The Municipality’s Involvement with Nonprofits and Foreigners
By Robin Loving
With more than 100 nonprofit organizations providing essential social services in San Miguel, and with numbers that range between 2,000 and 30,000 non-Mexicans living here full- or part-time, the local government wisely opened an office to interface with these important economic drivers two administrations ago. That office is in its third administration, and leading it is Teresa Guerrero Armendáriz de Kavanagh. Kavanagh will explain the role of this important office at Rotary on Tuesday, February 2, at 12:30pm at Hotel Misión, Salida a Queretaro 1. The meeting will be free and open to the public.
Tue, Feb 2, 12:30pm
Salida a Querétaro 1
Kavanagh was born in the US to Mexican Catholic parents. Her desire to care for others in need in the community was cultivated when she volunteered in an emergency room. Later, she drove for Feed the Hungry, joined their board, and became vice president.
Kavanagh and her husband founded Casa Buenaventura, a 501(c)(3) US nonprofit organization to benefit sanmiguelenses. Through it she has provided refrigeration for a former girls’ home, sponsored a school kitchen, helped develop school playgrounds, provided physical therapy for children, and provided a full scholarship to a youth who is getting degrees in law and economics at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. All CB funds go directly to the recipients of these services.
When recruited by local politicians to run for an office in a mayoral campaign, Kavanagh discovered an affinity for political life. She campaigned for the current mayor and was asked to direct her present office. Her goal is to register nonprofit organizations here and help them obtain their tax deductible status, a process with at least four major administrative steps that have thwarted even the best organized nonprofits here for the many years. Kavanagh wants to make nonprofits aware of state and federal programs that might benefit them. She wants to encourage collaboration in order to serve more citizens. Most importantly, says Kavanagh, “I want San Miguel to hold a seat on the Integración de Grupo Técnico Consultivo to enable local nonprofits to have a voice in forming guidelines and laws for all Mexican NGOs.”
Kavanagh’s office hopes to host workshops to strengthen nonprofits. It already has hosted a free nonprofit fair, which has become an annual event.
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