NATIK BELIEVES IN OUR PARTNERS

We help community led efforts find success.

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Natik supports local, visionary leaders in Guatemala and Mexico who focus on education and economic opportunities in their communities.


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NATIK PROVIDES GRANTS

Natik’s legal structure is that of a granting organization. We identify local partners, and provide grants for mutually agreed upon activities and programs. Natik’s staff, board, volunteers, and interns provide capacity building support based on the needs identified by the partner organization.

Our strength is meeting our partner organizations where they are. With smaller startups, we provide financial support, administrative advice, refer volunteers and interns, and help to troubleshoot rough spots. Natik also serves as a fiscal sponsor to select organizations as they get their footing.

At an intermediate stage, Natik shares best practices and strategy for communications, social media fundraising, grant-writing, administrative support, trainings, and entrepreneurial mentoring to encourage greater degrees of financial and organizational independence.

International Development research indicates that keeping children in school as long as possible, and creating micro-economic opportunities at the local level (especially for women and youth) are the two most cost-effective means for communities to confront poverty and marginalization.  The macro-level causes of educational and economic marginalization are systemic, and cultural changes happen slowly, and many types of structured support and intervention are needed. Natik partners are committed to developing organizations that are firmly established within their communities.  Often, the visionary leaders we partner with are the first in their families and communities to complete an education beyond primary school. Natik accompanies these community leaders as they establish formal infrastructures that both challenge and honor the local culture in ways that make sense to them. Our efforts are concentrated in Guatemala and Mexico, primarily working with Mayan communities.

International Development research indicates that keeping children in school as long as possible, and creating micro-economic opportunities at the local level (especially for women and youth) are the two most cost-effective means for communities to confront poverty and marginalization.

The macro-level causes of educational and economic marginalization are systemic, and cultural changes happen slowly, and many types of structured support and intervention are needed. Natik partners are committed to developing organizations that are firmly established within their communities.

Often, the visionary leaders we partner with are the first in their families and communities to complete an education beyond primary school. Natik accompanies these community leaders as they establish formal infrastructures that both challenge and honor the local culture in ways that make sense to them. Our efforts are concentrated in Guatemala and Mexico, primarily working with Mayan communities.