El Salvador struggles with violent crime, high unemployment—particularly among youth—and widespread poverty. This has led to one of the world’s highest rates of U.S.-bound irregular migration. We invest in local organizations that prevent violence, reduce poverty, and lower irregular migration. Our grantee partners work with underserved groups including at-risk youth, indigenous people, and women in all 14 departments and nearly half of the country’s municipalities.
We awarded our first grant in El Salvador in 1972. Since then, we have provided $47 million through 265 grants to local organizations.