La Catalina Educational Foundation is a Mexican non-profit organization aiming to raise the educational and economic level of the local people in La Manzanilla, Jalisco.




New Module at La Catalina Foundation - Donate Now!

Slated for construction in May of 2016


Scholarship Program hosts 60 Youth ages 13-21



30 Children at Summer Camp



La Manzanilla residents use La Catalina Foundation facilities daily for computer, art, tutoring, English, meeting space, training & more! 


The Project

Since 2004, La Catalina Foundation has been rapidly growing!  With the addition of our computer lab in 2013, the Rural Literacy Library Program, the ever-blossoming and expanding Wings Scholarship program serving 60 youths, and our new Homework Club, an increase in support staff has become a necessity.  The dire need for a modest office space for our administrative staff is now our top priority.

The new module, a 3 x 6 meter building, will serve as our administrative office.  Fifty percent of this year’s auction proceeds is providing the seed money to start the construction.  Cement and some building materials are being donated.  We are on our way to meeting our fundraising goal and your donation will make this dream come to fruition!

Estimated Project Cost: 168,000 pesos

Funds Raised: 65,000 pesos

TOTAL STILL NEEDED:     103,000 pesos

Make your donation TODAY through PayPal or through Cultural Media Services to receive a U.S. tax deduction.

For more info, contact us.

Architectural Plans

La Catalina Foundation, Registered Mexican Non-Profit


Online Auction Now On!

The 2016 Online Auction runs from February 1st - February 15th, closing at 10:59pm on Feb. 15th.  Items not sold in the online auctionwill be bid on at 'A Night Under the Stars'  silent auction and party in the main plaza in La Manzanilla on Saturday, February 20th, 2016.  

We have a great lineup of items to bid on, from stays at hotels to art, jewelry, a round of golf, certificates for massages, and more!  Check back daily as we're always updating and adding new items!

Have fun bidding and supporting education in La Manzanilla!  If you would like to learn more about donating please contact us!

Here are links to the categories:


 Health & Spa  




 Misc. Items 


La Catalina Fashion Show Event!


These students need your help!

We are currently looking for sponsors for these La Manzanilla students . They are selected by their teachers and carefully screened by a selection committee. These students are driven to find a better future for themselves and they have top grades and good conduct.  However, unfortunately many of them will find it increasingly difficult to remain in school without a scholarship. 
Scholarships are now at 60%of the original amount as we are almost half way through the school year!
As a sponsor, you have a unique opportunity to make a difference in a student´s life and to make a deeper connection in the La Manzanilla community! To find out more about sponsoring one of these middle school, high school or university students, please contact Nancy at lacatalina.nancy@ or see this webpage. If you are interested in sponsoring a child whose family has a high level of financial need, please inquire and we can indicate which students have the highest need.


Spring News and Reflections from La Catalina Foundation

To find out the latest news with the foundation please check out our latest e-mail newsletter: . 

Scholarship student updates!  Alice Walker Reading








2015 Auction update