Take Heart Incorporated

Serving Persecuted Christians around the globe.

aka Take Heart   |   Old Bethpage, NY   |  www.missiontakeheart.org

Mission

Motivated by the love of Christ, we exist to spiritually encourage, technically equip, and financially support local leaders serving persecuted Christians around the globe.

Notes from the nonprofit

We expanded to serve in Nigeria

Ruling year info

2016

Executive Director

Aida Makram

Main address

PO Box 177

Old Bethpage, NY 11804 USA

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EIN

47-5266388

NTEE code info

Economic Development (S30)

Christian (X20)

Community Health Systems (E21)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Global persecution against Christians is increasing, intensifying and spreading. According to the world watch list; 260 M Christians are highly persecuted for their choice to follow Jesus where they live. 9,488 Churches or Christian buildings were attacked. In the top 50 countries during the reporting period, some 2,983 Christians were killed because they follow Jesus. On average, that’s 8 Christians killed every day. 3,711 Christians were detained without trial. As members of the Body of Christ, we are called to support our brothers and sisters in need. Take Heart exists to do just that. We want to tell and show persecuted Christians, "You are not alone."

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?

Technically Equip

We technically equip leaders to implement a self-sustainable development model to overcome their organization's weaknesses and threats. We do this through leaderships trainings and conferences, while also providing necessary tools.

Population(s) Served
Christians

We financially support local leaders with small grants to overcome their lack of resources and develop programs designed to help them achieve their mission.

Population(s) Served
Christians

We stand with Christian leaders to let them know they are not alone in their fight and to encourage hope in the midst of feelings of defeat and despair. We do this through monthly visitations and prayer meetings, to ensure fellowship and spiritual accountability.

Population(s) Served
Christians

Where we work

Accreditations

ECFA 2021

Affiliations & memberships

WEA 2021

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 trained leaders understand how to build sustainable models Number of national and local organizations strengthened by our grants Number of families support become strengthened by IGA's

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

Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

Technically Equip

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

We are a nonprofit organization working to see the Body of Christ at peace, standing firm, and with great hope.

Motivated by the love of Christ, we exist to spiritually encourage, technically equip, and financially support local leaders serving persecuted Christians around the globe.

Spiritually:
+Through philanthropic messaging spread the message about the persecuted church
+Through ministry of word and deed, encourage the persecuted church

Technically:
+Support leaders to understand the importance of development models
+Equip leaders to build their model through mentoring, while continuously evaluating and upgrading their models
+Provide leadership training, mentorship, and evaluation
+Support the network structure between different organizations to complement one another

Financially:
+Support national and local organizations with grants to overcome lack of resources
+Support persecuted Christians with income-generating activities by means of micro-loans or grants distributed by the national or local organizations
+Support education and medical needs of persecuted Christians

+We have a network of local partners and churches in the countries where we serve.
+We have staff members in the United States overseeing fundraising and marketing initiatives
+We have staff members abroad in the countries where we serve to continually monitor the implementation of our work and trainings.
+We have a system for grants and partnerships to ensure we do not become a crutch to any community we serve. We partner with organizations for five years and villages for three.

Take Heart currently serves persecuted Christians in Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Nigeria.

In Egypt:
+Spiritually support at least 3032 families with the good news from the Bible, one to one door visits and retreats and summer activities for 600 kids
+At least 110 leaders will be trained and prepared to support their villages through the Take Heart village development model.
+Awareness days for the servants and the families about drug addiction, sexual harassment and importance of education.
+At least 30 families will be supported by income generating activities
+Two mega projects will serve 40 families.
+Open one mega clinic that will serve the families.

In Syria:
+Spiritually support at least 200 families with the good news from the Bible.
+Enable at least 54 families to obtain an independent income.
+Strengthen 200 women through retreats.
+Spiritually serve 80 deaf people and technically equip them through their trained leaders.
+Improve the quality of education for 150 children by supporting them to continue their college education
+Equip 24 leaders with leadership training to support their communities and graduate through Ignite Academy.
+Educate 30 kids through the nursery
+Send 1000 Christmas gifts to children

In Iraq:
+Spiritually support at least 1000 families with the good news from the Bible through spiritual days, camps and family retreats.
+Enable at least 10 families to obtain an independent income.
+Improve the quality of education for 72 children who are enrolled in the nursery.
+Three priests will be heavily involved in executing the program
+Equip 19 local leaders with leadership training to support their communities.
+Equip 300 family members against trauma
+Train 300 youth by the leaders

In Nigeria:
+Spiritually support at least 4500 internally displaced families
+At least 40 young adults will be supported in their educational efforts
+Equip 15 local leaders with leadership training to support their communities.
+Technically equipped 4500 internally displaced families

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We are serving overseas in four countries with local partners Continuous feedback is done through the field team

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We increased given services after communication with the beneficiaries like sponsoring schools and water programs in Nigeria

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    It strengthen our relationship because we showed acceptance to include suggestions and work on it

  • 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 take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, 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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Take Heart Incorporated

Board of directors
as of 06/27/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Chris Bolton

Diversified Conveyors, Inc.

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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/27/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/23/2022

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 employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • 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 help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • 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.