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The Michael Paul Wein Charitable Foundation

"Underpromise and Overdeliver"

Our grantees
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for Beginners Table of Contents Eligibility for grants Initial requirements ongoing requirements FAQs why this info Calendar our goals and mission Our grantees Our trustees Legalities miscellaneous Site Map

Who are our grantees?

Past (and possibly present) grantees (listed in alphabetical order):

ALMA - care for ancianos - care for the elderly

American Legion Auxiliary (Post #8)

Amigos de Animales - friends of the animals

Anyel - a local school teaching music to local children

Atencion - new computers for their office 

Audubon - San Miguel chapter of International Audubon Society

Biblioteca Publica's Stirling Dickinsen Scholarship Fund - student scholarships

C.A.S.A. - midwifery and birth control

Casa de los Angeles - care for children of single mothers who would otherwise not be able to afford daycare for their children  while the mothers work

Colegio Atabel - local children's school

Crescimiento - provide rehabilitation services, education and basic nutrition for the handicapped

Cruz Roja Mexicana - the Red Cross of San Miguel

FAI Guanajuato - fights for children’s rights

Feed the Hungry - feeding children in and around San Miguel de Allende

Hospital de la Fe - local general hospital

Lions Club of San Miguel - concerns itself with eye problems and solutions

Mujares en Cambio
Parque Olimpo - a children's park in Colonia Olimpo
Patronato pro Ninos - medical care of children
Programa de Musica de SMA - the Suzuki kids learning musical skills

San Miguel PEN - scholarship program focusing specifically on emergency situations among young people who live in San Miguel (good students with good attitudes and hopes for a better future)

SMA Online - a community newspaper for expatriates living in San Miguel  (no grants of money are involved here - MPWCF provides only management assistance)

So Others May Eat (S.O.M.E.) - a program providing food to local Mexicans every week

Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship - making grants from their own outreach Program and/or Jovanes Adelante scholarship program

two USA organizations (but only because we were not able at the time to find sufficient SMA organizations who met our criteria)

In addition to the normal and on-going grants, the MPWCF also provides incentives to volunteers and organizations that provide non-monetary compensation to volunteers through our lifetime achievement award. 

We also made three awards in 2004 to organization who are most transparent in their public revelation of their operations, finances, processes, etc.  There is more about this at Goals & Mission, at I believe, and at transparency

Philosophy regarding grants and grantees

Our founder, Michael Wein, spent his formative professional years, as a financial management consultant to, among others, Avon Cosmetics.  In his work with Avon, he was introduced to the work of the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, which followed a philosophy Mr. Wein believes in now.  This philosophy is now part of our Foundation's philosophy:

"Each grantee organization should have a plan that includes a method that tracks the performance of their organization, their programs and/or its participants. This tracking should define clearly their main objectives and obstacles, and any plans to become somewhat more self-sustaining than at present.  This plan should also enable anyone to evaluate the effectiveness of their plan and its methods.  If a grantee organization won't commit to measure their return on our Foundation's investments in them, the grants may either not commence, or, if started, may cease."

Guarantees we make to our grantees:

    Since the Founder can only physically guarantee our promises during his lifetime, he has arranged for many legal controls covering the trustee's actions after his demise.  There is more information regarding this at the following links: FAQs and detailed most specifically at trustees.   In addition, the founders will and the way the Foundation will be funded are an important part of this promise and guarantee. And, lastly, although there should be no changes after his death from what the Founder decreed on this web-site, any changes that do become necessary must be fully disclosed at subsequent changes and you, the reader, may complain to all authorities if the changes do not appear appropriate. 

One further provision in the founders will stipulates that the Foundation will terminate if the then-current trustees do not follow the Founder's wishes after his death.  As two of these three trustees also represent two of the larger grantees, there will be both inside and outside pressure (complete with transparency to the rest of the SMA community) on these three trustees to continue with the guarantees made by the Founder during his lifetime. 


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