In our first newsletter of 2013 we want to highlight some of the main achievements of last year.
One of the milestones we want to celebrate is that once again during 2012 more than $1 million was donated to HelpArgentina for the benefit of Argentinian social organizations. Passing this goal for two consecutive years is a testament to the ongoing support we receive from donors, organizations and companies that allow us to continue working for the Argentine social sector.
We are also pleased to report that 16 Argentine social organizations joined HelpArgentina´s Member Network in 2012.
In order to provide our members with additional tools, we organized two seminars for the Member Organizations which offered them a space for interaction and provided them training in the fundraising techniques. In addition, we launched two Matching Challenge to incent the organizations to expand their search for resources from abroad. As a result of these campaigns the number of monthly donors to the organizations in our network more than doubled.
We also continue to work to provide additional benefits to both donors and organizations. During 2012, we formalized an agreement with APARU (Association of Argentinian Professionals in the United Kingdom) with provides tax benefits to residents of the United Kingdom who donate to Argentinian social organizations through HelpArgentina.
Another achievement was the launch of the digital version of the Nonprofit Transparency Report which provides donors with objective and detailed information about social organizations in Argentina.
And for the third consecutive year we organized the HelpArgentina High Goal Polo Challenge in New York with the presence of renowned Argentine polo player Ignacio ¨Nacho¨ Figueras. More than 300 people attended to the event and their contributions allowed the construction of new classroom facilities in school No. 4219, located in the department General José de San Martín in the province of Salta.
And to end the year we organized a Charity Auction of Photographs “Celebrando Argentina” to which we invited the Argentine donors, companies and organizations that collaborated with us during 2012.
In 2013 we will celebrate the 10th anniversary of HelpArgentina and we look forward to continuing working together for the Argentinian social sector.