We are the only organization in Guatemala utilizing a unique and comprehensive methodology based on academic best practices to evaluate nonprofits
About Pionero Philanthropy
Pionero Philanthropy is a nonprofit assessment organization that provides verified information about Guatemalan nonprofits for stakeholders to access online and via our consultancy services.
• Trustworthy, reliable & accurate expertise
• Innovative & bold
• Locally engaged & culturally competent
• Meaningful partnerships
Pionero Philanthropy visiting a local disability nonprofit
Our location within Guatemala allows us to witness the realities of the country firsthand. We personally visit each partner nonprofit to ensure open communication, comprehension, and honesty. This allows us to more effectively assess programming, verify funding use, and monitor and evaluate projects.
We have a large portfolio of vetted Guatemalan nonprofits working across various theme areas. We thoroughly assess all of our partner nonprofits, which are smaller in size and truly need assistance.
Our location in Guatemala means reduced overhead which translates into lower fees. Unlike other intermediaries, we do not take a percentage of donations; instead, we give the full donation amount to the nonprofit and charge a separate, reasonable fee for our consultancy and data services.
Our team is passionate about what we do and has years of international nonprofit experience, particularly in Guatemala.
Founder & Director
Harriette has 17 years experience in project and donor management for the nonprofit sector in many Latin American countries. Harriette has an MSc in NGOs and Development from the London School of Economics, where she won the Loch Exhibition Prize for Achievement. Harriette moved to Guatemala in 2015 and oversees operations at Pionero Philanthropy to ensure its vision and mission become a tangible reality. Watch Harriette’s story of why she started Pionero Philanthropy.
Head of Communications
Zita obtained her BA in Latin American Studies from Leiden University in the Netherlands. She is dedicated to making the world a better place by supporting nonprofit communications. With over three years of experience in nonprofit communications, she supports Pionero Philanthropy by managing the organization’s social media platforms, news dispatch, and newsletters sent to partner nonprofits and clients.
Administration & Data Specialist
Annie has over eight years of experience in Administration and Operations Management in nonprofit and social enterprise settings. She holds a BA in International Affairs and Spanish from the University of Mary Washington. At Pionero Philanthropy, Annie is responsible for data management and organization, as well as assisting with various administrative tasks.
Consultant & Content Creator
Daniel has over six years of experience in the Guatemalan nonprofit sector, with first hand experience of the challenges nonprofits and their beneficiaries have to overcome. Daniel holds a BA in Graphic Design & Marketing with studies in Psychology and Film and founded Vader Studio. Daniel provides Pionero Philanthropy with consultancy services and content creation including our brand identity, videography and photography.
Board of Advisors
Estefanía lives out her life’s mission to enable social and environmental impact as a trusted leadership coach, philanthropy expert, human rights lawyer, and board member. She is the founder of Aleph Leadership Corp., a coaching laboratory that helps leaders define their goals, decolonize their business practices, and build their legacy. Estefanía was selected as an Aspen Ideas scholar (2015), as a finalist for the Buffett Institute Award for Emerging Global Leaders (2017), one of the “10 Young Leaders Who Are Creating A Better World” (2017) and as a Black Fox Philanthropy Fellow.
Jarlath has 20 years of experience in charity leadership and management. He recently completed an Executive MBA with a focus on ensuring that business operations are established and aligned to deliver strategic priorities.
Jarlath is a business consultant specializing in supporting organizations to improve their organizational performance. In personal, voluntary and professional capacities, his motivation is providing opportunities and support to help individuals and organizations to achieve their potential.
Irannis is a Brand Specialist, Entrepreneur, and Business Mentor specialized in early-stage business projects. She is the CoFounder of Blooming, a design and brand consulting studio based in Seville, Spain, and has participated in the launch of over 50 business ideas. After being involved in several NPOs, Irannis got interested in Pionero Philanthropy and became the mentor of the Bridge For Billions Incubation Program that helped Pionero set the baseline of the organization. Now she joins the Board of Advisors to support the preservation and enrichment of our values.
2018 Annual Report
2019 Annual Report
2020 Annual Report
Theory of Change