After the passage of Hurricane Maria, Popular acted immediately reiterating its commitment
to the affected communities to contribute to the reconstruction of Puerto Rico.

Food and Water: 35,000 families / 140,000 individuals impacted

Acquisition and donation of cleaning and construction supplies to rebuild 250 houses from Caño Martín Peña and 100 families from Villa Calma in Toa Baja

Hosted over 120 entities (non-profit organization, startups, etc) in our facilities to ensure business continuity

19 AquaTower water filtration systems deployed in communities in need for clean and safe water for 1,000 individuals daily

$35,000 invested in the development and operation costs of Connect Relief, a mobile application to conduct community needs assessment

Our impact in numbers

  • $400,000 invested in food and water to delivered immediate relief
  • 20 local non-profit organizations were identified as our community outreach partners to properly deliver immediate relief and support to the most affected and vulnerable communities in Puerto Rico
  • 650+ corporate volunteers from Popular, Inc. participated in 34 distribution missions
  • $10,000 invested to support part of the infrastructure reconstruction of Club de Tenis de Mesa Águilas de la Montaña de Utuado, founded by Adriana Díaz
  • $61,852 invested to provide support to assist in the recovery of targeted populations in communities of San Juan, Toa Baja and Toa Alta 
  • 270 children impacted in 27 shelters around the Island through Music Therapy Interventions in collaboration with Fundación Música y País
  • $275,000 invested – along with the Hispanic Foundation and The Boston Foundation - in a collaboration between four arts non-profit organizations to impact over 700 children and youth in 25 municipalities
  • 8 university campuses were empowered and habilitated to serve as regional Hubs for non-profits and entrepreneurs across Puerto Rico
  • $250,000 in grants through Grupo Guayacán, Inc. to benefit up to 22 businesses with emergency funding, helping them to restart their operations, keep their doors open and resume their path to growth
  • $250,000 to install 8 solar energy panels in community based organization in a collaboration with 100/100 Resilient Power Puerto Rico initiative
  • 3 local non-profit organizations to develop new solutions to solve the island’s pressing issues through Big Ideas Challenge

Through Embracing Puerto Rico, we will continue to evaluate, design and launch projects to rebuild Puerto Rico for a better future while engaging the local population in planning the reconstruction of our communities.

Our stories

About Embracing Puerto Rico

Popular, Inc. led the initiative Embracing Puerto Rico through its corporate foundations, Fundación Banco and Popular Foundation. Popular handled donations from clients, partners and friends who want to contribute to the recovery efforts in Puerto Rico.

100% of the funds raised have been directed to rebuild the most vulnerable communities on the Island.

Since 1979, Fundación Banco Popular has been Popular’s philanthropic arm, supporting communities around Puerto Rico through more than 250 non-profit organizations.

Together in our mission

Philanthropic and Corporate Partners

Mano a Mano
Planet Water
The Boston Fundation
Este Lauder