Uplifting Childrens Ministries Inc
LEXINGTON KY 40509-9742
Contact Information
Nonprofit Uplifting Childrens Ministries Inc
LEXINGTON, KY 40509 9742
Phone (859) 230-9743
Contact Name David Lane
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 2014
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer Donations
Donations may be made in a couple of ways...
The easiest way to donate for most is the PayPay service on the Internet. Just to go to the Uplifting Children web site www.upliftingchildren.com, click on the “Donate Now” button , then click on “Donate”. Uplifting Children's Ministries is a PayPal confirmed charity. You may make one time donations or set up recurring payments via credit card or bank account.Mail checks to : Uplifting Children's Ministries, 2295 Jones Nursery Road, Lexington, KY 40509
If you would like to volunteer to assist the ministry or go on a mission trip to Guatemala please email the ministry at upliftingchildren.guat@gmail.com 
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement

Our primary mission is to serve God by meeting the spiritual and physical needs of Guatemala's poorest children. Uplifting Children's Ministries provides a range of programs for these children. Through our child sponsorship program we provide food, clothing, medical care, and schooling support for needy children in the Santa Rosa area of Guatemala. Our mission also includes supporting youth groups, conducting a feeding program for the homeless and alcoholics, and providing English classes for children and adults in the community to assist in future job opportunities. Our goal is to strengthen individuals physically and mentally, and to help them grow spiritually. 

Background Statement

The ministry began in late 2013 shortly after the founder David Lane went on a church mission to Guatemala and felt God's call to return and minister to the people there. Within a month he had sold all his household belongings and moved to Guatemala where he began working among the children in hospitals and orphanages near Antigua. In early 2014 he moved to the town of Guazacapan in the Santa Rosa area of southern Guatemala. He began his work there with the youth of some local churches. Later that year he also established the Uplifting Children's Ministries as a formal charity and began obtaining sponsors for some of the poorest children who had only a single parent or no parents to provide for them. Starting with 3-4 children he quickly expanded to include others. He also began working with additional youth groups and started a weekly feeding program for the alcoholics and homeless near his ministry. In addition to David, the ministry now has two full-time local Guatemalan staff workers and several U.S. based part-time volunteers who assist with the support of the ministry. David was formally ordained in 2015 as a minister in the Christian Church.

Impact Statement


  1. Sponsored thirty poor children that are provided with free English and Bible classes weekly, a monthly care package, and enrollment into private Christian schools with paid tuition
  2. Worked with two youth groups with a total of attendance of 80-100 youth from the local community each week
  3. Taught three English classes to thirty adults, teenagers, and children each week.
  4. Conducted an alcoholic/homeless feeding program every week to provide food, prayer, and Bible teaching
  5. Provided twice a week free movies for the community to give the youth a safe environment for entertainment, and to open doors to share God's love with them
  6. Expanded the mission's facility though rental of adjacent space



  1. Alter current rented ministry space to better facilitate periodic visits by ministry teams
  2. Increase general monthly financial support from individuals, churches, and businesses
  3. Purchase land for a future permanent facility for the ministry


Needs Statement



  1. $1,500 more per month for general financial support
  2. Volunteer teams to help with special ministry work and conduct building projects for needy families
  3. Financial commitments for purchase of land and buildings for a permanent facility for the ministry. The initial need is $23,000 to purchase the land.
  4. Additional staff to help with the daily demands of the ministry and management of the ministry when the ministry leader must visit the states for fund raising activities


CEO/Executive Director Statement

On my first visit to Guatemala I loved the children there and felt a personal calling to help the ones in need. Three years later my feelings have not diminished, only grown stronger. Guatemala is a very poor country with wonderful people who have not been able to achieve a life for their families that we take for granted. Uplifting Children's Ministries is not a large organization like some charitable groups, but we can make a difference in this small corner of Guatemala. I intend to see that it does. 

Board Chair Statement

During the past year my wife and I have made separate week long trips to the ministry. A work group of men from our church also visited in January. Each time we have all been very impressed with the enthusiasm and energy being put into the work there. The loving children and smiles are very heart warming. In a short period of time the ministry director, David Lane, has continually expanded the ministry's outreach in the community and is well know for its work there. Lives are being touched and family situations improved. The biggest immediate challenge for the ministry is monthly funding. Funds are always very tight even though no salaries are paid to anyone except the local Guatemalan staff. All the ministry directors and U.S based staff volunteer their time and energy because they truly believe in the mission. Many of the children of Guatemala need help with food, shoes, clothing, shelter, medical care, and a Christian influence in their lives. The needs are great and the resources are small. We know the director of Uplifting Children's Ministries Inc has a heart for children and has dedicated his ministry to helping as many as he can. He needs your help to carry the load.


Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Religion- Related / Christianity
Tertiary Organization Category Human Services / Children's and Youth Services
Geographic Areas Served
Uplifting Children's Ministries serves Guazacapan and the surrounding Santa Rosa area of Guatemala in Central American.
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact.

The primary goal of Uplifting Children's Ministries is to strengthen the children of Guatemala physically, and help them to grow spiritually. The ministry aims to make a positive impact on poor families in the town of Guazacapan and the surrounding areas of Santa Rosa, Guatemala. In the next 3-5 years we expect to purchase land locally and build a permanent facility to house volunteer teams and provide activities for children and youth, such as classrooms, feeding areas, etc.

StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals?

The ministry's strategy to achieve it's goal is to solicit support from individuals, churches, businesses, and foundations by way of personal contacts and social media. The ministry director travels back to the U.S. twice a year to personally spread the story of what is taking place in Guatemala and to obtain support. The volunteer staff also assists with this while he is working Guatemala.

CapabilitiesHelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals?

The ministry has connections with several churches in the U.S. and a large Guatemala ministry in a different part of the country that periodically shares food, clothing, and supplies. The ministry also has a good volunteer staff and technical support for financial and social media.

IndicatorsHelpHow will the organization know if it is making progress? What are the key qualitative and quantitative indicators against which the organization assesses its progress toward its intended impact?

The primary indicators for the ministry are the number of children being sponsored monthly, the number of children participating in youth groups, the number of alcoholics, homeless, and other people being fed.

ProgressHelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far?

The ministry has not been in operation very long but progress toward our longer term goals has been extremely encouraging. The needs are great in Guatemala but resources are limited. Only adequate funding and staff can limit growth of the ministry in the future.

Board Chair
Board Chair Darwin Marshall
Company Affiliation Retired Navy
Term July 2016 to
Board Members
Peter BensonLee TireVoting
Reverend Whit CriswellCornerstone Christian ChurchVoting
Karen HaskinsCommunity VolunteerVoting
Reverend David Garrison LaneUplifting Children's Ministries, Inc.Voting
James Edward LaneRetired Information Technology ManagerVoting
Darwin MarshallRetiredVoting
Reverend Adam NorsworthyCornerstone Christian ChurchVoting
Reverend Ely SazoGuatemalan PastorVoting
Linda SentersCommunity VolunteerVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity. Add number
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 5
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 2
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Reverend David Garrison Lane
Term Start July 2014
Email upliftingchildren.guat@gmail.com
Experience Founder of the ministry in 2014, been serving full time as Executive Officer on site in Guazacapan, Guatemala
Full Time Staff 2
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 3
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Title Financial Officer
Experience/Biography 30 years experience as a financial analyst, systems analyst, and IT manager.  Graduate of General Electric Company Financial Management Program. 
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation No
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
NonManagement Formal Evaluation N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A

An important activity of Uplifting Children's Ministries is a child sponsorship program. We search for children without both parents in the most needy areas of Santa Rosa Guatemala who need assistance. Monthly child sponsorship directly covers most of the child's schooling, two medical checks a year, as well as ensure that they have food, shoes, and clothes.  All funds from sponsors go directly for the child. Additional costs of the program are covered from general funds.

Budget 35000
Description Another important program the ministry supports are youth groups.  The ministry provides a safe and fun environment for the youth to meet, with the goal to strengthen the youth to help them grow spiritually. We also provide a monthly plan to evangelize and help the community through the youth.  All expenses for the youth groups come out of general funds.
Budget 9600

Feeding program for local homeless and alcoholics near the ministry.  All expenses are covered by general funds.

Budget 3900
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan?
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $60,000.00
Projected Expenses $60,000.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage 100%
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$51,348$31,145--
Administration Expense$5,213$14,415--
Fundraising Expense$4,313$3,486--
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.501.05--
Program Expense/Total Expenses84%68%--
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$32,819$2,152--
Current Assets$32,819$2,152--
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$32,819$2,152--
Form 990s
2016 Form 1099-EZ
2015 Form 990-N
2014 Form 990-N
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose Initial fundraising is to build a privacy/security fence around five acres of land recently purchased in Guatemala. Fundraising will follow for building ministry facilities. The ministry has a 10 year facility building plan.
Goal $15,000.00
Dates Aug 2017 to Dec 2017
Amount Raised To Date 900 as of Aug 900
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Registration Yes
CEO Comments

Uplifting Children's Ministries was legally organized in 2014, but only began formal operations in Guatemala in 2015. Donations totaled $48,198 in 2015 and $91,258 in 2016. $32,000 of the 2016 donations were donated for land purchase. All of the 2015 donations received and the balance of 2016 were used to directly support the operation of the charity in Guatemala. No compensation was provided to the directors or officers. The facilities for the ministry are currently in a rented house in Guazacapan, Guatemala. Land has now been recently purchased  there and the ministry plans to build permanent facilities as additional funds become available.

Foundation Staff Comments This organizations files the 990N, which contains no financial information. Financial information was provided by the organization. Numbers are unaudited. Because this organization received its 501c3 determination in 2014, only one year of financial information is available. 
LEXINGTON, KY 405099742
Primary Phone 859 230-9743
CEO/Executive Director Reverend David Garrison Lane
Board Chair Darwin Marshall
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired Navy