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Susan moved to Cuenca in 2012 and began volunteering with Casa Maria Amor/Mujeres con Exito a year later. Her work experience in the United States with homeless and abused women gave her the background she needed to volunteer with the foundation in her present position of Fundraising Director
As the administrator of a large Catholic parish in South Florida, one of her responsibilities was fundraising, event planning and volunteer recruitment and management. She then worked in a homeless and abused women's organization where she continued recruiting and managing volunteers as well as event planning and fundraising.
Irmgard (Irma) LaFrentz
International Fundraising, Casa Maria Amor/ Mujeres con Exito
Irmgard started her marketing career in Munich, Germany in 1972. She moved to Silicon Valley, California in 1984 where she started her own international public relations agency Globalpress Connection, Inc. Connecting US technology businesses with trade and business media from Europe and Asia. Her pioneering business model made her agency unique and successful. As an active Rotary member, she was a youth counselor supporting Rotary Exchange students during their exchange year. One of her students was from Cuenca, Ecuador. After retiring from Globalpress Connection, it was time for adventure and she moved to Cuenca, Ecuador. Curious and active she realized that life of leisure is not her thing. She joined the volunteer team of Casa Maria Amor and built the connection to the Cuenca Rotary Club Tomebamba, supports several projects and uses her US connections to raise money for the foundation.
a note about online giving
WE have chosen CAF America to facilitate our charitable donations. They process secure online transactions and issue tax-deductible receipts.
For over 25 years Charities Aid Foundation America (CAF America) has helped facilitate payments to international charitable organizations. They eliminate risk to donors and relieve administrative burden for small charities.
We want to thank our partner organizations
Governor's Office of Azuay
We want to thank the Governor's Office of Azuay Province for their support.
City of Cuenca
We want to thank the city of Cuenca for their support of our organization.
Rotary Club of Cupertino
The Rotary Club of Cupertino continues to sponsor our work with grants and financial assistance.
Rotary Club Tomebamba, Cuenca
The Rotary Club of Cuenca has been an amazing support to our organization. They have recently donated a greenhouse for our shelter and donated the use of their clubhouse for a local fundraiser.
Ecuador Women's Shelters
This group of women's shelters all across Ecuador is a strategic partner for Mujeres Con Exito. This group supports each other and shares best practices.
Hogar de Esperanza
Hogar de Esperanza is another charitable organization operating in Cuenca Ecuador. They have been an ongoing partner for us.
Unsion TV is a local television station that focuses on uplifting, family-friendly and educational content. They have recently donated space inside their building for our restaurant to operate.