Milestones achieved

More than 34 years of pride! We invite you to discover our work in support of the island’s social and economic development in the historical journey below.

 

  • The Mini-Donations for Teachers program is instituted.
  • The first 12 grants are awarded – some $500K.
  • “El bobo de los bobos” drug prevention campaign is launched.
  • The first Puerto Rico Science and Technology Committee is established, convened by the FCPR.
  • The Permanent Fund for the Arts is established.
  • Skills for Adolescence, a pilot project in 14 private and public schools is launched with the support of the Kellogg Foundation.
  • The Adolescent Health Project begins with the support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
  • • The Board approves the establishment of a Capital Endowment Fund to guarantee the Institution’s perpetuity.
  • The Teen Health Project is launched with the support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
  • As of this date, more than $1 million had been awarded in donations.
  • Support begins for organizations that started the fight against AIDS.
  • The Small Business Incubator Program is established.
  • The Margarida-Juliá family establishes the first Family Fund to honor the memory of Doña María Luisa Saldaña de Juliá.
  • The Permanent Fund for the Arts is established with the collaboration of the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

  • The Foundation’s Endowment Fund tops $10 million
  • The Commission on Teen Education begins an evaluation of the island’s educational system and its effectiveness in meeting the needs of Puerto Rico’s youth with the support of the Carnegie Corporation.
  • The foundation sponsored the Assembly of the National Council of Foundations, which it used as a forum to share its philanthropic model with other organizations.
  • The Middle Schools Renewal Initiative (IREI, in Spanish) program was launched with the Carnegie Foundation’s backing, to support the comprehensive development of teens in public schools, based on their needs and interests.
  • The “Voy a Ti” public marketing campaign began to strengthen self-esteem among teens.
  • The Community Housing Development Organization (CHDOs), sponsored by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), launches training program for community housing development organizations.
  • The Institute for the Development of Philanthropy (IDEFI, in Spanish) starts, financed by a grant from the MacArthur Foundation and supported by the Rockefeller Foundation. The Institute will serve as a training and resource center to provide technical assistance and ease the establishment of communication networks with organizations in other countries.
  • The foundation has awarded more than $11 million to support more than 500 projects.
  • FCPR sponsors the Third Sector Study developed by the Estudios Técnicos analysis firm.

• The Community Economic Development Consortium begins with a $1 million grant from the Ford Foundation.

• The JUVENSICOM (Youth Serving the Community, in English) program is developed to donate to organizations with programs designed by youth for youth.

• After the impact of Hurricane Georges, and thanks to the contribution of nearly $1 million from local and continental United States donors, the Community Organizations Recovery Fund is established.

• The implementation of INARED begins, the integration of the arts in education.

• The Endowment Fund reaches $17.7 million.

• The Consortium invests $445,000 in donations to 11 community organizations.

• Philanthropy is strengthened, as the foundation administers 20 funds (memorials and family).

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  • • The “Estrellas de Puerto Rico” Fund is established with a contribution from Roberto Hernández.
  • To date, $17,326,802 have been granted in donations, supporting 1,772 projects.
  • The Community Organizations Recovery Fund supported Puerto Rican and Latino victims after the 9/11 attack in New York.
  • Solidarity Night is held, when community, public and private sector leaders spend time with Dr. Peggy Dulany-Rockefeller, director of the Synergos Institute, in which Dr. Colón was a Senior Fellow.
  • With the foundation’s support, the Puerto Rico Association of CHDOs is established, with the participation of 27 CHDOs, certified in 27 municipalities.
  • “Vive las Artes en la Educación” is established with the support of the Children’s Trust, showing public school teachers the integration of the arts as an educational strategy.
  • Nov. 15 is legally declared “Philanthropy Day.” Click to read the law.
  • The Foundation released a new logo incorporating the Philanthropic Tie’s green hue.
  • The SIeMPRe Network spins off as a nonprofit organization, by launching the Women’s Integral Health Resources Directory.
  • The “Vieques Pa’lante” educational program is established to strengthen and develop the organizational capacities of the Isla Nena’s community groups.
  • The 2014 Educational Transformation program is publicly unveiled, focused on strengthening the leadership skills and motivation of middle school students, parents, teachers, and principals.
  • The first Multisectoral Summit for World Quality Education is held, where a call was made to sign the Educational Pact.
  • We ventured into the production of the “Hablando de Filantropía” radio program … with Lilly Zeller, which we produced for a year.
  • SEARS approved a $1 million proposal to hold the SEARS American Dream Campaign in Puerto Rico.
  • The first multi-million funds established by Puerto Rican families were, the Stanley and Georgene Pasarell Fund; and the Fondo (Fondo Memorial) Dr. Mario Juliá y María Luisa Saldaña.  Both funds reach some $3 million.
  • The Philanthropic Competition were held, with the participation of more than 50 schools and more than 20 nonprofit organizations received support.
  • On Sept. 22, Law 463 was approved, which grants a special deduction of 15% to every individual who socially invests through the foundation, raising the maximum deduction up to 30% of adjusted gross income.
  • A group of foundations belonging to the Ford Foundation’s International Initiative to Strengthen Philanthropy visit the island.
  • The first World Quality Education Multisectoral Summit is held, where a call was made to sign the Educational Pact.
  • The community foundation acquires a property in the heart of Santurce, to perpetuate its legacy.
  • The Puerto Rico wants “A” campaign is launched to promote citizen participation in benefit of education, by signing an Educational Pact that could be accessed through the www.prquierea.com website.
  • The second floor conference room is christened as the Dra. Ethel Ríos de Betancourt room.
  • In separate events, we had the visit of the former Minister of Education Finland (Par Stenback), Chilean Union Leader (Jorge Pavéz) and the Executive Director of the New Israel Fund (Elieezer Yaari).
  • We held the Educational Summit in Caguas and Aguadilla.
  • A proposal approved by the Education Department allowed adding eight schools to the 2014 Educational Transformation program.
  • The World Quality Education Commission is created to write the “Proyecto País” document.
  • The Educational Meeting is held, as a closure to the campaign started in 2006 to monitor citizen participation in the transformation of the public education system; 1.2 million citizen signatures and endorsements were obtained from associations and nonprofit organizations.
  • A forum with Dr. César Rey on the challenge of educational governance in Puerto Rico is held.
  • The Community Action for a Solidarity Economy initiative was established to support displaced people in the public and private sectors, with the support of a network of community nonprofit organizations.
  • A plot of land from the Ibarra family is received as a donation, to be exchanged with the government, and to establish a safe home for the Villas del Sol community in Toa Baja.
  • A $250,000 donation is received to support Caribbean Co-op, an economic development model for Hatillo.

 

  • The Puerto Rico Community Foundation kicked-off its anniversary celebration with a constructive dialogue on the island’s economy: “Solidarity economy: a single economy.”
  • The Puerto Rico Community Foundation celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2010 with several activities that included: a Retrospective Philanthropic Exhibition at Plazas Las Américas; a workshop on Solidarity Economy, and the closing event at the Puerto Rico Museum of Art.
  • The Solidarity for a New Haiti Commission is established. A Collaboration Agreement is signed with ACUP (Association of Private Colleges and Universities) and the University of Puerto Rico to establish the Universidad Solidaria del Caribe to enable Haitian students to study in Puerto Rico.
  • The Mayagüez 2010 Organizing Committee decides to dedicate the games to Haiti and establishes the Somos Puerto Rico Scholarship Fund, to support students from the Universidad Solidaria del Caribe.
  • Community Foundation of Puerto Rico by 2010:
  • $24.6 million in assets
  • $46 million in donations and community support.
  • 400 scholarships awarded
  • 64 managed funds
  • The Community Foundation signs an agreement with Pfizer to collaborate in the design and implementation of its 100% Well educational program directly in four schools and supporting another 16 schools.
  • The Community Foundation receives a donation from the Knight Foundation under the Knight Community Information Challenge program to promote information access in low-income communities to strengthen their democracy and achieve their economic and social transformation. We worked with IDEBAJO (the Jobos Bay Eco-Development Initiative), an organization that groups eight communities in the southern region. Workshops, discussion forums and a summit activity — the Community meeting for participatory democracy — were held as part of the project on access to information and participatory democracy.
  • Work begins with schools in Transformation under the Puerto Rico Education Department’s School Improvement Grant (SIG) program: the Dr. José Celso Barbosa, Dr. Alfredo Aguayo and Alejandro Tapia y Rivera schools.
  • The first Philanthropic Fair is held in Puerto Rico in 2013.
  • Latin American Impact Investment Forum – Mexico Feb. 20-22
  • In March 2013, the Community Foundation hosted the meeting of the Board of Directors of the Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands (RELNEI) entity that groups superintendents and nonprofit organizations in the United States.
  • Pfizer Workshops — 40 ways to achieve successful youth.
  • Meeting of United States Foundations’ Latino Presidents — June
  • The Advocacy Institute for NPOs (nonprofit organizations) is created, in which training courses are developed on the topic of “community intercession” and other issues such as: definition of situations and remedies, leadership, decision-making, strategy design, organizing public groups, messages, legislation. Work is also being done to develop trainers. The course comprised eight six-hours sessions for a total of 48 contact hours.
  • Presentation and conference about the “The Forbidden Education: Rethinking the Puerto Rican public school” film-documentary, an event that comprises a dialogue on how we rethink public education in Puerto Rico to face the economic, social and environmental challenges of the 21st century, using segments of the documentary as a common thread.
  • Chilean Sociologist and Educator Dr. José Joaquín Brunner visits Puerto Rico to present a reflective process on his experiences in Chile and other countries regarding their social and educational transformation, which coincided with the discussion of a bill to produce a 10-year Educational Plan. Some 800 teachers from the education system, legislative and public policy leaders, and educators involved in the national dialogue participated in his visit.
  • The Community Economic Development Consortium offered a workshop for community nonprofits on Community Housing Development Organization (CHDOs) and Community Development Financial Institution (CFFI) certification.
  • A Financial Education program was successfully conducted in six (6) public housing developments and five (5) public schools. A total of 1,485 people was impacted by the project. The project also allowed the opening of 27 savings accounts for education, establishing a business and buying a home.
  • The Citi Microenterprise Award is managed, a distinction created in 2004 as a project of the United Nations, in which the Citi Foundation joined to recognize the efforts of microentrepreneurs throughout the world. That way, PREMIC joins the 35 countries where the award is granted. The award focuses on three categories: Microfinance Institution Award, Microentrepreneur of the Year Award, and Microenterprise Award.

 

  • The first community investment fund (FIC) is established as part of the strategy to grant loans exclusively to nonprofit organizations. The Comprehensive Stimulation Center is the first organization to receive a loan.
  • The President of the Cleveland Foundation visits Puerto Rico to discuss investment strategies for community economic development.
  • The first scenario planning workshop is held for nonprofit organizations.
  • Dr. Bob Ros, President of the California Endowment visits Puerto Rico to speak about the Boys & Men of Color initiative.
  • As part of the 30th Anniversary, the Community Foundation recognizes 30 leaders who have effected significant changes in the communities.
  • After the impact of Hurricane Irma, followed by Hurricane María, in September 2017, the FCPR activates the Puerto Rico Community Recovery Fund and succeeds in raising more than $12.5 million.
  • Starting in late 2017, the FCPR draws up a strategic plan focused on providing equitable and sustainable access to drinking water, renewable energy, affordable housing, community economic development and education.
  • In November 2018, FCPR became one of the winning organizations in the Obama Foundation’s My Brother’s Keeper competition to implement the Alliance for Peace: For a New Loíza.
  • During 2018, the Foundation promotes the creation of the first solar community that owns and manages its system, Toro Negro, in Ciales, and the first micro-grid certified by the Puerto Rico Energy Bureau, Esperanza Village in Juncos.