Recognition for Major Gifts and Investments in 2019

Our commitment to access would not be possible without the support of our individual, corporate, and foundation donors. Their belief in our mission and their financial support enable us to continue inspiring lifelong leadership and shared global responsibility through our authentic and immersive programs. We are honored to recognize donors who supported AMIGOS at the national level with a gift of $1,000 or greater in 2019.


Corporate and Foundation Donors

Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation
Alexander Family Foundation
Amegy Bank of Texas
Ann C. & C. Hamilton Sloan Family Foundation
Aronson Foundation, Inc.
Bank of America Charitable Foundation
Brinker Family Foundation
The Brown Foundation, Inc., of Houston
Charities Aid Foundation of America
Everett Family Fund of Greater Houston Community Foundation
General Mills
Higginbotham Insurance Agency
Jackson Walker, LLP
James M. Collins Foundation
The Kauffmann Foundation, Inc.
Lift Source Machinery, LTD
Mann Family Foundation
MSB Cockayne Fund, Inc.
Richard and Alita Rogers Fund of Akron Community Foundation
SCA Charitable Foundation
Seattle Foundation
Shell Oil Company Foundation
Spindletop Charities, Inc.
Strake Foundation
Weatherspoon Charitable Foundation
Westwood Trust
Wynne Health Group


Individual Donors

With gifts of $1,000 or more to the national office in 2019. Only donors who have granted permission to have their giving publicly acknowledged are listed below.

Bill and Cathy Arnold
David Baron and Pamela Mann
Julia and Jonathan Bender
Elizabeth Blowers-Nyman and Jay Nyman
Peggy and Joe Bracewell
Lauren Cantor
Tom and Sandy Cattarin
Ed and Suky Cazier
Arnold and Alida Chacón
Anthony Chase and Dina Alsowayel
Sarah and Ryan Collins
Patty and Don Cook
Steve and Allyson Cook
James Crump and Mary McBeth
Eric Donnelly in memory of George Donnelly
John and Elizabeth Donnelly in memory of George Donnelly
Mark and Rachel Donnelly in memory of George Donnelly
Mateo Eaton and Mayumi Yagi
Julie Edwards in memory of Tom Edwards
Don Freedman and Martha Kaplan Freedman
Greg and Maria Elena Grannen
Fred and Betsy Griffin
Andrew Haas and Susan Seligman-Haas
Joseph and Merrill Hafner in memory of George Donnelly
Michael Hafner and Samantha Schnee
Scott Horsley
Fred and Karen Hulting
Adolfo Jiménez and Ulrike Falkenberg
Chris Johnson and Cynthia Pekow
Phil and Linda Johnson
Michael and Marsha Joyce
Michael and Dana Kercheval
Samantha and Benjamin Krause
Kevin and Robin Lanier
Clyde and Celeste Layne
Bob and Johnita Lebow
Dennis Leonard and Kristy Culp-Leonard
David Madson
John Manning and Alessandra Ferrajoli
Catherine and George Masterson
Kelly McMullen and Daniel Bowles
Andrew and Sara Nathan
Justin Nelson and Elizabeth Cooley Nelson
Allison Paine
Katherine Paisley
David Perna
Lisa Pieper and Robert Garland
Marc and Leanna Primiani
Denton Ragland and Sarah Felknor
Scott and Cathi Roberts
Milton and Lisa Roney
Tim and Michelle Ruch
Patty Russell
Glory and Ley Samson
Ann Sandford
Catherine Sasanuma
Stephen Schafer and Lisa Brogan Schafer
George Scharffenberger
Patricia Selcke Grad and Ben Grad
Steve and Susana Sharpe
Tim Singletary and Joanne Houck
Tim Skaggs
Toby and LaDeena Spoon
Marvin and Cassandra Trotter
Michael Vaughn
Dayton and Sara Voorhees
Robert and LaNoe Westheimer
Amalia Wille Davidoff and Eliot Davidoff
Mark and Barbara Wille
Alice Wilson Specht
Anonymous (11)


In-Kind Donors

With gifts valuing $1,000 or more to the national office in 2019. Only donors who have granted permission to have their giving publicly acknowledged are listed below.

On-Call Health and Safety Physicians


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As an organization that has operated for as long as we have and throughout the Americas, our community of supporters is far and wide. They are alumni, parents, current and past leadership in the organization, and advocates of youth leadership and service who make our mission possible through their giving. Each of these advocates for AMIGOS has their own motivations for donating. Hear directly from a few of our many supporters on why they donate to AMIGOS.

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“My AMIGOS experience in Costa Rica ’87, Michoacán, Mexico ’88, Costa Rica ’89, and Manabí, Ecuador ’91 quite literally changed the trajectory of my personal and professional interests, and my life in a profound and positive way. My work in international development for over 20 years, and interest in community development and impact initiatives, was sparked while working along local community leaders and organizations to enhance and improve the well-being of children and families on diverse initiatives in Latin America. My experience with AMIGOS helped me understand that I had a part to play in the vision of change we want to see in the world. This photo was taken during Ecuadorian President Sixto Durán Ballén’s visit to Portoviejo, Manabí where our summer country office headquarters was based when I served as Project Director in 1991. When I learned that President Sixto was in town for the day, I resolved to find a way meet him. One of my AMIGOS Project Staff at the time said that it would be “impossible” to meet the President at the last minute, and due to the President’s security. And in that very moment, I realized that it was important to demonstrate the importance of not being confined or deterred by our doubts to my Project Staff who had incredible leadership potential to return with AMIGOS as Sr. Staff themselves – we had to give it a try. In addition to meeting President Sixto, we met the Minister of Health and the Minister of Foreign Affairs. And AMIGOS volunteers vaccinated 30,000 cats and dogs against rabies that summer, in a mere 6 weeks. AMIGOS no longer undertakes rabies vaccination programs. AMIGOS has transitioned to new models of impactful programming which I support wholeheartedly, in addition to its sustained cultural and language immersion experience with host families – which makes the AMIGOS experience unparalleled to any other I have seen.”

–Raquel Wexler, ’87; ’88; ’89; ’93; 10/19/20


“I believe in stretching youth to develop leadership skills early and in forging close personal relationships between youth throughout the Americas. AMIGOS does this well.”   

–Scott Roberts, 7/22/20  


“My AMIGOS experience began in 1974 when I was a high school student in Denver, Colorado, and it lasted seven or eight years. I ended up, you know, of course being a Route Leader and a Project Director. I actually worked a year at the International Office here in Houston right after I graduated from college doing chapter development, so that was a lot of fun. And AMIGOS was so key in helping me figure out what I wanted to do. Initially, I thought, you know, it has to be medicine or public health, etc., but I actually met some really interesting diplomats, foreign service officers, and USAID officials in my AMIGOS work and, again, decided that was what I wanted to do. So that is what I ended up doing, and I have done that 37, 38, years now. I give back to AMIGOS because it was the most consequential experience of my youth and put me on the road to a wonderful career in public service. AMIGOS nurtured my passion and potential as an effective leader and manager and set the stage for my success. Please pay it forward with support for AMIGOS so that the next generation of young leaders can do good and do well in service to others.” 

Arnold Chacón, ’74; ’75; ’76; ’77; ’78; ’79; 7/13/2020


“AMIGOS taught me many very important lessons at a young age, but one that has most stuck with me is that given the tools to think critically about the world and themselves, youth are capable of things far beyond what their age suggests. I am proud to infuse that spirit into my work by encouraging my students to ask critical questions, develop self-awareness, and become strong self-advocates. I support AMIGOS so they can continue to empower and inspire as many youth leaders as possible.” 

–Libby Udelson, ’08, 09, 11, 12, 14, 174/26/20


“I donated to AMIGOS because it was a way to help more teenagers go on this amazing experience. I received financial assistance to be able to attend my AMIGOS trip, and I just want to be able to help more students like me experience this journey.” 

–Alexa Lara, ’19; 4/22/2020


I donated because I got so much out of my participant experience and want others to be able to experience AMIGOS in the same capacity that I did.

–Emma Link, ’15, ’16, ’17; 04/14/2020


“In the ’80s, I was the Director of Finance and Administration for AMIGOS. During my time there, 5 years, I had the chance to go to Mexico and Costa Rica and see the impact that AMIGOS makes on a community. I also saw a transformation in the volunteers. They went in young and inexperienced and came out mature and ready to make an impact on the world. In the interim, I have stayed in touch with AMIGOS, and I feel it is on us whose lives were impacted by AMIGOS to help the organization endure. Programs like this need to continue to be an option for young people.”

–Richard Nevins; 04/02/2020


“My life changed when Guy Bevil spoke at my church when I was 15. I went on survey with him the next spring and to Guatemala in ’68, ’69, and ’70, Honduras in ’71, and Paraguay in ’72. AMIGOS changed my view of the world by making me a better person with more compassion, empathy, and a desire to do for others. At the beginning of my career, I wanted to help my community by building a much-needed recreation center. Guy Bevil and AMIGOS taught me to have a vision and stick with it! With the help of many others, we raised $9 million and built a 20,000 sq. ft. Center. I joined the Guy Bevil Legacy Society by committing to a $50,000 legacy gift. My donation will contribute to the future of AMIGOS volunteers and communities throughout Latin America. When you make a legacy gift to AMIGOS, you are throwing rocks in a pond that causes multiple ripples.” 

–Marvin Trotter, ’71, ’72; 08/28/2019