Fabretto Children's Foundation

Rating: 4.78 stars   18 reviews 221

Issues: Children & Youth, Education, International, Economic Development

Location: 3124 North 10th Street 2nd Floor Arlington VA 22201 USA

Mission: Fabretto's mission is to empower underserved children and their families in Nicaragua to reach their full potential, improve their livelihoods, and take advantage of economic opportunity through education and nutrition.
Results: Fabretto currently supports over 12,000 children in Nicaragua in seven Fabretto Education Centers and more than 100 public schools throughout Nicaragua.
Target demographics: underserved children and their families in Nicaragua
Direct beneficiaries per year: over 12,000 children
Geographic areas served: Nicaragua
Programs: Early and primary education enrichment, Food security and Nutrition programs, Rural secondary education, Vocational and Life skills education, and Community well-being and development programs.
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EIN 36-3894824
(703) 525-8716
www.fabretto.org
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have lived in the third world for many years and seen lots of non-profits some good and some bad. I work for this one and because I believe so highly in Fabretto's work, ethics, heart and most of all, impact, I'm not just an employee, but a donor. And I've gotten my friends and family to donate as well, because I trust Fabretto and I admire the work. I am proud to give to this organization, and I am proud to work here.

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Rating: 1 stars  

I was deeply disappointed with my three month experience as Associate of Development at Fabretto. The settled staff is very tight knit which makes for an honest and productive working environment. Nonetheless, the CFO has absolutely no experience in finance or accounting and was requesting I research certain practices. The CDO has social connections which bring money into the organization, but she lacks in overall operation of a development team. Additionally, she seems to think her parking tickets are company expenses. The tight knit nature of the staff only brushes off comments questioning expenses and spending. There is very little transparency and accountability with CDO spending as she demands access to the reporting.

Fabretto does work that must be done, but they have the potential to do it so much better. If only this nonprofit would not hire based on connections, but based on actual experience. Additionally, they should heed the suggestions brought up by new staff.

Lastly, a great reflection of an organizations core is looking at the CEO. Mr. Marinacci has a big heart, but he is a heinous supervisor and continuously mistreats employees, procrastinates on Board demands and disregards legitimate concerns about employee conduct. Fabretto could use creating an actual HR department or having one individual who maintains HR and nothing else (otherwise it'd be a conflict of interests).

I do not recommend giving to this organization for the next three years... rather I recommend volunteering with them. Even to volunteers it is most transparent their disregard for improvements and other-than-executive-staff. The negligent spending of the CDO is not pardonable. The disgraceful behavior of a CEO towards his staff is unacceptable. Furthermore, the unqualified CFO condoning bad spending practices was enough to make me balk at some of the tasks I was given. For such a well established nonprofit in Nicaragua, it's sad to see it's not holding itself to a more authentic and quality standard.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Over the past six years, I have been very pleased as a donor/volunteer with how each dollar is used by the Fabretto volunteers and the organization on the whole. I have seen the value of these monies in the programs offered to the children and their families. I will continue to donate my time and resources to this worthwhile cause.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Nicaragua.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make it more well known throughout the United States. Charities that work well and value their resources are critical. Hopefuly they can get more support.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

I lead high school students on a service trip. The need is obvious.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

Confidence in the organization and their efforts.

What would you tell others about this organization?

It does good and it does it well. There is a family feel among the participants, the benefactors, the volunteers, the beneficiaries and the villages in which the organization's efforts are felt most.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have worked as a volunteer with the Fabretto Foundation for the past 4 summers. I started coming down to teach Violin and Viola and then for the past 2 summers I worked as a translator for Volunteer groups. I have seen the change in the students over the 4 year period of time. Some of my students who were extremely shy my first time down there are now on scholarships to attend college to become engineers and computer technicians. Fabretto truly uses the education and other programs to help break the cycle of Poverty in Nicaragua and they do an incredible job!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the drastic change in my students over a 4 year period of time. They truley work on supporting the entire child, not simply to give them a lunch, but to focus on their physical, emotional, health and educational needs.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to find ESL teachers that could stay for longer periods of time, or use local teachers.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I met so many incredible friends in the town I worked in that I have kept in touch with over the past 4 years. I was also able to practice my teaching skills in real life situations and improve my spanish.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Like I had a purpose in my life.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

Took the donor trip to Nicaragua twice...what an eye opening and life changing experience. Plus, what an awesome hard working and genuine group of brilliant folks running this organization.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Great experience

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

My husband & I learned of Fabretto in 2002 when our daughter worked as a Jesuit Volunteer in Cusmapa. We visited her there & saw first hand the passion and dedication of Fabretto staff to educate and care for the children. We also witnessed their support for mothers who desired improved life & futures for their children. Since 2002 I have been amazed at the progress & growth the Fabretto organization has undergone & the fruits of all their efforts--so many programs, new buildings, increased numbers of children, etc, etc. We enjoy reading the newsletter to learn of the latest progress. GREAT ORGANIZATION!!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my visits to two schools, observing the women's basket project, purchasing their projects.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing improved education and living conditions for impoverished in Nicaragua.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

energetic, committed, sincere, hopeful, forward thinking!!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

improve life for generations of Nicaragua

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I worked as a volunteer with Fabretto for a year and was consistently impressed with the work and management of the organization. Fabretto works in so many meaningful ways, to really help the children and families in their communities. The focus on food through the feeding programs, health, education, and vocational training really have substantial benefits on the students and the families. Watching the students in the center I worked in mature, develop, and learn was incredibly inspiring. The focus of Fabretto's efforts allowed many of our students to stay in school, when they would have needed to leave help their parents work. Not only is the work well thought out, well targeted, and well implemented, the organization is also incredibly innovative. The development of Fabretto products, ranging from coffee to jewelry and baskets brings a new entrepreneurial focus to the organization, helping the students learn about business and management in a socially responsible way. One thing I have learned while working down in Nicaragua with Fabretto is that donations can really have a tremendous impact on the centers; for example, $30 can feed a student for almost a month. And $1 a day can provide a student with shoes, a uniform, daily lunch, school supplies, tutoring classes, computer classes, and vocational classes. I was consistently amazed to see how much of a difference a single person donating even $1 a day could make in our center.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Watching students improve their grades in classes from the first day to the end of the school year, watching them gain confidence and start dreaming of the future

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Getting to know the staff and the different centers. All Fabretto's employees are wonderfully inspiring and each center is so well run

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Inspiring, dedicated, knowledgeable.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Probably open up about 30 more center.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I first became acquainted with Fabretto in 2006 after moving to Nicaragua with my spouse - a foreign service officer. Over the course of two years, I became a Fabretto devotee. Now back in the United States, I continue to work with the organization--serving on their advisory board and helping them pursue federal and private partnerships. Fabretto has a proven track record of success in a country where far too many non-profits appear more impressive on paper than in reality. A visit to Fabretto's educational centers is an uplifting experience, and you get a real sense of how respected and appreciated Fabretto is in the communities in which it operates. Among other things, Fabretto feeds children's minds and stomachs. As a rseult, Fabretto's kids are happier and healthier and are better positioned to break the cycle of poverty that plagues far too many communities in Nicaragua. Fabretto is exactly the kind of organic and proven organization that deserves our support. I encourage anyone interested ine helping kids to consider supporting this great organization and its wonderful and committed staff. I simply cannot say enough good things about their efforts on behalf of Nicargua's children.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

hard workers! This organization has had a powerful impact operating on a lean budget. This organization is not about building name recognition at the expense helping kids. Fabretto's staff works tirelessly because they know the stakes are too high not to.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

I volunteered to write and edit grants targeted at gaining funds to expand the Health and Nutrition program for Fabretto. Through my experience I learned just how fantastic this organization is at getting the most benefit out of the monies they recieve. There are only a few people in the Arlington, VA office, but they work incredibly hard to keep the money coming in for the kids in Nicaragua. I truly hope I will be able to go with them sometime soon down to Nicaragua and experience everything they do there.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

One of the grants I work on was successful in gainging funding!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The people I worked with.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Dedicated, hard working, fun!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand it's scope to reach even more children in Nicaragua.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Dear all: I just would like to mention that I felt in love with Fabretto instantly when I saw their beautiful handmade baskets and their jewelry. So then, I started working with them as a volunteer which made me be so happy. Thanks to Fabretto for letting be part of them.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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