Friends of Guatemala is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that funds scholarships and other projects to benefit children and their communities in Guatemala.
Friends of Guatemala (FOG) was founded in 1989 by a group of returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) living in the Washington DC area with the goal of promoting cooperation, understanding, and goodwill between the peoples of Guatemala and the United States. Supporting education in Guatemala is FOG’s primary focus.
FOG provides an opportunity for former Peace Corps Volunteers to stay connected with the Peace Corps community and with friends and colleagues in Guatemala. Our organization is a member of the National Peace Corps Association.
While many FOG members are former or current Peace Corps volunteers, membership is open to anyone with an interest in Guatemala and a commitment to FOG’s goals. Membership starts at just $15 a year, and is free to newly returned volunteers. To join, contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
FOG is a non-profit organization, incorporated in the District of Columbia and tax-exempt under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue code. Your donations to FOG are tax-deductible.
FOG’s primary focus is supporting education for young people in rural Guatemala. We fund scholarships for students at the basico or middle school level, a critical time between primary and secondary or professional school when many students are forced to drop out due to lack of resources. FOG manages two types of scholarships:
Each year donations to the FOG scholarship fund support 20-30 students, most at the basico level with stipends ranging from $200-400. Scholarship applications are accepted and reviewed by the Board annually in the fall. Current PCVs and FOG members nominate candidates and serve as mentors. Many FOG scholarship recipients are the first in their families to complete basico and some are the first in their communities to go on to professional schools. Through this program, hundreds of young Guatemalans, who otherwise might not have had the chance, have been able to continue their education and contribute more fully to their communities.
Under our Category 2 program, FOG provides administrative support to current and former volunteers for their own fund raising efforts. Through this program, volunteers leverage donations they raise from family and friends to support students not only in basico, but, in some cases, all the way through professional schools to become teachers, nurses, lawyers and doctors. Typically FOG is able to double or triple the number of students we serve by working with this extended network of RPCV families and friends. RPCVs also work with FOG through the Category 2 program to support community development projects.
FOG organizes fund-raising and social events, partners with other non-profits to sponsor service projects, such as collecting bikes to be sent to Guatemala, and supports activities and initiatives of NPCA and the larger Guatemala Peace Corps community.
Donations in any amount are welcome! To donate by credit card securely through PayPal, click the Donate button below:
When donating through PayPal, please be sure to specify in the “Memo” section whether your donation is for membership, the scholarship fund, or for a specific student or project. PayPal charges FOG a processing fee of 2.2% for the convenience of donating online. To avoid charges, you can send donations to our mailing address or use the online “bill pay” function of your bank account. Request that your bank pay “Friends of Guatemala” at the address given above. Most banks do not charge for this service.
Many employers will match your donations to FOG. Be sure to check with your employer. FOG is happy to complete any paperwork for matching grants.
Your donations to FOG are tax deductible.