Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking

INSPIRE CUBA INC

Helping rebuild trust through partnerships

aka Inspire Cuba

Parkland, FL

Mission

We provide direct support to Cubans through a trusted partnership network. ​

Ruling Year

2016

Executive Director

Mr. Christopher Vazquez

Compliance and Operations Director

Mr. Andy Garcia

Main Address

7410 S Cypresshead Dr

Parkland, FL 33067 USA

Keywords

Humanitarian aid

EIN

47-2227342

 Number

6035095682

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Inspire Cuba seeks to rebuild trust ties between ordinary Cubans and Americans through the implementation of collaborative partnerships in all areas permitted under general license exemption by United States laws; which currently includes: education, artistic sponsorship, disaster relief, humanitarian assistance and entrepreneurship support. We work to consolidate and connect a trusted partnership network of U.S. based non-profits doing work in Cuba with qualified Cuban based institutions and individuals. Our vision is to maximize the efficient support of humanitarian assistance to the island from the United States to help foster diplomacy efforts and community trust.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

School Supplies Program

Hurricane Relief (Iram)

Where we work

Our Results

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Number of multi-year grants received

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Median grant amount

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of public events held to further mission

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of overall donors

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Charting Impact

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

We aim to build bridges of communication between Cubans and Americans to foster trust-building initiatives in areas of common interest and high priority for Cubans like humanitarian assistance, technological innovation and culture based exchange programs

Responding to the needs of emerging Cuban entrepreneurs as defined by them by providing the physical equipment and tools they need to succeed in rebuilding the economy and building new infrastructure. We engage a wide range of actors in Cuba, including cooperative members, solo business leaders, non governmental organizations, academicians/ scientists and other experts in the fields we undertake to provide assistance with, interested businesses in the U.S. and other countries and organizations and government officials from both the U.S. and Cuba. We also partner with community centers run by churches and other independent inceptions to deliver educational programs and humanitarian assistance.

Our Board develops programs that places responsibilities outside the Board itself and onto our partners and funders. We work alongside the Foundations funding our cause and the partners helping us in order to involve their expertise in our decision making. We also have a Board of Advisors that monitors our activities and audits our financials in order to keep us accountable. Likewise, we provide access and open participation to members of the public into the affairs of the organization. Our funding comes mostly from a network of organizations interested in Cuban affairs.

We have a policy against which we measure our accomplishment. That policy is that no more than 10% of all monies coming in a given year can be spent in administrative or fundraising costs. Thus, 90% or more must be spent in executing an actual project on the ground in Cuba or supporting trusted organizations executing programs aligned to our overall mission. Thus, we measure our impact in terms of how much revenue we are able to raise and what percentage of that revenue is spent on programs or support for programs that advance our mission. We also travel to Cuba often to ensure the programs are implemented in a manner consistent with all applicable laws.

We have become one of the few non profits who have successfully executed programs on the ground in Cuba from the U.S. and who have involved many businesses and partners in the process; thus, creating a network of parties interested in supporting a new open policy course for Cuba. In doing this, we have helped ordinary Cubans who needed our help and we have provided an opportunity for face to face interactions between Cubans and Cuban Americans.
We still hope to be able to do more and acquire more freedom in deciding who to help without the intervention of non governmental organizations operating in Cuba under the tutelage of the Cuban government in order to make our interactions with ordinary Cubans more authentic and effective. We also hope to gain more financial support from U.S. foundations and corporations that are not yet willing to fund or sponsor projects for Cuba for fears of violating US laws.

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Financials

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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

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SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/07/2019

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & Ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender Identity
Male, Not Transgender (Cisgender)
Sexual Orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability Status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & Ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender Identity
Male, Not Transgender (Cisgender)
Disability Status
Person without a disability

Race & Ethnicity

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Gender Identity

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