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Meet the San Miguel Community Foundation: Making a Difference in Our Community

COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

By Mittie Babette Roger

Have you met the San Miguel Community Foundation? In all likelihood you’ve heard of at least one of the charities that they fund. Both a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation, and a Mexican A.C. (San Miguel Community Foundation, AC) they award grants twice a year to eligible Mexican non-profits. Committed to the neediest Mexican charities, the foundation has donated over USD$1,200,000 to the San Miguel de Allende community since 2002.

Founded over 40 years ago with the intention of creating a U.S. tax-deductible option for donors, this service still continues as SMCF receives donations and then “passes” the donations to the A.C. (non-profit) and provides a U.S. tax receipt to the donor. The SMCF charges a service fee of 5% for this service. Since then they’ve begun offering bi-annual grants to SMA’s most deserving charities directed by a volunteer board of active community members, acutely aware of the needs of the non-profits of San Miguel.

Despite being one of the more affluent municipalities in Mexico, a large part of San Miguel’s community is in need. Approximately 21.3 % of municipality lives below the poverty line, and the Mexican Government cites over 500 communities living below the poverty line. Lack of economic support and infrastructure deeply affect these rural communities. Access to water, food, education, health services, security, transportation, and employment are needed to help these communities become self-sufficient.

SMCF supports a range of charities, such as: Sociedad Audubon de Mexico (AUDUBON), Fundacion Comunitaria Don Diego, Bomberos (fire department), Casa Hogar Santa Julia Don Bosco, Santuario Hogar Guadalupano (Mexiquito), Cruz Roja (Red Cross), Sociedad Protectora de Animales de SMA (SPA), Mid-day Rotary, Escuela de Educacion Especial de SMA, Apoyo a Gente Emprendedora, Ojala Niños, Casita Linda, Asilo ALMA, to name just a few. The impact their financial contribution makes to the well-being of San Miguel is immense. From environmental issues to humanitarian aid, emergency health services to the preservation and proliferation of the arts, the SMCF is committed to helping causes that truly matter and affect the daily life of the people of San Miguel.

The Board of Directors includes Donna Wilson Foudray, President; Dr. Salvador Eduardo Quiroz Saenz, Vice President; Ma. Guadalupe Alvarez Brunel, Treasurer; Lic.Maria Teresa Garcia Dobarganes Barlow, Secretary; Lic.Mary Ann Amparo Ramirez Garcia, Legal Counsel; Kathleen Mann, FredSargent York, and Addie Coral Romero. The Advocacy Board includes Costa Androulakis, and Lic. Graciela Salazar Gonzalez. The Bilingual Administrator, Araceli de los R. Cerritos C., has been with the organization for 19 years and the late Col. Philip J. Maher has the honor of President Emeritus.

The SMCF accepts all types of donations, including monetary and non-monetary bequests, securities, real estate, life insurance or other major items of value. They will be accepting grant award proposals April 16, 2018. Please go to the website (sanmiguelcommunityfoundation.org) and follow the guidelines. Contact Araceli Cerritos at the SMCF office 152 7447, Prol. Pila Seca 91 for questions. Office hours are 9am-2pm.

 

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