BLESSMAN INTERNATIONAL, INC.

aka Blessman Ministries Inc.   |   Urbandale, IA   |  www.blessmaninternational.org

Mission

Blessman International, their donors and volunteers focus on offering South African children and young adults God’s love and eternal hope through faith formation and programs to: • feed hungry people, • foster food-secure communities, • and offer dignity through provision of basic water and sanitation needs. Vision - Within the next ten years, every child in Limpopo, South Africa, will have access to food, water and sanitation, and hope through Jesus Christ.

Ruling year info

2002

CEO

Dr. James Blessman

Main address

2557 106th St

Urbandale, IA 50322 USA

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Formerly known as

Blessman Ministries

EIN

42-1523757

NTEE code info

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

Christian (X20)

Economic Development (S30)

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Communication

Programs and results

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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?

Feeding Program

60,000 children are fed weekly through a network of feeding centers

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Empowering the future leaders of South Africa through education and fostering relationships with Christ that goes far beyond their physical needs to break the cycle of hopelessness and poverty. Over 150 children are fed a hot meal daily and are provided with computer and life skills training in this after school program

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Blessman International staffs and funds two local churches - Lighthouse Church and Hope Christian Church. These churches are providing ministry to children and adults.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Blessman International drills water wells and builds safe, sanitary toilet facilities for school and for rural communities. Each well or block of four toilets costs $15,000.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Lethabo Sewing and Training Center focuses on job creating for women employing four local women and providing them the opportunity to earn a fair wage, learn new skills, and express themselves creatively. Products are marketed and sold locally in South Africa and online in the U.S. In addition, the center produces school uniforms for children who cannot afford them.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Children and youth

The bakery provides employment to local women and provides bread for children being fed in our Del Cramer Children's Campus after school program.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Women and girls

Farming operation that provides fresh vegetables to our feeding programs and jobs for local men. This campus is being prepared to house local students and adults for farm training in vegetable, chicken, and tilapia farming.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Men and boys

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Number of meals served or provided

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

Children and youth, People of African descent, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Feeding Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Financials

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Operations

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

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BLESSMAN INTERNATIONAL, INC.

Board of directors
as of 3/3/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Dr. James Blessman

Blessman International, Inc.

Term: 2002 - 2023


Board co-chair

Mr. Steve Lapour

Amazon

Term: 2020 - 2022

Carole Blessman

Blessman International, Inc.

Jeff Ostrander

Reach Church

Forrest Ridgeway III

Bike World

Barb Halverson

E.T. Video

Richard Mathson

Raccoon Valley Partners McDonalds

Jim Blessman

Blessman International, Inc.

Scott Blessman

Albaugh, LLC

Glenn DeStigter

Steve LaPour

Amazon Web Services

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
  • 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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/24/2021

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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

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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