The United States is known for its numerous philanthropists and non-profit organizations. From Bill and Melinda Gates to Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, companies and individuals in the United States donate money and time to eliminate and combat diseases, improve education standards, protect the environment, and provide shelters for those in need.
And philanthropic efforts are contagious.
According to the Urban Institute that carries out nonpartisan economic and social policy research, “The nonprofit sector has been growing steadily, both in size and financial impact”. This is true not only among American organizations, but also among foreign companies in the country.
The idea that economic growth is possible through non-profit organizations and charity donations is reaching everyone in the United States. According to the Urban Institute, philanthropy has a high impact during an economic recession, not only here but in other countries as well. Contributing with goods, money, or services to those who need it the most can benefit everyone involved.
Mexican nationals in the United States have begun to take charge of this situation regarding their home country, and are starting to get organized.
A year ago, Rosa Aurora Spinoso-Korn, a young Mexican housewife (with an MBA in Global Management), established the project Cardinal Carrier, Inc., a non-profit organization, in Novi, MI. In the short time since its creation, Cardinal Carrier has already organized three projects to obtain donations for low-income schools in rural areas in the States of Guanajuato,Veracruz, and Mexico City, Mexico.
On Tuesday, February 4th, during a successful and well attended event called “La Taquiza” (“The Taco Buffet”) at La Herradura Restaurant in Novi, Cardinal Carrier obtained donations to sponsor the organization's fourth project in Mexico.
During an interview with Spinoso-Korn, President and Founder of Cardinal Carrier, Inc., as to what had motivated her to create this organization, she explained: “I used to do a lot of donations to non-profit organizations such as the World Food Program of the United Nations, but help seemed to go mostly to Africa, so eventually I wanted to create something that would benefit children in my own country.
“Donating food overseas can be complicated, so I decided to look for donations in kind. Cardinal Carrier brings school supplies, art materials, toothpaste and tooth brushes, and musical instruments directly to schoolchildren who live in rural areas around Mexico”, explained Spinoso-Korn.
“We do not believe in charity, so we regard our donations simply as gifts. Helping others is a question of social responsibility. If we were privileged enough to have access to a good education, are we now going to give to those less fortunate while looking down on them? I don’t think so.
“The purpose of our gifts is to increase motivation, creativity, and the joy to study among students from kindergarten to elementary school. By donating directly to the students themselves (and not to the teachers), we promote leadership and teamwork that will impact these students for the rest of their lives. Also, it is a well known fact that most girls in rural areas do not continue studying, and when we put these girls in charge of handing out the materials they receive, we also promote girl power and self-esteem”, concluded Spinoso-Korn.
During the “La Taquiza” event this week, Cardinal Carrier raffled tickets to the inaugural concert of singer/composer Miguel Inzunza at Casa Real Restaurant in Oxford, MI, among other items. Attendees at the fundraiser included members from other organizations such as Mexicanas en Michigan, Marketing for Women in Business, Motor City Connect, Red de Talentos Mexicanos, the Hispanic Bar Association of Michigan, APROMEX, and ALPFA Michigan.
Donations consist mostly of school supplies such as crayons, pencils, pens, sets of water colors, rulers, erasers, paper, etc.) and musical instruments such as tambourines, rhythm sticks, nylon wrist bells, wood sounders, triangles, and cymbals. Cardinal Carrier assembles, carries, and distributes these school packages containing educational materials and musical instruments that are so necessary to develop young talent in rural Mexico.
As Spinoso-Korn explains: “We don’t need a reason to help people”.