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Maurício Sirotsky Sobrinho Foundation

Born from its founder’s passion for social projects and causes, the Maurício Sirotsky Sobrinho Foundation (FMSS) represents Grupo RBS’s commitment to the sustainable development of the communities in which it operates and of Brazil.

In 1982, Maurício Sirotsky Sobrinho created the RBS Foundation, which develops positive-impact projects in communities in the states of Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina. In 1987, a year after his death, the Foundation was named after him.

The FMSS develops and supports projects that seek to transform the situation of children and youth in the states of Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina, especially by the power of knowledge. Nationally, it supports non-profit sector initiatives in the areas of Education and Community Development. In addition to its head office in Porto Alegre, the FMSS has a facility in Florianópolis, Santa Catarina.

The FMSS develops and supports projects in Rio Grande do Sul and in Santa Catarina, whose beneficiaries are children and teenagers, and which promote the development of communities in both states. Nationally, it supports initiatives to strengthen the Third Sector and public policies-generators aimed at improving the quality of education in Brazil. It is a founding member of the Group of Institutes and Foundations (Gife) and the Todos pela Educação (Everyone in Favor of Education), among others.

Besides its head office in Porto Alegre, the FMSS maintains a unit in Santa Catarina.

In 2012, due to its joint efforts with the institutional flag of the RBS Group “Education Needs answers”, it was awarded the ‘Elpídio Barbosa Award’ and the ‘Award for Outstanding Initiative in Education’ by SINEPE.

Relatórios de Atividades FMSS

Relatórios de Atividades FMSS

FMSS Projects

  • RBS EDUCATION AWARD – TO UNDERSTAND THE WORLD (2013 - actual)

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    Born from its founder’s passion for social projects and causes, the Maurício Sirotsky Sobrinho Foundation (FMSS) represents Grupo RBS’s commitment to the sustainable development of the communities in which it operates and of Brazil.
    In 1982, Maurício Sirotsky Sobrinho created the RBS Foundation, which develops positive-impact projects in communities in the states of Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina. In 1987, a year after his death, the Foundation was named after him.
    The FMSS develops and supports projects that seek to transform the situation of children and youth in the states of Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina, especially by the power of knowledge. Nationally, it supports non-profit sector initiatives in the areas of Education and Community Development. In addition to its head office in Porto Alegre, the FMSS has a facility in Florianópolis, Santa Catarina.

    The award’s first edition recognized initiatives from community projects and educators in public and private schools. In 2014, in addition to the first two categories, young people were invited to participate by sending projects that will be conducted in 2015, with the support of the FMSS and the Center for Studies and Research in Education, Culture and Community Action (Cenpec), which is in charge of the logistics of the competition.

    Together, in the two editions, more than 15,000 people enrolled in the online reading support course and more than 2,100 reports were sent by professors, educators and students. In total, the 34 finalists and 16 winners, chosen by experts and by popular vote (which totaled over 540,000 votes), along with their institutions, received R$301,000.

    In 2014, the RBS Education Award was recognized with the ADVB Citizen Company Award in Santa Catarina, in the category of Community Participation.

  • Go Code (2014 - actual)

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    The goal of Go Code is to show young people the countless possibilities in the world of programming. Started in 2014, this project involves professionals from the technology and human resources departments of the Grupo RBS.

    All the teachers involved work on a voluntary basis. In addition to teaching Java and mobile language, the course also offers guidance on preparing résumés and professional conduct.

    After four months of class, the first group of 11 students graduated, all from public schools in the city of Porto Alegre.

    In total, employees from the Grupo RBS dedicated more than 500 hours to the project, which will have a new, expanded edition in 2015.

  • WEARING EDUCATION (2014)

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    Through this program, small, impactful initiatives mobilized school communities in the states of Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina to benefit education. The result of a partnership with Gang stores, “Wearing Education” (Vestindo a Educação) used funds from the sale of RBS “Little Monsters” t-shirts from Education Needs Answers (A Educação Precisa de Respostas), to pay for low-cost initiatives in schools.

    More than 300 projects enrolled in the program mobilized a total of 480,000 votes on the project’s website. In the end, nine ideas were chosen that seek to encourage reading, develop the school environment, improve school management and increase parents’ participation in the students’ school activities.

  • READING ON YOUR MIND (2014)

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    The Boogeyman, the Wicked Witch, the Black-Faced Bull, the Devil, the Headless Mule and their kids welcomed thousands of children who were beginning school in the cities of Porto Alegre and Florianópolis.

    To encourage a love of reading in the youngsters, the RBS Little Monsters were characters from the book “What was I thinking?” – a story that showed the importance of school in an entertaining way.

    Designed to be read both in the classroom and at home with parents, the book provided tips on how it could be applied by literacy teachers. The results of these projects will be collected in a magazine that focuses on the Little Monsters’ passion: reading.

    “Reading on Your Mind” (Leitura na Cabeça) is part of the Education Needs Answers (A Educação Precisa de Respostas) program, which in 2014 used the RBS “Little Monsters” as its characters and “Love is the Best Inheritance” as its slogan. Education for the Children.

  • FOR A FUTURE CHAMPION (2014)

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    Mobilizing and connecting institutions is fundamental to protect our children and adolescents from abuse and sexual exploitation.

    The event “For a Future Champion” (Por um Futuro Campeão) joins communications professionals from the Grupo RBS with experts to debate and inform about how to ensure the rights of a vulnerable sector of the population during competitions such as the World Cup and the Olympics, mega-events that tend to attract sex tourism.

    The event was held as part of the State Conferences on Combating Abuse and Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents, which since 2003 has brought together important sectors of society to prevent the thousands of cases of abuse recorded every year in Brazil.

  • CRACK NEM PENSAR (CRACK – NO WAY) INSTITUTE (2010 - actual)

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    The Institute was founded in 2010 out of Grupo RBS’s institutional anti-crack campaign, Crack Nem Pensar. It is a nonprofit organization that produces and disseminates information and trains professionals engaged in the prevention and care of drug users in the states of Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina. With important allies including the National Council of Justice, the Crack Nem Pensar Institute continued in 2012 its mission as an educator for drug use prevention, especially among the younger population.

  • Food Bank (1998 - actual)

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    The first Food Bank of Brazil was created in Rio Grande do Sul, with the FMSS among its founders. The Bank works as a waste manager, managing three tasks: collection, storage and efficient distribution of food, which are accomplished through a well-planned logistics operation.

  • Social Portal (2005 - 2013)

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    Created to facilitate the allocation of financial resources to non-profit institutions, the purpose of the Social Portal (Portal Social), an initiative of the Maurício Sirotsky Sobrinho Foundation with logistical support from clicRBS, is to bridge the gap between NGOs and potential donors. It supports projects with themes ranging from social responsibility, human rights and community development to the environment. Social Portal works to mobilize people and businesses to support social organizations working for the benefit of all and also to be a multimedia channel that provides news, information, videos, photos and a web relationship platform that facilitates the cooperation of civil society in public interest initiatives. The foundation is one of the creators of the Millennium Fund for Early Childhood, in partnership with UNESCO, Grupo RBS and Gerdau.

  • SOCIAL PARTNERSHIP NETWORK (2008 - 2013)

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    The Project Portfolio of the Social Partnership Network (Rede Parceria Social – RPS) is a joint initiative of the Department of Labor and Social Development of Rio Grande do Sul, social organizations and private companies in order to implement projects throughout the state. The RPS uses a model of joint management between government, the non-profit sector and the private sector. It focuses on the decentralization of funds raised and the pursuit of guaranteeing sustainability for social projects. The FMSS has worked as an anchor entity in the RPS for four consecutive years and currently coordinates two programs in Rio Grande do Sul: Digital Inclusion and Early Childhood Development.

  • INCENTIVE FUND FOR THE NORTHEASTERN REGION (2007 - 2011)

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    The Incentive Fund Program for the Social Development of the Northeastern Region of Porto Alegre supports social organizations in the Northeastern region of the state capital so that they can improve their community care services. It helps stimulate social organizations to raise funds in the community through a matched incentive: each Real raised corresponds to one Real from the fund, up to the limit established in each public bid. The Incentive Fund for the Northeastern Region is part of a larger program focused on the development of the region that is also supported by the Social Marist Center, Gerdau, Porto Alegre’s Public Prosecutor’s Office and city hall.

  • Fighting Poverty (2012 - 2013)

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    In 2012, a partnership was signed between the Maurício Sirotsky Sobrinho Foundation, the Department of Labor and Social Development of Rio Grande do Sul, the Inter-American Foundation (IAF) and the companies Bentec, Lojas Renner, Innova, Artecola and Empresa Randon, which rely on the tax incentive of the Solidarity Law (State Law No. 11853) to ensure the investment of R$900,000 in projects that fight poverty in Rio Grande do Sul. The FMSS is responsible for project management, transferring resources to social institutions and monitoring and evaluating project implementation.

  • MODEL VOLUNTEER (2004 - 2011)

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    The purpose of the Model Volunteer (Exemplo Voluntário) Award is to identify, select, recognize, value and reward people who develop volunteering projects, in order to highlight the importance of civil society participation in solving problems in Brazil. The award ceremony takes place in December, every two years, always close to the date when International Volunteer Day is celebrated. It is sponsored jointly by the Volunteers in Action Institute of Santa Catarina, the Maurício Sirotsky Sobrinho Foundation, SESC MESA (Food Bank) Brazil Program, the State Department of Education and the National Trade Union of Municipal Education Directors (Undime).

  • MILLENNIUM FUND FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD (2003 - 2009)

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    This initiative by the World Bank, UNESCO and FMSS emerged in 2003 to provide new opportunities, both now and in the future, for young boys and girls, ages 0 to 6. The idea is to contribute to a quality education, which ensures that children will have opportunities to play and learn, broaden their cultural universe, socialize and build positive values. With this in mind, the main objective of the program, in addition to enhancing the care provided by community childcare centers, is to empower teachers and directors of selected children’s schools. The proposal, to do so, is to enable the acquisition of teaching materials and equipment, through the implementation of a new social technology: educational round tables – a working and learning space for the human resources professionals of early childhood education institutions – implemented in 11 municipalities where the program is being applied.

  • LOVE IS THE BEST INHERITANCE. TAKE CARE OF THE CHILDREN (2003 - 2004)

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    This joint initiative with Grupo RBS was focused on bringing to light the high statistics of child abuse, making them more visible in the media by opening spaces in Grupo RBS communications vehicles. The initiative’s projects focused on three areas: media, with animated videos, jingles, spots and printed ads; editorial coverage, with news on childhood and youth; and other projects within the network, coordinated by the Maurício Sirotsky Sobrinho Foundation.

  • EDUCATION AND WORKPLACE PROGRAM (2002 - 2003)

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    In partnership with VITAE – Support for Culture, Education and Social Development, this program has supported 10 professional education projects for adolescents in Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina and Paraná, benefiting more than 300 young people between the ages of 16 and 24.

  • Art and Citizenship Program (1999 - 2001)

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    Aiming to bring together projects with great artistic potential and relevant social value in the metropolitan regions of Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina. The program was developed to rescue the citizenship of children and teenagers through art.

  • MINDFUL FATHERHOOD (1987 - 1994)

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    With the purpose of providing guidance for responsible fatherhood, this project was based on disseminating information and educating men. The initiative was part of a series of joint projects focusing on full and healthy child development. This project was completed in 1994.

  • COLIBRI PROJECT (1982 - 1988)

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    This project helped integrate adolescents into the workpace as paperboys, offering care for their basic social, cultural, educational, medical care, recreational and vocational training needs. This project started in 1987 and ended in 1988.

  • GENERATION 21 (1987 - 1988)

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    In 1988, the Foundation held a campaign with the goal of providing guidance for responsible fatherhood. This project was divided into two major initiatives, which have received the partnership and support of numerous professionals and institutions:
    - Mindful Fatherhood, with the goal of providing information that encourages discussions on teen pregnancy, and especially about the role of fathers in the full and healthy development of children.
    - Valuing Life, a program involving young people to discuss issues such as drug addiction, health and other issues affecting adolescents.