Supporting the Social Justice Movement in Puerto Rico
The María Fund was created on September 2017 by the Center for Popular Democracy in partnership with Puerto Rican organizations Taller Salud and G8/Proyecto ENLACE to support frontline efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane María. Recognizing that vulnerable communities are hit the hardest by climate disasters and are far too often left underserved by relief agencies, the María Fund was conceived to move resources to grassroots initiatives and community organizations that are part of an infrastructure that has the capacity to fulfill needs over the short and long-term.
We have supported community organizations across the island that quickly moved to provide immediate relief, while connecting a vision for justice and equity in their ongoing work and the long term recovery process. Our funding distribution has been grounded in the belief that organizing, as a way of building power among directly impacted people, is critical. Second, that support has to go to frontline organizations - those who are in community, working with the community. Hurricane María was not just a natural disaster - and for this reason the María Fund has supported initiatives that see a connection to the political and economic systems that impact the environment and us.
The María Fund continues to support work in Puerto Rico.
The Fund supports grassroots organizing of vulnerable communities on the frontlines. One hundred percent of monies raised are used to support organizing in Puerto Rico. For a list of initiatives supported by the Maria Fund, click here.
The Fund supports long-term recovery. The Maria Fund supports both critical immediate relief needs and projects and organizations needed over the long term to rebuild Puerto Rico in a just and equitable way. For more about the values of the Maria Fund, click here.
Puerto Ricans decide. Grants from the Maria Fund are decided by an Advisory Committee made up of Puerto Ricans from the island and the United States. For a list of committee members, click here.
Giving from tens of thousands of individuals who have generously donated to the Fund at whatever level they are able. This grassroots giving makes up more than half of the funds received
The María Fund has received grants from philanthropic foundations interested in supporting grassroots efforts in Puerto Rico.
Individuals and groups organize fundraisers and send their proceeds to the María Fund. These fundraisers include everything from benefit albums to restaurant happy hours, from small to large events with well-known celebrities.