Fomentando Alianzas

In 2012 the Foundation identified the need to foster alliances with the organizations it supports through the Social Investment Program to share best practices and collaborate in social innovation initiatives. The Fomentando Alianzas program convenes, connects, and helps organizations and fosters the right conditions to establish active collaboration networks according to their interests and challenges. Our partner organizations have come together in partnerships where they share ideas and resources to provide services to the community in special education, economic development, extended school hours, mentoring, alternative education, and education in the arts.

Tech for Social Change

Social and economic inequality is reproduced in the systems to which we have access to work, learn, take care of our health, transport, have fun and live together. It also manifests itself in the technology we use and consume daily. Today, more than ever, unequal access to technology means unequal opportunities, participation and the ability to influence issues that concern us as citizens and as members of a community. Tech for Social Change aims to support the design and use of technological tools that improve access to services and information. The project has an educational aspect and an in-kind donation component to strengthen the digital infrastructure of our partner organizations.


Special Projects


Casa de Niños Popular

In 2015, the Casa de Niños Popular was created as a unique Montessori educational project that seeks excellence, the dignified remuneration of its staff and the integration of economically disadvantaged children from neighboring communities.

The objective is to model and transmit knowledge and skills that stimulate the integral formation of the child; and to offer a varied curriculum that enriches the cognitive, linguistic, social-emotional and motor development of the children. We guide participants in the development of attitudes and feelings that allow them to maintain their own personality, in harmony with the norms and values of the community from an early age.

Casa de Niños Popular is located in the Calle Popular building, next to the Fundación Banco Popular and in front of Popular Center.

Puerto Rico Big Ideas Challenge

As a result of the fundraising efforts to benefit the victims of Hurricane María, we launched, together with the Hispanic Federation, the Puerto Rico Big Ideas Challenge (PRBIC) as a call to Puerto Rican organizations with the objective of forging alliances with different sectors to propose great ideas that provoke social change from and by the communities. PRBIC represented the first social innovation competition in Puerto Rico in which bold proposals for community transformation were supported with an unprecedented investment of $1.6 million.

Of the 80 proposals received, three projects led by the non-profit organizations Caras con Causa and the Corredor del Yaguazo, the Centro de Microempresas y Tecnologías Agrícolas Sustentables in Yauco (CMTAS) and Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico, Barranquitas Campus, were the main winners of the Puerto Rico Big Ideas Challenge.

The semi-finalist teams led by the Ismael Rivera Foundation; the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus; Centro del Estudiante y Maestro Investigador (CEMI); and the Puerto Rico Historic Building Drawing Society, received a recognition award of $25,000 each. In addition to the three main prizes, an honorable mention was given to Unidos por Utuado, with a $100,000 grant for its significant potential impact.

Michael Fernández

executive director of Caras con Causa

Before, students used to come once a year to take a tour, but now, no less than 400 students are going to come every month to analyze data that has to do with their classes and that also impacts thousands of people.