowering youth through quality social services.

Bethany's vision is a world where every child has a loving family.

Our strategic goals over the next few years include serving tens of thousands of children and impacting hundreds of thousands of individuals by providing quality social services. Our goals also include improving the quality of customer service given to our children and families, and continuing Bethany's overall financial sustainability. We also hope to expand into more locations nationwide.

Bethany's strategies to achieve our goals come through several management tools to align our activities with our vision and to assure our performance meets our strategic goals.

Our priorities include empowering our workforce by supporting one another, through education on diversity and compassion. We are pursuing excellence in everything we are doing by looking for ways to refine and improve our services. Bethany is also committed to adapt our work to meet the greatest needs of children and families.

We are motivated by our faith and and prepared to enter the hard place with humility and confidence. We are deliberate in our consentration on sustainability, as we navigate during these changing time, but continue to champion justice for all populations, as we show the love Jesus Christ.

Bethany Christian Services has been blessed with outstanding capabilities to serve children and families through our nearly 1,400 staff in more than 30 states and in 7 countries on four continents. Our staff include highly qualified and licensed social workers who demonstrate the love and compassion of Jesus Christ by providing comprehensive, quality social services to meet the best interest of each child in need of a loving family.

We continually receive our Council on Accreditation for our industry, as one of our goals is to continually improve our services.

Over the last several years, Bethany Christian Services has made excellent progress in many areas as we strive to serve more children in the US and around the world, as well as being industry leaders, by offering cutting-edge social services.

We are effectively managing steady growth, while navigating through these unpresendented world-wide effects, both financially and with providing services.

A report of the lives impacted has been attached.

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 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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

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

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Bethany Christian Services

Board of directors
as of 07/27/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mark Augustyn

Peter Kraslawsky

Vocera Communications

Daniel Rink

Buiten & Associates LLC

Mark Augustyn

Chair

Lori Hockema

Susanne Jordan

Joel Rahn

Marben Bland

Brian Britton

Vice Chair

Kafi Carrasco

Steven Mayer

Maegan Schwindling

Larry Herring

Deborah Sturtevant

Roger Shank

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 7/27/2023

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

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/10/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.