Puerto Rico: A Philanthropic Sneak Peak

Webinar Sneak-Peak of the Tour!

Friday, October 10, 2014

1pm-2:15pm eastern/ 10am - 11:15am pacific

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Many people on the US mainland, including the philanthropic sector, are familiar with Puerto Rico due to a large Puerto Rican population and cultural presence in the US. However, despite Puerto Rico's proximity and strong relationship with the United States, there has been a limited presence of US mainland philanthropy in Puerto Rico. The island is managing great economic, environmental, and social challenges. Yet it is the island’s unique circumstances that position it to be a space where philanthropy can have a dramatic effect. Across the island, autochthonous initiatives have sprouted to find solutions to Puerto Rico’s socio economic and environmental realities. Puerto Rico community based organizations across the island are forging innovate ways to address a myriad of problems in innovative and effective ways.

This webinar will provide participants with an opportunity to hear the following:
- An overview of the socio economic reality of the island
- Philanthropic strategies from local grantmaking leaders and federal agencies that are addressing the island's challenges
- Philanthropic strategies from US-based funders who are involved in social change in Puerto Rico
- Highlights of an upcoming site visit to Puerto Rico, for grantmakers  

Moderated by Jose A. Garcia, Surdna Foundation

Jason Garrett, Program Officer, Open Society Foundations
Claudia Gutierrez, Senior Advisor to the Regional Administrator at the US Environmental Protection Agency
Janice Petrovich, Philanthropic Consultant Puerto Rico and the US
Deepak Lamba Nieves, Director of Research, Center for the New Economy

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