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Your gift will support our continued mission to provide development assistance directly to the organized poor in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Frequently asked questions
Private giving is essential to our ability to promote and invest in grassroots development and to help communities thrive in Latin America and the Caribbean. Through your generous contribution, we can increase awareness, understanding, and support for grassroots development in the communities where we work. As an independent agency of the United States Government, federal appropriations are and will continue to be the bedrock of our operating budget. However, one of our challenges stems from reduced financial resources from Congressional Appropriations and from the Social Progress Trust Fund, encouraging us to diversify our program funding. Private support from donors like you ensures that we can continue to support the best ideas emerging from the region and serve as an effective and transparent channel for foreign assistance.
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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.