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Loving Hearts Foundation for Africa USA

Transforming lives by providing educational, social, and spiritual renewal.

aka Loving Hearts Foundation for Africa   |   Nine Mile Falls, WA   |  lovingheartsfoundationforafrica.org
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Loving Hearts Foundation for Africa USA

EIN: 85-1017126


Mission

Transforming Lives by reaching vulnerable communities in Africa and by providing educational, social, and spiritual renewal.

Ruling year info

2020

Chairperson

Pam Noland

Secretary

Karsten Mickelson

Main address

23022 N McLellan Rd PO BOX 606

Nine Mile Falls, WA 99026 USA

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EIN

85-1017126

Subject area info

Education

Christianity

Population served info

Children and youth

Economically disadvantaged people

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

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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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The children we serve are among the most poverty-stricken in the world and they are in desperate need of access to education and consistent food that will enable them escape the cycle of poverty. The critical issue we are facing is; Despite serving 145 children from preschool age through third grade, a staggering 70% of our students have been forced to drop out after successfully completing third grade! This is due to the caretakers inability to pay the required public school fees and the long walking distance to the nearest school (89 of our current 145 students are orphans). In America, a child dropping out of school after 3rd grade is unthinkable! We also are overcrowded at the current school with one of our classrooms being located in a very small office sized room. We have an urgent need to expand.

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?

Jireh Pre & Primary School

We have built a preschool & primary school in a rural village outside of Zirobwe, Uganda. (2 hours north of Kampala, Uganda). We currently have 145 children enrolled in preschool through 3rd grade, with a staff of 5 teachers. A 5 acre parcel of farm land was purchased in 2020, crops are grown to help provide the food needed for school meals, as well as diversifying crops for teaching village members self-sustaining techniques for food security, and capacity building.
A deep borehole well has been put in to give the whole village a clean water supply. The village leaders started a church using the school buildings and we facilitate spiritual growth by sending a pastor from Kampala to encourage and develop leadership. Recently 2.6 acres have been purchased to expand the school and provide ongoing education. We are fundraising to build a future school by providing much needed education opportunities from preschool through the 7th grade.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people
People of African descent
Orphans

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

To address this urgent need for continued education, we have been able to fully purchase acreage to expand our reach and begin building. Our goal in this first phase of school expansion is to raise $40,000. This will allow 100% of our children to continue their education onto the 4th grade. We would be able to build a brick building with classrooms costing $31,000 and the necessary latrine facilities costing $9,000.

The buildings will be constructed progressively as funds become available, without interruption of the current
school schedule for the preschool through 3rd grade. We will continue to add classrooms through the 7th grade, a school kitchen, a multipurpose building with a library area, a school garden for student learning, and of course playgrounds. To accomplish this we will need another $150,000. Will you help us move forward in providing continued education for these children?

We currently are fundraising for the expansion of our school, reaching out to ongoing donors, the churches that support our mission, and using social media to expand our reach. We are also pursuing partnerships with other organizations to accomplish these goals.

Our partners in Uganda, Loving Hearts Foundation Ltd.(LHFL), was established in 2019 to be the “the boots on the ground”, having members on the Board of Directors from both Kampala, the capital city of Uganda, and Zirobwe sub county, and are familiar with the needs and the culture, and language. We, LHFA, have partnered with LHFL to restore this rural, poverty-stricken area, which includes several nearby communities and villages. The original school shelter was reinforced, re-roofed, and a thin concrete floor was placed. ( In November 2022, the entire structure needed to be rebuilt with bricks due to termite damage, which had rendered it unsafe.) Next to the original school building a larger, brick structure was built, complete with two classrooms, concrete floors, chair/desks, chalkboards, and a school office. The simple latrine outhouse was first upgraded, then, in order to accommodate the enlarging student population, a new latrine was built with a six stall septic system. A new kitchen was also constructed that houses an efficient wood burning stove, with four cooking areas. As more students enrolled, a school cook was hired for the daily food preparation, more certified teachers were hired, with 3 teacher's wages paid by LHFA and the village leaders and parents paying 2 teacher's wages building community involvement. Many parents now volunteer to help clean and maintain the school grounds, fetch water, gather firewood, and assist with the daily needs of operating the school.

Along with all these projects, the community also desperately needed a new borehole well to be drilled and installed, as their only water source had dried up and was rendered useless. LHFA raised enough funds to drill and build a commercial sized well, able to supply ample clean water for the communities for many years.

In 2020 a 5 acre parcel of farmland was purchased, to grow crops and teach the villagers successful farming techniques. The crops, once harvested and processed (dried, shelled, milled into flour, bagged) have been used to feed the families in the communities during the 2 year Covid lock-down, and now that schools are operating, provide for the two school meals every school day for the students and staff. A village church has begun using the school building as well, with the assistance of a pastor from Kampala and the willingness of some villagers to serve in that capacity. Our most recent purchase in Aug 2023 has been 2.6 acres with the goal to expand our school and provide continuing education. We are currently fundraising to make this possible.

LHFA continues to drive forward in fulfilling the vision of social, educational, and spiritual renewal for this area in rural Uganda. Through education, learning needed life skills utilizing the land, working cooperatively with each other, and establishing a Biblical foundation, LHFA is empowering these communities to positively contribute to their villages and to their society at large.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
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 identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, 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, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

Loving Hearts Foundation for Africa USA
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
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Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Loving Hearts Foundation for Africa USA

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Loving Hearts Foundation for Africa USA

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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Operations

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

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Chairperson

Pam Noland

Secretary

Karsten Mickelson

Loving Hearts Foundation for Africa USA

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Loving Hearts Foundation for Africa USA

Board of directors
as of 01/18/2024
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Board chair

Pam Noland

Loving Hearts Foundation for Africa

Term: 2020 - 2025

Mike Noland

Loving Hearts Foundation for Africa

Sallie Delores Roberts

Loving Hearts Foundation for Africa

Anna Whiteside

Loving Hearts Foundation for Africa

Karsten Mickelson

Loving Hearts Foundation for Africa

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 3/7/2022

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
Female
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Transgender Identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/30/2023

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

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
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 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.