Macario Advantage

Macario Advantage is Addressing Poverty in Paradise

aka Macario Advantage   |   Houston, TX   |  www.macarioadvantage.org

Mission

We work on the Eastern Caribbean islands to enhance the effectiveness of local organizations that serve the youth, elderly, abandoned, dispossessed, and homeless. Our belief is that we can work together with local organizations to alleviate some of the suffering associated with poverty and help give people hope that they will see a brighter day. Macario Advantage's management is hands-on with every project we perform to ensure that we get positive, tangible results!

Ruling year info

2014

Co-Founders

Clair & Magoe Menning

Main address

1300 W. 19th Street, #7166

Houston, TX 77008 USA

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EIN

45-4377461

NTEE code info

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Macario Advantage is addressing poverty in the Eastern Caribbean islands, These islands, which stretch 600 miles from the Virgin Islands in the north to Grenada in the south, are exceptionally beautiful islands enjoying a tropical climate, making them popular destinations for clients of cruise ships and 5-star resorts. However, a high percentage of the local islands' population live in severe poverty. Schools, shelters, care facilities, feeding programs and other non-profit service organizations are typically overwhelmed by the magnitude of the needs of the people that they are serving. Macario Advantage addresses the problems that these local organizations face in order to alleviate some of the consequences of severe poverty among the islanders.

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?

Roosevelt Douglas Primary School

We created a new library and outfitted a special education facility. We also created an infirmary and a teachers' lounge. School supplies have been donated. We repainted the school following Hurricane Maria.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Students

Operation Youth Quake provides a home for adolescents that have had to be removed from their homes. We remodeled the kitchen. A new commercial clothes washing machine was provided and installed. New furniture was donated for the living quarters. The kitchen, dining room and laundry were repainted.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Lamb's Feast is a 'meals on wheels' program serving home-bound elderly and care-givers. We remodeled the kitchen, repaired the foundation, replaced the floor, painted the entire facility inside and outside, and assisted in repairing the roof after Hurricane Maria.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Caregivers

This facility is a home for people that can no longer care for themselves in their own homes. We did a thorough cleaning of the entire facility and surrounding grounds. We repaired the non-functioning plumbing, including replacement of hot water heaters and pressure pump. New pots and pans were provided for the kitchen, and a new commercial clothes washing machine was provided for the laundry. We organized a donation of a new clothes dryer.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
People with physical disabilities

The Kalinago Territory is an area of land reserved for the indigenous people that settled the eastern Caribbean islands prior to the arrival of Europeans and Africans. We worked with the elementary school 4H club to set up a large vegetable garden to grow food for the school lunch program. We also worked with the ruling Council to plan construction of a new home for territorial residents over the age of 70.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Indigenous peoples

This is a home for boys that have had to be removed from their family homes by the courts, or who have gotten into trouble with the law. Macario Advantage hired a carpenter to open up the kitchen and pantry rooms to substantially improve the work environment for the kitchen staff. Both rooms were repainted. A computer and large monitor were donated to the welding and auto mechanics training center to improve the quality of education provided to the boys.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth

This is a non-governmental shelter for both men and women that would otherwise be homeless. They barely get by on a very tight budget, and need a lot of help. The kitchen has been remodeled and repainted. Storage areas have been sorted, cleaned and repainted. The laundry area is being upgraded. A garden has been set up to provide fresh vegetables for the residents.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Homeless people

This is an old primary school in one of the poorer neighborhoods in the capital city of Castries. The building and surrounding grounds need a lot or repair and maintenance work. We plan to assist in building out an area for a library and make other improvements.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Students

Feed My Sheep is a shelter for abused, troubled and homeless women and their young children. During times of natural disaster (e.g., hurricanes), the home also provides shelter for over 300 local residents. We have remodeled the kitchen, fixed the primary cook stove, replaced broken toilets, replaced all of the electrical system in the building, cleaned and organized storage areas, repainted residential areas, and completed a retaining wall to prevent flooding from torrential rain.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Young adults

Where we work

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.

The key objective of Macario Advantage is to achieve the biggest positive impact possible on the greatest number of people served. Macario Advantage works with the leadership of local humanitarian organizations to fully understand the key issues and challenges that they face on a daily basis, and then brainstorms with them about how Macario Advantage can help to upgrade their facilities to meet their most important goals. Once agreed goals are set, Macario Advantage prepares an action plan, purchases materials, hires skilled labor if needed, and carries out the work to full completion. We always complete every project that we start without delay so that the local beneficiary organization has the maximum benefit of the accomplished goal.

All on-island operations are conducted from a privately owned boat during the non-hurricane season (December - May). From June - November, Macario Advantage works from its home base in Houston, Texas, USA, liaising with the leadership of the organizations we plan to serve in the coming season, conducting fund-raising, and planning for the agreed future work. In order to provide local ownership and sustainability throughout the year, Macario Advantage works closely with each beneficiary organization to ensure that each agreed project is truly desired by the local organization, and that they are motivated to carry out their share of the work and provide future operation and maintenance of the completed work for years to come.

The directors and managers of Macario Advantage have backgrounds in organization management, project management, financial controls, interior decorating and event planning which are all brought to bear on the projects that are selected. What we accomplish is limited only by the amount of funds that are raised.

Macario Advantage has been in the Eastern Caribbean islands since 2014 working on projects that focus on upgrading the facilities operated by local organizations that serve islanders in need. The work to date has been on the islands of Dominica and St. Lucia. Plans are still being developed for work to continue on Dominica and St. Lucia, and to begin on other islands in 2022.

1. Northern District Home for the Aged in Portsmouth, Dominica: Repaired the plumbing, repaired the entrance gate, provided a new commercial-grade clothes washer, thoroughly cleaned the entire facility both indoors and outdoors, and rejuvenated the grounds.
2. Lamb's Feast in Portsmouth, Dominica (meals-on-wheels program for home-bound elderly): Repaired the foundation and replaced the floor of the building where meals are prepared, remodeled the kitchen and, following Hurricane Maria, helped to replace the roof. Repainted the entire interior of the building.
3. Roosevelt Douglas Primary School in Portsmouth, Dominica: Prepared a new library, provided a significant amount of educational materials, provided extensive exterior painting, and hired a local artist to provide special artwork on interior and exterior walls.
4. Clifton Primary School in Clifton, Dominica: Worked with another organization to restore desks and benches that had been badly damaged during Hurricane Maria. Hired a local artist to paint special artwork on an exterior wall.
5. Operation Youth Quake in Roseau, Dominica (shelter for abused teens): Remodeled the kitchen, repainted the kitchen and dining rooms, provided a commercial-grade clothes washer, and provided chairs for the residents.
6. Feed My Sheep in Mahaut, Dominica (shelter for homeless women, and storm shelter during hurricanes): Replaced all electrical wiring and switchgear, remodeled the kitchen, repainted several rooms, repaired toilets, repaired storm damage, and built a retaining wall to protect the facility from future river flooding.
7. Boys Training Center in Gros Islet, St. Lucia (shelter for teen boys): Remodeled and repainted the kitchen and pantry areas.
8. Cornerstone House in Vigie, St. Lucia (shelter for homeless men and women): Remodeled, organized,and cleaned the kitchen, and painted the kitchen, pantry, laundry and storerooms.

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

    Impoverished citizens of the Eastern Caribbean islands.

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

    SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.),

  • 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 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 are constantly adjusting our plans and project portfolio to meet the evolving priorities set by the local humanitarian organizations that we support.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

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

    Constant dialogue with the organizations we serve ensures that their leadership understands that their needs are being met in the most practical manner.

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, 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 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,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Macario Advantage

Board of directors
as of 10/20/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Evelyn Magoe Johnson

Macario Advantage

Term: 2020 - 2024

Clair Menning

Macario Advantage

Evelyn Johnson

Macario Advantage

Erica Welch

Ashma Winston

Mac. Adv. Dominica

Jodi Winston

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 ? 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? 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 04/13/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/30/2021

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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 seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.