Brazil Foundation

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BrazilFoundation was created in June 2000 and december 2000 marked the "Beginning of partnership with Rockefeller Foundation." [1]

The Brazil Foundation "mobilizes resources and talent to contribute to the improvement of social conditions in Brazil. We act as a bridge between the U.S. and Brazil -- capturing donations from individuals and socially responsible corporations in the U.S. and transferring them to social programs throughout Brazil.

"We are building a new philanthropic network that can transform the lives of impoverished children and adults in Brazil, while simultaneously inspiring new strategies to combat Brazilian social problems.

"BrazilFoundation's goal is to finance and support projects that act in five areas: education, public health, human rights, citizenship and culture.

"From our offices in New York and Rio de Janeiro, BrazilFoundation accomplishes its mission through direct fundraising, educational events and project development. The foundation offers tax advantages to donors in the U.S. according to Section 501 (c) (3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, which permits donations for charitable ends to be deducted from personal and corporate income taxes." [2]

According to their 2004 Annual Report "Since 2001, the foundation has directed over US $2.4 million to 84 grassroots social projects in Brazil."

In June 2000, Leona Forman "teamed up with Marcello Hallake, a Brazilian-born lawyer based in New York and Susane Worcman, an experienced Brazilian art curator and social researcher. Marcello represented the Foundation in obtaining its notforprofit status. Susane helped establish BrazilFoundation's office in Rio de Janeiro, which she continues to run. Roberta Mazzariol joined as chief financial officer, helping to design the foundation’s initial operations strategy. Subsequently, Patricia Cavalcanti Lobaccaro joined as director of events and outreach, and Christina Alves Molloy as director of communications. A dedicated network of energetic volunteers in New York and Brazil has been instrumental in bringing the organization to life."


(January 1, 2004 – December 31, 2004). ($100,000 + ) Individuals

($50,000 - $99,999) Foundations



  • Anonymous*

($10,000 - $49,000) Foundations



($1,000 - $9,999) Foundations


For rest see pdf

In 2003 major supporters included Raytheon Company.



Advisory Board

  • Armando Strozenberg - Rio de Janeiro, President Agência Contemporânea.
  • Claudius Ceccon - Rio de Janeiro, General Secretary of the Centro de Criaçao de Imagem Popular (CECIP).
  • Donna Hrinak - Miami, Director of Corporate & Government Affairs, KRAFT Foods, Inc., Latin America.
  • Edmar Lisboa Bacha - Rio de Janeiro, Senior Advisor, Banco Itaú BBA - Founding Partner, Instituto de Estudos de Política Econômica.
  • Gelson Fonseca Jr. - Santiago, Brazil's Ambassador to Chile.
  • Gelson Fonseca, Jr. - Madrid, Consul General of Brazil in Spain.
  • Gilberto Gil - Brasilia, Brazilian Minister of Culture, World-renowned Musician and President/Founder of Onda Azul.
  • Helio Mattar - São Paulo, Director President, Instituto Akatu pelo Consumo Consciente.
  • Jose Alfredo Graça Lima - New York, Consul General of Brazil in New York.
  • Julio Cesar Gomes dos Santos - Bogotá, Ambassador of Brazil in Colombia.
  • Kenneth Maxwell - Cambridge, Director of Brazil Office, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University.
  • Marcilio Marques Moreira - Rio de Janeiro, Economist, Partner, Conjuntura e Contexto, Former Minister of Finance
  • Maria Elena P. Johannpeter - Porto Alegre, Executive Vice President, Parceiros Voluntários do Rio Grande do Sul.
  • Nancy Englander - Los Angeles, Former President, Emerging Market Growth Fund at Capital Group.
  • Pedro Lichtinger - New York, President, Pfizer Europe.
  • Ruth Cardoso - São Paulo, President of Comunitas - Parcerias para o Desenvolvimento Solidário, Former First Lady of Brazil




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