Partner Community Foundations

Partner Community Foundations

What is a community foundation?

A community foundation is a public benefactor institution that collects resources from multiple sources for the purpose of creating assets to ensure its permanence in the local community.
The advantage of this community foundation method is that it taps into the existing resources of the community and harnesses it for the community’s own benefit. This gives the community access to it own resources. Source: Global Status Report on Community Foundations 2010.
We at COMUNALIA have worked hard with our members so that Comunalia’s Mexican member community foundations have a clear definition of their own characteristics depending on the context of each state in our country where they geographically conduct their work while keeping in mind and recognizing the characteristics of community foundations around the world, which is the starting point of our work.


In pursuit of this search for individual identity and as a contribution to the international community foundations movement, the alliance of community foundations of Mexico, Comunalia, set about the task of outlining the characteristics that its members believed were relevant to community foundations in Mexico since the first year of its inception. Five years
later and with a wealth of accumulated experience, the members of Comunalia reviewed these characteristics through collective reflection. The characteristics of community foundations in Mexico, according to Comunalia members are classified into four components (origin, institutional philosophy, interaction with other actors, and the reason for being and doing).


These characteristics allow Comunalia, as the Alliance of community foundations of Mexico, to accomplish one of its primary objectives: to strengthen its partners and promote the creation of new community foundations in the country.
The community foundations that are members of Comunalia are present in 14 states around the country, distributed from northern to southern central Mexico in Chihuahua, State of Mexico, Guanajuato, Jalisco, Morelos, Nayarit, Nuevo León, Puebla, Querétaro, Quintana Roo, Sonora, Tamaulipas and Yucatán.
These Community Foundations engage in a wide variety of strategic lines that cover education, gender equality, culture, grassroots development, local development, health, the environment, housing, communication, migrants, employment, tourism, volunteer work, strengthening of civil society organizations and grassroots groups, citizen participation, community development, philanthropy and social responsibility.
The population that they work with include boys and girls, adolescents, women, men, the elderly, indigenous peoples and persons with special needs; the vast majority belong to urban and rural low-income communities that live in a state of vulnerability.

Where are we?

Visit the Community Foundations Atlas