Pionero Philanthropy has reviewed data on
over 15,000 registered nonprofits in Guatemala
Our Criteria For Nonprofits
Pionero Philanthropy’s goal is to provide accurate and up-to-date information about nonprofits operating in Guatemala. We have reviewed data on over 15,000 registered nonprofits in Guatemala against our nonprofit criteria. All organizations listed in our map and database must meet our definition of a nonprofit and be working to improve conditions in Guatemala in at least one of our theme areas.
How Does Pionero Philanthropy
Define "Nonprofit Organization"?
Each government has different requirements to determine eligibility and legal registration of nonprofit organizations. In the United States, organizations receive 501(c)3 nonprofit status based on a definition provided by the IRS. In Guatemala, organizations receive either Guatemalan Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status or Guatemalan Association status based on definitions provided by Guatemalan Congress.
In order to create a standard across these contexts, Pionero Philanthropy has created our own definition.
Pionero Philanthropy agrees that “non-profit organizations are established with the aim of providing public services to communities where they operate, making them as an intermediary between citizens and authorities” (Ciucescu, 2009) and that:
The primary function is the elimination of social problems or the suffering caused by social problems.
The purpose is to meet public needs, for the common good.
There is limited political involvement and no advancement of private political interests.
Faith-based organizations work for social good not for the advancement of their religion.
The mission must be for public benefit, not organized or operated for the benefit of any private interest.
Profits must be used for charitable activities, net earnings may not benefit any private shareholder or an individual.
To help us sort through nonprofits and to identify partnership status, Pionero Philanthropy has created a system of parameters. These parameters allow us to determine if a nonprofit is Eligible for Partnership or Non-Eligible for Partnership, a Partner, or a Discontinued Partner. These are defined as follows:
To be eligible for partnership a nonprofit must:
- Be registered in Guatemala and/or the United States
- Have a constitution or bylaws providing legal statutes for operation
- Have fiscal solvency (that is they, financially, must at least break even)
- Meet Pionero Philanthropy’s definition of a nonprofit
- Meet the nano-large size categorization
- Have a public presence online with recent activity within a 1 year period of time
- Have no proven evidence of illegal, fraudulent, corrupt or unethical activity
A nonprofit that does not meet the requirements for eligibility is immediately categorized as ineligible. Non-eligibility status may be reconsidered in the future. If any nonprofit has doubts about their non-eligibility status, please contact Pionero Philanthropy.
To form and maintain a partnership an eligible nonprofit must:
- Maintain all eligibility requirements
- Complete all preliminary forms, evaluations, and site visits
- Provide all requested documents
- Annually update all information with Pionero Philanthropy
- Have values that align with Pionero Philanthropy
- Maintain good communication with Pionero Philanthropy (ie. timely, honest and respectful)
- Maintain a positive status and reputation within the community
- Have less than 3 fundraising staff abroad
A partner may be discontinued if they cannot maintain the partnership parameters. Discontinued status may be reconsidered in the future. If any nonprofit has doubts about their discontinued partnership status, please contact Pionero Philanthropy.
Our Theme Areas
Pionero Philanthropy categorizes Guatemalan nonprofits into nine crucial theme areas, based on their missions and work:
YOUTH & CHILDREN
WOMEN & GIRLS
More than 80% of the indigenous population lives under conditions of multidimensional poverty, meaning they suffer various deprivations associated with poverty such as lack of education, poor health, violence and dangerous living conditions.
Search our database to learn how Guatemalan nonprofits are working to improve these rates.
Nonprofit Size Scale & Target Partner Nonprofits
Nonprofit size is measured by the annual budget of nonprofit organizations. Improving upon pre-established definitions of nonprofit size by the United States IRS, Pionero Philanthropy has redefined a nonprofit size scale to provide more visibility to low budget nonprofits with the inclusion of a nano nonprofit category.
We aim to provide philanthropic support and assistance where it is most relevant and help support small nonprofits in Guatemala. This led to the creation of Pionero Philanthropy’s target partner distribution.
Our size scale and target partner distribution are shown in the diagram to the left.
Target Partner Nonprofit Registration Distribution
Pionero Philanthropy strives to apply our methodology to a larger number of Guatemalan Registered organizations (Associations & NGOs) than to 501(c)3 registered organizations. As 501(c)3 organizations tend to receive more publicity in the United States, we hope to shine a light on those who have not been previously publicly evaluated for the United States philanthropic sector.
As donations to Guatemalan registered organizations do not provide tax benefits in the United States, Pionero Philanthropy acts as a 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor to provide our Guatemalan registered partner nonprofits access to this large scale funding source.
Pionero Philanthropy’s Target Partner Registration Distribution:
- Guatemalan Registered Associations or NGOs
Target- 75% of total partners
- Organizations both registered as a US 501(c)3 organization and a Guatemalan Association or NGO
Target- 20% of total partners
- US Registered 501(c)3 organizations working in Guatemala
Target- 5% of total partners