Our Goal

VFF's philanthropic work began over 20 years ago with the simple idea of being directly involved in helping people to help themselves. We've come a long way since then, and believe in the model of continuity and gaining strength and momentum through high-impact networking


The Vatheuer Family Foundation

Hans Jörg Vatheuer made his career as a successful civil engineer, business owner, and land developer in Portland, Oregon. In the early 1990's he volunteered his time in a humanitarian mission to Oaxaca, a poor state in Southern Mexico. The group went into the mountains of rural Oaxaca to install a sanitary water system for a community. He was surprised that the U.S. sponsor had obviously not considered realistic long-term goals or lasting commitment as a critical component of its work. Following this trip, he decided to return on his own to finish the water system, and organized and built water systems in two other communities.