Who are we?

Manifesto

We live in a highly segregated society where our family name, gender, race or birthplace defines a good part of our fate. Inequality gaps are not only significant, but have become extremely polarized, thus increasing the concentration of wealth and social tension. In a world reaching historic levels of development, there is still 800 million people who live with less than 2 dollars a day, 175 million children who do not have access to early education (UNICEF, 2019), and at the pace we are going, we lack 99 years to level the field between women and men in political, social and economic matters (WEF, 2020). This is not about some people winning while many others suffer. We all lose with inequality. 

A highly inequal structure prevents social cohesion, increases tension among individuals, makes societies burst and makes sustainable development impossible to build. We believe the best way to achieve sustainable social development is by reducing inequality and we do this by intervening from three specific areas: education, public spaces and infrastructure and local economic development in developing countries. We coordinate these three areas horizontally with gender equity, inclusion and community engagement. In order to do it we focus on the most vulnerable population, particularly in rural areas, where 46% of the world population live today (WB, 2020). 

For us, it is not about the good and the bad, nor that some are the problem and the rest just need a solution. We think both the problem and the solution are part of an indivisible phenomenon to which we all belong and must work collaboratively as a society, so that the 1% concentrating approximately 26% of the world’s wealth understand their responsibility with the remaining 99%. That is how Fundación 99 was born; because we can all build a better society if we have the chance to develop with the qualities and tools we have, however, despite we all have the skills, we do not have the same opportunities.

Our

history

In 2009 we began with the implementation of a Project called Puentes Educativos, where we provided direct support to vulnerable public-school teachers in Chile. The goal was to strengthen teaching practices using mobile technology. At the time, the teacher would request audiovisual resources sending a text message and then displayed the material on a TV. This way, children in remote areas complemented their learning. The pilot started in 10 schools, we visited municipality after municipality and covered hundreds of miles to subscribe them. 

In 2013 we engaged more partners and entered the first agreement with the Chilean Ministry of Education. The pilot became a project of 100 public schools.

In 2015 we decided to specialize in rural education. We read, we did the research, we trained and partnered with experts in rurality and redesigned the project to make it meaningful for rural teachers in Latin America. 

In 2017, thanks to Fondo Chile, we exported Puentes Educativos and since then we work in Guatemala and Nicaragua, in a partnership with the NGO Fe y Alegría Centroamérica. In 10 years, Puentes Educativos has had an impact upon three Latin-American countries, 800 schools, over 3,000 teachers and close to 23,000 students.

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In 2016 we decided to become autonomous and legally founded Fundación 99. Currently, and thanks to our partnership with Natura and Instituto Natura, we have expanded the educational mission and brought the Comunidad de Aprendizaje program to life, with the aim of contributing to socially and educationally transform communities under the principles of dialogic learning.

Our projects go beyond education. We work to reduce inequality in education, public spaces & infrastructure and local economic development, strongly focused on rurality, our passion.

Who are we?

Manifesto

We live in a highly segregated society where our family name, gender, race or birthplace defines a good part of our fate. Inequality gaps are not only significant, but have become extremely polarized, thus increasing the concentration of wealth and social tension. In a world reaching historic levels of development, there is still 800 million people who live with less than 2 dollars a day, 175 million children who do not have access to early education (UNICEF, 2019), and at the pace we are going, we lack 99 years to level the field between women and men in political, social and economic matters (WEF, 2020). This is not about some people winning while many others suffer. We all lose with inequality.

A highly inequal structure prevents social cohesion, increases tension among individuals, makes societies burst and makes sustainable development impossible to build. We believe the best way to achieve sustainable social development is by reducing inequality and we do this by intervening from three specific areas: education, public spaces and infrastructure and local economic development in developing countries. We coordinate these three areas horizontally with gender equity, inclusion and community engagement. In order to do it we focus on the most vulnerable population, particularly in rural areas, where 46% of the world population live today (WB, 2020).

For us, it is not about the good and the bad, nor that some are the problem and the rest just need a solution. We think both the problem and the solution are part of an indivisible phenomenon to which we all belong and must work collaboratively as a society, so that the 1% concentrating approximately 26% of the world’s wealth understand their responsibility with the remaining 99%. That is how Fundación 99 was born; because we can all build a better society if we have the chance to develop with the qualities and tools we have, however, despite we all have the skills, we do not have the same opportunities.

Our

history

In 2009 we began with the implementation of a Project called Puentes Educativos, where we provided direct support to vulnerable public-school teachers in Chile. The goal was to strengthen teaching practices using mobile technology. At the time, the teacher would request audiovisual resources sending a text message and then displayed the material on a TV. This way, children in remote areas complemented their learning. The pilot started in 10 schools, we visited municipality after municipality and covered hundreds of miles to subscribe them.

In 2013 we engaged more partners and entered the first agreement with the Chilean Ministry of Education. The pilot became a project of 100 public schools.

In 2015 we decided to specialize in rural education. We read, we did the research, we trained and partnered with experts in rurality and redesigned the project to make it meaningful for rural teachers in Latin America.

In 2017, thanks to Fondo Chile, we exported Puentes Educativos and since then we work in Guatemala and Nicaragua, in a partnership with the NGO Fe y Alegría Centroamérica. In 10 years, Puentes Educativos has had an impact upon three Latin-American countries, 800 schools, over 3,000 teachers and close to 23,000 students.

In 2016 we decided to become autonomous and legally founded Fundación 99. Currently, and thanks to our partnership with Natura and Instituto Natura, we have expanded the educational mission and brought the Comunidad de Aprendizaje program to life, with the aim of contributing to socially and educationally transform communities under the principles of dialogic learning.

Our projects go beyond education. We work to reduce inequality in education, public spaces & infrastructure and local economic development, strongly focused on rurality, our passion.

2009

Puentes Educativos is born: Professional Teacher Development and Educational Innovation Project, funded through Private Social Investment.

2012

Partnership with Ministry of Education to provide scalability to Puentes Educativos in 300 Chilean schools.

2013

UNESCO mentions us in its paper “Turning on mobile learning: Illustrative Initiatives and Policy Implications”.

2014

The Interamerican Development Bank names us as one of the 10 inspiring initiatives in education in their paper “Scaling up the New Education: Massive and Inspiring Innovations in Latin America”.

2014

Autonomy and legal creation of Fundación 99.

2015

Focus on rural education and renewal of partnership with Ministry of Education to scale up Puentes Educativos to 300 new schools.

2017

Partnership with UNDP, Chilean Agency for International Cooperation and Development (AGCID) and Fe y Alegría to implement Puentes Educativos in rural schools of Central America.

2018

Partnership with Natura and Natura Institute to implement the Comunidades de Aprendizaje Project in 30 Chilean schools.

2020

Expansion of the foundation’s strategic areas of interest: Education, Public Spaces & Infrastructure and Local Economic Development in rural areas.

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2009

Puentes Educativos is born: Professional Teacher Development and Educational Innovation Project, funded through Private Social Investment.

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2012

Partnership with Ministry of Education to provide scalability to Puentes Educativos in 300 Chilean schools.

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2013

UNESCO mentions us in its paper “Turning on mobile learning: Illustrative Initiatives and Policy Implications”.

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2014

The Interamerican Development Bank names us as one of the 10 inspiring initiatives in education in their paper “Scaling up the New Education: Massive and Inspiring Innovations in Latin America”.

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2014

Autonomy and legal creation of Fundación 99.

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2015

Focus on rural education and renewal of partnership with Ministry of Education to scale up Puentes Educativos to 300 new schools.

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2017

Partnership with UNDP, Chilean Agency for International Cooperation and Development (AGCID) and Fe y Alegría to implement Puentes Educativos in rural schools of Central America.

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2018

Partnership with Natura and Natura Institute to implement the Comunidades de Aprendizaje Project in 30 Chilean schools.

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2020

Expansion of the foundation’s strategic areas of interest: Education, Public Spaces & Infrastructure and Local Economic Development in rural areas.

Us

Board

Gonzalo Plaza

Co-founder – President

gonzalo@fundacion99.org

Julián Gallardo

Co-founder – Director

julian@fundacion99.org

Team

Susan Tu

International Consultant

susan@fundacion99.org

 

 

Salomé Gajardo 

Pedagogical Innovation Director

salome@fundacion99.org

Giselle Garrote

Communications Coordinator

giselle@fundacion99.org

Jeremy Yáñez

Project Coordinator

jeremy@fundacion99.org

Valeska Poblete

Schools’ Pedagogical Coordinator

valeska@fundacion99.org

Francisco Paredes

Schools’ Pedagogical Coordinator

francisco@fundacion99.org

Dagoberto Alvear

Schools’ Pedagogical Coordinator

dagoberto@fundacion99.org

Cristian López

Associate Consultant

cristian@fundacion99.org

 

 

Us

Board

Gonzalo Plaza

Co-founder – President

gonzalo@fundacion99.org

  

Julián Gallardo

Co-founder – Director

julian@fundacion99.org

Team

Susan Tu
International Consultant

susan@fundacion99.org

Salomé Gajardo
Pedagogical Innovation Director

salome@fundacion99.org

Giselle Garrote
Communications Coordinator

giselle@fundacion99.org

Jeremy Yáñez
Project Coordinator

jeremy@fundacion99.org

Valeska Poblete
Schools’ Pedagogical Coordinator

valeska@fundacion99.org

Francisco Paredes
Schools’ Pedagogical Coordinator

francisco@fundacion99.org

 
Dagoberto Alvear
Schools’ Pedagogical Coordinator

dagoberto@fundacion99.org

 
Cristian López
Associate Consultant

cristian@fundacion99.org

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Transparency

In Fundación 99 we aim to reduce the inequality gaps and transform the society we live in. Transparency is key for that transformation to result in a more equal and fair society.

Financial Management

2019 Income

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2019 Expenditure

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2018 Report

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We believe the best way to achieve a sustainable social development is by reducing inequality, strengthening social cohesion and assuming responsabilities cooperatively.

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We believe the best way to achieve a sustainable social development is by reducing inequality, strengthening social cohesion and assuming responsabilities cooperatively.

Gonzalo Plaza

Co-founder – President

    gonzalo@fundacion99.org

Economist with a Master’s in Public Policy from University of Chile. Currently, Executive Director and Co-founder of Fundación 99. Former Director of School Transformation in the Educational Research and Innovation Laboratory for Latin America and the Caribbean, SUMMA. He previously worked as Executive Director of Puentes Educativos for 10 years, an innovation program in rural schools which aims to develop XXI century skills through teacher training, pedagogical support and instructional resources in Chile, Guatemala and Nicaragua. Over 2,500 teachers in 800 schools have been trained up to date. Earlier, he performed as the Project Director for Latin America at Pearson Foundation. He was also Research Fellow in the IDB’s Office of Evaluation and Oversight, based in Washington DC. Gonzalo has been a researcher for the Ministry of Education of his country and a consultant for the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the World Bank. He was selected as one of the 16 Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum in 2012.

Julián Gallardo

Co-founder – Director

  julian@fundacion99.org

Architect with a MSc in Urban Strategies and Design delivered by Edinburgh University, a Master’s in Urbanism from Universidad de Chile and a Diploma in Urban Development Administration and Management. He has dedicated over 15 years serving in the public sector both centrally and locally, with a special focus on assisting vulnerable populations. He worked for 7 years in the Municipalities of Cerro Navia and Pedro Aguirre Cerda implementing public investment in infrastructure and social housing programs. After that, he performed for 6 years as analyst in the Department of Assistance to Vulnerable Groups at the Ministry of Housing and Urbanism’s Division of Housing Policy, promoting regulatory modifications to urban and rural social housing programs. Today, he is Director of Municipal Works for the Municipality of Renca.

José Tomás Gatica

Director

  josetomas@fundacion99.org

Theologian and Coach with a degree in Anthropology. Partner and Founder of ValoraGroup consulting firm. He has 8 years of experience in matters of leadership, teambuilding, strategic planning, communications, coaching, change management, conflict management, high performance teams strengthening, strategic planning and social entrepreneurship. Additionally, he works as Project Director at ProCultura Foundation, as associate consultant for Vertical and as university professor.

Montserrat Baranda

Directora

  montserrat@fundacion99.org

Biografía….

Paula Poblete

Directora

paula@fundacion99.org

Economista y Minor en Sociología de la Pontificia Universidad Católica y Magíster en Políticas Públicas de la Universidad de Chile. Trabajó como investigadora en el Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes, en el Banco Central de Chile y en FOCUS, Estudios y Consultorías. Su experiencia profesional está vinculada principalmente a la investigación y al desarrollo, sistematización y análisis estadístico. Desde mayo de 2014 se desempeña como directora de estudios de ComunidadMujer.

Susan Tu

International Consultant

susan@fundacion99.org

Susan’s work sits at the junction between education and technology and she has led philanthropic and social impact programs for corporations and non-profit organizations in the United States and worldwide. More recently, she launched the strategy of education and corporate social responsibility for SoftBank Robotics, taking their humanoid robot and technical experience to public schools in USA and Canada to support computer science education. Before that, she managed global programs and associations with Pearson Foundation, including her assistance to scale up an educational technology program to reach million students in 11 developing countries. Susan began her career in education working directly with students and teachers in community non-profit organizations. She has a master’s in education from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

Salomé Gajardo 

Pedagogical Innovation Director

  salome@fundacion99.org

She has a bachelor’s degree in General Basic Education and pursued studies in School Administration and Leadership at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. Consultant in applied neuropedagogy certified by the Chilean Association for Cognitive Neurolearning. Certified CREA researcher from the University of Barcelona endorsed by Includ-ed in the Comunidades de Aprendizaje Project. Certified in MideUC teacher assessment rubric application. Experience as classroom teacher and coordinator in public and private schools. She worked as a faculty supervisor of pedagogical practicum of general basic education degrees for several universities. She participated in the teacher assessment in MideUC. Pedagogical coordinator in matters of teacher education in over 800 rural public schools in Chile, Guatemala and Nicaragua within Puentes Educativos.

Giselle Garrote

Communications Coordinator

 giselle@fundacion99.org

She has a bachelor’s in social communication and Journalist from Diego Portales University. She has experience writing for the media, such as in El Mercurio newspaper, and, during her college years she worked creating and editing multi-platform content for websites of Diego Portales University’s School of Journalism and directing and editing audiovisual material for the different platforms of Educational Leadership Development Center (CEDLE). She was a journalist in the communications team at ComunidadMujer, where she oversaw editing digital content, managing audiovisual content and creating content for comunidadmujer.cl, iniciativaparidaddegenero.cl y lasninaspueden.com websites. Additionally, she contributed in the social media optimization strategy. She is currently our communications coordinator.

Jeremy Yáñez

Project Coordinator

    jeremy@fundacion99.org

He has a bachelor’s in education and is a Professor of General Basic Education at Diego Portales University and pursuing studies of Business Engineering in Federico Santa María Technical University. He has performed as Project Manager in Santillana Compartir, in Santillana publishing house, and has participated in projects seeking to strengthen the teacher’s role through new technologies. He has also been a consultant and speaker at Educational Research and Innovation Laboratory for Latin America and the Caribbean, SUMMA. Former Technologies and Assessment coordinator at ATE Educamundo, advising schools throughout Chile in the creation of their Institutional Educational Project (PEI) and Instructional Improvement Plan (PME). He is also the former Director of Technologies for Puentes Educativos teacher training project, which impacted more than 800 rural public schools in Chile, Guatemala and Nicaragua.

Valeska Poblete

Schools’ Pedagogical Coordinator

   valeska@fundacion99.org

History and Social Sciences Professor, bachelor’s in education from Universidad del Mar. Certified CREA researcher from the University of Barcelona endorsed by Includ-ed in Comunidades de Aprendizaje Project. Certified in Adolescent Psychology. Certified in educational innovation and creativity. She has experience as classroom teacher in a public school. Homeroom teacher for grades 1st to 12th. She worked as Proctor in SIMCE test. She is currently our pedagogical coordinator in Comunidades de Aprendizaje Project in Calama, San Jose de Maipo, San Francisco de Mostazal, Graneros and Paredones.

Francisco Paredes

Schools’ Pedagogical Coordinator

    francisco@fundacion99.org

He has a bachelor’s degree in education, History and Geography Professor at Silva Henríquez Catholic University and master’s in communications and Education from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Experience in classroom teaching both in public and private sectors, arising from his specialization in constructivist teaching and participatory and active learning, as well as peace education through the Montessori Model of United Nations (MMUN). Certified in History and Geography learning evaluation by the University of Chile and in the affectivity and sexuality program of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. He worked in the creation of pedagogical resources for the development of XXI century skills in rural public education as part of Puentes Educativos Project and in the role of Instructional Designer and creator of e-learning courses in several Chilean institutions of higher education. He is currently our school pedagogical coordinator for the implementation of Comunidades de Aprendizaje educational Project in Colchagua Valley.

Dagoberto Alvear

Schools’ Pedagogical Coordinator

    dagoberto@fundacion99.org

He has bachelor’s degree in General Basic Education from the University of Concepción, a Master’s in Science of Education with a major in Educational Administration and Management from Mayor University of Temuco. Experience as a teacher, planning and evaluation pedagogical supervisor and educational project implementation manager. In higher education, he has participated in the creation of the subject area program within the educational project and in the private sector he has experience as statistics coordinator and in remedial education. As part of Puentes Educativos and with the role of Pedagogical Consultant and Speaker managed to train more than 54 teachers of 30 rural schools in a year. He also performed as speaker in Nicaragua, under the agreement between Puentes Educativos and Fondo Chile, working with around 100 teachers of the region. Today, he is our school pedagogical coordinator for the implementation of Comunidades de Aprendizaje educational Project in Mulchén y Temuco.

Cristian López

Associate Consultant

cristian@fundacion99.org

Educational Psychologist (Catholic University of the North) and master’s in education with major in Learning Disabilities (Pontifical Catholic University of Chile). Diplomas in Inclusive Education and High Potential Learners (Pontifical Catholic University of Chile). CREA certified (University of Barcelona) Leader Trainer in Comunidades de Aprendizaje. Experience in project direction and coordination in matters of inclusion and high potential learners, appreciation and dissemination of science and technology, socio-affective support for highly vulnerable students, school teaching and teacher and psychologist education.
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Gonzalo Plaza

Co-founder – President

gonzalo@fundacion99.org


     

Economist with a Master’s in Public Policy from University of Chile. Currently, Executive Director and Co-founder of Fundación 99. Former Director of School Transformation in the Educational Research and Innovation Laboratory for Latin America and the Caribbean, SUMMA. He previously worked as Executive Director of Puentes Educativos for 10 years, an innovation program in rural schools which aims to develop XXI century skills through teacher training, pedagogical support and instructional resources in Chile, Guatemala and Nicaragua. Over 2,500 teachers in 800 schools have been trained up to date. Earlier, he performed as the Project Director for Latin America at Pearson Foundation. He was also Research Fellow in the IDB’s Office of Evaluation and Oversight, based in Washington DC. Gonzalo has been a researcher for the Ministry of Education of his country and a consultant for the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the World Bank. He was selected as one of the 16 Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum in 2012.
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Julián Gallardo

Co-founder – Director

julian@fundacion99.org

Architect with a MSc in Urban Strategies and Design delivered by Edinburgh University, a Master’s in Urbanism from Universidad de Chile and a Diploma in Urban Development Administration and Management. He has dedicated over 15 years serving in the public sector both centrally and locally, with a special focus on assisting vulnerable populations. He worked for 7 years in the Municipalities of Cerro Navia and Pedro Aguirre Cerda implementing public investment in infrastructure and social housing programs. After that, he performed for 6 years as analyst in the Department of Assistance to Vulnerable Groups at the Ministry of Housing and Urbanism’s Division of Housing Policy, promoting regulatory modifications to urban and rural social housing programs. Today, he is Director of Municipal Works for the Municipality of Renca.
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José Tomás Gatica

Director

josetomas@fundacion99.org


    

Theologian and Coach with a degree in Anthropology. Partner and Founder of ValoraGroup consulting firm. He has 8 years of experience in matters of leadership, teambuilding, strategic planning, communications, coaching, change management, conflict management, high performance teams strengthening, strategic planning and social entrepreneurship. Additionally, he works as Project Director at ProCultura Foundation, as associate consultant for Vertical and as university professor.
Montserrat Baranda
Montserrat Baranda
Directora
montserrat@fundacion99.org
  

Biografía…

Paula Poblete

Paula Poblete

Directora

paula@fundacion99.org

Economista y Minor en Sociología de la Pontificia Universidad Católica y Magíster en Políticas Públicas de la Universidad de Chile. Trabajó como investigadora en el Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes, en el Banco Central de Chile y en FOCUS, Estudios y Consultorías. Su experiencia profesional está vinculada principalmente a la investigación y al desarrollo, sistematización y análisis estadístico. Desde mayo de 2014 se desempeña como directora de estudios de ComunidadMujer.