Corazon De Vida Foundation

For the orphaned and abandoned children of Baja

Irvine, CA   |  http://www.corazondevida.org

Mission

Corazon de Vida Foundation supports the orphanages of Baja, Mexico. Our Goal: To End The Cycle Poverty and Abandonement. Our Belief: We believe that every child's life is valued and holds the same potential, excitement, and opportunity as any other life. It is up to us to work together to make sure our care transforms into each child's hope for the future.

Ruling year info

1996

Founder, President

Hilda Pacheco-Taylor

Main address

14252 Culver Drive Ste A-800

Irvine, CA 92604 USA

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EIN

33-0707788

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

Adoption (P31)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The issue of child abuse, neglect and abandonment is a world wide issue. According to the UN over 150 million children are abandoned and living on the streets worldwide. In Northern Baja's area of Mexico alone, over 6,000 children live on the streets or under dangerous/abusive situations, and thousands more live in extreme poverty. Mexico currently does not have the social programs that we have in the U.S., no foster care programs, no welfare system, so the only way to care and support children in need is through a network of private orphanages, funded entirely through individual and corporate donations.

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?

SUSTAINING

Life-Sustaining Support -
through this program we provide regular monthly funding to each orphanage to
cover the basic survival needs of the children - food, shelter, water, and
utilities. Hundreds of children
are being rescued from unthinkable situations and are being provided food,
shelter and a place to call home.  



Population(s) Served

Through
our education program we provide funding for primary and secondary education,
uniforms, supplies, and scholarship based funding for teens aging out of the
orphanage system. This program is altering the future of so many young men and
women that against all odds are making their dreams come true. We are going
beyond the basics, we are providing an opportunity for a better future for the
children, their families and their communities.



 

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Corazon de Vida (CDV) is a 20+ year US 501c3 non-profit organization providing life-changing support for orphaned and abandoned children in Baja, Mexico by funding local orphanages, providing quality of life improvement services and investing in the children's future by funding higher education.

Through our life-sustaining program we provide monthly funding for the orphanages under our care. These orphanages give abandoned children security, nutrition, shelter and access to a reliable education. We also fund scholarships for teens aging out of the orphanage system to continue their education. We provide consistent, monthly support to 10+ orphanages, housing over 500 children. Our university program currently has 45+ past orphanage residents in college or technical school, and serving as role models to their younger 'siblings'.

SUSTAIN
This program's focus is on sustaining life and ensuring the basics of life – shelter, nutrition, security. Through this program, we provide regular monthly funding to each orphanage to cover food, shelter, water and utilities. Funds are transferred monthly through a debit-card system connected to our bank account in the U.S. This system ensures accountability and helps us in responding quickly to specific needs.

IMPROVE
We partner with individuals, groups, clubs, churches and organizations to provide project based funding to improve the quality of life for the children. This includes construction, repairs, and overall facilities improvement. This program also includes improvements to the overall wellbeing of the children – funding for medical, dental and psychological needs, organizing medical and dental missions, and supporting staff development activities.

EDUCATE
Support for primary and secondary education consists on funding uniforms, backpacks, transportation costs and graduation costs. All Baja public schools require uniforms, which is good because orphanage students do not look different than any other students. Our continuing education program provides scholarship based funding for teens aging out of the orphanage system and it includes funding for inscriptions, tuitions, housing, living expenses and transportation, all depending on each student's situation.

Stated simply, one of the biggest problems Mexico faces is a lack of social programs. Mexico does not have social programs that we have in the U.S., no foster care programs, no welfare system, so the only way to care and support children in need is through a network of private orphanages, funded entirely through individual and corporate donations.

We carry the solution– the ability to help fund these orphanages. Through the simple act of funding orphanages, we will be able to care for orphaned and abandoned children for years to come.

Corazon de Vida's continuing education program was created to provide opportunities for higher education/technical education for teens aging out of the 10 orphanages that Corazon de Vida supports. Our belief is that education is the key to helping these teens/young adults to break the cycle of poverty and abandonment that had them end up in an orphanage. Our goal is to provide scholarship based funding for inscriptions, tuition, housing, living expenses and transportation, all
depending on each student's situation. Supporting continuing education for teens aging out of the orphanage system is an important program for CDV, as it provides them with the opportunity to create a better future for themselves, their families and their community.

We measure our 'prgress' success by the number of students that stay in the program and by the number that achieve an 8.0 (out of 10) or higher GPA each semester.

Each semester, students must submit their grades before we commit to supporting them for the upcoming semester. So far, about 90% of our students have met the 8.0GPA requirement each semester. For those that did not meet the reuired 8.0 GPA, we worked with them to ensure they receive the support they need to increase their GPA – special classes, tutoring, study material, etc. Our ultimate success is the graduation rate and successful employment of our students! Graduation rate is at 100% for those that made it past the 2nd year of schooling. All graduates have been able to find well-paid employment within 3 months after graduation.

Financials

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Operations

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Corazon De Vida Foundation

Board of directors
as of 3/1/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Michael Beason

No Affiliation

Term: 1994 -

Mickey Wiebe

Xcaret Company

Steve Paliska

PPS Transportation

Michael Beason

Xcaret Company

George Perez

Corazon de Vida

Alex Dastmalchi

Dastmalchi

Hilda Pacheco-Taylor

Founder

Darren Sugiyama

DaVinci Financial

John Haugland

Ortega's A Mexican Bistro

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No