Philanthropy in the Making.
The dictionary defines philanthropy as “an altruistic concern for human welfare and advancement to help make life better for others.” When you look at the lives of Frank and Sylvia Carrillo, this perfectly describes the dedication they have to making our binational region a better place. With a long career as an Entrepreneur and Founder of SIMNSA Health Plan, Frank decided to organize his philanthropy and founded FUNDACIÓN SIMNSA, A.C. a Mexican non-profit organization.
The initial funding came from SIMNSA, which offers quality and cost-effective healthcare to the employer and their cross-border workforce as well as their personal funds. The recipients of their support have been Pasitos, La Casa Del Migrante, Red Binacional de Corazones and the families of fallen Policemen. They have donated over 2,000 pairs of shoes to different groups of Children, hundreds of school uniforms and school supplies and the Cuauhtémoc School for Blind Children who received funds for Braille equipment. Their most recent project is currently underway; a House to help the families and children receiving cancer treatment at the cancer center of the Hospital General Tijuana as well as an Orphanage for 100 abandoned children ages 12 months to 17 years of age.
“I will never regret what I do; it is a blessing to be able to give back to the community that gave me birth, the community of my parents and my ancestors, and a community that has given me so much in my business life. It is the least I can do for my people,” Frank tells Giving Back Magazine. “This value of giving is something I am instilling in my daughter, Franchesca who is only four years old. She has visited many of the projects we fund to see and learn how our assistance is changing the lives of others.”
In addition to running his very successful Health Plan and Sylvia managing their Spa (Dermalife), they find time to manage the daily needs of the non-profit foundation. They also enjoy participating in Franchesca’s school activities, their Chargers season tickets and Frank’s golf tournaments, which he wins with high frequency. They also maintain a large circle of friends and have very large families on both sides of the border. One of Frank’s passions is to work on having a “healthier” and more efficient border crossing. For that reason, he was voted Border Leader Of The Year in 2013.