In 1996, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) left Costa Rica, having determined that Costa Rica had developed to the point that it no longer qualified for US governmental aid.
To continue the bi-national collaboration benefitting the sustainable development of Costa Rica, a group of US and Costa Rican leaders came together to form the Costa Rica United States Foundation for Cooperation (CRUSA Foundation) with USAID funds establishing the endowment.
Four years later, Amigos of Costa Rica was established by the CRUSA Foundation as the US-based organization that would support this continued collaboration between the two countries.
Amigos of Costa Rica contributes to the wellbeing of Costa Rica by connecting donors’ values and resources with vetted non-profit solutions.
Amigos of Costa Rica will be the preeminent advocate for philanthropic engagement in Costa Rica.
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By the Numbers
In 2021, Amigos of Costa Rica continued to grow.
Donations increased to over $5 million, and more nonprofits around Costa Rica
became Amigos of Costa Rica Affiliate Organizations.
You’re invited to join the community of people working together for Costa Rica’s future.
When someone mentions Costa Rica, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Perhaps you have memories of a vacation, time spent studying abroad, or even a dream of one day visiting the country that abolished its army in favor of funding education and healthcare. Maybe you’re from Costa Rica, or you have family and friends who live there. Perhaps you just love sloths.
Whatever your connection is to Costa Rica, we invite you to be a part of the community that is building a bright future for all of Costa Rica’s inhabitants. From efforts to ensure that clean water flows to all living in Costa Rica’s central valley to programs providing educational scholarships or animal rehabilitation, you can join Amigos of Costa Rica in supporting nonprofit efforts across the country.
No matter where life might take us, we can always experience the Pura Vida and be a part of Costa Rica.
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