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Comunidad A.C.

Humboldt 53, Colonia Centro
Cuernavaca, Morelos 62000
Mexico

Mission

The mission is to join local capacities and resources of diverse groups and individuals in sustainable community initiatives, to strengthen the capacity of local self-development, and improve the quality of life of the most vulnerable groups in Morelos.

Most Meaningful Change

LA ESTACION is a vast squatters’ settlement where we recently dedicated a new $40,000 community center, where we feed a hearty and nutritious breakfast to 180 children, the center alive with daily programs, adult education and income-producing workshop opportunities; we provide a pre-school for 150 children and offer tutoring assistance; we are developing a public patio, mini-park and a cloths washing location, all new programs at local citizens’ initiative. TEXCAL is a neighborhood that invited us to share our community empowerment methodology with almost breathtaking impact, people working together in small business development, waste management, recycling, beautification and programs for children and youth. Each project has its own remarkable “birthing story,” each steadily expanding its scope and impact, the people themselves focusing vision of a different future and tapping their collective capacities to “put wheels under their dreams” as they like to put it.

1996 Year Founded

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Last Updated: 01.18.16

Population Area Served

50,300

Identifying Information
OrganizationComunidad A.C.
Address 1Humboldt 53, Colonia Centro
Address 2Did not answer
City / TownCuernavaca
State / RegionMorelos
ZIP / Postal Code62000
CountryMexico
ContinentNorth America
Map Address (If Different)Did not answer
Map City / Town (If Different)Did not answer
Map State / Region (If Different)Did not answer
Map Zip / Postal Code (If Different)Did not answer
Map Country (If Different)Did not answer
Phone(777)314.18.41
Emailfundacioncomunidadac@gmail.com
Websitewww.comunidad.org.mx
Organization Leader (Name, Title)Erik Bruce Friend Drake, Presidente del Consejo Directivo
Primary Contact’s NameIsabel Hernández Vega
Primary Contact’s PositionCoordinadora de Proyectos
Foundation at a Glance
Year Founded1996
Mission StatementThe mission is to join local capacities and resources of diverse groups and individuals in sustainable community initiatives, to strengthen the capacity of local self-development, and improve the quality of life of the most vulnerable groups in Morelos.
Organization DescriptionCommunity Foundation
Other DescriptionWe are a non-profit community foundation founded in 1996. Our goal is to gather together capabilities and resources from different people and organizations in our community and put them to work for causes and local development initiatives that interest them. Through the consolidation of alliances between different sectors of the community in Morelos, we create co-investment funds to support sustainable community projects. We conduct processes that integrate a wide range of interests to strengthen and improve the bonds between civil society organizations and initiatives that have emerged from the community.Vision
Approximate Size of the Population Serviced50,300
Total Paid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)5
Total Unpaid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)10
Total Board Members10
Financial Information (in U.S. Dollars)
Organization’s Total Income in Last Fiscal Year$160,000
Organization’s Gifts Income in Last Fiscal YearDid not answer
Organization’s Total Expenditures in Last Fiscal YearDid not answer
Organization’s Grantmaking Budget in Last Fiscal YearDid not answer
Does Organization Have an EndowmentYes
Value of Endowment (or Financial Reserves) as of the End of Last Fiscal YearDid not answer
Change in Financial Status Over Last Three Years
Priorities and Achievements
Factors that Played a Role in the Origins of Your Organization
Community leadershipPlayed an important role
Philanthropic giftsPlayed a slight role
Grassroots activismPlayed a slight role
Inadequate government servicesDid not answer
Changes in the political environmentPlayed a slight role
Changes in the economic environmentPlayed a slight role
Government initiative fundingPlayed a slight role
Foundation initiative fundingPlayed an important role
Bilateral or multilateral initiative fundingPlayed an important role
Favorable legal or fiscal policiesPlayed a slight role
Time Spent Working in Following Areas
NeighborhoodVery little time
LocallyFair amount of time
RegionallyLots of time
NationallyVery little time
InternationallyDid not answer
Rate Importance of the Following Functions
GrantmakingImportant but not central
Having local people as leaders in the organizationSlightly important
Seeking local donationsImportant but not central
Having a gender balance in the organizationCentrally important
Board reflective of community diversityCentrally important
Building an endowmentImportant but not central
Serving donor needsCentrally important
Acting as a fiscal intermediary for the communityCentrally important
Building inclusion and trust in the communityCentrally important
Pursuing equityCentrally important
Accountability to local peopleCentrally important
Raising money for grantmaking annuallyImportant but not central
Community developmentCentrally important
In the Last Year, Extent to Which Programming and/or Grantmaking Involved Work in the Following Areas
Arts and cultureLot
EducationLot
EnvironmentLittle
HealthLittle
Human and social servicesLot
Human rightsLot
International relationsDid not answer
ReligionDid not answer
Economic developmentDid not answer
Conflict resolution/bridging different parts of the communityLot
Information technologyLittle
Strengthening local or regional governmentLittle
HousingLittle
ChildrenFair amount
WaterLittle
Alternative energyLittle
Disaster reliefDid not answer
Advocacy with authoritiesLittle
Job trainingFair amount
Nongrantmaking Services Offered to Community in Recent Years
Convening for issues of local concernOccasionally
Promote collaboration between granteesOften
Promote understanding of public policyOccasionally
Training/capacity-building for local organizationsOften
AdvocacyRarely
Loaned staffRarely
ResearchOccasionally
Community needs assessmentOften
Leadership developmentOften
InternshipsOccasionally
Providing space for local organizationsOften
Access to information technologyOccasionally
Publishing/knowledge sharingOccasionally
Main Trends Over the Past Year in Geographic Area Served
PovertyN/A
CrimeDid not answer
Trust among different sections of the communityDid not answer
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesDid not answer
Social position of marginalized groupsDid not answer
Responsiveness of authoritiesDid not answer
Appropriateness of public policiesDid not answer
Value of community assetsDid not answer
Quality of the environmentDid not answer
Number of people and organizations working to change and improve their communityDid not answer
Levels of innovation and risk taking in addressing community problemsDid not answer
Networks and links between different parts of the communityDid not answer
Gender equityDid not answer
Charitable giving through the community foundationDid not answer
Number of people and organizations involved in philanthropic givingDid not answer
Extent to Which Organization Can Claim Tangible and Measurable Achievements in the Past Three Years
PovertyDid not answer
CrimeDid not answer
Trust among different sections of the communityDid not answer
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesDid not answer
Social position of marginalized groupsDid not answer
Responsiveness of authoritiesDid not answer
Appropriateness of public policiesDid not answer
Value of community assetsDid not answer
Quality of the environmentDid not answer
Number of people and organizations working to change and improve their communityDid not answer
Levels of innovation and risk taking in addressing community problemsDid not answer
Networks and links between different parts of the communityDid not answer
Gender equityDid not answer
Charitable giving through the community foundationDid not answer
Number of people and organizations involved in philanthropic givingDid not answer
Active Partnerships
Formal community associations and groupsDid not answer
Informal associations of citizensDid not answer
Non-governmental organizationsDid not answer
Local governmentDid not answer
National governmentDid not answer
UniversitiesDid not answer
SchoolsDid not answer
BusinessesDid not answer
Partnerships and External Aid
Other Institutions Helpful to Our Work
National association of grantmakersNeither helpful or unhelpful
Regional association of grantmakersNeither helpful or unhelpful
Global Fund for Community FoundationsVery helpful
Particular foundationVery helpful
Other organizationVery helpful
Involvement of Local People
Regularly survey local people about our programsYes
Local people are engaged in the delivery of our workYes
Local people control what our organization doesYes
Have local people represented on our boardYes
Have regular sessions where local people advise us what our programs should doYes
Actively engage local people as volunteersYes
All of our board is composed of local peopleNo
Account to local people about our successes and failures each yearYes
Assistance in Overcoming Main Difficulties Faced in Developing Organization Further
Increased fundingVery important
Better legal or fiscal environmentImportant
More volunteersImportant
Access to advice or technical assistanceImportant
Better local culture of givingVery important
Stronger civil societyVery important
More responsive authoritiesVery important
OtherDid not answer
Most Meaningful Change
Most Meaningful Change that Organization Has Helped to Bring About in the Last Three YearsLA ESTACION is a vast squatters’ settlement where we recently dedicated a new $40,000 community center, where we feed a hearty and nutritious breakfast to 180 children, the center alive with daily programs, adult education and income-producing workshop opportunities; we provide a pre-school for 150 children and offer tutoring assistance; we are developing a public patio, mini-park and a cloths washing location, all new programs at local citizens’ initiative. TEXCAL is a neighborhood that invited us to share our community empowerment methodology with almost breathtaking impact, people working together in small business development, waste management, recycling, beautification and programs for children and youth. Each project has its own remarkable “birthing story,” each steadily expanding its scope and impact, the people themselves focusing vision of a different future and tapping their collective capacities to “put wheels under their dreams” as they like to put it.
 

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Identifying Information

Foundation at a Glance

Financial Information (in U.S. Dollars)

Priorities and Achievements
Factors that Played a Role in the Origins of Your Organization

Time Spent Working in Following Areas

Rate Importance of the Following Functions

In the Last Year, Extent to Which Programming and/or Grantmaking Involved Work in the Following Areas

Nongrantmaking Services Offered to Community in Recent Years

Main Trends Over the Past Year in Geographic Area Served

Extent to Which Organization Can Claim Tangible and Measurable Achievements in the Past Three Years

Active Partnerships

Partnerships and External Aid
Other Institutions Helpful to Our Work

Involvement of Local People

Assistance in Overcoming Main Difficulties Faced in Developing Organization Further

Most Meaningful Change

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