Donating to the US Foundation of the University of Guatemala means giving quality education to students in Guatemala. Your financial support will give deserving Guatemalan students a high-quality education and the tools to improve their lives.
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Located in Guatemala’s Western Highlands where poverty and lack of opportunity predominate, UVG-Altiplano promotes rural development through both formal and informal educational programming. Each year approximately 10,000 individuals participate in some form of education: high school to college bridge programs, undergraduate and graduate degree programs, teacher training certificate programs, English language courses, adult education and one-day workshops. UVG-Altiplano also hosts bilingual preparatory education. Students are predominantly Maya. A very modest investment yields tremendous transformation.
Give to UVG-Altiplano
Located near Santa Lucia Cotzumalguapa on Guatemala’s Pacific Coast, UVG-South is in the heart of sugar producing country. Academics offered are similar to those at Altiplano. Students are mostly Latinx Guatemalans of mixed Maya-Spanish heritage. A gift to UVG-South helps fund scholarships to create education opportunities that these students might not otherwise be able to pursue.
Give to UVG-South
Among the top universities in Central America, UVG’s main campus in Guatemala City grants Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, Licenciatura, and Master’s Degrees. With a strong focus on engineering and applied sciences, it is educating Guatemala’s future innovators, problem solvers, entrepreneurs, and educators. A gift to the Central Campus is a gift to Guatemalan society.
Give to UVG-Central Campus
UVG-San Andres Semetabaj (UVG-SAS), Mack Family Initiative
Donations to UVG-SAS and the Mack Family Initiative fund scholarships for the town’s youth to attend the UVG-Altiplano campus as well as on-going projects including the archeological exploration of the pre-classic period on-site ruins (approximately 600 BC), ecological and environmental community education programs, and practicums for students studying water and land use.
Give to UVG-SAS
Teacher Training Program
Most teachers in Guatemalan public elementary schools do not have any post-secondary education. UVG has been a pioneer in teacher-training, offering the only Mayan/Spanish language elementary education program in Central America. Teachers in Guatemala earn very little, and tuition at UVG for the Profesorado program is beyond their means. A gift of a scholarship for these teachers will make a lasting difference in the lives of all the students they teach thereafter.
Give to Teacher Training
Women at UVG
Research by the World Bank and other private studies suggests that the education of women – with its enormous multiplier effects on the health and development of children – is the single best investment a country can make in its future. Educating women outstrips the return on any alternative use of resources. UVG is at the forefront of this trend: women currently make up 56% of its student body. Support a female student at UVG today.
Give to Women at UVG
Lake Atitlán Research Center (UVG-LAC), Altiplano Campus
The Lake Atitlán basin is a closed watershed in the volcanic highlands of Guatemala. A UNESCO biosphere reserve and the deepest lake in Central America, Lake Atitlán is an essential resource, providing water for drinking and irrigation. Serious problems of water pollution, soil erosion, and forest loss are prevalent and have led to large-scale algae blooms caused by cyanobacteria. Funds donated to UVG-LAC help support the ongoing monitoring, evolution, and treatment of the Lake’s watershed and student practicums and assistantships working in the lab as part of their education.
Give to UVG-LAC
Colegio Americano de Guatemala (CAG)
Part of the Del Valle Grupo Educativo, the Colegio Americano de Guatemala is a K – 12 independent, non-profit, non-denominational, college preparatory school that offers a rigorous academic program modeled after the best educational practices of the United States. Founded in 1945, CAG is a co-educational, bilingual (Spanish-English) program, fully accredited in the U.S. by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Donations to USFUVG for CAG will benefit the Young Scholars Program, for gifted youth who come from limited means. More information about CAG can be found at: www.cag.edu.gt
Give to scholarships at CAG
Colegio Americano del Sur (CAS), CAG-South Campus
The Colegio Americano del Sur opened its doors in 1995 and was modeled after CAG in Guatemala City. Fully-accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, CAS is a private, non-profit, secular school that offers a bilingual (Spanish-English) K-12 education. Considered a leadership model, Colegio Americano del Sur collaborates with neighboring public schools to enhance their learning environments. Funds contributed to USFUVG will support scholarships for students without the economic means to pay full tuition. More information about CAS can be found at: www.cas.edu.gt
Give to scholarships at CAS
Specific Scholarship Initiatives
Berkley Cone Endowed Scholarship Fund
The Berkley Cone Fund was established in 2017 as tribute to Berkley’s 20-plus years of extraordinary service with USFUVG on the Board of Directors. The fund is professionally invested as part of USFUVG’s larger portfolio, and each year a cohort of UVG-Altiplano indigenous students are the beneficiaries of the generosity of many. Help us continue to grow this scholarship fund with a donation today!
Give to Cone Fund
Philip Herrera Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund
Philip Herrera was a great friend to and a benefactor of UVG and served as a long-time board member of USFUVG. Upon his passing in 2008, family and friends began the endowed fund that bears his name to support the scholarship program at UVG-Altiplano. In the first five years, 17 scholarships were awarded to 9 students. Many more have followed suit. UVG invests and manages the Philip Herrera Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund.
Give to Herrera Fund
CAG 77 Memorial Fund
This fund was established by members of the Colegio Americano class of ‘77 to honor the lives of those that are physically no longer with us and to support scholarship for students at the Grupo Educativo del Valle schools: Colegio Americano and UVG.
Give to CAG 77
Donate by Mail
Click to download our printable donation form, and mail with payment to: USFUVG | 15 Roszel Road – Suite 10, Princeton, NJ 08540
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Asset Gifts and Planned Giving
Gifts of certain non-cash assets, such as appreciated stock, IRA assets, life insurance policies, and more, are a wonderful way to support education in Guatemala. If you would like to start a conversation about planned giving to USFUVG, we would welcome that. For more information, please contact us.
Is my donation tax-deductible?
Yes, your donations are tax-deductible as allowable by U.S. law. USFUVG is a 501(c)(3) organization. We acknowledge every donation with a receipt for your tax records. If you made your contribution online, please check your e-mail inbox (including your spam / junk folders) for an instant gift acknowledgment message. If you mail in your donation, you will also receive an acknowledgement letter within several weeks. Should you wish to receive an email receipt instead or if you misplace your original copy, please email us.
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USFUVG is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization incorporated in the State of Delaware, and is audited annually. Our fiscal year runs from January 1st to December 31st. The USFUVG tax ID number is 22-2171258.