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
Looking for scenes of beauty and strength during these challenging times? In early March 2020, several IAF staff members traveled to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Antigua and Barbuda, and Saint Lucia to visit potential grantee partners. Get a peek into community-led innovations in the Caribbean through their photos.
We are living through a historic, global crisis and many wonder how we—especially the most vulnerable among us—will recover and rebuild afterwards. We recently spoke with Steve Vetter, a former IAF leader, who recalled another time in the IAF's history when grantees displayed resilience in the face of disaster.