BRILLO DE SOL

brighter lives for children with disabilities

aka Brillo de Sol, USA   |   Baltimore, MD   |  www.brillodesol.org

Mission

Brillo de Sol's mission is to transform lives of special needs children in Guatemala through education and rehabilitation. By attending to the humanity of each child in a way that respects their individuality and unique learning needs , Brillo de Sol strives to promote the recovery of self-esteem, discovery of talents and abilities, and the development of thinking skills in each student. Acting within the guidelines of the education laws, our trained staff adapts the curriculum and evaluation guidelines to the specialized needs of individual students. We strive to place each student on the road to success in life through education, socialization and by teaching them the values necessary to lead productive lives.

Notes from the nonprofit

Brillo de Sol was founded in 2005 with just a few students in the home of our founder and Executive Director, Letty Lopez Contreras. Since then, Brillo de Sol has grown to over 85 students in the school, added an early learning program, plus programs for speech therapy, psychology, teacher training, parent education, cooking classes, karate , and other academic support.

The leadership team and board is committed to continuing to build capacity, enhance program quality and maintain the trust our donor and supporters place in us through transparency and sound management practices, making Brillo de Sol and model school and power of example for special education in Guatemala.

Ruling year info

2014

Directora Executiva

Letty López Contreras

President, Brillo de Sol USA

Sabrina Cooper

Main address

6605 Walnutwood Circle

Baltimore, MD 21212 USA

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EIN

45-5267898

NTEE code info

Single Organization Support (B11)

Specialized Education Institutions/Schools for Visually or Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled (B28)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The primary mission of Brillo de Sol, USA is to provide fundraising and educational support to our partner organization Asociación Brillo de Sol, educating children with disabilities in Guatemala. We face three main challenges. (a) developing sustainable funding: We are in continuous need to expand our donor base, explore funding through grant writing and find large donors for a new school building. (b) educational challenges: in our efforts to assist the school with developing educational programs that are evidence-based, show measurable outcomes, and fit well into a national school system that has traditionally disregarded children with disabilities, we encountered many cultural differences. (c) our students: the children attending our school face many challenges to their success at school. Their families are poor, their nutritional status is inappropriate, they are often in desperate need of medical/ pharmacological intervention, and they frequently have mental health needs.

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?

Brillo de Sol

Provides education and therapy to impoverished children with disabilities in Guatemala

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with disabilities

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

The two long-term goals of Brillo de Sol, USA are (a) to assist the Asociación Brillo de Sol Guatemala to develop sustainable funding in the form of individual gifts and organizational grants to supplement the fundraising we do in the United States, and (b) to provide support for the educational programming for the children with disabilities who are attending the school. The fundraising goal includes a long-term capital fundraising project for building a school that allows us to meet the needs for schooling for local children with disabilities.
Our current short-term goals are (a) to increase the coordination and collaboration with the Guatemalan partner organization, setting common goals in the pursuit of the ultimate goal of improving the educational outcome for the children attending the school; (b) to pursue joint strategic planning; (c) to support the Guatemalan partner organization in hiring a technical directors to oversee educational programming and the operation of the school

(a) Board collaboration: Most recently, we have begun to formalize the relationship between the two board of directors, defining mutual expectations, making joint plans, and implementing annual performance evaluations of the status of the execution of these plans.
(b) Joint strategic planning: We have obtained the commitment of both boards to participate in a strategic planning retreat, planned for 2019 in Antigua, Guatemala.
(c) Hiring of a technical director: This is primarily the task of the Guatemalan board. However, we have provided technical information on the hiring process at this point.
(d) Salary increases: We have increased our marketing efforts with current and future donors in North-America (US and Canada), Europe, and Guatemala, by publishing a monthly donor/ volunteer newsletter for donor recruitment and retention.

Although welcoming new board members with professional level expertise and experience (particularly in fields such as education, special education, social work and counseling, occupational therapy, school administration, etc.), our small, all-volunteer board of directors is a highly engaged board. We are reaching out to educational institutions, to coordinate volunteer programs with them. We have formed partnerships with individuals and organizations and regularly involve them in our program implementation.

In the past 6 years of collaboration between the two organizations, Brillo de Sol, USA, has provided fundraising and accounting expertise that has resulted in a broad and sustainable donor base and fiscally sound management practices in both organizations. We have coordinated educational efforts in training teachers and administrative staff, provided such training ourselves, and participated in training by other individuals and agencies. The next steps or objectives in the implementation of our 4 short term goals are (a) continue the process of collaboration by assisting the Guatemalan organization in formalizing their conception of inclusive education, (b) setting time and place for a joint retreat and hiring a facilitator, (c) executing fundraising plans to find the funding for a technical director, (d) executing fundraising plans to find the funding for salary increases for the professional staff.

Financials

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BRILLO DE SOL

Board of directors
as of 11/2/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Sabrina Cooper


Board co-chair

Letty Letty López Contreras

Asociación Brillo de Sol

Term: 2013 - 2022

Joseph Phebus

Joseph Phebus Consulting, LLC

Letty Lopez Contreras

Brillo de Sol

Brian Nocella

London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art (LAMDA)

Ravi Srinivasan

GroupFio, Inc

Suja Srinivasan

GroupFio, Inc.

Steven Cooper

Sabrina Cooper

Michael Fraas

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 07/10/2021

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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

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, 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: 07/10/2021

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.