Dear Friends of SIF,
2018 got off to a fast paced start, with a busy first quarter getting settled into my new position as SIF’s Executive Director and working as a team on a fresh strategic plan for the coming years. 2018 also marks our 10 year anniversary, and so far this year has been filled with exciting travel to visit partners in Central America and forging new partnerships in the Seattle region.
Our newsletters serve to keep you informed of the projects we are funding, the leaders we are championing, and the partnerships we value. We hope you will benefit from learning about our activities and will be inspired by the incredible leaders we are supporting and working with.
We look forward to all that the year has in store for us and can’t wait to keep you up to speed!
CENTRAL AMERICA DONORS FORUM
Release of 2017 Forum Report
Check out the 2017 Central America Donors Forum report to learn about what was discussed at the event and the representatives in attendance. View photos from sessions, networking events and more.
Join us for the 2018 Forum in San Salvador, El Salvador on October 22-24, 2018. www.cadonorsforum.org
El Intercambio Researches Phenomenon of Imprisoned Women and their Young Children in the Northern Triangle
In 2017, Seattle International Foundation (SIF) partnered with Ford Foundation to support El Intercambio, a team of independent journalists in Guatemala City, to produce a series on the the phenomenon of imprisoned women and their young children in the Northern Triangle – El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. This project became known as Niños Presos. Read more.
Central America Leadership Initiative’s Regional Meeting Brings Together Top Social Change Activists
SIF has proudly supported the Central America Leadership Initiative (CALI) since its inception in 2005. CALI was created by business and academic visionaries as part of The Aspen Institute’s Global Leadership Network. Its purpose is to encourage and support leaders from different sectors of Central America seeking to create better societies. Read more.
CENTRAL AMERICA & MEXICO YOUTH FUND (CAMY FUND)
Latin America and Caribbean-Wide Forum on Child Marriage and Early Unions
On March 23rd, the Central America and Mexico Youth Fund (CAMY Fund), together with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) – Guatemala, organized a national forum in Guatemala to share, analyze and strengthen approaches to address child marriage and early unions, incorporating feminist and youth perspectives. Invitees included local civil society organizations, international organizations, governmental institutions, elected officials, as well as other UN agencies. Read more.
LOCAL SEATTLE PARTNERSHIPS
SIF offers strategic advising, program development and intermediary services to Seattle-based companies. SIF is a proud partner of Starbucks, and most recently has provided research on the nonprofit community in Costa Rica and intermediary services to support workforce training programs in Canada and Jamaica, a refugee employability initiative in the U.K., and disaster relief in Mexico. These projects strengthen local communities where Starbucks works and contribute to Starbucks’ global corporate philanthropy strategy.
CENTRAL AMERICA NEWS
A Critical Year for Strengthening Rule of Law in Central America
El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras will all appoint new attorneys general this year, at a time when efforts to combat corruption and impunity across Central America is at a critical juncture. Read more in this report from the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA).