Sustainability Strategies

For over a decade, our Foundation had the same concern as the majority of organizations devoted to achieving social work: where and how to obtain resources to sustain, in our case, the School? The logic of those years aimed to raise funds that were invested in the day to day expenses or specific projects, when funds ran out we had to go find others that allow us to continue operating, leaving us with extra money, but also with weathering and concerning about the future.

The change went through refocusing on how to use resources as they arrived. The Foundation began to conceive itself as a social enterprise, i.e., an organization that takes business practices, but aimed at social development. Thus, entrepreneurships were created from available resources and our own competences. Given the agricultural nature of the type of education provided, the natural thing was to start selling farm products and create a platform for tourism services that could exploit the comparative advantages of our location in Pirque.

The way we started to approach our donors changed substantially, they were asked to “invest in us”, associating the donation to a rapid return on social investment that would ensure sustainability for the Foundation in the long term.

Currently the Foundation’s work is based on 4 sources of funding:

– Chile’s State subsidies for subsidized private schools.

– Resources that come from our own business: organic gardens, dairy, apiculture center, bakery and the B&B and events center Casa Origen.

– Donations from certain institutions and companies, which are always associated with the construction of infrastructure or educational projects. (Click here to know our partners and friends)

– Resources obtained from public competitive funds associated with the various ministries of the Government of Chile, mainly the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Interior.

However, for us the concept of sustainability goes further. It involves solid support and correct work practices and efficient management of resources, that is, not spend more than what you have and produce no more than will be consumed; not to breach spending that cannot be sustained, but, if we need to spend more, then we must invest more and improve profitability. Some of these good practices include: to be transparent with our bills, meet payment deadlines, and maintain human resources and management policies according to the laws of the State of Chile.

Our goal has always been to attract resources to improve the quality of the education we deliver, and maintain it free of charge. Through this policy we practice what we teach our students, because one can not teach something that is not known: to be sustainable and develop enterprises with business vision, but also commited with personal, social and environmental responsibility.