Mercedes Parra Foundation

Promoting sustainable economic development!

Grifton, NC   |  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

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Our programs

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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 Sustainable Development Goals

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How we listen

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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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve women and girls who seek economic or educational advancement, many of whom come from resource-poor communities.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls,

  • 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We have recently begun providing more free virtual programs to better serve our constituents who are facing economic difficulties during the pandemic.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Asking for feedback from the people we serve has helped us create a collective culture within our organization.

  • 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 3/17/2021
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

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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