Sila M. Calderón Foundation

A private nonprofit and non-partisan organization, founded by former Governor Sila M. Calderón, who, along with members of its Board of Directors and its Advisory Council have an extensive experience in community and economic development initiatives, with the purpose of reducing poverty and inequity and advance the role of women in society, promote the urban balance and revitalization, strengthening ethical values and social responsibility.

Center for Puerto Rico

The headquarters and operational arm of the Sila M. Calderón Foundation. It is located on Río Piedras Santa Rita sector. A place for dialogue, education, research and convergence, which opens its doors to the population in general, despite ideological affiliations and living conditions.

Library

The Center for Puerto Rico has a specialized library, which supports and facilitates research in the areas of focus of the institution: poverty and community development, the role of women in society, urban development, ethics and social responsibility. It is also a space for books presentations, thesis, and research related to relevant issues.

The library is affiliated to the Funding Information Network of New York’s Foundation Center. Thanks to this partnership the Library has a data base, educational materials, guides and specialized directories for fundraising, proposal development and knowledge of philanthropic trends.

Archive

Custodian of a part of Puerto Rico collective memory, the Archive of Sila M. Calderón Foundation holds a wide array of documents related to the legacy of Governor Calderón during her years in public service.
The Archive contains documents from diverse governmental agencies and offices, books, magazines, reports, newspapers, over 45,000 pictures, printed and digital, audiovisual material, memorabilia, gifts and recognitions granted to Calderón throughout her career. The Archive is open to the general public for research.

For years we have helped communities and entrepreneurs develop their paths for prosperity creating more than 600 new businesses and close to a 1,100 new jobs.

Your support through donations/contributions will help us put Puerto Rico back on track.

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VISION

To promote an integrated and productive society in Puerto Rico, resulting in a better quality of life by fostering understanding, respect and greater opportunity for all.

MISSION

To reduce poverty and inequality, advance women in society, promote urban revitalization and balance, and strengthen ethical values and social responsibility through a nonprofit and nonpartisan center for education, dialogue, research, and advocacy efforts for Puerto Ricans on the Island and in the United States.

CENTER FOR PUERTO RICO'S ACHIEVEMENTS

630 Micro enterprises created or strengthened

35%

1,113 Jobs created or strengthened

65%

795 Graduate community leaders

51%

1070 Participants of the business training program for women

59%

30 Technology Centers

3%
Sila María Calderón Serra
- President of the Board of Trustees

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Sila M. Calderón Foundation and the Center for Puerto Rico are governed by a Board of Directors, comprised by outstanding citizens from Puerto Rico and United States, who have extensive experience forging initiatives of economic and community development. The work they do at the foundation is ad honorem.

Members of the Board of Directors

Dra. Gloria Bonilla-Santiago
Directora
Center for Strategic Urban Community,
Rutgers University

Sra. Mabel Burckhart Portela
Partner, Burckhart Consulting, Inc.

Sra. Sila M. Calderón Serra
Chairperson Board of Directors
Centro para Puerto Rico

Sra. María Elena Carrión Christiansen
Director & Partner,
Multicultural Ventures & Multicultural Capital LLC

Lcda. Georgiana Colón Ortiz
Attorney

Sr. José Enrique Fernández Bjerg
President Emeritus
Omega Overseas Investments, Inc.

Lcda. María E. González Calderón
Director, San José Church Project

Ing. José M. Izquierdo Encarnación
President
Porticus-Ingeniería

Sr. Juan Antonio Larrea French
President
South American Restaurants

Sr. Nicholas Prouty
President, Putnam Bridge

Sr. Raúl Rodríguez Font
President, Droguería Betances

Sr. José E. Rossi Coughlin
President, Aireko Construction

Sr. Juan Terrassa Noya
President
PR Medical Defense Insurance Co.

Sra. Kathryn S. Wylde
President & CEO
NY City Partnership

Lcdo. Silvestre M. Miranda Pérez
Senior Partner
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    ENTREPRENEURIAL IMPULSE PROGRAM

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    Supplementary training program , with individualized technical assistance to strengthen the emerging microenterprises.

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    GRADUATE PROGRAM IN COMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FROM RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

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    Grants a Graduate Certificate that can be applied towards a Master Degree in Public Administration

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    CAPACITY BUILDING PROGRAM FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF ENTREPRENEURIAL / COMMUNITY INITIATIVES

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    Provides training , resources, technical assistance , guidance and support to individuals, partnerships and / or groups to develop and / or strengthen entrepreneurship iniciatives.

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    ENTREPENEURIAL TRAINING PROGRAM FOR WOMEN

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    It provides women entrepreneurs the necessary knowledge and skills to develop or strengthen their businesses .

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    Program for sustainable development and strengthening of technology centers through training , technical assistance , access to resources and support.

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    The Resource Center is a unit created to support and strengthen the skills and talents of the participants of our programs.  

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    "At the Center for Puerto Rico (CPPR) I was taught to never fail to believe that it can be done, if we really want it and work tirelessly for it."

    Erika Candelaria

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    "The Center for Puerto Rico has been a huge help, offering me capacity building workshops on business administration."

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    "With the Center for Puerto Rico (CPPR), we achieved that every woman member establish her own succesful agricultural micro-enterprise."

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    "Thanks to the Women’s Capacity Building Workshops, I perfected my balloon and general decorating skills in the coordination of social events."

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    "After graduating from the Entrepreneurial Training Program for Women, I have acquired the necessary skills to structure my business, which is now in an expansion mode."

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By joining the CPPR’s Membership Program, and contribute to its programmatic agenda in benefit of our underserved communities, fostering through its capacity building programs, self-reliance and micro entrepreneurism.

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You can send your monetary contributions on behalf of the Sila M. Calderón Foundation Inc. through payments made with personal checks, Visa or Master Card or through an electronic payment via Paypal.

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TELEPHONES

San Juan: (787)765-4500
Mayagüez: (787)834-5706
Fax: (787) 754-1585

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