Education, Conservation, Health, Sustainable Development

North Haledon, NJ   |
GuideStar Charity Check


EIN: 20-5236756


To reflect God's love in the world, we work in partnership with Ugandans to develop sustainable learning communities that model effective education, conservation, health care, and economic development. We serve orphans, homeless, and other vulnerable children (OVCs) in Uganda, especially in the truck stop town of Lukaya, along the "AIDS Highway."

Ruling year info



Ms. Kathryn Hiscock

Executive Director

Mrs. Elaine E Griswold

Main address

5 Sicomac Rd #203

North Haledon, NJ 07508 USA

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Subject area info


Disaster relief

Agriculture, fishing and forestry

Child development

Population served info

Children and youth

Infants and toddlers


Low-income people

People with HIV/AIDS

NTEE code info

International Relief (Q33)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

Other Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition N.E.C. (K99)

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

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Orphans and vulnerable Ugandan children especially in the truck-stop town of Lukaya need to be rescued from dire poverty through education, and holistic care.

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?

Tree of Life Ministries

Tree of Life Ministries is the not-for-profit organization in Lukaya, Uganda that runs Mustard Seed Academy, which is made up of four schools: one for pre-schoolers, one for primary school, one for O-levels ('ordinary' secondary school), and most recently, the final two years of secondary (A-levels). The vast majority of students are orphaned/vulnerable and affected by HIV/AIDS

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Provide high quality education and care for very needy children ages 3 to 20 through our sister organization, Tree of Life Ministries and their schools: Mustard Seed Nursery, Primary and Secondary Schools, plus a post Mustard Seed program, 'Career Opportunity Pathways,' which supports two additional years of further practical education and training with the goal of helping students become self-sufficient and thus breaking the cycle of poverty.

Providing sponsorships for Mustard Seed students, teachers, and other staff, as well as funding programs that provide holistic care for the school community: health care, good nutrition, social welfare, economic sustainability. Networking with other organizations both in Africa and the U.S. to increase the impact of Tree of Life Ministries.

We have a network of over 300 sponsors of children and staff who give on a yearly or monthly basis with a retention rate of 83%. We have board members with backgrounds in education, business, law, and social work who serve as volunteers both here in the U.S. and during frequent trips to Uganda. We consistently raise enough money through grants from foundations to give a base of support for operations as well as capital funds for school buildings and other assets in Lukaya, Uganda.

*Each of the last 3 years, since Mustard Seed Secondary School has had an S-4 class to take the UCE, the school's results have been amount the very best in the Kalungu District.
*Each of the last 7 years, the results of the PLE (Primary 7 Leavers Exam) have also been outstanding.
*Students are weighed and measured by the school nurses at least once a year. It has been rare to find a Mustard Seed student not growing at a normal rate. Those who were identified were given extra attention and care, including extra food to take home, supplements, etc.
*Mustard Seed students have won competitions in Music, Dance and Drama, Sports, Chess, Education week, which includes debate, literature and poetry,
*Mustard Seed campuses are admired by all in the area and all who come to visit from the U.S. More than one visitor has called it 'and oasis.'
*Visitors always comment on the happy, active, engaging, and polite students they meet on the Mustard Seed campuses. Ugandan Educational Ministries


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 0.00 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 1.6 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 1% 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 REAL PARTNERS UGANDA 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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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$40,540 -$7,837 $18,179 $62,711 -$12,185
As % of expenses -10.0% -1.9% 4.4% 12.9% -2.4%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$40,540 -$7,837 $18,179 $62,711 -$12,185
As % of expenses -10.0% -1.9% 4.4% 12.9% -2.4%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $365,762 $413,230 $431,845 $549,545 $492,934
Total revenue, % change over prior year -10.1% 13.0% 4.5% 27.3% -10.3%
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 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $406,302 $421,063 $413,666 $486,834 $505,119
Total expenses, % change over prior year 1.0% 3.6% -1.8% 17.7% 3.8%
Personnel 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 2.0%
Professional fees 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.3% 2.0%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 97.1% 95.6% 93.1% 96.0% 92.5%
All other expenses 2.9% 4.4% 6.9% 3.7% 3.5%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $406,302 $421,063 $413,666 $486,834 $505,119
One month of savings $33,859 $35,089 $34,472 $40,570 $42,093
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $440,161 $456,152 $448,138 $527,404 $547,212

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 1.8 1.3 1.7 3.1 2.7
Months of cash and investments 1.8 1.3 1.7 3.1 2.7
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 1.8 1.5 1.8 3.1 2.7
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $59,627 $43,883 $57,932 $124,773 $112,588
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $583 $8,037 $4,130 $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) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Unrestricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $124,773 $112,588
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 $60,210 $51,920 $62,062 $124,773 $112,588

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.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization


Ms. Kathryn Hiscock

Executive Director

Elaine Griswold

After years of teaching Biology, raising two children, enjoying 3 lovely granddaughters, and traveling frequently to Central America, a long dreamed-of trip to East Africa in 2003 changed my life forever. The thrill of observing African wildlife in their natural habitats, the beauty of those habitats, and the resiliency, hospitality and joy of the African people contrasted dramatically with the burgeoning populations encroaching on the wild areas, and the over-whelming poverty. A visit to the village of Kalungi made a lasting and haunting impression. "We must do something!" Over time that "something" began to take shape: first as a pen pal project, then, championing the opening of a nursery school/child care center in the town of Lukaya.Today, my time is spent traveling to Uganda, networking here in the USA, promoting Real Partners and communicating with Ugandan partners at Tree of Life Ministries.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 04/10/2023
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Board chair

Kathryn Hiscock

Real Partners Uganda, Inc.

Term: 2023 - 2025

Kathryn B Hiscock

Diane Falk

Dana W Hiscock

Elaine E Griswold

Judith S Sconyers

Robert Barney

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/10/2023

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

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