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For Immediate Release
August 9, 2011
Contact: Michele Frix

SIF announces $150,000 in grants to support women’s leadership in Central America

Seattle – The Seattle International Foundation is pleased to announce $150,000 in grants to support women’s leadership in Central America. The projects funded focus on developing individuals’ knowledge and leadership skills; strengthening organizations’ capacity; and building networks to align individual action for maximum impact. Women’s leadership is a primary area of focus for SIF. SIF received letters of inquiry under the Central America program this past April. Additional grant announcements for the Central American Program will be made Fall 2011.

The grants awarded advance SIF’s theory of change that lasting positive change is best achieved by investing in local leadership, particularly to help raise the voice and capacity of marginalized populations including youth, indigenous communities and women.

“Recent studies show that of every dollar we invest in women living in poverty, 90 cents will go towards her family and local community. Invest in a woman leader, and you can count on a positive investment in her family, her community, and her country.” said Mauricio Vivero, Executive Director.

Recent grants include:

$50,000 for the Central American Women’s Fund (FCAM), to support the organizational capacity of young women’s groups in Central America, working to promote the civic participation of young women and protection of women’s rights throughout the region. More information regarding FCAM can be found at

$50,000 for Just Associates (JASS), to support a regional initiative to strengthen the leadership and capacity of women human rights defenders and indigenous women in Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, through workshops around communication, technology, effective advocacy, and legal issues. More information regarding JASS can be found at

$50,000 for Sinergia N’oj, to strengthen and facilitate key dialogues and networking opportunities among indigenous and rural women’s organizations throughout Guatemala and the entire region, through intensive leadership trainings. More information regarding Singeriga N’oj can be found at

SIF is also working with partners and grantees working in Central America to advance a strategic vision for development in the region. Recently the Foundation was honored to partner with USAID and the OAS to support a summit on preventing youth violence in the Americas, with a special focus on Central America and gender. Please click here to read SIF’s report to stakeholders on this recent summit and related activities.

Organizations can stay informed about the work of the Seattle International Foundation by joining our Central America Network, Facebook, Twitter, and at our website,


Seattle International Foundation (SIF) was founded as a supporting organization to The Seattle Foundation for the purpose of increasing and enhancing international philanthropy and development efforts from the Pacific Northwest and to serve as a resource to our community. More information about the contents of this press release and SIF’s projects, in Central America and around the world, can be found on our website or by contacting SIF’s Executive Director, Mauricio Vivero at

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