Gibson Soto Foundation Inc

Make a difference in the life of a student

DANIA BEACH, FL   |  www.gibsonsotofoundation.org

Mission

The Gibson Soto Foundation supports higher education for adolescents from marginalized communities allowing them to achieve sustainable success for future generations.

Ruling year info

2018

President

Patricia Soto

Treasurer

Thomas Gibson

Main address

38 South Federal highway Suite 137-10

DANIA BEACH, FL 33004 USA

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EIN

82-1661840

NTEE code info

Student Services and Organizations (B80)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Gibson Soto Foundation works to break the poverty cycle by supporting young women from impoverished or marginalized communities in Mexico to complete university-level education and providing additional programs and developmental skills to integrate our women from poverty to middle class. Our mission: To serve the world by supporting higher education and full development for bright young women from marginalized communities in Mexico, allowing them to achieve sustainable success for future generations. Our vision: To break the cycle of poverty and achieve the sustainable development of communities through education, uplifting human beings, and generating peace and prosperity. The Gibson Soto Foundation is a 501c3 in the United States and a registered Private Assistance Institution (IAP) in Mexico. Our program focuses on empowering young women of Mexico to break the cycle of poverty through our programs of education, self-development, and life skills. We are helping women

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Structured Educational Student Program

The Gibson Soto Foundation has a structured program of sustained growth for their students. The Program is designed to enhance the student in not only the area of academics, but to support the development of a well-rounded life.

-Student must have maintained a grade average equivalent to the top 20% of his/her class.
-Total family income must be at or below the poverty level of their community.
-Student must have full support of their family or guardian.
- Student must maintain a GPA equivalent to the top 20% of total class.
-Student must learn a second language.
-Student must complete a community project during the term of The Program.
-Student must learn one additional skill or talent outside their school curriculum (i.e, musical instrument, art, sport, etc.).
-Student will have the opportunity to intern for The Foundation or other organization or firm.
-Student will have access to mentoring and other support in areas of personal need to enhance growth.
-Student receives tools and technology to support educational needs

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Children and youth

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

CEMEFI 2020

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of academic scholarships awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Structured Educational Student Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Providing education to marginalized youth is our mission. Increasing the number of scholarships we can award is important to the foundation.

Number of rallies/events/conferences/lectures held to further mission

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Structured Educational Student Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Creating events to bring awareness and support to the mission of this foundation is key to success. The foundation strives to continue building programs.

Number of students enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Indigenous peoples, People of Central American descent, Extremely poor people, Low-income people, Women and girls

Related Program

Structured Educational Student Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Each year, we strive to increase that number; however, the pandemic forced us to alter our programs to work remotely. In 2020, no students were added as planned.

Number of new donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Indigenous peoples, People of Central American descent, Women and girls, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Structured Educational Student Program

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Donations are how we serve our students, and we are grateful to all our donors for their support.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

We maintain a facility named La Cima, located in Queretaro, Mexico ( Learn More ), where our beneficiaries reside during their time enrolled in our program. Our young women are provided full room and board (private bedroom), fully-cooked nutritious meals, college tuition, all school and home supplies, and complete medical care. The facility offers a great home-like setting with a dining, kitchen, and living area, as well as a study area and large space used for group programs and events. Since the weather in Queretaro is moderate year-round, we have an exterior dining and study area and gardens. Our goal is to create a comfortable, safe setting where our amazing young women can focus on their development. The home is maintained with 24/7 staff.
The young woman's path begins with an orientation to the Gibson Soto program, and she will be evaluated by one of our expert psychologists. The physical and mental health of our women is always the priority of our work. We understand that our women come to us with unique challenges. Often, they are propelled into adulthood responsibilities during early childhood, causing developmental concerns. Poverty social and cultural norms are very much different than those of the middle class. Lastly, although our students are very bright, education quality typically leaves them one or two grades behind in major subjects such as math, reading, and writing. The early days of a young woman at La Cima are spent designing her unique program to ensure sustainable success after graduation.
Our mission does not end there. All graduates are welcome to continue in our after graduation program and provide volunteer support to the foundation as our ambassadors.

The Gibson Soto Foundation has developed a unique program to support young women's positive growth, prepare them to graduate with a college degree, and prepare them to integrate into a culture and life not experienced before. It is vital to understand that poverty life and thinking are very different from those of the middle class. Education alone is not enough to provide a fulfilling and sustainable life foundation for our graduates.
Like every good project, we start with a strong foundation that we call the Pillars of Integrity. We have five pillars: Respect, Generosity, Commitment, Excellence, and Honesty. We base our work around these principles and carry these principles through all aspects of our organizations.
Our beneficiaries have 24/7 access to La Cima staff, and there is always (24/7) a psychologist on site. Our program covers five development areas: Health and motor skills, Education and cultural Psycho-emotional, Social communications, and Professional and vocational. We accomplish these goals through workshops and training programs. These programs include self-love, self-esteem and confidence, communication and presentation skills, interview skills, and much more.
Our young women will learn English as a second language and be required to learn a second skill or talent of their desire. We see the importance of our students participating in enjoyable programs such as music, arts, sports, and hobbies as part of a well-balanced life.
Our young women will complete a community project and an internship with our foundation or local business through our mentorship program.
To ensure our students have the academic support they need, we provide a full tutoring program powered by volunteers from our local partner universities.

The goal for 2021 is to add three more young women to our program.

The Foundation has alliances with high schools in marginalized communities. Interested female students are provided applications, and qualified students will be interviewed by Foundation staff. Our Foundation team does all in-home in-person interviews with the beneficiaries and their families. The interview process is an important part of our program that helps to build a unique relationship with our beneficiaries and their families. Three young women will be selected and enter the orientation program. All beneficiaries receive full room and board, university tuition, supplies, life skills programs so they can focus on their future out of poverty. The Foundation has dedicated funds for this project.

The Foundation is currently working with specific rural schools to seek applicants for the upcoming semester (July). Applications will be received by June 15.

Financials

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Gibson Soto Foundation Inc

Board of directors
as of 5/12/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Patricia Soto

VentasMedicas Digital Marketing S RL CV

Term: 2017 - 2019


Board co-chair

Thomas Gibson

Memorial Healthcare System

Term: 2017 - 2019

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/20/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/15/2020

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

Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
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.