As evidenced by the previous sections of the “Community-Based
Assets and Needs in Baja California Sur,” this region has
wide-ranging opportunities and needs among its various urban and
rural communities. Responding to those needs are dozens of
non-governmental organizations (NGOs) across the state and at least
40 U.S.-based nonprofit organizations committed to improving the
quality of life, as well as protecting and preserving the state’s
natural resources for future generations. The work of these NGOs is
far-reaching and includes projects and initiatives in the areas of
education, health and human services, the environment, community and
economic development, as well as arts and culture.
This survey was undertaken to better inform the U.S. and
Mexican donor community of the important work being undertaken by
NGOs across Baja California Sur. Of the almost 140 estimated
organizations now operating in Baja California Sur, UABCS was able
to identify 48 that have a community service orientation and are comparable to U.S.-based nonprofit organizations, as defined
by section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. tax code. For these 48 groups, ICF
and UABCS staff undertook thorough due diligence to validate the
- Current legal status with the Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito
Público (SHCP) and the Servicio de Administración Tributaria (SAT)
to determine that a group is, in fact, a registered public charity
in Mexico or a nonprofit entity that is a 501(c)(3) equivalent
- Tax Identification number or Clave del Registro Federal de
- Articles of incorporation (Acta Constitutiva).
- Current board of directors.
- Description of programmatic activities.
- Annual operating budget and funding sources.
- Number of staff (paid and volunteer).
- Formal affiliation with US or other nonprofit group (convenios).
An exhaustive outreach effort was undertaken by UABCS in all
five municipalities of Baja California Sur to identify qualified
nonprofits, which included on-site interviews, media advisories, and
follow up communications by phone, fax, and email.
For a variety of reasons, not all groups were in a position to
provide the documentation required as a pre-condition for inclusion
in this survey. In some cases, NGOs were not legally constituted or
did not have a valid Registro Federal de Contribuyentes (RFC). In
other cases, because of a group’s small size and limited volunteer
staff, they were unable to fulfill the requirements set forth to
participate in this survey (20 groups). Some groups simply could not
be reached due to having moved or having become fiscally dormant or
inactive (60 groups).
It is likely that there is somewhat of a response bias in
favor of larger, more long-standing organizations, and those that
have closer affiliations with U.S. organizations. Many of the
smaller, more grassroots and protest-oriented organizations are less
likely to be legally constituted, and may not have responded.
Where a nonprofit’s legal status could not be verified but
where contact information was available, this has been included in
an accompanying list of other organizations working on
community-based needs. UABCS located 45 groups in this category.
Also included is the contact information of U.S. organizations
working with partner organizations in Baja California Sur, or on
their own projects; 41 U.S.-based groups fall into this category.
As the non-governmental sector is among the most dynamic and
ever-changing sectors in Baja California Sur, we hope that in future
editions of this document more NGOs will be included. Also,
because ICF is committed to ensuring that U.S. and Mexican donors
have the most current information available on Baja California Sur
nonprofits, we encourage each and every NGO to submit their group’s
supporting documentation along with details of their budget and
programmatic activities. Participating nonprofits will be added to
our approved listing of nonprofits eligible to receive financial and
in-kind support from our institutions.