Our Organization

Legal Framework: Friends of Matenwa was incorporated in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in March, 2010. We received our qualification as a non-profit with Public Charity Status under Section 501 [c] (3) of the Internal Revenue Code in January, 2011. Our EIN is: 27-2898086.

Our People: Most of Friends of Matènwa’s work is accomplished by hard working volunteers, so that we can conserve each donor dollar for important work in Haiti.

Executive Director: Christine W. Low, matenwa1@gmail.com
Program Coordinator: Samantha Menard, matenwa2@gmail.com
Development Coordinator: Sarah Belfort, matenwa3@gmail.com
Finance Coordinator: Kenneth Sampson, fin-admin@friendsofmatenwa.org
School to School Liaison – Puerto Rico: Anna Grimaldi Colomer

Our Board of Directors:

Tim Boysen, Treasurer
Angela Burke
Aida Khan, Secretary
Christine W. Low, Executive Director
Jocelyn McCalla
Jemimah Okantey
Barbara C. Sampson, President
Scott Stern
Cynthia Wachs

Our Partner Organizations:

Friends of Matènwa works with multiple organizations supporting education and communities self-directed initiatives in rural Haiti. FoM is especially indebted to its long-standing partnership with Beyond Borders, Inc.

Recent Grantors:

Greater Good in partnership with Jason Derulo, Jordin Sparks, The M.A.D. Girls Inc., The Literacy Site, Affinity.is, and Dream Weaver Foundation in “The Other Side” campaign
Hand/Eye Foundation
Magpie Giving Circle
Rotary International, along with Rotary Skidaway, Rotary San Juan and
Rotary Port-au-Prince
Seevak Family Foundation
The First Parish Church of Lincoln
The Haiti Fund at The Boston Foundation
US AID/World Vision/Australian Aid
VP Foundation
Water Bridge Outreach: Books + Water

Recent Participating Schools:

Advent School
Belmont Day School
Caribbean Consolidated Schools Inc.
Dover Sherborn Middle School
Episcopal Cathedral School
Fayerweather School
Fletcher-Maynard Academy
Kingsley Montessori School
Moscow High School
Newton Country Day
The Park School
St. Peter School
Saint John’s School
Tobin School

In addition, we thank the web forum “Something Awful” for twice choosing Matènwa for their annual holiday gift. They have made a terrific difference!

Our Financial Information: Through the year 2012, the major programs of Friends of Matènwa were managed by Beyond Borders. For nine consecutive years, Beyond Borders has earned the top Four Star Charity rating by Charity Navigator for sound financial practices and transparent financial reporting. The years 2013/2014 are transition years. Friends of Matènwa has submitted its federally required IRS Form 990. Click here to download the latest form.