Joseph & Elizabeth Quansah Foundation

Providing College Scholarships to Excellent but Needy Students in Ghana

aka JEQ Foundation   |   Auburn, AL   |  https://www.jequansahfoundation.org/

Mission

Our mission is to provide need-based college scholarships to students who have achieved academic excellence in Ghana, West Africa.

Notes from the nonprofit

JEQ Foundation is in the process of collaborating with both USA and Ghanaian corporate entities for laptop, scholarship sponsorships and internship opportunities for scholarship recipients in Ghana, West Africa.

Ruling year info

2019

Co-Founder & Co-President

Dr. Joseph Ivy Quansah Dr.

Co-Founder & Co-President

Dr. Elizabeth Ivy Quansah

Main address

P.O. Box 3524

Auburn, AL 36831-3524 USA

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EIN

84-3539460

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

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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?

Need-Based College Scholarships for students in Ghana, West Africa

What We Do
We Provide
Tuition scholarship
• Funding for undergraduate tuition ($500 - $1,100 per year)
• Funding for college application fees ($30 - $50 per application)
• Support to high school graduates transitioning into colleges and universities in Ghana ($600 per year)

Housing Support
• Full or partial support for housing fee ($300 per year)

Technology
• Laptops (for selected recipients)

Student Support
• Academic advising
• Career guidance
• Counselling
• Mentorship
• Graduate school preparation

Population(s) Served
Social and economic status
Age groups
Ethnic and racial groups

Where we work

Awards

Global Impact Award 2022

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Kappa Chi Chapter

Affiliations & memberships

Member, Auburn Chamber of Commerce 2022

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve excellence but underserved Ghanaian college students in Ghana, West Africa.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), What's group chat discussion forum,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Paying It Forward is the only mandatory condition for receiving JEQ Foundation's scholarship. The goal is for recipients to give back to their local communities after gainful employment but in one of our zoom listening sessions early this year, we added a mandatory 15 hours community services that we require all our scholarship recipients to perform outside their colleges, churches and mosques to Pay It Forward to their local communities and also impact lives in their own small ways. This new addition came about as a result of our quarterly advisory and listening session we have for our recipients. We realized that this mandatory community service will help our recipients to establish networks for potential employment after graduating from college and will also give them experience.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Getting feedback from our scholarship recipients and our Ghanaian representatives has helped JEQ Foundation to structure its programs such as mentoring sessions, academic advising, and even scholarships package to address the needs of our current and prospective recipients. For our nonprofits, feedback from scholarship recipients, and our Ghanaian representatives is crucial to the performance and growth of our nonprofits. It helps to tell our story and cause to our existing and potential donors.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Joseph & Elizabeth Quansah Foundation

Board of directors
as of 07/12/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Dr. Joseph Quansah

Joseph & Elizabeth Quansah Foundation

Term: 2019 - 2024


Board co-chair

Dr. Elizabeth I Quansah

Joseph & Elizabeth Quansah Foundation

Term: 2019 - 2024

Linda Broz

Auburn University OLLI/JEQ Foundation

Dr. Valarie Thomas

Auburn University/JEQ Foundation

Dr. Elikem Gbeddy

Veterans Affairs, Hope Mills, NC/JEQ Foundation

Dr. Catherine Sam

Franciscan Alliance in Lafayette, Indiana/JEQ Foundation

Mrs. Scott Wagoner-Bishop

Auburn University/JEQ Foundation

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? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/12/2022

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
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/09/2022

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
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 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.