A Philanthropic Call to Action Towards a Just and Resilient Puerto Rico
September, 20, 2020
Three years after Hurricane Maria claimed over three thousand lives in Puerto Rico, the island and its people continue to confront significant challenges to its long-term equitable recovery. These challenges have been significantly compounded by a combination of natural and man-made disasters over the past year -from major earthquakes that rattled the island’s Southern cities to the COVID-19 pandemic- all of which have deepened the island’s nearly 14-year economic recession.
Lagging federal disaster aid, local budget cuts and other austerity measures have also exacerbated poverty and inequality on the island, fueling mass migration and displacement pressures. On top of that, Puerto Rico is an often-overlooked territory that, as other low-income communities of color in the United States, is disparately impacted by the climate crisis and other disasters.
Your Commitment & Pledge
Recognizing the urgency of this moment, we call on grant-makers and leaders in the philanthropic sector to redouble their commitment to the 3.2 million US citizens of Puerto Rico. Over the next weeks, months and years ahead, we pledge to:
Maintain, strengthen and expand our philanthropic commitment to Puerto Rico, while leveraging the power of the 5.8 million Puerto Ricans in the diaspora.
Prioritize investments in local community leaders, organizations and networks working to advance a more just, equitable and inclusive Puerto Rico, especially those lacking government support.
Fund long-term projects with sustainable, generational and systemic impact such as popular education, citizen participation, advocacy and organizing.
Provide flexible financial support and technical assistance resources to strengthen the capacity of organizations in Puerto Rico that fully engage in the island’s long term cultural, education, economic, environmental and physical revitalization.
Increase support to organizations working with issues and in areas historically lacking investment.
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PR Education FoundationPuerto Rico
Fundación de Mujeres en Puerto RicoPuerto Rico
CERF+ -- the Artists Safety NetUnited States of America
Foundation for Puerto RicoPuerto Rico
Oxfam AmericaUnited States of America
Funders for LGBTQ IssuesUnited States of America
Comic Relief USUnited States of America
Nathan Cummings FoundationUnited States of America
Amplify Fund, Neighborhood Funders GroupUnited States of America
The Andrew W. Mellon FoundationUnited States of America
Surdna FoundationUnited States of America
Andrus Family FundUnited States of America
Fundación ColibríUnited States of America
Miranda FoundationPuerto Rico
Hispanics in PhilanthropyUnited States of America
María FundPuerto Rico
TITIN FOUNDATIONPuerto Rico
Fundacion Angel RamosPuerto Rico
GlobalGivingUnited States of America
Hispanic FederationUnited States of America
Fundación Segarra Boerman e Hijos, Inc.Puerto Rico
Fundación Comunitaria de Puerto RicoPuerto Rico
The Ford FoundationUnited States of America
Fundación Banco PopularPuerto Rico
Flamboyan FoundationUnited States of America