Mexico and Central America have undergone dramatic transformations over the past three decades. While this has led to progress and new opportunities in some areas—including nascent democracies, organized civil society, and vibrant movements of indigenous peoples—inequality persists.
Across the region, the concentration of wealth has increased. In the absence of substantive growth, minimum wages are at a historic low and natural resources are being widely exploited. Violence and insecurity have escalated, and organized crime has begun to infiltrate and compromise some economic and political systems. Corruption is pervasive, and repression and serious human rights violations are on the rise.
We seek to develop interconnected strands of work to strengthen justice and end impunity in Mexico. Our aim is for the Mexican government to be more accountable to its people—which means more willing and able to punish the perpetrators of human rights violations and beneficiaries of high-level corruption, and to embrace its responsibility to protect the rights of the country’s most vulnerable people.
We also work in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras to ensure that decisions about, and investments in, indigenous and rural territories are made in ways that respect and protect community control. This includes funding to strengthen local and indigenous organizations and leaders; build connections between rural and indigenous communities and organizations at the urban, national, and international levels; and strategic communications and litigation.
What we don’t fund
We know nonprofit staff’s time is valuable, so we discourage using it to submit proposals that don’t fall within funding guidelines. In this spirit, we aim to be transparent about what our grant making does not support.
We do not fund work on migration, sexual and reproductive rights, HIV/AIDS, and rural livelihoods.