AMIGOS announced that longtime supporters Scott and Cathi Roberts have pledged a gift of $250,000 to the organization.
Their contribution, which will be spread across five years, is helping to fund the Partnerships Initiative within the 2020–2022 Strategic Plan. The Roberts’ gift will bolster the Partnership Fund for financial assistance, which provides funding for students who are joining AMIGOS via a partner institution. Their gift will also help fund the first ever Director of Partnerships role for AMIGOS. This new position will work with existing and future partners to expand AMIGOS impact and program enrollment.
Scott says, “The Partnership Strategy has the chance to provide not only more volunteers but also more stability for AMIGOS programs. We hope that other AMIGOS supporters will help fund this strategy so it has a chance to start strong and grow for the future.”
The Roberts began their journey with AMIGOS in 1987 when they sent their son to Ecuador on an AMIGOS Summer Immersion Program. After seeing how the organization was able to recruit and train hundreds of young people each year to successfully and safely volunteer in Latin America, Scott knew he wanted to be a part of the organization. He joined the Houston Chapter Board in 1988 and then supported in-country staff while living in Mexico City. Scott also served on the AMIGOS Board of Directors for many years.
“We have elected to help AMIGOS launch their Partnership Strategy with a 5-year gift because we believe the world needs more Amigos,” says Scott. “AMIGOS has the capability to implement a wide range of programs successfully and to help the volunteers develop leadership skills, experience different cultures, and learn a new language in a range of settings and time frames[…]The new Partnership Strategy is a great way to build on some of the recent successes in extending AMIGOS offerings in the Gap Program and to younger volunteers.”
AMIGOS would like to thank Scott and Cathi for their leadership and belief in AMIGOS mission.