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Fundación AVINA

Fundación Avina is a Latin American foundation created in 1994 and focused on producing the large-scale changes necessary for sustainable development by fostering collaborative processes among leaders from different sectors, thereby contributing toward the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Fundación Avina has identified, incubated, and supported collaborative alliances, institutions, and endeavors centered around opportunities for systemic change, state-of-the-art technology, innovative social initiatives, and new business models. With presence in 20 countries and operations on 9 programs, Fundación Avina coordinates the Platform for Innovation with Purpose, an alliance to accelerate high-impact solutions and large-scale transformations in favor of sustainable development in Latin America by bringing together social innovation with innovation in technology and business

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To impact sustainable development from Latin America by creating favorable conditions for diverse actors to join forces in contributing to the common good.


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.

Our history

Our work in Latin America began in 1994 through initiatives led by Avina’s founder, Swiss entrepreneur Stephan Schmidheiny. In 2001, Fundación Avina was officially incorporated as an independent entity based in Latin America in order to expand its activities in the region. Fundación Avina receives substantial financial support from VIVA Trust, which was created by our founder to promote sustainable development through an alliance of private companies and philanthropic organizations committed to forming a new economy and generating social impact by way of inspired leadership and innovation.

Over the past 20 years, Avina carried out a period of intense investment that positively impacted sustainable development in Latin America and beyond.

During the past two decades, the major issues related to sustainable, fair, and inclusive development have grown in importance. At the same time, it has become clear that within Latin America there are solutions, leadership, and much to learn and build together that can benefit not only this continent but other regions of the world as well. Avina, which acts now as the coordinating organization for the Platform for Innovation with Purpose, has had the privilege of contributing to this landscape throughout the past 20 years, and we have positively transformed the quality of life of millions of people. Throughout this period, we implemented with our allies, a concept of transformation where changes are envisioned, planned, and agreed upon in collaborative spaces, which has enriched valuable gains made in all different areas of development.