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Congo Initiative, Inc.

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aka Congo Initiative   |   Raleigh, NC   |  https://congoinitiative.org/
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Congo Initiative, Inc.

EIN: 20-3467419


Mission

Congo Initiative equips the rising generation with transformative education for a flourishing Congo. Congo Initiative is a global collective inspired by Christ-centered faith and united for the transformation of lives and communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Congo Initiative invests in those best positioned to create lasting change and thriving communities. Visionary changemakers develop lasting initiatives to confront Congos greatest challenges and ignite human flourishing. Our core catalyst for change is the locally-led LUniversit Chrtienne Bilingue du Congo (UCBC) and its community engagement initiatives, located in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Ruling year info

2007

Executive Director

Justin Hubbard

Main address

5540 Centerview Dr. Ste 204, PMB 85858

Raleigh, NC 27606 USA

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EIN

20-3467419

Subject area info

Education

Sustainable development

Economic development

Community service

Population served info

Children and youth

Adults

Women and girls

People of African descent

Economically disadvantaged people

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NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

Higher Education Institutions (B40)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

A significant factor behind Congo's inability to flourish is failed leadership. The dearth of visionary leaders contributes to a failing state and compromised civil society, legal system, churches, economy, natural resource management, and education system.

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?

Christian Bilingual University of Congo (UCBC)

Our core catalyst for change is the locally-led LUniversit Chrtienne Bilingue du Congo (UCBC) and its community engagement initiatives, located in the Democratic Republic of Congo. UCBC is leading Congo by modeling a type of education that is integrated and relevant for Congos challenges in the 21st century. UCBC is a 4-year, bilingual, liberal arts institution that offers undergraduate (Bachelors) degrees in six faculties: Applied Sciences, Communications, Law, Economics, Education and Psychology, and Theology and Leadership.

Population(s) Served

Vulnerable women receive training in sewing, baking, and literacy, empowering them to earn a livelihood that will provide a better life for themselves and their families.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Women and girls

The vision of Natural Resource Governance is to promote peace and human flourishing by facilitating the development of a just, transparent, effective Land Information and Management System in DR Congo. The mission of STL is to use participatory Geographic Information Systems (GIS) methods coupled with community organizing principles to improve land governance and administration, to address land conflict, and to enhance urban planning and rural development in eastern DRC.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people

Promoting and supporting sustainable agribusiness, particularly in Congo's coffee sector.

Population(s) Served
People of African descent
Economically disadvantaged people

Neema Congo is a resource and capacity building program that fosters entrepreneurship activity within the community and engages in robust monitoring and evaluation of small business ventures.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Women and girls

Due to poverty, unemployment, and other hardships, many families in Beni and the surrounding area are unable to afford school fees. La Charité serves more than 300 children who otherwise may not attend school.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Académie Bilingue du Congo (ABC) is the affiliated primary school of UCBC, and seeks to apply its transformational vision of education in the lives of Congo’s youngest learners through character development, community engagement, and critical thinking.

Population(s) Served
Students
Economically disadvantaged people

We envision the renewal and strengthening of the Church in post-conflict regions so that the Church becomes a community of holistic transformation and global mission.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people

Starting at a grassroots level, the Justice Initiative trains and supports lawyers, judges, and other legal professionals to elevate, promote, and advocate for justice and transformation in a broken system. The Justice Initiative also provides pro bono legal assistance to over 50 people annually.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Incarcerated people

Launched in 2016, Bethesda Counseling Center provides caring, loving and compassionate Christian counseling programs, including individual and group counseling; play therapy for children; grief and trauma services; counseling for victims of sexual violence; and training for local church leaders. Through BCC, we seek to bring hope, healing, and restoration for wounded individuals and communities. By addressing mental health needs, Bethesda plays a critical role in promoting healing and reconciliation in the DRC.

Population(s) Served
Students
Adults
Students
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Accord Network 2016

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 who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

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

Christian Bilingual University of Congo (UCBC)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

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

Christian Bilingual University of Congo (UCBC)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total is per student scholarship

Total dollars received in contributions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students enrolled

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

Christian Bilingual University of Congo (UCBC)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of teachers trained

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

Christian Bilingual University of Congo (UCBC)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

UCBC faculty members who participate in professional development through the "Faculty Development and Bilingual Affairs" team.

Number of full-time equivalent students per full-time faculty member

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

Christian Bilingual University of Congo (UCBC)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Number of students enrolled in service-learning courses

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

Christian Bilingual University of Congo (UCBC)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of service-learning projects completed: 2021: 15 2022: 23 2023: 33

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.

By September 2020, Congo Initiative (CI) will develop 1500 transformational leaders who embody sacrificial service for the common good, creative change-making, vocational excellence and Christian hope. The result will be a population of eastern Congo that experiences greater flourishing due to the impact of Christian community, excellent education, restored families, and improved governance and economic development through the service of transformational leaders.

Congo Initiative's strategy and catalyst of change is a transformational community developing transformed leaders. Nurtured by a transformational community rooted in Christian hope, transformed leaders then respond to challenges in four key sectors where CI's projects, programs, and institutions demonstrate transformational impact. These sectors are education, governance and economic development, renewing Christian vocation, and holistic family development. Below we outline the challenges and our strategic interventions for each sector.

Education Sector

Challenges: Lack of integration between theory and practice; absence of critical thinkers; lack of equal access to quality education; and existing models of education produce elitist and irrelevant academics not equipped to function in a globalized world or respond to the needs of the community.

Interventions: Transformational, bilingual, triadic education. Learner-centered methodology. Excellent and contextually-relevant research. Culture of evaluation and best practices. Integration of faith and learning. Holistic approach to Christian formation.

Governance and Economic Development Sector

Challenges: Extreme poverty; lack of capacity to begin and grow sustainable businesses; lack of access to mentors and capital; lack of innovation; toxic business climate; formal and informal predatory and complex taxation and regulatory structures; decline of a middle class; lack of skilled civil servants; misinformation and confusion about law; endemic corruption, impunity and lack of integrity in Congolese society;

Interventions: Facilitating civil society advocacy and organization for more just, transparent business governance practices; Developing and deploying technology to improve governance, environmental sustainability, and land conflict prevention. Providing mentoring, legal support, capital, and ethical formation for entrepreneurs; Providing market and value chain knowledge to agribusiness actors.

Renewing Christian Vocation Sector

Challenges: Separation of spiritual affairs from worldly realities in Congolese understanding of Christian mission; division within and between Christian churches in Congo; lack of fully realized vision for Christian vocation.

Interventions: Holistically developing professionals, public servants, lawyers and others by grounding them ethically and spiritually for their work. Interdenominational network and leadership development opportunities for church leaders and professionals.

Holistic Family Development

Challenges: Violence caused by lack of justice; broken relationships in families and communities; cultural norms enabling mistreatment of women; unequal access to support and advocacy services.

Interventions: Building capacity of direct caregivers and community leaders in trauma healing and counseling. Providing access to robust advocacy and services for marginalized people.

We implement our strategies and interventions through 10 programs and institutions, led by our community of transformed leaders:

Université Chrétienne Bilingue du Congo
The Integrated Research Center (incl: Sharing the Land project and the Agribusiness Center)
Académie Bilingue du Congo (Primary School)
La Charité (Primary School)
The Justice Initiative
Bethesda Counseling Center
Vocational Training and Counseling for Women
Neema Congo (small venture economic development
Wakisha (high-impact entrepreneurship)
Church Renewal and Global Mission

These programs and institutions are supported by our CI global organization with a commitment to Congolese leadership. Although we are Congolese-led, we collaborate with colleagues across the globe who are committed to working together for Congo's flourishing. In Congo, Congo Initiative (CI-Congo) is a registered Non-Governmental Organization governed by a General Assembly and directed by an Executive Team. The CI Executive Team exists to align, resource, serve, and facilitate the functions of every CI project, program, and institution in order to accomplish our mission and goals.

Through a facilitative, consultative, service-oriented approach toward organizational leadership, the Executive Team is responsible for ensuring the successful implementation of the strategic plan through oversight, support, resourcing, and evaluation of all CI projects, programs, and institutions. Congo Initiative USA (CI-USA) promotes Christian higher education, leadership development, and community transformation in Congo through personnel and financial support to CI-Congo.

Our organization's capabilities are further strengthened by partnerships with several other organizations working locally in North Kivu, as well as across the globe. From green energy to scholarships for advanced degrees, our partnerships are diverse and growing each year. Some of our current organizational partnerships include the following:

Kivu Green Energy
Mavuno
ONC Beni
ONC Bukavu
Uganda Christian University
Daystar University
Eastern Congo Initiative
MONUSCO
UN-Habitat
McCain Institute
ScholarLeaders International
Global Land Tool Network
Élan-RDC
And many more!

For the past 10+ years, Congo Initiative has also been grateful for the growing relationships with many individual, church, and foundation partners for funding programs in each sector and building capacity across our organization.

Our main institution, Université Chrétienne Bilingue du Congo celebrated its 10 year anniversary in 2017. As of this year, over 500 alumni (43% female) have received a transformative education at the Christian Bilingual University of Congo (UCBC). Equipped with vision, knowledge, and skills, these alumni are now working with local businesses, or innovating new ones; serving in local and international NGOs; continuing their education; or have joined the Congo Initiative community as staff, deepening the vision and impact of our work. The university now employs 100 staff and operates a 90 acre campus almost entirely on solar energy. The centerpiece of the campus, a large community center is currently under construction.

Our other programs have made incredible strides over the years. Sharing the Land (STL) project has improved land reform and land rights for residents of Beni's Masiani neighborhood and Goma's Volcan neighborhood. STL is now involved with the land reform process at the national level! More than 1 million people are expected to benefit from Sharing the Land's work in land mediation, land tenure security and rights, urban planning, rural development, and gender issues.

Our Agribusiness Center helped develop coffee supply chain maps for an interactive coffee atlas that is now used widely by coffee farmers and exporters in eastern Congo. The atlas has increased outside investment and interest in DRC's coffee, helping revitalize the coffee industry and ultimately improve livelihoods. The Center is now planning to help improve the tracking of the cocoa, which results in improved production practices, higher quality cocoa, and therefore higher premiums for the producers.

La Charité Primary School has served more than 300 children who otherwise may not attend school due to poverty, unemployment, and other hardships.

Vocational Training and Counseling activities has served over 20 at-risk women.

ABC Primary School has served 62 students and employed 15 local teachers and staff and were able to provide daily meals for each student.

Bethesda Counseling Center has served over 400 adults and children through individual and group counseling activities.

Our Justice Initiative has served over 150 legal professionals in three eastern Congo cities (Bunia, Butembo and Beni), and secured the release of 207 unjustly convicted or imprisoned prisoners and 75 imprisoned children.

Neema Congo projects have impacted 153 beneficiaries, including 38 women now trained in basic business skills, and enabled five families to send their children to school. Over 348 hours have been invested in business mentoring and coaching.

Church Renewal and Global Mission (CRGM) has served hundreds of church leaders through servant-leadership development training; ministered to thousands of youth; and conducted reconciliation workshops for thousands in northeastern Congo.

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 and remedy poor client service experiences, 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 demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, 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, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

Congo Initiative, Inc.
Fiscal year: Oct 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
2022 FYE 2022 Audit 2021 FYE 2021 Audit 2020 FYE 2020 Audit
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
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

41.05

Average of 293.38 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

40.3

Average of 8.6 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

11%

Average of 13% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Congo Initiative, Inc.

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Oct 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: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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* This organization changed its fiscal year accounting period in 2022. Please refer to its 2022 990s for more information.

Business model indicators

Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 *
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $71,192 -$108,036 $133,615 $272,857 -$219,349
As % of expenses 4.8% -7.3% 10.5% 20.7% -18.2%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $70,840 -$108,595 $132,766 $272,008 -$223,905
As % of expenses 4.8% -7.4% 10.4% 20.6% -18.5%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $2,162,981 $1,030,336 $1,147,129 $1,603,672 $1,105,040
Total revenue, % change over prior year 99.8% -52.4% 11.3% 39.8% -31.1%
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% 0.1% 0.9%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 86.3% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 99.9% 99.9% 13.7% 99.9% 98.8%
Other revenue 0.1% 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.3%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,483,733 $1,470,023 $1,271,671 $1,320,705 $1,202,975
Total expenses, % change over prior year 36.1% -0.9% -13.5% 3.9% -8.9%
Personnel 16.1% 18.0% 16.6% 15.1% 14.1%
Professional fees 1.2% 5.4% 3.7% 3.1% 2.6%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.5% 1.1% 0.8% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 78.4% 70.5% 69.6% 74.8% 0.0%
All other expenses 4.3% 5.6% 8.9% 6.1% 83.4%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,484,085 $1,470,582 $1,272,520 $1,321,554 $1,207,531
One month of savings $123,644 $122,502 $105,973 $110,059 $100,248
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $42,890 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $4,961 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $1,607,729 $1,598,045 $1,378,493 $1,474,503 $1,307,779

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 7.6 4.0 3.8 4.0 3.7
Months of cash and investments 7.6 4.0 3.8 5.8 5.4
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 0.1 -0.8 0.7 3.2 1.3
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $942,837 $487,085 $406,016 $444,727 $373,742
Investments $0 $0 $0 $195,539 $170,240
Receivables $0 $477 $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $3,524 $8,486 $8,486 $8,486 $8,486
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 47.4% 26.3% 36.3% 46.3% 100.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 1.0% 0.5% 10.5% 0.0% 6.8%
Unrestricted net assets $14,761 -$93,834 $84,783 $356,791 $132,886
Temporarily restricted net assets $920,418 $588,766 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $920,418 $588,766 $284,758 $287,731 $377,424
Total net assets $935,179 $494,932 $369,541 $644,522 $510,310

Key data checks

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

Operations

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

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Justin Hubbard

Justin Hubbard first became involved with Congo Initiative in 2007, when he was invited to help implement CIs flagship institution, UCBC. One year commitment turned into two, and then three. Each year he grew more passionate about Congo Initiative as he witnessed its impact in its first three years. In 2010, he returned to the U.S. to pursue a Masters in Divinity at Duke University and engaged in theological reflection on topics such as ethics, race, identity formation, social and international policy. He remained committed to the important role that education and non-profit organizations play in empowering individuals and supporting community development. Justin has over 13 years of experience working with public service and non-profit organizations, eight of which are with Congo Initiative. He holds a Bachelors of Individualized Studies from the University of Minnesota and a Masters in Divinity and a certificate in International Development Policy from Duke University.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Congo Initiative, Inc.

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Congo Initiative, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 02/21/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Julie Bryce

Fractional CMO

Term: 2021 - 2024

David Kasali

Congo Initiative - Université Chrétienne Bilingue du Congo

Caroline Kolins

Texas Tech

Christen Price

National Center on Sexual Exploitation

Mary Henton

Impact Now: When Women Lead

Kaswera Kasali

Congo Initiative - Université Chrétienne Bilingue du Congo

Timo Acosta

MTN Scoop

David Eagle

Duke University

Ann Mastergeorge

Texas Tech University

Francine Nabintu

Gbowee Peace Foundation - USA

Emma Smith Cain

Susan Heller Evenson

Atlas Coffee Importers

Julie Bryce

CHIEF STRATEGY OFFICER + CMO / FRACTIONAL BY DESIGN

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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/12/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/29/2023

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
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.