The Inter-American Foundation (IAF), an independent foreign assistance agency of the United States government, provides grants for grassroots development in Latin America and the Carib- bean. Created by Congress in 1969, the IAF responds directly to grassroots groups and the organizations that support them. It invests in citizen-led initiatives proposed by grassroots groups working to make their communities thrive. IAF grantee partners confirm their commitment by contributing in kind or in cash toward the success of their projects and by mobilizing resources to continue their impact. The IAF encourages partnerships with businesses, government and other community organizations directed at improving the quality of life for poor people and strengthening democratic practices. To contribute to a better understanding of the development process, the IAF shares its experiences through its publications and in a variety of fora.The Inter-American Foundation is governed by a board of directors appointed by the president of the United States and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Six members are drawn from the private sector and three from the federal government. A president, appointed by the board, serves as the Inter-American Foundation’s chief executive officer, managing a staff of 47 employees based in Washington, D.C.
Congress appropriates funds annually for the Inter-American Foundation. The IAF also has access to the Social Progress Trust Fund administered by the Inter-American Development Bank and consisting of payments on U.S. government loans extended under the Alliance for Progress to various Latin American and Caribbean governments. Since 1972, the IAF has awarded 5,039 grants valued at more than $697 million. Grantees have committed or mobilized an additional $969 million. Together, the IAF and its grantees have improved the conditions of hundreds of thousands of poor families in communities throughout the hemisphere.
Board of Directors*
John P. Salazar, Acting Chair
Rodey, Dickason, Sloan, Akin & Robb
Thomas J. Dodd, Acting Vice Chair
U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica (1997–2001) and Uruguay (1993–1997)
Associate Professor Emeritus, School of Foreign Service
Chairman, Board of Directors
J. Kelly Ryan
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary, Immigration and Border Security
Department of Homeland Security
Jack C. Vaughn, Jr.
Vaughn Petroleum, LLC
Roger W. Wallace
Vice President, Government Affairs
Pioneer Natural Resources Company