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Fabretto Children's Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Economic Development, Education, International, International Relief, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Fabretto's mission is to empower underserved children and their families in Nicaragua to reach their full potential, improve their livelihoods, and take advantage of economic opportunity through education and nutrition.

Results: Fabretto currently supports over 30,000 children in Nicaragua in nine Fabretto Education Centers and more than 400 public schools throughout Nicaragua.

Target demographics: empower children and their families

Direct beneficiaries per year: 19,000+ students and their families in Nicaragua

Geographic areas served: underserved communities in Nicaragua

Programs: Early Education; Primary Education; Technical Vocational Education

Community Stories

55 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Visited the center in Ocotal, Nicaragua in the summer of 2017 and learned a great deal from everyone there. Meeting the children whose lives were obviously benefited by Fabretto lead me to believe that the center is doing its job, and doing it in an extraordinary way. Kids are being given the education, social skills, and basic needs that will benefit their lives for the years to come. An actual life-changing foundation.

1 Christopher S.3

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of Fabretto for over 20 years. Having worked in Nicaragua since the early 1990s, I have seen firsthand the challenges of those most in need. Children are hardest hit by the burden of poverty and under-development. Fabretto has changed the lives of young people and their families. With Nicaragua now in a period great instability, the work of Fabretto is needed now more then ever.

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Donor

Rating: 4

Our family supported Fabretto as a donor through an invitation of a friend. We took a closer look at the communities they serve in 2012 on a Friends of Fabretto trip to Nicaragua. Their educational and nutrition programs have far-reaching impact in rural and urban communities. We went further with our exploration of the organization and joined them for 9 months of volunteer work in Managua. They are the real deal. They deliver on their commitment. They foster community within the beneficiaries they serve and build successful partnerships with
other NGO and government support.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Fabretto Children’ Foundation is a great non profit foundation that has done and is doing tremendous good in Nicaragua. IIn a country that until very recently was second to Haiti in poverty, had slowly made progress in most aspects towards improved welfare , education, and economic growth only to be plunged in political chaos over the last 6 months , Fabretto has always remained a determined beacon of opportunity for Nicaraguan poor children, both in rural and suburban areas.


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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been familiar with Fabretto's work in the rural area of Nicaragua and their impact in improving their quality of life has been great.

1 Abbey B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been on three service trips Fabretto through my school and one of their annual Night for Niños fundraisers in Chicago. It’s incredible to go to Nicaragua and see the work that they do and they joy that their programming is able to bring. It’s also moving to attend their fundraisers and see the immense network they have built all over the United States and the world. This foundation feels like a family and I feel so grateful to have gotten to know it.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Fabretto Children's Foundation is doing incredible work. Every time I donate, I know my dollars are going to good use due to their high level of transparency, excellent annual reports, and powerful videos. Fabretto's SAT program, specifically, is truly transforming lives in Nicaragua. Kevin Marinacci and the organization he runs is inspiring, and under his leadership, I always believe Fabretto is headed in the right direction.

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Former staff

Rating: 5

I interned with Fabretto in 2015 and have since stayed connected. The work they do in Nicaragua provides opportunities for children and families that would be impossible without the support of this organization. Not only does the organization do consistently amazing work for deserving people, but the community of benefactors and collaborators it attracts makes it clear that Fabretto Children's Foundation intends to continue leveraging every available resource to end poverty in its home country.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for Fabretto in the summer of 2014 and my experience was wonderful. The part that stands out to me about Fabretto is that they become so deeply rooted in each community that they engage with whether this is through community development, educational programs, or nutrition programs. The community really depends and relies on Fabretto and it is clear to see that they have inspired so many individuals. When my fellow volunteers and I went to visit some of the classrooms, we were shocked at how enthusiastic and driven a lot of the students were. Many of them had hopes, dreams, and ambitions that were inspired by the Fabretto program. Fabretto even supports many of their young students in some of their entrepreneurial ambitions, which I find very unique about this nonprofit.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

i have knonw fabretto for many years because of my family envolvement with it. I hadnt have the chance to see it for my self until this summer. During the three weeks i was there working as a volunteer i did not only had my expectations far exceed it, but i have found my self being able of things that i didnt think posible. Clearly fabretto has given me more than i have given to them. i am eager to go back and learn more about Nicaragua´s ashtonoshing hisotry and about frabrettos outstading proyect .

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first met Fabretto Foundatoon in 2004 when I knew his president at a wedding. I went to Nicaragua, to Cusmapa and I falled in love with their work there. I am a forester so I started giving my support through writing environmental proposals for the forestry project of Fabretto. After seven years with my students ( I was a professor at Yale university) we created www.parqueparalapaz.org where we stand for a protected peace area arround the work of Fabretto in Nicaragua and Honduras. The proposal has been admited by the Honduras goverment and we hope to make it real and bring many ecoturists to the area to overocme poverty at the same time the forest receive more protectio.n I came back this summer again for my 8th time... Mine perhaps is a different type of volunteering but we are always welcome by the local people and the wonderful staff of Fabretto. What I love in Fabretto is that everything is well organized but at the same time you can free your creativity to try to give your best for the "chavalos", the children...

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first volunteered with Fabretto during the summer of 2013 and absolutely loved my experience! This was my first time living abroad and not only did I enjoy getting to experience all that Nicaragua has to offer, but I absolutely loved Fabretto's status and was impressed by all the work that they do. When you see it for yourself, it is overwhelming how many people they impact, even in the most remote communities in the country. It was an incredible opportunity to see lots of projects firsthand and I was happy to see that they are responsible and effective with their spending.

This past spring semester, I had the opportunity to intern at the Alexandria office and assisted with event planning and auction preparation, which is a large source of funding. I really enjoyed the office and the positive and persistent attitudes of the employees there. It was awesome to see how the DC office is integrated into the Nicaraguan office and how they work together to reach as many children as possible in Nicaragua! I absolutely love Fabretto and was so inspired by my experience that I want to move to Nicaragua to continue similar work.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Been involved with Fabretto for 25 years. First and foremost, the organization lives and breathes and has unwavering faith to the principles of Padre Fabretto. What first struck me was the number of "alumni" who remained involved to help others who came after them. Over the years I've come to understand why. In Spanish the organization is called "Familia Padre Fabretto." It is truly a family dedicated to serving the needs of those most vulnerable in society. I've lived the past three years in Nicaragua and Fabretto is one of the most respected NGOs around. I love going out and meeting the kids at the centers and and feeling the energy of the teachers and staff.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Fabretto was my first international non-profit volunteering experience and it was remarkable! After working for a year with Ameri-Corps, I could see that their academic program, SAT was a very distinctive curriculum that takes advantage of the various communities of Nicaragua (both urban and rural). The students were well engaged in each class that I visited and the additional benefits that the students gained in these interactive settings became quite apparent through several class visits. What stood out most in my experience was the combination of community involvement via the contributions of local families and the self-sustainability projects such as the student gardens and student-oriented entrepreneurial undertakings. Most of all, the Fabretto staff were very welcoming and supportive to all of their volunteers and ensured that they were well-accommodated during their volunteer experience.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer and a donor with Fabretto for nearly 10 years, during which time I've seen and interacted with almost every aspect of the organization up close. It's an organization that I'd highly recommend to anyone and one that I'll continue to have a relationship with well into the far distant future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Fabretto for just about the last 6 months and have been extremely happy with my experience. I first began working with Fabretto while in college and came on a short term volunteer trip during that time. I studied non profits and development and found Fabretto to be doing such great things and decided to come back after graduating. While volunteering I have learned so much about working with communities and feel like Fabretto works in all these places with such care and responsibility to the people that live there. It has truly helped so many individuals and I have seen and heard this from the people in the communities themselves. So many kids have received opportunities that they would not otherwise have without Fabretto. In addition, the staff has genuine interest for the mission of the organization and puts much effort into their work with the children and communities.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For the past three months I have been interning for Fabretto in the events department. I have found my time here to be absolutely terrific. This has been my first experience working for a non profit and I believe that the knowledge I have gained will be very useful for me in the future.
Fabretto works hard to provide for the indigent children and families of Nicaragua. It is very easy to see the tremendous impact Fabretto has thanks to great communication between programs. The difference they are making is astounding and will continue to better the lives of the less fortunate as this non profit grows.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have lived in the third world for many years and seen lots of non-profits some good and some bad. I work for this one and because I believe so highly in Fabretto's work, ethics, heart and most of all, impact, I'm not just an employee, but a donor. And I've gotten my friends and family to donate as well, because I trust Fabretto and I admire the work. I am proud to give to this organization, and I am proud to work here.

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Donor

Rating: 1

I was deeply disappointed with my three month experience as Associate of Development at Fabretto. The settled staff is very tight knit which makes for an honest and productive working environment. Nonetheless, the CFO has absolutely no experience in finance or accounting and was requesting I research certain practices. The CDO has social connections which bring money into the organization, but she lacks in overall operation of a development team. Additionally, she seems to think her parking tickets are company expenses. The tight knit nature of the staff only brushes off comments questioning expenses and spending. There is very little transparency and accountability with CDO spending as she demands access to the reporting.

Fabretto does work that must be done, but they have the potential to do it so much better. If only this nonprofit would not hire based on connections, but based on actual experience. Additionally, they should heed the suggestions brought up by new staff.

Lastly, a great reflection of an organizations core is looking at the CEO. Mr. Marinacci has a big heart, but he is a heinous supervisor and continuously mistreats employees, procrastinates on Board demands and disregards legitimate concerns about employee conduct. Fabretto could use creating an actual HR department or having one individual who maintains HR and nothing else (otherwise it'd be a conflict of interests).

I do not recommend giving to this organization for the next three years... rather I recommend volunteering with them. Even to volunteers it is most transparent their disregard for improvements and other-than-executive-staff. The negligent spending of the CDO is not pardonable. The disgraceful behavior of a CEO towards his staff is unacceptable. Furthermore, the unqualified CFO condoning bad spending practices was enough to make me balk at some of the tasks I was given. For such a well established nonprofit in Nicaragua, it's sad to see it's not holding itself to a more authentic and quality standard.

Donor

Rating: 5

Over the past six years, I have been very pleased as a donor/volunteer with how each dollar is used by the Fabretto volunteers and the organization on the whole. I have seen the value of these monies in the programs offered to the children and their families. I will continue to donate my time and resources to this worthwhile cause.

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