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Fabretto Children's Foundation, Inc.

aka FCF, Fabretto   |   Evanston, IL   |  https://fabretto.org/

Mission

Fabretto’s mission is to educate and empower underserved children, youth, and their families to enable them to improve their livelihoods and their communities.

Ruling year info

1993

CEO

Mr. Kevin Christopher Marinacci

Main address

1563 Sherman Ave Third Floor

Evanston, IL 60201 USA

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EIN

36-3894824

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Economic Development (S30)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Fabretto seeks to bring opportunities to children and youth in communities with the fewest material resources in Central America. In countries like Honduras and Guatemala, the majority of children do not master the skills they need to succeed in life. 2019 data from ERCE tests indicate that more than 84% of Guatemalan and Honduran 6th graders fall short of minimum standards in reading and mathematics. In the communities that Fabretto serves, children face multiple barriers to healthy development, and too many Central American children endure hunger and suffer from chronic stunting; Guatemala has the 6th highest child stunting rate in the world. With fewer than 1 in 4 youth graduating from high school, youth also face few educational and economic opportunities to improve their livelihoods and communities. Furthermore, enormous disparities in learning and educational opportunity exist between rural-urban and the most and least impoverished communities.

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?

Education

Fabretto’s Education program focuses on improving the quality of education during the critical first years of a child’s education—particularly preschool and 1st to 3rd grade. We do this through:
-Teacher Development: We train preschool and early grade primary school teachers in our “Fabrettito” model of education. Our model provides coaching and accompaniment to teachers in the medium to long term to ensure sustainability.
-Strengthening Schools: In parallel to teacher development, we build, remodel, and equip preschools, primary schools, and community education centers with key resources and improvements that enable them to better serve children in the hardest-to-reach communities in Central America.
-Child Sponsorship: The Child Sponsorship program connects sponsors with an individual child to provide education and nutrition support from preschool through secondary school graduation, while also working with each education center to strengthen the quality of education.

Population(s) Served
Children
Extremely poor people

Through the Nutrition Program, Fabretto works with our partners to improve access to nutritious school meals and strengthen holistic child development and school attendance. We do this through:
-School Meals: We connect high-need schools with fortified foods that improve the nutritional value of the meals they serve. We also support nutrition education, including training school cooks in culturally-adapted recipes.
-Local Production of Food: We support partners in developing sustainable approaches to producing healthy foods locally.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Farmers

Fabretto’s Youth Empowerment program seeks to prepare Central American youth to thrive through courses that combine academic and technical skills, personal development, and community service. We do this through:
-Technology Integration: We share our field-tested approach to leveraging digital resources to strengthen learning, particularly in STEM fields, with organizations serving rural low- to no-connectivity communities. We train teachers and staff, equip schools, and develop and share digital content.
-Youth Training: We train rural youth in agricultural skills through our Fabretto Youth Training Program while contributing to personal and community development.
-Fabretto Educa: Fabretto offers blended learning courses to Central American youth through our online training platform, in topics such as entrepreneurship and job readiness.
-Rural Secondary Education: We work alongside local partners to advocate for and strengthen high quality, alternative secondary education models.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Adolescents

Where we work

Awards

Re-imagine Learning Challenge Pioneer 2014

Ashoka Changemakers

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 students enrolled

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

Women and girls, Men and boys, Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This number represents the initial enrollment of children and youth in Fabretto's programs in a given year. Initial enrollment is collected at the beginning of the school year (March-April).

Number of teachers trained

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

Fabretto's mission is to educate and empower underserved children, youth, and their families to enable them to improve their livelihoods and their communities. We believe in the power of education to enable children and youth to break the cycle of poverty.

We strive to bring meaningful opportunities for growth, development, and learning to children, youth, and families. By partnering with organizations and funders who serve children and youth in countries across Central America, we amplify the impact of educational programs and introduce innovative approaches to strengthening child and youth development. True to the legacy of our founder, Padre Fabretto, we prioritize rural communities, as well as communities at greatest risk of food insecurity and limited access to education.

We collaborate with nonprofit organizations that work on the ground with communities in Honduras and Guatemala to empower children, youth, and their families through one or more of our program areas: Education, Nutrition, and Youth Empowerment.

Our Education program's goal is to strengthen the quality of early and primary education, with a focus on the critical first years of learning. The first years of preschool and primary school lay the foundation for lifelong learning. Our work builds capacity in children, families, teachers, and local leaders to improve the quality of education.

Our Nutrition program's goal is to increase access to nutritious foods for children living in communities experiencing food insecurity and hunger. Fabretto has decades of experience running school meals programs, and we know the incredible difference that a healthy, filling daily meal can make for children in food insecure communities. School meals improve overall health and wellbeing, while also enabling children to focus on learning in the classroom.

Our Youth Empowerment program's goal is to promote innovative approaches to youth education and training that prepare them to thrive in their communities. We seek to scale up these proven methodologies, including our CaTec courses and effective approaches to technology integration.

Fabretto collaborates with nonprofit organizations that work on the ground with communities in Central America to empower children, youth, and their families in one or more of our Impact Areas. These partnerships come out of mutual desire from Fabretto and the Partner to enhance and scale up the impact on the communities served.

Our network partners bring community expertise. They have strong community connections and deep knowledge of the needs of children, youth, and families. Our partners are deep in the day-to-day running and ensuring the quality of programs on the ground. Fabretto brings 70 years of experience growing a grassroots organization in Nicaragua into a highly effective and impactful not-for-profit. We walk alongside our partners by providing methodologies, technical assistance, capacity building, and financial resources to strengthen and grow the impact for children, youth, and families in Latin American communities.

With our Partners, we introduce new methodologies and strengthen existing programs to meet community needs and contribute to sustainable change. We are currently working with 7 Impact Partners - 4 in Honduras and 3 in Guatemala.

Our Education program builds capacity in children, families, teachers, and local leaders to improve the quality of education. We run a Child Sponsorship program that matches donors with individual children at partner schools with sponsors who help to fund their education. We also offer teacher training, centered on our "Fabrettito" model of quality education, and support strategic investments in school infrastructure, maintenance, and repairs.

Our Nutrition program's strategy is to invest in strengthening existing school meals programs at partner schools and organizations. We do this through securing donations of fortified foods, training school staff to prepare nutritious meals, and providing educational materials, such as recipe books and video tutorials, to support school meals programs.

Our Youth Empowerment program offers training programs and methodologies that improve education quality. We offer our signature CaTec technical training courses, as well as teacher training in rural education and technology integration. We also partner with organizations in the region to invest in strengthening alternative secondary education programs, with a specific focus on the Sistema de Aprendizaje Tutorial, or SAT, model.

Fabretto has more than 70 years of experience running education and community programs in Central America. Our story began in Nicaragua with our founder, Padre Fabretto, and his mission to bring opportunities to the most impoverished children in the country. Fabretto's reach grew to impact over 60,000 children in Nicaragua in 2021.

Fabretto has developed effective approaches to addressing challenges to education in Central America. Fabretto has designed a set of curricular resources, including the Fabrettito model of quality education, a training program for rural teachers in tech integration, and the CaTec technical training courses for youth. Fabretto shares these approaches and resources with partners and provides teacher training, technical-pedagogical assistance, and evaluation services.

Our Central America-based programs team is comprised of education professionals with decades of years of experience designing and implementing innovative programs. Additionally, we carefully vet our local nonprofit partners through a diagnostic assessment process to ensure that both organizations are aligned and share a vision for the partnership.

Over our 70+ year history, Fabretto's reach has multiplied from a few hundred children living in founder Padre Fabrettos childrens homes to over 61,000 individuals actively engaged in projects and programs in 2021.

In 2022, our model shifted to partnership with organizations across Central America, and in 2023, our programs improved education and nutrition for over 16,000 students in Guatemala and Honduras. Our goal is to continue scaling up our programs across Central America in collaboration with on-the-ground local partners and schools.

Financials

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Fabretto Children's Foundation, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 02/14/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

William Glastris

Private Equity Investments

Ian Knox

Daptiv

Carl M. Marinacci

Amoco (Ret.)

Jeffrey C. Mullen

Goldman Sachs

Christopher Mitchell

BKSH & Associates Worldwide

Sammy Chadwick

Spence- Chapin Adoption Agency

Darin Rowell

FrontierX Global

Julie Maner

Abby Stone

Carlos Mayorga

IFC

Mary Burke

Lakeshore Food Advisors

Francis Rienzo

Ipsen

William Reynolds

HRG Fundraising

Kevin Marinacci

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/15/2020

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
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
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