Mission Santa Maria is a U.S. based, 501(c)3, non-profit organization helping children and youth in Ecuador.  Our programs provide food, shelter, and scholarships for children to attend school. We have been raising money in the United States since 2007.

Our Story

Mission Santa Maria began in 2007 after a volunteer trip by Jim Campbell to a foster home for children from abusive situations. The home for children was created by Ecuadorian missionary sisters over 30 years ago. The accompanying school educates the children from the home and has become one of the best schools in the state taking in 1200 students from the surrounding area.

Mission Santa Maria was created to continue the good work to help children from vulnerable situations. Mission Santa Maria now supports three projects to support children in Ecuador (see our Projects pages).

Jim and his wife Grace moved to Ecuador in 2019 to work with Mission Santa Maria and the children they support. (View Jim Campbell’s full bio).

Our Team

  • Jim Campbell

    Jim Campbell started Mission Santa Maria in 2007 with the help of his family and friends. Jim is from New Jersey and graduated from Franciscan University and received his MBA…...

  • Michael Temple

    Michael studied marketing at Seton Hall University and has spent the last seven years in various marketing roles and is currently a Program Manager at Realogy Corporation. His marketing expertise…...

  • Peter Bremberg

    Peter Bremberg

    Peter Bremberg joined the board of Mission Santa Maria in 2011 and has been an active supporter since its inception. Peter is the Chief Operating Officer for Boothbay Fund Management…...

  • Ellen Hagerty MSM Bio

    Ellen Hagerty

    Ellen volunteered at the Mission in Ecuador in 2009, where she spent time caring for children and teaching English classes. A graduate of The University of Notre Dame with a…...