SCI Foundation Announces Creation Of Latin American Fund

 Washington, DC – Safari Club International Foundation (SCI Foundation) is pleased to announce the creation of a new regional conservation fund for Latin America. The Latin American Fund will enhance the SCI Foundation’s conservation, education, and humanitarian mission in Latin America through private and corporate investment.

“The Latin American Fund is invaluable to future conservation efforts through South and Central America,” said Joseph Hosmer President of SCI Foundation. “The multi-nation vision that the Latin American chapters have demonstrates an unprecedented willingness to make progress for the future generations of conservationists in their countries.”

The assets used by this and other SCI Foundation funds are largely raised through Safari Club International (SCI) chapter fundraising events like the Houston Chapter fundraiser on August 25, 2012. The event will be the first of many opportunities for SCI members and their guests to support the new fund.

Six Latin American chapters of SCI have joined together to create the Fund: Argentina chapter, Buenos Aires chapter, Central Chile chapter, Central Peru chapter, Central Paraguay chapter, and Monterrey (Mex.) chapter. The resources will be used to further the purposes of SCI Foundation within the countries of Latin America. Proceeds will be used specifically in Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and Venezuela.

To administer the Fund, an advisory committee has been formed from prominent conservation leaders in Latin America. The Latin American Fund Advisory Committee (LATAM FAC) is chaired by J. Thomas Saldias (Peru), with Emilio Paris (Arg.) as vice-chair. Additional LATAM FAC members include Mike Moura de Castro (International Director, Brazil); Juan Francisco Facetti (Honorary Director, Paraguay); Juan Antonio Galmez (Chile); Luis Castillo Vargas (Peru) and Jesus Viejo Gonzales (Monterrey, Mexico).

Contact:          Nelson Freeman,

J. Thomas Saldias,

 Safari Club International Foundation (SCI Foundation) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that funds and manages worldwide programs dedicated to wildlife conservation, outdoor education, and humanitarian services. Since 2000, SCIF has provided over $50 million to these causes around the world. Visit for more.

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