Our Goal

Children of Bulgaria is a not-for-profit organization with the mission to help health, educational, and other institutions to create a better world for children in Bulgaria. To promote this mission, we plan to:

  • Actively educate the general public and potential donors about the specific challenges faced by children in Bulgaria – the poorest country of the European Union.
  • Cultivate relationships that lead to funding.
  • Create individual projects to aid specific areas of need within institutions and organizations which serve children in Bulgaria.
  • Ensure that each individual project is approved by our board members and/or our projects committee to secure the best utilization of the available funds.
  • Send physical goods and equipment as opposed to money to eliminate the possibility of fraud or misappropriation. Always select the best price.

The Children of Bulgaria Board consists of highly educated and successful members of the ex-pat Bulgarian community. Our Board members are committed to raising awareness of the needs of the children in Bulgaria, and promoting our organization to secure funding for much-needed projects at various institutions serving these children.

Children of Bulgaria is a non-profit, tax-exempt public charity under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS.

History

The idea for Children of Bulgaria was born in the summer of 2013, when Polina and Orlin Jordanov went to the Pirogov Emergency Hospital in Sofia, Bulgaria for an emergency visit. Polina and Orlin were moved by the poor conditions in which patients were treated and doctors worked at the hospital. The couple then thought of the youngest patients there – the newborns and the children, and the desire to help became overwhelming.
In November of 2013, the first fundraiser was held in New York with overwhelming success. Dozens of Bulgarian New Yorkers came to the fundraiser, while many ex-pats sent funds from other locations in the US and England. The first shipment of much needed surgical instruments to the Pirogov Hospital pediatric department was sent in March 2014.
Today, Children of Bulgaria continues its work with the vision to improve the well-being, health and education of children in Bulgaria. Our mission is to help health, educational, and other institutions to create a better world for children in Bulgaria.

Board of Directors

Polina Jordanova

Polina Jordanova

President & CEO

Polina Jordanova has 20 years of experience in the investment banking, venture capital, and data analytics sectors of the financial industry. Polina graduated summa cum laude with a bachelors degree in business administration from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. Polina was born in Varna, Bulgaria.

Orlin Jordanov

Orlin Jordanov

Executive Vice President & Director of Operations

Orlin has over 18 years of project management and business experience across various industries. Orlin has worked for Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and is currently a management consultant with Capco, specializing in large transformational programs. Orlin holds MBA, MIS and LL.M master degrees. Orlin was born in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Polina Gerontieva

Polina Gerontieva

Board Member & Director of Marketing and Public Relations

Polina Gerontieva has been in the financial services industry for the past 7 years. She currently serves as VP for a global banking institution. Her professional experience also includes working for the cash and liquidity management teams of major brokerage and private equity institutions. Polina holds a bachelors degree in Finance from the University of Virginia. She was born in Shumen, Bulgaria.

Kamen Stoykov

Kamen Stoykov

Board Member and Director of Development

Kamen Stoykov has been in the financial services industry for the last 9 years. He currently serves as Director of Implementations at Broadridge working with major banks and brokers around the world implementing best-in-class trading solutions. Kamen has also been on the Alumni Board of Saint Peter’s University for the last 10 years participating in all major fund raising activities. Kamen holds a BS in Economics and Marketing from Saint Peter’s University and MS in Technology Management from NYU School of Engineering. He was born in Varna, Bulgaria.

Pavel Piperkov

Pavel Piperkov

Director of Finance

Pavel Piperkov has been in the auditing field for over 5 years and is currently working at a large diversified holding company. His experience includes performing financial, operational and IT audits as well as data analytics and system implementations. Pavel holds bachelors and master’s degrees in Accounting and is a CPA and CISA. He is also a tennis enthusiast and a dedicated fan of Roger Federer. Pavel was born in Shumen, Bulgaria.