El Convener

El Convener is your go-to source for news about grantmakers working in Puerto Rico. Please forward this to folks in your network, let us know who we missed and send us your monthly highlights to keep the philanthropic ecosystem informed and connected. 
To see a list of all the organizations working to make a difference on the island, visit our Grantmakers page. If your organization does not yet appear yet on this list, just fill out this form, we would love to add you!


On the Ground Initiatives

Fundación Colibrí

Fundación Colibri is working with the Environmental Defense Fund, Genesis Solar and Culebra residents to install solar and battery systems that can provide an independent, resilient source of power for their homes.

Learn more about this community-led initiative here, and visit Fundación Colibrí’s newly launched website here!

Fundación Mujeres en Puerto Rico

Fundación Mujeres de Puerto Rico published an article in support of women’s reproductive rights in the wake of the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, the ruling that protected access to abortion as a constitutional right.

Read the article here to learn more about the repercussions this historic decision will have in Puerto Rico.

Titín Foundation

The Titín Foundation has been the driving force behind an initiative that will officially certify Puerto Rico’s first Economic Development District, known as the Southern Puerto Rico Economic Development District (SPREDD). This effort, which will be certified by the US Economic Development Administration, has been operating as a pilot program since June 2020.

Click here to read more about this alliance between the island’s public and private sectors.

The Mellon Foundation

Mellon Foundation will hold a virtual discussion on the topic of Puerto Rico on Thursday July 28, 2022, with the participation of Dr. Elizabeth Alexander (President, Mellon Foundation), Alana Casanova-Burgess (Host and Producer of the WNYC and Futuro Media podcast, La Brega: Stories of the Puerto Rican Experience), Dr. Yarimar Bonilla (Director of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College in New York City), and Daniel Lind-Ramos (Sculptor and Painter).

Register here!

Fundación Comunitaria de Puerto Rico

Fundación Comunitaria de Puerto Rico has been working on the Iniciativa de Resiliencia Energética Comunitaria (CERI), a project that encourages critical facilities to have equitable access to safe, clean and affordable energy. These efforts have been made in collaboration with the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and the Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet (GEAPP).

See how this energy initiative is innovating the philanthropic ecosystem!

Fundación Popular

Fundación Banco Popular released their Corporate Sustainability Report for 2021, a document that establishes financial inclusion and equitable access to banking services as two of the organization’s basic values and pillars towards progress and sustainability.

Find the report here and see all the things Popular is doing to support sustainability.

Hispanic Federation

Hispanic Federation has been leading local efforts to help residents access the Child Tax Credit, and it was announced that Code for America has extended its free, mobile-friendly GetCTC sign-up website to Puerto Rico residents, making it easier for families to access the Child Tax Credit.

Read more on this important initiative here.

MCS Foundation

The MCS Foundation installed a $93,624 solar energy system with batteries at the Centro Geriátrico San Rafael in Arecibo to ensure services for the elderly. This project was made possible by collaboration with Empowered by Light, Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), Foundation for Puerto Rico, PowerCom, Inc and AZ Engineering.

Learn more about this effort here.

Fundación Plaza Las Américas and Plaza Del Caribe

21 entities in the north and south of Puerto Rico received a total of $215,000 through the Mano Amiga program, an effort by Fundación Plaza Las Américas and Plaza Del Caribe in support of organizations that provide direct services to communities. This program accepts submissions twice a year, with the next opening being in August 2022, so be on the lookout for it in next month’s Convener!

Click here to see all the beneficiaries and grantees.

First Bank

FirstBank announced it has donated an urban garden that was built in collaboration with the participants of the Instituto Psicopedagógico de Puerto Rico (IPPR), in Bayamón as part of its commitment to the environment and as a strategy to empower nonprofit organizations and the people who receive their services.

See more details on this environmental initiative here.

Calls for Submissions

Open Society Foundations

With the motive of supporting social and political movements led by young people, the Open Society Foundations is pleased to announce the third Puerto Rico Youth Fellowship.

The duration of the fellowship is 18 continuous months starting in January 2023 (January 2023–June 2024). Recipients of the fellowship will receive $45,000, structured to cover project related costs as well as a living stipend. Apply here!

Special Mention

MIRANDA Foundation

The MIRANDA Foundation, creators of the Premio a la Solidaridad/Solidarity Award, is officially closing its doors after 30 years of philanthropic service to Puerto Rican communities. From Filantropía Puerto Rico, we would like to thank the MIRANDA Foundation, one of our founding members, for all their years of unwavering support and for their extraordinary commitment to solidarity and social justice.

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