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P.R. Funders Network analyzes role of philanthropy in island’s recovery

The philanthropic response to Puerto Rico’s devastation after Hurricanes Irma and María in September 2017 generated an incalculable amount of private aid and the “coming together” of new and existing nonprofits to help in the island’s ongoing recovery.

The subject is discussed in detail in the “Philanthropy and Puerto Rico after Hurricane María: How a natural disaster put Puerto Rico on the philanthropic map and implications for the future” report, co-authored by Janice Petrovich, interviewed for this episode of Dollar$ and $ense.

Author Details
Author Details
Business reporter with 30 years of experience writing for weekly and daily newspapers, as well as trade publications in Puerto Rico. My list of former employers includes Caribbean Business, The San Juan Star, and the Puerto Rico Daily Sun, among others. My areas of expertise include telecommunications, technology, retail, agriculture, tourism, banking and most other segments of Puerto Rico’s economy.

1 Comment

  1. Richard R. Tryon II March 2, 2019

    Philanthropy comes in many forms. When disaster happens, the mix varies depending on what can be done and what must be done to save lives.

    1. The most human form is personal – just reaching out to help someone in obvious need to anyone that can help immediately! It grows from there.

    2. The next is voluntary contributions in response to news. Often too productive, but usually not. It takes time to collect money and route it into a helpful form besides just give away cash.

    3. Organized Foundations are more massive like Rotary eliminating polio with help finally from Gates and many governments except for the ones that refuse help for the wrong reasons.

    The common thread is mostly God’s fault! Our DNA makes us communal animals and we enjoy helping and when needed try to take our turn gracefully with thanks!


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