About Us


The University of the Andes Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization (recognized by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service), which brings together alumni and friends of Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia.

We aim to create and build a community of alumni and friends in North America who are interested in supporting the programs and activities of the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogota, Colombia, so that it may maintain its unique learning environment, achieve excellence in teaching and research, assist its students and faculty in their continued academic work in the U.S., and provide access to the University’s programs and facilities to Colombia’s most able students who may lack financial means.

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History of the Foundation

In Princeton: Some members of the University of the Andes Advisory Board with the Acting President, Dr.Mario Laserna.
From left to right: Dana Munro, John Von Neumann, Whitney Oates, Albert Einstein, Oskar Morgenster, Mario Laserna, Samuel Wilkes, Marston Morse and Salomon Lefschetz.
Picture taken from the University of the Andes bulletin, 1954-1955.

The Universidad de los Andes was founded on November 16, 1948. In 1957, a group of prominent Americans gathered in New York City who believed they could make a significant contribution to the social and economic development of Latin America by helping provide improved facilities, faculties, study, and research opportunities for Latin American students at the college and post-graduate levels.

In 1979, the Foundation was restructured as a supporting organization with tax-exempt status to support the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, an autonomous, non-denominational, non-profit private institution. The Foundation aims to support this private University in Colombia to promote democratic institutions, inter-American relations, and the exchange of professors and students between Universidad de los Andes and American universities.

Today, the Foundation is committed to supporting the University’s mission, which is to foster the formation of honest, responsible, and creative professionals who will achieve the highest standards in their disciplines and contribute to the country’s cultural and economic development.

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Board of Directors

Board Members

Alejandro Gaviria Uribe, Chairman
Alberto Mejía, President
Eduardo Behrentz, Vice Chairman
Alejandro Santo Domingo
Pablo Navas
Pedro Miguel Navas
Juan Pablo Mejía
Sergio Galvis
Juan Ocampo
Alonso Martinez
Juan Esteban Orduz
Diego Córdova
Carlos Vegalara

Honorary Member:
James Hammond


Executive Director:
Sandra Díaz
International Development Manager:
Alejandra Jaramillo
Project Officer:
Kamil Navarro Lisowski k.navarrol@uniandes.edu.co
Secretary and Treasurer:
Jo Ann Arias
Prospect Researcher:
Maria Carina Monroy Montano

Saludos Séneca

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Reports and Policies

The University of the Andes Foundation (UAF) is committed to ensuring the privacy, confidentiality, and security of alumni, donors, and friends. The following policies and reports highlight our work and how we oversee efforts carried out by the Foundation.

Donor Bill Of Rights

Respecting our Partners
The Donor Bill of Rights was created by the American Association of Fund Raising Counsel (AAFRC), Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

We believe that philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To ensure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:

  • To be informed of the organization’s mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes
  • To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization’s governing board and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities
  • To have access to the organization’s most recent financial statements
  • To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given
  • To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition
  • To be assured that information about their donation is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law
  • To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature
  • To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors
  • To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share
  • To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers
Los Andes Foundation

The University of the Andes Foundation is a 501c3 organization in the USA that support the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia.

United States

575 Madison Avenue
10th Floor
New York, NY 10022


Calle 18A No 0-33
Bloque E Piso 2.
Bogotá, Colombia


Universidad de los Andes | Vigilada Mineducación
Reconocimiento como Universidad: Decreto 1297 del 30 de mayo de 1964.
Reconocimiento personería jurídica: Resolución 28 del 23 de febrero de 1949 Minjusticia.