The USFUVG Board of Directors has reluctantly accepted the resignation of our current Executive Director, Rachel Bird Anderson. We are so grateful for her leadership, dedication and service of the past eight years in the role. The Board has begun a nationwide search to identify USFUVG’s next leader. We will be inclusive in our efforts and seek input from staff, our colleagues at UVG, and supporters. Thanks to the work led by Rachel over the last eight years, USFUVG is an exceptionally strong place, and together, we have the opportunity to build on this strong foundation and aim to expand the organization in its next chapter and beyond. To see the position description and details on how to apply, please click here. Thank you.


USFUVG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organized in 1977. The Foundation was created by a group of U.S. citizens committed to improving education in Guatemala and saw in the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala (UVG) a commitment to broadly accessible, quality education that they wanted to encourage and support. USFUVG’s objectives are to:

  • Increase the availability of scholarships to qualified Guatemalan students, in particular the Maya and other rural poor;
  • Improve the education of Guatemalan citizens by enhancing the overall learning environment and facilities of UVG and securing UVG’s future through building an endowment.

Despite the relatively modest cost of schooling, most rural students lack requisite financial means. Providing financial aid thus becomes central to the Foundation’s mission.

Founded in 1966, the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala (UVG) is a private, not-for-profit, non-ideological, and non-sectarian University. UVG operates three campuses: its Central Campus in Guatemala City; Altiplano Campus in Sololá, serving Mayan communities, on a former military base; and South Campus, serving agricultural communities on Guatemala’s Pacific Coast. At present, the University has a total of over 3,500 students enrolled at three campuses, combined. It was the first private university to give a strong emphasis to technology in the country. Today, what distinguishes UVG from other high-quality Guatemalan universities is its innovative, practical approach to tackling the problem of accessibility to education for the Maya and other rural poor.

UVG produces professionals, trained technicians and educators, as responsible problem solvers who can help Guatemala improve its education and health care systems; modernize its agriculture and food production; manage its priceless natural resources, promote an appreciation for its rich history and cultural diversity; and, secure a strong position in the world economy of the 21st century.

  • (Note: We take your privacy very seriously and do not share, rent, or sell your information to anyone.)

    For Email Marketing you can trust
  • Make a one time gift:

    Or request that your funds be used to support one of our specific initiatives on our Ways to Give page.

    To Donate by Mail

    Click to download our printable donation form,
    and then mail with payment to:

    US Foundation of the University of the Valley of Guatemala
    P O Box 30
    Princeton, NJ 08542

  • Shop Amazon? Your shopping could benefit USFUVG.

    Shop at AmazonSmile on your computer and/or mobile device, and designate the Foundation as your preferred charity. When you buy from Amazon Smile, Amazon donates 0.5% of all your eligible purchases to USFUVG, if you select us as your charity of choice. You only register once.

  • View USFUVG in a larger map