FORWARD Puerto Rico Fund

A pooled fund supporting key nonprofit organizations and innovative projects that advocate for equitably addressing the layered crises facing Puerto Rico, while increasing the resilience of vulnerable populations on the island. Strategic investments are multi-year and of a significant size to enhance their potential impact.

What the fund supports

Promoting social justice and transparency in the distribution of public resources with particular emphasis on recovery funds provided by the federal government.​

Facilitating data analysis and informed public dialogue and debates on actual and potential impacts of new policies, particularly on vulnerable populations.​

Advancing the resilience and sustainability of the nonprofit sector by enhancing leadership, building fiscal and programmatic health, augmenting collective influence and voice, and enabling collaborations among organizations.​

Who created it & why?

FORWARD Puerto Rico Fund was created by Filantropía Puerto Rico  (FiPR), the island’s first philanthropy serving organization (PSO). Its members include longstanding and prestigious Puerto Rican and US-based philanthropic organizations with extensive experience in strategic grantmaking and deep involvement with the nonprofit sector.


The Fund was created in 2017 as an instrument to advance significant solutions that typically go beyond the grantmaking possibilities of a single investor. The Fund’s first grantmaking round was used for its Phase #1, an emergency relief funding effort following Hurricane María. Phase #2 focused on recovery and reconstruction funding tied to the hurricane’s aftermath. For Phase #3, and as of April 2020, we are evaluating how the Fund fulfills the needs exacerbated by earthquakes in the South of Puerto Rico and the COVID-19 outbreak.

With half of its population living under the U. S. poverty level, Puerto Rico confronts layered challenges that primarily affect the island’s most vulnerable populations. The two latest being the COVID-19 outbreak in the Spring of 2020 and the devastation caused by earthquakes striking the southern part of the island beginning in December 2019. The latest crises occurred at a time when the island was already facing a huge economic collapse and a slow and highly controversial recovery process from the disasters caused by hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017.

COVID-19 and the quakes aggravated already dire social conditions such as high unemployment rates, increased migration, precarious housing conditions, closed public schools, and inefficient and outdated public utilities, especially the electric authority.

With government services stretched thin and long before the hurricanes, earthquakes and the Coronavirus, community-based nonprofit organizations were always ready to step in and serve the most vulnerable populations. As organizations deeply rooted in local communities, they pursue equal treatment, advocate for the most vulnerable, create innovative initiatives, mobilize volunteers and address basic needs. Their proximity and knowledge of their communities and people enable them to quickly and efficiently provide necessary services, even in remote places

FORWARD Puerto Rico Fund is one of FiPR’s strategies to develop philanthropic partnerships that help bolster the capacity of nonprofit institutions and help place Puerto Rico on a clear path to recovery and transformation, coupled with greater equity and prosperity.

Financing & Donations

As of December 2020, the fund has collected
$
0
Million

from a collective of nine Puerto Rican foundations and fifteen from the United States, on top of more than 1,500 individual donations.

Since October 2017, the fund has invested
$
0
Million

 in 121 nonprofit organizations in Puerto Rico

Donations

Grand Total
$8,976,306.85

Distribution

Grand Total

$6,709,532.00

Our Grantees

PriorityYearGRANTEETitleGRANT TOTAL
#0 Emergency Relief Grant2017La Fondita de JesúsGeneral Operating $ 40,000.00
#0 Emergency Relief Grant2017Boys and Girls Club de Puerto RicoGeneral Operating $ 40,000.00
#0 Emergency Relief Grant2017Casa PuebloGeneral Operating $ 45,000.00
#0 Emergency Relief Grant2017Centro de Periodismo Investigativo General Operating $ 40,000.00
#0 Emergency Relief Grant2017Centros Sor Isolina FerréGeneral Operating $ 40,000.00
#0 Emergency Relief Grant2017CREARTEGeneral Operating $ 40,000.00
#0 Emergency Relief Grant2017Grupo de las Ocho Comunidades del Caño Martín Peña (G8)General Operating $ 40,000.00
#0 Emergency Relief Grant2017Hogar Cuna San CristobalGeneral Operating $ 41,000.00
#0 Emergency Relief Grant2017Instituto Nueva Escuela General Operating $ 40,000.00
#0 Emergency Relief Grant2017Museo de Arte ContemporáneoGeneral Operating $ 40,000.00
#0 Emergency Relief Grant2017Nuestra EscuelaGeneral Operating $ 40,000.00
#0 Emergency Relief Grant2017Para la NaturalezaGeneral Operating $ 50,000.00
#0 Emergency Relief Grant2017Programa de Educación Comunal de Entrega y Servicio (PECES)General Operating $ 40,000.00
#0 Emergency Relief Grant2017Proyecto MatriaGeneral Operating $ 40,000.00
#0 Emergency Relief Grant2017SER de Puerto RicoGeneral Operating $ 40,000.00
#3 Resiliency + Sustainability2018AndanzaEmergency Reserve Fund $ 40,000.00
#1 Distribution Transparency2018Ayuda Legal Puerto Rico El derecho a la vivienda y la recuperación justa: estrategias legales, educativas y de abogacía tras el desastre $ 300,000.00
#3 Resiliency + Sustainability2018Banco de Alimentos de Puerto RicoGeneral Operating $ 40,000.00
#3 Resiliency + Sustainability2018Beta LocalGeneral Operating $ 40,000.00
#3 Resiliency + Sustainability2018Beta LocalEmergency Reserve Fund $ 21,000.00
#3 Resiliency + Sustainability2018Caras con CausaGeneral Operating $ 40,000.00
#3 Resiliency + Sustainability2018Casa PuebloEmergency Reserve Fund $ 30,000.00
#3 Resiliency + Sustainability2018Centro ESCAPEGeneral Operating $ 40,000.00
#3 Resiliency + Sustainability2018Centro ESCAPEEmergency Reserve Fund $ 75,000.00
#3 Resiliency + Sustainability2018Centro para una Nueva Economía General Operating $ 40,000.00
#3 Resiliency + Sustainability2018CREARTEEmergency Reserve Fund $ 100,000.00
#3 Resiliency + Sustainability2018EA - Centro para la Nueva EconomiaGeneral Operating $ 40,000.00
#1 Distribution Transparency2018EA - Centro para la Nueva EconomiaFortalecer la infraestructura cívica para mejorar la capacidad de respuesta y comunicación de información crítica de las comunidades. $ 150,000.00
#1 Distribution Transparency2018Fundación Fondo de Acceso a la JusticiaProblemas de Titularidad $ 100,000.00
#3 Resiliency + Sustainability2018Grupo de las Ocho Comunidades del Caño Martín Peña (G8)Emergency Reserve Fund $ 25,000.00
#2 Data Generation2018IDJ -Boys and Girls Club de Puerto RicoSalvaguardando los derechos de los niños y jovenes en epoca de austeridad $ 242,000.00
#3 Resiliency + Sustainability2018Instituto Nueva Escuela Emergency Reserve Fund $ 100,000.00
#3 Resiliency + Sustainability2018La Fondita de JesúsEmergency Reserve Fund $ 100,000.00
#3 Resiliency + Sustainability2018Museo de Arte ContemporáneoEmergency Reserve Fund $ 100,000.00
#3 Resiliency + Sustainability2018Museo de Arte de PonceGeneral Operating $ 11,000.00
#3 Resiliency + Sustainability2018Museo de Arte de Puerto RicoGeneral Operating $ 75,000.00
#3 Resiliency + Sustainability2018Nuestra EscuelaEmergency Reserve Fund $ 100,000.00
#3 Resiliency + Sustainability2018Programa de Educación Comunal de Entrega y Servicio (PECES)Emergency Reserve Fund $ 100,000.00
#3 Resiliency + Sustainability2018Proyecto MatriaEmergency Reserve Fund $ 60,000.00
#3 Resiliency + Sustainability2018SER de Puerto RicoEmergency Reserve Fund $ 100,000.00
#3 Resiliency + Sustainability2018Taller SaludGeneral Operating $ 40,000.00
#3 Resiliency + Sustainability2018Taller SaludEmergency Reserve Fund $ 70,000.00
#2 Data Generation2019Cambio PRRenewable Distributed Energy Modeling and Public Education $ 303,750.00
#2 Data Generation2019Cambio PRTransparency, Access to Public Information and Public Awareness and Engagement Regarding Puerto Rico’s Electric Sector Transformation $ 25,000.00
#2 Data Generation2019Centro Estudios Multidisciplinarios sobre Gobierno y Asuntos PúblicosObservatorio de Educacion Publica $ 447,000.00
#1 Distribution Transparency2019Centro de Periodismo Investigativo Impulso a la transparencia y el acceso a la informacion $ 680,125.00
#3 Resiliency + Sustainability2019Colegio SonifelProyecto de Resiliencia $ 80,000.00
#2 Data Generation2019EA - Centro para la Nueva EconomiaQuién me representa $ 30,000.00
#2 Data Generation2019iCasaRadiografía de vulnerabilidad geográfica $ 175,000.00
#3 Resiliency + Sustainability2019IC - Promocion para el desarrollo Nido cultural - servicio de OSFL directo $ 90,000.00
#2 Data Generation2019IC - Promocion para el desarrollo Segunda encuesta de consumo y participación cultural $ 85,800.00
#2 Data Generation2019Para la NaturalezaAplicacion Móvil - Ciudadano Protector/Guardian $ 185,000.00
#1 Distribution Transparency2019Sembrando SentidoTransparencia y Rendición de Cuentas en las Contrataciones Públicas $ 75,100.00
#2 Data Generation2019Taller SaludProyecto Hipatia $ 550,357.00
#3 Resiliency + Sustainability2019HASERServicios Manejados $ 250,000.00
#4 Earthquake Relief Grants2020AndanzaEarthquake Relief Grants $ 15,000.00
#4 Earthquake Relief Grants2020Universidad de Puerto Rico (PATRIA)Earthquake Relief Grants $ 47,000.00
#4 Earthquake Relief Grants2020One Stop Career Center of PREarthquake Relief Grants $ 30,000.00
#4 Earthquake Relief Grants2020Ponce Neigborhood Housing Services Earthquake Relief Grants $ 30,000.00
#4 Earthquake Relief Grants2020PathStone CorporationEarthquake Relief Grants $ 30,000.00
#4 Earthquake Relief Grants2020Museo de Arte ContemporáneoEarthquake Relief Grants $ 50,500.00
#4 Earthquake Relief Grants2020CMTASEarthquake Relief Grants $ 29,500.00
#4 Earthquake Relief Grants2020Red por los Derechos de los NiñosEarthquake Relief Grants $ 25,000.00
#4 Earthquake Relief Grants2020Fundacion Musica y PaisEarthquake Relief Grants $ 22,500.00
#2 Data Generation2020Coalicion Legal de Puerto RicoCOVID: Proyecto de Proteccion $ 12,500.00
#3 Resiliency + Sustainability2020Coordinadora Paz para la MujerEarthquake Relief Grants $ 5,000.00
#2 Data Generation2020Kilometro CeroDefending civil rights at our most vulnerable times $ 300,000.00
#3 Resiliency + Sustainability2020IDJ -Boys and Girls Club de Puerto RicoLos primeros 100 dias $ 150,000.00
#2 Data Generation2020Centro de la Mujer DominicanaPhilanthropy Guides - Recuperacion Justa $ 800.00
#2 Data Generation2020Centro para una Nueva Economía Philanthropy Guides - Recuperacion Justa $ 800.00
#2 Data Generation2020Coalicion de Coaliciones de Puerto RicoPhilanthropy Guides - Recuperacion Justa $ 800.00
#2 Data Generation2020Fideicomiso de la Tierra del Caño Martin PeñaPhilanthropy Guides - Recuperacion Justa $ 800.00
#2 Data Generation2020FURIAPhilanthropy Guides - Recuperacion Justa $ 800.00
#2 Data Generation2020Primera Iglesia BautistaPhilanthropy Guides - Recuperacion Justa $ 800.00
#2 Data Generation2020Pathstone Community Development Corporation of Puerto RicoPhilanthropy Guides - Recuperacion Justa $ 800.00
#2 Data Generation2020Centro para la reconstruccion del HabitatPhilanthropy Guides - Recuperacion Justa $ 800.00
#2 Data Generation2020Fundación Fondo de Acceso a la JusticiaPhilanthropy Guides - Recuperacion Justa $ 800.00
#2 Data Generation2020ACUTAS - Asociación de Comunidades Unidas Tomando Acción SolidariaPhilanthropy Guides - Vivienda $ 800.00
#2 Data Generation2020SOLIDUS/Maria HernandezPhilanthropy Guides - Vivienda $ 500.00
#2 Data Generation2020Ayuda Legal Puerto Rico Philanthropy Guides - Vivienda $ 800.00
#2 Data Generation2020Coalición Residentes Vivienda Pública - CARAS of the AmericasPhilanthropy Guides - Vivienda $ 800.00
#2 Data Generation2020Comisión Nacional de Vivienda CooperativaPhilanthropy Guides - Vivienda $ 800.00
#2 Data Generation2020Centro para una Nueva Economía Philanthropy Guides - Vivienda $ 800.00
#2 Data Generation2020INDESOVI - Instituto para el Desarrollo Socioeconómico y de Vivienda de Puerto RicoPhilanthropy Guides - Vivienda $ 800.00
#2 Data Generation2020Proyecto ENLACE Caño Martín PeñaPhilanthropy Guides - Vivienda $ 800.00
#2 Data Generation2020Habitat for Humanity/Micehelle SnugdenPhilanthropy Guides - Vivienda $ 500.00
#2 Data Generation2020ABRE PRPhilanthropy Guides - Education $ 800.00
#2 Data Generation2020Nuestra EscuelaPhilanthropy Guides - Education $ 800.00
#2 Data Generation2020Boys and Girls Club de Puerto RicoPhilanthropy Guides - Education $ 800.00
#2 Data Generation2020Comite Timon de Familiares de Personas con ImpedimentosPhilanthropy Guides - Education $ 800.00
#2 Data Generation2020Centro de Estudios Multidisciplinarios en Gobierno y Asuntos PúblicosPhilanthropy Guides - Education $ 800.00
#2 Data Generation2020No Poor Left BehindPhilanthropy Guides - Education $ 800.00
#2 Data Generation2020Universidad Interamericana de Puerto RicoPhilanthropy Guides - Education $ 800.00
#2 Data Generation2020Jóvenes Puerto Rico en RiesgoPhilanthropy Guides - Education $ 800.00
#2 Data Generation2020Asociación Puertorriqueña de Sostenibilidad/AprodecPhilanthropy Guides - Environment $ 800.00
#2 Data Generation2020Cambio PRPhilanthropy Guides - Environment $ 800.00
#2 Data Generation2020Comité Diálogo Ambiental / Queremos Sol/IdebajoPhilanthropy Guides - Environment $ 800.00
#2 Data Generation2020Museo de Reciclaje (Reciclaje del Norte Luis Sanchez)Philanthropy Guides - Environment $ 500.00
#2 Data Generation2020Instituto para la investigación y acción en AgroecologíaPhilanthropy Guides - Environment $ 800.00
#2 Data Generation2020La Colmena Cimarrona/HASERPhilanthropy Guides - Environment $ 800.00
#2 Data Generation2020Organización Sistemas Acueductos Non-PRASA de PR / Acueducto Comunidad Buenos AiresPhilanthropy Guides - Environment $ 800.00
#2 Data Generation2020Para La NaturalezaPhilanthropy Guides - Environment $ 800.00
#2 Data Generation2020Agua, Sol y Sereno/Nuestra EscuelaPhilanthropy Guides - Art + Culture $ 800.00
#2 Data Generation2020Asociación de MuseosPhilanthropy Guides - Art + Culture $ 800.00
#2 Data Generation2020Asociación de Documentalistas de PRPhilanthropy Guides - Art + Culture $ 800.00
#2 Data Generation2020Beta LocalPhilanthropy Guides - Art + Culture $ 800.00
#2 Data Generation2020Circuito Queer / Fiscal Sponsor:Coordinadora Paz Para La MujerPhilanthropy Guides - Art + Culture $ 800.00
#2 Data Generation2020Taller Comunidad La GoycoPhilanthropy Guides - Art + Culture $ 800.00
#2 Data Generation2020IC - Centro Economia CreativaPhilanthropy Guides - Art + Culture $ 800.00
#2 Data Generation2020Para La NaturalezaPhilanthropy Guides - Art + Culture $ 800.00
#2 Data Generation2020Centro de Periodismo InvestigativoPhilanthropy Guides - Gobernanza $ 800.00
#2 Data Generation2020Colectivo IléPhilanthropy Guides - Gobernanza $ 800.00
#2 Data Generation2020Comité Amplio para la Búsqueda de la Equidad/Proyecto MatriaPhilanthropy Guides - Gobernanza $ 800.00
#2 Data Generation2020Espacios AbiertosPhilanthropy Guides - Gobernanza $ 800.00
#2 Data Generation2020Junte GentePhilanthropy Guides - Gobernanza $ 800.00
#2 Data Generation2020G-8/Joel VazquePhilanthropy Guides - Gobernanza $ 500.00
#2 Data Generation2020Líderes Jóvenes en Acción/G-8Philanthropy Guides - Gobernanza $ 800.00
#2 Data Generation2020Proyecto MatriaPhilanthropy Guides - Gobernanza $ 800.00
#2 Data Generation2020VAMOS PRPhilanthropy Guides - Gobernanza $ 800.00
#2 Data Generation2020Vieques AhoraPhilanthropy Guides - Gobernanza $ 800.00
#2 Data Generation2020FURIASistematización y Creación Participativa para la Resiliencia $ 150,000.00

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How does the Fund operate?

FORWARD Puerto Rico Fund collects contributions from philanthropic organizations based in Puerto Rico and in the United States, as well as from individuals and other private sources. Funds are distributed in Puerto Rico among nonprofit organizations that aim to advance equity and social justice in alignment with the Fund’s priorities.

The Fund is managed by FiPR, whose Board of Directors is composed of leaders from its member philanthropic organizations that ensure the effective distribution of funds raised.

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