Educational Institutions

Marina Orth Foundation

  • Washington, DC
  • WWW.FUNDAORTH.ORG

Mission Statement

We believe that, given the tools and skills necessary to compete in the 21st century, children of limited means can do as well as graduates of the world's best schools.

The foundation has dedicated itself to creating an education model that can be replicated so that primary and secondary students in Colombia and elsewhere, no matter their race, gender or economic background, can compete globally and make a positive contribution to the world.

In Colombia, we are helping children form a cutting-edge geek squad to service computers in our schools.

We aim to encourage communities' sense of ownership, beginning with public-private partnerships to fund the schools and projects. Our ideal formula is to obtain 40 percent of our financing from the national, regional or local government, 30 percent from private in-country funds, and 30 percent donated from the US.

ruling year

2006

Founder

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Maureen Orth

Keywords

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Education, Central America, Latin America, Columbia

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EIN

27-0115624

 Number

4945951870

Physical Address

4907 Rockwood Parkway NW

Washington, DC 20016

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-PF.

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Program 1

Instituto Educativo Marina Orth (IEMO)- A Grammar and High School in Medellin, Colombia, founded by former Peace Corps volunteer, Maureen Orth.

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MARINA ORTH FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Marina Orth Foundation

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Founder

Maureen Orth

BIO

Maureen Orth is perhaps best known for her award winning journalistic career, as a Special Correspondent for Vanity Fair Magazine and as the author of two books. She began her career as one of the first woman writers at Newsweek, and has also worked for The New York Times, Vogue, The Wall Street Journal, NY Magazine and Rolling Stone. Among the heads of state she has interviewed are Angela Merkel, Vladimir Putin, Margaret Thatcher, Argentine President Carlos Menem, Irish President Mary Robinson and the First Lady of France, Carla Bruni. Her investigative reporting ranges from Michael Jackson, Woody Allen, and Scientology to Afghanistan's opium trade and the hostages of FARC guerrillas. Her December 2015 cover story on the Virgin Mary, the World's Most Powerful Woman, was the best selling cover for National Geographic Magazine in 2015. But, she has also touched thousands of lives as a humanitarian and philanthropist through her Marina Orth Foundation in Medellin, Colombia.

Ms. Orth's interest in Colombia began right after graduating from UC Berkeley, with a degree in political science when she traveled to Medellin, Colombia, to serve in the Peace Corps. There she helped build a school, Escuela Marina Orth, that was named for her.

Today her Foundation serves eight schools, and 4,800 students from k-11th grade. Each primary school student has his or her own laptop through the One Laptop Per Child program. The schools emphasize technology, English and leadership. They have been lauded internationally for their sustainable model, as examples of public-private partnership, and as proof of how far poor communities can advance with targeted assistance. In September, 2015, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos awarded Maureen the Order of San Carlos, Colombia's highest civilian honor for outstanding service to the country.

Ms. Orth resides in Washington, DC. She was married to the late Tim Russert, the Washington bureau chief of NBC News and moderator of Meet the Press. Her son, Luke Russert, is an NBC News Correspondent in Washington, DC.

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