Oops! You must enter a search term greater than 3 characters.

Invite reviews

Invite friends and colleagues to share their experiences with this nonprofit
35 Reviews
1234.971435
Previous | Next
Write A Review
September 10, 2010

more

September 10, 2010

I've been involved with Avivara since its inception. I've known Ann and Gary for many years, and met Gustavo during a visit to Guatemala in 2007. It seemed entirely natural that the three of them, with their combination of skills and ideals, would come up with the germ of the idea that would become Avivara. These three individuals are all remarkable educators. Their unique ability to work within the cultural context of the Guatemalan highlands makes Avivara effective to an extraordinary degree. Potential donors should know how efficiently donated funds are used; only 11% of donated monies go to administrative and fund raising expenses. The remaining 89% goes directly to programs. A careful review of the Avivara website will reveal, for an interested individual, the nature of the well crafted programs. Suffice it to say that the programs provide meaningful opportunities for a wide age range of students. Donors are kept well informed by monthly newsletters. Indeed, this is a remarkable organization!

The Great!

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

Knowing how many schools receive support, how many students receive scholarships, how education can change lives.

More feedback...

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

The consistent hard work, very hard work, on the part of the three people "on the ground" in Guatemala.

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

All deeply committed, and always thoughtfully looking for ways to advance education in the highlands of central Guatemala.

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

Change the course of Guatemalan history.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 10, 2010

more

September 10, 2010

Avivara is an organization dedicated to improving the educational opportunities for poor Guatemalan children who likely would otherwise not be able to attend school. I have known the founders, Gary Teale and Ann Austin, for over 25 years, and can say from firsthand knowledge they are very qualified educators and dedicated to improving the lives of less fortunate individuals. In Guatemala, they have teamed up with a local Guatemalan educator, Gustavo Valle, who works with Avivara to identify schools that have critical needs and students who have shown interest and potential, but who's families cannot afford to have them attend school. For almost 3 years now Avivara has been providing financial asistance to those schools and children in rural villages of Guatemala. As a board member, I know that Avivara adheres to the Better Business Bureau's Standards for Charitable Accountability, has very low administration and fund-raising expenses compared to the program expenditures (89% to programs, 11% to admin and fund-raising), and has a strong commitment to keeping donors informed through the newsletter.

The Great!

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

my ongoing involvement as a volunteer board member.

More feedback...

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

seeing improved lives for the children of Guatemala.

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

exremely dedicated and qualified for the task at hand.

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

help educate 20,000+ Guatemalan children who could eventually help to bring their familes out of poverty

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Previous | Next
Write A Review

Filter by reviewer role:

Support This Nonprofit

Help this nonprofit get more reviews

5 tips for getting reviews

5 tips for getting reviews...

  1. Sending an email to clients, volunteers, donors, board members, and other partners with a link to your profile page.
  2. Putting a link on your Web site
  3. Including a link in your email newsletter
  4. Putting a link in the signature of your email
    Putting a link on your facebook page and status updates
  5. Tweeting out a link to your twitter followers

3 hours of volunteer time for this nonprofit will...

Develop a community based fund-raising activity such as a car-wash, bake sale, or make a presentation regarding our programs to a local school, church or community group.