A Binational Foundation
The U.S.-Mexico Foundation (USMF) is a binational foundation dedicated to strengthening education in Mexico and developing understanding and cooperation between the two countries. It is the only national US based foundation dedicated to carrying out philanthropic efforts exclusively for 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 social development and civic engagement in Mexico 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.
Strengthening Education in Mexico
The USMF is committed to strengthening education in Mexico as a key to broader social transformation and a stronger society of engaged citizens and civic leaders. The Foundation supports education through its flagship grant giving program, the Education Transformation Fund (ETF) and by building partnerships that foster innovation and binational collaboration. The ETF’s grants target catalytic programs that promote leadership and civic engagement, introduce successful educational models to Mexico and foster binational engagement around the issue.
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.
USMF areas of focus and strategic objectives: