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Your gift will support the Inter-American Foundation’s continued mission of providing development assistance directly to the organized poor in Latin America and the Caribbean in order to help communities thrive. 





Why Donate?

Private giving is essential to the IAF’s ability to promote and invest in grassroots development to help communities thrive in Latin America and the Caribbean. Through your generous contribution, the IAF can increase awareness, understanding, and support for grassroots development in the communities we support.  As an independent agency of the United States Government, Federal appropriations are and will continue to be, the bedrock of the IAF’s operating budget. However, one of our continuous challenges stems from reduced financial resources from Congressional Appropriations and the Social Progress Trust Fund, encouraging the IAF to diversify its funding. Private support ensures the IAF can continue to support the best ideas emerging from the region, as well as serve as an effective and transparent channel for foreign assistance.

Is my donation tax-deductible?

Yes. The IAF is an independent agency of the United States government, and your donation qualifies as a charitable contribution under IRS Code sections 170(a) and 170(c).

Can I designate my gift to a certain program or country?

We appreciate your interest in supporting our projects. While it is possible to have your gift directed toward a specific initiative or country where we are currently working, we ask that you contribute to unrestricted funding. By not restricting your contribution for a specific project or country, you will enable us to allocate our resources more efficiently and where the needs are greatest. 

In order to restrict an online donation, you must send an email to after your transaction on Pay.Gov is complete. In your email, please tell us to which country or initiative you would like the funds directed. Please include your name, the amount of the donation, and your donation confirmation number so that we can locate your record. 

What a Successful Donation Looks Like

The IAF is not a disaster relief organization. However, the scale of destruction left behind by Hurricane Matthew led us to reach out to our grantee partners in Haiti to see how we could help. The response illustrates the importance of grassroots organizations and their ability to mobilize community resources.

Donations from private citizens complemented existing and former grantee partner efforts to address community needs after the hurricane. With our support, they were able to provide their communities with materials such as school supplies, hygiene kits, and seeds. Other rebuilding efforts included providing psychological assistance to deal with post-traumatic stress and training for community members to help their neighbors in times of crisis.


Donor Privacy Policy

The Inter-American Foundation is committed to respecting the privacy of donors. The types of donor information that it collects and maintains are as follows: Contact information: name, address, telephone number and email address, publications received and special requests for program information provided by the donor in the form of comments and suggestions. The Inter-American Foundation uses donors’ information to understand their interests in its mission and to update them on the Foundation’s plans and activities. It is shared with staff, board members, and consultants only on a “need-to-know” basis. The Inter-American Foundation also assures donors that their names and addresses will not be shared with any third party. If you have comments or questions about the Inter-American Foundation’s donor privacy policy, please email or call (202) 688-3051.