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The mission of Hearts with Haiti is to provide a brighter, more sustainable future for the young people of Haiti by providing financial support for the vision and ministry of the St. Joseph Family in Haiti. This ministry includes Wings of Hope in Fermathe - for children and young adults with physical and mental disabilities, and Lekòl sen Trinite in Jacmel - to provide a high quality free education to Jacmel's most impoverished children.

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Rev. Dr. Lynn Stanton-Hoyle

Main address

27 Horne St

Raleigh, NC 27607 USA

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Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (O12)

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Our programs

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

Wings of Hope

Wings of Hope is a residential program in Jacmel, Haiti, for children and adults with mental and physical challenges and provides housing, medical care, feeding, clothing, education, and therapy.

Wings of Hope has the capacity for as many as 40 residents. Additionally, 6 staff members live at the home. Other personnel such as security and a night nurse are on site overnight in case of an emergency.

Each resident receives care based solely on their individual needs. Hearts with Haiti offers sponsorships allowing donors to support individual residents of Wings of Hope. This sponsorship program has a direct impact on the life of a young person in Haiti. Sponsors get to know the residents through crafts, letters, pictures, and biographies thoughtfully and regularly prepared by the St. Joseph Family.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Children and youth
People with disabilities
Economically disadvantaged people

Lekòl Sen Trinite (LST) is a school program dedicated to serving the most impoverished families and children in the community in Jacmel, Haiti. These are children who would not otherwise have the opportunity to attend school due to their financial and family situations. Many of these students come from large families and also have relatives in the program. During the 2015-2016 school year, Lekòl Sen Trinite is educating 150 students, in kindergarten through sixth grade. LST students range in age from three to 16 years old. Through the LST, the SJF is creating an education program that takes the best of the Haitian educational system and adds aspects from other systems, including the Montessori preschool and kindergarten system, providing students with a varied and enriched education. The students are educated in the typical academic areas — reading, writing, math, history, religion, French — and are all provided with a uniform, tennis shoes, backpack and school supplies, including school books. LST students all have access to on-site and municipal libraries and to the state-of-the-art Trinity House computer lab. Importantly, the St. Joseph Family strives to nourish LST students’ minds, bodies, and spirits. LST students enjoy weekly Bible studies and prayer services and receive after-school instruction in art, dance, cooking, and life-skills. Lekòl Sen Trinite is in the process of building up its library, all the students also have cards to the municipal library, and students have access to a state-of-the-art media center with computers and internet access. There is truly a sense of community among students and staff.

Population(s) Served

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.

* Increasing the sustainability of the St. Joseph Family
* Provide empowering employment opportunities and training for Haitian citizens
* Maintain overhead costs of no more than 25%

* Create opportunities for Haitian leadership and involvement in the decisions of the organization
* Provide opportunities for Haitian leadership and job skills training

Empowering employment opportunities and training:
* Provide support for vocational training and professional development for program participants and employees
* Provide fair, living wage salaries to Haitian employees

* Support organizations that are 100% Haitian-led or who are actively working on transition plans to become 100% Haitian-led

Individual care:
* Support organizations that prioritize individual care and attention over generalized mass-involvement programs

Low overhead:
* Actively seek volunteer labor and freelance labor to offset overhead costs
* Actively seek gifts-in-kind wherever possible to offset overhead costs
* Creatively seek out free / low-cost alternatives for all overhead costs

* Strong, well-educated Haitian leaders who are entrepreneurial and creative
* Strong base of American supporters who understand cultural boundaries but who are willing to invest significant time and money to help create sustainable solutions
* Existing social entrepreneurship businesses that provide revenue back to the organization
* Existing framework and role models who have graduated from programs into sustainable living

Employment opportunities and training:
* Organizations that require employees in order to function
* Social entrepreneurship businesses that require employees in order to function
* Haitian-led program that offers vocational counseling, transitional housing, and job search assistance

* Supported organizations currently are Haitian-led
* Trustees are committed in ensuring that Haitians continue to lead in-country ventures and ministries

Individual care:
* Supported organizations prioritize high-quality individual care over achieving large numbers with questionable results
* Trustees are committed to ensuring that program participants receive individual care and attention, including making regular visits to Haiti to monitor progress

Low overhead:
* Systems are designed for maximum automation and are continually reviewed for increased efficiency

* Guest house revenue has been steady at 10% (2013-2014)
* Bakery revenue has begun in 2015 (~ 1%)
* # of program participants graduating into sustainable employment (not yet determined)

Employment opportunities and training:
* Annual attrition is close to 0, most employees have worked for the supported organizations for over 5 years
* # of program participants receiving vocational / job skills training: 3 (2015 estimate)

Individual care:
* Qualitative observations of disabled children by trained individuals indicate increased motor skills, fine motor skills, communication skills
* Daily family meetings identify issues among members of the community and identify affirmations for each individual

Low overhead:
* Overhead for 2014 remains at 11%

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Hearts with Haiti works in partnership with the St. Joseph Family of Haiti to create a caring family for Haitians facing the challenges of poverty or disability and fostering skills and opportunities for those in their community.

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, 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

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Based on feedback from our mission partner in Haiti about the importance of education and the dwindling resources from other funding organizations, the Hearts with Haiti Board agreed to take on more financial responsibility for the day-to-day operations for the tuition-free school in jacmel, Haiti.

  • 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 ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, 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 the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, 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



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Board of directors
as of 12/08/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Lynn Stanton-Hoyle

Retired, Presbyterian Minister

Term: 2020 - 2022

Alan Stone

Daniel Jeanmary

Trinity House, Lekol sen Trinite, Nouvo vu Bakery

Bill Nathan

St. Joseph's Home for Boys

David Gospodarek

Lynn Stanton-Hoyle

Clifton Presbyterian Church

Mark Peifer


Julie Wade

Fran McDermott

Jay West

Roy Howard

Bailey Sanford

Jeanette Fuccella

Allison Simmons

Lydia Warren

Tiffany Winstead

Lara Lee Waters

Board leadership practices

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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? No
  • 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 9/27/2022

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


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Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/27/2022

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  • 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 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.