The US Foundation of the University of the Valley of Guatemala (USFUVG) was started in 1977 by a group of US citizens committed to the idea that education is essential to Guatemala’s development of civil society and prosperity for all its citizens. The foundation is a 501(c)(3), governed by an independent board of US-based directors. USFUVG’s mission is to improve educational opportunities for the citizens of Guatemala and, to this end, raise funds for scholarships and endowments, build alliances with US donors, corporations and non-governmental organizations, and to provide financial and other assistance to the University of the Valley of Guatemala (UVG).

USFUVG’s mission is to improve educational opportunities for the citizens of Guatemala.

Objectives of USFUVG:

  • Increasing the availability of scholarships for qualified Guatemalan students — special emphasis is on providing opportunity to the country’s historically disadvantaged Maya majority and other rural poor, with a particular focus on female students
  • Enhancing the overall learning environment and facilities of UVG and bolstering UVG’s future by securing USAID ASHA grants and building our endowment


USFUVG is a charitable organization exempt from taxation under section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code (tax ID number is 22-2171258), and has always maintained the highest fiduciary standards. The Foundation has had annual audits performed of its books and records since 1984. Donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by the law.

Our Accomplishments

Since its inception, USFUVG has supported UVG by:

  • Securing more than $23 million in USAID/ASHA funding for the construction/renovation of buildings and purchasing classroom and laboratory equipment and technology
  • Providing scholarships for thousands of deserving students
  • Assisting in establishing relationships between UVG and universities in the United States, including University of Washington, Johns Hopkins, Texas A&M, and Penn State
  • Supporting the creation of new educational opportunities and archeological discoveries at the UVG satellite at San Andres Semetabaj
  • Securing important gifts of scholarly publications and libraries for UVG