International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security

Cooperative for Education

  • Cincinnati, OH
  • www.cooperativeforeducation.org

Mission Statement

To help Guatemalan schoolchildren break the cycle of poverty through education

Main Programs

  1. Textbooks
  2. Computer Centers
  3. Culture of Reading Program (CORP)
  4. Scholarship and Youth Development
  5. Bridges

service areas

International

Self-reported by organization

ruling year

1997

chief executive

Mr. Joe Berninger

Self-reported by organization

co-chief executive

Mr. Jeff Berninger

Self-reported by organization

Keywords

education, Guatemala, Central America, Latin America, international development, international, third world, literacy, illiteracy, children, kids, school

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EIN

31-1545464

Also Known As

CoEd

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

International Economic Development (Q32)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security N.E.C. (Q99)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Impact statement

We imagine a future in which every Guatemalan child:
Stays in school.
Receives a high-quality elementary and middle school education.
Has access to higher levels of education and better jobs, outside of the declining agricultural sector.
Raises his/her standard of living.
Finds permanent pathways out of poverty.

Programs

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

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Program 1

Textbooks

More than 90% of schools in rural Guatemala don't have access to textbooks. Without them, students spend most classroom time copying the teacher's notes from the blackboard. They often fail to develop proper study skills, lose motivation, and then drop out.

CoEd's Textbook Program provides vital books (in the core areas of math, science, social studies, and Spanish) to middle school students in order to improve the quality of teaching and learning.

http://www.coeduc.org/programs/textbooks.html

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None

Budget

Population Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

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None

Program 2

Computer Centers

In Guatemala, nearly 60% of higher-wage, non-farm jobs require computer skills, yet young people in rural communities lack access to quality computer instruction.

The Computer Centers Program gives youth the opportunity to use technology to address practical problems facing their communities, while developing the computer skills needed to secure better jobs after graduation. Students learn from an internationally recognized curriculum using a project-based methodology that encourages critical thinking and working cooperatively.

http://www.coeduc.org/programs/computers.html

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None

Budget

Population Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

None

None

Program 3

Culture of Reading Program (CORP)

Children in rural Guatemala typically read three years below grade level. Poorly-trained teachers use classroom techniques that emphasize memorization instead of comprehension and critical thinking.

CORP delivers high-quality children's books and training in effective reading instruction to primary school educators, transforming rural Guatemalan schoolchildren into enthusiastic, competent, and lifelong readers.

http://www.coeduc.org/programs/CORP.html

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None

Budget

Population Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

None

Program 4

Scholarship and Youth Development

A high school education is crucial for reducing poverty. Poor educational quality and extreme familial poverty lead the majority of students to drop out before the sixth grade.

CoEd's Scholarship Program removes economic barriers to education and involves young people in improving their community through organized service projects. Scholarship students become leaders who will help guide their communities to a better life, beyond poverty.

http://www.coeduc.org/programs/scholarships.html

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None

Budget

Population Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

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None

Program 5

Bridges

We live in a global world. What happens in other countries affects us at home. As such, we must continue to increase awareness, build relationships, and strengthen bonds with our neighbors, including those who lives on the margins of society.

The Bridges Program increases understanding and knowledge of global challenges and connects people in the U.S. and beyond with friends in Guatemala.

Bridges has five program areas, including:
Guatemala Service Learning Trips
Educational Presentations
School to School Partnerships
Educational Resources
Global Partnerships

http://www.coeduc.org/programs/bridges.html

Category

None

Budget

Population Served

General Public/Unspecified

Adults

None

service areas

International

Self-reported by organization

Blog

The organization's Blog

Social Media

@https://www.facebook.com/coeduc

@https://twitter.com/CoEdGuatemala

@https://plus.google.com/106523270512421004753/posts

@http://www.linkedin.com/company/cooperative-for-education

@http://www.youtube.com/user/coopedu

@http://pinterest.com/CoEdGuatemala/

Funding Needs

You can contribute to CoEd through a monetary donation or by contribute goods(http://www.coeduc.org/help/donategoods.html) or stock(http://www.coeduc.org/help/donatestock.html) . By joining the Literacy & Learning Society(http://www.coeduc.org/help/LLS.html) , you can provide peace of mind to the communities we serve by making a sponsorship commitment for the next five years. If you are a government employee, you can even give to CoEd through the Combined Federal Campaign.   Through a CoEd sponsorship, you can support a variety of educational programs. Your donation of $500 sponsors a middle school student; $750 sponsors a high school student, both of which help students stay in school and rise out of poverty; and $1,000 provides a computer workstation, which delivers vital computer skills to Guatemalan youth.

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Financials

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Cooperative For Education
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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

Cooperative for Education

Leadership

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Mr. Joe Berninger

co-chief executive

Mr. Jeff Berninger

BIO

- Executive Director and  Co-founder of Cooperative for Education.
Former marketing representative for IBM Corporation
Graduate of the University of Colorado (MA, Religious Studies, 1997)
Graduate of Xavier University (BA, History, 1989)
Has implemented development projects in Guatemala since 1997

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ed McCarter

Property Manager , Second Step Investments

Term: 2008 -

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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No

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?