Friends of Puerto Rico (or “FPR”) is a non-partisan, non-profit organization (501c3) based in Washington, DC. It was founded in 2015 by mainland investors in Puerto Rico, members of the Puerto Rican diaspora and their friends.
FPR seeks to alleviate economic difficulties (including growing unemployment and a shrinking population) affecting the lives of those residing on the island by investing in Puerto Rico’s economic and cultural advancement. FPR’s founders believe it is now more important than ever for the diaspora and friends of Puerto Rico to support the island’s economic development and stimulate growth. FPR provides an inspired and efficient way for donors to come together to maximize the impact of their philanthropy.
Friends of Puerto Rico provides financial support to selected individuals and non-profit organizations based in Puerto Rico that contribute to local arts, education, and entrepreneurship, while ultimately catalyzing economic development and stimulating job creation.
Angelique is a World Banker at the International Finance Corporation. She was recently appointed by Mayor of Washington, DC to serve as Commissioner for the Latino Community. She is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico in Aguadilla, where she was the Class Valedictorian and the Johns Hopkins University. She has served in the Board of Directors of the: Art Museum of the Americas, Viva Latino National Magazine, UPRAA, NSHMBA and is an active member of the Johns Hopkins Women in Business Council. As a passionate advocate for women’s business success, Angelique launched a Puerto Rican Women Leadership series in Washington, DC. Angelique is a passionate philanthropist and a supporter of students from the Córdova & Fernós program where she is a proud alumnus of The Washington Center. She is an avid golf player and a native of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.
Javier Llano is an active member of the Puerto Rican Diaspora who has lived in New York City and Washington, DC for the last twenty years. He has worked on community development projects to empower Hipanic communities. During his years in New York, Mr. Llano worked on projects such as building affordable housing, green public spaces, and increasing access to affordable healthcare services. He is a partner at the Oldaker Law Group, where he consults with clients on strategic and competitive issues to optimize effectiveness of their relationships and advocacy programs to create marketplace advantage. Mr. Llano is adept in creating strategic alliances to maximize growth to his clients. He has a B.A. in Political Science from University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras and an M.P.A. from New York University. Mr. Llano, a native of El Barrio Daguao, was born in Fajardo, Puerto Rico and currently resides in Washington D.C.
The Friends of Puerto Rico team of volunteers work hard to invest their time into developing the best nonprofit in benefit of the pillars:
JI Cruz , Consultant
Lorna P. Madera, Consultant
Veronica Colon, Consultant
Friends of Puerto Rico sees a synergy in the three pillars of arts, education, and entrepreneurship, which are all essential for long-term economic and cultural development of Puerto Rico and the greater Caribbean. We measure the impact of our success by using metrics and indicators related to job creation and community impact.
From San Juan to Humacao to Vieques, a variety of foundations and charities directly support educational and training endeavors that advance their communities. Friends of Puerto Rico seeks to improve education by financially supporting educators and organizations that create job opportunities and stimulate economic development.
From the Museo de Arte de Ponce to the Casal Festivals and many world renowned artists, Puerto Rico has long been recognized as a cultural leader and cultural incubator in the Caribbean. Friends of Puerto Rico seeks to enhance this tradition by financially supporting artists and cultural organizations that create job opportunities and further catalyze economic development on the island.
From San Juan to Rincón, Puerto Rico is partnering with bright and ambitious entrepreneurs who require additional support at the proof of concept stage to scale their enterprises. Friends of Puerto Rico seeks to support entrepreneurship by funding individual entrepreneurs and organizations that strengthen the communities.
FPR provides direct financial support to nonprofits that have proven to be efficient and effective, which facilitates high-impact donations in the region. Our network of donors are business leaders from the Puerto Rican community, as well as the many friends of Puerto Rico in the Washington Metropolitan Area and beyond.
Organizations and donors involved in the Friends of Puerto Rico events become part of our network, creating opportunities for partnership and collaboration across non-profits and donors looking to maximize the impact of their work.
Our annual fundraising event, “Building the Future of Puerto Rico,” brings together our donors and the non-profit organizations that we have chosen to support that year. More information about our second annual event, held in June 2016, can be found here.
Since 2015, FPR has supported organizations in Puerto Rico that carry the mission of the orange economy.
The foundation helps Puerto Rican youth to overcome social boundaries, fulfilling their potential to achieve excellence at the highest academic levels. Kinesis fuels Puerto Rico’s social and economic transformation through providing college scholarships, bright start college access counseling, and high school counselor college access education.Learn More
Reach for Success provides Viequense youth and their families with needed resources and opportunities to achieve educational, vocational, and economic success through after-school programs focusing on career and vocational guidance, parental support, drug and alcohol health awareness, academic counseling, mentoring, and cultural awareness. The June 2016 Event also honored artist Antonio Martorell, known for his artwork at the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museo del Barrio in New York, and the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.Learn More
Home to Sir Frederic Leighton’s iconic painting “Flaming June.” Friends of Puerto Rico hosted a fundraising reception for the Ponce Museum of Art to commemorate the reunion of the three paintings of the Three Magi by the Flemish master, Peter Paul Rubens. The famous artwork of King Gaspar travelled from the Museum of Art in Ponce to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC for a special exhibition that took place from March 17–July 5, 2015. Until this time, the three paintings had not been exhibited together for over a century. To celebrate this historic event, a reception was hosted at Washington, DC’s Burberry store to give national recognition to the Museo de Arte de Ponce. The reception raised $20,000 for the museum renovations and provided access to low-income children from “el “barrio”, La Cantera in Ponce.Learn More