Frequently Asked Questions


  • Donations
  • Is my donation tax deductible?

    Donations by Mexican taxpayers of $50 MXN or more made through this website are tax deductible. Donors receive a tax receipt from Corazón de Niña.

    Donations made through this website by American taxpayers are not tax deductible. However they can donate to Corazón through the Casa Jo Jo Foundation and receive a tax deduction. For specifics, please see the 'Donate' page.

    Canadians, also, can donate to Corazón and receive a tax receipt. However, the donation must be routed through a Canadian charitable organization. Specifics are available at this site's 'Donate' page.  Unfortunately, persons from countries other than Mexico, the United States and Canada cannot receive a tax deduction.

  • How do I make a donation?

    Donations can be made to our PayPal account using your own PayPal account balance or a major credit card. Click on the red button with 'Donate Now' you see on pages with a right sidebar or go to the webpage Donate.  At 'Donate' you'll find multiple ways to gift with accompanying information.

  • We're a service club looking for a project. Can we help?

    Service clubs are one of our biggest supporters. And typically with their projects (e.g. purchasing boxed bicycles for every girl and assembling them with the girls) there is lots of interaction with the kids which we just love (and so do they!).  So yes, get in touch and let's talk over some ideas. And thank you for your interest.


  • Our gardening group is looking for a project to support? Interested?

    We sure are. In the past, we've received help from many an unexpected place and we're thankful for it. We never cease to be amazed at the generosity of complete strangers.

    We have yet to develop an information kit for fundraising groups in other communities and countries.  In the meantime, we'll find a way to make it work.

    Please get in touch. Let's talk about how we can work together. Check out our webpage 'How To Help.' There is lots of information there. Thank you.

  • Would you consider an estate bequest?

    Yes. We would be grateful indeed for your bequest. Our intention is to set up a due diligence process for bequests that would see significant sums orchestrated through lawyers -- yours and ours -- (if you so wish) to ensure that the funds are properly conveyed and used as described in a signed agreement. When the terms are met, the lawyer sends written confirmation to the trustee of the estate.

    Until we have developed the Bequest Information Kit, we are happy to work with you to make your bequest possible in the short term. Your generosity can make a huge difference to the lives of these children.

    Please see our Donate page also and feel free to call or email Melissa, Corazón Co-founder and President, to discuss your ideas. Thank you for your inquiry.


  • Financial
  • How do you survive without government help?

    It's a constant struggle. Sometimes we don't know how we're going to make it to week's end. It is only through the generosity of many individuals, businesses and service clubs that we exist at all. What we desperately need is a steady, predictable source of income. In that regard, our G.E.M.S. (Give Every Month Supporters) have been a Godsend.

  • Where can I find financial info on Corazón de Niña?

    Go to the left-hand vertical menu and click on Financials. There you will find estimated income and expenses for 2015. High on our 2015 'To Do' List is to post both actual and projected income and expense figures.

  • Fundraising
  • Can a group fundraise on your behalf?

    We would love to support your fundraising efforts and we are grateful for the resulting donations.  However, we have yet to develop the guidelines, information and promotional materials you need to do it right.

    We will be developing a Fundraiser's Information Kit which will be available to download from our website.  When the kit is available, we'll notify members in the newsletter.

    In the meantime, please get in touch. We'll find a way to get you going. We look forward to working with you.

  • Can I help with fundraising?

    Well step right in! Fundraising is a mammoth task for us and a continuing one. It is literally our bread and butter, for we receive no support from municipal or state governments. There are all manner of tasks to be done. If you have skills and experience at fundraising you can be a tremendous help to us. If you don't, you can still be a great help.

    At this time, all fundraising is directly orchestrated by us in Puerto Vallarta. We require prospective fundraisers to complete an application form and sign a contract -- now necessary as we have several times been the victim of fraud. You can find complete information  and forms at 'Host an Event.'

    To get onboard, please contact Melissa and arrange to meet.

  • I'm a business. Can I help fundraise?

    Wow! Of course. Puerto Vallarta businesses have been wonderfully supportive of Corazon de Nina. We so appreciate the business community's support. Let's get together and talk about what form that might take. We're entirely open to your ideas and we might have a few of our own.  And hosting fundraisers is a great way for businesses to promote their products and services by 1) getting new people through the door and 2) raising their profile as a community-oriented enterprise. It's really a win-win.

  • Visiting
  • Can I visit Corazon de Nina?

    Yes, we encourage folks to visit. We give tours every Tuesday. We'll show you around the facility and tell you the story of Corazon de Nina. Once a month a chef works with our youth to offer a brunch to visitors. We call these Humanitarian Tours. For details, please see 'Tours' on the top menu. We look forward to meeting you.

  • Can our group of ten visit?

    Yes, certainly. We offer what we call Humanitarian Tours which you can book through some Puerto Vallarta hotels, with the tour company Puerto Vallarta Discovery (puertovallartadiscovery.com) and directly with ourselves. We do restrict visiting times to Tuesdays so the home is not unduly disrupted. For full details, please go to 'Tours' on the top menu.

  • Do you limit visitors to certain days and times?

    Yes. Visitors are welcome on Tuesdays. For full details, please see 'Tours' on the top menu.

  • Volunteer
  • What is the nature of your volunteers?

    A number of our volunteers are folks who visit Puerto Vallarta on holidays for an extended period. But they are a mix of (largely) Mexican residents of Puerto Vallarta, Americans and Canadians.

  • Can I be a volunteer on an occasional basis?

    Perhaps. You must apply for a volunteer position to ensure we have a need for your particular talents and that your availability works for us. Let's talk. Please get in touch with Melissa, President of Corazón de Niña.  We welcome your interest in Corazón.

  • How can I become a volunteer?

    Call or email Melissa to make an appointment. Melissa, the president, will give you a tour of Corazon and explore with you possible ways to contribute.  If there's a contribution you can make, we'd love to have you. Thanks for your interest.

  • What kinds of things do volunteers do?

    All of the day-to-day chores at Corazon are carried out by the kids -- cooking, cleaning, laundry, groundskeeping, animal care and looking after the little ones. Volunteers tend to do skilled work such as teaching English, homework assistance, leading field trips, administrative duties and facility maintenance and construction work.

    Volunteers who work directly with the children are carefully screened. They are chosen for specific skills,  for their capacity to work well with the children and for their ability to speak Spanish with some fluency. As well, these volunteers must be living in Puerto Vallarta for a good portion of the year to provide consistency. Yes, it is a tall order but our top priority is excellence in care.

    If you are interested and feel you are qualified, please get in touch.





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