Where are you located?

We are located in the town of La Manzanilla, Jalisco, on the Pacific Coast of Mexico. La Manzanilla is a small but rapidly growing community consisting of approximately 1500 Mexican residents and a large foreign population who spend the winters here or come as tourists. Our facility is located at #199 Playa Dorada (directly behind La Manzanilla’s pre-school).

How can I get involved?

Please contact us to receive our newsletters.  You can also get involved by volunteering in our educational programs or fundraising events in La Manzanilla or becoming a program sponsor.

Who does La Catalina Foundation serve?

Our charter is to serve the local Mexican community of La Manzanilla, Jalisco.  Approximately 400 youth, ages 3 through 22, attend our programs each year.  Through our collaboration with Careyes Foundation, free “Beyond Border” textbooks are provided to 13 elementary schools in Jalisco each year. We also support our four local public schools through donating supplies and textbooks and providing periodic local teacher training.

Does your foundation give grants?

We are primarily an operating foundation whose purpose is to administer educational programs which are determined by the needs of the community and approved by our Board of Directors. The foundation does, however, award small grants to La Manzanilla’s public schools and financial assistance to youth attending 7th grade through University who are selected to participate in our “Wings to Fly” scholarship program.

Where do you receive your funding sources?

We currently receive approximately 85% of our funds through individual donors and 15% through local fundraising events.

Can interested parties view your annual financial statement?

Our annual statements are prepared at the end of each year.  Please contact us if you would like us to email you a copy of a financial statement.

Can I get a tax deduction when I make a donation?

We offer tax-deductible receipts to U.S. residents through La Catalina Foundation U.S.A.  As of 2017, we have been authorized by IJAS (Instituto Jalisciense de Asistencia Social) to give tax-deductible receipts to Mexican citizens who make their donations in Mexico.  Unfortunately, we have not yet been able to find an avenue to offer tax deductible receipts for Canadian residents.