Educational Institutions


Lighting the way to leadership

aka GSSG

Morrisville, NC


Our mission is to partner with disadvantaged Guatemalan communities to provide greater educational opportunities for their children. GSSG partners with other like-minded organizations to support improved educational infrastructure for elementary and middle schools in Guatemala. GSSG also award scholarships to disadvantaged students, with leadership and academic potential, to attend Guatemalan high schools and universities. Opportunities for short periods of study in the USA will be provided if organizational resources permit. While in the program, all students will sign contracts covering the conditions of their scholarships and the expectations for community service focused on improving the educational opportunities for their fellow Guatemalans.

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Executive Director

Dr. Thomas J Goehl

Main Address

PO Box 90

Morrisville, NC 27560 USA


Guatemala, disadvantaged students, Maya, scholarships, education





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Poverty in Guatemala is directly related to problems in the educational opportunities for its citizens. There are two main issues: first, there is inadequate investment of resources in the Guatemalan educational system; second, there exists extremely unequal distribution of educational opportunities among the population.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Improve Educational Infrastructure

Provide High School and University Scholarships

Where we work

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

GSSG's program tries to address difficult socio-economic problems in Guatemala by promoting an improved educational infrastructure in Guatemala and providing scholarship opportunities for disadvantaged youth, primarily from the indigenous population.

GSSG differs significantly from other organizations' missions in that, instead of working to supply ephemeral necessities, GSSG takes a very long-term view of how to assist Guatemalans in meeting their needs.

1) Develop a fundraising plan and budget to support GSSG's fiscal needs; 2) Develop a plan to expand GSSG's assistance to students attending Guatemalan universities; 3) Develop an expanded workshop program to provide team building and a broader educational experience for students; 4) Develop a plan for more efficient recruiting efforts through the new internship program; 5) Develop a plan for establishing partnerships with other like-minded nonprofits having education improvement as their missions to extend the impact of GSSG.

GSSG has many strengths: Strong group of civic-minded Americans who are passionate about justice, equality, and dignity for all Guatemalan people Well-conceived program to achieve GSSG's objectives Availability of bright students in Guatemala Long-term student-sponsorship program Dedicated Guatemalan contact person Program developed in cooperation with the US Department of State

The major indicator of success of the project is the creation of a group of well-educated, altruistic leaders who upon graduation from college, commit to improving the educational system in their country.

To date, GSSG has contributed to the education of eighty-one disadvantaged Guatemalan students. Twenty-six students are now in colleges and universities in Guatemala, one is in Medical School and eight are in Guatemalan high schools (diversificado). Additional students will be added as funding becomes available. GSSG has also partnered with seven other organizations and is supporting teachers salaries, improved school buildings, and provided much needed school supplies. In December, 2019, GSSG sponsored a two-day workshop for forty-five participants. The workshop was held at Casa Damasco in Coban, Alta Verapaz in Guatemala. The nine presenters covered such topics as Poverty - Solutions; Tolerance, Acceptance and Inclusion; Leadership and Teamwork; and History of Overcoming among others.

How We Listen

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

Source: Self-reported by organization

the feedback loop
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How is the organization collecting feedback?
We regularly collect feedback through: paper surveys.
How is the organization using feedback?
We use feedback to: to identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, to make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, to inform the development of new programs/projects.
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
We share feedback with: the people we serve, our staff, our board.
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
It is difficult to: we don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback.
What significant change resulted from feedback
GSSG scholarship recipients have provided input to GSSG in the form of written evaluations after attending GSSG's Academic and Life Skills workshops. Their input has allowed GSSG to refocus the workshop program to better meet the needs of our scholarship recipients. GSSG has also opened up the workshops to non-scholarship recipients, thus expanding our impact.

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Board Leadership Practices

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Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?



Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?



Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?



Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?



Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


Organizational Demographics

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? This organization has voluntarily shared information to answer this important question and to support sector-wide learning. GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 05/13/2020


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & Ethnicity
Gender Identity
Male, Not Transgender (Cisgender)
Sexual Orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability Status
Person without a disability

Race & Ethnicity

Gender Identity

Sexual Orientation


Equity Strategies

Last updated: 05/13/2020

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more


We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.

Policies and processes

We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.