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We identify opportunities for systemic change in Latin America, linking and strengthening the individuals and institutions in the region that can drive that change toward a more sustainable future.

When we identify an opportunity with our partners, we broker alliances around shared agendas for action that can contribute to a regionally relevant scale of impact.

AVINA invests directly in these shared agendas on the ground, and we look for synergies and collaboration potential with the work of other international organizations.

FundaciĆ³n AVINA works in Latin America as a broker, co-investor and facilitator, leveraging its resources, local presence and relationships with thousands of allies to incubate and scale up shared strategies for change.

Our primary contribution to our allies is the promotion of collaborative action through services and financial support.

AVINA offers services that:

  • Build the conditions for a diversity of allies from civil society and the private sector to work together towards common goals.
  • Promote the development of shared agendas for change.
  • Invest, leverage, and mobilize resources to support these agendas.
  • Raise the visibility of shared agendas at the national, regional and global levels, connecting actors within the continent and internationally.
  • Build relationships and broker alliances with global actors to accelerate and scale up impact.
  • Link allies with public sector institutions to influence public policy.
  • Produce, share and manage knowledge, innovation, lessons learned, skills, methods and best practices in order to strengthen all of the above.

We work with thousands of leaders and organizations from different sectors who are committed to sustainable development in the region. It is through constant dialog with its network of allies that AVINA defines its strategy, identifies opportunities and builds shared action agendas. Our allies inspire us with their vision for social transformation, they teach us with their innovative approaches, and we seek to contribute to change by supporting their organizations, initiatives and networks.

It is possible to build development processes that are sustainable, satisfying the needs of the present while at the same time safeguarding the capacity of future generations to meet their own needs.

Latin American society possesses the resources and potential to create solutions for the challenges that it faces.

Those who assume a leadership role with a vision for the future are key players in uniting interests around models that are sustainable.

True leadership focuses on helping others to grow without neglecting the needs of the leader.

Sustainable development depends to a large extent on the ability of civil society, business, and government to discuss, collaborate, and implement mutually agreed agendas for action.

To contribute to sustainable development in Latin America by encouraging productive alliances based on trust among social and business leaders and by brokering consensus around agendas for action.


We seek a prosperous, integrated, and democratic Latin America, inspired in its diversity, built in solidarity by its citizens, and known globally for its own model of sustainable and inclusive development. We want to be recognized as an effective and innovative organization that contributes to the sustainable development of Latin America.


The full realization of the human being, in a context of individual, social, and environmental harmony, as the central focus of sustainable development.

Human dignity expressed as the exercise of democracy, equity of opportunities, freedom with responsibility, honesty, and solidarity.

Modesty, which must guide our actions, encouraging us to celebrate the contributions of others in the process of building together a better world for each and every person.

Continuous innovation, which allows us to be increasingly effective and productive.


AVINA was founded in 1994 by the Swiss entrepreneur Stephan Schmidheiny, who inspired the vision and values that guide the organization.

AVINA is maintained by VIVA, a trust created by Stephan Schmidheiny to further sustainable development through alliances between successful and responsible businesses and philanthropic organizations that promote leadership and innovation.