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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 Ángel Ramos

Fundación Ángel Ramos will hold a virtual roundtable conversation  on September 21, 2022 called Más Fuertes, Más Sabios: el Tercer Sector a Cinco Años del Paso de los Huracanes Irma y María. The conversation will be moderated by writer and journalist Ana Teresa Toro and will include representatives from Taller SaludAcueducto Comunitario Pedro Calixto, the Museo de Arte ContemporáneoCasa Pueblo and PECES.

Tune in to this important conversation through FAR’s Facebook page!

Fundación Mujeres en Puerto Rico

Verónica Colón, Executive Director at the Fundación de Mujeres en Puerto Rico, was selected to be a part of the 2022 Aspen Institute Forum on Women and Girls (AIFWG) SOAR cohort. This fellowship invests in visionary leaders with bold ideas to address pressing issues affecting women and girls today.

Congratulations on this new opportunity, Verónica! Learn more on this fellowship here.

Liberty Foundation

In their efforts to encourage female students in Puerto Rico to pursue a future in STEM careers, Liberty Foundation and Society of Women Coders celebrated the achievements of the NextGen Tech Scholars Program’s first class. Over 50 participants were recruited by Eco Exploratorio: Science Museum of Puerto Rico, who completed the 20-week program and received their certificates during a special graduation ceremony.

See more on this science and technology-centered program here!

Fundación Segarra Boerman

After three years of monthly virtual reunions, Fundación Segarra Boerman celebrated the second in person meeting for Unidxs por el Ambiente. This project brings environmental organizations together so that they can share experiences and explore common interests and goals.

See some of the amazing things this cohort has achieved here!

Titín Foundation

The 20 non-profit organizations that will benefit from a campaign to collect donations through the portal have been officially announced by the Titín Foundation. The organizations are mostly focused on social wellbeing, health, education, art, and others. The project, called CUENTAx2, will be accompanied by a matching fund of up to $5,000 for each entity per part of the Titín Foundation.

Learn more about the 20 organizations here.

Fundación Flamboyán

¡Todos a leer!, an ambitious effort that looks to strengthen reading skills for children from kindergarten through the third grade was officially presented by Fundación Flamboyán and the Coalición Multisectorial para la Lectura. This initiative presents guidelines to tackle academic challenges that have impacted students through the years and have increased due to natural disasters and the pandemic.

Get to know more about how you can participate in this important education initiative here.

Open Society Foundations

In an effort to bring funders who have been close allies to Puerto Rico’s social justice movements for the past 5 years, and in the wake of the fifth anniversary of Hurricane María’s passing, Open Society Foundations will hold a roundtable discussion to share reflections on the growth and strength of social justice funding on the archipelago, and to begin to think strategically about the road ahead.

The event will be held on Friday September 23 at OSF’s offices in New York City.

AMGEN Foundation

Community-based and academic entities in Puerto Rico received a total of $300,000 in grants from the AMGEN Foundation as part of their social commitment to promote accessible STEM education. All the money was distributed through their community grants program.

Some of the organizations that benefitted were: Alianza para un Puerto Rico sin Drogas, Ciencia Puerto Rico, Centros Sor Isolina Ferré, EcoExploratorio, Inc., Fundación Comunitaria de Puerto Rico, Hogar Ruth, Universidad de Puerto Rico Recinto de Mayagüez – Amgen BioTalents, Universidad de Puerto Rico Recinto de Humacao – Amgen Biotech Experience, among others.

See more on this STEM and social justice program here!

JetBlue Foundation

A total of  $25,000 was awarded to The Ana G. Méndez University’s (UAGM) Carolina Campus by The JetBlue Grants Foundation for its “Increasing Latinos in Aviation Careers” (ILAC) proposal, which seeks to stimulate interest in aviation to increase the number of minority groups entering the airline industry as professional pilots.

See more on this education grant here.

First Bank

First Bank donated a total of $35,700 for the Hospital Oncológico Dr. Isaac González Martínez as part of its support to fight against cancer in Puerto Rico. The donation was made in collaboration with Raymond Arrieta and the 14th edition of the “Da Vida” walk, where FistBank have been sponsors for three consecutive years.

Read more on First Bank’s support of the walk here

Calls for Submissions

Fundación Comunitaria de Puerto Rico

The Fondo de Becas Benito Massó offers economic support for young students from Loíza who show interest in pursuing postsecondary education in music.

See the full criteria and apply online here.

Fundación Intellectus

Fundación Intellectus have opened a new Scholarship Cycle for Health Investigation and Sexual Violence Investigation that will run from September 15-October 15, 2022.

See more information on how to apply here!

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