Zanmi Fondwa Ltd

Zanmi Fondwa is dedicated to creating stability in Fondwa, Haiti through housing, education and economic development.

Zionsville, IN   |
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Zanmi Fondwa Ltd

EIN: 82-5454239


Zanmi Fondwa improves and transforms the future of Haitian families, one home at a time. We bring communities together and promote economic development by building new homes and preparing new homeowners with life skills. Our homes are distinctively high quality and designed to last for generations, so our homeowners can focus on education, work, and improving their lives.

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Cheif Executive Officer

Jamalyn Peigh-Williamson

Main address

P.O. Box 113

Zionsville, IN 46077 USA

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Subject area info

International economics and trade

Human services

Population served info

People of African descent

People of Caribbean descent

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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When a family has a safe home, they can dream about a new future. Zanmi Fondwa is dedicated to creating stability in Fondwa, Haiti through housing, education and economic development. Our goal is to provide jobs for Haitians by building 40 homes in three years. As of February 2021 we have finished 29 homes and created nearly 65 jobs in the rural area of Haiti. Our goal is to finish the 40th home by September 2021. Each home is constructed 100% by Haitians, with 15 - 20 people working on each project. Each job impacts not only the worker, but also the entire community and provides a pathway to a sustainable future.

The average Zanmi Fondwa family moves from a 250 square foot home, with a dirt floor, no bathroom, and dilapidated roof, into a cement block home with concrete floors, three bedrooms, an indoor bathroom, and a hygienic, concrete kitchen. The indoor bathroom with a toilet that flushes and a sink to keep hands clean is more than just a luxury they have never known before; it is a life-saving amenity in the midst of a pandemic.

Zanmi Fondwa homes are well built and well-constructed. The homes have been designed by an engineer native to Fondwa, Fanice Sully. Fanice was the fourth-grade teacher at the St. Antoine School before getting his degree in Engineering. Instead of leaving his community for the capital, he chose to stay and help create infrastructure and improve living conditions. The home construction is under the leadership of three construction superintendents; Ednor Germain. Anglade Guirand, and Reneus Saint Pierre; combined the three bring 100 years of experience of building homes in Haiti. Each has a team of workers he employees from Fondwa. Our homes are built to last for generations.

All families in our program are chosen by our Selection Committee which is comprised entirely of local leaders from Fondwa who meet monthly. Our housing program requires families to:
• Own their land.
• Participate in seminars lead by Fondwa community leaders in subject areas like wellness, financial planning, banking, food and nutrition and environmental care.
• Complete 200 hours of sweat equity in building homes with Zanmi Fondwa.
• Make 36 monthly payments of $1000 gourdes toward the cost of their home. To date, 45% of our homeowners are ahead of their payment schedule.

Population(s) Served
People of Caribbean descent

Where we work

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 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 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 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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve, The people we serve are in Haiti so it is difficult to travel to see them regularly


Zanmi Fondwa Ltd
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 261.44 over 5 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 17.7 over 5 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 30% over 5 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Zanmi Fondwa Ltd

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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Zanmi Fondwa Ltd

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Zanmi Fondwa Ltd’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 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $321,871 -$108,951 $148,900 $168,962 $72,160
As % of expenses 335.4% -28.9% 45.9% 38.9% 12.8%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $321,871 -$108,951 $148,900 $168,962 $72,160
As % of expenses 335.4% -28.9% 45.9% 38.9% 12.8%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $417,834 $263,194 $473,489 $602,784 $634,461
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% -37.0% 79.9% 27.3% 5.3%
Program services revenue 8.2% 17.7% 1.7% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.2%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 4.0%
All other grants and contributions 91.8% 82.3% 98.3% 100.0% 95.8%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $95,963 $377,570 $324,589 $433,822 $562,301
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 293.5% -14.0% 33.7% 29.6%
Personnel 19.3% 20.5% 29.4% 27.7% 15.3%
Professional fees 6.2% 0.2% 0.5% 0.4% 0.4%
Occupancy 3.6% 4.1% 6.0% 6.2% 4.3%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.6%
All other expenses 70.9% 75.2% 64.1% 65.6% 79.3%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $95,963 $377,570 $324,589 $433,822 $562,301
One month of savings $7,997 $31,464 $27,049 $36,152 $46,858
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $103,960 $409,034 $351,638 $469,974 $609,159

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 40.8 6.9 13.5 14.7 12.9
Months of cash and investments 40.8 6.9 13.5 14.7 12.9
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 40.2 6.8 13.4 14.7 12.9
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $325,904 $216,385 $363,996 $531,514 $605,179
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 1.2% 1.6% 0.6% 0.1% 0.4%
Unrestricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $321,871 $212,920 $361,820 $530,782 $602,942

Key data checks

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

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Cheif Executive Officer

Jamalyn Peigh-Williamson

Jamalyn Peigh Williamson. Jamalyn and husband, David lived in Fondwa, Haiti from 2003-2005 after graduating from Duke University Divinity School. Jamalyn has an undergraduate degree from Purdue University. Before founding Zanmi Fondwa, Jamalyn held a variety of roles in the United Methodist Church as an ordained Elder.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 01/22/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Reverand Mark Havel

Rebecca Wicker

Jessica Rusnak

Deborah Rigney

Holly Banninga

Candace Boyd

Kathleen Crebo

Paula Montgomery

Channon Ross

Avery Moon

Moise Iraus

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 ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/10/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
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Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/07/2023

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  • 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.
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.