Fundación Abrazando Ilusiones
Fundación Abrazando Ilusiones

How we do things

Drawing from strategic philanthropy and creative cooperation, we focus on addressing pressing societal needs while finding innovative ways to sustain our work through opportunities that result in lasting positive impact. Our approach allows us to generate income through training and service delivery aligned with our mission, and to redirect it towards our philanthropic efforts.

The symbiotic relationship between our training hub and social action allows us achieve greater resourcefulness and impact. But the cycle does not stop there. Through our training hub-social action nexus, we create a cycle for sustained improvement. That is, as we gather feedback from our projects, we apply these new insights to enrich our trainings and refine our interventions. This process ensures that we remain aligned with our mission while embracing new opportunities for learning and betterment.

Established in 2017, Abrazando Ilusiones Foundation is an independent philanthropic organization committed to empowering the youth and fostering social cohesion.

So, how do we do things? As a small-sized organization, we believe in the transformative power of our collective commitment and the strategic utilization of resources. In approaching our mission, what sets us apart from conventional charities is our operating model.

As part of our commitment to generating positive impact, a significant part of our annual budget is allocated to social action initiatives. For the last two years, this granting accounted for 77% and 49% of the budget, respectively. Importantly, about two-thirds of our social action has been funded by revenue generated through our training hub in recent years. These statistics illustrate our commitment to self-sufficiency and longtermism in approaching our mission.

Established in 2017, the Abrazando Ilusiones −or “Embracing Dreams”− Foundation is an independent philanthropic organization committed to fostering positive youth development and societal cohesion. As a small-sized organization, we believe in the transformative power of our collective commitment and the strategic utilization of resources.

So, how do we do things? That is, how do we approach our mission? What sets us apart from conventional charities is our operating model. Drawing from strategic philanthropy, we focus on addressing pressing needs while finding innovative ways to sustain our work through opportunities that develop the community and result in long-term autonomy and independence.

Our approach, rooted in systems thinking and creative cooperation, allows us to generate income through training and service delivery aligned with our mission, and to redirect it towards our philanthropic efforts. This symbiotic relationship between the training hub and our social action allows us to capitalize on networks for greater resourcefulness and impact.

But the cycle does not stop there. As we gather feedback from our initiatives, we apply these new insights to enrich our training delivery and enhance our interventions. This continuous process ensures that we remain aligned with our mission and continue to embrace new opportunities for learning and betterment.

As part of our commitment to transparency, we openly share that a substantial part of our annual budget is allocated to social action. For the years 2021 and 2022, this allocation accounted for 77% and 49% of our annual budget, respectively. Moreover, about two-thirds of our social action budget has been funded by revenue generated through our training hub in recent years. These statistics vividly illustrate our commitment to self-sufficiency and the long-term sustainability of our mission.

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Diana Dimitru

Diana, our Volunteer Coordinator, holds an important role within our philanthropic efforts, as she not only oversees but also collaborates closely with the volunteers that help propel our mission forward. Born in Romania, Diana holds a master’s degree in Intercultural Communication, Translation, and Interpretation in Public Services, and her passion lies in uniting people for a greater societal good.