United World Schools USA Inc

Educate the Future. Change the Future

aka UWS-USA   |   Washington, DC   |
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United World Schools USA Inc

EIN: 84-4415835


United World Schools-USA’s mission is to partner with and support the global operations of United World Schools (UK). Our shared global mission is to improve life opportunities for children living in some of the world’s most remote and marginalized areas through free access to inclusive education. We accomplish our mission through the construction and management of free. quality primary-aged schools in remote global communities without access to other schooling options. Our US International Service Learning and School Partnerships Program is an experiential study program for US-based teachers and schools developed to channel student’s passions and energies in the service of helping others.

Notes from the nonprofit

Since 2008, UWS has provided classrooms for 64,000 children in rural global communities who would not otherwise have a chance to attend school. In 2020, UWS opened a US-based operational hub to pursue new opportunities for program growth and funding. While UWS-USA is the official US arm of United World Schools, it maintains an independent Board of Directors and separate financials to ensure compliance with its 501(c)(3) charitable status. The UK-based headquarters (UWS-UK) has an annual budget of approximately $3.5m (USD) and undergoes annual audits, which are available at On average, more than 85 cents of every dollar goes directly to in-country program implementation. With a pioneering model that builds primary education schools for between $35,000 - $50,000, UWS has grown to more than 311 schools across Myanmar, Nepal, Madagascar, and Cambodia.

Ruling year info


Board and Executive Director

Mr. Gregory Houston

Main address

45 L Street SW Box 70327

Washington, DC 20024 USA

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Subject area info


Early childhood education

Philanthropy and public policy

Community and economic development

Population served info

Children and youth


NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

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


What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

More than 344M primary-aged children do not have access to quality classrooms. In developing countries, budgets and distance often combine to exclude already underserved populations. National systems often are not equipped to hire and manage teachers in rural communities, translate curricula into local languages and dialects, and work with communities and families to find a workable school/chore balance for students.

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?

Center for Service Learning and Partnerships

The UWS Service Learning and School Partnerships Program is a Service Learning program designed to channel children's passions and energies in the service of helping others, with lifelong results.

Our Partner Schools include public and private schools from around the world that engage in global awareness and philanthropic activities in their communities in support of children in our UWS schools. Students learn why UWS exists and share their learnings with their communities. They launch innovative fundraising campaigns in an effort to help United World Schools build and operate our schools, providing school days for children who otherwise would have no schools to attend.

UWS-USA supports its Partner Schools with learning materials that include K-12 lesson plans, reading, research and video materials as well as fundraising and marketing toolkits. Learning materials focus on what is happening with students living in the remote regions where we build and operate schools.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

United World Schools (UWS), the parent NGO of UWS-USA, believes every child deserves access to quality, inclusive classrooms. With a pioneering model that builds primary-education schools in remotes global communities for less than $35,000, we have grown to more than 260 schools across Myanmar, Nepal, Madagascar, and Cambodia. With an average operating budget under $10,000 per school, our scale has grown steadily while maintaining quality that exceeds national standards in performance, gender equity, attendance, and progresion.

In 2019, UWS received the WISE Award from Qatar Foundation for contributions to global education, in 2020, the UNESCO Literacy Prize for work improving literacy rates in Myanmar and in 2021, the Moni Sarapoin Mohaserey Wat Award from King Sihamoni of Cambodia

As UWS looks to expand its UN Award-winning model to exponentially more communities and countries, we opened our US offices to amplify and extend our mission to new countries and regions.

Population(s) Served

Where we work


Wise Award for Contributions to Global Education 2019

WISE / Qatar Foundaiton

Affiliations & memberships

United World Schools - 2019

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 girls, on average, for every 100 enrolled students

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

UWS School Building Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of schools built

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

UWS School Building Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Teacher Attendance (%)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

UWS School Building Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Rate of student attendance during the reporting period

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

UWS School Building Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success


Context Notes

c.75% is the national average net attendance rate in our countries of operation.

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.

We develop flexible solutions for building quality educational facilities at at between $40,000 and $75,000 depending on the country. Our schools seek to find the most efficient, scalable models to ensure life-changing impact for students and their families. Our goals including proven levels of student performance, progression, and post-school opportunities meet or exceed national standards; and 50/50 gender balance is maintained.

We seek to reduce levels of dropouts by running dropout prevention programs targeting students at risk of early marriage, entering the labor pool, trafficking, hunger, and inaccessibility due to distance.

Follow UNICEF, World Bank, and national educational strategies
Train local populations to be on-site teachers
Have regional teams to monitor and ensure teacher attendance and performance
Work with local communities to manage and partner in the development and operations of each school
Build dorms, food programs, and health programs in communities as needed
Ensure libraries and learning materials are designed and tailored for each school
Run drop-out prevention programs targeting students at-risk of leaving schools
Perform external monitoring and program review

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 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 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 share the feedback we received with the people we serve

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback


United World Schools USA Inc
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 0.75 over 3 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 4.1 over 3 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 17% over 3 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

United World Schools USA Inc

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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United World Schools USA Inc

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of United World Schools USA Inc’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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Business model indicators

Profitability info 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $63,337
As % of expenses 34.4%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $63,337
As % of expenses 34.4%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $247,361
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0%
Program services revenue 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0%
Investment income 0.0%
Government grants 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 100.0%
Other revenue 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $184,024
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0%
Personnel 19.0%
Professional fees 46.6%
Occupancy 7.6%
Interest 0.0%
Pass-through 13.6%
All other expenses 13.2%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $184,024
One month of savings $15,335
Debt principal payment $0
Fixed asset additions $0
Total full costs (estimated) $199,359

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2022
Months of cash 12.3
Months of cash and investments 12.3
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 6.9
Balance sheet composition info 2022
Cash $188,939
Investments $0
Receivables $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 44.3%
Unrestricted net assets $105,199
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A
Total restricted net assets $0
Total net assets $105,199

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2022
Material data errors No


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

Board and Executive Director

Mr. Gregory Houston

Greg Houston is the founding Executive Director of UWS-USA, a United States based independent affiliate of United World Schools. His past roles include Chief Executive Officer of the USA Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai (Dubai World Fair); Global Vice President at Search for Common Ground, the world’s largest dedicated peacebuilding NGO; Senior Vice President of Programs and External Affairs at Meridian International Center, one of the largest non-profit consultants for the US Department of State; and Director of Development and New Initiatives at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, one of the world’s leading think-tanks. Greg began his career in local politics before moving to Washington to work for Arizona Senator John McCain. He has since worked for and advised leading political figures in formal and voluntary capacities and has been involved in numerous political campaigns. Greg holds a Master’s with Merit from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

United World Schools USA Inc

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Compensation data
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There are no highest paid employees recorded for this organization.

United World Schools USA Inc

Board of directors
as of 04/30/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board co-chair

Chris Outram

OC & C Consulting

Board co-chair

Philippe Delouvrier


Term: 2022 - 2025

Jennifer Lau

Cindy Leggett-Flynn

Jennifer Hamm

Stuart Johnson

Kiran Chetry

Andrew Siwo

Robert Salomon

Thomas E. Moore

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 ? No
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/30/2024

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data


No data

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/30/2024

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

  • 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 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 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.