Frostburg, MD   |
GuideStar Charity Check


EIN: 22-1500538


Hope is a Christian, non-denominational, and non-profit organization working in partnership with local leaders and churches in rural Guatemala to effect lasting change in their communities. We do this by building long-term partnerships with local churches and ministries training leaders and developing culturally appropriate programs that share the Gospel of Christ through Biblical, Medical, and School education.

Ruling year info


Principal Officer

Rev. Richard Carey

Main address

PO Box 833

Frostburg, MD 21532 USA

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Subject area info

Elementary education


Population served info



Non-adult children

NTEE code info

Christian (X20)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a church.

Tax forms

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The rural areas of Quiche, Guatemala are filled with talented, creative, capable hard-working people who are doing their best to care for their families and communities. They are not asking for charity. They are looking for the opportunity to address their personal and community needs in the face of limited educational and economic opportunities. Schools at best provide education up to the sixth grade with an inconsistent school calendar. The agrarian economy is largely dependent on coffee which is controlled by profit margins of entities far away. The opportunity for medical care is inconsistent and the majority are hours away from a diagnosis and medicine. And most importantly the spiritual communities are often led by well-meaning but poorly trained leaders.

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?


Run:Hope is a holistic, long-term program to strengthen teachers, students and communities to build successful básico (middle school) programs that will nurture a generation of future leaders for Quiché.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

H.O.P.E. Bible Mission (HBM) has four core objectives which will affect long term change in the community.

1. Strengthen the local churches through Biblical education of the leaders and helping to develop ministries in the church and community.

2. Provide accessible basic medical care through regular clinics provided by medical volunteers and education of local first responders.

3. Provide long term change through offering middle school and high school education.

4. Starting economic partnership initiatives with local leaders

HBM is responding to these needs based on two foundational principles. First that the basis for all solutions is Spiritual and we begin with the local church. We believe that the transformation that occurs when accepting Christ as Savior is what motivates leaders to care for others. The Spiritual solution through Christ gives hope to keep working in the face of adversity providing an eternal perspective. Discipled churches share this hope with others. Spiritually transformed church communities care for the needs of their communities as an expression of the love of Christ.

The second foundational principle is that all solutions occur with partnership. The need is for partnership not paternalism. True change will only occur through programs and projects where resources from all those involved are pooled to achieve solutions. We believe that our brothers and sisters of the rural communities are vital partners as together we each provide our strengths and experience.

Based on these two principles HBM in partnership with local ministries continues to develop the following programs:

Biblical Leadership - As Biblical leaders are trained they become the partners to share the hope of Christ with their communities through evangelism and addressing the physical needs of the communities. The churches may not have the financial resources or experience to fully address the needs of the communities. HBM works in partnership with these leaders to find solutions and resources.

Medical Clinics - Volunteer medical workers from Guatemala City and the monthly to the communities to address the immediate needs of the community. Donated financial and medical resources are also provided to ease the medical needs. Regional clinics are established as a base to extend the care to a larger geographical area.

First Responder Training – In coordination with the Medical Clinics is a long-term program of training local first responders for the communities for when a trained medical worker is not available. Many of these First Responders are from the local churches though the program is open to all in the community.

Run:Hope Program – Since local education ends at the 6th grade there is a cooperation with the local church leaders, other community leaders, and parents to offer middle school education. The program provides financial assistance for 50% of each student. The program also provides teacher scholarships for further education since the majority of teacher have not had the opportunity for college education. The principle behind the teacher scholarship is the need for raising the level of quality in the education. Each school has specific community projects to build a sense of civic duty.

Economic Initiatives – At present HBM has a partnership with local coffee growers to provide a market in the U.S. for their product providing at least 25% increase in income.

HBM is uniquely prepared to address these challenges in the rural communities for three reasons:

1. Partnership – HBM has developed and has key partnerships with National ministries that are geared for their areas of focus. AGAPE ministry is the partner for church discipleship. Salud Que Transforma is the medical ministry partner. HBM is presently in the process of developing the
Run:Hope education ministry. And HBM is working with Café de la Esperanza.

2. Local Relationships – HBM has been working in the rural communities of Guatemala since 1997. With strong experience and relationships HBM has been able to develop culturally appropriate programs.

3. Ministry Team - HBM has a strong ministry team on the ground in Guatemala composed entirely of Guatemalans.

Biblical Leadership
1. Two programs completed the four-year program with the successful graduation of 23 leaders
2. Three programs will continue into 2020
3. Two new programs will begin in new locations in 2020
4. An association of churches is being formed in Chel to partner with HBM, AGAPE and Salud que Transforma in the development of a Community Clinic and Training Center

Medical Programs
1. The LaPerla Clinic was recognized as the top clinic program in the Anacafe association
2. The prenatal program has continued to result in almost zero occurrences of infant mortality
3. The Chel clinic has been operational for one year and will be moved to the Community Clinic and Training Center in 2020
4. The First Responders program which took a pause in 2019 will begin after the completion of the Community Clinic and Training Center

Run:Hope Program
1. 220 students successfully completed the school year
2. 23 teachers completed a full year of college training
3. Two schools completed their community service projects
4. 28 teachers have applied for scholarships in the college program

Site visits have been complete for the potential addition of a new community in 2020

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 and remedy poor client service experiences, 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 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 look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), 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 the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to access the people due to distance and lack of communication


Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
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Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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

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Principal Officer

Rev. Richard Carey


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 06/07/2023
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Board chair

Dr. Kevin Chin

The River Church

Term: 2019 - 2023

Kevin Chin

Grace Liu

Wai Lai

Richard Carey

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 ? Yes
  • 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 12/14/2021

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
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Sexual orientation


Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/14/2021

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 ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.