January 2021 News & Updates

First and foremost, we hope everyone had a wonderful and safe Holiday Season! I know personally it was great to catch up with family (socially distanced, of course), and take some time away from technology. I also know 2021 will be a good year for all of us. 🙂

Some updates from the last few weeks:

  • Fundraising – as always, we are pounding the proverbial pavement to find new funding opportunities. The next grant submission that Pidola will be applying for, is with CLIF Bar in early February.
  • 1 Million Cups – one of the connections we’ve made in the Philadelphia area is with an organization called 1 Million Cups, or 1MC. They provide a platform for early-stage start-ups to speak with local entrepreneurs and business leaders, and gather feedback on solving an organization’s most critical business challenges. Pidola will be presenting to 1MC on February 3rd!
  • Food for the Hungry – over the next few weeks, we’re going to start re-engaging with our key partners in Bolivia. As with most countries, the pandemic has been difficult for the people in Bolivia, so it’s been some time since we’ve last connected. We’ll be speaking with Food for the Hungry (aka FH) to restart our fundraising conversations.

As always, thank you for your support, and we’ll see you in February!

Happy Holidays from Pidola!

As we move into the Holiday Season, the folks here at Pidola wanted to send a quick note of thanks for all of your support throughout the year. Without our supporters and the organizations around us, we’d never be able to push our much needed projects forward.

Please stay safe where ever you are, and we’ll share some news when we turn the calendars to 2021 (phew, thank goodness).

Happy Holidays!

November 2020 News & Updates

We are wrapping up the year here at Pidola, and we’d love to share some updates. In case we don’t get an opportunity, we hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday in a couple weeks!

  • Amazon Smile – when you shop on Amazon, please make sure you select Pidola for Amazon Smile! Registration is easy, and Amazon will donate 0.5% on your eligible purchases to our projects. The link is: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/82-4852903
  • Fundraising – over the next few months, we have approximately 20 different grants that we’re submitting a request for funds. Wish us luck that we’ll be able to raise some money for our projects in both Bolivia and Tamaulipas!

As always, thank you for your support, and we’ll see you in December!

October 2020 News & Updates

As we quickly move into the last quarter of 2020 (thank goodness!), we have a lot of things going on here at Pidola. Lots of life happening, too!

Some updates from over the last few weeks:

  • Fundraising – we keep working on the various submissions for additional corporate funds. Pidola submitted a handful in September, so we’re hopeful we’ll win one before the end of the year. Wish us luck!
  • Tamaulipas – on-going conversations are being held surrounding our responsibilities for the projects in Northern Mexico. Pidola is aligning with the Rotary Clubs of Southern Texas to help pushing these projects forward. Our goal is to have a roadmap established to install a number of projects before the end of the year.
  • Facebook Campaigns – we launched our first Facebook campaign, which was to help drive more individual donations for our projects. That first campaign has been completed, and we’ll be launching another before the end of Q4. Again, wish us luck!

As always, thank you for your support, and we’ll see you in November!

September 2020 News & Updates

Hopefully everyone had a nice Labor Day Weekend, and that you’re all having a good week so far. We just had snow here in Denver, so winter is right around the corner!

Some updates from over the last few weeks:

  • Fundraising – we submitted a number of grant inquiries. Organizations such as the Amazon Emergency Fund, Founding Solidarity Circle, Onaway Trust, the Mona Foundation and NextEnergy Foundation. Upcoming grant submissions include Lawrence, Clif and Jewish… wish us luck!
  • Board of Directors BBQ – on September 12th, we are having a little late-summer BBQ with Pidola’s Board of Directors; socially-distanced, of course. Any chance we get to spend time with our Board is always a pleasure, and we’ll certainly share photos on Facebook!
  • Facebook Campaigns – speaking of Facebook, we launched a fundraising campaign on Facebook in early September. This is another tactic we are testing to drive individual donations.
  • Bolivia News – a few updates from our team/s in Bolivia:
    • The 2019 accounting reports have been completed
    • We are in the process of re-structuring our Accendo SRL entity
    • Please see our latest Facebook post surrounding updates on Bolivian schools & COVID
    • If you don’t follow the US Embassy’s Facebook page from Bolivia (https://www.facebook.com/usdos.bolivia/), you should. It’s a great way to keep up-to-date on how the US government is working with various Bolivian organizations

As always, thank you for your support, and we’ll see you in October!

August 2020 News & Updates

As we move quickly through the Summer of 2020, we wanted to share some updates from over the last few weeks:

  • Bolivian Updates – we keep in touch with many people down in Bolivia. With the global pandemic, we have learned that all schools have been cancelled for the rest of their school year; until at least February 2021. This is very unfortunate, especially since ~60% of students in the country do not have remote learning capacities. That is where Pidola can help and support!
  • Tamaulipas – talks are on-going with our Rotary Club contacts in Southern Texas and Northern Mexico, to push our projects in Tamaulipas forward. We are working to find the right points of contact within the State-level governments, and to determine roles and responsibilities between all parties.
  • International Fair – Pidola has been invited to participate in an International Fair through our contacts at the Rotary Club. This International Fair brings together both organizations and investors who are interested in developing social good projects in Southern Texas and Northern Mexico. Given the current pandemic, this fair will be virtual in September 2020. But, it will still provide Pidola access to various potential investment opportunities for our projects.

As always, thank you for your support, and we’ll see you in September!

July 2020 News & Updates

We hope that everyone had a safe and fun July 4th Holiday! I’m sure that it went too quickly; they always do.

Here are some updates from over the past month:

  • Tamaulipas – we are continuing to scope and develop the potential projects in Tamaulipas; Northern Mexico. So far, these are promising projects, and conversations are on-going with various state officials.
  • Rotary Clubs – we have expanded our efforts and activities with Rotary Clubs all throughout the Western Hemisphere. Not only are we working with Rotary Clubs in Summit County and Bolivia, but now with groups in Southern Texas and Northern Mexico. These new connections will definitely help us with our efforts in Tamaulipas.
  • Fundraising – as we mention each month, this is an on-going effort for the Pidola Team. We have a few grant submissions coming up here in the month of July, and we’re always on the lookout for future opportunities!
  • College Internship – we are pleased and proud to have our first intern working with Pidola! She is a student at the University of Oregon, who will be assisting us with our grant writing and subsequent submissions.

As always, thank you for your support, and we’ll see you next month!

June 2020 News & Updates

Hopefully this note finds everyone doing well… and that you’ve started to enjoy your summers! Personally, some camping and hiking may be in my near future… 🙂

Here are some updates from over the past month:

  • Tamaulipas – we had a very good call with some government folks down in the state of Tamaulipas, Mexico. We’re still working our way through the various levels of bureaucracy, and will keep everyone posted with our progress.
  • Fundraising – these efforts continue on almost a daily basis, and we’re working on various grants and sponsorships. For example, one of the latest opportunities that we’re working is the Amazon Emergency Fund. Plus, others such as the Oak Foundation, the Lawrence Foundation and the Wallace Global Fund II. Wish us luck!
  • Bolivia-based Efforts – as you may have heard, our friends and partners in Bolivia are still very much in lock-down due to Covid-19. Efforts have slowed, specifically around taxes and corporate formation. But we’ll continue to push those activities forward, all the while wishing our friends in Bolivia good health.
  • Summer BBQ – the Pidola Team is working on a little BBQ here in Summit County later in June for our Board of Directors. It’s been a while since we’ve been able to connect with them in person, and we’re excited for some face-time!

As always, thank you for your support, and we’ll see you next month!

May 2020 News & Updates

First and foremost, we hope that this post finds everyone doing well! Things are slowly opening up here in Colorado, and we hope similar situations are happening where you live… hang in there!

Here are some updates from over the last few weeks:

  • Fundraising – we are retaining one of our key partners; Santa Cruz Grants & Consulting. They have been very helpful with developing and submitting various grants for our fundraising campaigns, and are a critical component for these on-going efforts.
  • Rotary Club Tunari – you may remember that we have partnered with the local Rotary Club here in Summit County (CO) late in 2019. We are also working to develop partnerships with other Rotary Clubs in Bolivia; specifically in Cochabamba. These are budding relationships, so more to follow in the coming weeks.
  • Tamaulipas – we have made a significant connection with local government officials in the State of Tamaulipas, in Mexico. The Pidola Team has a conference call with them on May 19th to determine if our resources would be a good fit.
  • Sister Schools – another initiative that we’re engaged in, is to determine if there is a school in the US that would be able to coordinate activities with a school in Bolivia. Especially since many schools have now moved classes into the home. Activities like cultural education and/or language education.

As always, thank you for your support, and we’ll see you next month!

April 2020 News & Updates

Well, a lot has changed since we last connected. First and most importantly, the Pidola Team hopes this post finds you & your family doing well. We’ve got this. 🙂

Here are a some updates over the last few weeks:

  • Fundraising – as with every month, this is our most critical effort. We’re still working with our consultants to generate proposals and submit grants, and we’ll share the good news when it comes in!
  • COVID-19 in Bolivia – we always take the time to speak with our connections in Bolivia, and read the news to keep updated with what’s happening there. I would recommend visiting La Razon, which is one of the country’s largest newspapers. If you’re not able to read Spanish, no worries! Put this link into Google Chrome, and utilize Chrome’s translator to read the articles.
  • Pidola’s Facebook – if you haven’t already, please make sure you “Like” Pidola on Facebook! We’re going to be running more Facebook campaigns, and your likes are important for those activities.
  • 2019 Tax Reporting – if you generously donated to Pidola in 2019, you should have received an email thanking you with our EIN and the amount you donated. If you didn’t or can’t find it, please contact Michelle directly at mzimmerman@pidola.org for a new email/letter.

As always, thank you for your support, and stay safe and healthy!