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U.S./Mexico Border Philanthropy Initiative

Synergos Institute

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Strengthening Civic Space
  • Grant Amount $150,000
  • Grant Period January 1, 2003–December 31, 2004
  • Location New York, NY, United States
  • Geographic Focus Arizona, California, Mexico, New Mexico, Texas

About this grant

Despite being inextricably linked, the communities north and south of the U.S./Mexico border are marked by great economic, cultural and social diversity. Challenges include a growing population that is expected to increase from 12 to 20 million by the year 2020. Communities on both sides of the border face inadequate social services, low wages, unemployment and ballooning demands for basic health, housing and other public services.Multiyear funding will support efforts to improve the quality of life along the U.S./Mexico border by developing community foundations to strengthen local participation; stimulating increased philanthropy in the region; creating a joint vision and ongoing collaboration among donors interested in improving the quality of life along the border; and promoting peer learning, information sharing and collaboration among border community foundations and national or regional donors active in the region.The Synergos Institute, founded in 1986, promotes collaborative approaches to overcome poverty and to foster sustainable development in developing countries.