Building Broader Communities in the Americas (BBCA) believes that community mapping is an effective way for community foundations to understand their communities. Knowing the demographic, institutional and economic relationships that crisscross the region and having a sense of mobility across borders can help community foundations:
- Design or support programs, policies, and systems that more effectively meet the needs of their residents;
- Uncover potential donors;
- Learn about corporations that are doing business in the U.S./Canada as well as Latin America and the Caribbean and have employees in both places;
- Connect with other transnational efforts already active in their communities (service organizations, diaspora organizations, remittance flows, etc.);
- Inform their actions as they promote greater mutual understanding and tolerance in their increasingly diverse communities.
The BBCA Mapping Project is an ongoing initiative available to any community foundation in the United States, Canada or Latin America and the Caribbean, regardless of size. To enable other community foundations to engage in their own mapping projects, the Inter-American Foundation and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation have allocated resources to match those put up by the community foundations for this work.
Below are the mapping reports completed to date.
Produced by The Boston Foundation, Enduring Ties: The Human Connection Between Greater Boston, Latin America and the Caribbean maps the demographics and economic data of Greater Boston, explores how these demographics have shifted over time and shares analyses of the economic data for these communities. It also examines the experiences of transnational communities in the Greater Boston area, exploring the assets these communities bring and the challenges they face.
El Paso, Texas | Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua
The El Paso Community Foundation, together with the Fundación Comunitaria de la Frontera Norte, conducted a public opinion survey of El Paso and Ciudad Juárez residents, in an effort to strengthen their binational sense of connection. The survey identified main opportunities and concerns of the larger community in the El Paso – Ciudad Juárez region and provides a general overview of what the citizens in each community think of this border region.
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Hendry County, Florida
The Hendry County Mapping Project, led by Southwest Florida Community Foundation in collaboration with Florida Gulf Coast University, and EnSite, Inc., sought to physically locate and characterize transnational populations in Hendry County. The project worked to identify ways to capture and compile data gathered about these populations in ways that could be analyzed and shared without causing harm.
“Construir comunidades más amplias en las Américas: Migración Jalisco-Estados Unido,” by the Corporativa de Fundaciones with the Laboratorio de Estudios Económicos y Sociales (LEES), identifies and characterizes migrants from Jalisco, a state in western Mexico, to the United States. The medium-term objective of this work is to strengthen regional relationships and increase economic, political and social cooperation between the two countries. Given the interconnections between the different key actors in both countries, there is opportunity to plan joint actions and find solutions to common problems.
Fundación Comunitaria Malinalco (Malinalco Community Foundation)’s report, Migración en Malinalco, studies the current situation and characteristics of migratory practices within the municipality of the central/southwestern region in Mexico of Malinalco who emigrate abroad. The principal motivation for this work is to propose ways in which the Fundación Comunitaria Malinalco and its network of partners could join efforts that already exist to support families in the community, boost new initiatives and design a program that, within the capacity of the same institutions, could contribute to addressing the problems detected.
Monterrey, Nuevo León
This report by Comunidar studies the emigration of academics and professionals from Monterrey, the capital of Nuevo León, to the United States, particularly from 2009-2011. It seeks to capture migrants’ contributions to the development and well-being of Mexico, and particularly their hometown of Nuevo León. It looks at changing the current paradigm to position the migrant at the center of the local development model, valuing the intellectual, financial and cultural contribution that they represent.
Sussex County, Delaware
The Delaware Community Foundation commissioned Perspectives on the Latino Population in Sussex County, Delaware to serve as a resource for nonprofit organizations, funders, community leaders and others striving to engage and advance this important segment of the community. The report explores when and why Latinos settled in Sussex County, the experiences of different subpopulations, and the roles that service providers and policymakers can take to address unmet needs.