As a donor to this wonderful organization, I am so pleased to know that 100% of the resources go directly into support of those in need, in Nicaragua - both for everyday necessities (nutrition, housing, healthcare) as well as for the future (education.) I have
complete confidence that Neighbors to Nicaragua is an excellent grassroots organization that truly supports these deserving Nicaraguans, many of whom live in circumstances
that are nearly unimaginable to us in the U.S.
I also appreciate the frequent newsletters, which provide full transparency for all that the
organization does "on the ground" in Nicaragua. Very happy to support this important effort!
The name says NEIGHBORS to Nicaragua, and most of the outreach they do is similar to what you'd expect a neighbor to do.
This 'neighborly' attitude is evident in the way the board approaches its job.
They have annual plans for projects and usually accomplish them. But when they learn someone is in need, or home needs a new roof, or the school children need paper and pens, they quickly respond. That's their secret sauce. They can be nimble and respond to current events, and I'm satisfied that every dollar they receive goes to the neighborhood.
I am a donor because I like to know that my contribution, as small as it is, will be combined with others and make a big difference. I will continue to be a donor because the work has just begun. Godspeed to N2N
Truely a remarkable organization run by people dedicated to helping the impoverished people of Nicaragua, especially the children. The members of N2N provide their skills, knowledge and experience to these people who would not get any type assistance from anywhere else. They teach the men, women and children how to make their lives better through building projects, attending school and sponsoring young adults in their quest for higher education opportunities. This organization needs our continued financial support to help the people of Nicaragua.
I’ve been a donor and supporter of N2N for years. This organization is run by truly caring people who work tirelessly and selflessly to improve the lives of others. N2N provides educational resources so that those living in unfathomable poverty can find a way out while also caring for their physical and emotional wellbeing-providing clothing, food and safe shelter- so they can focus on learning and improving their situation. A very worthwhile organization.
I learned of this charity from my neighbor and friend, Chuck Selvaggio. He is the founder and totally dedicated to this cause. It’s true, there are no salaries, all trips to Nicaragua are at personal expense as are accommodations. Supporters of this charity offer many sustainable methods for financing the various outreach programs; like building a school! I sponsor a student, as do many others, making her schooling possible. If special medical needs arise, everything possible is done to assist. My sewing group stitched some dresses for the girls and we continue to make more dresses and shorts for the boys.
It is truly neighbors helping neighbors in a different community.
Pure compassion and love. That’s what the volunteers of this nonprofit give.
Chuck Selvaggio and his staff work tirelessly, all unpaid, to bring the most that they can to Nicaragua. They have inspired others to give, to help, to visit, to act.
And that’s what it is , neighbors and community helping Nicaragua.
We know that every penny we send to them goes to the mission they are performing. The board for this non-profit receive no compensation for their work. and travel 2 or 3 times a year at his expense and teaches a school while there and visits people who are supported by Neighbors to Nicaragua to make sure the funding being given to them is properly used. He is in daily contact with the person who heads up the staff in Nicaragua.
This is a very personalized way to help others less fortunate and know that your money is not being wasted on overhead! Check it out!!
I have been donating to N2N for years and continue to be impressed with the work they are doing. It is more and more difficult to be comfortable making charitable donations as I'm never sure how the money is spent. That is not an issue here, as I have full confidence in the organization, and they do tremendous work. Their progress under difficult circumstance is an amazing story, and as a donor I'm honored to play a small role in their great works
The founder is directly involved, including frequent trips to Nicaragua. Tangible results such as education for children and better housing conditions are evident.
Neighbors to Nicaragua is truly a hands on group.
They go to difficult parts of the country and facilitate badly needed construction.
The main focus is education of children from their early years. The fact that the founder visits often is Nicaragua often is crucial to the organization's success
I’d like to address the comment and concerns of “ConcernedDonor072”. I can assure you that no volunteers, board members, or even our founder, receive compensation or benefits of any kind. Everyone that travels to Nicaragua to volunteer for our organization pays the entirety of their travel expenses themselves out of their own pockets. Our school staff does receive compensation, of course. Our school runs in parallel with the public school calendar and we have a very small staff consisting of three teachers, one cook (who also does all of the cleaning of the school), a night guard to protect our school from burglary and our administrator who handles all aspects of running our school and does so with great care and devotion. They are all local Nicaraguans and paid a fair wage with benefits as we feel is wholly appropriate. The costs of running the school, paying our staff, and feeding our students each day as part of our meal program is funded by donors. Those costs are entirely necessary to provide our students with a top notch school, daily nutrition and a loving and supportive staff dedicated to empowering each of them through education.
Our organization was founded on the philosophy of empowerment through education. That has always been our primary focus. We are not in the business of “handouts” as you stated. We partner with each and every student we support and there are expectations which must be met for our students to continue to receive educational support in the form of sponsorships for higher education or to be able to attend our school on an ongoing basis.
Our non profit is quite sustainable and all investments (we view our support as investments for individuals and future generations; not handouts) are vigorously vetted and monitored.
We appreciate your feedback and hope this alleviates any concerns you may have. Our financials are public as well and we invite you to view them as confirmation of all that I’ve explained here.
I began my time with Neighbors to Nicaragua as a volunteer and eventually was invited to join the board of incredible people I’m honored to serve with! The work we do is so impactful and is supported by a community of amazing people deeply committed to the work we do. We have held true to our core values and commitment to using 100% of the funds we raise to directly serve the people of Nicaragua. No salaries, no expense accounts - we all use personal funds for travel to our school, Centro de Oportunidad. This organization continually renews my faith in the goodness of humanity and the achievements we can make when we come together in the pursuit of a better world for all.
Constantly post that nobody gets paid but, also posts photos of staff in Nicaragua. What is the truth? 100% of the funds can’t be going directly to support students.
Appears that they give a lot of handouts which are not sustainable. They definitely need a better plan. I’m sure that the handouts are welcome but, in the long run, the people will suffer if they expect this from any visitor to their community. The handouts prolong the poverty.
This is an excellent organization that does a lot of on the ground real work with children and families in Nicaragua. They have established a school and are devoted to the cause. I am a long time supporter of this organization and proud of all that they have accomplished.
The work Neighbors does is fantastic. The volunteers that are part of this organization are passionate about education at all levels. The future of this organization is exciting and I look forward to continuing to follow their journey to serve those who need it most.
I have volunteered at numerous events for this organization and it is amazing!
The best Non-Profit I know of. All monies go directly to the people in need. No salaries, travel expenses or reimbursements for board members.
Fantastic charity supporting a great cause. The people involved are incredibly passionate about what they do.
I am a donor and help support Neighbors to Nicaragua with my monthly donations and by being involved in other fundraising events they have throughout the year. The organization does a great job of having various fundraising events to supplement the money they receive from donors like me. The fundraising events vary and they manage to find different venues and event types to draw in an assortment of different people, not just the normal tried and true events like many other charitable organizations. I can attest to the fact that 100% of the money received by Neighbor to Nicaragua through fundraising or through donor support goes right back to the charity and to support the beneficiaries in Nicaragua. I find it personally fulfilling to know that the money I pledge every month goes to medication that is a necessity for continued health for the individual I sponsor. I also love that I was given a picture of my sponsor along with a detailed bio and information on what the money I pledge goes to. I honestly can't say enough good things about this organization and what they are doing to help those in need in Nicaragua.
N2N is a wonderful organization serving a community in need. The fundraising events N2N sponsors are extremely well-organized and virtually every dollar raised goes directly to benefitting people in need, rather than getting chewed up in "administrative fees." Your dollar goes directly to the area of greatest need.