Humanitarian Response – Puerto Rico
22 Foundations and Donors Pledge to Redouble Commitments to Puerto Rico
New York, NY (September 30, 2020) – Today twenty-two foundations and major donors signed a joint pledge to redouble their commitments to Puerto Rico as the island and its people continue to recover from 2017’s Hurricane Maria, ongoing natural disasters, and the health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Recognizing the urgency of the moment, a network of foundations and major donors signed a joint pledge to: maintain, strengthen and expand their philanthropic commitments to Puerto Rico; invest in local community leaders and organizations who are committed to just, equitable, and inclusive recovery efforts; and continue to build the capacity of organizations working in Puerto Rico by providing flexible financial, non-financial, and technical assistance.
They are calling on additional donors to join the pledge to support Puerto Rico, which has been historically under-resourced by philanthropy and the federal government. The initial signatories to the pledge include a diverse group of stateside and island based foundations and philanthropic networks including: The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Andrus Family Fund; Comic Relief US; Ford Foundation; Funders for LGTBQ Issues; GlobalGiving; Hispanics in Philanthropy; Maria Fund; The Nathan Cummings Foundation; Neighborhood Funders Group; Open Society Foundations; the Surdna Foundation; and Filantropía Puerto Rico and its members Fundación Ángel Ramos, Fundación Banco Popular, Fundación Colibrí, Fundación Comunitaria de Puerto Rico, Fundación Flamboyán, Fundación Segarra Boerman, Hispanic Federation, Miranda Foundation, and Titín Foundation. Donors who would like to join the pledge can sign on at bit.ly/justandresilientPR.
The joint call to action follows findings from a recently released report from Filantropía Puerto Rico, which highlights the specific need to reimagine the rebuilding process in Puerto Rico. Based on interviews with several organizations working in the aftermath of the hurricane, Filantropía Puerto Rico is calling for recovery efforts to start at the community level, led by those who sit closest to the climate, economic, and health challenges facing Puerto Rico in recent years, and best understand the work that remains to be done.
In the three years since Hurricane Maria, the initial signatories have invested a combined more than $157 million to support a wide range of organizations and institutions based in Puerto Rico. Today the Ford Foundation announced that it will contribute an additional $10 million raised from its historic social bond offering to support organizations on the island. The full list of funding recipients will be announced in the coming months…