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August 2, 2016
"The Ultimate Experience with Carlos Santana"

Join us for the The Ultimate Experience with Carlos Santana. All proceeds from this exclusive event will help develop the new Santana Telehealth project between a medical clinic that Carlos built in his hometown of Autlan Mexico and Hospital Infantil de las Californias in Tijuana.

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The Ultimate Experience with Carlos Santana

June 28, 2016
"Santana Returns to Tel Aviv This Summer"

Carlos Santana is a citizen of the World and he plays his music and spreads his message of Love, Light & Peace wherever he goes. Carlos believes the World should have no borders so he is not detoured or discouraged to play anywhere on this planet. He and the band are looking forward to performing in Israel this summer.

March 31, 2016
"Hand in Hand "

"We are all one community. This is who we are, this is what we do." ~ Carlos Santana

Hand in Hand brings together thousands of Jews and Arabs in six schools and communities throughout Israel.

"We found a home here, in our shared life - where we create something together that does not erase where we come from, but that builds a space with enough room for us all." ~ Gili Rei, parent of a student in Jerusalem Please click on the Hand in Hand logo to watch this video to learn more. The Milagro Foundation has proudly Funded Hand in Hand since 2003.

February 2, 2016
"Milagro Foundation helps Three Square fight Childhood Hunger"

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Three Square with the help of numerous Las Vegas community partners provides bags of nutritious, single-serving, ready-to-eat food items each Friday during the school year to children who might otherwise go without during weekends and long breaks from school.

Three Square also offers BackPack for Kids during the summer months to continue to support childhood nutrition year round. Milagro Foundation proudly supports this program.

October 6, 2015
"25 Years for Performing Stars of Marin! "

Twenty five years ago Felicia Gaston started a grass roots organization, Performing Stars of Marin. Located in Marin City, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge is where the organization thrives today.

The organization's goal is to transform the lives of low-income, primarily multicultural, children throughout Marin County by using enrichment programs to build pride, character, discipline and self-esteem. This youth program helps youth develop good work habits and positive social skills, enhance academic performance and professional readiness, and gain the confidence these children need to overcome the limitations imposed by poverty.

Over the years Felicia has been acknowledged for her fine work. Awards and acknowledgements include letters from President Obama and US congressman, Jared Huffman, and the prestigious Jefferson Award to name a few. Milagro gave Performing Stars its first grant in 2001.

Milagro Foundation is very proud of our grantee, Performing Stars of Marin and the difference Gaston is making for low-opportunity kids in Marin.

August 13, 2015
"Santana Corazón Tour 2015"

The Corazón Tour kicks off in Forest Hills, New York on Friday, August 14th!

Milagro Foundation receives fifty cents on every concert ticket sold. These funds directly benefit the work we do to improve lives of vulnerable children around the world.

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Corazón Tour 2015

May 1, 2015
"Support the Children of Nepal"

UNICEF is on the ground working to provide critical aid to children and families of Nepal.

Today Milagro Foundation donated $20,000 to UNICEF. The devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake near Nepal's capital city of Kathmandu has claimed more than 5,000 lives, caused thousands of injuries, and destroyed homes and infrastructure. When it comes to emergency and disaster relief, UNICEF is there for children—before, during and after a crisis. Please show your support and donate today.Click on the image to go to the UNICEF Donation Page.
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April 20, 2015
"It takes determination, practice and effort! "

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Carlos Santana Arts Academy fifth graders joined more than 2500 other fifth graders from across Los Angeles County dancing their way into a Guinness World Records title at the Music Center by performing the largest choreographed ribbon dance ever. The successful record-setting attempt represents the culmination of this year’s 45th Annual Blue Ribbon Children’s Festival, California’s longest running arts education initiative.

January 6, 2015
"Happy New Year! "

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Happy New Year to Milagro Foundation's Grantees! You continue to empower underserved youth. It is our honor to partner with so many strong organizations who strive collectively to make a positive and lasting difference in the lives of children. We are grateful and inspired by your ongoing work and dedication. Best wishes for another successful year in 2015!

December 1, 2014
"Blue Barn Donation"

Thank you Blue Barn for your kindness! Blue Barn Marin and its employees selected the Milagro Foundation as its local charity. They presented executive director, Shelley Brown with a $1,000 donation.

Blue Barn is a new style neighborhood deli dedicated to quality food in both flavor and harvest. Chef driven and product oriented, the menu offers thoughtful salads, toasted sandwiches, grilled cheese and soups for a customer that values quality, ingredients and convenience from a local artisan. Committed to improving the way people eat, Blue Barn pursues the sustainable and organic ideals that support the greater slow food movement. Blue Barn is proud to be partnered with local producers inspired most dearly by the seasonal produce harvests of Oak Hill Farm, a small, sustainable, and family-run farm located in Sonoma.

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October 30, 2014
"Milagro Gives to Médecins San Frontieres"

Milagro's Board approved a $20,000 grant to support the Ebola Crisis in West Africa.

MSF’s West Africa Ebola response started in March 2014 and now counts activities in three countries: Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

MSF currently employs 270 international and around 3,018 locally hired staff in the region.

The organization operates six Ebola case management centers (CMCs), providing approximately 600 beds in isolation.

Since the beginning of the outbreak, MSF has admitted more than 4,900 patients, among whom around 3,200 were confirmed as having Ebola. Around 1,140 have survived.

More than 877 tonnes of supplies have been shipped to the affected countries since March.

The estimated budget for MSF’s activities on the West Africa Ebola outbreak until the end of 2014 is 46.2 million euros.

July 9, 2014
"Santana Corazon World Tour"

Santana's Corazon tour is going on now! We invite you to experience a SANTANA show. Tickets can be purchased here. Click on the album cover image.

June 24, 2014
" Bid & win an original Crash mural"

A musically inspired mural donated and presented on stage in New York City by graffiti artist Crash and HBO Latino to guitarist Carlos Santana during an HBO event marking the premiere of HBO Latino’s pre-concert special, Santana: De Corazon as well as the release of his new album, Corazon. The piece is signed by both Crash and Santana. Proceeds from the sale of this artwork benefit the Milagro Foundation. Video of the event can be viewed here
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April 22, 2014
"Little Kids Rock the House!"

As the first Milagro grantee, we funded David Wish, a 1st grade California teacher in 1998 with 30 guitars for his classroom. Now, as founder of Little Kids Rock, David and his organization have given free music lessons and free instruments to over 300,000 kids in 1200 schools around the country.

These young musicians are from M.S. 129, a public middle school in the Bronx, New York City. They entertained Carlos Santana and 600 HBO Latino guests, playing "Black Magic Woman" Wednesday night at the Hudson Theater in New York City

February 11, 2014
"Elevate Oakland - Supporting Music in Oakland's Public Schools"

The beautiful and talented, Sheila E., an Oakland native hosted an all-star benefit concert to raise money for music and arts programs in her hometown’s public schools. Elevate Oakland’s first annual benefit concert, which took place at the Fox Theatre on Feb. 8th. Featured sets included Michael Franti and members of Spearhead, Oscar nominee Judith Hill, Grammy winning Latin rock act Ozomatli, Oakland R&B singer Goapele, former Michael Jackson guitarist Orianthi and Kev Choice and Future Oakland Trio. The crowd was energizing, the musical talent excellent and the young musicians inspiring. What a fantastic event to support Oakland's public school students.

To learn more about Elevate Oakland and its partnership with 51Oakland click on the image to the left.

November 19, 2013
"Support Unicef Now!"

Join Milagro Foundation in helping to save the lives of children in the Philippines! Support UNICEF USA's relief efforts NOW: Click on the image to the left or paste this link into your browser.


August 13, 2013
"Back to School Surprise"

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Summer has come to an end and teachers at Carlos Santana Arts Academy are gearing up for the new school year. On their first day back to school teachers were welcomed with a special treat from Santana brand partner, Brown Shoe. Each teacher was given a new pair of Carlos by Carlos shoes.

The gift came at a perfect time. Principal, Leah Bass-Baylis has been struggling with the chore of maintaining her staff's enthusiasm. She explained in an email to Milagro's executive director, Shelley Brown, "Yesterday I attended a training so that I can put an emergency plan in place in the event of an “active shooter” on campus. I have to share this information with my entire staff. It is a sobering and scarey thought but school shootings are happening more and more. Prior to opening your email I was staring at my computer and wondering how can I keep the morale of my teachers up under these circumstances and in this climate. Teachers are feeling so disrespected, unappreciated and exhausted."

When Leah received the news about this gift for her teachers she was so happy. This act of kindness reminds teachers that their role in these children's lives is incredibly important and appreciated.

Above is a photo of the teachers showing their letters from Brown Shoe inviting them to choose a rockin' pair of shoes from the latest Carlos by Carlos Santana shoe collection.

Brown Shoe, thank you for supporting the Carlos Santana Arts Academy teachers. What a way to begin the school year!

Back to School Surprise CSAA

July 17, 2013
"100% of Proceeds Benefit Milagro Foundation"

Did you know that Carlos Santana generously donates 100% of the proceeds from the sale of all Santana Mumm Napa licensing products to support The Milagro Foundation and agencies that help youth combat and prevent alcohol and substance abuse ?

Among others, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Las Vegas, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Marin and Sonoma County, Family Services Project, the Marin County Community School, and Larkin Street Youth Services are all Milagro supported agencies that help youth in this area. We are proud that our Mumm Napa partner shares the same vision and commitment.

February 20, 2013
"Milagro's Site Visit to Santuario de Luz "

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Santuario de Luz, is a small, well respected and soulful clinic located in the heart of Autlan de Navarro in Jalisco, Mexico. Autlan is nestled in the mountains just west of Guadalajara. This small town, now of about 60,000 people is the birthplace of Mr. Carlos Santana.

The Milagro Foundation recently had the opportunity to visit this medical clinic. We toured the immaculate, well built facility. We met the young, eager doctors, nurses and counselors. We spoke with the dedicated board members. We visited the surrounding elementary schools who benefit and partner with the clinic for health and education services. Talking with the children we could see how much the clinic is involved in bringing vital care to their tight community.

Santuario de Luz was built with the support of Carlos Santana in 2005. Milagro Foundation has continued to support it year after year since. With each year Santuario de Luz adds more health services, acquires new medical equipment, fosters valuable partnerships, and heals more people.

Dr. Martin Sandoval Gomez is the passionate founder and medical director of Santuario de Luz, but to Carlos Santana, the Milagro Foundation, and to much of Autlan, he is an angel.

Please visit Milagro's Facebook page to see the photo album of our site visit to Autlan.

December 11, 2012
"Happy Holidays 2012"

In the spirit of gratitude this holiday season, we at the Milagro Foundation are extremely grateful to all of our grantees, partners and donors. You continue to support and believe in Carlos Santana's vision to help create a better world for children in the San Francisco Bay Area and around the world.

On behalf of our Milagro Foundation family we wish you the happiest holidays. May the New Year bring you love, peace and joy.

Ruthie, Stevie, Maria, Carlos, Kim, Ethel, Marsha, Shelley and Gabriel

August 2, 2012
"Santuario de Luz, Autlan Mexico"

The light is shining a little brighter for Santuario de Luz. Milagro's philanthropic partner, Hermes Music Foundation delivered 48 beautiful guitars to the community health clinic, located in Carlos Santana's hometown in Autlan, Mexico. The guitars will be gifted to four junior high schools so that students can remain engaged in their music programs.

Hermes Music Foundation provides support to homeless children and to indigenous communities living in poverty and poor health conditions because of disastrous situations. The Hermes Music Foundation has an active program in place, and welcomes supporters, ideas and donations which will allow the foundation to continue to develop these valuable and noble projects.

Hermes Music Foundation has donated several hundred guitars to Milagro grantees, Little Kids Rock and Music for Life.

Santuario de Luz, Autlan Mexico

June 28, 2012

The Milagro Foundation, established in 1998 by musician Carlos Santana and his family, passed the $5-million mark in grant-giving earlier this spring. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Milagro is a publicly supported foundation benefiting underserved and vulnerable children through grants to community-based, non-profit organizations in the areas of education, health, and the arts. Milagro means “miracle,” and the Foundation’s name was inspired by the image of children as divine miracles of light and hope—as gifts to our lives. Its work is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children.

“We are immensely grateful to the philanthropic organizations and individuals that support the work of The Milagro Foundation, and have allowed us to achieve this incredible milestone even in our current environment of economic recovery,” says Shelley N. Brown, Executive Director since 2000. Since she began at Milagro, Brown has guided the Foundation in granting funds to agencies in more than 35 countries, in the U.S. and as far away as Africa and India.

Current Milagro focuses include global health initiatives, and agencies helping students realize college aspirations. Recent grants include funding for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) American Indian Research & Education Center, facilitating access for college-bound children, grades 7-12; and the Carlos Santana Arts Academy (CSAA)—part of Los Angeles Unified School District—a newly-built, arts-infused elementary school where 95% of the students are English-language learners.

Funds that make these and other Milagro Foundation grants possible are generated by concert ticket donations, Santana-licensed products, generous individual donors, and philanthropic partners. Milagro supports children and youth in the San Francisco Bay area, across the United States, and in countries around the world touched by the music of Santana.

Two major fundraisers are on the calendar for fall 2012. On September 8 at AT&T Park, the San Francisco Giants will host a benefit for Milagro during a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. On October 10, Milagro partners with The OneXOneFoundation for a benefit gala at the Cipriani Wall Street Ballroom in New York City, co-chaired by Matt Damon and Carlos Santana. The event also honors Dr. Paul Farmer of Partners in Health for ground-breaking work in Haiti, and will feature a performance by Carlos Santana and The Roots, along with Santana vocalist and percussionist Andy Vargas and Karl Perazzo.

Most recently, on May 15, 2012, Santana released Shape Shifter, the group’s latest album—and first for Carlos Santana’s new label Starfaith Records. Dedicated to Native American Indians, the album is an instrumental tour de force long awaited by fans (one song features vocals by Santana’s lead vocalists Andy Vargas and Tony Lindsay). Santana will tour this summer. Carlos and the Santana Band have just begun a two-year residency at the House of Blues in the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, and they will be touring on the east coast of the U.S. in July.


February 2, 2012
"Carlos Santana Arts Academy"

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On Monday, Januaury 30 Carlos Santana and Cindy Blackman Santana visited the the newly named Carlos Santana Arts Academy (CSAA), a new public school in the LA Unified School District. It is an arts infused elementary school in the Los Angeles area. Last summer, principal Leah Bass-Baylis wrote a letter to Mr. Santana asking if it would be possible to have her school named after him.

Mrs. Bass-Baylis says she knows with encouragement, a good education, love, and guidance her students can be successful in life. She wanted desperately for the school to be named after an artist who represents the very best in their artistic field and in their belief in mankind. She felt Carlos Santana exemplifies a love of humankind and a respect of differences, until differences make no difference.

95% students of the student attending CSAA are English language learners from families who are struggling to survive in an unstable economy.

Principal Bass-Baylis sees her vision and Milagro Foundation's vision in alignment:"College is integral to our vision and mission and, on a daily basis, our students say a school pledge in Spanish and in English that includes the following: "I am a lifelong learner. I am college bound. I will be more than good enough because I am destined for greatness."

Leah says, "When my students see Carlos Santana's name, hear his music, and read about his accomplishments it says to them "I can. He is someone who they can relate to and he inspires them to reach for the sky. "

Mr. and Mrs. Santana were given a special student-guided tour by the Student Council members, Kimberly, Victor, Irwin, and Miguel (pictured above). Meeting the kids and visiting several classrooms were highlights of the tour. The day's ceremony included speeches, presentations and 2 musical performances by Little Kids Rock. Santana and his wife, Cindy were invited on stage to join the musical performance. Carlos presented a donation to show support for the school.

Mr. Santana left his school audience with a thought, "You cannot behave appropriately unless you perceive correctly. Once you perceive you are a beam of light, you will carry yourself like it."

The grand finale was surprise, a flashmob dance performance by the entire school to one of Santana's hit songs from album, Supernatural, (Da Le) Yaleo.

Click on the photo image (on homepage) to see the CSAA flashmob performance!

Photo Credit (all photos in this gallery): David Crane/L.A. Daily News

Carlos Santana Arts Academy

November 2, 2011
"Carlos visits his Alma Mater, Mission High School" by Michael Jensen, Jensen Communications

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Carlos Santana’s dream was to “come home” to Mission High School, where he attended as a student. Milagro Foundation Executive Director Shelley Brown and Program Associate Ruthie Moutafian reached out to Principal Eric Guthertz who has proclaimed that “Mission High School is NOT waiting for Superman!” and made that happen. In the eyes of Santana and Milagro, Mr. Guthertz is secretly “Superman” who has come to Earth seeking a better way for the students of Mission High School to graduate and go on to college.

Mission High School (Mission) founded in 1890 is San Francisco, California’s oldest high school. It is a deeply diverse, large urban institution.

Over the last five years, Mission embarked on an ambitious plan and program to dramatically decrease its drop-out rate, increase graduation rates, increase scores on state tests, and send more students to college than ever before. Given today’s economy, cutbacks and living with smaller budgets, Mission began to challenge the preconceived notion that only smaller “players” working outside the public school system can make a difference.

In 2011, it achieved that goal by developing, implementing, and nurturing a connected and unified community plan in the city by building strong personal relationships between the faculty, the community and its students.

Today, Mission High School has achieved an impressive goal of 84% of all of its Mission High School seniors being accepted into college last year. Students, parents, staff, teachers and administrators have created a community at Mission High School where children feel safe, respected and thrive.

Principal Eric Guthertz has helped guide this program that serves grades 9-12. Mission has been on 18th Street, between Dolores and Church, since 1896. The original campus burned in 1922, and the replacement was completed in two stages, the west wing in 1925 and the main building was dedicated by San Francisco mayor James Rolph on June 12, 1927. And, it has undergone a restoration program over the last few years helping to complement its overall program and its academic success.

The school is two blocks from Mission Dolores, from which it gets its name. The current student body is diverse with Latino, Chinese and African American students’ making up the majority of the student body.

On October 24th, the lobby that leads to a theater that has 1,750 folding wooden seats on two levels with a gold leaf ceiling (and is perhaps one of the nicest historical auditoriums in the city), one of its celebrated alumni, Carlos Santana returned to his school, 45 years later, to help honor, celebrate and bring awareness to the achievements of Mission High School with the help of his Milagro Foundation (Shelley Brown, Executive Director).

Carlos Santana has sold more than 90 million records and reached more than 100 million fans at concerts worldwide. To date, Santana has won ten Grammy® Awards, including a record-tying nine for a single project, 1999’s Supernatural (including Album of the Year and Record of the Year for “Smooth”). In 1998, the group was ushered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, whose web page on their induction notes, “Guitarist Carlos Santana is one of rock’s true virtuosos and guiding lights.” Among many other honors, Carlos Santana has also been cited by Rolling Stone as #15 on their list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” With last year’s CD release of “Guitar Heaven” Santana joined the ranks of The Rolling Stones as the only musical act in chart history to score at least one Top 10 album in every decade beginning with the 1960s. It was Santana’s 29th Billboard Top 200 charting release, 12th Top 10 album debut and third Top 10 debut in the past 5 years.

Other recent graduates of Mission include: American author and poet who has been called "America's most visible black female autobiographer" Maya Angelou; State Senator Leland Yee; and, Charles Phan (world famous chef and owner of Slanted Door). Early graduates include: James Rolph: governor of California (1931–1934) and mayor of San Francisco (1912–1931); 1950s pop singer, Guy Mitchell; and, Alan Gallagher, former San Francisco Giants third baseman.

Photo credit to Jay Blakesberg, Kenny Wardell and Barbara Ries (photo gallery)

May 31, 2011
"Garden Party - Central Payment"

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Martin Luther King Jr. Academy Middle School, was happy to host Central Payment of San Rafael for a special “Garden Party” on April 20 in honor of Earth Day.

Central Payment donated $10,000 to the Milagro Foundation for the Sausalito Marin City School District to support its GrowingGreat Marin City/Sausalito nutrition education and community food access programs. Led by Managing Partner, Matt Hyman, fifteen fantastic Central Payment employees braved light rain and spent the day planting 8 new fruit trees in MLK Academy’s orchard. They also did a spring cleaning of the entire garden, pulling out the weeds that threatened to take over the garden after the winter rains. The trees were donated by Dave Wilson Nursery of Modesto, whose owner, Robert Woolley, came to help get the trees planted properly.

The students will study the fascinating process of grafting trees as part of their plant science unit. The trees were planted in half oak barrels donated by Cline Cellars of Sonoma. The students look forward to enjoying delicious fruit fresh from their orchard in the years to come. Thank you to Central Payment, Dave Wilson Nursery and Cline Cellars for their generous donations!

April 7, 2011
" Milagro Foundation helps make it possible for the Red Cross to fulfill its humanitarian mission"

Due to the disastrous earthquake in Christchurch, the scheduled March 22 Santana show was cancelled. Carlos Santana’s Milagro Foundation is donating $10,000 to the New Zealand Red Cross to help aide the humanitarian efforts.

"While I live a long way from Christchurch, I have been a resident of San Francisco and I understand the power of an earthquake," Carlos Santana said."It's still so hard to comprehend the tragedy that has happened there. The images I saw on television made me feel both grief and helplessness. So many people have been affected. I hope that everyone will do their part to help in whatever way they can to help. My thoughts are with all people affected in Christchurch by the earthquake. I am looking to return under better times."

The March 11 earthquake and Tsunami that hit Japan has spurred an enormous recovery operation. The Milagro Foundation is also supporting the efforts of the American Red Cross in Japan by donating $20,000 to assist in the recovery.

December 9, 2010
"GrowingGreat Nutrition and Garden Program at Willow Creek Academy " by Marika Bergsund

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In Marin City, CA The Willow Creek Academy program is up and running. All the K-8 students participated in the fall planting of the garden in October. Since then, every Thursday is garden day at Willow Creek, with different classes coming out to work or do lessons in the garden each week. Amelia Corbett-Green, GrowingGreat's Americorp staff member serving as garden manager, oversees the student activities in the garden. Also, four eighth graders from Marin Country Day School spend one day a month working in the garden and with students as part of their year-long community service learning project.

This past month we started the Classroom Cooking program. Our teaching intern, Kelly Browning, cooks with a different class each week on Thursday mornings. Over the course of the year, all classes will have 2-3 special cooking lessons with Kelly.

Finally, the nutrition program for all grades will be starting in January.Story Written by:

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Marika Bergsund
GrowingGreat Marin City/Sausalito

October 14, 2010
"GrowingGreat School Garden"

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It's time to plant fall vegetables in The Marin City School Garden at Martin Luther King Jr. Academy. Students in the GrowingGreat program were completely hands-on in the process and completed every task involved in clearing out, preparing beds and planting the gardens with fall vegetables.

June 22, 2010
"Hermes Music Foundation Donates 600 Guitars to Milagro grantee, Little Kids Rock!"

In 1996, an elementary school teacher in the Tenderloin area of San Francisco, David Wish, grew frustrated with the lack of funding for music education at his school. Realizing that he would have to take it upon himself to make sure his kids got a chance to explore music, David began offering an after-school guitar class to interested students. The classes became wildly popular, and as more kids sought to enroll, he decided to take the program national.

The Milagro Foundation first funded David's efforts in 1998 with a small grant to provide each student in his classroom with electric guitars. This month, 12 years later, Milagro helped facilitate a generous donation of 600 guitars made possible by The Hermes Music Foundation.

The Hermes Music Foundation is an ambitious program which will provide support to homeless children and to the indigenous communities as well as to everyone living under poverty and health conditions because of disaster situations. The Hermes Music Foundation has an active program in place. It welcomes all supporters, ideas and donations which will allow the foundation to continue to develop these great and noble projects.

In 2002, with initial support from musical luminaries BB King and John Lee Hooker, Little Kids Rock was born. What began as an informal project led by a single school teacher and a handful of volunteers has since evolved into a nationally recognized not-for-profit organization that has served tens of thousands of students across the country.

With the support of Honorary Board Members Bonnie Raitt, Paul Simon, Slash, B.B. King, Ziggy Marley and a host of celebrated luminaries in the music industry, Little Kids Rock is poised to significantly extend its reach in the United States.

June 1, 2010
"OneXOne Marin City Visit"

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Last week OneXOne President, Marc Joubert and Managing Director, Skylar James joined the Milagro Foundation and GrowingGreat Founder, Marika Bergsund on a special tour of Marin City.

The purpose of the OneXOne visit was to learn more about GrowingGreat Marin City, a school garden, nutrition education and cooking program that is integrated into all schools’ curriculum, as well as providing access to healthy fresh food for the community of Marin City.

Our group started off at Bayside Elementary School where Kindergartners in Ms. Bank's class were engaged in a hands-on garden lesson. In small groups, the kids went out to their classroom garden box and plucked plump pink radishes out of the ground.

The children were then instructed to taste, describe, draw and label their radish. At first, the children weren't too excited to taste a radish, but once they did, they wanted more! After a tour of the community of Marin City we visited the brand new Martin Luther King Jr. Academy and took a peek of the thriving school garden.

OneXOne is one of the Marin City GrowingGreat program supporters. We are thankful to OneXOne for valuing this project.

June 1, 2010
"The Carlos Santana Milagro Foundation EBay Charity Auction "

Bid on 4 unique Carlos Santana auction items including an autographed guitar and concert tickets. 100% of the proceeds benefit Carlos Santana's Milagro Foundation. To participate in The Carlos Santana Milagro Foundation EBay Charity Auction go to the EBay Giving Works homepage at

Click the image of Carlos Santana (on the HOME Page) to start bidding in The Carlos Santana Milagro Foundation EBay Charity Auction now!

May 12, 2010
"Milagro Foundation Supports Isabel Allende's Chilean Earthquake Relief Fund"

On Saturday February 27, 2010 Chile was hit by an earthquake with a magnitude registering 8.8 on the Richter scale resulting in an estimated number of more than 800 dead, millions of others injured, a high number of missing persons, and over 500 homes with severe damages.

The Chilean government has prioritized rebuilding hospitals, schools, bridges, roads, and other key infrastructure. There is still an urgent need to care for homeless Chileans.

Since February, and for the next few months, The Isabel Allende Foundation will be accepting charitable contributions restricted for the purposes of Chilean earthquake relief. The Foundation will distribute these funds to organizations acting swiftly and in collaboration with the government to provide shelter and other humanitarian assistance.

The Isabel Allende Foundation has contributed $500,000, as well as several other grants from generous donors. The Milagro Foundation is one of those supporters, granting The Isabel Allende Foundation $10,000 to help provide Chilean families with housing solutions.

Donations to the Chile Earthquake Relief Fund at the Isabel Allende Foundation can be made online or by mailing a check to:

Isabel Allende Foundation 116 Caledonia Street Sausalito, CA 94965.

Photo Credit: Roberto Candia

February 11, 2010
"Carlos Santana Visits Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy"

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Carlos Santana launched his partnership with the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education this month by joining the tennis superstar and Las Vegas hometown hero for a tour of the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy. During his visit, Carlos met with students from the academy and students from Cheyenne, Legacy, Mojave and Sunrise Mountain High Schools, as well.

“We are so grateful to Carlos Santana for his generosity and compassion,” Andre said in a press release. He understands the toll that hunger, poverty and lack of access to education has taken on the world’s young people, and he is a living example that ‘caring, by definition, means doing.’ … With Carlos, we believe we can make an impact on what matters most -- giving our children the tools to succeed through education and the life choices it allows them to pursue.”

Carlos invited students from the academy’s drum line to appear in the opening number of his show on February 6.

In efforts to be more involved and give back to the community of Las Vegas, Carlos is encouraging donations through text messaging during his performances of Supernatural Santana: A Trip Through the Hits at Hard Rock Hotel The Joint this month.

Photo credit: Denise Truscello

January 18, 2010
"Help the Children of Haiti"

Support UNICEF'S relief work in Haiti. 100% of your donation will be used to saves the lives of Children. Click on this image to go to

The Milagro Foundation has celebrated a long term partnership with UNICEF dating back to a 2002 grant to provide school supplies for Afghani girls. Since then, Milagro has supported UNICEF’s 2005 South Asia Tsunam relief and recovery, the 2006 Pakistani earthquake humanitarian efforts, and in 2008 the support for female victims of rape in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

January 11, 2010
"Healthy Food Access for Marin City Families" by Ruthie Moutafian/Marika Bergsund

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January 18, Martin Luther King Day: The Conservation Corps North Bay will be partnering with the Sausalito Marin City School District on a community service project to install the Martin Luther King Jr. Academy garden as part of Marin City’s MLK day celebration. Over 60 North Bay Conservation Corps volunteers are expected to attend. We are hoping to have 50 community volunteers joining in. EVERYONE is welcome! We will be installing garden boxes, laying out pathways, planting bare root fruit trees and vines, and much more.

This garden is made possible by funding from a grant given to the Milagro Foundation from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The funding was intended for communities that lack access to healthy food. Marin City is one of the 4 low-income underserved communities Milagro chose to support with the three-year, $720,000 grant from Kellogg. Other grantees are located in New Orleans, American Indian Reservations in New Mexico and Arizona. Marin City will receive $65,000 a year for three years.

Milagro Foundation collaborated with Sausalito-Marin City School District and GrowingGreat, a nonprofit school garden and nutrition education organization, to create GrowingGreat Marin City. GrowingGreat Marin City is a school garden, nutrition education and cooking program that is integrated into all schools’ curriculum, as well as providing access to healthy fresh food for the community of Marin City. Local businesses and community partners have generously donated soil, plants, other supplies and their time to make this program a success.

Another healthy food option will be available to Marin City residents this May. The Marin Farmers Market organization will open its eighth farmers market in the county in the Marin Gateway Shopping Center in Marin City. The market will be open on Saturday mornings. Locals are being encouraged to join the market as food purveyors.

The Milagro Foundation and its partners believe that the garden will inspire healthy eating by involving children in the process of growing, harvesting, and eating their own organic produce. The garden, combined with nutrition education and cooking will enable children to experience new foods, appreciate seasonality, and learn to make healthy food choices. All this will lead to healthier children.

A special thanks to Nancy Farese who has donated her time to document the progress of this wonderful project. All the photos you see associated with this article are Nancy's.

December 15, 2009
"Milagro Supports Center for American Indian Health with Kellogg Grant"

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American Indian youth are some of the most underserved and nutritionally at-risk children in America today, plagued with epidemics of obesity and diabetes. The first peoples of our nation traditionally had healthy diets and healthy lifestyles, until they were forced to change their living habits because of subjugation and exploitation. Thanks to our partnership with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Milagro Foundation is supporting the Center for American Indian Health in their effort to restore nutrition among Indian youth in three rural reservation communities: the Navajo and White Mountain Apache communities in Arizona, and the Santo Domingo Pueblo in New Mexico.

In November 2009, Milagro’s Executive Director Shelley Brown and Lindsey Ford, Milagro consultant for the Kellogg projects, had the honor of visiting two of these communities and met with the Center for American Indian Health staff and local tribal leaders implementing the project. Over the next three years, the program will increase access to healthy and affordable foods and promote nutrition and healthy development in Native youth through edible school gardens and nutrition curriculum. In addition, outreach to and support of Native farmers will help strengthen local healthy food systems and increase access to fresh produce. Tribal Advisory Councils to the project have been established in each community and are ensuring that core curriculum and program activities are centered in indigenous cultural wisdom and strength. Elders will help teach youth traditional ways of growing food and eating.

We were glad to visit the program close to its inception and witness the enthusiasm in the communities for this much-needed project. Among the crops to be grown in the school gardens are the “three sisters:” the traditional foods of corn, beans and squash. Organic, non-hybrid seeds will be used in the gardens, and community volunteers will help with garden maintenance. Each tribe has its own unique culture, tradition and agricultural history that will impact and empower the work, and we look forward to reporting back as this critical program unfolds.

Center for American Indian Health

November 17, 2009
"Carlos Santana Rolls Up His Sleeves to Fight World Hunger by Helping Three Square Food Bank on Nov. 12" by Michael Jensen, Jensen Communications

Last Thursday Carlos Santana visited Three Square Food Bank to talk about his partnership with the Vegas food bank and World Hunger Year (WHY) to help end hunger.

Santana along with Noreen Springstead, director of marketing and fundraising for WHY and Julie Murray, CEO and president of Three Square Food Bank, spoke at press conference to bring awareness to this important cause.

Santana then went on a tour of the facility and thanked the volunteers on-site, who give their time and energy to win the fight against childhood hunger.

In addition to Carlos Santana’s efforts at Three Square today, during his Nov. 11-22 performances, concertgoers who bring five non-perishable food items or make a $5 donation to Three Square Food Bank will receive a $5 gift certificate valid at Ago or Rare 120 restaurant at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Representatives from WHY (World Hunger Year) and Three Square will be on hand before and after each performance to collect donations from participating fans.

November 12, 2009

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LAS VEGAS: Legendary musician Carlos Santana will help raise food, funds and awareness for America’s hungry children during the November performances of his multi-year resident show entitled Supernatural Santana: A Trip Through the Hits, at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

During the eight Santana performances in November, presented by AEG Live, concertgoers who bring five non-perishable food items or make a $5 donation to the Three Square Food Bank will receive a $5 gift certificate to participating restaurants Ago and Rare 120 inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Representatives from Three Square will be on hand before and after each performance night (Nov. 11, 13, 14, 15, 18, 20, 21, and 22) to collect donations from participating fans. Coordinating the effort will be WHY (World Hunger Year).

WHY is dedicated to fighting the root causes of hunger and poverty by supporting grassroots organizations that create self-reliance, economic justice and equal access to nutritious and affordable food.

“It is my honor to help World Hunger Year and those who are in need in Las Vegas,” Carlos Santana said. “This year above all others in recent memory is an important one to help our brothers and sisters of this family we call the human race. I encourage you to help and to participate in this more than worthwhile drive.”

“WHY has a long history of working with artists to support food banks and local anti-hunger charities across the country” said WHY’s Director of Marketing & Fundraising Noreen Springstead “At a time of ever increasing hunger, poverty, and joblessness we are honored to work with Carlos Santana to shine a spotlight on people who need help to feed their families, and we can bring food to the table thanks to generous fans and our grassroots partners like the Three Square Food Bank feeding those in need every day of the year.”

World Hunger Year (press release)

October 6, 2009
"OneXOne 2009"

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Please join actor, Matt Damon and us for the Second Annual ONEXONE Gala benefiting the children of The Milagro Foundation and other ONEXONE partners ( on October 22!  Carlos Santana will be performing with Snow Patrol and speaking about The Milagro Foundation.

OneXOne 2009

August 13, 2009
"Milagro Night at Maria Maria Restaurant"

August 13, 2009
"Giants Latino Heritage Night at AT&T Park"

Come out to AT&T Park on August 25th, 2009 for Latino Heritage Night! Your $23 ticket package includes a seat in the Latino Heritage section as well as a one-of-a-kind musical Carlos Santana bobblehead. Proceeds from each ticket sold benefit Carlos' influential Milagro Foundation, helping underserved children around the world. Carlos will be at the game to show his support for the foundation and the Bay Area Latino community. Come be a part of this extraordinary event!

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Tickets-for-Charity works with some of the biggest names in entertainment, including Coldplay, Billy Joel, Elton John, Kenny Chesney, Diana Krall and many more to offer fans a convenient way to purchase great seats to high-demand concerts while supporting the causes they care about. Seats on Tickets-for-Charity's website are available at face value plus a separate donation amount that directly benefits participating charities, including The Milagro Foundation. Learn more about this exciting opportunity to see Santana live and support our work in the process at!

June 16, 2009
"Carlos Santana’s Milagro Foundation Helps Support Low-Income Communities In Their Development Of Health and Nutrition For Children"

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In February of this year, Carlos Santana’s Milagro Foundation received a three-year grant of $720k from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan, "to support low-income communities in their development of healthy alternatives for children in the areas of food, nutrition and health." W.K. Kellogg Foundation Program Officer Ricardo Salvador first contacted the Milagro Foundation Executive Director Shelley Brown last fall to offer funding. When asked what attracted Salvador to the Milagro Foundation, he cited the foundations' shared commitment to supporting under-served children and Milagro’s “impressive history of serving children directly” and “ability to get into the trenches” as key determinants of why it is a perfect recipient of the funds.

With these funds, the Milagro Foundation will support programs serving some of the most vulnerable children in the United States. Milagro staff has sought out communities and community stakeholders who are undertaking a comprehensive approach to ensuring their children thrive by increasing access to Good Food -- food that is simultaneously healthy, green, fair and affordable, as defined by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation -- while also supporting nutrition education and fitness.

The Milagro Foundation has been hands-on in the development of a local community project in Marin City, a community in Marin County, California that is 94% low income. This community has been without a grocery store or market for years. The Marin Farmer's Market is currently in negotiations with the Gateway shopping center to provide healthy food access and micro businesses by starting a Marin City Farmer’s Market in the spring. In addition, the development of a nutrition and health curriculum in the schools and the establishment of school gardens to support the curriculum is underway with the collaboration of Marin City agencies.

Other funding priorities include the still devastated New Orleans/Gulf Coast region, and American Indian communities. Some of the deepest pockets of childhood hunger and nutrition-related health problems in the country exist among American Indians residing on rural reservations.

Over the next three years and following months of research, site visits and community meetings, Carlos Santana’s Milagro Foundation has chosen the recipients of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation funds and will begin the first year’s grant cycle this month. The following projects will be funded:

1. New Orleans Edible Schoolyard at Samuel Green Charter School: $50,000 The mission of ESY NOLA is to integrate organic gardening and seasonal cooking into the curriculum, culture and food programs of Green Charter School. ESY NOLA provides students with engaging hands-on learning experiences through weekly garden and kitchen classes, and school-wide seasonal events that promote the local food traditions of New Orleans. The goals of this program include teaching students life skills in the garden and kitchen; an appreciation of and stewardship for the natural world; and exposing students and their families to fresh, local fruits and vegetables with a direct focus on increasing their access to healthy foods at school and in the larger community.

2. New Orleans Sankofa Market Place, Ninth Ward: $20,000 Project Ujamaa will provide year-round, monthly activities designed to increase access to and foster an appreciation for good food among more than 300 underserved children in New Orleans, 7-14 years old, and their families. The multilayered activities will include providing “Vegetable Vouchers” to program participants, allowing them to meet urban farmers, listen to presentations from nutritionists, make their own healthy recipes and items to sell at the market, and develop skits, poems and songs that address the importance of healthful eating.

3. New Mexico: Johns Hopkins Center for American Health $65,000 Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health seeks to partner with the Milagro Foundation to create an innovative culturally-based nutrition promotion program with the most underserved and nutritionally at risk children in America, American Indians. The program will engage Native community stakeholders in three southwestern reservation communities to promote school, family and community-based programming to teach children and families to grow, eat and distribute healthy foods. Outreach and support of local farmers will augment program success and strengthen local healthy foods systems. Local tribal stakeholders will ensure core curriculum and program activities are centered in indigenous cultural wisdom and strength. The project will develop over three years, and include sustainability and dissemination planning to compound Milagro’s investment in this work.

4. Marin City, CA: Intergenerational School Garden and Nutrition program: $65,000 Through a partnership with the Milagro Foundation, Sausalito/Marin City school district will partner with Marin Department of Public Health Nutrition Wellness Program, Marin Farmers Markets, Conservation Corps of North Bay, Marin City Health & Wellness Clinic, Marin City Network and Trips for Kids, to support the development of healthy alternatives and education for children in the areas of food, nutrition, fitness and overall health. This proposal is about supporting Marin City's children and their families who need and deserve access to healthy foods, fitness education and other resources that the greater Marin Community can collectively offer. The project is designed to bring together community partners who will contribute to a unique nutrition education program in which the schools will host and integrate a school garden along with an inter-generational after-school element. It also integrates a Farmer's Market and a strong community partnership component that will increase the connection with and access to healthy foods and physical activity.

The Milagro Foundation was established by Carlos Santana and his family in 1998. With funds generated by concert tickets and generous individual and corporate donors, Milagro benefits underserved and vulnerable children around the world by making grants to community-based organizations that work with children in the areas of education, health and the arts. Milagro means “miracle.” The image of children as divine miracles of light and hope, even as gifts to our lives, is the meaning of the name.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation was established in 1930. The organization supports children, families and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society. Grants are concentrated in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the southern African countries of Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.

For further information, please visit the Kellogg Foundation website at or the Milagro Foundation website at Media Contacts: Michael Jensen or Erin Podbereski, Jensen Communications, 626-585-9575 or Milagro Foundation Information Contacts: Shelley Brown, Milagro Foundation, Executive Director Ruthie Moutafian, Milagro Foundation, Program Associate Lindsey Ford, Milagro Foundation Consultant, W.K. Kellogg Project 415-460-9939

Press Release, Erin Podbereski, Jensen Communications

March 30, 2009
"Milagro Foundation Receives Grant"

Carlos Santana's Milagro Foundation will receive a three-year grant of $720,000.00 from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan, "to support low-income communities around the United States in their development of healthy alternatives for children in the areas of food, nutrition and health."

The Milagro Foundation will support programs serving some of the most vulnerable children in the United States. Milagro staff will seek out communities and community stakeholders who are undertaking a comprehensive approach to ensuring their children thrive by increasing access to Good Food -- food that is simultaneously healthy, green, fair and affordable, as defined by the Kellogg Foundation -- while also supporting nutrition education and fitness.

The Milagro Foundation chose to work on their first project in Marin City, California. Without a large grocery store or market in the community, The Marin Farmer's Market is currently in negotiations to start a weekly Marin Farmer's Market in Marin City in May. The Marin Farmers' Markets are non-profit and benefit farmers and the community.

The second part of the Marin City project is the development of a nutrition and health curriculum for children and their families in the schools as well as the establishment of school gardens to support the curriculum. Planning is underway with the collaboration of several Marin City and other Marin County agencies.

Other funding priorities for the Milagro Foundation through the Kellogg grant include the still devastated New Orleans/ Gulf Coast region, and American Indian communities. Some of the deepest pockets of childhood hunger and nutrition-related health problems in the country exist among American Indians residing on rural reservations.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation was established in 1930. The organization supports children, families and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society. Grants are concentrated in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, and in southern Africa. For further information, please visit the Kellogg Foundation website at

Milagro Foundation Receives Grant

February 20, 2009
"Carlos Visits Eastside College Preparatory School"

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This month Carlos Santana made a rare and special visit to Eastside College Preparatory School, located in East Palo Alto, California. The visit took place on a beautiful sunny day, enabling Eastside students and their state-of-the-art campus to shine even brighter. Touring classrooms and talking with students was truly an inspiring experience for Mr. Santana. In a circle discussion Carlos and the kids shared views on impacting the world with love, light and compassion.

Eastside College Preparatory School is committed to opening new doors for students historically underrepresented in higher education.

Eastside's challenging and engaging curriculum enables students to discover their intellectual strengths, sharpen their academic skills, and embrace new opportunities in a culture of learning that supports the potential of every student to enter and succeed in a four-year college and beyond.

Eastside students who are the first in their families to go to college create a ripple effect, changing their own lives, the lives of their families, and the life of their community.

Carlos - Eastside College Prep Site Visit

December 19, 2008
"Milagro Foundation Turns Ten!"

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People are what make Milagro special. People are what inspire us to give year after year. We have met so many angels who dedicate their lives to changing the world for children.
Angels like Carmen from Circulo de Vida who started the only cancer support program for Latino women and their families in the country;

Pediatrician Dr. Astrid Heger, an angel who began the Violence Intervention Program in East Los Angeles�we began funding Dr. Heger in 2000 when VIP was her glimmer of hope for the child who came to her when he had no one else to turn to. What began in a small portable as a respite from the horrors these children lived at home, has now grown into a full campus of permanent buildings with wrap around services for the 600 abused children each month that come to their clinic.

Angels like Jeannie Kortum who began Home Away from Homelessness in San Francisco; Geri Brooks from Sunburst Projects who was determined that underserved children with HIV/AIDS would have a summer camp experience like all other children and this would help them realize they aren�t living with this disease in isolation;

Angel Marilyn Price who started Trips for Kids when she saw that inner-city children rarely got to enjoy the outdoor open space pleasures of riding a bike along the Marin County mountain trails.

Angels like Dr. Ann Dean in South Africa who began a program to build a community for all of the AIDS orphans spread out over 200 miles; and Asha Pandy in Varanasi, India who began a school on the rooftop of her apartment building for a few street children, now numbering more than 300;

Chris Bischof is an angel who dreamed of a school for inner city children in East Palo Alto. Starting with eight students under a tree, Eastside College Prep now educates and mentors 250 students from 8am to 6pm and Saturdays. In a community where the highschool drop out rate was horrific, Eastside boasts 100% high school graduates and 100% acceptance to 4 year universities.

Milagro is 10 years old this month! Over the past 10 years, Milagro has supported children and youth in 35 states and 34 countries by granting $3,766,284.00 to 333 agencies working with children and youth. In every one of those 333 agencies, there are bright, dedicated, visionary people who are making the difference�

We are proud of our friends and the agencies they have created. We are proud to be Carlos Santana�s Milagro Foundation. Carlos lends his name, his voice and his presence to raise funds to help make a difference in the lives of children around the world. Together, along with all of you who have been supporting us, we CAN be the change in these children�s lives�Thank you for sharing our dream�

Shelley Brown, Executive Director and Ruthie Moutafian, Program Associate

Milagro Foundation Turns Ten!

October 23, 2008
"Carlos Santana, Honored with the ONEXONE Difference Award"

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On the evening of October 23rd, music icon and legendary performer Carlos Santana was honored with the ONEXONE Difference Award. Santana, an accomplished social activist and humanitarian, co-founded the Milagro Foundation with founding Board member Deborah Santana, to support organizations promoting the welfare of vulnerable children in the areas of health, education, and the arts and is deeply involved with Artists for a New South Africa, working to fight the African AIDS pandemic and care for children orphaned by the disease. For his work with these organizations and his decades-long history of profound dedication and personal generosity to charities around the world, ONEXONE is proud to honor Carlos Santana with the Difference Award.

The ONEXONE Foundation was founded in 2005 by Diesel Canada President, Joelle Berdugo Adler, to celebrate the life of her late husband Lou Adler.

Spearheading the U.S. initiative are Marc Joubert, President, and Skylar James, Managing Director, both formerly of LivePlanet, the production company founded by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. The addition of Joubert and James will allow ONEXONE to have increased presence in the States, greater visibility for the issues, and to grow as an organization, supporting two new fundraising events in 2008; Ben Affleck hosted a benefit event in Calgary on June 14th, and Matt Damon brought the charity to American soil with the fundraising gala in San Francisco on October 23rd.

ONEXONE has made headlines for a good cause with an annual star-studded benefit gala held in Toronto during the Toronto International Film Festival. Matt Damon hosted the event in 2006, 2007, and hosted again on September 8, 2008. Last year’s event raised more than $3.5 million dollars in a single night, supporting ONEXONE’s charitable initiatives and philanthropic partners throughout the year.

Matt Damon has been a dedicated frontman for the foundation, not only acting as master of ceremonies for three years running, but taking an active role in both fundraising and fact-finding. Damon’s own charity, H2O Africa, which he founded in 2006, is a major philanthropic partner of the ONEXONE umbrella organization. And Damon has made two trips to Africa to visit the local children and communities in Zambia, Tanzania, and South Africa, and to gain first-hand knowledge of the crises ONEXONE works to alleviate.

“I want people to know that these problems can be solved, that it’s not impossible and it can be solved in our lifetime,” stated Damon when interviewed. “If we don’t do it, the outlook for the world is extremely bleak, and if we do, it will be truly wonderful as this is about the world that we’re leaving behind for our kids.”

Wyclef Jean has also demonstrated unwavering commitment to ONEXONE, serving as the music ambassador at the Toronto fundraising gala three years running and this year’s San Francisco event. Wyclef’s own Yéle Haiti is a philanthropic partner of ONEXONE, working to make a difference in the fields of education, health, environment, and community development. “The objective of Yéle Haiti is to restore pride and a reason to hope, and for the whole country to regain the deep spirit and strength that is part of our heritage” says Wyclef Jean.

In just three years ONEXONE has raised over $7 Million for its charitable partners, including H2O Africa, Yele Haiti, Millennium Promise, War Child, and Spread the Net. With its U.S. operations established, ONEXONE is committed to spending a portion of all funds raised on its American charitable partners.


October 22, 2008
"Samsung FSOH and Best Buy Help Make Miracles Happen!"

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On October 16, 2008, Samsung's Four Seasons of Hope and retail partner Best Buy were joined by music legend Carlos Santana and San Rafael Mayor Al Boro as they donated $100,000 to Santana’s Milagro Foundation. The funds are being raised through a national retail program with Best Buy throughout the month of October. For every Samsung product sold at any Best Buy store, a portion of the proceeds are being donated to The Milagro Foundation to support under-represented and underprivileged children and youth in the areas of arts, health and education. The event garnered more than 14.3 million media impressions and more than $790,000 in PR Value!

The event on October 16 was held at Davidson Middle School in San Rafael, CA. The entire student body was invited to a special assembly where the Performing Stars of Marin, a Marin city organization that benefits from The Milagro Foundation, performed several routines for Santana & other special guests.

In addition, Steven Cook of Samsung and several area representatives from Best Buy presented the $100,000 donation to Carlos Santana and The Milagro Foundation. Local media outlets KGO-ABC and KNTV-NBC joined CNET/CBS Interactive, San Francisco Chronicle, SF Post Newspapers and 98.1 KISS FM on-site at the event and spoke with Carlos Santana about his relationship with Samsung’s Four Seasons of Hope and Best Buy.

Special thanks to Best Buy, Samsung’s Four Seasons of Hope team,Susan Knapp of IMS and Santana Management for planning and implementing this special event and making it such a success!

May 22, 2008
"Milagro Foundation Helps to Heal the World"

The Milagro Foundation Supports Aide for Recent Disasters: Save The Children, Doctors Without Borders and The American Red Cross

The Milagro Foundation Supports Save The Children’s immediate response to the children and families affected by Cyclone Nargis. Save the Children is one of the largest nongovernmental organizations at work in Myanmar and the first to respond to the disaster. Join The Milagro Foundation by supporting the efforts of Save the Children by donating today.
To learn more about Save The Children please visit the website:

The Milagro Foundation believes in and supports the work of Doctors Without Boarders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). MSF has worked in Myanmar since 1992. At present, 250 MSF staff are working in the Irawaddy Delta in the areas of Pyanpon, Bogaley, Haingyi, Pyinsalu, Tongwa, Labutta, Thingangon, and Chaungzu.
To learn more about Doctors Without Borders, please visit the website:

Milagro attempts to heal people of China with the help of The American Red Cross. The American Red Cross has provided an initial contribution of $10 million to support the relief efforts of the Red Cross Society of China. These funds will be used to provide immediate relief including the purchase and distribution of relief supplies, coordination of logistics and transportation of disaster workers to the hardest hit areas.
To learn more about The American Red Cross visit the website at:

May 6, 2008
"Bid on an Ultimate Santana Package"

Bid on an Ultimate Santana package that will include 2 tickets and backstage passes to the Carlos Santana concert in San Francisco, 1st class round trip tickets to SFO, a 3 night stay, and an autographed PRS quitar, plus much more...

April 17, 2008
"Samsung's Four Seasons of Hope Gala "

Legendary musician and philanthropist Carlos Santana will be the special guest performer for Samsung's seventh annual Four Seasons of Hope gala dinner on June 16, at New York's Cipriani Wall Street. The event will raise funds for Santana's non-profit Milagro Foundation - which serves under-represented children worldwide in the areas of health, education and the arts - and other charities affiliated with Samsung's Four Seasons of Hope.

Santana will help Samsung's Four Seasons of Hope honor sports legends Dan Marino, Boomer Esiason, Joe Torre, Arnold Palmer and Wayne Gretzky, as well as former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani for their continued philanthropic efforts with their respective charities.

"Santana brings such excitement and passion to every performance, we are thrilled to have him join us at our 7th annual gala," said D.J. Oh, President and CEO of Samsung Electronics America. "Samsung's Four Seasons of Hope applauds Carlos Santana for his passion and dedication to the Milagro Foundation. We are so proud to support his efforts and help raise money for such a wonderful cause." "I am honored to have been invited by Samsung to participate in the Four Seasons of Hope gala," Carlos Santana said. "Hope is something that we all truly cannot live without, and having the opportunity to help bring more of it into the world by performing for the important charities benefited by this event is a blessing.

Knowing that so many children and families will receive much needed support is inspiring to me, and I hope others are encouraged to give back as much as they possibly can." Samsung's Four Seasons of Hope gala attracts a star-studded roster of celebrities from the worlds of sports, entertainment and politics. The event will feature a silent auction of sports memorabilia and other items to raise funds for each participating celebrities' charities and foundations.

Guests and fans will have the opportunity to bid on an "Ultimate" Santana package that will include tickets and backstage passes to the Santana concert in San Francisco, three night stay in the Carlos Santana Suite at The Hotel Triton and an autographed Santana Guitar from Paul Reed Smith Guitars, which will be on display at the Samsung Experience in the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle.

The highest bidder will also receive Carlos Santana strings, picks and an amp to complete the Santana experience. For those not attending the gala, you can bid online at until June 16.

Information about purchasing tickets for the seventh annual Samsung Four Seasons of Hope gala can be found on

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About Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
Headquartered in Ridgefield Park, NJ, Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (SEA) markets a broad range of award-winning consumer electronics, information systems, and home appliance products; and oversees Samsung's North American operations, including Samsung Telecommunications America, LP, Samsung Semiconductor Inc., Samsung Electronics Canada, Inc. and Samsung Electronics Mexico, Inc. Its parent company, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., ranks #5 in the 2006 Consumer Electronics segment of the Fortune Magazine "America's Most Admired Companies," and ranks # 20 in the BusinessWeek "The Best Global Brand 100 2006." Samsung Electronics Co, Ltd. is a top patent holder, ranking second overall in the U.S. in 2006. Please visit for more information.

The Milagro Foundation was established in 1998 by Deborah and Carlos Santana to globally serve under-represented and underprivileged children and youth in the areas of the arts, education and health. Milagro means "miracle," and the image of children as divine miracles of light and hope - as gifts to our lives - is the meaning of the name. Since its inception, the Milagro Foundation has granted nearly $3 million to non-profit programs making a difference in the lives of children in the Bay Area, across the United States, and around the world.

April 3, 2008
"Carlos visits The National Hispanic University" by Shelley Brown, Executive Director

On October 9th, Shelley and Carlos along with Gerald Jampolsky and Diane Cirincione visited with Milagro supported families at National Hispanic University. NHU is the only accredited Latino college in the United States. President, Dr. David Lopez' vision is to want to grow the tiny, 600-student college on the East Side of San José, California and turn NHU into an elite school for the nation's future Hispanic leaders Milagro awarded $5000 scholarships to four deserving students.

September 28, 2007
"Bijan Wedding Donations"

Shahram and Brittany Bijan were married September 23, 2007. In lieu of wedding gifts Brittany and Shahram asked their wedding guests to donate to Deborah and Carlos Santana's Milagro Foundation. Their guests have donated over $5000 to date. The Bijans are the owners of Ora & Toast Restaurants in Mill Valley, CA. They also own the wine bar, First Crush in San Francisco. The Milagro Foundation is grateful for the Bijan wedding guests' generosity. We thank Brittany and Shahram for their compassion for children and their thoughtfulness in helping to make this donation happen. Congratulations Shahram and Brittany!

August 21, 2007
"Santana to perform at Fashion Rocks, September 6, 2007"

Carlos Santana believes in universal compassion. Deborah and Carlos Santana's Milagro Foundation partners with child-and youth-based programs in the U.S. and abroad to help at-risk and vulnerable populations receive what they need to survive and thrive. Right now, critical focus is the AIDS crisis in South Africa, where 1600 people are dying every day, and Los Angeles' Violence Intervention Program, which rescues child victims of abuse and neglect.

June 14, 2007
"Challenge Future Peace Conference June 30 and perform at the benefit concert on July 1 in Bochum, Germany." by Jensen Communications, INC

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CARLOS SANTANA TO SPEAK AT THE CHALLENGE FUTURE PEACE CONFERENCE JUNE 30 AND PERFORM AT THE BENEFIT CONCERT ON JULY 1 IN BOCHUM, GERMANY CONFERENCE PATRONS ARE ARCHBISHOP DESMOND TUTU, ISRAELI VICE PREMIER SHIMON PERES AND BOCHUM LORD MAYOR OTTILIE SCHULZ PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT MILAGRO FOUNDATION AND DESMOND TUTU PEACE CENTRE June 30, 2007: Musician, philanthropist and world citizen Carlos Santana will attend the first annual Challenge Future Peace Conference in Bochum, Germany on Saturday, June 30 and perform at a special benefit concert the next day, Sunday July 1. Conference patrons are South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Israeli Vice Premier Shimon Peres – both Nobel Laureates – and Dr. Ottilie Scholz, the Lord Mayor of the City of Bochum. The Challenge Future organization and its sponsors will bequeath donations to, and concert proceeds will benefit, the Bay Area-based Milagro Foundation, founded by Carlos and Deborah Santana, and the Desmond Tutu Peace Center in Cape Town, South Africa.

Beginning at #AM on June 30, the Challenge Future Peace Conference takes place in the historic Jahrhunderthalle in Bochum, a city in the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia in western Germany’s Rhine-Rhur region. The Conference was conceived to stimulate multi-cultural and inter-faith dialogues and address global issues including initiatives to end poverty, spread social justice, strengthen children’s and women’s rights and protect the environment. Discussions will also center on Europe’s role in the world and the role of artists as peacemakers internationally. The intent is to make this the first of a yearly series of prestigious forums. In addition to the aforementioned patrons, among the dozens of dignitaries and world leaders whose attendance is confirmed are Mikhail Gorbachev, Lech Walesa, U.N. Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Prince Hassan of Jordan and German Parliament President Norbert Lammert.

Carlos Santana, who will introduce Archbishop Tutu at the Challenge Future Peace Conference, said, “I am deeply grateful and supremely honored to be part of this superbowl of consciousness. To be in the company and in the presence of all these luminaries and entities of compassion, mercy and forgiveness fills my heart with hope that the Supreme One has a divine master plan for the highest good of life, people and the planet.”

Challenge Future’s benefit concert is set for 8PM on July 1 at Bochum’s Ruhr Congress. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Carlos Santana will sit in with acclaimed Beninese singer-songwriter Angelique Kidjo and German music superstar Peter Maffay. Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) is also scheduled to perform, among other acts. Both the concert and main conference are under the direction of Challenge Future founder Sascha Hellen, who is partnering on logistics with World Vision, an international charitable organization overseeing projects globally.

Concert proceeds benefit The Desmond Tutu Peace Centre, a landmark institution aimed at using the experience of the South African people and the example of Desmond Tutu to inspire a new generation of visionary peace builders, and the Milagro Foundation. Since the Santanas established Milagro in 1998, it has granted over $2 million to agencies and programs worldwide serving children and youth in the areas of health, education and the arts.

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January 16, 2007
"Milagro Board Makes first 2007 Grants!" by Shelley N. Brown, Executive Director

The Milagro Foundation Board voted to fund 10 of our existing agencies and 3 new agencies by granting $137,580.00 this month.

These are some of the agencies we have funded: Hand in Hand- bilingual bicultural schools for Jewish and Arab children in Israel; Loving Paws-provides trained dogs for disabled children; the Canal Alliance Youth Development tutoring and mentoring program; Felecia Gaston's Performing Stars in Marin City; the Duffy Hughes Memorial Stove Project in Guatemala which builds safe ventilated stoves inside the huts of poor families; Shared Hope which buys back children who are sold into prostitution and sexual slavery by their families, educates and houses them in India, the Dominican Republic, Fiji, Jamaica and South Africa.

New grantees include Ingwavuma Orphan Care in South Africa which Deborah and Carlos visited. We are supplying them with 100 water rollers. Circulo Vida in the Bay Area provides counseling services for Latino children who have parents with cancer.

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