Canopy Life International Inc

Cultivating Character; Unleashing Imagination

Atlanta, GA   |
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Canopy Life International Inc

EIN: 47-2207010


Canopy Life International provides support for educational work in East Africa, specifically, Canopy Life Academy. CLA is a boarding school in Kenya that develops whole-hearted leaders to bring innovative solutions and businesses back to their communities. We believe a strong foundation of faith, family and business will bring social change that will impact the African century.

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Executive Director

Christi Baker Gordy

Main address

PO Box 500942

Atlanta, GA 31150 USA

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Subject area info

Elementary and secondary education

Population served info

Children and youth



NTEE code info

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Residential Program

CLA's residential program is rooted in belonging and structured like a family where each child’s unique giftedness is nurtured.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Starting with design thinking, CLA equips students with knowledge of business, design, and entrepreneurship as well as hard skills in technology, prototyping and design. CLA's goal is that they have a business idea and plan in place before they graduate high school.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

CLA's engaging classroom trains students to ask the right questions rather than memorize the answers, developing critical thinking skills. Classroom activity follows the national curriculum of Kenya (CBC) while adhering to Canopy Life Core Teaching Strategies which engage students in conversation and interaction rather than lecture.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Engaging US individuals in cultural exchange and awareness via travel to Kenya. Trips include cultural exchange with multiple tribes, opportunities to volunteer and serve, raising awareness of the needs of Kenyan students, etc.

Population(s) Served

Engaging US families in ongoing relationships with Kenyan students as to further cultural exchange, develop empathy in American youth, expand worldview and enhance the programs of Canopy Life Academy through recurring support.

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Where we work


Canopy Life International 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 80.79 over 7 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 12.5 over 7 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 8% over 7 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Canopy Life International 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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Canopy Life International Inc

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Canopy Life International 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 $408,544 -$23,858 $135,186 -$15,235 $406,598
As % of expenses 87.1% -3.4% 24.0% -2.3% 40.4%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $408,544 -$23,858 $135,186 -$15,235 $406,598
As % of expenses 87.1% -3.4% 24.0% -2.3% 40.4%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $877,851 $742,101 $779,440 $870,937 $1,139,133
Total revenue, % change over prior year 251.8% -15.5% 5.0% 11.7% 30.8%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.6% 0.2% 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% 0.3%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 3.1% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 99.9% 98.9% 99.3% 95.9% 99.7%
Other revenue 0.1% 0.5% 0.5% 1.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $469,307 $696,928 $562,534 $673,517 $1,005,641
Total expenses, % change over prior year 32.0% 48.5% -19.3% 19.7% 49.3%
Personnel 12.9% 18.3% 29.9% 28.3% 20.9%
Professional fees 8.3% 5.5% 4.3% 7.1% 9.0%
Occupancy 1.9% 3.2% 4.2% 2.8% 0.8%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 63.8% 52.4% 48.2% 44.3% 51.8%
All other expenses 13.0% 20.7% 13.4% 17.5% 17.5%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $469,307 $696,928 $562,534 $673,517 $1,005,641
One month of savings $39,109 $58,077 $46,878 $56,126 $83,803
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $27,300 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $508,416 $755,005 $609,412 $756,943 $1,089,444

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 15.1 10.7 18.6 14.9 11.0
Months of cash and investments 15.1 10.7 18.6 14.9 13.8
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 15.0 9.7 14.9 12.2 13.0
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $588,954 $621,898 $870,573 $835,127 $921,588
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $232,035
Receivables $342 $5,000 $10,000 $202,095 $35,000
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% 1.1% 3.9% 2.2% 2.8%
Unrestricted net assets $586,939 $563,081 $698,267 $683,032 $1,089,630
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 $69,031 $150,751 $363,406 $80,134
Total net assets $586,939 $632,112 $849,018 $1,046,438 $1,169,764

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

Executive Director

Christi Baker Gordy

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Canopy Life International Inc

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Canopy Life International Inc

Board of directors
as of 05/15/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Zachary Brown

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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 ? Yes
  • 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/11/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

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

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There are no contractors recorded for this organization.

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Fiscal year ending

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 Schedule G

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