Take Heart Incorporated

Serving Persecuted Christians around the globe.

aka Take Heart   |   Old Bethpage, NY   |
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Take Heart Incorporated

EIN: 47-5266388


Motivated by the love of Christ, we exist to spiritually encourage, technically equip, and financially support local leaders serving persecuted Christians around the globe.

Notes from the nonprofit

We expanded to serve in Nigeria

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Aida Makram

Main address

PO Box 177

Old Bethpage, NY 11804 USA

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Subject area info

Community health care

Economic development


Population served info


NTEE code info

Economic Development (S30)

Christian (X20)

Community Health Systems (E21)

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

Global persecution against Christians is increasing, intensifying and spreading. According to the world watch list; 260 M Christians are highly persecuted for their choice to follow Jesus where they live. 9,488 Churches or Christian buildings were attacked. In the top 50 countries during the reporting period, some 2,983 Christians were killed because they follow Jesus. On average, that’s 8 Christians killed every day. 3,711 Christians were detained without trial. As members of the Body of Christ, we are called to support our brothers and sisters in need. Take Heart exists to do just that. We want to tell and show persecuted Christians, "You are not alone."

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?

Technically Equip

We technically equip leaders to implement a self-sustainable development model to overcome their organization's weaknesses and threats. We do this through leaderships trainings and conferences, while also providing necessary tools.

Population(s) Served

We financially support local leaders with small grants to overcome their lack of resources and develop programs designed to help them achieve their mission.

Population(s) Served

We stand with Christian leaders to let them know they are not alone in their fight and to encourage hope in the midst of feelings of defeat and despair. We do this through monthly visitations and prayer meetings, to ensure fellowship and spiritual accountability.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

WEA 2021

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 trained leaders understand how to build sustainable models Number of national and local organizations strengthened by our grants Number of families support become strengthened by IGA's

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

Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

Technically Equip

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

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.

We are a nonprofit organization working to see the Body of Christ at peace, standing firm, and with great hope.

Motivated by the love of Christ, we exist to spiritually encourage, technically equip, and financially support local leaders serving persecuted Christians around the globe.

+Through philanthropic messaging spread the message about the persecuted church
+Through ministry of word and deed, encourage the persecuted church

+Support leaders to understand the importance of development models
+Equip leaders to build their model through mentoring, while continuously evaluating and upgrading their models
+Provide leadership training, mentorship, and evaluation
+Support the network structure between different organizations to complement one another

+Support national and local organizations with grants to overcome lack of resources
+Support persecuted Christians with income-generating activities by means of micro-loans or grants distributed by the national or local organizations
+Support education and medical needs of persecuted Christians

+We have a network of local partners and churches in the countries where we serve.
+We have staff members in the United States overseeing fundraising and marketing initiatives
+We have staff members abroad in the countries where we serve to continually monitor the implementation of our work and trainings.
+We have a system for grants and partnerships to ensure we do not become a crutch to any community we serve. We partner with organizations for five years and villages for three.

Take Heart currently serves persecuted Christians in Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Nigeria.

In Egypt:
+Spiritually support at least 3032 families with the good news from the Bible, one to one door visits and retreats and summer activities for 600 kids
+At least 110 leaders will be trained and prepared to support their villages through the Take Heart village development model.
+Awareness days for the servants and the families about drug addiction, sexual harassment and importance of education.
+At least 30 families will be supported by income generating activities
+Two mega projects will serve 40 families.
+Open one mega clinic that will serve the families.

In Syria:
+Spiritually support at least 200 families with the good news from the Bible.
+Enable at least 54 families to obtain an independent income.
+Strengthen 200 women through retreats.
+Spiritually serve 80 deaf people and technically equip them through their trained leaders.
+Improve the quality of education for 150 children by supporting them to continue their college education
+Equip 24 leaders with leadership training to support their communities and graduate through Ignite Academy.
+Educate 30 kids through the nursery
+Send 1000 Christmas gifts to children

In Iraq:
+Spiritually support at least 1000 families with the good news from the Bible through spiritual days, camps and family retreats.
+Enable at least 10 families to obtain an independent income.
+Improve the quality of education for 72 children who are enrolled in the nursery.
+Three priests will be heavily involved in executing the program
+Equip 19 local leaders with leadership training to support their communities.
+Equip 300 family members against trauma
+Train 300 youth by the leaders

In Nigeria:
+Spiritually support at least 4500 internally displaced families
+At least 40 young adults will be supported in their educational efforts
+Equip 15 local leaders with leadership training to support their communities.
+Technically equipped 4500 internally displaced families

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 make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, 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 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 people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, There can be barriers in understanding due to language differences.


Take Heart Incorporated
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
2022 Take Heart 2021 2020 Financial Audit 2019 2017 2017 990.pdf
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

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 23.05 over 8 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 17.4 over 8 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 8% over 8 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Take Heart Incorporated

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 Take Heart Incorporated’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 $82,087 $23,451 $205,676 $455,605 $400,162
As % of expenses 12.7% 2.8% 21.9% 42.4% 27.7%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $81,575 $22,939 $205,293 $455,605 $400,162
As % of expenses 12.6% 2.7% 21.9% 42.4% 27.7%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $726,450 $864,331 $1,146,423 $1,531,007 $1,843,788
Total revenue, % change over prior year 70.2% 19.0% 32.6% 33.5% 20.4%
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% 98.7% 100.0%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 1.3% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $644,363 $840,880 $937,747 $1,075,402 $1,443,626
Total expenses, % change over prior year 53.3% 30.5% 11.5% 14.7% 34.2%
Personnel 10.1% 7.8% 7.2% 10.5% 10.1%
Professional fees 0.0% 0.7% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 74.7% 77.3% 78.7% 73.3% 71.1%
All other expenses 15.2% 14.1% 14.0% 16.2% 18.8%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $644,875 $841,392 $938,130 $1,075,402 $1,443,626
One month of savings $53,697 $70,073 $78,146 $89,617 $120,302
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $698,572 $911,465 $1,016,276 $1,165,019 $1,563,928

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 3.4 2.9 5.5 9.6 10.5
Months of cash and investments 3.4 2.9 5.5 9.6 10.5
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 3.2 2.8 5.1 9.5 10.4
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $180,530 $205,329 $427,333 $858,203 $1,257,942
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $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) 5.2% 5.2% 6.3% 2.3% 1.7%
Unrestricted net assets $0 $0 $400,224 $855,828 $1,255,990
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 $171,992 $194,931 $400,224 $855,828 $1,255,990

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.

Letter of Determination is not available for this organization
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Aida Makram

Aida is the co-founder and executive director of non-profit organization Take Heart. She has been in the nonprofit field for the past 18 years and has worked with many organizations to serve people of all needs, primarily in Africa. Between pharmaceutical companies, church missions, and international non-profit organizations, she has 26 years of experience in strategic planning, hospital administration, managing HIV treatment, networking and mentoring others at a global level between the US and African countries. She believes that mentorship is seminal because it teaches the next generation to be better than us at what we do; so when it is their turn, they are in great shape. She specializes in strategic planning and putting clear visions for non-profit organizations that lead to the growth and development of regional projects in numerous countries, especially in Middle-East and Africa.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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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.

Take Heart Incorporated

Board of directors
as of 03/08/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Chris Bolton

Diversified Conveyors, Inc.

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 ? 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/27/2022

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Gender identity

Race & ethnicity

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Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/23/2022

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  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • 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 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • 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.