Who We Are


Our Mission & Approach

Cristosal is a nongovernmental organization based in El Salvador advancing human rights in Central America through rights-based programming, research, and learning.

We take a human rights-based approach to community development and poverty reduction that recognizes at its core the inherent dignity, equality and inalienable rights of every human being. This principle repositions the poor in the development enterprise from beneficiaries of charity to citizen partners, architects and owners of their own development process.

Our Story

Cristosal was born in 2000 as a collaboration between The Very Reverend Richard Bower, then recently retired Dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral in Syracuse, and The Right Reverend Martin Barahona, consecrated that year as the first Salvadoran bishop of the Anglican Episcopal Church of El Salvador. The organization began as an avenue for individuals and churches from North America to accompany the Church of El Salvador through the sharing of relationships and resources. Through the Church’s focus on justice and rights in post-civil war El Salvador, Cristosal opened a human rights office, and also facilitated communication as the Church developed a voice on national issues. 

In 2010 Noah Bullock took over from Richard Bower and became the first in-country Executive Director of Foundation Cristosal. Since that time, Cristosal has grown from two to over twenty-two employees in El Salvador, gained nonprofit status independent of the Church, pioneered models for cross-cultural learning, and become a leader in human rights-based development and a resource for policy-makers world-wide. 


Board Of Directors

  • Diane Paulsell – President

  • Audrey Denney – VP

  • Doug Mouncey – Treasurer

  • Glen Mitchell – Secretary

  • Beth Hershenhart - Resource Development Chair

  • The Right Rev. Gladstone (Skip) Adams III

  • The Right Rev. Thomas C. Ely

  • Rebecca Livengood

  • Scott Pentzer

  • The Right Rev. Greg Rickel

  • Gail Wheeler Rolfe

  • Elmer Romero

  • Kathy Veit

  • The Rev. Amy Denney Zuniga


Strategic Partners


Our Funding Partners


2015 Financial Overview



Individual Gifts $67,517
Parishes & Dioceses $67,145
Grants $139,703
Global School $59,324
Special Projects** $12,781
Total Income $346,470



Community Development $75,285
Global School $71, 485
Human Rights $87,897
Resource Development $34,382
Operations $46,703
Special Projects** $15,321
Total Expenses $331,073

Data include projections for income and expenses between November 15 and December 31, 2015. **Special projects include designated grants or funds for student internships, special events, publications and/or small designated funds.