What is AlumnUSB?
AlumnUSB (Universidad Simon Bolivar Alumni Association of America, Inc. ) is a non-profit corporation that provides a platform for USB Alumni living outside Venezuela to connect and support their Alma Mater. You can check out our approved articles of incorporation here.
We have a 501(c)(3) approved charity, you can check our determination letter here. This status means that your donation can be deduced from your Gross Income subjected to Federal Tax. For more information ask your accountant on how to reflect your donations on your tax forms.
Why we are doing this?
Public Universities in Venezuela rely on government funding for 95% of their income, funding that has been decreasing since the early 2000’s. It is time for Venezuelan universities to seek new funding sources. In the meantime alumni, specially those living abroad, can build networks to stand by their Alma Mater by providing financial support, supply materials or equipment to improve teaching activities, ensuring that the quality of education doesn’t decrease due to the intense economic, political, and social crisis that is hurting Venezuela.
Why we created a Non-Profit?
Although many individual initiatives to support the USB have arisen, their impact is diminished by the lack of an established organization properly registered backing them. Using a non-profit organization platform, donations will not be restricted to individuals but large groups or companies will also be able to donate, thereby increasing the positive impact on teaching activities at the USB.
What are our Mission and Vision statements?
Mission: To become the networking promoter between USB alumni outside Venezuela, universities, and private organizations based in the United States with the goal of improving educational activities held in the USB.
Vision: To provide the USB with enough support from its Alumni, and organizations in the United States in order to fulfill its academic goals.
What are our goals?
- To create a network of USB (Universidad Simon Bolivar) alumni in the in the United States and all the countries (excluding Venezuela).
- To aid the USB in their strategic goals in any means within the manners specified by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and federal laws.
- To foster relations between USB and American universities in the pursuit of higher knowledge by means of joint projects with them and by exchanging information, students and faculty, whenever possible.
- To create liaisons with private sector organizations within the United States that deal with education and related matters.
Why an Alumni Association in the US for a Venezuelan University?
It is estimated than 260,000 Venezuelans reside legally in the US, 48% have at least a college degree (De la Vega, 2014)
LinkedIn shows that over 4,000 profiles from USB alumni are registered as residing in the US alone, and according to the site, the US is the second country with more alumni profiles after Venezuela.