We are the only organization in Guatemala utilizing a unique and comprehensive methodology based on academic best practices to evaluate nonprofits

About Pionero Philanthropy

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Pionero Philanthropy is a nonprofit assessment organization that provides verified information about Guatemalan nonprofits for stakeholders to access online and via our consultancy services.

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Pionero Philanthropy visiting a local disability nonprofit

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Local Presence

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.

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Assessment Methodology

We carefully evaluate our partner nonprofits using a unique methodology developed specifically for Guatemala, based on 5 pillars:

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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.

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Our Fees

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

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Our team is passionate about what we do and has years of international nonprofit experience, particularly in Guatemala.

Harriette Rothwell

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.

Zita Tangel

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.

Annie Durkin

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.

Daniel Casia

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.

Annual Reports

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2018 Annual Report

2019 Annual Report

Theory of Change

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Organization Policies

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Whistleblower Policy