Our core values are what support the vision and shape the culture at Friends of Puerto Rico. These are the essence of our identity, principles, beliefs and philosophy
Our core values:
A Culture of philanthropy and accountability
Teamwork and Transparency
Caring, Entrepreneurial Self-development
Impact and results oriented
In 2015, a group calling themselves “Friends of Puerto Rico” came together to celebrate a special exhibition at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC on loan from its home at the Museo de Arte de Ponce in Puerto Rico. In celebration of the exhibition, the ‘Friends’ were able to raise over $20,000 for renovations for the Museo de Arte de Ponce, as well as establish a fund that ensured free access to the museum for low-income students in Puerto Rico. That experience inspired our founders to continue their mission and to focus their efforts on creating economic opportunities for the Puerto Rican people by investing in arts, education and entrepreneurship.
In 2017, after the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria on the island, Friends of Puerto Rico was able to utilize their network to aid in the relief and recovery effort. Our organization was able to provide humanitarian aid in the form of one million pounds of food, water and medicine. In the aftermath of the storm, we helped rebuild businesses, schools and hospitals and even provided micro-grants to musicians who lost instruments and other equipment. During this time, Friends of Puerto Rico fully realized our potential to affect positive change on the island, both in the short term and for the future.
Today, Friends of Puerto Rico supports proven non-profit organizations that create entrepreneurial initiatives, educational opportunities and champion the arts. We have also established our own innovative initiatives like Café Ama, AMIGAS and SEEDS. Since our founding, we have mobilized a passionate network of over 30,0000 donors and 50 partner organizations to create economic opportunities that support the people of Puerto Rico on the island, in Washington, DC and around the United States.
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