PLATINUM2023

Benjamin House Ministries Inc

Inspiring hope one family at a time

aka Benjamin House   |   MOORE, SC   |  http://www.benjaminhouse.net

Mission

Benjamin House exists to provide donors, churches, and other groups an avenue to inspire hope across Uganda through the Gospel of Jesus Christ by transforming the lives of orphans and vulnerable children, preparing them for their futures, and building up the next generation of leaders.

Ruling year info

2023

Executive Director

Mr. Joakim Matende

Main address

PO BOX 21

MOORE, SC 29369 USA

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EIN

47-2201927

NTEE code info

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Institutions don't change kids' lives, families do. Kids need families and families make communities better. That's why when you support Benjamin House Ministries, you create opportunities that take away all the barriers that might keep a child from their family or tribe. You help them to grow up learning what family looks like. You get to be a part of a forever family to a child across the ocean. At Benjamin House, we help you to meet this need in many ways. There are three programs that serve as our entry into support, Transitional Home, Child Sponsorship, and Family Development Programs. You can learn more about each of these programs below. ​We believe that family is worth investing in, and when families can stand up on their own, communities are made better.

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?

Church Planting

We believe God's plan A is to minister to this world through the local church, and there is no plan B. Para-church organizations are great, but only to the extent that they serve the local church. As a result, we have launched a church plant in Kampala, Uganda called The House Church. The ministries of Benjamin House are realized and multiplied as they flow from this church plant. The House Church is also the primary mechanism for training and encouraging local pastors to lead the charge in this great battle for the children of Uganda.

Population(s) Served
Christians

Our sponsorship program is unique and seeks to preserve families. Not only do you get to constantly interact with your sponsored child, but your dollars also go to change a family, not just provide for that child. The structure of our sponsorships encourages families to develop a skill, gain employment, and be able to provide for themselves in the long term. We work directly with them to develop a sustainability strategy to help life them out of the cycle of poverty they are caught in. Another distinguishing factor of our program is that 100% of your monthly sponsorship donation goes to your child. Zero dollars are spent from that money on US operations and administrative overhead.

Population(s) Served
Families
Economically disadvantaged people

Believing that the greatest need of Uganda is a well-trained, well-equipped, Spirit-filled church, we will provide affordable training to area pastors, youth pastors, and other staff members, including the establishment and planting of missional, Gospel-centered churches. This fulfills the third mandate of our mission statement and affects mandates 1 and 2 for long term sustainability.

Population(s) Served
Men and boys
Adults

Then there are the families that have already fallen apart; children who are already without parents, living on the streets of Kampala and sleeping on the sidewalks at night. Roughly 7,000 children live on the streets of Kampala. These children don't just need homes. They need a place to restore their hearts, souls, bodies, and minds. Seeing this overwhelming need in the heart of Uganda, we sought out to restore families through Transitional Homes. In these homes, orphans receive counseling and love from our social workers and House Parents. There are no more than 8 children in a home at one time and we aim to find a forever family for each child within 6 months.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

One of the best ways to solve a crisis is to prevent it from happening in the first place. As such, Benjamin House has developed The Uprising. The Uprising is a strategic plan of school clubs, social activities, teaching and training programs, camps and retreats, and mentorship programs designed to target teenagers and help them make good, healthy life choices. If we can make an impact on the choices of Uganda's youth, we can help stop this cycle of fatherlessness and poverty.

Population(s) Served
At-risk 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.

Total number of acres of area indirectly controlled under cultivation

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

Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of free participants in conferences

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

Children and youth

Related Program

The Uprising Empowerment Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of paid participants in conferences

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

Evangelicals

Related Program

Pastoral Training

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of conferences held

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

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Family Restoration

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total revenue of target crop sold

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

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Family Restoration

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of job skills training courses/workshops conducted

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

At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Family Restoration

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients still working after 12 months

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

At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Family Restoration

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of savings accounts used by clients

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

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Family Preservation

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of hours of training

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

Evangelicals

Related Program

Pastoral Training

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

Every day, Ugandan parents are faced with a choice. Either I can keep my child and when they're older they'll struggle with life just like I am, OR I can take my child to an orphanage and they'll get 3 meals a day, an education, and a chance at a better life.
We believe that's a choice no parent should ever have to make.

Our desire is to remove the barriers that are currently keeping families apart. If the school fees of the child or having enough food for the family is the challenge, we attempt to get sponsorship for that child so they can stay with their parents. If its a young teenage mother, we work with her to help her become the mother we know she can be, rather than her having to subject her child to a lifetime alone. In all our programs, self-sustainability plans are a must. We don't simply want to put a bandage on the problem, we want to solve it at the root, and set these families up for long term life and success. It's the hard route, but it is best.

Our sponsorship program is unique and seeks to PRESERVE FAMILIES. Not only do you get to constantly interact with your sponsored child, but your dollars also go to change a family, not just provide for that child. The structure of our sponsorships encourages families to develop a skill, gain employment, and be able to provide for themselves in the long term. We work directly with them to develop a sustainability strategy to help life them out of the cycle of poverty they are caught in.
Empowerment Programs
One of the best ways to solve a crisis is to prevent it from happening in the first place. As such, Benjamin House has developed THE UPRISING. The Uprising is a strategic plan of school clubs, social activities, teaching and training programs, camps and retreats, and mentorship programs designed to target teenagers and help them make good, healthy life choices. If we can make an impact on the choices of Uganda's youth, we can help stop this cycle of fatherlessness and poverty.
Transitional Homes
Then there are the families that have already fallen apart; children who are already without parents, living on the streets of Kampala and sleeping on the sidewalks at night. Roughly 15,000 children live on the streets of Kampala. These children don't just need homes. They need a place to restore their hearts, souls, bodies, and minds. Seeing this overwhelming need in the heart of Uganda, we sought out to RESTORE FAMILIES through Transitional Homes. In these homes, orphans receive counseling and love from our social workers and House Parents. There are no more than 8 children in a home at one time and we aim to find a forever family for each child within 6 months.

350 sponsored families
400 youths ministered to through the Uprising
2 transitional homes and 4 acres of land for transitioning street kids

Planted 2 churches
Trained 48 pastors
Held 16 conferences
Ministering to a total of 650 families
A part of 3 worldwide networks
Partnering with Rotary
16 US Church partners

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 engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

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Operations

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

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Benjamin House Ministries Inc

Board of directors
as of 08/28/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Roxanne Baker

Jena Penner

Josh Eskew

Bucky Rogers

Orma Stambaugh

Andrea Nielson

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • 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 8/28/2023

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
Black/African American
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/28/2023

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.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.