Promise for Haiti, Inc.
4402 Howell Place
Nashville TN 37205-3808
Mission Statement
Promise for Haiti exists to demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ by partnering with, and investing in, local Haitian leaders to provide the best healthcare and education in Haiti. 
CEO/Executive Director N/A N/A N/A
Board Chair Dr Omer Shedd
Board Chair Company Affiliation Physician
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 1982
Former Names
Christian Mission of Pignon, Inc
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Graph: Expense Breakdown Graph - All Years
Projected Expenses $769,500.00
Projected Annual Revenue $770,000.00 (2017)
Mission Promise for Haiti exists to demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ by partnering with, and investing in, local Haitian leaders to provide the best healthcare and education in Haiti. 

As the seventh of nine children born to a lay Baptist minister in Haiti, young Guy Theodore would often go with his father by donkey to visit the sick and dying people around Pignon. His father would pray with the sick and dispense medication purchased with his own money.  Guy often saw children die from treatable illnesses but there was no doctor. Young Guy asked his father if he could ever become a doctor.  His father told him it was possible with the Lord’s help and blessing.  So there, in the mountains, they got down off their donkey and Guy prayed aloud asking that the Lord would give him the wisdom and intelligence to become a doctor and promising that he would come back to Pignon and help the sick and dying if God would provide a way. “Wherever I am, I will come back to Pignon and do Your work.”

DrGuyGod answered that prayer in amazing ways and Guy was able to attend school in Port au Prince and complete a surgical residency in New York City.  He was about to invest in a new home and set up an already successful practice when in a dream, he was reminded of the promise he made to return to Haiti. “Guy, have you forgotten your promise to the Lord?” He saw the hollow eyes of dying children and knew he must return to Pignon.  He had to honor his promise to the Lord and to his father.

The dream became a reality when Guy founded Christian Mission of Pignon (now called Promise for Haiti) and seven years later Hospital Bienfaisance was built on the site where Dr. Guy was born. This hospital not only provides medical care, but brings hope for the entire region. When you support Promise for Haiti, you are supporting a promise made and a promise kept that has truly made life changing differences to the 145,000 people who live in the north and central plateau of Haiti.

Under Dr. Guy Theodore's leadership and with the help of hundreds of volunteers and supporters, this vision has become a reality. The Comite Bienfaisance de Pignon (CBP), a locally elected committee of community leaders, presides over the mission, defining its vision and setting direction that is realized in its programs and projects. There is now a 65 bed hospital and six clinics, including an extensive public health program.

The vision has expanded beyond healthcare to the provision of clean water (building and maintaining hundreds of wells), education (building nine primary schools and establishment of a large scholarship program) and programs for agricultural and economic development. The entire region around Pignon has been blessed by the realization of this vision and you can keep the dream alive by supporting Promise for Haiti! Please help a "promise made" continue to be "a promise kept".

Promise for Haiti completed a new outpatient clinic at Hospital Bienfaisance which will greatly improve patient access to care. We have upgraded our education program by bringing teacher pay up to the national average and have increased ownership of school administration by the Haitian teachers which has yielded higher national test scores for our sponsored schools.
A Maternity Waiting House has been completed which will provide a safe place for mothers to deliver and receive pre and post-natal care.  Our goal is to provide solar power to Hospital Bienfaisance which will save the hospital thousands of dollars a month on generator fuel costs.  It is also our goal to increase the sustainability of funding for both Promise for Haiti and the hospital.
1) Ongoing mission support. $250,000 per year
2)  Hospital electrical project. We support our partner organization, Hospital Bienfaisance, in installing solar power as opposed to the diesel-powered generators currently being used.
3) We are seeking funds to renovate and upgrade Hospital Bienfaisance.
4) We are seeking funds to partner with Hospital Bienfaisance to construct a new sanitation facility for patients and patient families at the hospital to increase the quality of services. $30,000
5) We are seeking Health Partners to sponsor the health care for two people for an entire year. $40/month 
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
mailing a check
in-kind donations
volunteer opportunities for medical, educational, construction, administrative and other volunteers. 
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security / International Development
Secondary Organization Category Health Care / Health (General and Financing)
Tertiary Organization Category Education / Educational Services
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Promise for Haiti serves the Pignon, Haiti area in the North Central Plateau area of Haiti.  
Board Chair Statement

Promise for Haiti and our brothers and sisters in Haiti are working on a revised strategic plan for the mission congruent with our missions of Healthcare, Education and Clean Water. We have created four pillars of focus for the mission: Evangelism, Leadership, Finances, and Operations for long term sustainability. While this has been the tradition of the mission for almost 35 years, we are working to better define our goals for the future. We ask for your continued prayers and support in the coming years.

CEO Statement As we look to the future, Promise for Haiti is committed and equipped to continue and grow our longstanding mission that has been fulfilled for the past 35 years. With new upcoming opportunities to partner with local Haitian leaders, we are excited for our programs ahead as we look to empower the community, and help instill sustainable development. Our key focus areas of Spiritual Development, Healthcare, Education, Economic Development, Agricultural Development, and Safe Water will continue to drive our initiatives and provide opportunity and healing to the community of Pignon, Haiti. We hope and pray for more stateside partners who will help support us in this mission. If interested please contact us to set up a meeting. 
Description Promise for Haiti provides volunteers who serve and teach at Hospital Bienfaisance de Pignon.  In addition, Promise for Haiti helps pay hospital staff and helps purchase critical medicines, supplies, vehicles, and fuel.  In-kind donations of  equipment and supplies are provided by US volunteer teams.  Volunteer construction and engineering teams assist with building and maintaining structures.  Hospital Bienfaisance de Pignon provides community health services such as vaccination, maternal education, family planning, clean water, and sanitation.     
Budget 684500
Category Health Care, General/Other Health Diagnostic, Intervention & Treatment Services
Population Served Latin America & the Caribbean, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Females
Short Term Success
Nurse training programs will result in changed behavior by nurses to better serve the population.
Midwife training programs will result in changed behavior by midwives to reduce the maternal mortality rate.
Educational programs for hospital repair technicians will result in hospitals all over Haiti having equipment repaired and maintained.  
Long term Success
Vaccination rates will be over 85%.
Infant mortality ratio will be less than 20 per 1,000
Maternal mortality ratio will be less than 150 per 100,000 
Program Success Monitored By Community health care workers travel the region to weigh, measure, and evaluate children's health.  Health care workers and midwives evaluate pregnant women.  Hospital workers record and report patient outcomes.  Vaccination rates are reported and evaluated.     
Examples of Program Success In April , 2010, Hospital Bienfaisance of Pignon was recognized for providing excellent community health care by the World Health Organization and the Ministry of Health in Haiti.
Description Promise for Haiti's Haitian Education and Literacy Program (HELP) provides primary and secondary educational opportunities to the children of the Pignon area who would not otherwise have educational opportunities.  Meals and clean water are provided at each of the nine schools operated in the outlying areas.  Advanced scholarships are available to students who promise to return to serve in the area.    
Budget 380000
Category Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Population Served Latin America & the Caribbean, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Blacks, African Heritage
CEO Comments

Challenges that we face as an organization are largely due to the distance between Promise for Haiti and Comite de Bienfaisance de Pignon. Communication, cultural differences, and prioritization can suffer if the organization is not proactive to address these issues.

Promise for Haiti programs are carried out by both Promise for Haiti and our partner, Comite de Bienfaisance de Pignon. In order to better our programs, we have duly elected a Task Force which is comprised of three members of the Promise for Haiti staff and Board of Directors and three members of Comite de Bienfaisance de Pignon administration to serve as a committee to 1) better our cross-cultural communication 2) set and measure outcomes of programs 3) determine programmatic priority 4) train and provide expertise to the Haitian staff. This step of creating the Task Force has already served to do such things, and meets three times yearly in Haiti to carry out its meetings. 

Board Chair
Board Chair Dr Omer Shedd
Company Affiliation Physician
Term Jan 2015 to Jan 2018
Board Members
Mr John Constantin Restaurant OwnerVoting
Mr Doug Grunder EngineerVoting
Dr Joel Harris PhysicianVoting
Ms Sue Ishee VolunteerVoting
Mr Ron Nomeland investment advisorVoting
Mr Will Smith VolunteerVoting
Dr Guy Theodore Field DirectorVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? No
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage of Board Members making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of Board Members making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Does the Board include Client Representation? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 2
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Mr Doug Grunder
Company Affiliation Business Executive
Term Jan 2015 to Jan 2018
Additional Board Members
Dr Siri Fiebiger Physician
Dr Marvin Loyd Retired Dentist
Mr James Metzelaars Retired
Rev Walter Smith Minister
CEO Comments Currently our Board of Director's have an indefinite term limit, and no formal process for recruitment for new members. Both issues are currently being addressed.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director N/A N/A N/A
Email N/A
Former CEOs
Mr Dennis Brand Oct 2009 - Sept 2013
Matt Clark Sept 2013 - June 2014
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 2
Volunteers 300
Contractors 0
CEO Comments We are currently looking for an Executive Director. 
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2017
Projected Revenue $770,000.00
Projected Expenses $769,500.00
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$676,213$769,778$794,048
Administration Expense$54,894$42,885$60,313
Fundraising Expense$11,058$6,351$25,430
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.010.911.01
Program Expense/Total Expenses91%94%90%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue1%1%3%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$385,578$375,425$447,611
Current Assets$382,521$371,842$443,434
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$12,565$10,167$6,304
Total Net Assets$373,013$365,258$441,307
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities30.4436.5770.34
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts and Grants $599,389Contributions, Gifts and Grants $742,547Contributions, Gifts & Grants $872,924
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundations and Corporations $138,299Investment Income $418Program Services $15,412
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising Events $11,917 --Investment Income $483
IRS Letter of Exemption
Capital Campaign
Is the organization currently conducting a Capital Campaign for an endowment or the purchase of a major asset? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Yes - Expires June 2018
Solicitations Permit
PFH Solicitations Permit Financial Comments
Financial figures taken from the 990.
Financial documents prepared by Maggart & Associates, PC.
Comment provided by Kathryn Bennett 8/3/17.
Nonprofit Promise for Haiti, Inc.
Address 4402 Howell Place
Nashville, TN 37205 3808
Primary Phone (615) 864-0818
CEO/Executive Director N/A N/A N/A
Board Chair Dr Omer Shedd
Board Chair Company Affiliation Physician
Year of Incorporation 1982
Former Names
Christian Mission of Pignon, Inc

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