Below you’ll find Frequently Asked Questions regarding Mayan Families, donating and getting involved. If you have a question that isn’t answered here, please feel free to reach out to us at communications@mayanfamilies.org and we’ll be sure to help you out! If you have specific questions about our Education programs or student sponsorships please email studentsponsorship@mayanfamilies.org.

 

 

About Mayan Families

You´ll find more information about us here  and information about our programs here Education, Nutrition & Health, Economic Development.
Mayan Families is a US registered 501(c)3 non-profit and most donations made to Mayan Families are tax-deductible under US law.

 

Donations

You can donate by credit card here, or by check, sending it to Mayan Families, PO Box 352, Slatersville, RI 02876 or via wire transfer (please email us at communications@mayanfamilies.org for transfer details).  If you have questions about donation methods, please email communications@mayanfamilies.org.

Yes! Please ask your company’s social responsibility officer or department for more details, you can also email us at communications@mayanfamilies.org, we are happy to help.
We gratefully do! Please email us at communications@mayanfamilies.org for more details.
Charitable gifts made to Mayan Families may be tax deductible under US law, for more information please check the IRS’s rules and restrictions.
Please check the tax laws of your respective country.  If you are donating from Canada, you can donate to our Canadian partner, Aldea Maya. For more information please email us at communications@mayanfamilies.org

Yes, you should receive a receipt of your donation shortly after it has been received by Mayan Families. If you require an additional receipt or would like an annual donation summary please email us at receipts@mayanfamilies.org.

We work to deliver all donations within a month of their being received, occasionally delivery can take longer due to unforeseen circumstances. We update the SmugMug profile of your sponsored students with delivery photos within two weeks of donation being delivered, please check in regularly.  If you have a question about a specific donation please email us at donorsupport@mayanfamilies.org

 

Getting Involved

You can be a Mayan Families’ Ambassador, you can support our programs by donating and you can spread the word to your friends and family. For more information please email us at partnerships@mayanfamilies.org
Yes, we are very happy to facilitate meetings between our sponsored students and their sponsors, please email education@mayanfamilies.org for more information.
Yes, we would love to see you here in Guatemala. We offer a variety of visiting options and can tailor them to your needs.
We are happy for our supporters to get involved in our programs and projects directly, please email experiences@mayanfamilies.org for more information about how you can get involved.

Amigos Mayan Families

Amigos Mayan Families is our legally-registered organization in Guatemala, which allows us to work in Guatemala respecting all Guatemalan laws, tax responsibilities, and structures.

The two organizations work collaboratively within a legally-binding partnership agreement that assures transparency and mutual oversight. The organizations share an Executive Director and have an overlap of 3 board members, including the treasurer, to maintain healthy communication, transparency, and collaboration. Regular audits and financial reports are required of both organizations, and both work in full compliance with the laws of their specific jurisdictions.

Mayan Families employs a small handful of our international staff/interns and AMF employs all Guatemalan citizens and residents, which is the vast majority of our staff. Our Executive Director is a legal employee of Mayan Families and the legal representative of Amigos Mayan Families.

AMF knows that our staff are our greatest asset, and that good community work is dependent on the leadership, brilliance, and knowledge of our indigenous team. We pay fair, legal wages and adhere to strict labor laws which provide generous bonuses, health insurance, and labor protection for our local team. 

Yes, AMF is a legally registered nonprofit association in Guatemala, and accepts donations and grants in accordance with Guatemalan and accepts donations and grants in accordance with Guatemalan laws.

Education

Mayan Families is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization and your donation is tax-deductible within the guidelines of U.S. law. To claim a donation as a deduction on your U.S. taxes, please keep your email donation receipt as your official record. We'll send it to you upon successful completion of your donation.
Mayan Families will do everything possible within reason to see to it that designated gifts are used for the specified purposes. If circumstances present themselves that make that process not viable or of best use for our community, we will make our best effort to use the funds in ways that best support our families and community.