Salesian Missions

Our mission gives hope to millions of youth around the globe. What is your mission?

aka Salesian Missions   |   New Rochelle, NY   |  http://www.salesianmissions.org

Mission

Salesian Missions, headquartered in New Rochelle, New York, is part of the Don Bosco Network — a worldwide federation of Salesian non-governmental organizations. The mission of the U.S.-based nonprofit Catholic organization is to provide support and raise funds to assist needy youth and families through programs carried out by Salesian missionaries. Millions of youth facing adversity have received services specifically funded by Salesian Missions and its donors. Funds are also raised to assist with humanitarian emergencies caused by natural disasters, wars and violence.

Notes from the nonprofit

Our Missions include: primary and secondary education, helping homeless youth (orphanages), gender equalilty, workforce development, youth clubs (oratorios), food security, health social services, refugees & internally displaced populations, infrastructure development, clean water initiative, humanitarian assistance, moral & spiritual development, and our Salesian Lay Missionary program.

Salesian Missions has special Consultative Status with ECOSOC (the NGO Branch of the United Nations). A representative works at the U.N. headquarters in New York City and serves as a liaison to Salesians world-wide by participating in meetings and working groups aimed at solving some of the world's most pressing problems facing marginalized youth.

Ruling year info

1946

Director

Father Gus Baek S.D.B.

Assistant Director

Father Timothy C Ploch S.D.B.

Main address

2 Lefevre Lane

New Rochelle, NY 10801 USA

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EIN

80-0522035

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a religious organization.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

All of the programs that receive funding from Salesian Missions are operated by missionaries who have made a lifelong commitment to give the world's neediest children the chance for a better life. This work began in 1859 by a young visionary priest named John (Don) Bosco, along with 18 other young men who were once street children. Their calling was to bring hope to thousands of poor youth. Their goal was to instill in them the confidence and skills they needed to survive and provide opportunities to break the bonds of poverty. This work continues today, with tens of thousands being called to serve and millions of children being helped. But the work carried out by these missionaries (many in places no one else is willing to go) cannot continue if we do not support the formation of a new generation of Salesians. That is why Salesian Missions has made this support a priority.

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?

Humanitarian Assistance

With its global reach, Salesian Missions is perfectly
positioned to aid in emergency relief during times
of natural disasters, traumatic circumstances and
civil war. By launching special fundraising drives
during humanitarian emergencies, Salesian Missions
supports programs that relieve famine in Africa, assist
flood victims in Asia, rebuild schools in Haiti and so
much more.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Most recently, the U.N. High Commission for Refugees
noted an unprecedented 65.6 million people have
been forced from their homes on a global level.
Among the displaced, more than 22.5 million are
refugees. Sadly, more than half of all refugees are
estimated to be children. Salesian Missions supports
programs that provide humanitarian assistance,
including educational and job training programs
specifically designed to help refugee and internally
displaced populations. Around the globe, Salesian
programs offer hope and empowerment to refugee
children and families, who are among the most
vulnerable people in the world.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Families

Aimed at maximizing the impact of donor-assisted programs and answering the call for emergency aid deliveries, Salesian Mission's Property and Logistics Program is carried out through generous assistance from government and private sector partners who contribute tax deductible in-kind donations and government excess property. Millions of dollars in U.S. Government-issued excess property and corporate in-kind donations are leveraged by Salesian Missions' annual award from the USAID Ocean Freight Reimbursement Grant for humanitarian aid shipments.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

A child’s ability to receive an education is greatly
increased when there isn’t worry about where the next
meal is coming from. According to the United Nations
Food and Agriculture Organization, there are more than
795 million people who are undernourished around
the globe. About half of them are young people. This
is why, whenever possible, Salesian school programs
integrate nutrition programs. Salesian Missions food
aid programs feed students—reducing
child malnutrition while increasing
school attendance. Salesian programs
also improve household food availability
through increased agricultural
productivity. This promotes growth and
development as the sustainable and long-term
way to combat poverty and enhance food security.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Education has proven to be an effective means of breaking the intergenerational cycle of poverty while giving the most vulnerable youth a sense of personal dignity and self-worth. There are more than 5,500 Salesian schools around the globe providing education to young students to prepare them for advanced technical and vocation studies. In addition, nearly 1,040 Salesian vocational, technical, professional and agricultural schools give practical skills to youth to create productive and contributing adults in their communities—rebuilding communities and ending the cycle of poverty. A. These specialized programs help students become contributing adults in their communities. More than 80 colleges worldwide, with more than 40 professional degree programs, and nearly 90 adult educational centers.These schools go above and beyond educating. They also assist youth in making connections within industries while preparing them for the process of searching, finding and retaining employment.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

It is hard to believe that an estimated 768 million
people do not have access to clean water and almost
2.5 billion do not have adequate sanitation systems.
Instead of being able to attend school, many children
around the globe are forced to walk for hours to collect
drinking water. Unfortunately, too often this water is
contaminated and seriously sickens those who consume
it. There is an immense need for clean and potable water
in many of the countries where Salesian missionaries
serve. Therefore, Salesian Missions has made water and
sanitation systems a top priority.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

The Salesian society is an exempt clerical religious congregation. Its main objective is the Christian perfection of its members, and every work of charity, both spiritual and material, on behalf of the young, especially those who are poor and neglected. Therefore, its object includes festive youth centers or oratories, boarding, trade and agricultural schools, houses for the training of those who aspire to the priesthood.

Population(s) Served
Men and boys
Adolescents

Salesian Missions cares about the growth and
development of young girls and women. They are
the backbone of the family structure. By providing
women with education, training skills and support,
families are made stronger. Social outreach programs,
child care support and job training allow
for women to have better jobs. As a result, they are
better able to support their families and keep them
intact.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Children and youth

Worldwide, Salesian missionaries care for the sick
at more than 150 clinics, hospitals and dispensaries
(many located in rural areas). Additionally,
communicable disease prevention programs are
making an impact. Health services can be found in
many of the countries that have Salesian programs.

Population(s) Served
Families

Where we work

Awards

Lumens Awards - Best Major Donor Appeal 2010

National Catholic Development Conference

Affiliations & memberships

Direct Marketing Association 2015

Combined Federal Campaign 2015

The Non Profit Alliance 2018

Great NonProfits 2018

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.

Salesian Missions provides support and raises funds to assist poor youth and their families in more than 130 countries around the globe. Through schools, educational, social and workforce development programs, the Salesians work to help break the cycle of poverty and help youth lead productive and happy lives. Millions of youth facing adversity have received services specifically funded by Salesian Missions and its donors. Funds are also raised to assist with humanitarian emergencies caused by natural disasters, wars and violence. Salesian Missions programs target poor youth who live in both rural and urban settings.

Salesian Missions programs do much more than just provide food and shelter. The primary goal is providing education. In order to do that most effectively, Salesian missionaries believe that youth must first have safety, shelter and their basic needs met. Then they are able to focus on their studies, earn an education and find livable wage employment. Because Salesian missionaries live and work within the communities they serve, programs are tailored to address the local needs. Salesian Missions operates programs in the following categories: youth education and trade schools; infrastructure and capacity building; health services; emergency relief; women empowerment; homeless youth; refugee camps; and displaced populations; youth clubs; and food security programs.

Salesian Missions programs are carried out by more than 30,000 priests, brothers and sisters who serve as Salesians of Don Bosco (S.D.B.), the second largest order in the Roman Catholic Church. They are also joined by thousands of passionate volunteers, committed lay staff, and generous donors. Because the Salesians are on the ground and members of local communities, they have a unique perspective and ability to modify programs and services to meet the local need. The Salesian network is able to respond quickly and efficiently to deliver customized programming that assists youth in the most targeted and effective manner possible. The organization also has numerous partnerships with government agencies, other NGOs and local services in the communities they serve to help further support their mission.

More than 3 million youth have received services funded by Salesian Missions. The organization operates more than 5,500 Salesian schools around the globe. Youth in more than 130 countries are decreasing their risks, breaking the cycle of poverty, and becoming contributing members of local communities. Poverty, disease, natural disasters and food insecurity affecting poor youth and their families remain a global priority and while Salesian Missions has made significant accomplishments, the need persists. Salesian Missions will continue to provide innovative designed programming that is customized to meet the immediate needs of the youth and communities it serves.

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

    Communication with the missionaries via email or in writing.,

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

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To inform our benefators of the difference they are making with their generosity to our mission work,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our funders,

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Lackof communication from the most remotes places in the globe.,

Financials

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Operations

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Salesian Missions

Board of directors
as of 11/24/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Father Tim Zak

SDB-Board Chair

Term: 2017 -

Fr. Gus Baek

SDB-Executive Director

Fr. Dennis Donovan

SDB-Treasurer

Fr. Jim McKenna

SDB-Trustee

Stephen Eross

SDB-Secretary

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? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/17/2021

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