Guanlan Scholarship Foundation, Inc

Educate a girl today and she will create lasting change for the next generation. One girl, one village, many generations.

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Guanlan Scholarship Foundation, Inc

EIN: 74-3188763



Notes from the nonprofit

We are a small organization with intensive communication processes in place. All funds go to the operations in China: administration fee between 0-10% of annual contribution, and a minimum of 90% fo to scholarship grants. No funds go to staff. All US side operational costs for I.T. are donated by the president and CEO of the organization. We operate four to five teams of volunteers to assist in data analysis, social media and website development and management, translation, and operations.

Ruling year info



Dr. Vilma Seeberg

Main address

13901 Drexmore Rd

Cleveland, OH 44120 USA

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Subject area info

Equal opportunity in education

Elementary and secondary education

Vocational education

Education services

Disaster relief

Population served info

Children and youth

Immigrants and migrants

Economically disadvantaged people

NTEE code info

International Relief (Q33)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

Tax forms

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Village girls in China, Shaanxi Province, whose families can't provide the cash to enable their daughters to attend and graduate from K-12 schooling so they may change their life prospects, flourish, and give back. Having an education, especially a high school graduation, will assist in breaking the cycle of absolute poverty, and allow them to dream, and pursue their aspirations in safety, to become independent, confident women who will flourish. They will raise the prospects of future generations and their community.

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?

Scholarship Grants for Village Girls

Guanlan Scholarship Foundation awards K-12 schooling scholarships to village girls in remote China when their families can't provide.
Educate a girl today and she will create lasting change for the next generation, one girl, one village, many generations.
To change the life prospects of village girls in remote China so they may flourish and give back to their community.
Process Goals
To raise awareness of our mission through personal relationships and social media.
To work with our local partner to qualify worthy recipients by conducting annual family visits.
Since 2000, 140 Guanlan Sisters have received scholarships. Of these, 72 have graduated, 8 from primary, 22 from junior secondary and 23 from senior secondary school, and 20 Guanlan Sisters went on to college post scholarship. Currently 26 are enrolled in all levels of school.
Charitable Works Categories
Schools and Education, Children and Youth Development, International,

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Migrant workers
Undocumented immigrants

Where we work

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

Scholarship Grants for Village Girls

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

The operations of the scholarship program were negatively impacted by the reaction of the Chinese government to the pandemic and the tightening of regulations on NGOs since then.

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.

Guanlan Scholarship Foundation is committed

To award scholarships for K-12 schooling to village girls in remote China when their families can't provide so they may change their life prospects and flourish .

To change a culture of restrictions on girls to complete an education which may contribute to their empowerment.

To raise funds ...

To guarantee Scholarship recipients funds that cover at least half of the required school fees or post-compulsory school tuition.

To work with our local partner NGO in China in conducting annual family visits to qualify new Scholarship recipients:
Our local agents team conducts annual research trips into the mountains to qualify applicants based on family need in a group of villages.
To curate information on the progress of the scholarship participants annually and produce reports of impact. The scholarship recipients write to us each year describing how they are growing and progressing through school, how their families are doing, and what their hopes are for the future.

Since 2000, the Foundation has provided scholarships for over 140 school girls.
The Foundation collects funds and worked closely with a community-based non-profit partner organization in Shaanxi.
The Foundation maintains records of each scholarship recipient's family need status and educational advancement. Annual letters, annual reports from our partner NGO, telephone and online communication with our partner NGO and with individual recipients on an as-needs bases
Bi-annual visits to the site of operation in China by the president of the foundation and Board members.
Maintain a website that describes the basic operations and impact of the Scholarship
Regularly post on Facebook and Instagram providing updates of achievements

Foundational capability, 20 years of a personal relationship between the president of the foundation and several assistants with the president and operational manager of the Chinese NGO have provided a basis of trust and loyalty.

139 Guanlan Sisters have received an education since 2000, this includes a

92% increase in the Guanlan Sisters staying in school beyond compulsory education.

89% increase in the Graduation Rate of Guanlan Sisters from Senior Secondary School

59% increase in the Tertiary Enrollment Rate of Guanlan Sisters

Annual Newsletter 2023-24 announced that in 2023, we awarded scholarship grants to 35 Guanlan Sisters (GS). Our local partner, Shaanxi Renai Childrens Aid Ctr. (Renai Ctr.), again added milk powder, dry goods, school supplies. Now 9 GS are attending primary school, 17 junior secondary school and 9 senior secondary schools. We are proud of the progress the GS have made since we started the Scholarship in 2000. In the first five years no GS advanced beyond compulsory 9-year schooling, but by the years 2015-20, 92% of GS did so. Of those entering senior secondary school (grades 10-12), 94% graduated, and 59% of them went on to tertiary institutions. With time they began to believe in a possible better future and succeeded in schools that were not designed for them.

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.
  • 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 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 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 share the feedback we received with the people we serve, 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?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve


Guanlan Scholarship Foundation, Inc
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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 2015 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Average of 0.00 over 3 years

Months of cash in 2015 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Average of 3.5 over 3 years

Fringe rate in 2015 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0% over 3 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Guanlan Scholarship Foundation, Inc

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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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Guanlan Scholarship Foundation, Inc’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2013
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $2,207
As % of expenses 52.0%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $2,207
As % of expenses 52.0%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $6,453
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 $4,247
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0%
Personnel 0.0%
Professional fees 0.0%
Occupancy 0.0%
Interest 0.0%
Pass-through 98.9%
All other expenses 2.2%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2013
Total expenses (after depreciation) $4,247
One month of savings $354
Debt principal payment $0
Fixed asset additions $0
Total full costs (estimated) $4,601

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2013
Months of cash 10.4
Months of cash and investments 10.4
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 10.4
Balance sheet composition info 2013
Cash $3,679
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 $0
Temporarily restricted net assets $0
Permanently restricted net assets $0
Total restricted net assets $0
Total net assets $3,679

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2013
Material data errors Yes


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

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Dr. Vilma Seeberg

Vilma Seeberg, Ph.D., is an internationally known scholar in the field of international/multicultural education, and Associate Professor Emerita at Kent State University, Ohio. Dr. Seeberg started her career as a K-12 educator, co-founded and led a nonprofit “street academy” (501.c.3) for public school dropouts in Wisconsin. She earned her Ph.D. in 1990 at Hamburg University, Germany, in comparative education policy, has published books, articles, and chapters on educational empowerment of historically disempowered communities in the U.S. and in China. She founded the Guanlan Scholarship Foundation in 2000, while visiting the area, and formed a partnership with a Chinese local non-governmental organization in 2006 to qualify and fund scholarships for extremely poor village girls.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Guanlan Scholarship Foundation, Inc

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Guanlan Scholarship Foundation, Inc

Board of directors
as of 02/13/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Dr. Vilma Seeberg

Wolf Seeberg

Ruth Hayhoe

Xiaoqi Yu

Ya Na

Scott Dan

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 2/13/2024

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Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/13/2024

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  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • 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.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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.