OUR "PHILOSOPHY"
 
Restore the sense of confidence, dignity and self-esteem amongst indigenous peoples of Latin America marginalized due to their ethnic origin; a prerequisite to taking their own future in hand. This goal is pursued by accompanying cultural initiatives designed and carried out by the actual beneficiaries: dedicating cultural environment and identity to the future.
   
OUR GOALS
 
• Contribute to the protection and promotion of living traditional values and cultural expressions of indigenous and Afro-American communities in Latin America by granting a moral, technical and financial spur to their initiatives for the safeguarding of their cultural expressions.

• Take part in raising awareness of States and international organizations, provide our support to the implementation of cultural policies and engage in defining international, regional and sub-regional legal standards regarding indigenous peoples, intangible cultural heritage and the diversity of cultural expressions. Traditions for Tomorrow has a consultative status with UNESCO, ECOSOC (UN) and WIPO and is member of the ONG-UNESCO Liaison Committee.
   
OUR NETWORK
 
in Switzerland, organization established in Geneva in 1986, registered as non-profit with ZEWO, member of the Geneva Federation for Cooperation and the Vaud Federation for Cooperation (FEDEVACO).

in France, organization established in Paris in 1986, recognized as promoting the public interest by State Council decree, associate member of the Research and Information Centre for Development (CRID).

in the United States, 501-C-3 non-profit corporation founded in 1990, with headquarters in Washington, DC.

Traditions for Tomorrow also has a regional representation office in Guatemala and local representatives in various Latin American and European countries.
   
OUR STRUCTURE
 
Members' General Meeting, Board of Directors (decision-making entity) and Advisory Body including, among others, Professor Yves Coppens of the Collège de France, Professor Manfred Max Neef (Chilean economist, member of the Club of Rome Executive Committee, Alternative Nobel Prize winner) and Anders Wijkman (Co-President of the Club of Rome, former Member of the European Parliament, former Secretary General of the Swedish Red Cross).
 
OUR VOLUNTEERS
 
Traditions for Tomorrow is an organization comprising volunteers either in charge of projects’ follow-up from Europe, or involved in communication and dissemination actions regarding Traditions for Tomorrow’s goals and work, aimed at the public and its institutional partners.
 
OUR FUNDING
 
Membership fees, private donations, public subsidies, private foundations support, corporate sponsorship, co-financing of projects with cooperation and development organizations.
   
OUR PROJECTS
 
over 600 projects supported since 1986, with some 60 indigenous peoples in 12 Latin American countries : Afro-American communities in Mexico, NIcaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, and Afro-American communities in Nicaragua, Honduras, Colombia, Ecuador and Bolivia.

two types of projects :
- safeguarding of traditional cultural expressions (language, music, dance, theater, oral tradition, media, traditional medicine, traditional creeds, etc.),
- implementation of bilingual-intercultural informal education programs (training for teachers, school material publication, support to primary schools, literacy, school libraries, etc.)

criteria for projects likely to be accompanied by Traditions for Tomorrow :
- improvement of non-material living conditions,
- collective and non personal initiatives,
- already in process of design or implementation,
- design and implementation by the beneficiaries directly,
- modest sized budgets.

average annual budget : around US$ 300’000, including about 10% allocated to overheads.