Help Us Transform Lives
Over 50 years, the IAF has supported 5,000+ local partners—from smallholder farmers to civil society leaders, women entrepreneurs to youth innovators—to strengthen community resilience throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Our grants empower local people to develop their own ideas for creating more prosperous, peaceful, and democratic communities.
Today, we have more than 300 grantees in 24 countries throughout the hemisphere, reaching 1.8 million beneficiaries.
Celebrate our 50 years of impact with a $50 donation so that we can continue championing grassroots development throughout the Americas: #50for50.
Help Us Respond to Emerging Crises
Your donation will help us champion community-led grassroots solutions to pressing crises affecting the region.
We partner with communities in Latin America and the Caribbean that send or receive migrants fleeing political, economic, and social upheaval. In Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru, our grantees provide displaced Venezuelans and receiving communities with psychosocial support, job-readiness training, and basic services. And in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, our grantees create jobs, feed communities, and build safe spaces—especially for youth—in areas struggling with poverty, crime, violence, and out-migration.
Natural Disasters and Environmental Crises
After disaster strikes, we rapidly mobilize fellow donors and channel funds directly to local organizations rebuilding communities and kickstarting local livelihoods—whether they’re recovering from hurricanes in Haiti or earthquakes in Mexico. We also partner with grassroots groups in the Eastern Caribbean to ensure that local economies and infrastructure can withstand future disasters.
We help people rebuild peace and prosperity from the ground up. Through our Colombian Peacebuilding Initiative, we’re investing in a network of grassroots peacebuilders that now includes more than 500 local organizations. And as Nicaraguan families struggle to make ends meet amid economic crisis and civil unrest, we’re working with community leaders and entrepreneurs to develop their small businesses and bolster smallholder agriculture.
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Recent News and Stories
To launch our series on 50 years of grassroots successes, we explore why our grantees consider us one of the best funders of international development, according to the Center for Effective Philanthropy survey on grantees’ perceptions of their funders.
The Inter-American Foundation Launches its First Impact Investment in a Central American Microcredit LenderInter-American Foundation
The IAF launched its first-ever impact investment in Empresa para el Desarrollo (EDESA) in Costa Rica on January 30.