Donor Report 2017

Support. Grow. Innovate. Impact.

Message from the Chair

  • I am honored to sit as the current Chair on the Foundation for Amigos de las Américas, and I speak for the rest of the Board of Trustees when I express our gratitude for your gift to our organization. I would like to report back on how your gift to the Foundation has had a powerful and positive impact on AMIGOS.

    The Foundation for Amigos de las Américas exists to build and manage a strong foundation corpus that provides income to support AMIGOS as it grows and innovates. We present compelling opportunities to make a difference and inspire donors to support AMIGOS financially with significant gifts to the Path Forward Campaign.

    Our vision is to expand the reach of the AMIGOS mission and create increased access to our programs for all youth. In the last three years, we are proud that we have had an especially positive impact on AMIGOS in three areas:

    • Rapid and remarkable growth in financial assistance packages;
    • Successful marketing rebrand to help modernize outreach and recruitment efforts;and
    • Development of a targeted major gifts program with alumni events and outreach to support the Path Forward Campaign goals.

    We will launch the Path Forward Campaign into the public sphere later this year and are looking forward to sharing our goals and achievements with a larger audience. We are currently working hard to take our success forward into 2017 by increasing our investment in AMIGOS for organizational and regional growth and providing more financial assistance awards and endowments for the future.

    Thank you again for your faith and investment in AMIGOS. Your gift to the Foundation ensures that AMIGOS will have a long history and a sustained impact.

    Warm regards,

    Elizabeth Blowers-Nyman
    Chair, The Foundation for Amigos de las Américas

The Foundation's impact on AMIGOS increases each year as we garner the support of our alumni and broader networks.

Organizational Capacity

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    The Foundation now contributes 4% of the AMIGOS annual operating budget with plans to grow that contribution significantly.

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    The Foundation Associate Director is leading our first-ever alumni engagement and major gifts program, as well as launching the inaugural capital campaign for AMIGOS.

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    Since our founding, more than 100 community project “Bevil” grants have been awarded for local projects in Latin America through a competitive application process.

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    In 2014, the Foundation supported the AMIGOS marketing rebrand with the development of brand styling and messaging for the organization.

    In 2015 and 2016, the Foundation supported the modernization of AMIGOS fundraising systems, which included building a major gifts program with improved stewardship processes to reinforce our ongoing appeals and alumni outreach events on the East and West Coasts.

Increased Access to AMIGOS Programs

In 2016, financial awards from the National Office increased in three dramatic ways:

  • 80%

    Increase in Total
    Amount Awarded

    • 2015 total distributed: $177,071
    • 2016 total distributed: $319,139

  • 27%

    Increase in Average
    Individual Award

    • 2015 average award: $1,686
    • 2016 average award: $2,144

  • 36%

    Increase in
    Number of Awards

    • 2015 participants: 109
    • 2016 participants: 148

"I have heard countless stories from participants that confirm my financial support makes a difference. This impact fuels my passion for future giving."

Mil Gracias

Our current and future success is due to generous pledges and gifts from our supporters. A heartful thank you.

  • Honor Roll of
    Pledged Giving

    Douglas W. Alexander and Stacy Keaton Alexander
    Yohanna Baca and Juan Umana
    Dr. David W. Baron and Ms. Pamela Mann
    Douglass and Margaret Beeman
    Elizabeth Blowers-Nyman and Jay Nyman
    Kelly Burkholder
    Edward C. Cazier & Suky Umana Cazier
    Allyson and Steve Cook
    Karen and Alan Crossley
    Tom Edwards, In Memoriam
    Eitan Fenson and Barbara Weinstei
    Donald and Martha Freedman
    Patricia and Benjamin Grad
    Angie Graves
    Mike Gridley
    Betsy and Fred Griffin
    Andrew R. Howick
    Philip C. Johnson III
    Michael and Dana Kercheval
    David Madson
    Laura Sharpe McCutcheon & Roy McCutchen III
    Andrew and Sara Nathan
    Bart D. Putterman, MD and Ilene Putterman
    Scott and Catherine Roberts
    Steve and Susana Sharpe
    Ann Starr
    Paul and DiAnne Stebbins
    Mary Stelletello
    Susan Stevenson/Weatherspoon Trust
    Marvin and Cassandra Trotter
    Michael Vaughn
    Dr. and Mrs J. Dayton Voorhees, III
    Dorn Wenninger and Dominique Schulenburg
    Raquel Wexler
    Alan Wolf
    H. S. Wright III and Kate Janeway

  • Gifts

    William and Catherine Arnold
    Samantha Barbee
    Darrell Hungerford and Peggy Bartelt
    David Lockery and Anne Calek
    Marian Cioe
    Paul Contran
    Theodore Ellsworth
    Stephanie Falkenstein and Subir Kumedan
    Ward Howick and Patricia Devoy-Howick
    Adolfo Jimenez and Ulrike Falkenberg
    Dena Korsgard
    Wade and Donna Lamson
    Louis and Angela Magne
    Vidal and Debbie Martinez
    Suzanne Morris
    Mindy Nierenberg
    Douglas Paisley II and Susan Paisley
    Marc and Leanna Sterios Primiani
    Denton Ragland and Sarah Felknor
    Milton and Lisa Roney
    Carlos and Diana Sanchez
    Holly Vander Schaaf
    Seattle Foundation
    Michael and Kimberley Shroba
    Elizabeth Stanton
    Strake Foundation
    Julie Taylor MD, MPH
    Helen Wang
    James and Janet Zimmermann

  • Chapter Gifts

    Chicago North
    East Bay
    Kansas City
    Minneapolis/St. Paul
    New York City
    Salt Lake City
    San Diego
    San Francisco
    Silicon Valley
    Urban Chicago
    Washington DC

Our Team

Board of Trustees

  • Douglas W. Alexander
    Elizabeth Blowers-Nyman, Chair
    Edward C. Cazier, Treasurer
    Steve Cook
    Karen Crossley, Vice Chair & Secretary

  • Patricia Grad
    Mike Gridley
    Philip C. Johnson III
    Marc Primiani
    Lisa Roney

  • Steve Sharpe
    Paul Stebbins
    Susan Stevenson
    Dorn Wenninger

  • Staff Leadership

    Sara Nathan - President & CEO, Amigos de las Américas
    Luis Mena - CFO & Vice President of Administration, Amigos de las Américas
    Krista Boscoe - Associate Director, The Foundation for Amigos de las Américas

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