MEMBERSHIP

Filantropía Puerto Rico (FiPR) and its grantmaker network is ready to help leverage your philanthropic efforts on the island.

Working together is crucial at a moment where Puerto Rico’s policy changes and diminishing investments in the social public sector are impacting the lives of marginalized populations.

Membership is open to local, and national foundations with diverse grantmaking priorities.

OUR MEMBERS

WHY JOIN OUR NETWORK

To amplify your philanthropic voice and impact in Puerto Rico

in areas of equity, collaboration, transparency, social and racial justice.

To connect, collaborate and build relationships

with other grantmakers to devise impactful strategic social investments, that increase efficiencies and avoid duplication of efforts.

To access the FiPR network, resources and support

to help catalyze your organizational objectives.

THE MANY BENEFITS OF BEING A MEMBER

By working as a closed-knit collaborative network we are building an inclusive and equitable society where all can participate and prosper.

Our members enjoy access to:

Action Dialogues

Closed-door grantmaker working groups that explore topics of interest (housing, environment, education, arts + culture), share information and coordinate actions for higher impact.

Grantmaking Resources​

We develop investment guides and studies, organize pledges, and provide access to the information needed to make our members’ work more impactful.

Diversified Events

Our virtual and (hopefully soon) non-virtual events create opportunities for deep learning and to connect with other grantmakers and grantees

Learning and knowledge

Access to briefings, reports, webinars, and meetings discussing issues, events and trends affecting the third sector. In-person and webinar presentations and panel discussions with thought-leaders and experts on issues of interest to our members. A philanthropic directory (in development) to keep track of who is doing work in Puerto Rico.

Professional Development

At FiPR’s Annual Convening you learn and connect with other philanthropic entities working for a better Puerto Rico. Attend meetings by organization role (i.e. program officer, communications manager, finance), and/or by type (family, public, corporate or private foundations.)

Connections

FiPR serves as a valuable connector for funders to meet around shared interests, learn from each other, and develop partnerships and collaboration. Networking meetups and engagements with funder collaboratives, affinity groups and community-based organizations.

WHO CAN JOIN US

Membership is open to Puerto Rico-based and foreign organizations with grantmaking as their primary focus of activity, which are accessible to the public and open to a reasonable range of nonprofits in Puerto Rico. These funders must have an active tax-exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service and/or the Puerto Rico Department of Treasury fitting one of the following categories

Private foundations ⓘ

Private foundations

A tax-exempt organization that makes grants based on charitable endowments. This designation includes independent foundations and many family foundations.

Family foundations ⓘ

Family foundations

Foundations where the donor and/or donor’s relatives play a central role in the governance and/or management of the foundation.

Independent foundations ⓘ

Independent foundations

A tax-exempt organization that makes grants based on charitable endowments and is not controlled by the benefactor or the benefactor’s family.

Corporate foundations & giving programs ⓘ

Corporate foundations & giving programs

A tax-exempt organization that derives its grantmaking funds primarily from a corporation. The company-sponsored foundation may maintain close ties with the donor company, but it is a separate, legal organization subject to the same rules and regulations as other private foundations.

Community foundations ⓘ

Community foundations

A tax-exempt, nonprofit, autonomous, publicly supported, philanthropic institution organized and operated primarily as a permanent collection of endowed funds for the long term benefit of a defined geographic area. Community foundations have a governing body broadly representative of the general public, maintain a broad grants program to multiple grantees that is limited neither by field of interest nor to serving only parts of the population, and may also provide direct charitable services. Community foundations operate primarily as grantmaking institutions, carrying out the diverse charitable purposes specified by the governing body and donors.

Public charities ⓘ

Public charities

A tax-exempt, nonprofit, publicly supported charitable institution whose primary purpose is grantmaking to multiple organizations and whose sources of annual support are a mix of private and public donations. Public foundations may or may not have endowments.

(with grantmaking as their primary focus of activity)

Private foundations

A tax-exempt organization that uses the bulk of its resources to provide charitable services or run charitable programs on its own. At the same time, such foundations allocate at least 10% of their operating budgets to grants for outside organizations and, like private independent and private family foundations, they generally do not raise funds from the public.

Family foundations

Philanthropy New York permits members to categorize themselves as a family foundation when the donor and/or donor’s relatives play a central role in the governance and/or management of the foundation.

Independent foundations programs

A tax-exempt organization that makes grants based on charitable endowments and is not controlled by the benefactor or the benefactor’s family.

Corporate foundations and giving programs
>Is one where a corporation has both corporate foundation (as defined above) and corporate giving program (as defined above). The corporation uses both to make contributions.
Community foundation

A tax-exempt, nonprofit, autonomous, publicly supported, philanthropic institution organized and operated primarily as a permanent collection of endowed funds for the longterm benefit of a defined geographic area no larger than three states. Community foundations have a governing body broadly representative of the general public, maintain a broad grants program to multiple grantees that is limited neither by field of interest nor to serving only parts of the population, and may also provide direct charitable services. Community foundations operate primarily as grantmaking institutions, carrying out the diverse charitable purposes specified by the governing body and donors.

Public charities

A tax-exempt, nonprofit, publicly supported charitable institution whose primary purpose is grantmaking to multiple organizations and whose sources of annual support are a mix of private and public donations. Public foundations may or may not have endowments

(with grantmaking as their primary focus of activity)

MEMBERSHIP CRITERIA

An eligible organization interested in becoming a Member of Filantropía Puerto Rico shall meet the following criteria in order to be considered to join the current members:
  • Its annual budget must be derived from an endowment, from a sole donor, or from some other reliable source of income for which the foundation does not need to fundraise or solicit. The prospective member must also maintain an annual program of direct grants constituting at least 10% of its operating budget.
  • Grants awarded annually make up at least 50% of the prospective member organization’s total annual expenditures. For corporate giving programs, the term “organization” refers to the corporate-giving unit, not the entire corporation. Exceptions to this standard include public foundations, private operating foundations, and individual members.
  • The prospective member reasonably anticipates that it will continue to meet all requirements for membership for at least the next three years.
  • Organizations applying for membership will submit:
    1. The most recent state tax return
    2. A 990 tax return
    3. The last two years of audited financial statements (subject to exception)
    4. List of board of directors members
    5. Certificate of good standing
  • FiPR Board of Directors’ Committee on Members retains final discretion on all matters concerning membership in FiPR.
  • All memberships are handled on a case-by-case basis and some exceptions may apply

WHICH MEMBERSHIP IS RIGHT FOR ME?

INSTITUTIONAL

$20,000 / yr
  • Actively participate and take a leadership role in Puerto Rico’s philanthropic sector

ORGANIZATIONAL

$10,000 / yr
  • Participate in all of FiPR’s programs and offerings

ASSOCIATE

$3,000 / yr
  • Begin building your philanthropic network