- Five regional civil associations benefited thanks to the actions and relationship of the Fundación Punta de Mita with national and international foundations; the associations include: Entre Amigos, La Casa Clu, Proyecto Manta, Red Tortuguera and the Centro de Atención y Capacitación para Silentes.
Towards the end of 2014 the Fundación Punta de Mita launched a call for the Fortalecimiento de Operaciones de Base (Strengthening of Local Operations) in order to promote projects that would improve regional communities through local organizations. Accordingly, five local associations were selected.
San Pancho’s Entre Amigos; San Ignacio’s La Casa Clu; and Proyecto Manta and the Red Tortuguera—both of whom operate around the bay—, plus Puerto Vallarta’s Centro de Atención y Capacitación para Silentes all received a symbolic checks for their subsidies.
The up to $90 thousand Mexican pesos these checks represent will not be given in cash, but will be directed towards the purchase of consumable goods, infrastructure and other services as needed by each association.
These resources were obtained thanks to the trust and interest in supporting these community foundations and local groups evidenced by international agencies such as the Inter American Foundation, the CS Mott Foundation and the WK Kellogg Foundation; and national agencies including Fundación Merced and Fundación ADO. The leadership and commitment of the Alianza de Fundaciones Comunitarias de México (Comunalia) also played an important part, as did the continuing support of donors from the Fundación Punta de Mita.
“These organizations believe the community foundation model is the correct format to drive social development in the different communities,” declared Sergio Haro, Director of Fundación Punta de Mita.
Haro noted that 50% of the total subsidy money comes from the national and international foundations and the other 50% was obtained from donors to the Fundación Punta de Mita. He added that several basic requirements were established during the assembly, for example, that the groups needed to be local associations, that is to say they needed to originate from the community and operate for its benefit and that of the surrounding region.
It’s important to note there are few precedents for this type of international support for the region; the fact these local associations were selected is a reflection of their effectiveness and benefit to the area.