Challenges and Opportunities for Grantmaking in Mexico



This teleconference provided an overview for foundations on policy developments in Mexico that are impacting the flow of U.S. philanthropy into the country. On the call, expert speakers delved into the implications for philanthropy of a new anti-money laundering law, changes to the Mexican tax code, and the consequences of the U.S.-Mexico trade agreement for U.S.-based foundations doing work in Mexico. Foundation leaders joined the call to explain how this regulatory environment has impacted their grantmaking in Mexico, and how they navigate it successfully. The call also highlighted a range of new resources on grantmaking in Mexico.

Please note this call was for Council Members only


  • Katherine LaBeau, Policy Analyst, Council on Foundations 
  • Natalie Ross, Member Relations Director, Global, Council on Foundations


  • Michael Layton, Director, Philanthropy and Civil Society Project, Department of International Studies, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM)
  • Mark Owens, Partner, Loeb & Loeb
  • Windy Lopez-Afflito, Philanthropy Manager, American Express Foundation
  • Sharon Bissell Sotelo, Director, Mexico Office, MacArthur Foundation
  • Joshua Mintz, Vice President and General Counsel, MacArthur Foundation