International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security

Global Education Fund

  • Boulder, CO
  • http://www.globaleducationfund.org/

Mission Statement

Purpose. Global Education Fund provides resources to innovative, locally-led initiatives that improve access to knowledge through tools, training, and technology.
Locally led. Listen to people in the communities we serve to understand local needs.
Innovative. Leverage resources to create sustainable, innovative solutions.
Accountable. Demonstrate accountability, integrity and transparency for maximum impact.

Main Programs

  1. Scholarship and Leadership Program
  2. Literacy Tools and Training Program (LiTT)
Service Areas

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International

GEF focuses its educational programs in three high need countries that also have qualities for success: Kenya, India and Guatemala.

ruling year

1998

Principal Officer since 2011

Self-reported

Karen Ashmore

Keywords

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Kenya, India, Guatemala, Education, students, Scholarships, Leadership, teacher training, mentors, literacy,Skills Training

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Also Known As

GEF

EIN

84-1437310

Physical Address

1877 Broadway, Suite 100

Boulder, CO 80302

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

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

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Public Foundations (T30)

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?

Overview

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To date GEF has:
Enabled over 100 students to attend school in Kenya, who
would not otherwise have the opportunity, through our scholarships, and
further supported their progress with leadership training, mentoring,
and community service experience.
Established over 70 libraries in orphanages, community centers and schools in 22 countries across Latin America, Asia, and Africa.
Delivered nearly $2 million worth of books for schools and libraries, benefittng thousands of children living in poverty.
Purchased textbooks and supported teacher and librarian training to improve the quality of education in more than 20 poor community schools.
Given hundreds of American school children the opportunity to make a difference
in the lives of poor children across the world through learning about
their lives and responding with innovative fundraising projects, book
drives and other community service projects.
Children living in poverty in Kenya are problem solving skills and leadershiIndia and Guatemala are becoming reduced high illiteracy rates because entire families are learning to read.
In Kenya, India and Guatemala libraries got more books for communities eager to learn.
Teachers in slum schools in India are learning more effective teaching methods.

Programs

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

Program 1

Scholarship and Leadership Program

In 2008 GEF launched the Kenya Leadership Program in response to the complex educational needs of Kenyan orphans. Vast numbers of poor Kenyan orphans are unable to complete high school because they cannot afford the school fees.. Many of the poor children who actually complete secondary school remain trapped in poverty because they lack the skills and network of support to put their education to use. A classroom education, while critical, does not provide most impoverished orphans with the skills, experiences and relationships they need in order to find employment and reach their full potential. The GEF Leadership Program was specifically created in response to this challenge. It provides impoverished Kenyan orphans and vulnerable youth, particularly young women, with a carefully developed program, including: scholarships for four years of high school; skills training through skill building workshops, experiential learning opportunities, and community service projects; and a network of supportive relationships through peer support groups, university student mentors, and adult coaches and advisors. Partners in the Leadership Program include secondary schools, a Kenyan university and Kenyan non-profits. In addition, GEF is advised by a Kenyan business and civic leaders.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- Other Specified Group

Budget

$94,000.00

Program 2

Literacy Tools and Training Program (LiTT)

One important way that Global Education Fund works to improve the
access to education for children living in poverty is through its
Literacy Tools and Training (LiTT) Program, which improves the educational infrastructure in schools and other centers of
community learning.

Since 1998 GEF has established nearly one hundred libraries in
orphanage homes, schools and community centers. In many of the
countries where GEF works, children’s books are practically
non-existent. By establishing libraries, we are creating a culture of
reading for children who have never had a book of their own. Our
libraries are stocked with carefully selected books in local language
or English, depending on the preference of our local partners. In many
GEF libraries, orphans and vulnerable children can enjoy story hour,
tutoring and literacy support. GEF libraries are a cost effective
investment, utilizing donated books, volunteer labor and low-cost
shipping and providing books that are read and enjoyed for years by
hundreds of children.

In addition, GEF partners with local publishers to supply country
specific textbooks. By providing local textbooks, we ensure that the
curriculum is relevant and appropriate. GEF has supplied thousands of
textbooks to children in the following countries: Colombia, Thailand,
Kenya, Honduras, Guatemala, India, Nicaragua, and Peru.

To maximize the positive effect of new books in the educational
program, GEF helps provides training workshops for librarians through
partnerships with textbook publishers and other non-profits. In Kenya,
GEF has worked with McMillan Kenya to train teachers and school leaders
from over fifty schools.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- Other Specified Group

Budget

$5,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

GEF focuses its educational programs in three high need countries that also have qualities for success: Kenya, India and Guatemala.

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Funding Needs

$10,000 – provides full year scholarships and leadership skills for 12 students. $5,000 – supports programs to encourage 100 girls to stay in school. $2,500 – pays for high school tuition for 4 scholars for a full year. $1,000 – provides teacher training for 5 teachers educating children living in poverty.

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Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Operations

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Global Education Fund

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Karen Ashmore

BIO

She has raised over $25 million for rights based organizations around the world, has over 25 years’ experience in social change philanthropy and has won awards for her activism in human rights, racial justice and women’s issues. She and her husband are the parents of six children, including two sisters adopted from Haiti. She earned her Master’s degree in International Studies at the University of Denver. She is a former board president of Grantmakers without Borders.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"With your support, more community led projects can help improve the lives of children living in poverty through education."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Meg Porfido

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Term: Jan 2010 - Dec 2013

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