BrazilFoundation Launches Call for Proposals

For the 12th year, BrazilFoundation launches its Annual Project Selection. Nonprofit civil society organizations in Brazil are welcome to submit proposals up to January 24, 2014. Organizations whose projects and programs work in the areas of Education, Human Rights and Socio-economic Development and Civic Participation are eligible to receive funding. BrazilFoundation invests in small and […]

Mônica de Roure joins BrazilFoundation as Executive Director and Vice-President

We are thrilled to announce that Mônica de Roure will succeed Susane Worcman as BrazilFoundation’s new Vice President and Executive Director. She comes to BrazilFoundation after four years as the Director of the Brazil Program and International Operations for Latin America and Africa at Ashoka Innovators for the Public. Throughout her career, she has acted […]

Please join our end of the year Believe in a Dream campaign

Every year, hundreds of organizations apply to BrazilFoundation for a grant in the hope of fulfilling the collective dreams of their communities. And we want to help them fulfill their dreams, but the truth is the Foundation only has the resources to award grants to 5% of the projects. We launched our end of the […]

Miami Benefit Auction raises $30,000

BrazilFoundation held a Benefit Auction on December 6th during Art Basel at the Artefacto store in Coral Gables. The evening was hosted by Brian Kelly, founder of The Points Guy, and Donnamarie Baptiste, the director of programming and special projects at The Armory Show in New York. The Host Committee for the event included: Paulo […]

Children’s comic book, Monica’s Gang, develops two new characters to combat discrimination against kids who are HIV+

The popular Brazilian comic book, Monica’s Gang, has two new characters: Igor and Vitória. The characters were developed by the Friends of Life Association (Associação Amigos da Vida) in partnership with Maurício de Souza Studios, the creators of the comic series. The new characters were introduced to demystify HIV and AIDS and thereby combat the […]

BrazilFoundation holds Benefit Auction Cocktail Party during Art Basel

BrazilFoundation held a Benefit Auction Cocktail Party on December 6th during Art Basel. The event was held at the Artefacto store in Coral Gables; aside from offering a location for the evening, the premier furnishings brand also sponsored the event. The evening was hosted by Brian Kelly, founder of The Points Guy, and Donnamarie Baptiste, […]

Carioca Youth Tell Their Stories for Carioca Fund Competition

The Carioca Fund of BrazilFoundation continues to support the professional training of young people from communities in Rio de Janeiro. As it has done in the last two years, the Carioca Fund launched a contest to encourage young people to discover and develop their artistic talents and learn more about the opportunities for work in […]

BrazilFoundation partners with Neiman Marcus to Host Lunch for community of Supporters

On November 1st, Frances Aldrich Sevilla-Sacasa, Chief Executive Officer of Itaú Private Bank International, and Beatriz Santos hosted a lunch at Neiman Marcus—Coral Gables to raise awareness for the social causes supported by BrazilFoundation. Over lunch, guests learned about the philanthropic activities of the Foundation during a talk given by Guilherme Franco, founder of the Plan […]

Organizations supported by BrazilFoundation are among the winners of the FINEP award for innovation

Two organizations supported by BrazilFoundation this year are among the winners of the 2013 FINEP Innovation Award: the Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (IPTI) won in the category of  Research Institute on Innovation and Technology for the northeast region; Ecology and Action (ECOA) won  in the category of Social Technology for the Midwest region. […]

BrazilFoundation Grantee is Only Brazilian Organization to Win Ashoka International Challenge

The Associação Coletivo Popular de Saúde e Cultura de Mandacaru (Association Health and Culture Collective of  Mandacaru), a BrazilFoundation 2013 grantee, located in Paraíba, is 1 of the 8 winners of the Ashoka: Nutrients for All competition. The project Cozinha Verde: Transformando Orgânicos e Gerando Renda (Green Cuisine Project: transforming organic produce and generating income), […]

David Hertz and Alex Atala Speak at BrazilFoundation Talk Series

For years, BrazilFoundation has held a talk series with leaders from the nonprofit sector. Last Friday night, David Hertz spoke about the organization he founded, Gastromotiva, which uses gastronomy as a tool for social inclusion. The organization offers culinary training for young adults living in low-income communities; 93% of Gastromotiva graduates have found employment upon […]

“Action for Life” (Ações pela Vida) Workshop Discusses Issues Faced by People Living with HIV/AIDS

The Fênix Association (Associação Fênix) held its second “Action for Life” (Ações pela Vida) Workshop in Curitiba on October 3-6, which brought together young people throughout Brazil who live with HIV and AIDS, along with their families, professionals, community leaders and institutions who have joined the fight against AIDS. The Fênix Association is a BrazilFoundation grantee this […]

BrazilFoundation XI Annual Gala New York

The BrazilFoundation held its 11th Annual Gala at the Museum of Modern Art, one of New York City’s grandest landmarks. The Foundation welcomed major philanthropists from Brazil and the United States, who are dedicated to supporting the Foundation’s mission of changing the social reality of Brazil. The Gala was sponsored by Itaú Unibanco and Cidade Jardim […]

BrazilFoundation and Forbes partner to host “Brazil and Global Philanthropy Trends”

Under the auspices of Forbes magazine, the BrazilFoundatrion hosted a breakfast roundtable entitled “Brazil and Global Philanthropy Trends.” The discussion opened with a brief talk by Bradford Smith, President of the Foundation Center, who informed the sixty guests gathered at the Forbes headquarters about the latest trends in philanthropy across the world: he highlighted the importance […]

Luisa Moraes Visits Vaga Lume Headquarters in São Paulo

The mission of Vaga Lume is to create opportunities for cultural exchanges through literature and oral stories, while recognizing the leadership of people from rural communities in the Brazilian Amazon. A BrazilFoundation grantee in 2013, Vaga Lume helps to rescue and preserve the African and quilombolan cultures in these areas of Brazil through storytelling circles […]

BrazilFoundation Volunteer Visits Organization Amigos da Vida in Brasília

On August 2nd, a BrazilFoundation volunteer and member of the Young Patrons Committee, Nathália Abi-Ackel, visited the organization Amigos da Vida in Brasília. Amigos da Vida works to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS, fight against prejudice and discrimination, protect human rights, offer legal assistance and orientation to the families of those living with HIV, and provide […]

Partnership with de GRISOGONO raises funds to support BrazilFoundation projects

On Thursday, July 25, Swiss luxury jeweler de GRISOGONO hosted a private in-store shopping experience at its new boutique in Bal Harbour to benefit BrazilFoundation. De GRISOGONO representative Michael Quagliato along with BrazilFoundation Board Member Daniela Fonseca were in attendance. Guests enjoyed champagne, hors d’oeuvres and dessert while viewing the collection designed by founder and creative director […]

BrazilFoundation Participates in Human Rights Conference

Approximately 100 people from the third sector and government, as well as human rights activists, participated in a conference on June 27th entitled “Advances and Challenges in Guaranteeing Human Rights in Brazil”, held at the Escola de Direito da Fundação Getúlio Vargas, in São Paulo. BrazilFoundation’s  project analyst, Carla Lima, attended the event as a representative of the […]

BrazilFoundation Pioneers Discussion in Human Rights Abuses & Mega-Sporting Events

BrazilFoundation joined forces with the Ford Foundation at the 2013 International Human Rights Funders Group (IHRFG) conference to sponsor a panel entitled “From Cape Town to Rio: Strategies for Funding Human Rights Work in the Context of Mega-Sporting Events.” The panel discussion was moderated by Minky Worden from Human Rights Watch. Patricia Lobaccaro, CEO of […]

BrazilFoundation Gala NY

The preparations for the BrazilFoundation Gala in New York are already  underway. The Organizing Committee has already chosen the honorees for the night, and this year the Foundation will recognize the important work of Itaú Unibanco, which includes Fundação Itaú Social, Itaú Cultural and Instituto Unibanco. Alfredo Setúbal, Executive Vice President of Itaú Unibanco, will […]

BrazilFoundation Holds First Ever Hamptons Art Soiree

BrazilFoundation held its first Hamptons Art Soiree. Karin Dauch, a board member at the Foundation, opened the doors of her beach house for an auction of art by Brazilian artists.   Paintings by Brazilian artists Kenny Sharf, Francesco Clemente, Nelson Leirner, Cleverson, and Cristina Canale were auctioned off. The collection of works was curated by […]

Carioca Fund launches new competition: “I, a young carioca, have a story to tell”

The BrazilFoundation Carioca Fund launched the competition “I, a young carioca, have a story to tell” that will select student writers from public high schools in Rio de Janeiro, located in areas currently undergoing pacification, to write a story that will be illustrated by graphic artists, who  were also selected through the competition. Entries will be […]

Early Childhood Education Training Session

What does it mean to be a child? How does one define a child in the social sphere? What does Brazilian legislation state about childhood? To find ways to answer these questions, BrazilFoundation brought the five projects on early childhood education to its offices in Rio de Janeiro to discuss the questions and for training […]

Organization Sementes do Amanha, spreads knowledge learned during the BrazilFoundation Capacity Development Workshops

Located in the Vila Aliança favela, in the western zone of Rio de Janeiro, “Núcleo Sócio Cultural Semente do Amanhã” teaches art to the children of current and former prison inmates. The organization participated in the capacity development workshops offered by BrazilFoundation in May, and it’s already spreading the knowledge it learned to its team. […]

BrazilFoundation and Brazil Child Health Hold Festa Junina Party in NY

BrazilFoundation and Brazil Child Health, the American office for the NGO Saúde Criança, held the III Festa Junina: Children Helping Children on June 3rd at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York. The organizations joined forces once again to raise funds for social projects in health and early childhood education in Brazil. The party highlights included […]

BrazilFoundation brings together leaders from the 2013 grant winning projects for inspiring and productive workshops

The weekend event hosted by BrazilFoundation  brought together 26 organizations selected to receive support in 2013, as well as 3 organizations supported by the Carioca Fund. 58 project leaders, the BrazilFoundation teams from both New York and Rio, and BrazilFoundation board members participated in the event in Itaipava, a city in the interior of Rio […]

XI New York Gala September 18, 2013

Save the Date: the BrazilFoundation XI Gala New York will be held at the MoMA on September 18, 2013. It will be chaired by Will Landers, who is himself a member of the BrazilFoundation board. Those interested in becoming sponsors or in purchasing tables should write to or call (212) 244-3663.

BrazilFoundation Awards First Ever Excellence Prize

The Excellence Prize was created because BrazilFoundation understood the importance of strengthening the technical and operational capacity of civil society organizations, and at the same time, because it recognized the absence of financial resources allocated toward this kind of institutional support. Thus, to fill this financial gap, the Foundation will award single grants of R$ […]

Annual Project Selection

BrazilFoundation’s XII Annual Project Selection has been completed, and after 6 months of careful review and analysis, we are happy to announce that 26 projects will receive grants in 2013. The funds for these projects were raised at the X Annual Gala held in New York in September of last year and at the II […]

BrazilFoundation Visits New EPC Site in Paramoti

Paramoti, a small city in rural Ceará, now has a new school for students preparing for the “vestibular” university entrance exam. The vice-president of BrazilFoundation, Susane Worcman, attended the inauguration of the building on March 19 ; she was very moved when she learned that the Escola Popular Cooperative (Popular Cooperative School), EPC Paramoti, was able […]

CEPFS wins award from the Brazilian Federal Government

CEPFS (Center for Popular Education and Social Formation) received the Mandacarau Prize from the Brazilian Federal government for developing ingenious system for recycling rainwater. The prize recognizes organizations that develop “innovative projects and practices for the access of water in semiarid regions of the country.” CEPFS, which operates in the sertão in the state of Paraiba, won […]

David Hertz speaks about Gastromotiva in Miami

On the eve of the Miami Gala, the honoree David Hertz gave a talk at the home of Maria Carolina Tavares de Melo. He told the story of how he founded Gastromotiva, a culinary school for underprivileged young adults. After spending more than seven years travelling the world, David returned to São Paulo to start […]

BrazilFoundation Hosted Its 2nd Annual Gala in Miami

BrazilFoundation hosted its 2nd annual gala in Miami at the Vizcaya Museum & Gardens on March 26, 2013. Sponsored by Graff Diamonds, Crédit Agricole and Carla Amorim, the evening honored influential social investors, David Hertz and Tony Kanaan, and brought together more than 400 leaders from the worlds of business, diplomacy, academia, fashion and art to generate resources […]

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Racial Discrimination is pervasive in Brazil, and historically the black population has experienced the lowest levels of schooling and limited access to health services. N’zinga, an organization supported by the BrazilFoundation in 2012, is fighting against these inequalities every day in Minas Gerais. BrazilFoundation funded the project “Quilombolas Confronting HIV/AIDS and Viral Hepatitis,” through which […]

The Network of Women Producers of Pajeú Wins 3rd Place in Award from the Brazilian Government

The Network of Women Producers of Pajeú (The Rede de Mulheres Produtoras do Pajeú)–a 2010 grantee–won 3rd place for the Award for Rural Women for a Sustainable Brazil (Prêmio Mulheres Rurais que Produzem o Brasil Sustentável) awarded by the Brazilian Government. The initiative, supported by the Special Secretary of Policies for Women of the Republic […]

Oscar Romero Cultural Center provides simultaneous translation for the hearing impaired

Located in the Baixada Fluminese neighborhood of RIO, the Oscar Romero Cultural Center provides the hearing impaired with a location for cultural reference and social inclusion. The play, Urucuia – O Grande Sertão, was presented with live translation in Brazilian Sign Language (LIBRAS). The show is part of the project entitled Inclusion through the Arts, […]

BrazilFoundation participates in seminar on the confidence in the institutions of society.

On March 7,  BrazilFoundation’s vice president, Susane Worcman, participated in the seminar, “Society’s Confindence in Businesses, Governments, NGOs, and Media Companies,” hosted by Edelman Significa, the parent company of the largest public relations conglomerate in the world. The seminar presented the results of Trust Barometer 2013, an analysis the company developed to measure the confidence […]

II Gala Miami News

The II BrazilFoundation Gala Miami will take place on March 26, 2013 at the historical landmark Vizcaya & Gardens Museum. The night promises to be unforgettable with more than 400 guests from the worlds of business, media, academia, and diplomacy, along with celebrities. Co-chaired by Daniela Fonseca and Maria Carolina Tavares de Melo, members of […]

BrazilFoundation discloses Project Finalists

The XII BrazilFoundation Annual Project Selection received 548 proposals from all across Brazil. Evaluated by analysts from the Foundation, 40 finalists were selected – all of which will receive onsite evaluation visits in March and April.  The list of selected projects will be announced on April 19th.  The Call for Proposals was launched in October […]

BrazilFoundation Australia held its First Gala

With the theme That Night in Rio, BrazilFoundation Australia held its first gala cocktail reception on February 26th. The event commemorated the very first BrazilWeek at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, Australia. The gala was followed by the premiere of the film Heleno, which kicked off the Brazil Film Festival 2013. The event, with support from the […]

In Pará, Ten Young Participants of BrazilFoundation Grantee Project Pass the University Entrance Exam

In Vigia de Nazaré, a historic city in Pará with a population of approximately 45 thousand inhabitants, 10 young participants of the Projeto Escola de Música Maestro Vale (Maestro Vale Music School Project), of the Instituto Musical do Nordeste Parense Arte Show Vigia (The Musical Institute of Vigia de Nazaré), passed the “vestibular” entrance exam […]

January 28th, National Day to Combat Slave Labor

January 28th was the National Day to Combat Slave Labor, and so we highlight the work of the Centro de Defesa da Vida e dos Direitos Humanos (Center for the Protection of Life and Human Rights), which has worked since 1996 in Açailândia, Maranhão to prevent and stop human rights abuses. The organization focuses on […]

Carioca Fund Commemorates Graduation of its Second Class of Electronic Security Course

In January, 23 young participants of the second course for training in video surveillance (an initiative of the Carioca Fund) received their certificates. The course was developed in partnerships with Tyco, the Secretaria de Estado da Educação (State Department of Education) and the Instituto Marquês de Salamanca (Marquês Institute of Salamanca). The graduation ceremony took […]

Women on the Vanguard of Social Investment

Leona Forman, Founder of BrazilFoundation, participated in a debate “Mulheres na Vanguarda do Investimento Social” (Women in the Vanguard of Social Investment) in December in Santa Catarina. Leona spoke about the importance of volunteerism for nonprofit organizations and about the obstacles that BrazilFoundation faced while establishing itself as a nonprofit. “We felt it necessary to […]

BrazilFoundation Gives Presentation at Conference on Domestic Violence against Women in NY

Patricia Lobaccaro, CEO of BrazilFoundation, participated in a conference in New York on the theme of domestic violence against women on January 15th at the Consulate General of Brazil. Patricia discussed how the Foundation supports projects that address gender and women’s rights, and she also informed the attendees about Lei Maria da Penha (Maria da Penha […]

The #abetterBrazilisuptoyou Campaign

BrazilFoundation raised more than $20,000 through the end-of-the-year campaign, funds that  make it possible to support one more social project in 2013. The Foundation would like to thank all who donated, especially the Deutsch family and Professor Scheinkman. The campaign #abetterBrazilisuptoyou will continue throughout the year. To make a donation, click here.

Domestic Violence against Brazilian Women is the Focus of New York Conference

The BrazilFoundation will participate in a conference that aims to address the prevalence of domestic abuse among Brazilian women living in New York. Speaking on behalf of the Foundation, Patricia Lobaccaro, CEO of BrazilFoundation, will deliver a paper on the projects funded by the Foundation that confront gender issues and seek to improve women’s rights. […]