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The Maya Gold Foundation, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

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

26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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

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