Mission: MEETING THE URGENT NEEDS OF FAMILIES IN HAITI.

New Life for Haiti is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 2011, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  https://www.newlifeforhaiti.org/

 14925 WOOD FARM RD
Plainfield IL 60544-5811



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Encompass Rating System by Charity Navigator


Overall Score

92

out of 100

This charity's score is a passing score.
This overall score is calculated from multiple beacon scores: 85% Finance & Accountability, 10% Leadership & Adaptability, and 5% Culture & Community


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...   Finance & Accountability


This score provides an assessment of a nonprofit's financial health (stability, efficiency and sustainability) and its commitment to governance practices and policies.


Finance & Accountability Score

91

out of 100

The score earned by New Life for Haiti is a passing score

This V4 of the Finance & Accountability Score provides a baseline measure of an organization’s health including the indicators listed in the report below.

This score represents Form 990 data from 2020, the latest year published by the IRS.



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Finance & Accountability Report

91

of 100 points

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

88.31%

Higher effect on score

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The Program Expense Ratio is determined by Program Expenses divided by Total Expense (average of most recent three 990s). This measure reflects the percent of its total expenses a charity spends on the programs and services it exists to deliver.


Program Expense Percentage

Amount of Credit Received

70% or higherFull Credit
60% - 69.9%Partial Credit
Below 50%Zero Points for Both Program Expense percentage AND Liabilities to Assets

Source: IRS Form 990

Board Composition

15/15 Independent

Higher effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for at least 3 board members, with more than 50% of those members identified as independent (not salaried).


The presence of an independent governing body is strongly recommended by many industry professionals to allow for full deliberation and diversity of thinking on governance and other organizational matters.


Source: IRS Form 990

Independent Audit or Financial Review

Has Audit/Review

Higher effect on score


An Audit, Review, or Compilation provides important information about financial accountability and accuracy. Organizations are scored based on their Total Revenue Amount:

Total Revenue Amount

Expectation to Receive Credit

$1 million or higherExpected to complete an audit
$250,000 - $1 millionExpected to complete an audit, review, or compilation
Less than $250,000No expectation (removed from scoring methodology)

Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

0.25%

Lower effect on score


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990). This ratio is an indicator of an organization’s solvency and/or long-term sustainability.

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

Amount of Credit Received

Less than 50%Full Credit
50% - 59.9%Partial Credit
60% or moreNo Credit

Source: IRS Form 990

Website

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for a website on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency metric.


Nonprofits act in the public trust and reporting publicly on activities is an important component.


Source: IRS Form 990

Conflict of Interest Policy

Missing

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a conflict of interest policy on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy protects the organization and by extension those it serves, when it is considering entering into a transaction that may benefit the private interest of an officer, director and/or key employee of the organization.


Source: IRS Form 990

Board Meeting Minutes

Documented

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990 that the organization has this process in place as an accountability and transparency measure.


An official record of the events that take place during a board meeting ensures that a contemporaneous document exists for future reference.


Source: IRS Form 990

Document Retention and Destruction

Missing

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a document retention and destruction policy per the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy establishes guidelines for the handling, backing up, archiving and destruction of documents. These guidelines foster good record keeping procedures that promote data integrity.


Source: IRS Form 990

Whistleblower Policy

Missing

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a whistleblower policy per the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy outlines procedures for handling employee complaints, as well as a confidential way for employees to report financial or other types of mismanagement.


Source: IRS Form 990

Additional Information

Unscored

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

This chart displays the trend of revenue and expenses over the past several years for this organization, as reported on their IRS Form 990.

Salary of Key Persons

Presented here are up to five of this organization's highest compensated employees. This compensation data includes salary, cash bonuses, and expense accounts and is displayed exactly how it is reported to the IRS. The amounts do not include nontaxable benefits, deferred compensation, or other amounts not reported on Form W-2. In some cases, these amounts may include compensation from related organizations. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting



MARNIE VANWYK, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

$66,539


PENNIE HELENHOUSE, PRESIDENT/CHAIR

$0


MIKE HOFFMAN, TREASURER

$0


DAVID LARSON, SECRETARY

$0


FRAN LEEMAN, FOUNDER/DIRECTOR

$0


Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2020

Business Master File Data

Below are some key data points from the Exempt Organization IRS Business Master File (BMF) for this organization. Learn more about the BMF on the IRS website


Activities:

Activity data not reported from the IRS


Foundation Status:

Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi) (BMF foundation code: 15)


Affiliation:

Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations). (BMF affiliation code: 3)

Data Sources: IRS Forms 990

The Form 990 is a document that nonprofit organizations file with the IRS annually. We leverage finance and accountability data from it to form Encompass ratings. Click here to view this organization's Forms 990 on the IRS website (if any are available).

Pandemic Response

Due to the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, we give charities such as this one the opportunity to share the story of COVID's impact on them. Charities may submit their own pandemic responses through their nonprofit portal.


New Life for Haiti reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Revenue

  • Balance Sheet


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's operations financially:

COVID-19 prevented New Life for Haiti from holding its annual in-person fundraiser - our annual Gala - two years in a row - in 2020 and 2021.


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's delivery of programs:

COVID-19 caused a disruption in Haiti to the school year, affecting 330 of the children we serve and 6 out of our 7 schools. There was also a corresponding rise in food costs, due to associated supply chain issues at the ports.


How this organization adapted to changing conditions caused by COVID-19:

In 2020, when schools were not in session, New Life for Haiti reassigned 15 of our teachers to Covid-19 related duties (packing food, distributing masks and handwashing stations, and making public service announcements in the community) when they were unable to work. We spent a large amount of unbudgeted funds on Covid-19 prevention and provided more food and agricultural relief than in the past, due to the food shortages and rise in costs.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

New Life for Haiti piloted a sustainable agriculture program during COVID that we plan on keeping in place. This program provides seeds to subsistence farmers and goats to a pay-it-forward goat breeding project for families.


...   Impact & Results


This score estimates the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.


Impact & Results Score

Not Currently Scored

New Life for Haiti cannot currently be evaluated by our Encompass Rating Impact & Results methodology because either (A) it is eligible, but we have not yet received data; (B) we have not yet developed an algorithm to estimate its programmatic impact; (C) its programs are not direct services; or (D) it is not heavily reliant on contributions from individual donors.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.

Learn more about Impact & Results.


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Additional Information

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



New Life for Haiti reported its three largest programs on its FY 2020 Form 990 as:


$30,969

Spent in most recent FY

11%

Percent of program expenses


CHILDREN SPONSORSHIP - NEW LIFE FOR HAITI'S CHILD SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM PROVIDES THE FOLLOWING TO EACH OF THE OVER 300 CHILDREN IN THE PROGRAM EACH SCHOOL YEAR: PRIVATE SCHOOL TUITION, UNIFORMS, 2 PAIRS ... (More)


$68,759

Spent in most recent FY

25%

Percent of program expenses


SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION - NEW LIFE FOR HAITI HAS BUILT SEVEN SCHOOLS. THE TWO MOST RECENT SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS THAT TOOK PLACE WERE THE VILLAGE OF HOPE ORPHANAGE SCHOOL MARFRANC CAMPUS (BUILT IN 2 ... (More)


$47,127

Spent in most recent FY

17%

Percent of program expenses


FEEDING PROGRAM - NEW LIFE FOR HAITI SUPPLIES FOOD AID TO THE FOLLOWING GROUPS OF PEOPLE IN GRAND ANSE RIVER VALLEY OF HAITI: A. 35 ELDERLY PEOPLE LIVING AT THE HOME FOR THE ELDERLY IN MARFRANC WEEKLY ... (More)


...   Leadership & Adaptability


This score provides an assessment of the organization's leadership capacity, strategic thinking and planning, and ability to innovate or respond to changes in constituent demand/need or other relevant social and economic conditions to achieve the organization's mission.


Leadership & Adaptability Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by New Life for Haiti is a passing score.

Encompass Rating V4 provides an evaluation of the organization's Leadership & Adaptability through the nonprofit organization submitting a survey response directly to Charity Navigator.


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Leadership & Adaptability Report

100

of 100 points

Mission

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s mission


The mission of New Life for Haiti is to minister to the needs of families and children in the Grand Anse River valley, sharing our love for Christ and His message, promoting self-sufficiency and hope for a sustainable future.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s vision.


Empowering: To address economic, physical, and spiritual needs, whether through immediate relief efforts, education, or training and supporting Haitian leaders in community programs Equipping: To provide opportunities to break the cycle of poverty and create self sufficiency in the community by developing legacy-leaving leaders Encouraging: To share the truth, hope, and grace of the gospel of Jesus Christ Caring: To respect the rights, abilities, and uniqueness of those we serve


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Strategic Goals

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking and goal setting through sharing their most important strategic goals.


Goal One: We are committed to provide access to education for students, safety to orphans and restaveks, sustainable agriculture to subsistence farmers, clean water to communities, and relief in emergencies.

Goal Type: Grow, expand, scale or increase access to the existing programs and services.


Goal Two: We have made a new commitment to support the communities we serve with better access to medical care.

Goal Type: New program(s) based on observed changes in needs among our constituencies/communities served.


Goal Three: When New Life for Haiti launched its Next Gen Board of Directors in January 2020, we made a commitment to financial transparency & accountability, as well as shared leadership through a working Board.

Goal Type: Invest in the capacity of our organization (financial, management, technical, etc.).


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

New Life for Haiti consistently works at mentoring our Haitian leadership, specifically our Haitian Field Director and our administrators at both the School of Hope and the Village of Hope. We invest time and resources into training and development of both staff and Board of Directors trustees. We have funds reserved in our budget for the 2021/22 fiscal year dedicated to leadership development. Additionally, our organization has recently joined the Simmons Center for Global Chicago, a network of Chicago based nonprofit organizations and leaders, all working internationally.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Mobilizing for Mission

The nonprofit provides evidence of leadership through focusing externally and mobilizing resources for the mission.


This organization mobilizes for mission in the following ways:
  • Strategic Partnerships

  • Networks of Collective Impact Efforts

  • Raising Awareness

  • Community Building

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

New Life for Haiti has worked diligently over the last few years to form partnerships with organizations such as Water for Life Haiti, Impact for Jesus, and Hearts for Haiti to bring clean water to the Haitian communities we serve. We partner with local churches and Lifeline Christian Mission to bring food relief as well. We are in close contact with our donors, sponsors, and volunteers to ensure that they are aware of the impact they are having in the Grand Anse River valley of Haiti, via social media, email, newsletters and direct mailings.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Story of Adaptability

The nonprofit has an opportunity to tell the story of how the organization adapted to tremendous external changes in the last year.


Our organization applied for special COVID-19 relief grants that enabled us to provide COVID-19 prevention and relief education and services in the area we serve. We adapted our school schedules and redeployed our teachers so that they could continue working and earning income. We adapted our Secondary Scholarship program and provided additional support funds to students who were experiencing additional hardships due to the pandemic. We provided additional food support, as well as piloted a sustainable agriculture program to distribute seeds and goats to subsistence farmers. This program not only provided food to families, but also provided them with a source of income in a country in an area with an unemployment rate of over 70%.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

...   Culture & Community


This score provides an assessment of the organization's engagement with the constituents it serves, a practice we term Constituent Feedback. When organizations listen to constituents, they are able to better deliver on programs and meet the needs of stakeholders. A future version of this Beacon will also assess an organization's people operations and its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) metrics.


Culture & Community Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by New Life for Haiti is a passing score.

Encompass Rating V4 provides an evaluation of an organization's Culture and Community by measuring its Constituent Feedback practices (see report below). Constituent Feedback data provides 100% of the basis for the initial evaluation of the Culture & Community Beacon.


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Culture & Community Report

100

of 100 points

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Constituent Feedback

Constituent Feedback

Full Credit


This organization reported that it is collecting feedback.


Here's how this organization is listening and learning from the people they serve:


How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees


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


With whom does your organization share the feedback you got from the people you serve?

The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders


What challenges does your organization face in collecting feedback from the people you serve?

It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection


Briefly describe a recent change that your organization made in response to feedback from the people you serve.

We began sending less text messages out to our donor base. We also used a community focus group in the Rivye Mawo area of Haiti to inform decisions we are making regarding building a medical clinic in this community.



Methodology


Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations that engage in inclusive practices, such as collecting feedback from the people and communities they serve, may be more effective. We've partnered with GuideStar by Candid to survey organizations about their feedback practices. Nonprofit organizations can fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile to receive a rating.


Charity Navigator awards full credit for this Beacon to every nonprofit that is eligible for an Encompass Rating that completes the survey, in recognition of their willingness to publicly share this information with the nonprofit and philanthropic communities. This data is not evaluated for quality at this time. Validation will be added in future iterations of this Beacon.

Analysis and Research


Like the overall Encompass Rating System, the Culture & Community Beacon is designed to evolve as metrics are developed and ready for integration. Our partnership with Feedback Labs and Guidestar by Candid, and other partners including Fund for Shared Insight, GlobalGiving, and Keystone Accountability, enables us to launch the first version of this beacon with Constituent Feedback information collected on Candid's site.


Feedback practices have been shown to support better Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion outcomes, an essential area of assessment that we intend to further expand and develop in the future. Feedback Labs has documented several studies which indicate that beyond achieving organizational goals, nonprofits that are attentive and responsive to concerns and ideas raised by beneficiaries establish stronger relationships with the people they serve, promote greater equity, and empower constituents in ways that can help to ensure better long-term outcomes. You can find resources to help nonprofits improve their feedback practices here.

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