Tent Schools International

Havens of Peace and Opportunity

Grand Rapids, MI   |
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Tent Schools International

EIN: 38-2693388


Our mission is to demonstrate the love of Jesus for displaced children through safe, compassionate schools.

Ruling year info



Scott Vander Kooy

Executive Director

Emily Klooster

Main address

629 Ionia Ave SW

Grand Rapids, MI 49503 USA

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Formerly known as

Worldwide Christian Schools



Subject area info


Population served info

Children and youth

Immigrants and migrants

Victims and oppressed people

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (M12)

Christian (X20)

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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What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Displaced people groups exist on every continent around the globe, and half of displaced people are children. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) supply food, water and basic shelter, but most children seeking refuge do not have the opportunity to attend school.

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?

Refugee Schools

We fund physical structures, mobile schools and other educational initiatives in areas of displacement, such as refugee camps or natural disaster zones.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants
Children and youth

Through our LEAP program, we deliver educational technology to refugee students and their families involved in virtual learning and job training.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants
Children and youth
Young adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Warm Heart Lebanon 2018

Sense of Community 2018

Academy of Wisdom 2022

Comprenew 2003

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 students enrolled

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

Immigrants and migrants, Children and youth, Victims and oppressed people

Related Program

Refugee Schools

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Number of people provided assistive technology

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

Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

Refugee Technology

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


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.

Tent Schools International is creating a world where every child gets to go to school. We provide safe classrooms to children displaced by war, terrorism and natural disaster, serving children wherever they are for as long as they may be displaced. We focus on providing schools to displaced children who have no other safe place to go to school, and we use these compassionate spaces to help the entire family heal from the trauma of violence and loss.

Tent schools and other portable educational resources are the most efficient, effective ways to bring education to displaced children, equipping them with the skills they need for life outside the camps. Our strategy is to partner with Christian leaders around the globe who are serving displaced families with education. Our partners understand the political and religious landscape so they can minister in a way that is relevant, sensitive to the local culture, and safe. They are trained to deal with the special challenges of children who have experienced trauma, and trauma-informed services meet kids where they are with the compassionate approaches they need most. Our partners also provide outreach to the entire family to help them heal and remove barriers to learning for themselves and their children.

Tent Schools International is a 501(c)(3) organization launched in 1987. We have decades of experience in coming alongside educational projects internationally. Our staff is skilled in connecting with trustworthy, capable partners based in the Middle East and other regions of the world that are experiencing the churn of displacement. We are also a U.S.-based organization with access to a support base that is passionate about Christians serving as "the hands and feet of Christ" through compassionate schools, and we are doing the work of tapping into a new support base that is increasingly justice-oriented and concerned about access to education as a human right. We support our partners with school structures, utilities, educational supplies, teacher support and access to technology.

Founded in 1987, Tent Schools International (formerly Worldwide Christian Schools) used teacher training, volunteer construction teams and school/student sponsorship programs serving our global educational partners, achieving these results:

48 nations involved in partner projects
750 programs or projects
1,500 teachers trained annually
175,000 students impacted

In 2015, we began to focus our mission solely on displaced children. Since then, we have partnered closely with five schools or educational centers in six countries, impacting over 250 children with quality education. Our mission continues to grow through sustained support of key partners, particularly in the Middle East, who serve a growing number of students each year.

Our vision has always been to bring education centered on the teachings of Jesus to children who are marginalized.

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 bright spots and enhance positive 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 collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive

  • 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 find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time


Tent Schools International
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 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 1.87 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0.8 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 11% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Tent Schools International

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Tent Schools International

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 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: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Tent Schools International’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 -$325,335 -$201,203 -$136,802 -$4,403 $20,268
As % of expenses -43.4% -52.3% -6.7% -1.8% 8.2%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$328,034 -$203,840 -$145,443 -$4,403 $20,268
As % of expenses -43.6% -52.7% -7.1% -1.8% 8.2%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $373,776 $201,874 $1,817,619 $268,934 $281,989
Total revenue, % change over prior year 40.3% -46.0% 800.4% -85.2% 4.9%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.6% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 3.4% 4.0% 0.1% 2.0% 2.5%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 67.6% 101.3% 11.0% 93.2% 96.0%
Other revenue 29.1% -5.4% 88.2% 4.8% 1.6%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $750,189 $384,348 $2,045,433 $243,393 $247,512
Total expenses, % change over prior year 24.2% -48.8% 432.2% -88.1% 1.7%
Personnel 20.9% 41.3% 7.2% 60.1% 59.5%
Professional fees 1.3% 1.7% 0.5% 0.1% 4.3%
Occupancy 1.3% 2.4% 0.4% 2.0% 1.8%
Interest 0.7% 1.6% 0.4% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 68.7% 42.6% 88.8% 20.8% 15.5%
All other expenses 7.0% 10.4% 2.6% 17.0% 18.8%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $752,888 $386,985 $2,054,074 $243,393 $247,512
One month of savings $62,516 $32,029 $170,453 $20,283 $20,626
Debt principal payment $19,484 $19,834 $552,125 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $834,888 $438,848 $2,776,652 $263,676 $268,138

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 0.1 0.8 0.2 2.4 1.5
Months of cash and investments 0.1 0.8 1.2 4.2 1.9
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 0.2 -5.3 0.2 1.9 2.8
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $7,330 $24,453 $38,716 $48,111 $30,275
Investments $1,728 $1,800 $162,442 $37,752 $9,816
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $154,319 $227,167
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $1,620,050 $1,620,050 $153,956 $0 $29,366
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 37.4% 39.9% 100.0% 0.0% 100.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 49.6% 56.1% 3.1% 4.6% 2.4%
Unrestricted net assets $454,980 $251,140 $42,069 $37,666 $57,934
Temporarily restricted net assets $14,712 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $154,071 $187,512 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $168,783 $187,512 $154,105 $194,272 $202,915
Total net assets $623,763 $438,652 $196,174 $231,938 $260,849

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


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

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Scott Vander Kooy

Executive Director

Emily Klooster

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Tent Schools International

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Tent Schools International

Board of directors
as of 11/15/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Mr. Landon Mendes

Bethany Christian Services

Term: 2023 - 2026

Galen DeYoung

Proteus Marketing

Mark Diekema

Retired from Hope Network

Scott Vander Kooy


Landon Mendes

Bethany Christian Services

Keija Vander Slik

All Shores Wesleyan Church

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 11/14/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation


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Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/14/2023

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 disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.