Be Humanitarian

Creating exceptional individuals who believe our duty is to improve the lives of those in need.

aka GHT   |   PLEASANT GRV, UT   |
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Be Humanitarian

EIN: 82-5072191


At Be Humanitarian™ our mission is to inspire our volunteers to become global citizens and take a hands-on role in the world around them. We believe our duty is to improve the lives of those in need. We aim to improve the future of some of Guatemala’s most impoverished people, and help them to break the poverty cycle through early nutrition, education and self sustainability.

Notes from the nonprofit

Join us while we explore the culture, and beauty of Guatemala. We spend an entire week volunteering with our preschool and nutrition program. We prepare breakfast and lunch, deliver backpacks, and school supplies, deliver hundreds of pounds of books, school supplies, and much-needed donations to local families. We will work in the local community to improve their lives with projects such as; install wood-burning stoves, water filters, bookcases, bedding, mattresses, boxes of food, etc. We will visit homes and get to know our families, play with the children, deliver powdered milk, formula, and needed supplies to our sponsored nutrition program. When we are not at our preschool we explore other parts of Guatemala and hike or ride horseback up a volcano and roast marshmallows on hot pockets in the lava, visit Lake Atitlan, explore ruins, visit the black sand beach, shop local markets, and laugh a lot.

Ruling year info



Mrs October (Tobie) Baxter-Spears


Darrin Baxter

Main address



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Subject area info

Arts and culture

Vocational education

Adult education

Out-of-school learning

College preparation

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Population served info

Children and youth




Widows and widowers

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NTEE code info

International Student Exchange and Aid (Q22)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

Tax forms

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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?

Be Humanitarian

Our mission is to inspire our volunteers to become global citizens and take a hands-on role in the world around them. We believe our duty is to improve the lives of those in need. We want to improve the future of some of Guatemala’s most impoverished people, and help them to break the poverty cycle through early nutrition and self sustainability.
As a volunteer in Guatemala you will build connections with your group and the Guatemalan people. We believe there is value in service on both ends. Not only as a volunteer will you grow but you will also help the communities in which we serve grow. By serving these communities, you are making a difference now and for generations to come. Here are a few ideas of what we do.... we prepare breakfast and lunch, plant gardens, volunteer in the local community, deliver hundreds of pounds of books, backpacks and school supplies to our preschool and local school, offer love and hope to all those we come in contact with and have an absolute blast!

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Non-adult children

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Utah Business Magazine - Women of the Year (Founder Tobie Spears) 2020

International Business Philanthropist of the Year 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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    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, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • 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 aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, 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


Be Humanitarian
Fiscal year: May 01 - Apr 30

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0.00 over 6 years

Months of cash in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0.3 over 6 years

Fringe rate in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0% over 6 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Be Humanitarian

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: May 01 - Apr 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: May 01 - Apr 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: May 01 - Apr 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Business model indicators

Profitability info 2023
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $10,910
As % of expenses 5.0%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $10,910
As % of expenses 5.0%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $229,804
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0%
Program services revenue 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0%
Investment income 0.0%
Government grants 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 100.0%
Other revenue 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $218,893
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0%
Personnel 0.0%
Professional fees 3.7%
Occupancy 0.0%
Interest 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0%
All other expenses 96.3%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2023
Total expenses (after depreciation) $218,893
One month of savings $18,241
Debt principal payment $0
Fixed asset additions $0
Total full costs (estimated) $237,134

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2023
Months of cash 1.6
Months of cash and investments 1.6
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 4.2
Balance sheet composition info 2023
Cash $29,097
Investments $0
Receivables $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.0%
Unrestricted net assets $76,113
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A
Total restricted net assets $0
Total net assets $76,113

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2023
Material data errors No


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

Letter of Determination is not available for this organization
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization


Mrs October (Tobie) Baxter-Spears

Tobie graduated from the University of Utah with degrees in Sociology and Political Science and a Certificate in Criminology. She is lucky enough to have an awesome husband, two amazing daughters and three crazy cats. Tobie fell in love with traveling when she was 17 and backpacked through Europe and drove from Utah to Canada. During college she traveled to Mexico to participate in a study abroad program and after college she started traveling with her husband and daughters. In 2002 they spent 3 months backpacking through central Mexico and in 2013 they spent 12 days driving from Utah to Guatemala where they lived, worked, and volunteered. Tobie stays busy working as a birth and postpartum doula and running Be Humanitarian with Guatemalan Humanitarian Tours.


Darrin Baxter

Darrin is a guru at everything he does. He is a controller, RN and Contractor who pretty much loves solving problems and seeing the bigger picture. Darrin is an essential part of Be Humanitarian and graciously allows Tobie to spend their limited free time brainstorming ways to improve the lives of our community in Guatemala. Darrin is an awesome dad and goes to great lengths to keep a healthy supply of Guatemalan coffee on hand at all times.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 05/18/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Mr Darrin Baxter

William Bessette

Jennifer Wright

Danka Orellana

Dana Ball

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/27/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/29/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • 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 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.