UPAVIM Community Development Foundation (UCDF)
The UPAVIM Community Development Foundation (UCDF) is a U.S. based non-profit organization committed to supporting grassroots, community-based development work primarily in Guatemala. We approach development as a holistic and empowering project, committed to the protection of human rights and the creation of communities that offer safety, opportunity, and democratic participation for their residents. We focus, in particular, on working with women and children in low-income, violent urban areas, especially through our support for UPAVIM, a women’s non-profit association in Guatemala City whose name is a Spanish acronym for “Unidas para Vivir Mejor,” or, “United to Live Better.” We also support indigenous groups and other marginalized populations elsewhere in Guatemala and other Latin American countries. The groups we support offer access to quality services in medicine and education, in addition to opportunities to work for cooperatives that are self-governed. UCDF is made up of a volunteer board of directors who work collectively in a fundraising and advisory capacity to these projects with the goal of helping groups to eventually achieve sustainability.
Interested in joining?
Learn about our general expectations and responsibilities.
Board members commit to raising at least $1000 annually for UCDF and more if possible. This can be accomplished through a personal donation or through a personal fundraising project.
Organize a Fundraising Campaign
Commit to organizing at least one collective fundraising campaign each year. There are many so this is easy to do and helps reach your $1000 goal!
Build Local Partnerships
Build partnerships with local community groups (churches, civic groups, school). Approach a local group and seek a donation for UPAVIM either from the group as a whole or from individual members. Seek out opportunities to share the story of UPAVIM in your local community.
Attend Online Meetings
Attend 1-2 board online meetings per year.
Attend Annual Board Meeting
Board members are highly encouraged to attend the annual in-person board meeting, hosted by a member in Colombia, MD. It's a great way to get to know your fellow board members and it's fun! Travel expenses are the responsibility of individual board members.
Board members are expected to follow through on any commitments they make to the group including: providing updates on projects, working on fundraising campaigns, updating progress charts, and responding promptly to emails concerning UDCF business.