FEMA’s Hub of Philanthropic Engagement Puerto Rico tailors collaborative efforts with nonprofits, municipalities and service-oriented organizations to identify resources (funding, technical support and in-kind contributions) that best match unmet needs to accelerate the island’s recovery.
Serving as a bridge between the donor and service provider communities and long-term recovery needs, the Hub has three goals:
- Increasing financial support that is well matched to strategic recovery needs
- Fomenting a more robust nongovernmental organization sector essential to resiliency and
- Strengthening institutional capacity to grow philanthropic contributions in Puerto Rico
Philanthropy's Role in Disasters
When disaster strikes, the philanthropic sector can be counted on to respond.
Philanthropy is available for immediate relief to provide food, shelter, water, medical care and clothing to survivors. Philanthropic investments are critical to address the immediate needs of disaster survivors and begin the rebuilding of resilient communities. Beyond short-term needs, philanthropic engagement can play a key role through strategic investments that address social, economic and environmental challenges in the community.
The United Nations estimates that every dollar invested into disaster preparedness saves $7. As such, several philanthropy programs focus on public education about the importance of disaster preparedness, building community disaster readiness, supporting nonprofit organizations development and building connections with business leaders.
Our Philanthropic engagement units provide an array of tailored solutions through a collaborative approach.
SERVICE PROVIDERS UNIT
Works with nonprofits, municipalities, universities and other service organizations engaged in recovery. The team supports the identification of priorities, unmet needs, challenges and strategies; and enhances service providers' capacity to obtain resources, identify, manage and measure results that drive effective program outcomes.
Service Providers needing assistance with recovery funding and resource opportunities, may contact Philanthropy-PR@fema.dhs.gov.
RESOURCE IDENTIFICATION UNIT
Supports long-term recovery projects by matching identified unmet needs with appropriate and accessible resources. The team tailors research for funding, technical assistance, capacity building, and other key community and environmental resources, including disaster preparedness, activities, workforce development and mitigation and infrastructure projects.
PHILANTHROPIC ALLIANCES UNIT
Supports and facilitates donor efforts for targeted investment in Puerto Rico's recovery by strengthening dialogue and collaboration among elements on the island, the U.S. mainland and globally.
Donors looking forward to contribute to Puerto Rico’s recovery and resiliency may contact Philanthropy-PR@fema.dhs.gov.
How FEMA's Hub of Philanthropic Engagement Works
Identification of initiatives focused on the unmet needs significant to Puerto Rico’s recovery.
- Identification of funding sources (foundations, corporations, etc.) that are interested in investing in Puerto Rico’s future.
- Leverage of funds, technical assistance, goods and services, programs, and foster connectivity between resources and needs.
- Philanthropic investments contribute to the readiness and resiliency of Puerto Rico. Non-Governmental Organizations and community groups enhance their ability to effectively engage in the island’s long-term recovery.
Faster Application Process for 501(C)(3) Status
For nonprofits, 501(c)(3) status can lead to many valuable opportunities that would be otherwise unavailable.
Section 501(c)(3) is the portion of the US Internal Revenue Code that allows for federal tax exemption of nonprofit organizations, specifically those that are considered public charities, private foundations or private operating foundations. A 501(c)(3) status can be a game-changer for nonprofits, opening more avenues for federal grants and other funding opportunities.
BENEFITS OF RECEIVING 501(c)(3) STATUS
- Allows for federal tax exemption
- Recognition by the IRS offers legitimacy and reputability
- Donations are tax exempt
- Some grants are only available to those with 501(c)(3) status
STREAMLINED APPLICATION FOR 501(c)(3) STATUS
To receive the 501(c)(3) exemption, a nonprofit must fill out Form 1023 and wait for an approval process that could take months. But there is a faster and easier route, Form 1023-EZ - available to any nonprofit that has a gross annual revenue lower than $50,000.
WHY USE FORM 1023-EZ?
Form 1023-EZ is a shorter application process, with lower application fee and quicker response time if you are found to be eligible.
USER FEE FOR APPLICATION - $275
APPLICATION FORM PAGES - 3
RESPONSE TIME - 2 - 3 weeks
USER FEE FOR APPLICATION - $600
APPLICATION FORM PAGES - 26
RESPONSE TIME - 3 - 6 months
HOW TO APPLY
- Eligibility Worksheet
- Go to www.irs.gov and fill out the eligibility worksheet. This form is 30 questions long and determines whether you can use the 1023-EZ method.
- Online Form 1023-EZ
Once you are found eligible, the process of applying is simple:
- Visit www.pay.gov
- Enter "1023-EZ" in the search box
- Create an account for your nonprofit
- Complete the electronic form
- Print and ensure it is signed by a legally recognized officer, director or trustee of the organization
- Submit the form
Using Form 1023-EZ can expedite the process of receiving 501(c)(3). If you are not eligible to file Form 1023-EZ, you can still file Form 1023.
To learn more about FEMA’s Hub of Philanthropic Engagement
Email us at Philanthropy-PR@fema.dhs.gov.
FEMA’s Hub of Philanthropic Engagement Increases Role of Philanthropy in Puerto Rico’s Recovery
GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – Recovery from disasters on the scale of hurricanes Irma and María requires resources that exceed government capabilities.
FEMA recently launched the Hub of Philanthropic Engagement to bring awareness of Puerto Rico’s recovery needs to the national and international philanthropic community. The group aims to raise $200 million for recovery from the back-to-back 2017 storms. Read More...
Nonprofit Organizations Affiliated with United Way Puerto Rico Participate in FEMA Orientations
United Way Puerto Rico held an orientation forum on the programs and funds that FEMA has available for nonprofit organizations. During the meeting, agency representatives shared information about their programs and clarified the doubts of the attendees.
As part of the activity, FEMA's Hub of Philanthropic Engagement shared its efforts to support the recovery and resilience of Puerto Rico by matching the donor community with the community of service providers to address the needs caused by Hurricanes Irma and María.
Frequently Asked Questions FAQ
What is a Service Provider?
Service providers are nonprofit organizations that provide services or manage projects to support the recovery.
What is a Donor?
A donor is any foundation, individual, association, corporation grant maker or other organization that invests money, tools or expertise to address current and long-term recovery issues.
Does the Hub grant funds?
FEMA’s Hub of Philanthropic Engagement – Puerto Rico is not a grants program, but a bridge to additional resources on the island’s road to sustainability. Following a processing of a request for resources, the team shares any funding opportunities identified with the requestors for them to apply following the criteria established by the funders.
Does the Hub provide assistance to survivors?
FEMA’s Hub of Philanthropic Engagement – Puerto Rico works with service providers and donors to connect the island’s needs to the larger world of philanthropic resources and capabilities.
For information about FEMA’s individual assistance programs, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362) 711/VRS - Video Relay Service. Multilingual operators are available. (Press 2 for Spanish). TTY call 800-462-7585.
Does the Hub provide non-disaster related support?
FEMA’s Hub of Philanthropic Engagement – Puerto Rico focuses on contributing to the island’s long-term recovery from the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and María.
Stay connected with FEMA’s Hub of Philanthropic Engagement.
By Email: Philanthropy-PR@fema.dhs.gov
FEMA’s Hub of Philanthropic Engagement
50 CARR 165, Ste. 3
Guaynabo, PR 00968-8024
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Here are some helpful links when searching and preparing for funding opportunities.
Funding and Resource Development
- Foundation Center
- Grant Station
- Guide Star
- Grant Space
- The Chronicle of Philanthropy
- The Grantsmanship Center
- Top Foundation Grants
Federal Agency Grant Programs
- Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA)
- Federal Grants Wire
- State Assistance Management System (SAMS)
- U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
- U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC)
- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
- U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA)
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
- U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)