aka LAY MISSION-HELPERS   |   Los Angeles, CA   |
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EIN: 52-2407129


Lay Mission Helpers Association trains, sends and supports lay people for overseas missionary services

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Executive Director

Mr. Damian Kabot

Main address

6102 S. Victoria Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90043 USA

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Roman Catholic (X22)

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Mission dioceses around the world typically have a shortage of resources, including personnel in various ministries and activities of the diocese. Usually, the personnel needs are in the areas of health, education and technology.

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?

Overseas Missionary Program

Lay Mission-Helpers are Catholic lay people, single men and women, married couples, and families, called through baptism to mission.

We seek to walk with the poor of other countries sharing our gifts, living our faith, and learning from one another.

We serve in a variety of different professions and strive to live a simple life close to the poor.

We provide a four-month Formation Program, plus language training and support overseas.

We serve all people regardless of their faith.

We are the oldest program in the United States.

We dedicated to recruiting, preparing, sending and supporting Catholic lay persons and their families who are following the call of their faith to serve in response to the requests of bishops in developing countries.

Population(s) Served

Where we work


MIssion Award 2012

United States Catholic MIssion Association

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Lay Mission-Helpers goals are to recruit, prepare, send and support Catholic lay persons--single, married, married with children--from the Catholic Church in the United States who are willing to share their gifts and live their faith in response to requests of bishops in developing countries. Lay Mission-Helpers Association sends nurses, teachers, administrators, pastoral workers and technicians to areas of the world which are in dire need of people with such skills.

We have identified three areas through which we will achieve our goals.
1. Program Development: Recruit and support candidates for long-term mission in response to needs expressed by mission bishops.
2. Fund Development: raise funds necessary to provide for current program and growth.
3. Board Development: Recruit individuals to the Board of Directors whose gifts enhance Lay Mission-Helpers ability to fulfill its mission.

Founded in 1955, Lay Mission-Helpers Association is the first program in the United States to send lay Catholics to serve in the Foreign Missions.

An outstanding formation program provides spiritual and practical tools for service. Sixty years ago, even before Vatican II or Peace Corps, founder Msgr. Anthony Brouwers recognized that lay people could be prepared for mission service. This program has evolved and continues to be one of the best of its kind. The formation program includes four months of residency at the Los Angeles-based Mission House. Daily classes are offered in Scripture, Mission Theology, Spirituality, Communication and Culture. Reflection and instruction assist candidates to understand the gifts they are bringing to mission and to help them recognize their personal strengths and weaknesses.

Headquartered in Los Angeles, Lay Mission Helpers recruit candidates from across the United States. Lay Mission-Helpers serve at the request of mission bishops and are not restricted to sites where an individual religious order is present. By anchoring our program to the local ordinary, we ensure the continuity of support for our lay missionaries and open new possibilities to help the local mission church even in places where there are only diocesan priests.

The Lay Mission-Helpers Association is large enough to have a reputation around the world that precedes an initial contact with a bishop; ensures the security of lay missionaries, and attracts a notable faculty to the formation program. Yet it is small enough that each Lay Mission-Helper is well known by the leadership team and we can strive to make a good match between the individual's skills and mission needs. We also can ensure an annual visit to each missioner while in the field.

Many Lay Mission-Helpers serve more than one three-year term, often at more than one mission site, bringing their experience and gifts to more of the world. Veteran Lay Mission-Helpers who bring their experience and deeper connections home at the end of their assignments help strengthen the Church in the United States. For some, returning has meant becoming more deeply involved in their parishes; for others, it has created a hunger for additional service or vocations to the priesthood or religious life. They return changed and more aware of the needs of the world. They bring this awareness to those around them.

Since its inception, over 700 individuals have collectively given more than 2100 years of service in 36 countries around the world. It is difficult to put a figure on the number of lives our missioners have touched, especially given that one of our main goals is faith-sharing, which is hard to quantify. However, we do have many testimonies of the good Lay Missioners have done, and we share just a couple here:

Bishop George Nkuo of Cameroon said “The organization has a good selection method, but more especially a very solid formation program in the faith; The lay missionaries get very easily into the simple life of the people and help to deepen and challenge us as well. I would for no reason want to part from this very rich partnership with the Lay Mission-Helpers."

Bishop Salius Mugambe of Kenya said “LMH missionaries have served faithfully in the diocese and embody the missionary spirit of respectful love for the people and dedicated service to the people. They have been devoted servants of the church in the developing world, bringing their faith to others through their work. Over the half-century in which Lay Mission-Helpers has been on-the-ground partners with the Diocese of Meru, they have left their footprints and fingerprints, not only in their projects and work, but also in the faith and hearts of the people of Meru and we are most grateful."

The demand for more Lay Mission-Helpers is great, and we have not been able to keep up with the requests. We continue to search for new, creative ways to attract more candidates.

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 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 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 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

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 61.16 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 33.2 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 20% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of LAY MISSION HELPERS ASSOCIATION’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $117,279 -$198,094 $126,738 $88,779 $61,733
As % of expenses 25.7% -42.7% 23.5% 18.6% 12.3%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $116,225 -$199,563 $125,270 $87,392 $60,905
As % of expenses 25.4% -42.8% 23.2% 18.3% 12.1%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $574,424 $266,357 $665,059 $491,145 $414,405
Total revenue, % change over prior year 31.2% -53.6% 149.7% -26.2% -15.6%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 30.9% -15.3% 36.1% 36.0% 0.4%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 69.1% 115.3% 63.9% 64.0% 99.6%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $457,145 $464,451 $538,321 $476,956 $500,971
Total expenses, % change over prior year 9.2% 1.6% 15.9% -11.4% 5.0%
Personnel 47.2% 45.0% 44.6% 53.3% 43.2%
Professional fees 3.2% 3.5% 3.2% 2.5% 4.6%
Occupancy 3.1% 3.4% 3.1% 1.7% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 46.5% 48.1% 49.2% 42.5% 52.2%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Total expenses (after depreciation) $458,199 $465,920 $539,789 $478,343 $501,799
One month of savings $38,095 $38,704 $44,860 $39,746 $41,748
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $4,140 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $500,434 $504,624 $584,649 $518,089 $543,547

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Months of cash 40.2 34.7 33.7 39.2 40.9
Months of cash and investments 40.2 34.7 33.7 39.2 40.9
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 36.7 31.0 29.5 35.6 35.4
Balance sheet composition info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Cash $1,532,714 $1,342,086 $1,513,961 $1,558,094 $1,708,454
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $8,625 $8,625 $8,625 $8,625 $8,625
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 34.8% 51.9% 68.9% 85.0% 94.6%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 8.8% 10.7% 12.4% 7.2% 9.3%
Unrestricted net assets $1,402,310 $1,202,747 $1,328,017 $1,415,409 $1,476,314
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $32,000 $74,000
Total net assets $1,402,310 $1,202,747 $1,328,017 $1,447,409 $1,550,314

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Material data errors No No No No No


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Mr. Damian Kabot

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 01/24/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board co-chair

Ms. Marie Brouwers

Board co-chair

Ms. Cheryl Fabien

Diana Sherrod

Al Austin

David Suley

Marie Brouwers

Cheryl Fabien

Rachel Graham

Deanna Bowers

Rev. Paul Redmond

Diocese Kalamazoo

Ann Crockenberg

Alicia Johnson

Noemi Baron

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 3/31/2021

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/31/2021

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  • 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 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 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.