ARISTIDES DE SOUSA MENDES FOUNDATION-US

aka Sousa Mendes Foundation   |   Huntington, NY   |  www.sousamendesfoundation.org

Mission

The Sousa Mendes Foundation, dedicated to honoring the memory of Aristides de Sousa Mendes and to educating the world about his good work, has a two-fold mission: raising funds for the restoration of the Casa do Passal and the creation within its walls of a museum and memorial site; and sponsoring US-based projects that perpetuate his legacy.

Ruling year info

2011

President

Dr. Olivia Mattis

Main address

PO Box 4065

Huntington, NY 11743 USA

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EIN

27-3630528

NTEE code info

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Holocaust education and remembrance is increasingly relevant and important in a world with rising antisemitism. In addition, during COVID-19, we have been meeting a public need by providing inspirational educational online programming, with many of our programs being free of charge.

Our programs

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

Research and Documentation

The Foundation has begun to compile a database of individuals and families saved by Sousa Mendes and videotape testimonies of visa recipients. Members of the Board of Directors and National Advisory Council have also published articles on Holocaust research and presented at numerous conferences on refugees and rescue during the Holocaust.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Foundation has developed a traveling exhibition that tells the story of the events of June 1940, when Sousa Mendes, at his own personal peril, decided to issue Portuguese visas to all refugees. It documents his punishment and downfall at the hands of the Portuguese government, as well as the stories of many of those he saved. The Foundation also presents two films about Sousa Mendes --Disobedience: The Sousa Mendes Story" and "With God against Man," and hosts post-screening discussions.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Sousa Mendes Foundation has published "Aristides de Sousa Mendes: Hero of the Holocaust."This 36-page graphic novel by famed cartoonist José Ruy tells the gripping true story of Aristides de Sousa Mendes and his decision to defy the direct orders of his government in order to save the lives of thousands of refugees during the 1940 exodus from Nazi-occupied Europe. This vividly illustrated, full-color book, translated into English by Della Peretti, is designed to enlighten and inspire young readers, ages 10-15, with the lesson that one person can make a difference. The back section of the book includes photographs of the real people involved in the story — Aristides de Sousa Mendes, his family, and many of those that he saved.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Sousa Mendes Foundation is the North-American representative and distributor of the award-winning film, "Disobedience: The Sousa Mendes Story" starring Bernard Lecoq in the role of Aristides de Sousa Mendes. Dir: Joel Santoni.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Member, Association of Holocaust Organizations 2022

Our results

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

Number of multi-year grants received

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Research and Documentation

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We received a three-year research grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference).

Number of different periodicals published

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Adolescents

Related Program

Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We publish an Annual Report of our activities. In addition we have published two books -- a graphic novel for young people and a family memoir with accompanying curricular unit.

Number of teachers recruited

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We recruit teachers from around the world to participate in our Holocaust education tour, "Journey on the Road to Freedom." We also have numerous teachers who participate in our online programming.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Founded in 2010, the Sousa Mendes Foundation is dedicated to honoring the memory of the Holocaust rescuer Aristides de Sousa Mendes and to educating the world about his action. It has a two-fold mission: raising funds for the restoration of the Casa do Passal and the creation within its walls of a museum and memorial site; and sponsoring US-based projects that perpetuate his legacy.

The Sousa Mendes Foundation organizes events throughout North America such as film screenings, exhibition, conferences, lectures, and remembrance events.

The members of the Sousa Mendes Foundation's Board of Directors bring a depth of knowledge and wealth of experience to the organization.

Hundreds of events organized throughout North America. Press coverage in leading national and international newspapers. Unique and important Holocaust remembrance tour for Holocaust survivor families and Holocaust educators. During the COVID-91 period we have pioneered innovative online programming featuring inspiring stories of rescue, resistance and hope.

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 collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    We receive audience feedback during and after each program.,

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

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Audience suggestions have resulted in several of our programs.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

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

  • 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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ARISTIDES DE SOUSA MENDES FOUNDATION-US

Board of directors
as of 1/17/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Olivia Mattis

Mariana Abrantes de Sousa

Daniel Subotnik

Leah Sills

Monique Krohn

Robert Jacobvitz

Mordecai Paldiel

Olivia Mattis

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? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/28/2021,

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/28/2021

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Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.