The mission of Magis Americas is to expand the availability of quality education and job training for people living in marginalized and impoverished communities throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

Our Organization

Magis Americas is an independent nonprofit 501(c)3 organization based in Washington, DC. Our mission is to expand the availability of quality education and vocational training for people living in marginalized and impoverished communities throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

Through this mission we seek to combat poverty and exclusion in Latin America and the Caribbean by enabling disadvantaged populations to join the social and economic mainstreams of their societies. Today over 100 million people in this region live on less than $3 per day-that’s about $1,000 per year. One of their greatest needs is for high-quality education that will enable them to secure well-paying jobs, thereby supporting their families and contributing to their communities.

In pursuit of this mission, Magis Americas’ role is to mobilize financial and other resources from philanthropists, foundations, corporations and international agencies and to channel these resources to highly effective programs such as Fe y Alegría network and its 2,905 schools and training centers located in 17 countries throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Magis Americas also seeks to provide support for civil society projects sponsored by the Society of Jesus in Latin America.

With 60 years of history, Fe y Alegría runs 1,279 public schools and 1,626 training centers and community programs for 1,496,000 students

Our Name

“Magis” (pronounced màh-gis) is a Latin word that means “more and better.” The name signifies our efforts to provide more education of a higher quality to children and youth throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

Our Programs

Magis Americas assists the Fe y Alegría network of schools and training centers in Latin America and the Caribbean to prepare and submit applications for funding of its programs to North American donors. Magis Americas serves as an intermediary between the Fe y Alegría grant receiving organizations in 17 countries and the US foundations, private donors, and corporations.

Historically Magis Americas has also initiated and facilitated action partnerships between Fe y Alegría and international agencies and private corporations. The partnerships facilitated by Magis Americas were aimed at introducing better methods of teacher training, curriculum development, school management, performance monitoring and community involvement in both Fe y Alegría schools and in public schools serving poor communities throughout the region.

Magis Americas actively engages agencies and private companies to participate in action partnerships.


Friends of Fe y Alegría is a project of Magis Americas in partnership with the International Federation Fe y Alegría that seeks to create awareness, build partnerships, share knowledge on global social justice and raise funds. For more information click here.


For the Fiscal Year 2013, we received over $65,694 in gifts, grants and contributions.  This represent a 68% increase from Fiscal Year 2012 when we received $38,085 dollars.  Our federal tax id number is 30-0341787 and we are Silver-level GuideStar Exchange participant for our commitment to transparency.

Board of Directors

Rev. Edward Fassett, S.J.

Chairman of Magis Americas, and Secretary for Secondary and Pre-Secondary Education and Secretary for Partnership Formation at the Jesuit Conference.

Sarah Berger Gonzalez

Independent Member of the Board of Magis Americas.

Rev. Roberto Jaramillo, S.J.

Social Sector Delegate at Conferencia de Provinciales Jesuitas en América Latina.

Rev. William Kelley, S.J.

Secretary for Social and International Ministries at the Jesuit Conference

Rev. Javier Vidal, S.J.

Provincial for Cuba, Dominican Republic and Miami, FL