On May 19th, we hosted our first networking event of the year at Casita Miramar in Santurce. We were excited to have everyone meet in person again after months of virtual events. For more than two hours, FiPR members enjoyed drinks, appetizers, and most importantly, conversations that ranged from our philanthropic ecosystem to the record-breaking heat being felt in Puerto Rico.
Thank you to all our members that participated! We look forward to seeing you at the next event.
This month we held two Action Dialogues:
- On May 12th, we spoke with Mariolga Reyes from the Community Land Trust for Sustainable Agriculture and Luis Gallardo from the Center for Habitat Reconstruction about tenure and property ownership. Both highlighted the difficulties in developing projects with logics other than the current system of real estate and institutional support, but shared current examples of efforts from the non-profit and community sector.
- On May 26th, we spoke with Theresa Bischoff from Foundation for a Better Puerto Rico and Dulce M Del Río Pineda from Mujeres de Islas. Access to health services for the islands of Culebra is much more than challenging for these communities. Very little has been achieved but the trend has been towards an evident deterioration. There is a need to update health data and a call for dialogue between all those involved so that any kind of improvement can be achieved.
We’re officially four months away from our yearly Annual Convening!
Save the date: October 19, 20 and 21.
We are also very excited to announce that we will finally be holding a full in-person event! (Hooray!). The agenda will include site visits, conferences, special guests, and much more. We are working hard to make this year’s Annual Convening the best ever.
If your organization would like to speak at one of the biggest grantmaking summits in Puerto Rico, we will be accepting session speaker suggestions until June 30th, 2022. You can send your suggestions to [email protected].
Robusteciendo la Justicia Social (Strengthening Social Justice)
Through projects like Robusteciendo la Justicia Social, we continue to learn and explore the evolution of philanthropic practices to include flexible, multi-year, trust-based grants, peer learning, and reflection tools.
RJS connects like-minded organizations and creates opportunities for them to meet, learn and collaborate, helping these organizations grow stronger together as a united front.
Click here to read more on the RJS objectives, goals and expectations.
Learning to Listen
The Learning to Listen journey has encouraged organizations and communities to listen, ponder and act on concrete collective solutions.
The goal was to weave and unite a set of tools that could help us push the third sector forward. We are extremely excited to create and contribute with a tool that reflects the voices of the people rebuilding Puerto Rico from their respective trenches.
Read more on the Learning to Listen collective process here.
FORWARD Puerto Rico Fund
The FORWARD Fund was able to kickstart Sembrando Sentido’s mission and all of its very ambitious goals. With the fund, they developed two projects under the umbrella of the Contracts in Law program, one for more transparency in public contracting and another for analyzing public policy around government contracts. Both projects enabled them to activate, through observation, awareness-raising and mobilization, civil society to lead the creation of a robust, open, comprehensive and efficient public procurement system. Aside from the Contracts in Law initiative, thanks to their constant advocacy on the issue, the Department of Justice developed a registry of convicted corruption offenders in Puerto Rico, something that by law should have already existed, but was not enforced until now.
Watch their video here.