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 P.O. Box 2669
 Laguna Hills, CA 92654
[P] (714) 547-0357
[F] (949) 830-7429
[email protected]
Jennifer Allen
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Organization DBA Corazon, Inc.
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 95-3527450 00000


Mission StatementMORE »

Corazon's mission: Building community by strengthening families, enabling service, promoting self-sufficiency and inspiring mutually beneficial relationships across borders.

Mission Statement

Corazon's mission: Building community by strengthening families, enabling service, promoting self-sufficiency and inspiring mutually beneficial relationships across borders.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2018
Projected Expenses $800,000.00
Projected Revenue $900,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Corazon, Inc.
  • Construction
  • Adult
  • Youth

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

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Mission Statement

Corazon's mission: Building community by strengthening families, enabling service, promoting self-sufficiency and inspiring mutually beneficial relationships across borders.

Background Statement

The complexities of today’s Corazón program makes it difficult to imagine its humble beginnings. Corazón was the inspiration of two young idealists and a retired homemaker, none of whom saw any problem with giving up their comforts for a day or a weekend of helping others. Today, Corazón has connected over 15,000 people who share this simple, basic notion of giving and sharing.  We have endured. Corazón has touched the lives of thousands of families and volunteers on both sides of the border by continuing to provide opportunities through an array of programs designed to provide a safety net of services for our participants in Mexico. Corazón has built a total of approximately 1,500 homes. Corazón has served over 7,000 participants in 7 different communities. With the continued love and support of caring people, like you, Corazón will continue to change lives by creating mutually beneficial relationships across the borders.

Impact Statement

Corazón is an internationally recognized leader in the strengthening of families and the development of a self-sufficient and cohesive community. In its 40 years, Corazón has a proven track record that includes providing more than 2,500 scholarships, over 800 homes, more than 20 school buildings as well as the basic necessities including food, clothing, furniture and home repairs to over 1,500 families. 

 Corazón’s priority in Mexico is to create a self-sustaining community through empowerment. Corazón provides a holistic program of community service, academics, training, housing, social support and empowerment.  Corazón is one of only a few non profits in Mexico that offers such a comprehensive international program. Corazón has also facilitated cross cultural sharing and provided service opportunities for tens of thousands of volunteers from the U.S. For volunteers, Corazón offers the opportunity for hands-on work that leads to a tangible outcome and the even more gratifying experience of service to others.

Needs Statement

Funds are needed for:
  • Home builds: $9,000 per house.
  • Scholarships: $200 - $1,500 a year per child.
  • In-Kind Donations: Laptops, Tablets, Smart phones, Construction tools and 15 passenger van
  • Internet in 7 Community Centers: $2,000
  • Annual Fundraiser Event Sponsorship: $8,000

CEO Statement

At the heart of Corazón lie notions of community and advocacy. In order for a community to thrive, it must have family support. In order for a family to prosper, it must have community support. The two are intrinsically bound together. The idea of Corazón is to provide a sense of community in which all families within it can help themselves while helping others.

Corazón enables these families and individuals to go as far as their hard work and dedication will carry them, leaving their dignity and self-esteem intact.

Corazón is unique in how it structures its program. Corazón does not offer handouts, it offers a hand up. It is a community development organization that offers opportunities through its Communidad Corazón program.

Corazón helps families whose commitment for a better life is strong enough to be willing to help their neighbors. Corazón works as their advocate in their quest for improvement. The bargain is simple: you help your community by helping your neighbors and we will help you. 

Board Chair Statement

Corazón believes the experience of sharing with one's neighbors whether locally, or across the border, is one of the most rewarding experiences you will ever have.  We believe children have the right to an education. We believe hardworking families in poor communities in Mexico deserve to live in secure, dignified homes.  There are some significant happenings in Mexico and the US that remind us that we are doing great work. Aleida is 15 years old and was adopted at birth by a woman from one of our communities. Aleida gives back to her community and volunteers her time to tutor younger kids in the Corazón community center. She gets good grades and receives a scholarship to make sure she can stay in school. Her mother Carmen, is a single mother raising 5 children in an impoverished community in Mexico.  In Corazón she found a place where her children could receive an education, she learned new skills and she is a leader in her community, surrounded by the love and care of her neighbors. In Mexico, we have over 700 people who truly believe and trust in the Corazón program.  Last year, Mexican participants like Aleida and Carmen, worked a record breaking 147,030 volunteer hours!


We have also opened a new community center in Cerro Azul, just south of Tecate Thanks to a remarkable confluence of benefactors, donated property and volunteers we have now opened an exciting new community center built with inspiration from graduate level architecture classes at Cal Poly Pomona.  The design includes advanced sustainable systems for solar heating, natural cooling and practical recycling, many of which can be adapted for use by individual families in the community.  

The work that Corazón does is important and meaningful, and that is what volunteers on both sides of the border are doing. 


Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Corazon can receive cash, check, credit card, stock or in-kind donations. We also have many volunteer opportunities in Mexico, Santa Ana and distance. Please contact the office for more information.

Geographic Area Served


Tijuana and Tecate, Baja California, Mexico

Organization Categories

  1. Community Improvement, Capacity Building - Community & Neighbourhood Development
  2. International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security - International Development
  3. Housing, Shelter - Home Improvement/Repairs



Corazon, Inc.

2018 marks Corazon's 40th anniversary. Our workforce remains well over 99% volunteer. Corazon's cross-border community of volunteers and families has completed over 1,500 construction projects, awarded more than 2,000 scholarships, and organized over 250 community events. Corazon's reach crosses not only the physical border, but linguistic, cultural and economic borders as well. The current program has 3 areas of development in Mexico. They are Construction, Youth and Family and Community.  Today Corazon works in 7 communities in Tijuana and Tecate, Baja California, Mexico. There is a thriving community center with local leaders guiding our work in each one.
Budget  $100,000.00
Category  Community Development, General/Other Community Development, General/Other
Population Served Families International Other Economic Level
Program Short-Term Success 
Corazon provides hundreds of classes and workshops to kids, teenager and adults throughout the year.  
  • I took a gardening class and it was a wonderful experience.  Now I watch my vegetables grow. It was also a very emotional and exciting experience when sponsors came to build my house.  
  • I really enjoyed my construction class where I built a piece of furniture.  It took me a long time to make it, but I am not scared of the tools any more and I feel a great sense of satisfaction when I see the cupboard in my kitchen."
  • Corazon builds an average of 40 houses a year depending on funding.  "I felt so great when my house was built, especially because one of the walls to my old room had fallen apart and rain would come in." 
Program Long-Term Success 
  • "This volunteer effort was one of the greatest experiences of my life.  I am only sixteen years old and had never participated in any volunteer efforts prior to this house build. This project has changed my whole perspective on the world and made me want to help others all around the globe.  The family was so appreciative and grateful and it really moved me.  I will continue to do this project for many years and hopefully become involved in other organizations similar to this one, to try and make the world a better place for all those who inhabit it.
  • Corazon provides an average of 450 scholarships each year. "Our children have been able to continue studying, we continue to build relationships and work well with our community.
  • Corazon teaches sustainability to 700 families every year. "That is why I stay involved in Corazon because they have taught me to continue improving my life and to trust others. My neighbors now offer me love, trust and support in hard times."   
Program Success Monitored By  Corazon surveys and interviews participants in order to monitor progress and evaluate programs.  Staff also contribute with quarterly reports and community leaders submit monthly updates.  Participants report that their quality of life has improved since participating in the Corazon program.  Children stay in school and improve their grades due to the tutoring and scholarship program. Women have been able to save their limited family income by learning construction skills and doing their own home repairs and finding new sources of employment. Families report that since joining the Corazon program they can now rely on their neighbors for support in times of need. 
Examples of Program Success  In Mexico, we have over 700 people who truly believe and trust in the Corazón program.  Last year, Mexican participants worked a record breaking 147,030 volunteer hours!  US Volunteers contributed an additional 150,000 service hours to make the program a success.  


Corazón is most famous for its build a house in a day program, however that is just a piece of a larger program.  Participants complete over 7,500 hours of community service per month on local projects - installing septic tanks, pouring floors, building retaining walls as well as other home and community center repairs.  Along with sponsors from the U.S., additions, schools, community centers and other repairs are completed.
Budget  $450,000.00
Category  Housing, General/Other Housing Development, Construction & Management
Population Served Families General/Unspecified Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  At the end of each housebuild a group of 50 volunteers from the US leave with changed lives.  Families of parents, teenagers and children are challenged and inspired to continue serving and gain an increased understanding of the world.  Local participants take construction classes and help with local projects as well as the housebuilds. They learn needed skills to improve their marketable job skills, are more qualified for employment and increase needed income to support their families. 
Program Long-Term Success  In just one day, you can change a family’s life in the most profound way. You can give them shelter, security, and and perhaps more importantly—you could give them hope. Corazon’s “Build a House in a Day” program takes a group of 40-50 dedicated volunteers into the marginalized communities of Tijuana and Tecate and builds an eligible family a home, all in just one day! Many families live in shacks and improvised shelters, often with no paved flooring. With your help, Corazon gives well deserving families a solid, substantial 16X20 foot home to shelter and protect their loved ones. One house, by Tijuana standards, will change generations of lives there forever. It comes with a strong door that locks and can keep families and their possessions safe. The roofs don't leak and provide a healthy, disease free environment for families. There is a place for children to do their homework, they stay in school and work towards improving themselves, their families and their communities. 
Program Success Monitored By  Corazon evaluates each program on a regular basis and also interviews participating families and provides testimonies and pictures to track life changes and impact.
Examples of Program Success 

“I love being able to physically participate in good works vs. just writing a check.”- Nick Van Hoogmoed

“In my old home, I felt like a prisoner. But now there is space for everyone to live and for my business to be successful.”- Luz, “Build a House in a Day” participant and sewing class instructor

“I love being able to physically participate in good works vs. just writing a check.”- Nick Van Hoogmoed


“In my old home, I felt like a prisoner. But now there is space for everyone to live and for my business to be successful.”- Luz, “Build a House in a Day” participant and sewing class instructor


Participants volunteer at least 15 hours a month to be eligible to receive support from Corazón. These volunteer hours are seen as opportunities to help advance themselves and their community. 

  • Workshops- Gardening, violence prevention training and sewing
  • Meetings: Report on the previous month’s activities and plan the next month and a 9-member committee of community leaders to plan activities.
  • Donation Exchanges: Participants are offered opportunities to exchange their volunteer hours for in-kind goods.
  • Daycare: For young children while mothers are working on community projects. The individuals running the daycare services are participants who are trained by women from the community. 
  • Local Fundraising: Local participants raise about $6,000 annually towards maintaining their own community centers.
  • Christmas Festival: Corazón celebrates the many achievements of their participants and volunteers and participants enjoy celebrating together.



Budget  $200,000.00
Category  Community Development, General/Other Organizational Development & Training
Population Served Adults At-Risk Populations Females
Program Short-Term Success  The majority of participants in the program are women.  Women who are capable of providing for their families both financially and emotionally are raising generations of future leaders which improve the communities as a whole and put an end to long term poverty.
Program Long-Term Success  Corazón believes education is as important for adults as it is for children. In the process of developing a self-sufficient community, Corazón offers a variety of workshops and leadership opportunities. Most classes take place at the local community centers, and are taught by previous class graduates. The goal of these classes is to equip adults with the skills and knowledge necessary to find secure employment, while at the same time empowering leaders in their communities.
Program Success Monitored By  Women complete surveys, write testimonies, share their stories and ask for program changes. The families request classes that they need to improve their lives.
Examples of Program Success 

Sara has been a participant of the Corazón program for a little over two years now. As a single, devoted mother of three, Sara uses the resources Corazón provides to educate herself in areas that benefit her family and herself.

“I’ve learned many things thanks to Corazón. I’ve been enrolled in a lot of courses, and just recently graduated from the sewing course; I can now make and fix clothes! I also learned cosmetology. Before, I didn’t know how to cut hair or do highlights, and now I can! I learned a lot about gardening as well, I can mend my own garden and grow my own produce, and I’ve even picked up some construction skills too!”


Corazón believes education is fundamental in breaking the cycle of poverty and offers scholarships for eligible students. The scholarship enables the family to pay for transportation to and from school, uniforms, registration and supplies.  Students receiving scholarships attend after school tutoring provided in Corazon community centers. Corazón awards approximately 450 scholarships each year to students.  Additional activities include violence prevention workshops, computers and career workshops, as well as recreational activities such as summer camp and a soccer tournament.

Budget  $150,000.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Program Short-Term Success  The tutoring and scholarship program has helped many of our youth, by not just enabling them to attend school, but also instilling the hope and promise that an education can bring, motivating them to pursue rewarding careers that would other wise not be available to them. The summer Camp objective is to form a union and collaboration among families in a fun and interesting manner. It helps to motivate the Corazón youth and their families to strive for a better quality of life by providing various leisure activities, workshops, sports, crafts, gardening classes, and contests. It also promotes values within the families—respect, tolerance, equality, unity, self-esteem, and responsibility.
Program Long-Term Success 

Corazón offers a wide variety of different youth activities, all designed to build character and create educational opportunities within given communities. There are a variety of activities, both recreational and educational, that are offered to all eligible youth.  We now have 61 youth attending university who also continue to give back to their community by running the after school program at their local community center and participating in other service activities.  This is radically changing the face of poverty in these communities where a few years ago the average education level was 3rd grade. 

Program Success Monitored By  All youth must turn in grades and community service hours to keep track of their scholarship eligibility.  Youth and children also write personal testimonies expressing the change they are experiencing in their lives.
Examples of Program Success  Karla Vanessa, from our Flores Magon Community, is 18 years old and has been a participant of Corazón for 2 years. Throughout this time, she has received scholarships that have allowed her to attend school. Karla gives back to her community by dedicating her time to tutoring the younger children. It has been through tutoring the young children in her community that she has discovered her love for education. Karla wishes to become an educator in the future.
Angelica is 17 years old and part of the Nuevo Milenio community, and has participated in a vast number of Corazón’s activity programs. Angelica hopes to become an air flight attendant in her future. “I tutor the younger children and have also been a soccer instructor in last year’s summer camp; it’s a lot of fun. I like learning how to care for children and how to change their behavior, in respects of how to keep them out of the streets.”


CEO/Executive Director Jennifer Allen
CEO Term Start Feb 2012
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Corazon's Executive Director, Jennifer Allen, has been a promoter of social change in Mexico’s poverty-stricken communities since 1999. A native to suburban Chicago, she completed her undergrad at the University of California Santa Barbara and her MBA from Southern New Hampshire University. Jennifer lived in Mexico City, Mexico for 12 years where she worked with nonprofit organizations as a Fundraising and Communications Manager and later as Operations Manager. Fluent in English and Spanish and wanting to stay connected to Mexico, Jennifer was hooked when she learned of Corazón’s methodology.

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Maria Mazzenga Jan 2002 Dec 2011
John Torrence Jan 1995 Dec 2002

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Jennifer Allen Executive Director


  • MBA with eighteen years international experience in non-profit management
  • Analytical, motivational and detailed in project development, funding and implementation
  • Strategic thinker and well-rounded leader; experienced in effectively bringing diverse teams together to pursue common goals
  • Driven, energetic and creative problem solver
  • Excellent communication skills - Bilingual English/Spanish
  • Named to OC Metro magazine’s 20 women to watch for 2013


Award Awarding Organization Year
20 Women to Watch OC Metro 2013
Best in America Independent Charities of America 2013
Exchange Participant Guidestar 2013
Outstanding Service to Community California State Assembly 2006


Affiliation Year
-- --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
Charity Navigator 2017


Corazon works with Rotary International, Rotary Districts and Clubs, local churches of all denominations, businesses, family groups, individuals and small foundations to sponsor house builds and other community development efforts in Tijuana and Tecate, Mexico.

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 9
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 3,000
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 85%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 3
Hispanic/Latino: 8
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 7
Male: 4
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Government Licenses


CEO Comments


Foundation Comments



Board Chair Maxine Butcher
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
Board Chair Term Jan 2017 - Jan
Board Co-Chair John Meagher
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation Traylor Bros.
Board Co-Chair Term Jan 2017 - Jan

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Maxine Butcher Retired Voting
Kathy Hartmann Retired Voting
Terry Mackprang Temak Construction Voting
Tom McMillen Retired Voting
John Meagher Traylor Bros. Voting
Carl Natalizia Retired Voting
Pat Parker Attorney Voting
Mike Savage Sales Executive Voting
Nick Vanhoogmoed Retired Voting
Cheryl Wolocatiuk Surgical Tech at St. Jude Voting
Mike Yadlowsky Alcon Research Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 11
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 4
Male: 7
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 99%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments

To help administer the program, Corazón has brought together people from different walks of life, with different backgrounds and unique life experiences. What they share is a fervent desire to help others, and their belief that the Corazón program offers them the greatest opportunity to fulfill that passion. We are so thankful for each of our Board and Staff members!

Foundation Comments


Standing Committees

  • Administration
  • Advisory Board / Advisory Council
  • Board Development / Board Orientation
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Executive
  • Finance
  • Housing and Community Development
  • Scholarship
  • Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
  • Technology


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $758,254 $671,744 $598,874
Total Expenses $755,675 $594,976 $606,399

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$747,893 $671,752 $598,963
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- $0 $0
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- $0 $0
Earned Revenue -- $0 $0
Investment Income, Net of Losses $101 $29 $28
Membership Dues -- $0 $0
Special Events -- $0 $0
Revenue In-Kind $10,260 $20,655 $35,906
Other -- $0 $0

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $648,049 $514,340 $539,461
Administration Expense $93,392 $67,075 $54,408
Fundraising Expense $14,234 $13,561 $12,530
Payments to Affiliates -- $0 $0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.00 1.13 0.99
Program Expense/Total Expenses 86% 86% 89%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 2% 2% 2%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $407,107 $408,506 $302,621
Current Assets $406,524 $405,836 $296,840
Long-Term Liabilities -- $0 $0
Current Liabilities $55,474 $59,452 $30,335
Total Net Assets $351,633 $349,054 $272,286

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 7.33 6.83 9.79

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No

CEO Comments

Corazón is working to diversify its funding sources by increasing funding from foundations through grants, and by improving its donor relations and volunteer opportunities.  We are looking for committed volunteers to help with these endeavors in our Santa Ana office.   

Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the audited financial statements, form 990s and consultation with the organization.


Other Documents

Flyer (2016)

No Other Documents currently available.