United to Build

Chicago, IL   |
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EIN: 20-5525662


To create healthy, sustainable communities in Haiti through education, health care, care of orphaned children, and vocational training.

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Director of Operations

Mr. Brian Carlson

Board President

Ms. Lillian Dukes

Main address

1464 W Webster Ave

Chicago, IL 60614 USA

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Formerly known as

Village of Vision for Haiti Foundation



Subject area info

Health care clinics

Youth services

Population served info

Children and youth


NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Ambulatory Health Center, Community Clinic (E32)

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


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?

School sponsorship program

FEJ-USA conducts a sponsorship program which supports, L'Ecole Enfant Jesus, located in the rural village of Lamardelle, Haiti. Monthly contributions of $40 are used to provide students with a quality education and to provide for their needs in order to allow them to fulfill their academic potential.

Sponsorship funds are used to cover the following expenses:

Books and school supplies
2 meals and a snack each day
Medical care

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Volunteers travel to Haiti to work with Haitian organizations to accomplish general work projects or to provide specialized training to Haitian staff and program participants.

Population(s) Served

Where we work


Fiscal year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

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 4.53 over 8 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0.7 over 8 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0% over 8 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: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

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: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of FEJ-USA’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 2016 2017 2020 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $37,217 -$9,108 $34,929 -$41,486
As % of expenses 15.8% -3.7% 18.6% -15.1%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $37,217 -$9,108 $34,929 -$41,486
As % of expenses 15.8% -3.7% 18.6% -15.1%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $272,477 $236,441 $222,222 $233,040
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% -13.2% 0.0% 0.0%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 99.9% 100.0% 99.6% 100.0%
Other revenue 0.1% 0.0% 0.4% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $235,260 $245,549 $187,293 $274,526
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 4.4% 0.0% 0.0%
Personnel 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Professional fees 0.3% 5.3% 3.7% 10.3%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 98.0% 91.9% 94.8% 87.3%
All other expenses 1.7% 2.9% 1.5% 2.4%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2016 2017 2020 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $235,260 $245,549 $187,293 $274,526
One month of savings $19,605 $20,462 $15,608 $22,877
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $254,865 $266,011 $202,901 $297,403

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2016 2017 2020 2022
Months of cash 2.9 0.7 1.9 0.4
Months of cash and investments 2.9 0.7 1.9 0.4
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 2.6 2.0 4.4 -0.3
Balance sheet composition info 2016 2017 2020 2022
Cash $57,423 $13,496 $30,067 $8,461
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $775 $29,546 $50,470 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0 $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 13.8% 4.6% 15.4% 172.6%
Unrestricted net assets $50,184 $41,076 $68,166 -$6,139
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $50,184 $41,076 $68,166 -$6,139

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2016 2017 2020 2022
Material data errors No No No No


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Director of Operations

Mr. Brian Carlson

Brian has been helping to recruit and coordinate volunteers for FEJ-USA since early 2012 and began serving as the operations director in August 2015. His involvement in Haiti first began in 2007 when he and his wife, Dr. Rima Carlson, began the process of adopting their oldest daughter from FEJ's orphanage. Brian's professional background is in forest conservation, having worked in Michigan and Vermont to encourage the sustainable use of forest resources. Brian and his family live in Montpelier, Vermont.

Board President

Lillian Dukes

Lillian is a highly experienced senior operations leader who is currently Principal and President of LAD Consulting. She has extensive global experience delivering strategic organizational improvements in start-up, turnaround, and mature manufacturing environments. She has spent more than 25 years solving problems; hiring and leading great people; and, most importantly, delivering results. She has driven development and change initiatives from concept through realized growth and profitability in companies such as Spirit AeroSystems, Beechcraft Corporation, American Airlines, American Eagle Airlines and GE.From her start as an electrical and aeronautical engineer, Lillian rose steadily through operational line management levels to ultimately serve at the Company Officer level in Vice President roles at several different companies.

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 01/03/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Ms. Lillian Dukes

LAD Consulting

Term: 2019 - 2022

David Westveer

Westward Management

Brooke Lehmann

Capitolworks llc

Andrew Girard

Girard Law Group

Lillian Dukes

LAD Consulting

Brian Carlson

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/4/2022

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

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