Seattle International Foundation (SIF) champions good governance and equity in Central America through support for rule of law and the strengthening of civil society.
Over the past ten years, SIF has supported 243 organizations in 81 countries and has contributed to the growth of 650 high-impact social change leaders. In addition to its grants portfolio, SIF implements key initiatives in the region, including the Central America Donors Forum, the Central America and Mexico Youth Fund, Centroamérica Adelante and the Independent Journalism Fund.
Our 2019 Achievements
We updated our logo and grew our SIF family
In 2019, we launched a new website and renewed our logos for SIF and its programs to better align with the work we do in favor of youth, leadership, cross-sector partnerships, connections with the United States, democracy, rule of law, equity, good governance and mitigating forced migration. We also added 6 new professionals to our team, each with extensive experience. We now have 20 members of our team. located across 6 countries and 8 cities.
We delivered 104 Grants
We distributed 104 grants to 71 grantee partners located in 20 different countries. 77% of our financial support was delivered in Central America and Mexico and funds were allocated for good governance and rule of law, civil society, equity and the reduction of forced migration. Find the full list in our Grants section.
CADF went to Tegucigalpa
The Central America Donors Forum (CADF) was held for the first time in Honduras with the central theme, “Progress at the Crossroads”. In its 9th year, more than 450 people from 14 countries participated, representing the business and philanthropic sector, government and civil society. We had more than 40 panels, workshops and site visits that promoted discussion on migration, democracy and social movements in Central America. CADF 2020 will be in San José, Costa Rica.
Centroamérica Adelante continued its progress
Our successful leadership program, Centroamérica Adelante (CAA), accepted 32 participants from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. This third edition focused on mitigating the causes of migration in the Northern Triangle and culminated in the presentation of 6 pilot projects supported by SIF with seed funding. CAA participants also attended CADF 2019, a forum on migration in Washington DC and the Fund for Global Human Rights’ annual conference.
We strengthened our CA in DC initiative
The Central America in Washington, DC (CA in DC) initiative, in association with universities and organizations, put on 5 presentations of the Report of the Group of Independent Experts (GIEI) on the violent events that occurred in Nicaragua in 2018. In partnership with the Wilson Center, SIF held the first conference on security, migration and rule of law in Central America and published the report “What if They Return? How El Salvador, Honduras, and the United States could prepare for an effective reintegration of TPS Beneficiaries.”
The CAMY Fund amplified the voices of young people
The Central America and Mexico Youth Fund (CAMY Fund) awarded more than 30 grants to youth organizations and collectives in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico and Belize (31% more than in 2018) and held its first Latin American Meeting of Young Women Activists – We Decide (Encuentro Latinoamericano de Mujeres Jóvenes Activistas – Nosotras Decidimos) in El Salvador. The CAMY Fund also co-organized the first regional workshop in Mexico on early unions and child marriage, participated in the HIPLeaders 2019 program and in the International Visitors Leadership Program in the USA, among other activities.
Independent Journalism Fund
We support independent journalists in Central America so they can research and report on the realities of the region, give voice to the people and promote democracy.
Centroamérica Adelante (CAA)
We bet on leaders who work for the rights of migrants in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. We contribute to their training and learning with a one-of-a-kind program that reinforces personal growth, skill development and social capital building.
Central America and Mexico Youth Fund (CAMY Fund)
We encourage youth to lift up their voices regarding the issues that affect them by providing them with technical and financial assistance so that they can develop their leadership skills and further contribute to improving their lives and those of their communities.
Central America Donors Forum (CADF)
We unite business leaders, officials, aid workers, donors and members of civil society every year to discuss the region’s priorities, establish contacts and explore social impact development proposals.
The 2019 CADF started this Wednesday in Tegucigalpa with the participation of 25 speakers and almost 400 attendees from Central America, Mexico, the United States and Europe.
Central America in Washington DC
(CA in DC)
We connect Central America to the US capital to promote support, analysis, research and public policies in favor of development, justice, equity, democracy and prosperity in the Central American region.
At this one-day conference in Washington DC, researchers and experts discussed violence, corruption, police and immigration reforms that affect the Central American region.
10 Years of SIF
Since our founding in 2008, SIF has invested in meaningful social impact and poverty alleviation efforts around the world—promoting a spirit of international philanthropy rooted in Seattle, Washington. We are proud of the work we have done in the last decade to push for equity, promote rule of law, foster women and youth leadership, inform and inspire philanthropic strategies, support civil society and more. Each of these activities have taught us key lessons, which were pivotal to informing a new strategy developed in 2018 that will enable SIF to focus its resources entirely on Central America in the decade to come. We invite you to take a tour through SIF’s history by interacting with the timeline below.
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