Educational Institutions

Franciscan Works

  • Chicago, IL
  • www.franciscanworks.org

Mission Statement

Franciscan Works is dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty for the poorest of poor children in developing countries through education rooted in Gospel values in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi.  We develop the individual potential of children living in poverty so that they can live as God intended, making full use of their talents and abilities for the common benefit, in communion with God, nature and all humankind. Liberia Mission, Inc., located in West Africa, is the primary project of Franciscan Works.  Liberia Mission is a community of love, learning, work and prayer. Here, children who were poor or orphaned - survivors of Liberia's long and brutal civil war - are learning to become future leaders in their families, communities, and country. We believe in "empowering the children of Liberia through faith and education."

Main Programs

  1. Liberia Mission, Inc.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Blacktom Town, Liberia, West Africa

ruling year

1972

Executive Director since 2014

Self-reported

Mr. Merrill Kenna

Keywords

Self-reported

Mission, Education, Child Poverty, Catholic, Liberia, West Africa

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EIN

23-7116589

 Number

1848021789

Physical Address

4641 N Ashland Ave.

Chicago, IL 60640

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Single Organization Support (B11)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Roman Catholic (X22)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Franciscan Works is bringing about a life-transforming change in the lives of children at Liberia Mission and St. Anthony of Padua School. In the past year, we have successfully done this in two ways. First, we provide a secure home-like environment to children in residence with food, clothing, shelter, education and medical care along with stable relationships with caring adults. Second, we provide academic education and instruction in the Catholic Faith to the students enrolled in St. Anthony of Padua School, which includes our children in residence and children from the surrounding communities. We also provide scholarships to our resident children to attend Catholic high school or secondary-level trade school.

Programs

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

Program 1

Liberia Mission, Inc.

Liberia Mission, Inc. is a
project of Mission Honduras International. Located in West Africa,
Liberia Mission is a community of love, learning, work and prayer.
Here, poor and orphaned children - survivors of Liberia’s long and
brutal civil war - are learning to become future leaders in their
families, communities, and country. Liberia Mission includes homes for
boys and girls, St. Anthony of Padua school, and St. Michael Catholic
church. There are currently over 340 children served at Liberia Mission.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Charting Impact

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The highest and best outcome of Franciscan Works - Liberia Mission's work is the number of students who graduate from school and grow up to be self-supporting, taking care of their families and making a contribution to their society and gaining vocation training by working under skilled workers.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Our goal is achieved through offering a premier Catholic education, employing students in our student work program where they train under experts in different vocational fields, and involving them in community service.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We have an excellent school which is recognized by the government as a premier school offering students both academic and vocation experience. After school, student participate in vocation training programs working on a variety of project that equip them with a diverse set of skills. They also foster relationship within their community through serving the poor in Blacktom Town through our long standing Souldiers for Christ program.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Our student admittance rate to Booker T Washington School is a key indicator. This is the premier vocational high school in Liberia and affords our student opportunity to continue their vocational development. Long term, we will track the employment rate of the students once they graduate from Liberia University.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Our student who began as orphans are just now aging into high school and university. While we successfully had students admitted to both institutions, we must wait until they graduate to track long term employable success.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Blacktom Town, Liberia, West Africa

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Franciscan Works

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Executive Director

Mr. Merrill Kenna

BIO

Merrill contributes extensive leadership experience in the non-profit sector and a lifelong devotion to serving the poor. Inspired by Matthew 25, Merrill's personal philosophy is that of service and providing a "hand-up" to the most needy in the world. His primary focus has been in the area of HIV/AIDS, homelessness, mental health, substance abuse and hospice. He has also lived and worked internationally with a primary focus on the prevention of human trafficking, fundraising consulting, and NGO infrastructure development. Merrill earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in social work from University of Illinois at Chicago. He also holds an accounting/marketing degree from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island, and is a certified TEFL educator. He has taught high school in Southeast Asia, where he also lived the last 2009-2013. He is happy to be back home in Chicago and eager to share his passion for fund-raising and volunteerism with Franciscan Works.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Robert O'Dwyer

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ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Diversity Strategies
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We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
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We have a diversity plan
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We use other methods to support diversity