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Haitian Education & Leadership Program

Assistance with Nonprofit Merger

Summary:

Assist a nonprofit serving Haitian students by supporting the organization through a merger.

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Jurisdiction(s): U.S.
About the Organization: Haitian Education & Leadership Program (HELP) is a nonprofit working to create, through merit and needs based scholarships, a community of young professionals and leaders who will promote a more just society in Haiti. In addition to paying students’ college tuition, HELP provides a wide array of programs/services that are typically not offered at higher education institutions in Haiti. These include, without limitation, dormitory housing, academic advising and personal counseling, access to a computer lab and library, a Citizenship & Leadership curriculum, and a Career Services program with internship and job placement services at local institutions.
Legal Entity Type: Nonprofit/Charity
SDG(s): Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions, Quality Education, Reduced Inequalities
Legal Issue(s):

Over two years ago, Quisqueya University, a top private Haitian university, approached HELP and opened discussions for a potential merger. Seventy percent of HELP students already attend the school. But, through the merger, HELP would be able to expand their programs/offerings, including their Career Services program, to all students enrolled at Quisqueya University, where the enrollment for the 21/22 school year was over 2,000. HELP’s goal for an eventual merger is to create Haiti’s first liberal arts and sciences university in Haiti. The project has attracted the interest of the Kellogg Foundation and Bard College, among others. Despite having slowed considerably in recent months, due diligence document-sharing and conversations continue. HELP used grant money to pay attorneys for the due diligence process. However, the grant ended in July 2022 and can no longer be used to pay for legal fees. Given the importance of their mission and financial circumstances, the HELP team is seeking pro bono support to assist with the merger.