Save the date for our 2023 Annual Convening October 18-19! This event is exclusively designed for funders and grantmakers working on the island. Join us as sector leaders, disruptors, and innovators come together to explore transformational practices that are reshaping the landscape of giving.

October 18-19, 2023

@ Caribe Hilton, San Juan PR

As the main connector within the philanthropic ecosystem of the archipelago, we have been actively preparing for this event. Throughout the year, we have sustained spaces that promote conversations and drive actions, aiming to better support organizations within the realities of Puerto Rico. This year we are designing an experience to expand our individual perspectives and embrace diversity, allowing us to strategically address complex challenges and align our collective efforts. That’s why we are calling our annual convening: Expand to Align Collective Action.

It’s time for us to broaden our network and contribute valuable resources, expertise, and diverse perspectives towards our collective action. By coming together, we can make a significant impact in advancing equity in Puerto Rico.

More details coming soon! In the meantime, if you have any questions or need assistance regarding the program or logistics, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Anja Paonessa: [email protected].

Our program features amazing keynote speakers, interactive workshops, groundbreaking research releases, networking opportunities, and much more.

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Wednesday, October 18

8:30am - 9:00am Registration & Breakfast

9:00am - 9:30am Welcome to our annual convening

9:30am - 11:00am Commonwealth of Calamity: Learning from Puerto Rico’s Disaster History

11:00am - 12:30pm Sociodemographic Context of Puerto Rico and its Municipalities: where are we?

12:30pm - 1:30pm Lunch

1:30pm - 3:00pm Agriculture in Puerto Rico: a Statistical Perspective

3:00pm - 4:15pm Housing Sector: characteristics of the economy and post-disaster context

4:15pm -5:00pm Unpacking the Short-Term Rental Dilemma

5:00pm -6:30pm 5:00pm - 6:30pm: Networking & Cocktails

Thursday, October 19

8:00am - 9:00am Peer Learning: Centering Equity in our Communities (Breakfast co-hosted with Magic Cabinet)

9:30am - 11:00am Puerto Rico in the 2020 Census: Ethnicity and Race Reporting

11:00am - 12:00pm Pathways to leveraging the federal tax credits for solar in Puerto Rico

12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch

12:00pm - 1:00pm Optional Session: Filantropía Puerto Rico's Annual Meeting

1:00pm - 2:30pm Billions: The power of catalytic capital

2:30pm - 4:00pm Puerto Rico Economic Situation: What does the data show us?

4:00pm - 7:30pm Junte social! at MADMI

Commonwealth of Calamity: Learning from Puerto Rico’s Disaster History

By examining key disasters throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries as case studies, this session showcases how learning from history can inform better practices of present-day collective action.

Ian Seavey

Sociodemographic Context of Puerto Rico and its Municipalities: where are we?

Understanding socio demographic data is fundamental for informed decision-making, effective policy formulation, equitable resource distribution, and the overall development and well-being of a country’s population. In this session, we will discuss the latest demographic trends.

Alberto Velázquez

Agriculture in Puerto Rico: a Statistical Perspective

This presentation discusses Puerto Rico’s agriculture and food security in relation to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. It covers the historical importance of agriculture, Puerto Rico’s agricultural legacy, current challenges, and past agricultural reforms in the region.

Dr. Francisco Pesante

Housing Sector: characteristics of the economy and post-disaster context

We will delve into the current post-disaster landscape, with a focus on key information sources. This exploration will encompass an overview of the economic and housing sectors’ essential attributes within this context. Additionally, we will examine pertinent variables of interest and sources of data, culminating in an interactive question and answer session.

Deepak Lamba-Nieves

Unpacking the Short-Term Rental Dilemma

In this presentation, we’ll explore the findings of a study on short-term rentals in Puerto Rico, focusing on their significant impact on the economy, communities, and individuals.

Charlotte Gossett Navarro

Dulce del Rio-Pineda

Lyvia N. Rodríguez

Puerto Rico in the 2020 Census: Ethnicity and Race Reporting

We continue to examine the census data, which helps identify disparities and inequalities in society based on factors like age, gender, ethnicity, income, and education. This knowledge is vital for promoting social inclusion and advocating for policies that promote equality.

Merarys Rios-Vargas

Rachel Marks

Pathways to leveraging the federal tax credits for solar in Puerto Rico

Discussing philanthropic strategies for solar solutions is crucial for addressing energy access, climate change, and equity, especially concerning the $1 billion Puerto Rico Energy Resilience Fund and its potential to drive sustainable energy and innovation in Puerto Rico.

Joe Evans

Optional Session: Filantropía Puerto Rico's Annual Meeting

We’ll provide an overview of FiPR’s key accomplishments and efforts aimed at advancing meaningful social investments.

Glenisse Pagán

Anja Paonessa

Richard Córdova

Billions: The power of catalytic capital

Blended capital involves strategically combining various types of funding, including public, private, and philanthropic, to generate both social and environmental impact while also aiming for financial returns—a promising approach in financing to tackle intricate challenges and foster sustainable development.

Eduardo Carrera

Puerto Rico Economic Situation: What does the data show us?

Puerto Rico economic trajectory has been erratic. As in previous periods, the economy is now growing but significant challenges remain: poverty has increased, and the likelihood of future growth is not promising. I will discuss data on the demographic dynamics, employment, poverty, and inflation, among other economic aspects.

José Carabllo Cueto, PhD

Let’s Lean in to Co-Create

We’ll kick off our Annual Convening 2022 with a workshop of why we are ready to Lean In. We believe that it’s time to share those experiences and find ourselves in other people’s stories. 

Glenisse Pagán

Anja Paonessa

Trust-Based Philanthropy Practices

In these times of dramatic change, as grantmakers we have a responsibility to examine our decision-making practices to see how they have contributed to systemic inequalities and how they contribute to a more just and equitable social sector.

Alexandra Hertell

Mynor Veliz

Strength through Solidarity - Management Commons and the Future of Nonprofit Resource Sharing

Fiscal sponsorship is leading the way in promoting diversity, equity, and more efficient and inclusive access to backbone services and philanthropic resources. Funders are playing a critical role in the growth of the fiscal sponsorship field.

Colibri Sanfiorenzo

Josh Sattely

Thaddeus Squire

Learning to Listen: Workshop to Co-Create

Through this session, we want to encourage entities to reflect on the collective they seek to support by critically analyzing the experiences and lessons learned by Filantropía Puerto Rico through the “Learning to Listen” project. 

Lyvia N. Rodríguez Del Valle

Alejandro Cotte

Funders Alignment in Response of Disaster Recovery

As grantmakers we have the mission to continue supporting the efforts of the social sector by joining strategies, objectives and specific actions within us.

Glenisse Pagán

Collective Reimagining

Together we will explore how the commitment to “Collective Reimagining” can support the Filantropia network’s with generating more equitable opportunities and outcomes in Puerto Rico.

Bianca Casanova Anderson

Rachel Leonidas

José Ortiz Pagán

Recent Outlook on Endowments

A conversation on the effects the changing market environment has on endowments.

Hector González

Peer Groups: Our People at the Center

As grantmakers we need to continue listening among peers in the ecosystem to share experiences, perspectives, interests and strategize together to further advance the mission and agenda for the social sector.

Dayani Centeno Torres

Anja Paonessa

Innovating: The why and what of co-creation

This final session will focus on co creating the future of our collective. We will share FiPR future plans and unpack the different ways we come together that inspire us to innovate the present and future of Puerto Rico.

Glenisse Pagán

Anja Paonessa

FiPR’s Guide to Puerto Rico

Nothing excites us more than knowing that there are people interested in getting to know our island! Which is why our FiPR team has assembled a list of places in Puerto Rico where you can host events or meetings, as well as places to eat and have fun.

Culture, Participation & Privacy Guidelines

We want you to experience our annual convening as a chance to continue building our philanthropic community by enabling collaborative discussions that allow diverse grantmakers to work together and scale up their impact in Puerto Rico. Discussions should be lively, yet respectful, and always seek to bridge the gaps between diverse opinions, cultures, interests, and backgrounds, while staying focused on our mission to improve the lives of the marginalized.

You may tag us on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter, and use the #convenePR hashtag so other attendees can find your posts.

Sessions might be recorded for archival purposes and available for our members.

We may take photos or video of sessions and attendees.

This content is for FiPR use only and may appear on our website, newsletter, social media pages, or future promotional material.

While fundraising is prohibited, we do encourage you to share what you learn and to refrain from doing so if the speakers explicitly request confidentiality.

Please abide by our Culture, Participation & Privacy Policy.

COVID-19 Guidelines

Vaccination and masks are not required. The meeting room should allow us to be comfortably spaced. We understand that there will be a mix of perspectives and needs among group members, and we trust that we can all respect and support that diversity.

Stay at home if you’re sick or have been in close contact with anyone who tested positive for COVID-19.
Be respectful of anyone’s desire for space, face coverings or a touchless experience.
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