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Limitless Horizons Ixil, Inc.

 2 Weld Street
 Roslindale, MA 02131
[P] (913) 416-3193
[F] --
http://www.limitlesshorizonsixil.org
[email protected]
Katie Morrow
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INCORPORATED: 2009
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 26-4296182

LAST UPDATED: 05/31/2017
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

LHI’s mission is to create opportunities for the indigenous youth, women, and families of Chajul, Guatemala, to develop the academic and professional skills needed to effect change in their lives and community.

 

Mission Statement

LHI’s mission is to create opportunities for the indigenous youth, women, and families of Chajul, Guatemala, to develop the academic and professional skills needed to effect change in their lives and community.

 


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2013 to Dec 31, 2013
Projected Income $174,704.00
Projected Expense $174,704.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Artisan Program
  • LHI Youth Development Program
  • Saber Sin Límites Community Library

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

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For more details regarding the organization's financial information, select the financial tab and review available comments.


Overview

Mission Statement

LHI’s mission is to create opportunities for the indigenous youth, women, and families of Chajul, Guatemala, to develop the academic and professional skills needed to effect change in their lives and community.

 


Background Statement

Limitless Horizons Ixil (LHI) serves the county of Chajul, an indigenous Mayan community located in the western highlands of Guatemala with an estimated population of 50,000. Having been at the heart of the 36-year civil war during which scores of its residents were massacred, Chajul experiences post-war challenges such as emotional trauma, land displacement, and fragmented families. Despite this horrific past, Chajul has received relatively little attention due to its geographic and economic isolation.

 
Chajul, where 80% of residents live in extreme poverty, is a farming community in which families struggle to feed themselves on an average income of $1-3 per day. While men earn an average of approximately $513 per year, women have fewer educational and employment opportunities and only earn an average of $50 annually. The town of Chajul is currently limited by an array of barriers to economic and community development, including physical distance from city resources, a lack of skilled bilingual (Ixil/Spanish) professionals, a lack of affordable and quality schools, and political marginalization. LHI seeks to address these barriers so that Chajul residents have opportunities to build their professional and academic skills to improve their own lives and their communities. Due to gender inequality and the research demonstrating the positive impact of investing in women and girls globally, much of LHI’s programming focuses on expanding opportunities for women and girls.
 
In 2004, Chajul resident Pedro Caba and California social worker Katie Morrow formed a Guatemalan NGO and launched a scholarship and youth development program supporting 10 students and their families, and in 2009, LHI received 501(c)(3) status in the United States. We now support 60 middle and high school students, providing them with built-in support services including tutoring and computer classes, a work-study program, career counseling, Spanish courses, and educational activities. These students are selected from among those living in extreme poverty; despite their challenges, over 80% achieve grades equal to or higher than their classmates. In 2010, LHI opened Chajul’s first community library in the county, Saber Sin Límites. The library has 1,500 members, and an average of 40 children attend each Story Hour session. Our team, led by local women, seeks the best ways to support community-driven development and education in partnership with the people of Chajul.

Impact Statement

LHI brings opportunity, not charity, to the impoverished, indigenous community of Chajul, Guatemala. We help bright, motivated students who can’t afford to attend middle or high school to pursue their educational and professional dreams. We help these youth to become leaders who help their communities, inspire others, and contribute to the local economy. We invite young children into the library, where they build foundational literacy skills before they can attend school at age 7 or 8. We help mothers to provide for their families by employing them to do important work. And we do all of this while supporting and respecting the Ixil Maya culture and language. Equally important, the work is sustainable, with local staff taking on increasing responsibility each year.

Our library now serves 1500 members with an average age of 11. Youth take advantage of the 5,000 titles, academic support from two librarians, and educational programming during school vacation. Young children attend story hour and arts and crafts, with an average of 40 attending each one.
 
Our youth development program serves 60 youth and their families. We have now supported 18 youth—youth who would otherwise dropped out after primary school—from seventh grade through high school graduation. This is an extraordinary accomplishment in a community where only 1% graduates from high school. 81% of our youth, who were selected based on economic need, have grades equal to or higher than their school averages.
 
In this community where the vast majority of adults are illiterate and scarred from the war, the change is palpable. The children have grown up in the shadow of the war and suffered its repercussions. Many of their parents abuse alcohol or them; years of trauma are internalized and reproduced. But for our youth, who love to read, their futures are full of possibilities. LHI provides the building blocks for success, and the youth have begun to dream in ways their parents never dared to.

Needs Statement

 Our goals are to:

1) Raise $200,000 to sustain and strengthen existing programming.

2) Support local staff to lead the vast majority of the work.

3) Advance our mission and improve outcomes for the people of Chajul.

 

To accomplish these ambitious goals, we seek the following supports:

1. LHI seeks new board members with one or more of the following characteristics: Guatemalan heritage, fundraising experience and potential, financial and managerial skills, and experience in the international development field.

2.  LHI seeks funds for the library, which is bringing literacy and a culture of reading to a new generation of children who are hungry to learn. Funds pay for indigenous women to receive training to be librarians, for their salaries and a small health benefit, for supplies and school books, and for rent and electricity in the building.

3. LHI seeks funds to support indigenous Ixil youth, primarily girls, to attend and succeed in middle school and high school. In a place where only 11% graduate from middle school and 1% from high school, these youth would not be able to persist in school without LHI's support. We provide career counseling, tutoring, Spanish classes, work-study jobs, and scholarships to ensure students can succeed academically and professionally.


CEO Statement

Note: The U.S. 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Limitless Horizons Ixil, Inc. is the controlling organization for a Guatemalan NGO entitled, "Asociacion Integral Prodesarrollo Horizontes Sin Limites ONG." 

Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

Internationally
LHI serves the municipality of Chajul, which is located in the Ixil region of the Department of Quiché in Guatemala's western highlands. Isolated by beautiful mountains, the community has maintained its rich Ixil Mayan traditions and language.

Organization Categories

  1. International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security - International Development
  2. Education - Student Services
  3. Education - Libraries

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

Yes

Programs

Artisan Program

 

LHI’s Artisan Program offers girls and women the opportunity to create woven and embroidered artisan products such as scarves, headbands, bookmarks, and bracelets in exchange for fair wages and professional training. As women are at a particular disadvantage in Chajul, this program serves to provide consistent, fair wage employment to women and girls and help them build valuable artistic and business skills, thereby allowing them to become more self-sufficient and confident in their ability to overcome poverty. The weaving designs of the Ixil region are widely known for their ornate embroidered figures and high-quality textiles. Product designs are chosen through design contests, allowing our artisans to be creative and give the products a true Chajul look. LHI pays the women a fair price for the artisan products, and then sells them internationally to raise funds to support our programs, thus directly returning the proceeds to the community.

 

 

Budget  $16,954.00
Category  Employment, General/Other
Population Served Latin America & the Caribbean Females International
Program Short-Term Success 

·   Women understand and can meet product quality standards and design-styles.

·   Women come-up with their own designs and work together to set and review production goals.

·   Women have developed skills important to their professional and personal success.

·   Women are provided with consistent employment at a fair-wage.

Program Long-Term Success 

The benefits of the program are threefold:

·        Income: Mothers are able to support their family financially; scholars earn money to invest in their education.

·        Independence: Income means decision-making power over how money is spent. For the first time, a mother can buy her child a notebook or pay for her child’s healthcare expenses, rather than needing to ask her husband for money to support their child to thrive.

·        Involvement: The artisans come into the Limitless Horizons Ixil Community Center to drop off finished products on a regular basis, and we use this time intentionally to build relationships. This trust between staff and mothers enables us to openly discuss their child’s academic progress and engage them in their child’s success.

Program Success Monitored By 

Progress is monitored by staff observations, interviews with program participants, inventory tracking system and accounting records. 

Examples of Program Success 

During 2012 our artisan program tripled in size. We now provide 50 LHI youth and women with a total of 10,969 hours of work at a fair wage.

 

“The income I earn from the artisan program I use for my kids’ education. I’m really proud of my weavings…. I’m also teaching my youngest daughter how to weave so that she can have this knowledge, share my pride, and have the ability to earn a bit of money.” - Maria, mother and talented artisan

LHI Youth Development Program

 

Most in Chajul, and especially girls, complete only primary school, after which schooling is costly. To attend public school, students face fees for uniforms, supplies, and tuition. In addition, school takes time away from income-generating work on which families rely. Given the research on the positive effects of improving educational outcomes (especially for girls) in poor communities like Chajul, LHI provides financial, academic, professional, and emotional support to middle and high school students, two-thirds of which are girls.

 
Motivated Ixil youth in extreme economic need are selected to receive scholarships as well as a full range of support services to ensure their academic, professional and personal success. These include: tutoring, computer classes, career guidance, a 60-hour intensive Spanish course, a work-study program, life-skills workshops, and family and individual counseling sessions.  

 

Budget  $74,763.00
Category  Education, General/Other Student Services
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Adults Families
Program Short-Term Success 

 

We have the following short-term goals related to student achievement, program participation, and student satisfaction:

 

  • 95% of LHI youth in middle school continue onto the next grade level each year.
  • 80% of LHI youth attain GPAs equal to or higher than their class averages.
  • Over 50% of eligible students participate in work-study and tutoring opportunities.
  • Over 85% of students are satisfied with the program.

 

 

Program Long-Term Success 

 

We seek to fuel a new generation of Chajulenses who are literate, bilingual (Ixil/Spanish), community-oriented, ambitious, educated, and capable of launching professional careers which provide economic stability for themselves and their families. By investing in the academic, professional, and character development of young people, we also plant the seeds for new leadership; our students will one day be the teachers, business owners, and politicians leading Chajul into the future. 

 

 

Program Success Monitored By 

 

We analyze student grades, program attendance records, data from youth surveys, data from program observations, and reflections from parents, teachers, and local staff to understand progress, set goals, and make program adjustments.


 

Examples of Program Success 

 

In Guatemala, only 33% of youth who start middle school studies successfully graduate. In the Chajul area, the most-highly impoverished area of Guatemala, the percentage falls well below this national average. Yet, the LHI program has an 80% middle school graduation rate.

 

Over 70% of LHI youth pursue a high school education after graduating from middle school. This is a huge success in a community where only 11% graduate from middle school, and especially for youth who would not have attended middle school at all without LHI’s support.

 

Although our scholarship students are selected from those in extreme economic need, 81% of them had a GPA equal to or greater than the school average. 97% of all middle school students were promoted to the next grade level.

 

“Limitless Horizons Ixil has nurtured my personal development and taught me important lessons, allowing me to walk towards a better future for myself and my family.” - Josefina, graduated LHI scholar and current university student

 


Saber Sin Límites Community Library

LHI opened the county’s first public library, Saber Sin Límites (Limitless Knowledge), in 2010 to address several needs. Schools do not have books; our library has the resources students need to complete assignments. Homes are smoky and poorly lit; the library provides a quiet and well-lit space for students, teachers, and others. In Chajul, there is no culture of reading and only a quarter of adults are literate; the library supports the practice of reading, extending the 4.5-hour school day for students and bringing the written word to children and adults.

 

LHI’s librarians, Ixil women, hold bilingual Ixil/Spanish story hours followed by arts and crafts, teaching the basics of the Spanish language, literacy, and school readiness to young children. During the school vacation, children are invited to attend half-day fun educational and literacy development activities. Librarians attend to 250 users each week, and host 80 kids weekly at story hours.

Budget  $36,142.00
Category  Education, General/Other Library
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adults
Program Short-Term Success 

We currently strive for the following indicators of short-term success:

*Increased number of library users each year

*Demographics of library users match the intended target population.

*Increased access to books and literacy materials

*Increased interest in reading and learning

*Increased interest in learning Spanish

*Participants are exposed to the Spanish language earlier than would otherwise be the case.

*A space conducive to studying, learning, meeting, and interacting with others in the community is provided.

*Library provides community members with employment opportunities

*Local employees operate and sustain the library and its services.

*Students receive support and assistance with finding, evaluating, and using information effectively.

*Students receive the support and assistance needed to successfully complete assignments and study for exams.

Program Long-Term Success 

 

Over the long term, we aim to: (1) improve Spanish language and literacy skills of library users; (2) Develop local human capital (of both those working in the library and those using the library’s resources to build academic and professional skills); (3) shift attitudes toward literacy and education; (4) improve information literacy among library users; and (5) improve the academic achievement of library users.

Program Success Monitored By 

 

LHI is using the following evaluation tools to measure the library’s success: student report cards, user surveys, observation, library user database, library collections database, and in-person polls.

Examples of Program Success 

As of 2013, the library has over 1500 users, with an average age of 11. 60% of library users are female. Each week an average of 250 people use the library’s 5,000 books. Story hour attracted 400 participants in 2013, with an average of 40 showing up at each story hour. Ninety four percent of students feel the library has what they need to complete their school assignments, and 90% of students feel they receive adequate help in the library.

 
The library employs and trains two local female librarians, and several high school work-study students. 
 
“Being in the library is beautiful—it’s a quiet place where no one bothers me. In my home, sometimes my cousins come to play, and they won’t let me be. But in the library, I can read and be captivated by books!” - Mardoqueo, avid library user

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Katie Morrow
CEO Term Start Jan 2005
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Katie grew up in California and earned her Bachelor's Degree in Community Studies from University of California, Santa Cruz in 1998 when she was 18 years old. She subsequently traveled and worked around the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean. Katie went back to school to study social work with a focus on international communities, and graduated with her Master's in Social Work from San Jose State in 2002. She has spent much of the last seven years in Guatemala, and has long been working to relieve poverty by supporting sustainable community development, education, and human rights. 
Co-CEO Pedro Caba
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Pedro Caba Asicona Co-Founder and Advisory Director Pedro, a Civil Engineer and Mayan culture specialist, grew up in Chajul, Quiché, Guatemala, with few educational opportunities. He was raised shining shoes, carrying firewood, and working in the fields. Through luck, sacrifice, and a lot of hard work he was able to complete a certificate in Mayan World Studies and a university degree in Civil Engineering at the University of San Carlos in Guatemala City. Pedro is the first person from Chajul to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree from a university. Pedro is LHI’s legal representative, and is responsible for government relations, legal compliance, and financial security in Guatemala. As he works full-time as an engineer, he is not on LHI's payroll but continues to volunteer in this role and advise through his membership on our Guatemala Board of Directors. 
Isabel Verónica Yat Tiu Program Director Verónica is from Chajul, and now resides in Nebaj with her husband and three children. Verónica is fluent in Spanish, two forms of Ixil, and Quiché. Through hard work, the help of a scholarship and sacrifice from her mother, Verónica counts herself as one of the very few lucky women from Chajul to go to university and become a professional. She grew up and went to primary school in Chajul and finished high school in Quetzaltenango with a focus as a bilingual secretary. She studied Business Administration at a university in Quiche. Verónica has extensive NGO experience as secretary, community organizer and case manager with Chajul’s health center, Con Tierra, Proyecto Ixil, and Save the Children. Verónica feels that it is important for her to return to Chajul and provide opportunities for her people. She believes that "with the support of the people, together we can work together on community development and make a real difference."

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
Top-Rated Education Nonprofit Great Nonprofits 2011

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Note: Employee numbers include employees of the U.S. 501(c)(3) as well as the Guatemalan NGO it controls.

Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 6
Number of Part Time Staff 2
Number of Volunteers 8
Number of Contract Staff 3
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 4
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 7
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 9
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan --
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit --
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Governance


Board Chair Ms. Jessica Sherman
Board Chair Company Affiliation n/a
Board Chair Term Jan 2013 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Christie Leighton Reynolds Packaging Group Voting
Katie Morrow Limitless Horizons Ixil Voting
Ms. Lindsey Musen BPE Voting
Laura Myers BUILD Voting
Lindsay Renaud Goss Gilroy Inc. Voting
Ms. Molly Robbins Infor-Med Voting
Mr. Kevin Saunders ACCION International Voting
Jessica Sherman graduate student Voting
Ms. Courtney Rebecca Wong BronxWorks Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Margarita Consuel Aguilar Palacios Tienda y Zapateria Margarita Voting
Pedro Caba Asicona -- --
Ricardo Tomas Guzman Cedillo Community Enterprise Solutions Voting
Elma Elizabeth Noriega Rodas -- --
Edgar Baudilio Velasco Gomez Miscelanea Xhun Chee Voting
Isabel Verónica Yat Tiu Limitless Horizons Ixil Voting

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 8
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 8
Male: 1
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 89%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 11%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Board Governance
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Finance
  • Program / Program Planning

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Executive Director Katie Morrow is governed by the U.S. Board of Directors. She also seeks guidance from our Guatemala Board of Directors, the LHI Student Council, and local staff in Chajul.

Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2013 to Dec 31, 2013
Projected Income $174,704.00
Projected Expense $174,704.00
Form 990s

2016 LHI Form 990

2015 LHI Form 990

2014 LHI Form 990

2013 LHI Form 990

2012 LHI Form 990

2011 LHI Form 990

2010 LHI Form 990

2009 LHI Form 990

Audit Documents

2016 Review

2015 Review

2014 Review

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $348,398 $236,639 $345,088
Total Expenses $251,399 $197,128 $189,744

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- $0 $0
Individual Contributions $329,191 $223,866 $328,153
Indirect Public Support -- $0 $0
Earned Revenue $13,754 $10,959 $16,924
Investment Income, Net of Losses $5,453 $1,814 $11
Membership Dues -- $0 $0
Special Events -- $0 $0
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- $0 $0

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $192,453 $150,663 $159,577
Administration Expense $18,778 $13,752 $14,318
Fundraising Expense $40,168 $32,713 $15,849
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.39 1.20 1.82
Program Expense/Total Expenses 77% 76% 84%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 12% 15% 5%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $494,823 $381,223 $342,022
Current Assets $335,260 $281,724 $339,399
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $26,185 $15,478 $12,082
Total Net Assets $468,638 $365,745 $329,940

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy --
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 6.00

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 12.80 18.20 28.09

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Note: 990s contain only information about the U.S. 501(c)(3) and not the Guatemalan NGO it controls. Transfers from the U.S. nonprofit to the NGO appear as "Grants Paid" under expenses. Additional revenue was also secured directly by the NGO to serve the programs described in this profile. Operationally we function as a single organization with a single budget. Legally, we appear as two separate organizations.
 
Expenses reflected in the charts are driven by 990 data, excluding financial activity happening exclusively within the NGO in Guatemala. Therefore, they are skewed, showing more of our fundraising and administrative expenses and less of our programmatic expenses. Please contact us for complete financial information. 

Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in charts and graphs are per the organization's IRS Form 990s.  Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.

Documents


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.

Impact

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