Alegre Global
Assistance Charities
We were founded to bring help and compassion to the Dominican people and that is exactly what we're doing.

Our Mission

Promote healthcare and medical education, combat community deterioration, advance the arts, and support historical and cultural education in the Dominican Republic, focusing on underprivileged communities.

Our Story

Founded by individuals with a passion for humanity, Alegre Global Assistance Charities was recognized as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization as of July 2018.

With its charitable status official Alegre started immediately on the long and exciting road to fulfilling its mission of medical, educational and cultural enhancement for the Dominican Republic.

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WHY THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC?

The DR has no shortage of circumstances that need urgent attention and dedication.
A large part of the population live below the poverty standards established by the UNO (United Nations Organization), with a huge deficiency in health and education services.
Over 2 Million
Dominicans live in poverty.
The Dominican Republic ranks 90 out of 149 in quality education according to the latest reports from the World Bank, UNESCO and Gallup.
Over 40% of Dominican children drop out of school before graduation.
With regard to health, the Dominican Republic is ranked 82nd out of 140 countries in terms of infrastructure, physical and mental health, and preventive medicine.
Over 50% of Dominicans do not have access to proper health care.
All people have a right to the chance at a happy life. In the Dominican Republic this chance is often never given, due to poor medical and educational infrastructure. Help Alegre today and begin creating a brighter future for the Dominican people!
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The Dominican Republic
Needs Your Help!

All people have a right to the chance at a happy life. In the Dominican Republic this chance is often never given, due to poor medical and educational infrastructure. Help Alegre today and begin creating a brighter future for the Dominican people!

Our Leadership

With a very ambitious goal comes the need for excellent management and direction. Alegre’s Board of Directors is comprised of top professionals in the fields of medicine, construction and business management. All subjects applicable to Alegre’s goals as a charity.

Milton Benjamin President and Chairman

An executive in the data analysis and advertising spaces Mr. Milton Benjamin, as Vice President, has led GlobalWide Media’s United States Data Optimization business since 2007. Mr. Benjamin is responsible for ensuring advertiser campaigns are optimized through GlobalWide Media’s technology and data points including behavioral, demographic, and geographic targeting....

With expertise in organization, data analysis and advertising for over two decades, Mr. Benjamin is particularly suited for a leading role as Alegre’s Chairman of the Board and President.

Roger Seaver Director

Mr. Roger E. Seaver serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital. He also serves as Director of Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital. Mr. Seaver served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees at California Association of Hospitals and Health Systems until January 2014 and currently serves as a Trustee....

He also serves as a Member of the Board of Directors at California Healthcare Insurance Company, Inc., A Risk Retention Group.

With a vast knowledge in the fields of non-profit organizations and medicine Mr. Seaver’s expertise is invaluable to Alegre’s mission.

Dave Laverdiere Director

Mr. Dave Laverdiere has been in the construction industry since 1972 when he apprenticed as a crane operator in Alberta Canada. Establishing his own construction firm in 1994 his team has performed over 30,000 inspections and completed over 5000 projects....

Notable projects include numerous historical restorations in Southern California and Utah including major western national park projects for the US National Park Service.

Beyond his business expertise, Mr. Laverdier provides a much needed mechanical expertise to Alegre’s larger goals, such as the construction of a state of the art medical facility on the North Coast.

Morteza Shahabeddin Director

Mr. Morteza Shahabeddin, while the newest member of Alegre Global Assistance Charities, is no stranger to the work of the organization.

In 2018 Mr. Shahabeddin gifted Alegre with a very substantial donation. This donation helped to launch Alegre’s establishment and many of its programs ...

No stranger to professional success Mr. Shahabeddin made it clear to Alegre and the DR that while successful in his own right, his true purpose lies in helping those in need.

Alegre is proud to be able to count him amongst its leaders and most dedicated team members.

2020

Annual Report

Each year, Alegre steps back to reflect on our work, taking stock of what we’ve learned and accomplished in order to accelerate our impact in the years to come.

2020 was a landmark year for Alegre, one in which we oversaw the successful execution of numerous programs that improved the lives of thousands of Dominicans.

Please take a moment and browse our annual report to see for yourself!

Financial Responsibility

Alegre’s top priority.

We consider financial transparency to be our duty to donors, partners and those we help. Responsible and ethical use of generously donated funds is Alegre’s top priority. Here are some of the main ways Alegre ensures responsible and ethical use of funds.

  • Thorough vetting and quality control built into our grant consideration process.
  • Dedication to keeping operational costs to a minimum to ensure all possible funding is used to help the Dominican people.
  • Detailed monthly financial and progress reports required from all grantee organizations, including media documentation.
  • Annual independent audits of Alegre’s financial activity to ensure financial transparency is crystal clear.


Our annual tax returns for 2018 and 2019 are available for download here.

We know there can be a lot of questions about a charitable organization, what we do, how do we help etc. Expand this section to get answers to those and many other questions.

What is Alegre Global Assistance Charities?

US based 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity, founded to help the Dominican Republic achieve improved survival for all it’s people.

What is Alegre’s vision?

A Dominican Republic free of poverty, where the necessary medical and educational resources are available to help ensure that the Dominican people are able to realize their full potential as a Nation and as a Culture.

What is Alegre’s mission?

To Promote healthcare and medical education, combat community deterioration, advance the arts, and support historical and cultural education in the Dominican Republic, focusing on underprivileged communities.

Why should donors trust Alegre Global Assistance Charities?

Alegre is recognized by the United States government via the Internal Revenue Service as 501(c)(3) public charity.

We are also a verified non-profit on numerous platforms such as Facebook and have a gold star transparency rating with the non-profit data base Guidestar.

‏‎‎Our tax returns are readily available on our website so the financial security of the organization and its use of funds are fully disclosed.

Beyond this, we are an organization made up of dedicated business professionals and humanitarians with only one purpose and that is to help people live better lives.

What has Alegre accomplished to date?

Alegre was established and recognized as a non-profit organization by the Internal Revenue Service in 2018. Initial funding was donated to the organization in that year.

In 2019 Alegre established a working relationship with the Cultura Viva foundation, a recognized non-profit organization in the Dominican Republic. Cultura Viva is a foundation newly formed in 2019 that shares a similar overall purpose to that of Alegre.

In 2019 and 2020 Alegre has funded several different charitable projects including the establishment of educational and relief projects that directly aid individuals and has initiated research into medical improvements.

These activities have resulted in over $400,000.00 invested into Dominican communities and over 25,000 Dominican lives positively impacted in just two years.

What are Alegre’s future goals?

Alegre is focused on expanding its network of Dominican non-profit partners so we can better reach the populations of the DR as a whole.

While we continue to fund community betterment projects, we are focused on making large strides towards improved access to high quality, life improving educational programs.

Why donate to Alegre?

The DR has no shortage of circumstances that need urgent attention and dedication. Here are a few points to consider.

A large part of the population live below the poverty standards established by the UNO (United Nations Organization), with a huge deficiency in health and education services.

Over 2 Million Dominicans live in poverty.

The Dominican Republic ranks 90 out of 149 in  the quality of education according to the latest reports from the World Bank, UNESCO and Gallup.

Over 40% of Dominican children drop out of school before graduation

With regard to health, the Dominican Republic is ranked 82 out of 140 in terms of infrastructure, physical and mental health, and preventive medicine.

Over 50% of Dominicans do not have access to proper health care.

The founding of Alegre Global Assistance Charities arises from the need to correctly channel aid aimed at the repair of these conditions via cultural, educational, and medical improvements.

Beyond the statistics, there is a country and a culture that is worth helping simply because of the people, their generosity, their kindness and their love for life. These are the qualities that make the DR a unique place in the world.

A literal tropical paradise, but what makes it truly beautiful is its people. A people that Alegre thinks deserve a fair chance at the best life they can live.

What is different about Alegre Global Assistance Charities?

Unlike other more general public charities, Alegre Global Assistance Charities is focused solely on the improvement of Dominican lives and the Dominican Republic as a whole. Therefore all of our efforts go directly to ensuring a better future for all Dominicans.

What are Alegre’s projects and programs, and how they are contributing?

Cultura Viva Foundation

As a US based charity working for the betterment of the Dominican Republic it was necessary for Alegre have trusted partners in the DR.

The need to ensure funds generously donated to Alegre are properly spent while at the same time being able to execute charitable programs exactly as intended gave way to the founding of a new foundation in the Dominican Republic.

Named Cultura Viva, this foundation was created on the same principles and purposes Alegre holds at its core.

As the main source of financial support for Cultura Viva, Alegre partners with this foundation to efficiently and effectively implement a wide variety of charitable activities throughout the Dominican Republic.

Noche de Cine Gratis

A mobile movie theatre with the specific purpose of bringing happiness and learning to children throughout the North Coast of the Dominican Republic.

This program consists of an educational seminar and then the showing of free movies along with providing free snacks to areas that otherwise see very little relief from the daily struggles of life. Alegre recognizes that laughter and fun are just as important and the basic necessities of living.

Organizing and running this project, Alegre works with Cultura Viva to bring it to schools, churches, community centers, orphanages and parks.

Over 12,000 children and adults have been positively impacted by Noche De Cine Gratis.

Food Aid Project

2020 has brought unprecedented circumstances to the world’s doorstep.

The Dominican Republic was not immune to these situations. As an already economically poor country its people have been put in a very precarious position regarding basic living requirements such as food.

It is for this reason Alegre decided to fund the Food Aid Project.

Many Dominican people and families have lost their lively hoods and are going without proper nourishment. Alegre, in partnership with Cultura Viva has begun isolating the most needful and hand delivering essential food items to their doorsteps.

In just two month, the project has provided food to thousands of hungry Dominicans.

This project will continue to grow and Alegre intends for it to help thousands cope with the potentially very difficult times ahead.

Educational sponsorship

As stated in Alegre’s mission, education is one of three key areas we are working to improve in the Dominican Republic.

The statistics speak for themselves – over 40% of Dominican children do not graduate high school. Over 200,000 Dominican children are currently not in school. Over 50% of school dropouts are due to financial hardship.

Problems such as poverty and low-quality of life can only, truly, be resolved through education. In this way children and adults can become more confident, self-reliant and capable. It is with this understanding that Alegre moves forward and seeks out educational programs that uplift and enhance the lives of Dominicans.

Most recently Alegre has made grants to the Fedujazz Foundation, a well-known non-profit music school, and the Life Improvement Educational Project, a pilot program designed to help teenage and adult Dominicans improve their life skills, including literacy & business management.

In total these two grants are investing over $120,000.00 into educational programs that directly help underprivileged Dominicans!

Telemedicine

In the Dominican Republic medical services are delivered without appointment on a first-come, first-served basis. Typically a citizen accesses medical care by arriving at a facility in the morning, signing up for an appointment, and then waiting until their name is called. For the average citizen, it is usual to wait several hours in this manner whenever they seek medical care.

These long wait times in crowded conditions create unnecessary problems and severely reduce the quality of medical care Dominicans receive, potentially making the medical conditions worse.

In the effort to better the lives of the Dominican people Alegre cannot ignore the broken medical system in the DR. With that understanding Alegre has embarked on the development of a Telemedicine service intended to greatly increase the quality of medical care and greatly reduce the overburdened medical system.

PSA

Creating increased awareness and education on matters important to Dominican’s daily lives.

The Public Services Announcement project seeks to raise public awareness on the consequences of major issues in the DR such as traffic safety, teen pregnancy, and how to care for oneself.

How can I get in touch with Alegre Global Assistance Charities?

We love to hear from people interested in Alegre. You can contact us via our website  or email directly to:contact@alegreglobal.com

What is Alegre Global Assistance Charities?

US based 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity, founded to help the Dominican Republic achieve improved survival for all it’s people.

What is Alegre’s vision?

A Dominican Republic free of poverty, where the necessary medical and educational resources are available to help ensure that the Dominican people are able to realize their full potential as a Nation and as a Culture.

What is Alegre’s mission?

To Promote healthcare and medical education, combat community deterioration, advance the arts, and support historical and cultural education in the Dominican Republic, focusing on underprivileged communities.

Why should donors trust Alegre Global Assistance Charities?

Alegre is recognized by the United States government via the Internal Revenue Service as 501(c)(3) public charity.

We are also a verified non-profit on numerous platforms such as Facebook and have a gold star transparency rating with the non-profit data base Guidestar.

‏‎‎Our tax returns are readily available on our website so the financial security of the organization and its use of funds are fully disclosed.

Beyond this, we are an organization made up of dedicated business professionals and humanitarians with only one purpose and that is to help people live better lives.

What has Alegre accomplished to date?

Alegre was established and recognized as a non-profit organization by the Internal Revenue Service in 2018. Initial funding was donated to the organization in that year.

In 2019 Alegre established a working relationship with the Cultura Viva foundation, a recognized non-profit organization in the Dominican Republic. Cultura Viva is a foundation newly formed in 2019 that shares a similar overall purpose to that of Alegre.

In 2019 and 2020 Alegre has funded several different charitable projects including the establishment of educational and relief projects that directly aid individuals and has initiated research into medical improvements.

These activities have resulted in over $400,000.00 invested into Dominican communities and over 25,000 Dominican lives positively impacted in just two years.

What are Alegre’s future goals?

Alegre is focused on expanding its network of Dominican non-profit partners so we can better reach the populations of the DR as a whole.

While we continue to fund community betterment projects, we are focused on making large strides towards improved access to high quality, life improving educational programs.

Why donate to Alegre?

The DR has no shortage of circumstances that need urgent attention and dedication. Here are a few points to consider.

A large part of the population live below the poverty standards established by the UNO (United Nations Organization), with a huge deficiency in health and education services.

Over 2 Million Dominicans live in poverty.

The Dominican Republic ranks 90 out of 149 in  the quality of education according to the latest reports from the World Bank, UNESCO and Gallup.

Over 40% of Dominican children drop out of school before graduation

With regard to health, the Dominican Republic is ranked 82 out of 140 in terms of infrastructure, physical and mental health, and preventive medicine.

Over 50% of Dominicans do not have access to proper health care.

The founding of Alegre Global Assistance Charities arises from the need to correctly channel aid aimed at the repair of these conditions via cultural, educational, and medical improvements.

Beyond the statistics, there is a country and a culture that is worth helping simply because of the people, their generosity, their kindness and their love for life. These are the qualities that make the DR a unique place in the world.

A literal tropical paradise, but what makes it truly beautiful is its people. A people that Alegre thinks deserve a fair chance at the best life they can live.

What is different about Alegre Global Assistance Charities?

Unlike other more general public charities, Alegre Global Assistance Charities is focused solely on the improvement of Dominican lives and the Dominican Republic as a whole. Therefore all of our efforts go directly to ensuring a better future for all Dominicans.

What are Alegre’s projects and programs, and how they are contributing?

Cultura Viva Foundation

As a US based charity working for the betterment of the Dominican Republic it was necessary for Alegre have trusted partners in the DR.

The need to ensure funds generously donated to Alegre are properly spent while at the same time being able to execute charitable programs exactly as intended gave way to the founding of a new foundation in the Dominican Republic.

Named Cultura Viva, this foundation was created on the same principles and purposes Alegre holds at its core.

As the main source of financial support for Cultura Viva, Alegre partners with this foundation to efficiently and effectively implement a wide variety of charitable activities throughout the Dominican Republic.

Noche de Cine Gratis

A mobile movie theatre with the specific purpose of bringing happiness and learning to children throughout the North Coast of the Dominican Republic.

This program consists of an educational seminar and then the showing of free movies along with providing free snacks to areas that otherwise see very little relief from the daily struggles of life. Alegre recognizes that laughter and fun are just as important and the basic necessities of living.

Organizing and running this project, Alegre works with Cultura Viva to bring it to schools, churches, community centers, orphanages and parks.

Over 12,000 children and adults have been positively impacted by Noche De Cine Gratis.

Food Aid Project

2020 has brought unprecedented circumstances to the world’s doorstep.

The Dominican Republic was not immune to these situations. As an already economically poor country its people have been put in a very precarious position regarding basic living requirements such as food.

It is for this reason Alegre decided to fund the Food Aid Project.

Many Dominican people and families have lost their lively hoods and are going without proper nourishment. Alegre, in partnership with Cultura Viva has begun isolating the most needful and hand delivering essential food items to their doorsteps.

In just two month, the project has provided food to thousands of hungry Dominicans.

This project will continue to grow and Alegre intends for it to help thousands cope with the potentially very difficult times ahead.

Educational sponsorship

As stated in Alegre’s mission, education is one of three key areas we are working to improve in the Dominican Republic.

The statistics speak for themselves – over 40% of Dominican children do not graduate high school. Over 200,000 Dominican children are currently not in school. Over 50% of school dropouts are due to financial hardship.

Problems such as poverty and low-quality of life can only, truly, be resolved through education. In this way children and adults can become more confident, self-reliant and capable. It is with this understanding that Alegre moves forward and seeks out educational programs that uplift and enhance the lives of Dominicans.

Most recently Alegre has made grants to the Fedujazz Foundation, a well-known non-profit music school, and the Life Improvement Educational Project, a pilot program designed to help teenage and adult Dominicans improve their life skills, including literacy & business management.

In total these two grants are investing over $120,000.00 into educational programs that directly help underprivileged Dominicans!

Telemedicine

In the Dominican Republic medical services are delivered without appointment on a first-come, first-served basis. Typically a citizen accesses medical care by arriving at a facility in the morning, signing up for an appointment, and then waiting until their name is called. For the average citizen, it is usual to wait several hours in this manner whenever they seek medical care.

These long wait times in crowded conditions create unnecessary problems and severely reduce the quality of medical care Dominicans receive, potentially making the medical conditions worse.

In the effort to better the lives of the Dominican people Alegre cannot ignore the broken medical system in the DR. With that understanding Alegre has embarked on the development of a Telemedicine service intended to greatly increase the quality of medical care and greatly reduce the overburdened medical system.

PSA

Creating increased awareness and education on matters important to Dominican’s daily lives.

The Public Services Announcement project seeks to raise public awareness on the consequences of major issues in the DR such as traffic safety, teen pregnancy, and how to care for oneself.

How can I get in touch with Alegre Global Assistance Charities?

We love to hear from people interested in Alegre. You can contact us via our website  or email directly to:contact@alegreglobal.com