A Binational Foundation
The USMF is a binational nonprofit dedicated to strengthening education and youth leadership for Mexicans on both sides of the border while fostering binational cooperation and understanding between the United States and Mexico. The USMF began operations in 2009 with seed funding from the David & Lucile Packard Foundation, Carnegie Corporation, and the Fundación del Empresariado en México (Fundemex). The Foundation is governed by a binational board of prominent business and civic leaders who believe that strengthening the binational relationship and supporting youth empowerment in Mexico and the United States is in the vital interest of both countries. The USMF works to fulfill its mission through its programs, binational partnerships and grant giving in Mexico.
Empowering Binational Youth
The USMF is committed to empowering young Mexicans on both sides of the border as a key to broader social transformation and a stronger society of engaged citizens and civic leaders. The Foundation supports this commitment through both our grant-giving, and our unique educational programs, such as Mujeres en STEM, Dreamers Without Borders, the Binational Young Leaders Network, and 1000 Dreamers 1000 Leaders.
Developing Binational Understanding and Cooperation
The USMF believes that developing strong bilateral links between the United States and Mexico is in the strategic interest of both countries and targets its programs, partnerships and grant giving to this end. Programs such as the Mexican American Leadership Initiative (MALI) and People to People (P2P) work to increase understanding between the two countries and highlight the importance of the bilateral relationship. The USMF’s partnerships with organizations on both sides of the border bring attention to binational issues such as returned DREAMers in Mexico and encourage the flow of ideas and models in a collaborative philanthropic landscape. USMF grant giving focuses on promoting exchanges between the United States and Mexico and developing young binational leaders.