My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Brazilian Arts Foundation, Houston, TX, USA
I was introduced to the Brazilian Arts Foundation in August of 2009 through a co-worker at the Consulate General of Brazil in Houston. My first encounter with the Foundation was at the White Linen Night in the Heights, while they were performing a free samba show to a big audience. During the break Mauricio Campos, the director, introduced himself to me, and I immediately felt his positive energy and passion for what he does.
A week later, I joined the Capoeira beginner class, and have been involved with the Foundation ever since. When you walk into the cultural center you can feel the happiness in the air, and the great attitude everyone has, from the Portuguese class teacher to the Samba students.
The Foundation is involved in their commitment and involvement with the Community but their commitment and involvement with the Community wouldn't be possible if it wasn't for the generosity of grants and donations that they receive.
The Foundation gained a spot at the very prestigious Houston Arts Alliance Incubator Program, which only 10 organizations are part of, and is recognized and supported by the Consulate General of Brazil and the Ministry of External Relations of Brazil.
I started as a student, became a volunteer, and I am now a Board Member of the Foundation. I can honestly say that the passion that Mauricio has has been transferred not only to me, but also to all members of the Board, instructors, teacher, students and volunteers.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Their commitment and involvement with the Community, their growth as a non-profit organization, and the positive attitude about life that I gained once I joined the Foundation.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Help the Foundation receive the recognition they deserve, and increase their donors list.
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How did you learn about this organization?
Through a co-worker at the Consulate General of Brazil in Houston.
What is this organization's top short-term priority?
Introduce more educational programs, such as a Portuguese class for children, and organize their first Gala.
What is its top priority in the long run?
Build a Cultural Center/school that will be recognized by the Department of Education.
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