Locally-rooted institutions have the ability to unlock resources for communities and ensure the long-term sustainability of civil society organizations. At the IAF, we strengthen the ability of local philanthropic organizations to carry out effective programming and obtain additional public and private resources for long-term development. Our grantee partner, Alianza de Fundaciones Comunitarias México (Comunalia), will establish a hub to promote peer-to-peer coordination and learning, providing training for community foundations in areas such as evaluation, community philanthropy, grassroots development grant-making, fundraising, and proposal writing. This hub will contribute to the long-term viability of thousands of civil society organizations providing a range of services without relying on U.S. government resources or assistance.
|Project:||Location:||Years active:||IAF grant funding:||Counterpart commitment:||Direct beneficiaries:||Indirect beneficiaries:||Program areas:|
|Comunalia 2.0: Building a Better Future for Mexico||Mexico||2020 – 2023||$309,600||$436,765||262 individuals||3,500 individuals||community asset mobilization
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By sustainably harvesting forests, Mexican community organizations are stemming deforestation and ensuring opportunities for all people to thrive in their home communities.
Few would have imagined in the early days that former IAF grantee partner Fundación Defensores del Chaco would become a youth-led powerhouse mobilizing entire towns to advocate for themselves. But what started as a street soccer team became a space where young people and their communities could bring their problems and find solutions together.
"Government is not separate from the people. “Government” is us. But the government doesn’t necessarily automatically carry out the will of the people. It responds to scrutiny. It is the responsibility of every citizen to know what leaders are doing," said Ramón Daubón, former IAF Vice President for Programs, in our recent conversation.