Greetings from Hearts of Gold! We would like to give a special shout out and give our thanks to YOU, the true hearts behind Hearts of Gold, for allowing us to sustain our work into another year! We are so excited to report the exciting development and growth of the Community Assistance Program (CAP)!
Here is where your worthy contributions have been put to work:
We have officially closed the Pilot Year of the CAP program, and have been working hard to make it even better in its second year. Our quarterly evaluations and mentoring sessions with our local partners have helped us to tailor the program so that it can serve our local partners and their leaders on an even deeper level!
We are narrowing down our education areas from 8 to 6, in response to our members’ feedback about focusing on critical themes:
- Fundraising & Donor Management
- Marketing & Communications
- Finance & Governance
- Performance Management
We are also working to restructure the scholarship aspect of the CAP so that more nonprofits can receive these services at no cost. In our pilot year of the CAP, you helped us fund 3 partners, and we aim to double that number in 2018!
On that note, we are delighted to announce our newest member of the CAP, the orphanage “OSSO.” Thanks to our corporate sponsor Global Wellness Ecuador, OSSO will be receiving a scholarship to the CAP program with an intensified curriculum to help them grow and reach their goals! OSSO is an orphanage outside the city of Cuenca that serves 22 children with disabilities, providing them with full care including all medical needs, therapies, education, and daily support. OSSO’s leaders Lorena and Rodrigo have been running the organization since 2007, and are very excited for this opportunity to take their nonprofit to the next level!
Our work doesn’t end there! Hearts of Gold wants to continue to build deeper relations with the local community – thus we are moving forward with our 5-year contract with the Universidad de Cuenca and working to build partnerships for an internship program, collaboration with professors and their expertise, and use of their spaces for workshops and events!
Our calendar for 2018 is filling up fast! We are in the process of preparing 25 workshops sessions, 7 dialogues, and 4 never seen before networking events for nonprofit leaders that will impact thousands in Ecuador.
We hosted our first networking event of the year in January, bringing together 19 leaders from 13 local Ecuadorian nonprofits. These events not only help leaders to build connections and learn from one another, but also feel supported when our fields of work can be isolating and emotionally challenging. Our colleague from FUPEC (Families United for Cancer Patients) shared the following testimonial at our last event:
- “Our organization was at a point of transformation when we met Hearts of Gold. The love, appreciation, knowledge, and motivation that we received from this nonprofit network helped us move forward at FUPEC, especially when I was afraid. This type of work often leaves us feeling very tired, so it is so nice to be here in this network and know that we are not alone, and that we can indeed continue and give a little more.”
Our last bit of news (for now) is that the Leadership Class of 2018 have officially been selected! This year we will have 18 leaders from 13 nonprofits join us for a 5-day Leadership Training! Hearts of Gold was selected for the 2nd year in a row to host and coordinate this training by the European Libre Foundation due to our role as a leader in the local nonprofit community. We are proud to be able to bring together such inspiring leaders serving women, children, elderly, dogs, individuals with cancer and their families, immigrants, impoverished communities, and more in this year’s Leadership Class of 2018!
Keep an eye out this year for a new women’s empowerment project that we have been developing! Mírame (direct translation: watch me) is a program that will focus specifically on empowering and supporting female community leaders – women who have a vision to change their world, but have been left marginalized in a society with little support. This project has grown from the CAP and supporting female nonprofit leaders, and will now be able to serve Ecuadorian women at large. Mírame will support women through an empowerment and self-development program, along with extra support via education and leadership to encourage their success!
We would like to sincerely thank you for investing in Hearts of Gold and the Community Assistance Program. You keep our heart beating. It is thanks to you that we have good news to report, and it is thanks to you that we can continue to serve our community – nonprofits and their leaders – in order to help them reach their goals and impact the lives of thousands.
From our hearts to yours,
The Hearts of Gold Team – Kelly, Maria Jose, and Colleen