Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQs

What is PADF?
The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF), a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization, is an affiliate of the Organization of American States, established in 1962 to implement socio-economic development programs and disaster assistance in Latin America and the Caribbean.  It supports programs that create economic opportunities, promote social progress, strengthen communities and civil society in accordance with the Inter-American Democratic Charter, and respond to natural disasters. It partners with public and private donor agencies and promotes corporate social responsibility projects.  In 2010, it helped more than 10 million beneficiaries in 22 countries. Headquartered in Washington DC, PADF has field offices in Haiti and Colombia.

Where is PADF located?
PADF is headquartered in Washington D.C. Its mailing address is:

Pan American Development Foundation
Organization of American States Building
1889 F Street N.W., 2nd Floor
Washington D.C. 20006

How is PADF associated with the Organization of American States (OAS)?
PADF is the largest foundation of the Organization of American States headquartered in Washington, D.C. It was established in 1962 through an innovative partnership between the OAS and private enterprise with support from the Inter-American Development Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and corporate and private donors. 

What types of programs does PADF focus on?
PADF implements programs that 1) create economic opportunities, 2) promote social progress, 3) strengthen communities and civil society in accordance with the Inter-American Democratic Charter, and 3) respond to natural disasters. Find out more about what we do in the Our Work section of the website.

From whom does PADF get its funding?
PADF's development and disaster relief programs are funded with resources received from individuals, corporations, multilateral organization (such as the World Bank, the United Nations, the Inter-American Development Bank, among others) and governments who support the work of PADF throughout Latin American and the Caribbean. In addition to funding, PADF receives in-kind donations from the U.S. government and private sector partners. In 2013, PADF's program expenditures totaled more than $64 million.

How can I work for PADF?
To view the latest job opportunities, please visit our Careers section. 

How can I find a list of your publications?
To find a comprehensive list of our publications, including Annual Reports, fact sheets, reports, and brochures, visit the About Us section.

Donor FAQs

What address should I use to mail in my donation? Can I also donate by phone?
You can mail your donations to:

Pan American Development Foundation
Organization of American States Building
1889 F Street N.W., 2nd Floor 
Washington D.C. 20006

Or you can call our toll-free number and someone will assist you: 877.572.4484

Can I make a donation to PADF even if I don't reside in the United States?
Yes. No matter where you live, you can support PADF's programs. Donate online now.

I amm having a problem using the online donation page, what should I do?
Please note the point at which you are experiencing a problem and the error message you are receiving and contact us. We can help resolve the problem or if you prefer you can donate over the phone using your card by calling our toll-free number 877.572.4484.

How can I donate to or help PADF? 
You can support PADF's life changing programs with your time and resources. We provide several options:

  • Give a gift. Donate now
  • Become a monthly donor. Sign-up now
  • Give your time and become a fundraiser. Join our Hard Hats for Haiti campaign
  • Find out more about our Giving Opportunities
  • Make a Celebration Gift in honor of someone's birthday, wedding, graduation or other special events
  • Make a Legacy Gift
  • Donate online at, call 877.572.4484, or mail your donation to PADF, 1889 F Street N.W., 2nd Floor, Washington, D.C. 20006, USA. 

I didn't get a tax receipt for my donation.  How can I obtain one?
A duplicate tax receipt can be requested by calling PADF at 202.458.3969 or by mail to: 

Pan American Development Foundation
Organization of American States Building
1889 F Street N.W., 2nd Floor 
Washington D.C. 20006

Are donations to PADF tax-exempt?
Yes. PADF is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are deductible for income and estate taxes. Anyone giving a qualifying donation directly to PADF by calling 877.572.4484, donating online at, or mailing the donation directly to our Washington DC office will receive a receipt from PADF after each donation. 

If you make a donation to PADF through entities such as United Way, the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) or others, you will not receive receipts from PADF as these organizations keep donor names confidential.

Where do my donations go?
At PADF we take seriously our responsibility to manage, in a wise and efficient manner, the gifts entrusted to us. The majority of our donors want their gifts to be used wherever the need is greatest. Doing so gives PADF the flexibility to use resources as efficiently as possible. More than 89 percent of our expended resources support program activities. Ten percent of expended resources go toward management and general expenditures, and less than 1 percent goes toward fundraising. We conform to the highest accounting and financial standards. PADF's financials, including our latest Audited Financial Statement and Form 990, are available to the public.

What is the best way to help PADF respond to a disaster?
Monetary donations are the best, as they allow PADF to immediately purchase specific items for disaster victims. Most essential relief goods, such as medicines, temporary shelter, tools, clothing, blankets, and other necessities, can be purchased locally or in neighboring countries at a lower price. Purchasing them locally not only helps provide these items quickly but also helps stimulate the economy in the disaster area. Often, unsolicited goods (such as used clothes, canned goods, bottled water, etc.) are difficult and costly to ship and create logistical challenges. If you would like to help, we ask you to send a monetary donation, which can then be used to purchase what is most needed in the region concerned. If you wish to give money to a particular emergency, you can select this option when you donate. Donate online.

Can I donate clothes, food or other supplies?
Whenever possible, PADF buys supplies locally, thereby supporting local economies.

Is my donation restricted to one country?
Donations to PADF go to support our development programs throughout Latin America and the Caribbean region. This gives us the flexibility to channel funds to wherever the needs are greatest. Donate online now to PADF.

How can my company support PADF?
There are lots of ways - from entering a team in a peer-to-peer fundraising challenge, to featuring a donation banner when we have an emergency appeal, or setting up a payroll-giving program to support our development programs.

Because volunteer efforts play an important role in some companies, PADF works to accommodate these corporate endeavors. In the past, PADF has been successful in linking a firm's volunteers with a company-supported activity. The volunteers find the experience to be rewarding and the communities find the support to be very beneficial.

Employees from private companies have also supported PADF through payroll donations - which may be matched by their company. These employee contributions have made a significant difference for beneficiaries.

Visit our partnerships pages for more information.

How can I organize a fundraising or sponsored event for PADF?
PADF welcomes grass roots fundraising efforts. We provide you with the tools to set-up your own webpage for your friends to help you fundraise online! You can visit our Help Us Do More section or go directly to our Hard Hats for Haiti fundraising campaign. 

How can I change the e-mail address you have of me?
Please contact us, remembering to give the exact email address we currently have.

I signed up for PADF's e-newsletter, but did not receive it.
Our e-newsletter is sent out every two months. If you signed up more than two months ago and have not received an e-newsletter yet, you may need to add our email address to your address book, or safe senders list. If you have already done this, please contact us and remember to include your email address so we can look into the problem.

How can I cancel my online subscription to e-mails?
The easiest way to cancel is to click the "Unsubscribe" link at the bottom of any e-mail you receive from PADF.

Program FAQs

Can I visit PADF projects?
Because our field staff is focused on the implementation of our many programs, PADF is conscious of the demands that visitors can place on staff time and how this can affect the impact and cost-effectiveness of our efforts to bring new opportunities to vulnerable communities. For this reason PADF does not ask project staff to receive visitors except as part of an organized visit that fits in with the project activities.

Does PADF offer financial assistance to individuals?
PADF does not provide financial support directly to individuals. Instead, PADF works in partnership with governments, organizations, and communities in developing countries to provide new opportunities and implement lasting change.

Can I sponsor a child through PADF?
PADF does not offer a child sponsorship program. Instead, we encourage you to support entire communities through our overall development programs, which - from our 50 years of experience - is by far the most effective way to alleviate poverty and ensure sustainable change.

Is PADF a faith-based organization?
PADF is nonsectarian, meaning we are not affiliated with any particular religion or belief system. However, we welcome partnerships with faith-based organizations, churches, and other groups who want to contribute to our work in Latin America and the Caribbean.

How can I be involved in PADF's programs?
There are a number of ways to get involved in PADF's programs:

  • Donate
  • Become a Monthly Donor
  • Spread the Word
  • Follow us on Twitter and Facebook
  • Partner with Us
  • Respond to Disasters
  • Find out more about Ways to Give
  • Sign Up to Receive PADF's e-newsletter
  • Join PADF's team

Are PADF projects audited?
Yes. PADF coordinates internal and external audits for all its programs. All audit reports are submitted to PADF's Finance department. In turn, these reports are presented to and reviewed by the PADF Audit Committee, which reports directly to the PADF Board of Trustees. PADF is audited yearly by McGladrey & Pullen, LLP and the statement is published in its Annual Report.