RANCHO FELIZ CHARITABLE FOUNDATION INC

We’re a group of renegade volunteers, “Guardian Warriors.” We don’t play politics or religion. We don’t believe in handouts. We just get things done.

aka R.F.C.F.   |   Phoenix, AZ   |  www.ranchofeliz.com

Mission

The Rancho Feliz Charitable Foundation, Inc., was founded in 1987 by brothers Gil and Troy Gillenwater. It was initially formed to provide food, clothing and shelter to abandoned children in Mexican/American border towns. Over the years, Rancho Feliz has grown to the point where its principal focus is providing American volunteer groups with the opportunity to better themselves through serving the less-fortunate.

Ruling year info

1992

Principal Officer

Gil Gillenwater

Co Principal Officer

Kim Woodhouse

Main address

2398 E. Camelback Rd. #1080

Phoenix, AZ 85016 USA

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EIN

86-0680369

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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Our programs

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

Guardian Warrior Scholarship Program in Sonora, Mexico

Beginning in 1999, Rancho Feliz constructed a 3½ acre affordable housing community. Known as “Vecinos Dignos sin Fronteras” (Worthy Neighbors without Borders), this visionary neighborhood houses approximately

Rancho Feliz then formed an educational alliance with two fully accredited, private bi-lingual schools in Agua Prieta: Colegio Americano Anais for grades kindergarten, elementary and junior high and Colegio Benemerito de Las Americas for high school. The “Guardian Warrior” Private Scholarship Sponsor Program was born. We run our scholarship programs utilizing sound business principles.

“Guardian Warrior” Scholarship Sponsors include individuals, families, and businesses. Throughout the year, sponsors will receive grade reports and periodic letters written in English by the child. Many of our Sponsorships have developed into lasting international friendships. Nearly 3,000 scholarships have been given over the years.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth

Where we work

Awards

Philanthropic person of the year for Mexican state of Sonora 2021

Premio a la Sonora Filantropia

Affiliations & memberships

Rancho Feliz & Gil Gillenwater was chosen by Premio a la Sonora Filantropia (Sonora Award for Philan 2021

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?

    We are in constant communication with the more than 200 scholarship students we serve each year. We know how they are doing in school, what their academic needs and goals are, and what their families need above and beyond our education funding. We also serve hundreds of volunteers Agua Prieta each year, all of them making an enduring difference. We aim to provide purpose to American and Canadian volunteers who cross the border every year to work with us. These volunteers are forever changed. They return home more grateful, appreciative, and happier global citizens, reweaving the moral fabric of our own communities. We call it “Reciprocal Giving." Receivers become givers and givers become receivers.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Report cards and communication with educators,

  • 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 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?

    For the students: In order to better understand the needs of our high school students and their families, we have recently hired a guidance counselor. We did this to ensure the high school seniors stay on track academically and individually. Sheyla Lopez is a certified psychologist and academic counselor. Her area of expertise is adolescent development with an emphasis in educational growth and guidance, as well as self-esteem. This will help us more quickly identify any specific or special needs, and address them in a more structured and consultative way. Volunteers: We created a Google survey we now send after each volunteer group. We assess the staff, cleanliness and overall experience, welcoming feedback at the end.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

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

    Students and families: Asking for feedback often empowers the person we're serving. Giving the person (often a disadvantaged person) the space to speak freely and vocalize what they need, creates trust between the two parties. Volunteers: Giving the volunteer the opportunity to anonymously give feedback shines a light on areas that are working well and areas of improvement, while letting them know we care about their experience and are always striving to do better.

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, 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?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve,

Financials

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RANCHO FELIZ CHARITABLE FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 10/31/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jim Armstrong

Patrick Armstrong

JDA Investments

Gil Gillenwater

Founder of Rancho Feliz

Michael Blaszyk

Operating Partner for BPOC

Luis De La Cruz

Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation

Jim Armstrong

JDA Investments

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? No
  • 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? No
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
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
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/18/2022

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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 help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.