Thank you for your support and generosity!

Although UPAVIM supports its daycare and preschool through the sale of its crafts and supports part of the schools budget, the school and other programs rely on generous donations from people who believe in what we are doing and want to help. Ultimately our goal is to work towards being self sustaining, but it is a long uphill battle. We gratefully accept donations to our programs and are extremely appreciative. UPAVIM has received support from numerous churches, individuals, stores, non-profit organizations, and foundations since the cooperative began in 1988.

The UPAVIM Community Development Foundation (UCDF) is a 501(C)(3) organization based in the United States. Aside from advising the women when needed, our mission is mainly to raise funds for the programs UPAVIM offers in Guatemala. All money received from donations goes directly to UPAVIM programs, except a very small amount used for stamps and envelopes to thank donors.

All donations are tax-deductible in the U.S.A.


General Donation

A donation to the general fund allows the monies to be used where they are most needed, which is extremely beneficial for the organization.

COVID-19 Relief

As we all know, COVID-19 has taken a large toll on small businesses, UPAVIM being one of them. The pandemic has made it a challenge for the artisans to go to work while also maintaining their health and mitigating the spread of the virus. Therefore, UCDF has pledged to give them additional support them during this difficult time.

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Donations help to cover teacher salaries and Montessori training, classroom materials and supplies, and breakfast for each student. Currently the K-6 Montessori School attends to over 150 children and employs 8 teachers and a Director. A monthly fee of $23 covers tuition costs, though uniform, books, and materials and registration costs are separate.

Scholarship Program

For primary school and junior high students, the $63 scholarship helps to cover the cost of their basic school supplies, and supplies for them to use at the Reforzamiento tutoring center and pay the salary of a Guatemalan teacher. UPAVIM has awarded scholarships to students in the community since 1992 and awards around 300 scholarships (Becas) annually.

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Community Library

The library continues to serve as a vital resource for the children, parents, and teachers of La Esperanza and neighboring communities. It is the only library in La Esperanza. With every dollar you donate, you are bringing precious books and a safe nurturing space to children.

Professional Development

UPAVIM Crafts continues to be self-sustaining, however in order to expand and increase earning potential for our women artisans, we are always accepting donations to fund training in product design, accounting, business management and logistics. Please contact us if you would like to offer any type of training programs or assistance to our Artesania's, and of course monetary donations are always welcome.

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Solar Panels

Being the land of eternal sunshine, we would love to to provide solar power energy to our building. Not only will they help us save energy costs but we can help save the environment too. The solar panels will be placed on the roof that partially covers the playground. It was built with reinforcements to hold the weight of solar panels and are the only thing needed to complete our Annex project. 

Endowment Fund

During 2020, when COVID-19 was at its worst and people were struggling all over the world, the endowment literally saved the women of UPAVIM and the Cooperative. They would not have made it without the endowment and our generous donors. We are so grateful for any donations to this fund because they help ensure the security of our 20-year foundation during emergencies. 


Frequently asked questions

Is my donation tax deductible?

All donations are tax-deductible in the U.S.A. The UPAVIM Community Development Foundation (UCDF) is a 501(C)(3) organization based in the United States.

Can I earmark my donation for a certain area/project?

Yes! On our donations page, you can select the project you would like to support or can make a general donation which will be used where it is most needed.

Can I hold a fundraiser for UPAVIM?

Yes! We are happy to help you plan your fundraiser. Fundraising is a great way to create a larger impact with your donation. Host a sale at your home, church or office with UPAVIM Crafts. Contact Barb Lorraine for further information at barblorraine (no space) 1936 at gmail dot com.

What are my payment options?

We try to make donating as easy as possible. Donations can be made in many forms, including all major credit cards, paypal, cash and check. Credit Cards are processed through PayPal.

How do I cancel my recurring online donation?

  1. Log in to your PayPal account.
  2. Click Profile near the top of the page.
  3. Click My money.
  4. Click Update in the My preapproved payments section.
  5. Click Cancel, Cancel automatic billing, or Cancel subscription and follow the instructions.
*If you do not know your paypal account login or cannot access your paypal account, please contact us for assistance.

Do I have to use PayPal?

Paypal securely processes credit card donations for UPAVIM Community Development Foundation. With our registered non-profit account, paypal takes a much smaller percentage of each payment in fees compared to other commercial vendors. This means more of your donation goes directly to where it’s needed most, and less to the credit card processing companies.

What if I don’t have a paypal account?

That’s okay! You can use your credit card or bank account to pay through paypal and Paypal basically acts as a middleman. You are not required to create an account for one-time donations. On the donation page, look for the continue link, next to “Use your credit card or bank account (where available.)

Do you accept recurring donations?

We gratefully accept recurring donations. Recurring donations are processed through paypal. A paypal account is required in order to give us permission to bill you each month. With our registered non-profit account, paypal takes a much smaller percentage of each payment in fees compared to other commercial vendors. This means more of your donation goes directly to where it’s needed most, and less to the credit card processing companies.

Depending on your payment method, your credit card or bank statement will show either “PayPal *UPAVIM CDF ” or “PAYPALINST XFER.” each month.

Can I mail my donation?

Yes! If you are interested in making a tax-deductible donation in the USA to one of UPAVIM’s programs, you can do so by writing a check payable to: UPAVIM Community Development Foundation c/o Janessa Landeck 1700 Sheely Dr. Fort Collins, CO 80526

UPAVIM’s Generous 2019 – 2020 Supporters Include:

Andrea Abbott
Katie Abbott
Glenn Abell
Abriendo Fronteras – Opening Borders
Alternatives Global Marketplace
Eleanor Armstrong
Laura Armstrong
Artisan’s World Marketplace
Katie Arnold
Patricia Baker
Kacy Barker
Sarah Barnett
Anna Barry
Mellifora Beebee
Marcia Bellas
Berea Interfaith Task Force
Samantha Bartlett
Cassandra and Sam Billotti
Katie Billotti
Linda Billlotti
Patsy Bodine
Carl Bon Tempo
Ali Bourque
Amy Bourret
Stuart Braiman & Christine Tetreault
Laurel Briggs
Cathleen & John Briley
Karen Brogna
Leeann Brookens
Cynthia Burgunder
Bridget Burless
Richard & Susan Burton
Paul and Dominique Butcher
Linda Campbell
Judy Canahuaiti
Mayra Carr
Sina Chan
Ed & Mary Clark
Rima Cooke
Lisa Coughanowr
Curious Iguana
Estuardo Cobo
Richard & Lori Cole
Cooper Dry Goods
Sanne Coppens
Dorothy Courtis
Daisy Cox
J. Crew/Blackbaud Giving Fund
Crossroads Presbyterian Church
Jan Cummings
Gail Cunningham
Susan Davis
Jennifer Dean
Louis DeGeest
Nadine DeLeon
Laurie Demorest
Mary Demorest
Natanya Diament
Vincent Donoghue
Stephanie & Duncan Downs Hughes
Kathy and John Doyle
Hannah Drakeley
Tara Dunsmore
David & Barbara Ehst
Mary Embry
Todd & Kristine England
Susan Enroth
Alexandra Eurich
Gregory Eurich
Michael Evans
Deborah Faber
Faith Lutheran Church
Kay Falk
Kathryn Fallbaum
Dalia Feltman
Terry Feltman
Thomas & Margaret Ferrara Sr.
Thomas Ferrara Jr.
Mary Joan Ferrara-Marsland
Roberta Ferrara
Ryan Fisher
Marilyne Freedman

John Fremstad
Ellie Friedland
Alison Frye
Jim Fusco
Alice Gansfield
The Global Market
Global Village Gifts
Anna Sofia Gomez
Sarah Goodman
Khoosheih Gosink
Grace Lutheran Church
Roger Haglund
Jane Harrison
Ronda Harrity
Don & Nadine Hecht
Barbara Heeb
Loreen Heinz
Karen Hogan
Will Honeycutt
Mariah Horrigan
Mary Howe
Elizabeth Howlett
Maureen Huelsenbeck
Gail Hume
Jane Renee Hyzy
International Blessings
Tim & Laura Jamagin
Rachel Jantzi
Tom Johnson
Martine & Carolyn Karcher Fund
Shion Kato
Kenneth Katzen
Lucretia Keenan
Sara Keller
Cathleen Kelly
John & Maureen Kelly
Suzanne Kelly
Gary and Carolyn Kemp
Sally James & Daryl Kimball
Chara King
Georgia King
Kenji Kizuka
Sasha Kinney
Ray Krusinski
Kate Kuhn
Lehea Kuphal
Janessa Landeck and Anders Fremstad
Mary Landeck
Robert Landeck
Rachel Lausch
Friedrich & Erika Lautenschlager
Jennifer Legler
Marie Legrand
Sara Loeppert
Nancy Long
Regina Lord
Karen Lunnen
Bernadette MacDonald
Meagan Maddock
Nicole Maddock
Stephen and Kimberly Maddock
Laura Maffei
Doris Maluck & Phillip Grupposo
Mango Tree Artisans
Martha Manno
Nelly Marcoux
Dana Martin
Ellen Marquardt
Elizabeth May
Anne McBryde Family Foundation
Stephanie McGrath
Natalie Melville
Mission Presbytery Church
Tara Mitcheltree
Estefani Morales Zanoletti
Elizabeth Morawitz
Cassy Morns
Gina Mosavi
Mountain Chalet Aspen
Edward Murphy
Sally Murray James
Maureen Mylander

Dennis & Marah Nelson
Deborah Osborn
Ina Osborn
Mark Osborn
Lisa Ostroff
Michele Paolella
Anne Pelletier
Helen Peterle
Stephan Pieters
Claire Pitstick
Lenore Pitstick
Diane Pittman
Plenty International
Laura Potter-Sodowski
Chadd Potts
Mary Potvin
Brandon Protas
Bianca Prune
James Raleigh
Richard Randolph
Patricia Reichard
David Resnick
Emily Richards
Kate Rosen
Brenda Rosenbaum
Judith Sadegh
Karen Saint Denis
St. Matthew’s Congregation
St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
Leslie Salgado
Carol Sanderson
James Schick
Luanne Schinzel
Kurt Scholler
Vicki Schmidt
Bonnie Schwartz
Hollye Schwartz
Margaret Shanks
Susan Shelton
Jody Slocum
Carolyn Somers
South Central Wisconsin Synod
Cathryn Spillman
Caitlyn Stialvey
Ava Swafford
Kathy Swiney
Linda Temple
Carolyn Tillotson
Linda Toia
Fatou Pompilus Toure
Jennie Trayes
Brandon Trevino
Trinity Women of the E.L.C.A.
Kim Truong
James Tyldesley
Russ and Betsy Tyldesley
Sue Unkenholz & Ward Sutton
Eefje Van den Auwelent
Tami Van Dreese
Jennifer VanSandt
Helen Veit
Cheryl Vossberg
Jean Warda
Warren Wanlund
Richard and Charlene Watts
Ameila Weinfurtner
Susan Weltman
Tamra Westbrooks
Alyssa Whitworth
Bob and Linda Wiley
Dale & Judy Wilkins
Sue Norcross
Frank Norman
Elaine Novak
Kathy Winters
Lydia Wise
John R. Woods Foundation
Jeneese Woofter
Sally Yates
Linda Yergey
Sabrina Zeller
Margaret Zeps
Maya Zwerching