The Baixada is a non-profit organization, constituted under private law, with administrative, financial and patrimonial autonomy, created at a gathering of young people and adults from the Baixada Maranhense area, as well as guests from other organizations.
Community foundations are civil society organizations that work in accordance with the following criteria: a defined territorial area, broad investor collaboration, community management, and mechanisms for sustainability - with the prospect of investing in local development in the long term.
Why a Community Foundation in the Baixada Maranhense?
The debate on Community Foundations in Brazil has started to expand over the last decade. There is a strongly committed and ethical set of organizations and civil society groups, both in the public sector and in civil society, that are transparent and dedicated towards achieving goals that are in line with the struggle to build a better reality for the majority of citizens.
There is a large positive side for the Baixada Maranhense that can be identified in this kind of organization, especially those pertaining to the concept of community foundation, such as the control of the Foundation's activities by the Prosecution Service, the transparent use of resources, the professional administration, the community management, the support for local projects, the capacity to create funds that guarantee the sustainability of small productive and social projects, and the ability to raise funds from other supporters and philanthropists at the local, national, as well as international levels. In addition, it also stands out as a strong institution that supports social movements in territories with low levels of development, contributing to the strengthening of civil society actors and organizations that fight for a more just, humane, and supportive society for everyone, regardless of political and economic circumstances, reinforcing a continuous and cooperative effort with people of all ethnicities, genders, classes, religions, and political choices.