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The Maya Gold Foundation, Inc.

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Education, Humanities, International, International Cultural Exchange, International Exchange, Youth Community Service Clubs

Mission: The mission of the Maya Gold Foundation is to empower youth to access their inner wisdom and realize their dreams.

Target demographics: Youth.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 1,000 individuals.

Geographic areas served: The Hudson Valley of New York and Nepal.

Programs: Education, cross-cultural connections, and support to children in need.

Community Stories

38 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thanks so much for Tools and Teaching for Trying Times. It was super cool to be online with other teens working on this.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love you all! The teens here in NPZ get a lot out of the Foundation. Keep it up.

Donor

Rating: 4

The Maya Gold Foundation continues to meet and work during the pandemic, setting up space outdoors for meetings. This is am amazing commitment to the work for the youth. Thanks so much.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thanks so much for the work you do here in the Hudson Valley! Our teens benefit greatly.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I began working with The Maya Gold Foundation as a Program Consultant in March, 2020. The work that the Foundation does is incredibly organized, meaningful, and empowering. Even in times of great stress with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Maya Gold Foundation continues to work for the community and the youth surrounding us. Personally, the work of this organization resonates with me in numerous ways. Elevating the voices of youth is something that is not done often enough, and working with others to do this has been greatly satisfying. The inclusion of the Youth Action Team is brilliant in aiding teens to voice their ideas, concerns, and feelings in multiple situations and with varying topics. The conduct of professionalism is evident in every step that the Foundation takes. The entire Maya Gold Foundation should be commended on its transparency to the public.
I look forward to continuing my work with the Foundation because the positive impact that they bring to youth and communities around us (and overseas!) it is so very clear to see.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was an intern for the Maya Gold Foundation and I adore this organization. Although my internship was cut short, I was able to gain great insight into the love and dedication that goes into their work. The youth action members are bright, aware, and unique individuals who bring amazing ideas and experiences into the program. The volunteers who run the organization truly care about the betterment of youth as well as expanding their world view. If I were a teenager today, I would have loved to been a part of their programs. As an adult, I highly encourage their adult trips as well. Keep up the great work!! ❤️

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thank you for the opportunity to volunteer in New Paltz. I really enjoy the work.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great job preparing for the Nepal trip this year. It is just too bad it had to be cancelled due to the pandemic. I hope to attend next year.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great work on Tools and Teachings for Trying Times! This program was a great offering to our community in these challenging times. I love how you developed this program to meet our needs!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter took part in a recent training and it was most useful. She came home excited and very eager to use the tools she learned in the workshop in her life. Thank you!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My wife and I went on a 2 week "Heart of Gold Adventure" to Nepal with the Maya Gold Foundation this past October. The trip was extremely well organized and the range of activities was fantastic. I was extremely impressed with the contacts the Foundation has made in Nepal. The trip was so much more than sightseeing. We were treated to interesting lectures on Buddhism, Hinduism, culture and history. The 5 day trek to small villages where we met families and got an understanding of their way of life was a real highlight for me. The Maya Gold Foundation supports organizations that help youth in Nepal. The Foundation has gone beyond giving financial support to Nepali organizations by identifying groups with missions consistent with their own to provide services for Foundation trips. The guest house where we stayed is run by a charity that trains former street children for employment in the hospitality industry. Our trek was run by an organization dedicated to ending the physical and sexual exploitation of young girls in Nepal. The Maya Gold Foundation is extraordinarily well organized and committed to their mission. We are so pleased our participation in this trip helped to support the Foundation.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I have just returned from Maya Gold Foundation's adult group trip to Nepal. This was a two-week visit to that country for the purpose of education, cultural exchange, and support of both the Maya Gold Foundation and Nepali organizations working to empower women and children to achieve productive lives despite conditions of extreme poverty and abuse. The group on this trip was comprised of 6 adults, ages ranging 60's to late 70's, plus foundation CEO Mathew Swerdloff and board member Paul Alexander. Every aspect of the trip was orchestrated beautifully. The choice of itinerary, transportation to, from and within Nepal, accommodations, meals, visits to NGOs, interaction with Nepali activists, hands-on art and cooking classes and lectures on religion, economics and history, were all outstanding. A highlight of the trip was a 5-day trek led by guides from Sasane Sisterhood Trekking, a group of female survivors of sex trafficking, who run programs to educate other survivors and help them re-enter society as empowered, productive people. The trek took us to remote villages in the Kathmandu Valley where we were able to interact with villagers and participate in their daily lives. The trek was too physically challenging for my husband and me, the oldest members of the group, so Sasane and Maya Gold Foundation, flexed to create a modified, less strenuous itinerary for the two of us, and we had an unforgettable experience.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thanks to you all on the Board and Elise and Mathew for the support you are giving our teens. It means so much to so many of them.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Keep up the good work we love what you are doing in NP.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thanks to the board of the Maya Gold Foundation for supporting ALL kids in our community. As the parent of a child this is important to me. We appreciate all you do.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

You all are doing a great job keep it up. Very important work!

Donor

Rating: 5

I love this group they do such beautiful work with our teens. I know a few on the board and they speak so highly of the adults in the organization. Kudos!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Last night I saw three presentations from kids that went to Nepal; I was so impressed by their work. Thank you for making this possible for local kids.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Such great work for our local teens. Thank you Maya Gold Foundation for supporting our young people.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Maya Gold Foundation works tirelessly to help teens realize their life ambitions. The work that they do in Nepal is amazing and very much appreciated by the charities that they visit and contribute to. The teens chosen by the Foundation to make the trip to Nepal are very lucky as they get to experience the richness of the Nepali culture through the excursions and fulfilling work they accomplish in their 2 weeks abroad. Youth activism is such an important part of the Foundation's endeavor and the teens involved with the Maya Gold Foundation get to fully experience the feeling of making a difference in the world; an invaluable life experience. Thank you to this amazing nonprofit organization for helping my teen to become a better human being through this wonderful experience.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Maya Gold Foundation (MGF) is an OUTSTANDING organization!

My daughter has been involved with the MGF for three years and the foundation has had a profound impact on her. The founders, Elise Gold and Mathew Swerdloff dedicate a copious amount of time and energy to implement their mission to "help youth thrive." Motivating and engaging teens through meaningful workshops and community events, empowering them by giving them a voice, and introducing them to responsibility through membership on the Youth Action Team provide the tools for all young adults to flourish.

The trips to Nepal have been instrumental in opening our daughter's mind to a larger world, imparting an education in responsible tourism and raising awareness of humanitarian issues. These experiences have also helped to provide her with a sense of purpose, through service work and cross cultural understanding. This year marks the third time my daughter traveled to Nepal with the MGF. Each trip has been organised with both precision and sensitivity. Never once have i had any cause for concern. I have seen her grow far beyond what is possible in a classroom setting.

Without a doubt, The Maya Gold Foundation is having a huge impact and its leaders, Elise and Mathew are truly inspirational people.





Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter just returned from a two week trip to Nepal with the Maya Gold Foundation and her experience was transformative. The foundation prepared the youth ambassadors and the families with great care and detail on every aspect of the trip from cultural, educational and service. I cannot emphasize enough what a fine group this is and how they so embody the mission to empower youth in our community to realize their true selves.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son went on a 2 week trip to Nepal with the Maya Gold Foundation. He and the other teens on the trip were called "Youth Ambassadors." The empowerment that this name suggests was manifested in so many ways throughout the trip. The experience was deeply meaningful, beyond educational - definitely life changing. Not only did they sight see and learn about culture and religion, but they had the opportunity to develop personal relationships with Nepali teens, learn about the issue of trafficking and interact with women survivors who have successfully re-entered society, and contribute to the lives of young Nepali children through community service at a school. The trip was super well organized and the staff provided such thoughtful support of the Youth Ambassadors.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Maya Gold Foundation provides such wonderful programming and support for young people (and their families) in our community. Thanks to this organization, my own children have had opportunities to explore art and theatre that they would not have otherwise received, and these explorations have really opened up their self-awareness and confidence. We are grateful for the Maya Gold Foundation's mission, dedication, and ability to make positive, impactful things happen.

Allison Bruckel L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I recently went to my first Maya Gold Foundation event and all I can say is that this organization is having a profound impact on community youth and their families. I'm excited to have the opportunity to take part in such meaningful and important events and am so thankful for this Foundation.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This foundation is serving humanity in true sense. I personally witnessed the ethos, rigor and spirit of The Maya Gold Foundation in Kathmandu this year in March. I must appreciate foundation's effort for engaging the youth in constructive ways and serving society in larger perspective.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter and her friend were part of the trip to Nepal and were impacted in so many positive ways! Thank you Maya Gold Foundation for making this happen. Great work!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What an amazing group of people. The organization’s dedication to helping youth in the Hudson valley and in Nepal is phenomenal. Every single one of the public events they have sponsored has been moving beyond words and I know others have been touched by their work as I have. Their cross cultural travel to Nepal with local teens has been transformational - my son went on the trip this year and it has changed his outlook on life and his desire to be a leader. I can’t say enough about the maya gold foundation.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization is doing such important work with local Ulster county ny youth, as well as youth in Nepal. So much heart and love in every event, workshop and program they put on.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am aware of the work of this group in our community. They so a consistent job of providing events that are much needed in our community. Great work Board members!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Nepal trip was so amazing. It changed my life in so many ways. I thank you for offering this to us!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I saw the recent 13 Reasons Why NOT event and was deeply moved. It is such a great opportunity you are giving our teens!

Thank you so much for your generosity of spirit and loving work.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great Work!!! I have been so lucky and overjoyed to attend many events

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am so honored to know The Maya Gold Foundation and of their incredible work supporting and growing youth. Inspired by Maya, this organization has grown and blossomed and made a huge impact in the lives of the youth that it serves. I cannot say enough good things about the ethics and integrity of this organization and would encourage all that are interested to support it in every way possible. Maya's dream lives on...

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization is amazing. Elise and Mathew, the founders, have such high integrity and they are totally dedicated to their mission. The MGF truly makes a difference both locally and internationally. I've seen everything they do meet with success. Would love to see this organization continue to expand, and have a larger and larger impact.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Maya Gold Foundation was created by Maya Gold's parents after their daughter's tragic death. Mathew Swerdloff and Elise Gold made the life-affirming decision to honor the memory their daughter Maya by helping other teens to fulfill their potential, and to be supported by an aware and loving community. Thus the Maya Gold Foundation was born. Working locally and internationally, the Maya Gold Foundation is working deliberately and creatively to develop programs that will fulfill its mission. The Board's integrity and heart are inspirational. This is humanity at its best, turning tragedy into hope.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have attended three Maya Gold Foundation events with my young children. They are very well produced and super organized. I got something out of each event, and my children did too. I recommend them highly.

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Maya Gold Foundation 12/31/2017

Much appreciated. We love seeing you and your kids at our events! -Mathew Swerdloff

Donor

Rating: 5

This is an outstanding organization in the Hudson Valley. Their work is has real impact on teens and adults alike. I encourage all to support them.

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Maya Gold Foundation 12/31/2017

Thank you for validating our work. We appreciate your support! Mathew Swerdloff