International and Co-Investment Allies

Avina Americas recognizes that building mutually beneficial relationships with actors and regions beyond Latin America is crucial to achieve our mission. Our global relations strategy aims to develop direct institutional relationships with like-minded international organizations and global players as well as its allies in Latin America.


Fundación Avina is a private foundation created in 1994 by Swiss entrepreneur Stephan Schmidheiny. Avina is financially maintained by VIVA Trust.

Fundación Avina has over 100 staff members located in 13 countries throughout Latin America. Its in-country presence ensures that it is connected to ground-level efforts that promote social change.

Fundación Avina’s Mission

Impact sustainable development from Latin America by creating favorable conditions for diverse actors to join forces in contributing to the common good.

Sustainable Development

Fundación Avina views sustainable development as forms of development that satisfy the needs of the present, while at the same time safeguarding the capacity of future generations to meet their own needs.

Vision for Latin America

Fundación Avina’s actions seek to contribute towards a prosperous, integrated, compassionate and democratic Latin America that is inspired by its own diversity and built on a form of citizenship that positions the region globally according to its own model of sustainable and inclusive development.

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GatesGuided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by CEO Jeff Raikes and Co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.

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Coca ColaThe Coca-Cola Foundation is our Company’s primary international philanthropic arm. Founded in 1984, the Foundation was established in the U.S. as a registered 501 ( c ) ( 3 ) charitable organization. Foundation grants are awarded throughout the year on business plan priorities, tax requirements, legal compliance and approval by the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

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IDB LOGOIDB supports efforts by Latin America and the Caribbean countries to reduce poverty and inequality. It aims to bring about development in a sustainable, climate-friendly way.

Established in 1959, IDB is the largest source of development financing for Latin America and the Caribbean, with a strong commitment to achieve measurable results, increased integrity, transparency and accountability. We have an evolving reform agenda that seeks to increase our development impact in the region.

While IDB is a regular bank in many ways, it is also unique in some key respects. Besides loans, IDB also provides grants and technical assistance and conducts research. IDB’s shareholders are 48 member countries, including 26 Latin American and Caribbean borrowing members, who have majority ownership of the IDB.

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The Skoll Foundation was created by Jeff Skoll in 1999 to pursue his vision of a sustainable, peaceful and prosperous world. Jeff believes that strategic investments in the right people can lead to lasting social change. The Skoll Foundation’s mission is to drive large-scale change by investing in, connecting and celebrating social entrepreneurs and the innovators who helped them solve the world’s most pressing problems. Social entrepreneurs are proven leaders whose approaches and solutions to social problems are helping to better the lives and circumstances of countless underserved or disadvantaged individuals. By identifying the people and programs already bringing positive change around the world, the Skoll Foundation empowers them to extend their reach, deepen their impact and fundamentally improve society.

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Open Society FoundationsThe Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens. To achieve this mission, the Foundations seek to shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and economic systems and safeguard fundamental rights. On a local level, the Open Society Foundations implement a range of initiatives to advance justice, education, public health, and independent media. At the same time, the Foundations build alliances across borders and continents on issues such as corruption and freedom of information. The Foundations place a high priority on protecting and improving the lives of people in marginalized communities.

The Latin America Program coordinates grant-making activities in Latin America and the Caribbean and carries out advocacy work in Washington, DC. The program focuses on four principal issues: promoting transparency and accountability, improving citizen security, promoting human rights, and influencing the world political environment to reinforce the values of an open society.
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Ford fdn The Ford Foundation is an independent, nonprofit grant-making organization. For 75 years it has worked with courageous people on the frontlines of social change worldwide, guided by its mission to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement. With headquarters in New York, the foundation has offices in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.

Established in 1962, the Ford Foundation’s office for Mexico and Central America seeks to empower the people of the region, especially those most marginalized—indigenous people, vulnerable women, people of African descent, migrants, and people living with HIV/AIDS—to exercise greater control over their future and strengthen their voice in society.”

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