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Local NGOs Receive Generous Donations

By Karla Ortiz

The 4th Seminar on Institutional Strengthening for Civil Society Organizations, coordinated by the Border Philanthropy Partnership and the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, provided capacity building and awarded funds to civil society organizations in San Miguel de Allende last week.

The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona was created to connect donors with charitable causes that interest them. It also administers the Shaaron Kent Endowment Fund, a foundation that former San Miguel resident Shaaron Kent established several years ago to designate annual resources to three areas of her passion: education, palliative care, and San Miguel, where she had a second home. Ever since, the foundation has been responsible for fulfilling her wishes so that her legacy will have the impact she envisioned. The Border Philanthropy Partnership is a binational organization whose mission is to create successful communities by supporting a network of organizations that build prosperity through leadership, collaboration, and philanthropy in the US-Mexico border region.

This year’s seminar, which occurred on February 8 and 9 at the La Casona hotel and conference center, focused on the issue of fundraising, as civil society organizations are heavily dependent on philanthropic contributions. Some important topics addressed at the seminar included types of fundraising campaigns, main sources of financing, and key staff roles and responsibilities. The seminar was completely free of charge. Speakers included Andy Carey, executive director of the US-Mexico Border Philanthropy Partnership.

This year’s focus was on fundraising, as civil society organizations are heavily dependent on philanthropic contributions. Some important topics addressed were Types of Fundraising Campaigns, Main Sources of Financing, Key Staff Roles and Responsibilities, among others.

As part of this seminar, Clint Mabie, president of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona and Sandra Nathan, its senior vice president of philanthropic services and community investments, presented 11 organizations with donations totaling 79,700 dollars. These donations were the result of a competitive grant award process managed by the Border Philanthropy Partnership.

The grant awardees were:

-Biblioteca Pública, US$10,000

-Apoyo a los Sanmiguelenses Ancianos (ALMA), US$10,000

-Feed the Hungry, US $4,500

-Mitigare Cuidados Paliativos, US $4,500

-Casa Hogar Corazón Valiente, US $8,700

-Ojalá Niños, US $3,000

-Casa Hogar Santa Julia Don Bosco, US $8,000

-Patronato Pro Niños, US$ 10,000

-Fundación para la Conservación del Juguete Popular Mexicano, US $5,000

-FAI, US$ 6,000

-Jóvenes Adelante, US$ 10,000.


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