BBCA Mapping Project

BBCA Mapping Project

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At Building Broader Communities in the Americas (BBCA), we believe that mapping research is an effective way for community foundations to begin to understand our transnational communities. Knowing the demographic, cultural, institutional and economic relationships that tie regions together can help community foundations:

  • Connect with other transnational efforts already active in our communities (service organizations, diaspora organizations, remittance flows, etc.);  
  • Design and support programs, policies, and systems that more effectively meet the needs of our residents; 
  • Partner with other community foundations towards common goals; 
  • Uncover potential donors and other partners in strengthening our communities; 
  • Help corporations that are doing business across the Americas to be more effective in strengthening their social responsibility goals; 
  • Inform our actions as they promote greater mutual understanding and equity in our increasingly diverse communities. 

The BBCA mapping projects of 2017 and 2018 were possible thanks to the Inter-American Foundation and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and to the participating community foundations who contributed with their own funding and/or in-kind support. 

Below are links to the eleven mapping reports from the 2017 and 2018 cohorts, in alphabetical order by place. We look forward to more community foundations from more regions of the Americas to participate in 2021! 

Arizona | Sonora, Mexico 

The Arizona Community Foundation, the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona and Fundación del Empresariado Sonorense of Nogales and Obregon collaborated with the Border Philanthropy Partnership in a mapping study of nonprofit and businesses in the states of Arizona and Sonora called Arizona-Sonora: Building bridges for a stronger future in community philanthropy. Through this study, they were able to identify challenges and opportunities for corporate philanthropy and giving across the Mexican border. 

Boston, Massachusetts

Produced by The Boston FoundationEnduring 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. 

Chicago, Illinois 

The Chicago Community Trust, through their report Exploring Mexican Philanthropy in Chicago, discovered that there are many Mexican business leaders in Chicago that contribute greatly to the communities in the city and to those back in Mexico, often through hometown associations. However, they have been unaware of the Trust’s services. This study has opened the doors to new partnerships with the Latinx business sector.

Contact Sandra Aponte at for more information about this report.

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 connection. The survey is the first of its kind for the larger community in the El Paso–Ciudad Juárez border region and provides insight into of residents’ relationship with the region and their neighbors across the border. 

Hendry County, Florida

The Hendry County Mapping Project, led by Southwest Florida Community Foundation in collaboration with Florida Gulf Coast University, sought to locate and characterize transnational populations in Hendry County. This is the first time that the community foundation has connected so closely to these often very marginalized communities. The project has provided invaluable insight for future foundation programming and trust-building. 

Jalisco (Mexico)

“Construyendo comunidades más amplias en las Américas: Migración Jalisco-Estados Unidos” [Building broader communities in the Americas: Migration Jalisco-United States], by the Corporativa de Fundaciones with the Laboratorio de Estudios Económicos y Sociales (LEES), identifies characteristics of migrants from Jalisco, a state in western Mexico, to the United States. Given the interconnections between the different key actors in both countries, there is opportunity to plan joint actions and find solutions to common problems. 

Malinalco, Estado de México (Mexico) 

The Fundación Comunitaria Malinalco report, called Migración en Malinalco, identifies the characteristics of migration within this municipality in the central region of Mexico. Highlighted in the report are personal stories around both emigration and repatriation to their home region, the experiences of women and migrants with indigenous heritage. One of the biggest lessons from mapping is recognizing the transversality of migration in community foundation work in the region.

Monterrey, Nuevo León (Mexico) 

This report by ComunidarInversión potencial para el desarrollo social del estado de Nuevo León [Potential investment for social development in the state of Nuevo León] studies the emigration, not only of those seeking economic opportunities but also those seeking safety. They focus on the “golden migrants” – academics and professionals who left Monterrey for the United States in a time of intense insecurity from 2009-2011. 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. 

Morelos (Mexico) – Minneapolis, Minnesota 

This study, called Migración: Morelos – Minnesota, was based on a previous finding that the city of Minneapolis is home to many families who originated from the state of Morelos in Mexico. Fundación Comunidad and The Minneapolis Foundation partnered in creating a much deeper understanding of the push and pull factors involving migration and in developing a stronger relationship between the two places. 

San Diego, California | Tijuana, Baja California (Mexico) 

The International Community Foundation in San Diego and the Fundación Internacional de la Comunidad in Tijuana partnered with the Border Philanthropy Partnership to look at how they could give impulse to corporate philanthropy in Baja California. The report, Corporate giving trends in the U.S.-Mexico border region, gives results from a bilateral survey of nonprofits and businesses and recommendations for strengthening both sectors in transnational philanthropy. 

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. 

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