Help Puerto Rico recover from Hurricane Maria

For: Various Puerto Rican non-profits
Puerto Rico
Organizer: Denise Tomasini-Joshi
Help Puerto Rico recover from Hurricane Maria (Various Puerto Rican non-profits)
$44,233
of $40,000 goal.
Raised by 755 donors
100% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

Hurricane Maria is the single most catastrophic atmospheric event in Puerto Rico's history.  The US territory of Puerto Rico is an island already struggling from economic hardships and trying to recover from hurricane Irma a few week ago.  The entire island lost power during Hurricane Maria and it will be months and perhaps years before the power infrastructure can recover.  
When Irma decimated the neighboring islands, the people and government of Puerto Rico, where Irma caused less damage, came to the rescue and provided support and housing for those in need.  Now Puerto Ricans need help.  
The funds collected through this site will go to organizations that will face excess demand for their services in the weeks and months to come, and will be key to recovery efforts. You can also donate directly to these organizations if you'd rather do that. They are: Vive Boriken, Casa Pueblo, Taller Salud, and Boys and Girls Club Loiza. We will post updates on money transfers weekly. 
Thank you for your support, the people of Puerto Rico say: "muchisimas gracias".
Maru, Denise y Szari

Maria Eugenia Gines
Denise Tomasini-Joshi
Szaritza Vasquez

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on October 17, 2017

Posted on October 17, 2017

Transfer of donations update!  We closed the fundraiser on September 29, 2017.  Since then I have been coordinating on getting matching gifts and transferring funds to the beneficiaries in a way that maximizes your donations.  I'm happy to report that the Open Society Foundations (OSF) agreed to match $5 for every $1 donated to the MariaFund of which Taller Salud is a beneficiary.  They funds destined to Taller Salud ($10,000) thus went to MariaFund.org on October 11, and a request for the match was submitted on October 16. They should receive an additional $50,000 from that match in 7-10 days.I'm also thrilled to report that the donations to the Boys and Girls Fund, to Viva Boriken and to Casa Pueblo will be match $3 to $1 by the Open Society Foundations.  A transfer was made to Boys and Girls Club on October 15, 2017 for their portion of the raised funds ($10,000) and they should receive the $30,000 in matching funds about 7-10 days after they submit the necessary form. I'm in communication with Casa Pueblo to transfer their funds; why have they not gone out yet? Because so far the only way to transfer them was PayPal and I was loathe to lose such a large portion (almost 3%) of the funds to a company (PayPal) whose business practices are often counter to the mission of the entities we're trying to support. Now that mail is being delivered they will get a check in the mail with the matching gift forms to submit for their matching funds. This leaves Viva Boriken - I have not been able to reach anyone from the organization to whom I can explain the matching gift process.  This is not surprising since Vieques was hit hardest and everyone there remains in crisis mode.  I will keep making attempts and if I can't reach them by the end of this month I will transfer the funds via PayPal, in the hopes that it will reach them. Thank you all again for your generosity.  Every small donation added up, and between the funds and the matches our little fundraiser has leveraged over $180,000 for small organizations in the island on the front-lines of this humanitarian disaster.  You did this! 


Posted on September 25, 2017

Posted on September 25, 2017

The needs are now only coming into focus.  Thank you again for your generosity.  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/24/us/puerto-rico-hurricane-maria-agriculture-.html



Posted on September 25, 2017

Posted on September 25, 2017

The generosity being shown to the people of Puerto Rico is what keeps us going! There is still 98% of the island without power, no flights and no postal service to the island, but the port of San Juan is open and stores are stocking supplies.  Therefore - aside from the help provided by FEMA and the military to get to remote areas - sending funds remains the most effective way of helping people in need.  We've increased our goal, yet again, please forward to your friends and thank you. 

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