The Guanacaste Community Fund creates and operates special funds to serve the specific needs of donors or communities. Contributions to these funds are tax deductible in Costa Rica or the United States. Following are some examples:
In these cases, the staff of the GCF works with the donor to identify and support projects and organizations in the donor’s community or area of interest deserving of their support. The GCF administers these funds and helps ensure that donations are effectively spent.
CRUSA Fund. The Costa Rica – USA Foundation for Cooperation (CRUSA) created the GCF and established its first donor-advised fund. This fund provides small matching grants to community organizations throughout Guanacaste. Of special interest to CRUSA are projects that support public education, sustainable energy and drinking water for communities.
Harmony Fund. John and Susan Johnson are the owners of the Harmony Hotel and are also deeply involved in a number of other economic and social initiatives in the area of Nosara. They created the Harmony Fund to further their interest in sustainable agriculture, education, environmental protection and public interest journalism, among other issues.
Las Catalinas Fund. Las Catalinas is a newly created model village on the coast of the Nicoya Península, designed to maximize environmental sustainability and a sense of living in community. Homeowners and investors in Las Catalinas created the Las Catalinas Fund to support environmental protection, education and community development in the nearby communities of Playa Potrero and Brasilito, and throughout Guanacaste.
Rancho Rio Montaña Fund. This Fund was created by Susan Worth, President of the GCF Board, and her husband Ed Reilly, to support education and sustainable development. The Fund also helps with operating support for the GCF.
Blue Spirit Fund. Blue Spirit, a retreat center located in Playa Guiones of Nosara, has created a donor-advised fund so that visitors to the center can support education and community development initiatives in the surrounding area.
These funds were created by the GCF and collaborating organizations to help meet specific needs.
Chorotega Biological Corridor Fund. In conjunction with the Tempisque Conservation Area, the government agency responsible for conservation of biodiversity on the Nicoya Peninsula, this fund has been created to help support conservation and sustainable development activities in communities near the biological corridors that connect the peninsula’s protected areas.
Project Nandamojo Fund. This fund was established in conjunction with the Proyecto Nanadamojo Association, an organization created by residents to protect and restore the watershed of the Rio Nandamojo and promote grass-roots economic development. The watershed is located in Santa Cruz, between the town of 27 de Abril and Junquillal.
Community Water Fund. This fund supports the activities of ASADAS, which are community based nonprofit organizations responsible for providing potable water in rural areas. Because of extremely dry conditions in over the past few years, many ASADAS are facing a state of emergency and are in need of training, administrative and financial assistance and improved access to governmental institutions and resources.
Solar Schools Fund. This project places solar panels and solar cookers in elementary and high schools throughout Guanacaste and organizes the most motivated students into Solar Clubs, where they undertake activities to learn about and contribute to the development of renewable energy, the significance of climate change, and the importance of conservation of the environment and energy. The project is being implemented by the GCF in conjunction with the Ministry of Education, the electric utility COOPEGUANACASTE, ASI Power, S.A, the Sol de Vida Foundation and Asociación Creciendo Juntos.
Nosara Animal Rescue Fund. This fund supports the Nosara Animal Refuge Foundation in the care of injured or orphaned wildlife and their eventual reintroduction in the wild. The refuge is the most experienced and best-equipped wildlife rescue center in Guanacaste, recognized as such by the Ministry of the Environment, and receives and cares for injured and orphaned wildlife from throughout the region.
Del Mar Academy Scholarship Fund. This Fund receives donations to fund multi-year scholarships to allow economically disadvantaged, academically qualified local children to attend Del Mar Academy in Nosara, where they receive an excellent international education. These scholarships open access to many opportunities for these children that would otherwise be closed.
Creciendo Juntos Fund. Asociación Creciendo Juntos supports public education at 21 elementary and high schools in the northern region of the Nicoya Peninsula. It has also created an excellent children’s health clinic that attends over 3,000 children per year. In addition, it runs vocational training programs for adults.
GCF Endowment Fund. This permanent endowment helps support the operation of the Guanacaste Community Fund.
If you are interested in creating a donor advised fund, or in supporting or establishing a geographical or topical fund, please contact the GCF’s Executive Director, Steve Mack, at:
email firstname.lastname@example.org, call (506) 8608-9939