About the Foundation

Preserving Ancient Sites, Improving Modern Lives

The Copan Maya Foundation is a non profit organization created to support educational, cultural, and environmental projects in Copan, Honduras and their immediate neighbors.

The Copan Maya Foundation was founded in January, 2000 and has IRS designated 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. Donations are fully tax-deductible.  TIN: 77-0525430.

Foundation History

In 1998 Hurricane Mitch devastated the already fragile Honduran economy and environment. This disaster, combined with the limited government resources available to maintain and research Copan, motivated Honduran archaeologist Ricardo Agurcia Fasquelle and his U.S. colleagues to form the Copan Maya Foundation.

Our international team of directors and advisors brings a wide range of expertise to address the unique challenges in preserving ancient Maya world heritage.

We collaborate with our sister organization in Honduras, the Copan Association, in a variety of archaeological, cultural, community and environmental projects. We also educate audiences worldwide about the Maya through printed materials, conferences, research and the Internet. The foundation offers a tax-deductible way to support Copan.

Learn more about the ancient Maya and ensure that this tremendous site will remain for the enjoyment of future generations.

Board of Directors

(Elected August 2020)

Chairman and President: Ellen Bell
Chief Financial Officer: Loa Traxler
Secretary: Dorie Reents-Budet
Alison Stone
Eileen Agurcia
Catherine Bosher
George Martin
Executive Committee Members:
Ellen Bell, Loa Traxler, Dorie Reents-Budet

Emeritus Directors:
John D. Negroponte, United States Deputy Secretary of State
Douglas M. Moreland, Senior Vice President, Development, Walt Disney Imagineering

Board of Advisors:
Ricardo Agurcia Fasquelle, Copan Association, Honduras
Karl Taube, University of California, Riverside, U.S.A
Whitney Hyder
Jose Herrero

Administrative Consultant:
Elizabeth Nutter-Valladares, Copan Maya Foundation Consultant