Maestro Cares Foundation

Changing Lives, Building Dreams

aka Maestro Cares Foundation   |   Chicago, IL   |  www.maestrocares.org

Mission

Maestro Cares Foundation improves the quality of life of disadvantaged children and communities in Latin America and the United States. We do so by providing housing, educational programming and the essential resources to support their growth and development. Through our efforts, we’re strengthening communities and helping children become tomorrow’s leaders.

Notes from the nonprofit

Our next projects will be in Central and South America.

Ruling year info

2012

Executive Director

Ms. Zaidy Cardenas

Main address

1459 W Hubbard St

Chicago, IL 60642 USA

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Formerly known as

Maestro Cares NFP

EIN

45-3706112

NTEE code info

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

Business, Youth Development (O53)

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Maestro Cares Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of the most vulnerable of children across Latin Americana and the United States. Our mission driven purpose improves the quality of life for orphaned children by providing nutrition, housing, classrooms, healthcare, therapy and recreational facilities to name a few. By default creating healthy and safe environments for the children to live, learn and play. Our programs create tomorrow's leaders by instilling the confidence, enthusiasm and discipline necessary for children to become hard-working, socially conscious adults making a positive impact in the world through their own unique contribution​.

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?

Orfanato Niños de Cristo- Dominican Republic

• Groundbreaking – November 23, 2012
• Grand Opening – April 2, 2014

Maestro Cares Foundation’s first project was in La Romana, Dominican Republic. Orphanage for abused, abandoned and orphaned boys. Currently we have 34 boys living at the facility. Ages range from 2 to 18 years old. Campus includes dormitories, classrooms, health clinic, dining hall and recreational facilities. Children go off campus for school which Maestro Cares provides funding for. MCF provides funding for tutors, therapists, art, music, sports and staff.

Partners: None
Land donated by: Central Romana
Baseball field donated by: Goya Foods

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

• Groundbreaking – August 14, 2014
• Grand Opening – April 11, 2015

Internado Monseñor Victor Tamayo is a home for abused, abandoned and orphaned boys and girls, ages 10-18 years old. There are currently 70 children living at complex. This campus includes, dormitories, a clinic, dining area, indoor and outdoor recreational areas. The complex also offers an additional program called “Trabajando por los Niños” that serves an additional 120 children ages 6-18 from the surrounding community. This program provides day care services as well as a school to at-risk children from the surrounding community. Both programs at the internado aim to ensure the restoration of children’s rights through a process led by the Colombian Institute of Family Welfare (ICBF), in agreement with the mayor of Barranquilla and the Claret Foundation. Additional programs offered are Boys and Girls Scouts, James Rodriguez Soccer program, occupational workshops, physiology therapies, tutoring, theatre, break dancing, craft & jewelry making classes.

Partners: Fundacion Pacific and Fundacion Tecnoglass
Land donated by: Alcaldia de Barranquilla
Soccer field donated by: Goya Foods

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

• Launch Date - April 13, 2015
• Maestro Cares sponsored school: March 2016

Innovative Educational program which introduces state of the art technology (both hardware and a customized learning management system(LMS) - to enhance and improve our students early educational experiences in math and science. In 2015 we were in 7 schools. In 2016 Maestro Cares sponsored a school Fe & Alegria No 25 in San Juan de Lurigancho, Lima. 354 children from first to third grade will now have access to this program which works to bridge the educational gap in developing countries by leveraging technology to educate underprivileged children. Since 2017, the government has taken over funding of the program and continues to grow the program with government funds.

Partners: Hochschild Mining Group, Google, MIT, Harvard University and UTEC

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Casa Hogar Alegría Cacalomacán - Toluca, México
• Groundbreaking - February 2015
• Grand Opening – March 9, 2016

Maestro Cares Foundation along with Fundacion Telmex Telcel built a new home for abused, neglected and abandoned girls. Casa Hogar Alegría (CHA) currently has a girl’s home in Toluca, Mexico which serves girls, ages 13-21. The Cacalomacán house serves younger girls ages 5-12 years old. Both complexes are currently serving 90 girls total in Cacalomacán & Toluca. The complex in Cacalomacán, which Maestro Cares and Fundacion Telmex Telcel helped built, has dorms, multi-purpose rooms, kitchen, admin offices, chapel and a recreational court. The focus for CHA is to provide a safe home and encourage and guide the girls to receive a good education. The girls can stay in the home as long as they are attending college.

Partners: Telmex Telcel
Land donated by: Alejandro Mena (Board member of CHA)
Recreational area donated by: Goya Foods

Casa Hogar Alegría - Guadalajara, México
• Groundbreaking - July 2016
• Grand Opening – December 6th 2018

Overview: Maestro Cares Foundation partnered up with Casa Hogar Alegría again for another girl’s home in Mexico. This is Maestro Care’s second project in Mexico, and one of the biggest Maestro Cares projects to date. 70 girls will be living in this home ages, 4-18. The complex and model will be very similar to the Casa Hogar Alegria homes in Cacalomacán and Toluca. This home includes dormitories, a kitchen, chapel, a dining room, multipurpose and computer rooms and recreational spaces.

Partners: Fundacion Telmex Telcel
Land donated by: Fundacion Miguel Torres

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

• Groundbreaking – September 10, 2015
• Grand Opening – August 3, 2017

Overview: Hogar San Miguel is a home for boys with special needs, such as ADHD and learning disabilities. This home currently houses 18 boys ages 7-17 years old. The new facility that Maestro Cares helped build has dorms, kitchen, library, therapy rooms, offices, living room, dining area, TV/play room, etc.

Partners: VIDAS Servicios Sociales Episcopales San Lucas, Iglesia Episcopales Puertorriquena and Municipio
Automomo de Ponce
Land donated by: Hospital San Lucas
Kitchen donated by: Goya Foods

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

• Groundbreaking – Fall 2017
• Grand Opening – June 2018

Overview: Maestro Cares Foundation in partnership with Marta Bedoya de Claure Foundation helped to construct two SOS foster care homes in El Alto, Bolivia. Each home houses 8 children and is attended by an “SOS” mom. At each home, children are provided with a nurturing and caring family environment along with the most basic needs. Aldeas Infantiles SOS ensures that siblings of at risk families stay together in these foster homes. One home is named Aldeas Infantiles SOS/Maestro Cares House and the other home is named Marta Bedoya de Claure House.

Partners: Marta Bedoya de Claure Foundation
Land: Purchased

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

• Groundbreaking – Spring 2019
• Grand Opening – December 2020

Overview: Maestro Cares first project in the U.S. is in partnership with SOS Children’s Villages of Illinois. The Roosevelt Square Community Center will serve the 14 SOS foster homes and will function as a community center for the surrounding area. The Community Center will be an epicenter for academic, therapeutic, social, and recreational outlets for youth. The community center will also serve as a communal space for neighborhood residents and a safe place where the community can meet and connect to public resources and serve as a learning center providing financial and educational training.

Partners: SOS Children’s Villages of Illinois
Financial Resource Training Program: Donated by Bank of America

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

• Groundbreaking – July 25, 2017
• Grand Opening – April 2, 2018

Overview: Maestro Cares helped to construct a Community Center (CDI) for the Integral Development Growth of children and families in Guatemala. The center offers 50 kids (0-12 years of age) and 40 families day care services and community empowerment. The center provides nutrition and health support to kids under 7, including vaccinations. The center also provides educational support and include access to a technology center to grade school children. Parent programs includes violence prevention and self-esteem courses.

Partners: None
Land: Purchased
Technology Center donated by: Fundacion Tigo

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

• Groundbreaking: July 2018
• Grand Opening- February 2019

Overview: Maestro Cares along with its partners Marta Bedoya de Claure Foundation and Hovde Foundation are helping to build a home that will house 30 young girls who are living in the streets of La Paz, Bolivia and whom suffer from street violence. Girls will be provided with a safe environment, a stable home, nutrition, clothing, education, therapy, as well as legal help.

Partners: Marta Bedoya de Claure Foundation and Hovde Foundation
Land: Owned by Fundacion Hogar de Niños Alalay

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

• Groundbreaking: November 2018
• Grand Opening: TBD

Overview: Maestro Cares partnered with El Arte de los Suenõs in Colombia to fund Asodisvalle’s latest edition to their school and center. Asodisvalle is an institution whose mission is to help low-income children who have a physical or cognitive disability and offer special attention in Education and Rehabilitation Services. The foundation aims to improve the life of these children suffering from these disabilities. Maestro Cares and El Arte de los Suenõs will fund the third floor at the current Asodisvalle center that will have a physiotherapy floor, classrooms for learning, and a recreational area. Maestro Cares will also help to provide equipment for the Rehab Center and help to redo the kitchen at the Asodisvalle center.

Partners: El Arte de los Sueños
Land: Structure already in place by Fundacion Asodisvalle

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

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.

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Orphans, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people, People with disabilities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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Charting impact

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

Maestro Cares Foundation improves the quality of life of orphaned & disadvantaged children and communities in Latin America & the United States.

We do so by providing housing, educational programming and the essential resources to support their growth and development so they can become tomorrow's leaders.

Maestro Cares Foundation has staff that do programmatic work as well as working with partners in country to execute our mission.

There are still millions of children who are impoverished and in need. Until each orphan child has a place to call home, our work will not be finished.

Financials

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Maestro Cares Foundation

Board of directors
as of 6/9/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Henry Cardenas

Cardenas Marketing Network, Inc.

Term: 2012 -


Board co-chair

Mr. Marc Anthony

Magnus Media

Term: 2012 -

Elena Sotomayor

Cardenas Marketing Network, Inc.

Bigram Zayas

Looplabs

Bob Unanue

Goya Foods, Inc.

Felipe Pimiento

Magnus Media

Peter Amaro

Luminary Media

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 10/29/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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