Mercedes Parra Foundation

Promoting sustainable economic development!

Grifton, NC   |  http://www.parrafoundation.org

Mission

Our mission is to ensure gender equity by promoting sustainable economic development through training, consultancy, and direct support of individual women, groups and organizations.

Ruling year info

2017

Founder & Executive Director

Ms. Mercedes Diane Griffin Forbes

Main address

2421 Joe Gardner Rd

Grifton, NC 28350 USA

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EIN

27-2811330

NTEE code info

International Human Rights (Q70)

Economic Development (S30)

Economic Development (S30)

IRS filing requirement

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

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Mercedes Parra Foundation aims to promote gender equity through sustainable economic development for women, organizations, and groups. The foundation targets five dimensions of female empowerment and opportunity, including economic participation, opportunity, political empowerment, educational attainment, and health and well-being. The foundation has three major initiatives: Agrofem, the Micro-Grant Program, and Operation Santa Clau, and two additional programs, the Women's Leadership Circle and Junk to Jewels project.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Women's Leadership Cirlce

This initiative is aimed at supporting women by providing an immersive and intensive exploration of self-awareness and transformative leadership. This program welcomes women from all walks of life who want to change the trajectory of their lives and careers.

Our workshops are facilitated by dynamic women in various fields. Plus, we offer a variety of unique and fun social and networking opportunities, including virtual events, that are designed to stimulate conversation and build genuine connections.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
People of African descent

This project is aimed at solving two problems, providing an economic opportunity for women from the marginalized Raizal community in San Andres Island, Colombia, and reducing the environmental degradation caused by the tremendous mounds of debris along the island's shoreline. Through the Junk to Jewels project, women will learn to make and market jewelry and handbags made from the upcycled debris. We have also created a business incubator to give them all the support and supplemental training they need along the way.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Economically disadvantaged people

The Operation Santa Clau initiative provides clothes, books, and toys to families in need on the Island of San Andres, Colombia, which are delivered annually, during the months of June and December.

Population(s) Served
Families
Children and youth

Agrofem is our initiative to support female agriculturalist in developing countries transition from subsistence to market-oriented farming.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Economically disadvantaged people

The MPF Micro-Grant Program awards small grants between $100 - $500 to help support the humanitarian efforts led by women.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of training workshops

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Women's Leadership Cirlce

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

During the pandemic, we noticedced an uptake in these workshops. We attribute this to them being online and accessbile to more people.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn more about Sustainable Development Goals.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

1. Increase the number of women benefiting from Agrofem by 30% by 2020 through increased outreach and partnerships.
Award 50% of Micro Grants to support women-led humanitarian efforts in developing countries by 2020.
2. Expand Operation Santa Clau to reach 100 families in need by 2020.
3. Increase enrollment in the Women's Leadership Circle by 20% each year by 2020.
4. Generate $10,000 in revenue from the Junk to Jewels project by 2020 through increased marketing and sales efforts.

-Develop targeted marketing campaigns for each initiative to increase awareness and engagement from the community.
-Partner with local organizations and businesses to expand the reach and impact of initiatives.
-Provide training and resources to individuals and communities to ensure the successful implementation of programs.
-Conduct regular evaluations to measure the effectiveness of each initiative and make necessary adjustments.
-Host events and workshops to educate and engage the community in the foundation's mission.
-Seek funding opportunities and partnerships to support the growth and sustainability of programs.
-Utilize social media and other digital platforms to increase visibility and engagement.
-Collaborate with other foundations and organizations with similar goals to share resources and best practices.
-Create opportunities for feedback and input from program participants and community members.
-Continuously assess and adapt initiatives to meet the evolving needs of the community.

The Mercedes Parra Foundation has the capabilities to meet its goals thanks to its board, which has extensive experience in advocacy, business, and leadership. Additionally, the foundation benefits from a diverse pool of global interns and volunteers.

The Mercedes Parra Foundation's board not only brings a wealth of experience to the table, but also a deep commitment to the foundation's mission. With expertise in advocacy, business, and leadership, the board is well-equipped to guide the foundation in its efforts to make a positive impact on the world.

In addition to the board's leadership, the Mercedes Parra Foundation is fortunate to have a diverse group of interns and volunteers from around the world. These individuals bring unique perspectives and skill sets to the foundation, helping to broaden its reach and impact. With this collective expertise, the foundation is well-positioned to achieve its ambitious goals.

Some key benefits that the foundation derives from its interns and volunteers include:
- Access to new ideas and approaches
- Increased cultural awareness and sensitivity
- The ability to expand its reach and impact through the efforts of a larger team
- The opportunity to build lasting relationships with talented individuals who may go on to become future leaders in their own right

Overall, the Mercedes Parra Foundation's board and team of interns and volunteers serve as a powerful force for positive change. Their collective efforts and dedication to the foundation's mission are truly inspiring.

-The Mercedes Parra Foundation has made a significant impact by successfully securing donations from private donors through innovative social media and email campaigns.
-Through the organization's two national conferences, over 3800 women have received valuable leadership development and training, empowering them to make a positive impact in their communities.
-The Women's Leadership Circle Program, with over 1300 participants, has been a tremendous success, providing valuable workshops and resources to women seeking to improve their leadership skills.
-The foundation's partnerships with brands like Colgate and Lyft have enabled the organization to provide crucial resources for women and children in Colombia and Haiti, making a meaningful difference in the lives of those in need.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

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

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Mercedes Parra Foundation

Board of directors
as of 07/12/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Mercedes Diane Griffin Forbes

Diane Griffin Enterprises, LLC


Board co-chair

Ms. Claudin Forbes

Seneca Gates

Claudia Rountree

Doug Snyder

Julius Powell

Adwoa Aidoo

Earl Griffin

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and 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 and 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? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/12/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data