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.




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


2015 Auction Fundraiser!

Bidders get ready…the online auction open Sunday, February 1st and runs through 9:59pm on Sunday, February 15th.  Visit our online auction page by clicking HERE.  As usual, there will be art, hotel stays, and spa and restaurant certificates available at great prices!  If you aren’t in our area and win an item, we offer shipping right to your home.
Also, mark your calendar for Saturday, February 21st when our 11th annual “A Night under the Stars” auction and party will take place in La Manzanilla’s main plaza, from 6pm to 9:30pm.  Please contact us if you have a service or item you would like to donate for either for the online or live event.

Last year, building improvements at LCF were made with the money raised and the free summer camp for children was funded. Each of the public schools received funds to for educational projects or materials.
The primary school is enjoying their new photocopier purchased with funds from the 2014 auction!



John Collins leaves his mark on La Manzanilla and Rebalsito

John Collins served as a volunteer English teacher at the middle schools in La Manznailla and in the nearby village of Rebalsito.  He was passionate about working with the students and giving them the opportunity to learn English.  His students were very fond of him.

John was known for his passion to serve others, his dedication to the pursuit of education, and his love for the outdoors.  Before volunteering in La Manzanilla and Rebalsito, John and his wife Katharine were active volunteers in Comala, Mexico.

John was originally from Seattle, Washington.  He finished his B.A. at Stanford University in 1964, served in the U.S. Peace Corps, then returned to school, completing his Ph.D. in 1974 at Johns Hopkins University.

John passed away on August 6th, 2014 in Seattle, following a brief illness.  He will truly be missed by the many, many, people whose lives he touched! 



New Scholarship Candidates!!

We have a lot of new worthy scholarship candidates for the upcoming school year!  Please check out the link to see if you would like to support one of these students!



Let the Bidding Begin!

Every year the La Catalina Foundation runs an online auction fundraiser and holds ‘A Night Under the Stars’ silent auction and party.  The 2014 online auction runs from February 1st-15th. There are many great items to choose from such as gift certificates for restaurants and luxury hotels, art pieces, tours and trips in the Costa Alegre region, Spanish classes, and a whole variety of other items both big and small! New items to be bid on will be added to the online auction every couple of days, so keep checking our website up until the online auction closes, on February 15th at 10pm.

Start bidding using these links:


 Health & Spa  




 Misc. Items 

‘A Night Under the Stars’ auction & party will be held on Saturday, February 22nd, 2014 and is guaranteed to be a great night! It will include not only a silent auction but also a delicious Mexican buffet and a show featuring local talent, folkloric dancers, live music and our LCF kids performing.  For photos of last year's event please see our facebook page.

The revenue generated from the online auction and the live event are distributed back to the community in three ways:

  • 25% donated to the La Manzanilla public schools
  • 25% supports our free educational programs
  • 50% allows us to continue construction on La Catalina Foundation's educational center

We are reliant on donations and volunteers to make this fundraiser a success.  If you’re interested in donating or volunteering contact us!