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One way to explore differences in potential grant opportunities among and within countries is to compare ratios of persons to grant-making foundations across the states or provinces in those countries and for entire countries. Available data suggest that nonprofits may face far greater competition for private grants in Mexico than their counterparts do in the United States of America.

 

Persons Per Foundation in Mexico:

Mexico’s population, as of 2012, was estimated to be 115,296,767 persons (Wikipedia]. For the same year, the Centro Mexicano para la Filantropia reported the number of foundations in Mexico as at least 22,906. The resulting average ratio of persons per foundation was 5,033.47, which was closest to the actual ratio for Baja California Sur (at 5,317.00).

 

In the six most populous states of Mexico (excluding the Federal District, or Distrito Federal), ratios of persons to foundations ranged from 6,107.46 in Jalisco to 10,023.35 in México state. In Mexico’s six least populous states, ratios of persons to foundations ranged from 4,031.51 to 6,579.22 in Nayarit.

 

Numbers of Foundations by State in Mexico:

Excluding the Federal District, in 2012 the numbers of foundations by state ranged from 130 in Baja California Sur to 1,555 in México state. The median number of foundations by state, excluding the Federal District, was 420, which was the ratio for Querétaro.

 

Four states and the Federal District had 1,000 or more foundations, 17 states had 500 or fewer foundations, and five states had 200 or fewer foundations.

 

Distrito Federal as a Unique Context:

The Federal District was unique in the entire country of Mexico in that it had by far the largest number of foundations (5,459) and it had by far the lowest ratio of persons per foundation (1,623.81).

 

International Comparison:

By way of comparison, in 2009, the population of the United States of America was estimated as 307,006,550; it had 120,617 private foundations; its resulting ratio of persons per foundation was 2,545.30; and its median ratio for the 50 states and Washington DC was 2,695.21 (in California).

 

Mexico’s 31 States And Federal District: Private Foundations Per Person by State

Rank

State

Population (2012)

Number of Foundations

Ratio

1

México

15,586,317

1,555

10,023.35

2

Federal District

8,864,370

5,459

1,623.81

3

Veracruz

7,773,408

1,269

6,125.62

4

Jalisco

7,554,931

1,237

6,107.46

5

Puebla

5,914,085

741

7,981.22

6

Guanajuato

5,652,973

707

7,995.72

7

Chiapas

4,983,116

639

7,798.30

8

Nuevo León

4,826,292

1,002

4,816.66

9

Michoacán

4,412,767

912

4,838.56

10

Oaxaca

3,866,280

970

3,985.86

11

Chihuahua

3,470,783

752

4,615.40

12

Guerrero

3,442,564

359

9,589.31

13

Tamaulipas

3,374,200

363

9,295.32

14

Baja California

3,302,966

851

3,881.28

15

Coahuila

2,841,657

698

4,071.14

16

Sinaloa

2,806,664

346

8,111.75

17

Sonora

2,755,258

504

5,466.78

18

Hidalgo

2,753,582

381

7,227.25

19

San Luis Potosí

2,638,693

349

7,560.72

20

Tabasco

2,309,369

233

9,911.45

21

Yucatán

2,015,977

454

4,440.48

22

Querétaro

1,924,144

420

4,581.30

23

Morelos

1,819,892

507

3,589.53

24

Durango

1,667,374

493

3,382.10

25

Zacatecas

1,514,618

177

8,557.16

26

Quintana Roo

1,440,814

290

4,968.32

27

Aguascalientes

1,237,675

307

4,031.51

28

Tlaxcala

1,213,757

291

4,170.99

29

Nayarit

1,118,468

170

6,579.22

30

Campeche

849,617

185

4,592.52

31

Baja California Sur

691,161

130

5,317.00

32

Colima

672,995

155

4,341.90

 

Totals

115,296,767

22,906

5,033.47

 

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