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Who We Are

Our purpose is to help children develop so that society also develops. To this end, we have established four priorities for the Foundation: mobilizing the public, social and private leaders; raising the awareness of society; strengthening the roles of parents and caregivers of young children; and improving the quality of child education in Brazil.  
 
We believe in the power of connecting people and their different wisdom. Therefore, we rely on partners capable of expanding the network of ideas and projects as much as possible. We want to be here for the long haul, leave a legacy, transform lives and take our ideas farther.   
 
Our objective is for us—parents caregivers, public, social and private leaders, the press, researchers, and business people—to be capable of making early childhood development the priority that it should be. Not tomorrow, not next year, but now.
 

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Our Values


Love to the cause - early childhood first
Result - responsibility, transparency and integrity
Collaboration - integration and partnerships based on trust
Plurality - respect, inclusion and suprapartisanship
Balance - excellence and innovation, commitment and lightness
 




Our History 


Our foundation has more than 50 years of history. A history marked by reflection and renewal. The first paragraphs of our story were about hematology. But then came a chapter in which listening to society’s new demands became the priority. The needs of children had changed, and so we adjusted our focus. Therefore, since 2007, we have embraced the cause of early childhood development.  

And our reason for existing became this very important period, the beginning of life, which goes from birth to 6 years old. Always based on scientific knowledge, new pages were written. Many projects that became actions with concrete impact were born, such as Marco Legal da Primeira Infância, a law that pushes for the creation of programs, services, and initiatives geared toward the promotion of the full development of children in their early childhood.  

Partnerships also bloomed, leading to international symposiums, studies with proven results, projects with real and scalable impact, training for leaders and members of the media, movies that reached new audiences, programs that became part of public policy. 

We continue to search for new ways to give more and more importance and value to the narrative of our protagonists: young children. We want to continue spreading the idea that planting the seeds of full development during this phase will lead to the reaping of results for the rest of the child’s life.



Boards & Committees

 

Board of trustees

Dario Ferreira Guarita Neto (chair)
Eduardo Vidigal Andrade Gonçalves
Fabio Barbosa
Luis Vidigal Andrade Gonçalves
Maria Luiza Pacheco Fernandes de Bueno Vidigal Cepera
Ricardo Henriques
Sandra Grisi
 

Audit board

Adriana Katalan (chair)
Paulo Sergio Miron
Roberto Munhoz Miranda
 

Investiment committee

André Reginato (chair)
Guilherme Vidigal Andrade Gonçalves
Helio Nogueira da Cruz
Luis Vidigal Andrade Gonçalves
Maria Luiza Pacheco Fernandes de Bueno Vidigal Cepera
 

Communication committee

Alexandre Grynberg
Clarissa Orberg
Tania Savaget
Teresa Guarita Grynberg (chair)



Team



Activities Report

We became stronger, learned more and grew. That’s what we did in 2017, a year in which our motto, “By developing our children, we develop our society,” was manifested in a variety of actions. We brought the Nobel Prize winner for Economics in the year 2000, James Heckman, to Brazil and helped highlight the subject of early childhood development at an event in São Paulo with former U.S., Barack Obama. In the era of fake news, we also established partnerships with international organizations to train the Brazilian press.

See these and other results in our 2018 Annual Report.  
 
Want to know about the advances of each phase of the Foundation’s history through the activities reports of previous years?  
2017 Annual Report
2016 Annual Report 
2015 Annual Report 
2014 Annual Report   

Transparency

From the beginning of our activities, the Maria Cecilia Souto Vidigal Foundation has been audited by an external and independent company. During all this time, the annual reports have been approved by the auditors without any reservations or corrections. Financial statements, reports, and respective explanatory notes are available for anyone to consult. 

Our excellence in governance provides an inner clarity to the foundation and strives for constant and progressive improvements to its operational management, which it then translates into tangible results. In 2018, more than 9 million BRL was co-invested in projects, which made the Foundation advance in the mission of developing the child to develop society.