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How Your Donations Make a Difference

By Jaci Winters

In 2017, a combination of US, Canadian, and Mexican donations, including a bequest from 37 donors, assisted the Biblioteca in meeting its commitment to provide educational and cultural programs to the San Miguel de Allende community. Individual donors contributed 109,274 pesos and $US16,118.15 in 2017. This money helped the Biblioteca purchase books and award scholarships, provide free classes, and improve services.

Canadian donors made up 36 percent of all donors, while US and Mexican donors represented 64 percent. Canadian donors made gifts through Amistad Canada, which supports the Biblioteca Education Project. This project funds scholarships for high school and university students; free classes in music, computer, and art; and the purchase of Spanish-language books. US and Mexican donors received tax receipts directly from the Biblioteca or the San Miguel Community Foundation. Their donations also supported educational programs, scholarships, books, and library services.

Last year, the Biblioteca awarded 112 scholarships at a cost of 357,000 pesos. This permitted 61 deserving Mexican students to attend university and 51 other students to complete high school. In addition to being funded by the above-mentioned donations, scholarships were funded by sales at the Bodega de Sorpresas (the Library’s nonprofit thrift store) and by five percent of gross revenue from all other Biblioteca sources.

Biblioteca donors also supported the purchase of Spanish books that increase literacy and enjoyment of reading. They also provided resources to help Mexican students with homework and research, plus other free activities available to Mexican youth. In 2017, the Library used 45,347 pesos in donated funds to purchase 99 Spanish children’s books and 84 Spanish books for young people. Donations and sales of used books also helped purchase books for the library’s English collection and helped fund free classes and lectures for hundreds of young Mexicans.

Overall, 17,007 children and young adults visited the library, while 70 young people participated in guitar, piano, and choir classes. 354 attended computer classes and 397 attended summer classes.

All of which goes to show that your donations make a difference. Donations are an important and necessary source of funds for the Biblioteca, enabling it to continue the programs and services that the community of San Miguel relies on. Please consider making a gift to the Biblioteca and be recognized on our Donor Wall. All donors receive a Mexican, US, or Canadian tax receipt, and the donations are tracked cumulatively. Donor brochures at the library’s reception desk, the Café Santa Ana, and the library courtyard explain how you can help by making a gift today. Donations can also be made online at and


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