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.
WHY JOIN OUR NETWORK
To amplify your philanthropic voice and impact in Puerto Rico
To connect, collaborate and build relationships
To access the FiPR network, resources and support
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:
We develop investment guides and studies, organize pledges, and provide access to the information needed to make our members’ work more impactful.
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.
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.)
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
(with grantmaking as their primary focus of activity)
- An organization’s core interest in joining FiPR is a desire to strengthen the quality of its own grantmaking and to work with other members to improve the field of grantmaking in Puerto Rico.
- The primary function of a prospective member is making charitable grants. 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. Exception to this include community foundations, private operating foundations, public foundations and grantmaking public charities:
- The prospective member must maintain an annual program of direct grants that constitutes at least 10% of its operating budget.
- The prospective member’s grant distributions are made primarily on a discretionary basis to multiple nonprofit organizations that are not subsidiary or otherwise directly related to the prospective member.
- The prospective member reasonably anticipates that it will continue to meet all requirements for membership for at least the next two years.
- Organizations applying for new membership will submit:
- The most recent state tax return
- A 990 tax return
- List of board of directors members
- Certificate of good standing
- FiPR Board of Directors’ Committee on Members retains final discretion on all matters concerning membership in FiPR.
WHICH MEMBERSHIP IS RIGHT FOR ME?
Start Up Scholarship for Emergent Membership
Open for first-time members to join the Emergent Membership with a 50% scholarship approved by the Board of Directors. They commit to a one-time annual contribution of $1,500.00.