Avina is a Latin American foundation that identifies opportunities to achieve systemic change relevant for sustainable development, by connecting and empowering people and institutions in shared agendas for action.

The organization creates and supports collaborative processes that produce effective cooperation among entrepreneurs, companies, civil society organizations, academia and governmental institutions so together they can contribute to advancing the common good.


Avina was founded in 1994 by Swiss entrepreneur Stephan Schmidheiny, who inspired the vision and values that guide the organization’s continuing operations.

Avina receives financial support from VIVA Trust, an endowment created by Mr. Schmidheiny to foster sustainable development through alliances between successful and responsible private businesses and philanthropic organizations, promoting leadership and innovation.