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Strengthening Community Foundations in Guanajuato, Mexico

Espiral S.C.

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Enhancing Community Philanthropy
  • Grant Amount $35,000
  • Grant Period December 1, 2003–July 31, 2004
  • Location San Pedro de los Pinos, Mexico
  • Geographic Focus Mexico

About this grant

Beginning in late 2001, Espiral began the process of strengthening four community foundations — Celaya, Leon, San Miguel de Allende and Irapuato — in the state of Guanajuato, Mexico. As the only state with more than one community foundation, Guanajuato has the potential to become a model for developing community foundations in the rest of Mexico.Second-year funding will enable Espiral to pursue objectives that include bringing visibility and positioning the community foundations as models that encourage citizens to volunteer their time, talent and resources; supporting exchanges among the four community foundations; promoting a state network of community foundations; developing and educating foundation staff and citizens on what a community foundation is and does; and presenting, both formally and publicly, the case-studies textbook developed during the project.During the past year, Espiral studied the partnership between Guanajuato’s government and community foundations; provided technical assistance on strategic planning; monitored and evaluated the organizational development process; and produced a case-study textbook on community foundations in the state.