5 Minute Beach Cleanup Foundation’s mission is to eliminate plastic pollution in the world’s oceans through education and action.
ACH is a passionate group of native Costa Ricans and foreigners who are dedicated to the protection and conservation of the incredible ecosystem in Playa hermosa / Santa Teresa including its forests, rivers and ocean, and wildlife. The ACH is working towards the protection of all National Heritage lands (PNE), forested areas, maritime zones, and other governmentally protected areas to prevent them from being destroyed. Dedicated to building a strong community that thrives with nature, not against it.
We are a non-profit association, whose objective is to unite the people of this multicultural community to promote the sustainable growth of our little paradise called Tamarindo.
The mission of Asociación de Desarrollo Integral Bocas de Nosara is to execute projects focused on the development and improvement of the community, and to promote & execute actions to improve the social, economic, cultural, and environmental condition while improving the quality of life of our inhabitants.
En este momento estamos enfocados a llevar mediante un banco de alimentos, ayuda humanitaria a mas de 4000 mil familias en nuestra zona afectadas por el COVID-19, entre los grupos se encuentra población afrodecendiente y población indígena así como población latina.
The Integral Development Association of Mal Pais and Santa Teresa (ADI) and its respective committees exist to promote the economic, environmental, social, cultural, sports and infrastructure development of the community in a sustainable and equitable manner. It will serve as a link between private, public, national or international organizations and the committees for the management and generation of resources intended for community projects.
The ADI Montezuma (Asociación de Desarrollo Integral Montezuma) is a legally constituted group of neighbors who work voluntarily and non-profit to promote the economic, social and cultural development of the Montezuma community, in collaboration with national and international organizations and the active participation of residents.
Asociación de desarrollo integral de Rancho Quemado Osa | ADI Rancho Quemado Osa
Did you know that every three days a child in Costa Rica is diagnosed with cancer? For 40 years, ALCCI has been providing care and support to children diagnosed with cancer in Costa Rica. Throughout the time they are receiving treatment, ALCCI provides lodging, transportation, psychological support, meals, and medicines at no cost to the patients or their families.
Join us promoting greater public private participations. ALIARSE has become a catalytic agent for public and private interaction in the search to contribute to national development, social justice, and sustainability. We conduct research, training, and consulting activities, as well as design and management of public-private partnerships for development (PPPDs).
APAMI Wildlife Rescue Center, an initiative by Monkey Park Foundation, serves as a sanctuary dedicated to the rehabilitation and release of wild animals.
The Asociación Administradora del Acueducto de Lagunas de Aguirre ("ASADA Lagunas") provides clean, safe drinking water to the rural community of Lagunas in southern Costa Rica. It is our goal to serve our growing community in the most efficient and reliable way possible.
ASANA means Asociación Amigos de la Naturaleza del Pacífico Central y Sur (Friends of Nature of the Central and Southern Pacific Coast), Costa Rica. We are a local non-profit NGO founded in 1998 with the goal of fighting environmental crimes in the central and south Pacific areas. Its main objective is to work with local communities to empower them and create awareness about existing issues.
Abriendo Mentes is a grassroots, non-profit organization that has been promoting education and social well being in Guanacaste, Costa Rica since 2009. A recently donated property in Playa Potrero will transform into the town’s first community center, where hundreds of children and adults will receive comprehensive educational and social support, to guide them to lead productive, healthy lives free from the bounds of poverty. Please help equip this community center by making a donation and help change lives.
Join us in ensuring water quality and quantity in the greater metropolitan area (GMA) of Costa Rica! AguaTica is the first public-private water fund in the country. The watersheds of the Grande and Virilla Rivers suffer increasing contamination and degradation from high population growth, lack of planning, and unregulated development.
Friends of Cocos Island / Amigos Isla del Coco is a non-governmental organization dedicated to supporting the sustainable management and conservation of Cocos Island and its surrounding ecosystems through the development of strategic alliances and resource management. For more than 25 years, our efforts have focused on the improvement of Cocos Island.
Amigos del Aprendizaje (Friends of Learning) is a leading Costa Rican non-profit organization that works to improve children's learning opportunities, through motivating them to read and write for a purpose, contributing to reduce high school dropout, break the cycle of poverty and enable ALL children to thrive.
We are a charity and donation based organization with a double mission: 1) To provide and manage a TRAP-NEUTER-RETURN (TNR) Program which includes vaccination for feral cats in Nosara and its surrounding communities; 2) To support, educate, and work with locals and their animal care needs. Our flagship TNR program reduces the feral cat populations via internationally accepted standards, which in turn not only leads to a better quality of life for the cats themselves but also significantly protects the birds, reptiles and other wildlife that they must prey upon in order to survive. By incorporating vaccination into the program during the sterilization procedure, we are helping to prevent the spread of rabies in both the wild and domestic animal populations of Nosara.
A non-profit, no-kill charitable organization, founded on the belief that all animals deserve respectful and loving treatment and must be protected by humans as well as by law. Whenever we come across animals who are abused, abandoned, sick or injured, we take action to prevent further suffering and give them a safe and loving home. Our animal friends live with us for the rest of their life.
Animales de Asis is a non-profit, no kill animal sanctuary located in the mountains of Heredia, Costa Rica. We believe all animals deserve love and a home to call their own. We currently house over 200 dogs and cats, providing them with love, medical care, food, protection and eventually a forever home. Many of the dogs we take in are sick or disabled and live permanently at the shelter. Our goal is to ensure they have the highest quality of life possible. With your donation and support, you are helping them to live out a long and happy life!
Information and photos coming soon!
Daniel Arce-Bobadilla, who was a Costa Rican and USA citizen, was the inspiration for the creation of Asociación Proyecto Daniel. When he was diagnosed with cancer at age 15, he decided to build a hospital for adolescents in Costa Rica.
AcciónArte was born in response to the concerns of a group of Costa Ricans involved in art and education, who join their efforts with several national and international organizations to promote new methods of education, and integrate them into the education system of public and private schools in Costa Rica.
We seek to provide all of Costa Rica's youngest public sector students with the skills an eager reader, writer, critical thinker and productive citizen entails. By engaging teachers in high quality professional development, we strive to minimize the growing gap between public and private educational systems. Participating educators shall acquire the competences necessary to captivate students in meaningful transformational learning processes. Every child in Costa Rica deserves a bright future! Let’s do this together!
Since 2009, Bomberos de Nosara has helped the community of Nosara in emergencies such as forest and structural fires, wildlife relocation (bee hives, snake, crocodile and others), vehicle accidents, medical emergencies, water rescue and floods. The volunteer firefighters of Nosara do not receive government funding and rely on community support and donations.
The purpose of the Asociacion Chicas para el Exito | Girls for Success program is to enrich, educate, and empower girls in the rural area of Hone Creek and the surrounding community in Costa Rica.
We are a non profit organization that works with patients that were diagnosed with rare diseases through the newborn screening program in Costa Rica.
Asociacion Costas de Surf is a non-profit association that works in sports, environment and social good. We focus on the coastal marginal zone of Costa Rica, impacting the vulnerable population through sporting events, beach cleanings, environmental talks, bicycle donations and joy parties for the children at the end of the year.
Asociacion Deportiva de Pesca con Mosca | CRAFF-ACPM is a sporting association that promotes the sport of fly fishing through education and conservation initiatives. CRAFF is also a member of the Fly Fishing Climate Alliance and works with them on improving localized messaging in Costa Rica.
La Asociación de Guias Locales de Ostional es una organización que nació con el propósito de controlar el impacto negativo del turismo sobre la especie de tortuga que visita y anida en la playa de Ostional, esto por medio de tours guiados a la playa, garantizando así que en todo momento se sigan las instrucciones y lineamientos establecidos por el Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre Ostional.
To create environments where humans and sea turtles can live together in balance
Asociacion Mar a Mar is a catalyst for conservation and rural entrepreneurship – helping to build a trail to bring rural villages clients and provide them with tools to serve their clients.
La Asociación para la protección de la cuenca del río Nandamojo (Association for the protection of the Nandamojo River) or Asociación Nandamojo, is a Costa Rican nonprofit organization working to ensure long-term water security for the people and ecosystems of Guanacaste, where communities are already suffering acute water shortages. We foster a culture of responsible environmental stewardship from the grassroots level up and empower families to act to mitigate increasingly severe droughts and floods through renewing landscape.
Become a guardian of the water! With Nicoya Peninsula Waterkeeper® 100% of your donation goes directly to protecting coastal water in the Southern Nicoya Peninsula.
The mission of Asociacion Playa Grande Sostenible is to hone a balance between coastal development, human wellbeing and environmental conservation.
Donated funds will go toward the purchase of a teacher transportation vehicle, and materials & equipment, such as projectors, computers, and sound/audio equipment.
Raleigh Costa Rica (Asociacion Raleigh Desarrollo Sostenible) has been working in Costa Rica since 2001. We are a Costa Rican organization with a strong root in the volunteer work. We believe the youth-led action will contribute with the solutions our planet need to fight against the climate change.
The Talita Cumi Association will be a leading and innovative organization in the Western region that will allow people with disabilities to achieve a better quality of life through opportunities and implementation of productive and inclusive projects, services and activities.
Help Nicaraguan refugees -- Asociacion Ticos y Nicas is an organization that seeks to eliminate xenophobia and integrate the migrant citizen into the active society.
AGUINADRA is an organized group of naturalist guides from Drake Bay working to unite local guides as a formal professional group. This community organization works to support their community and local protected areas such as National Parks.
Asociacion de Mujeres AMICREOCR is an NGO that promotes the skills and abilities of women to generate opportunities that help development through the innovation of differentiated, more competitive products and services and a recognized brand through the use of technology, marketing and training of women -- members of the organization and communities in general.
AstilleroVerde (Spanish for 'Green Shipyard') is a non-profit association creating a regenerative model within the maritime transport sector that fosters the development of thriving coastal communities and ecosystems. We provide education and employment for members of our local community, run an annual reforestation program and pioneer our circular economy.
We are a rescue center for abandoned and vulnerable dogs and cats providing food, shelter and veterinary assistance. We also carry out regular low cost spay & neuter campaigns
A family-owned NGO that focuses on environmental education and ecosystem restoration.
More than 2,000 students attend the Educational Center daily, most of the students come from the southern neighborhoods of the capital, with situations of vulnerability and social risk. For this reason we provide aid from education, food and values to the most needy children and young people.
CEPIA (Culture, Education, and Psychology for Infants & Adolescents) is an award-winning, nationally-accredited non-profit organization. CEPIA supports over 1,000 children, teenagers, and their families from poor backgrounds, by providing after-school programs, psychological counseling for victims, a full-time educational intervention program for high-risk children and high-risk youth, professional trainings for adults, women's empowerment activities, a library, a community garden project, and more.
The Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency (CINDE) provides urgently needed scholarships in low-income communities.
Would you like to help rural, indigenous, and marginal urban communities when they are most vulnerable? Our non-profit foundation is dedicated to disaster prevention and humanitarian aid during emergencies. We deliver help hand-to-hand, directly helping those in most need.
Protect Costa Rica’s most valuable ecosystems by supporting a sustainable tourism platform that empowers local green economies. Together we fortify the culture and prosperity of the communities that preserve 2.5% of the planet’s biodiversity.
Casa Sonja: Ecovillage for Children and Women of Costa Rica provides a hopeful environment for women and children to live in harmony with each other, their community, and nature.
We are a Costa Rican Non Profit Foundation promoting and restoring biological diversity, healthy ecosystems, and community well being.
The Tropical Science Center (CCT) is a Costa Rican non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of natural resources, through its own Private Reserve System and the execution of projects for sustainable development focused on the tropical zone. The CCT was created in 1962, celebrates 60 years in 2022 and is declared of public interest by the Executive Branch of the Republic of Costa Rica.
The Costa Rican Logotherapy Center is a non-profit foundation whose objective is to spread and work logotherapy, promoting spaces for personal growth, in addition to promoting the search of the meaning of life in the different contexts in which human being develop: work, study, community, etc.
During to the ongoing worldwide pandemic, many children have had to stop coming to our center. Furthermore, numerous parents have been suspended or fired from their work, consequently their socioeconomic situation has worsened significantly. To help them in this situation we have developed a campaign to support these families, trying to alleviate their expenses by covering their basic food needs through a grocery supply.
The Children's Eternal Rainforest (or “BEN”, Bosque Eterno de los Niños) exists thanks to fundraising efforts of children from around the world. Today, the BEN is Costa Rica’s largest private reserve, spanning 56,000 acres, and is home to an incredible amount of tropical biodiversity, including endangered species such as quetzals, three-wattled bellbirds, green-eyed frogs, tapirs, and jaguars.
Coral Conservation is an organization located in the southern Caribbean of Costa Rica with the aim of protecting, preserving and restoring the coral reef in the area.
We strive to protect Costa Rica's natural heritage for future generations, through its sustainable development, by promoting education and community empowerment, the strengthening of protected wildlife areas and the promotion of tourism.
Costa Ballena Disaster Relief and Support (CBDRAS) serves families who have had tragic events such as house fires, abuse, illnesses or family death, flooding, and more, as well as provides tools and resources for ongoing support.
The Costa Ballena Lifeguard Association / Asociacion de Guardavidas Costa Ballena has a mission to serve the local community and prevent ocean related accidents on the beaches in the South Pacific coast of Costa Rica. We provide the community with open water rescue certified, CPR and Wilderness First Aid certified individuals that can respond to and help prevent accidents and injuries through timely intervention.
We are a non-profit with the goal of restoring, protecting, and repopulating the coral population at Marino Ballena National Park in Bahía Ballena, Costa Rica. We have set our goals to build coral nurseries, artificial reefs, and fragmentation tanks for propogation in order to help offset the damage inflicted by human activity and to ultimately restore the coral population at Marino Ballena back to a healthy state.
Restoring Coastal Ecosystems | Costas Verdes is a non profit organization founded in 2009 with the mission to restore devastated coastal ecosystems from past agricultural practices. By creating, leading and implementing reforestation projects in public beachfronts and natural protected areas, Costas Verdes actively involves and empowers local communities to ensure sustainability on their projects.
Creciendo Juntos (Growing Together), is a nonprofit organization that has worked for over 22 years supporting elementary and high schools in 19 communities that surround Peninsula Papagayo in Guanacaste.
DaLuz Vivencias Equinas is a non-profit therapeutic equine center founded in 2015 that improves the quality of life of people through horses. DaLuz utilizes different tools and techniques with horses to develop life changing growth that impacts long-term daily life.
The Biblioteca David Kitson promotes reading, learning, and cross-cultural understanding. To become a Patron, the minimum donation is $300. To become a benefactor, whether as a business or as an individual, the minimum donation is $1000.
Del Mar Academy is an independent, nonsectarian, co-educational day school with a culturally and economically diverse student population. At present, Del Mar serves families with children as young as 18 months PK2 to 12th Grade.
DemoLab, the Democracy Lab Foundation, is a forward-thinking organization dedicated to revitalizing democracy and safeguarding liberty in Costa Rica and Latin America (LATAM). Their core mission revolves around promoting and nurturing citizen participation as the cornerstone of strong democracies.
Dreamcatchers CR (Fundación Dream Catchers Costa Rican Children) is a non-profit organization focused on children and young people, which develops an artistic and sports methodology for the development of soft skills.
Support us in ensuring water quality and quantity for the growing community of Las Delicias de Cóbano, Puntarenas, Costa Rica. Our ASADA, El Molino Las Delicias, has been working to keep up with the rapid development of the town and the rising demand for potable water. Efforts are underway to finance drilling a new well, building a pump house, and laying pipelines to connect to the current system. Your help is needed.
Ensena Por Costa Rica (ExCR) is dedicated to helping all children fulfill their potential by disrupting the inequities that exist in education and in society. We contribute to achieving this vision by recruiting and developing the nation’s best young talent from all fields to teach for two years in low-income communities: transforming learning, opening pathways to greater opportunity and strengthening schools and communities.
Association Strategy XXI Century designs a roadmap with the goal of advancing Costa Rica (C.R.) towards the level of a developed country by 2050. We facilitate a variety of education, science, technology and innovation (ST&I) projects that foster the production of groundbreaking knowledge. In order to dynamically assess and adapt to the specific needs of the country, we monitor and analyze indexes on the status of these areas, stimulate engagement between key players and champion concrete actions that generate change.
Fudeso Región Brunca has been working on the transformation of vulnerable rural communities by creating safe spaces for prevention and support on Mental Health and human development issues through adventure with a purpose and the life skills model since 2019.
FUNDECISE - Aerospace Research links the triple helix (Science-Society-State), with innovation in aerospace and scientific projects for Costa Rica to move toward a more competitive economy, allowing the creation of more and better distribution of wealth, greater productivity, more jobs, and better quality.
We are pioneers in the area of human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation in Costa Rica. Donations go toward helping us bring restoration, healing and education to the girls in the safe houses. Other donations go to our programs that assist women living in "at risk" environments.
The Family Support Center of Ojochal (FSCO) provides services to children and families in the Ojochal area to improve the wellness, safety, education and economic opportunities of these individuals and the community. Your donation will alleviate food insecurity, increase child welfare and promote the development of girls and young women.
Fuerza De Amor is a volunteer-driven, not-for-profit, community resilience network that creates more connected communities.
We are a non-profit foundation emphasizing our work in three areas: Prevention of High School Dropout & Improvement of the Quality of Education, Youth Employability, and Youth Violence Prevention.
Custom-made 3D printed prosthetic devices for children and adults in need. Fundación Biónica is a non-profit organization based in Costa Rica that develops technology-based projects. We provide a better quality of life for people in vulnerable situations who have lost their limbs.
The Costa Rica United States Foundation for Cooperation (CRUSA) is an independent, apolitical, nonprofit Costa Rican organization created in 1996 to contribute to Sustainable Development and improve the quality of life of its inhabitants.
We focus on building a healthy environment for children and teenagers across the country that are living in situations of extreme poverty. Through our various social programs, we aim to develop the educational and leadership capacity of a community that has little to no economic growth.
Fundacion Dress Your Rights (DYR) promotes an ethos towards social, economic and environmental awareness. We support, manage, and develop initiatives that drive sustainable development within three pillars: Economic, Environmental, and Social.
Lifting Hands seeks to improve lives of children, adolescents and adults who live in high risk communities, through volunteers and donors.
We are an organization that supports and guides homeless people in Costa Rica. We accompany and train them to achieve an autonomous and sustainable life, we cover their basic needs and provide them with social care, accommodation, empowerment, and internships to guarantee social and labor reintegration.
Regional, non-governmental, non-profit organization, with mission to impulse the conservation and sustainable use of marine and coastal ecosystems in the Eastern Tropical Pacific (ETP).
FUNDAPROGRECI is an organization that focuses primarily on the wellness and safety of the visually impaired in Costa Rica. The foundation itself found the development of this process through different projects like Con Otros Ojos and La Corazonada Visual; the first focusing on sports & healthy lifestyle and the second referring to the artistic and cultural participation of the people with disabilities in Costa Rica.
Education and technology to bridge the digital divide in rural communities - Provide mobile technologies and teacher training to promote digital and social inclusion - MEP-FQT Conectándonos Project
La Fundacion Rahab is a non-profit NGO, born in Costa Rica on November 12, 1997, with the mission of facilitating dignifying changes in the quality of life of people and families linked to the sex trade and trafficking of people. From an integral approach, spirit, soul and body, it attends to the victims and their families; protects, defends and promotes their rights, and seeks to prevent crime.
Fundacion SIFAIS started in La Carpio, but thanks to the success of its educational and inclusive model, we have replicated ourselves by creating different extension centers that are dedicated to periodically expanding the constructive revolution of SIFAIS. We are a foundation financed by organizations and individuals that provides free socio-educational services through volunteers in localities marked by economic deprivation and social exclusion.
Our ambitious goal is to clean up 600 beaches in Costa Rica and raise awareness about the impact of plastic pollution on our oceans!
Fundación UCR supports research and international cooperation programs at University of Costa Rica academic units, like ICP, a research, extension, teaching and antivenoms production center. ICP´s mission is “to contribute to solve the problem of envenomings caused by snakes and other poisonous animals” and it was awarded by the World Health Organization in 2011 with the Lee Jong Wok for the contributions to public health.
Empowering LGBTIQ + people through education to ensure a better future.
Fundecooperacion para el Desarrollo Sostenible is a private foundation with representation in multiple sectors working under a social and environmental approach to serve farmers or small businesses with limited access to financial resources appropriate for their context.
Geoporters Costa Rica is a nonprofit organization founded in 2016 to empower communities to use geospatial technologies to collect information, analyze, and act to improve the quality of life through environmental education projects and programs such as Bahía Ballena Plastic Free Initiative and Semilla de Ballena, reforestation project.
Goals 4 Chicas was created because of the enormous interest in soccer, and the need for girls' activities in the local community that focuses on building their confidence and health. We are committed to supporting girl’s and women’s empowerment through soccer and other healthy activities in Costa Rica, particularly in the rural areas of the Southern Pacific zone of Costa Rica.
Empower a network for change in Guanacaste Improve education and health care throughout the province, provide top-notch private-school scholarships to local kids, or support a wide variety of other initiatives with a general donation to the Guanacaste Community Fund.
The Guardians of Nature (a program of the Del Mar Academy Foundation) visualizes a world in which all children identify themselves as guardians of our natural resources, catalyzing an inter-generational change that helps to solve environmental, social, and economic problems of communities around the planet.
Fundación Horizontes / Horizontes Foundation (Wanna Help! Campaign) is a private, non-governmental, non-profit organization that works to support and promote sustainable economic, environmental and social development.
Huertas de Nosara is a community-based response to a growing economic and ecological crisis. This project aims to build regenerative systems in a variety of different settings including small farms, home gardens, energy production sites, and larger land projects.
We are an independent, non-partisan, and non-ideological association that is inclusive and pluralistic, comprised of committed Costa Rican individuals who aim to strengthen democracy in our country.
Protecting Costa Rica’s Wildlife: For the past 20 years, International Animal Rescue Costa Rica has (formerly known as Refuge for Wildlife) been rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing injured, displaced and orphaned wildlife in the Guanacaste peninsula.
The Costa Rica U.S.A. Foundation for Cooperation (CRUSA) created Dr. Ana Sittenfeld Specialized Technical Scholarship Program and CRUSA-AFS Scholarship Program for Scientific High School Students.
The Ecological Association of Paquera, Lepanto, and Cobano (ASEPALECO) has been working in reforestation and land conservation in the Nicoya Peninsula since 1991. We actively re-wild and protect tropical forests and fundamental sources of water for the local communities (including Santa Teresa & Montezuma), and work in community involvement and sustainability through our environmental education, firefighter training, and recycling programs.
Kids Saving the Rainforest (KSTR) is a nonprofit organization founded by two 9 year old girls to educate people around the world about the ecological importance of the rainforest, and to set-up programs to preserve and protect the rainforest and the diverse wildlife of flora and fauna in Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast.
The La Ceiba Primary Forest Foundation / Fundación La Ceiba Primary Forest was created in 2018 and its main objective is to contribute to the conservation and welfare of wildlife living in the Costa Rican South Caribbean region. We manage the Jaguar Rescue Center (JRC) / Centro de Rescate Jaguar which provides veterinary services, round-the-clock care and comfort to wild animals that would otherwise be unable to survive. In 2021 we received 853 animals. We have worked and applied environmental concerns for educational purposes to the protection of the wild fauna of the Southern Caribbean side of Costa Rica through our program, Jaguar Rescue Community.
The mission of La Ruta del Clima is to promote public participation, dialogues on climate change and sustainable development through actions for climate empowerment. The organization focuses on education, capacity building, and awareness of citizens and youth in Latin America.
The Voice of Guanacaste is the first nonprofit, bilingual newspaper in Costa Rica, whose stories and investigations are published in both print and online. Our objective is to provide through quality journalism a voice to communities in Guanacaste that rarely are represented in national media.
Asociacion Los Valientes is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of citizens, families, and communities by providing support to school children at risk, citizens in deteriorating states of health, and families in poverty.
Mision Tiburon Conservation Association is a Costa Rican non-profit organization; its goal is promote the research, management and conservation of sharks and marine life in our oceans. Mision Tiburon was officially established in early 2009 by young marine biologists and conservationists, who are concerned about the drastic decline of shark populations around the world.
Our mission is to unite Monteverde to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, capture carbon, and adapt to climate change as fast as possible. Our vision is to capture more carbon than we emit and serve as a model of resilience.
For almost a decade, the Monteverde Community Fund has served as a funnel that captures and channels resources towards community-led projects. More than $100,000 have been invested in Monteverde’s integral development, supporting local organizations and promoting a culture of collaboration where everyone gets involved in improving the community they call home.
We are an interinstitutional steering committee leading the development of the METP. Philanthropic funds for this initiative are managed through our fiscal agent, the Monteverde Community Fund.
The Monteverde Institute (MVI) is a non-profit educational organization founded in 1986 in the mountainous Costa Rican community of Monteverde. MVI was established to guide the increased tourism in a positive and productive manner for the benefit of the visitors and local community. Its programs focus on tropical ecology, sustainable development, ecotourism, Spanish language and culture, conservation biology, community health, land use planning, integrated water resources, reforestation, and social justice.
NOCA develops and supports programs and initiatives that help bridging the gap between the growing international community of expats and the local Ticos through multi-disciplinary arts and environmental awareness.
In our beloved land of “Pura Vida,” there is a shadow over the pure life that Costa Rican Girls deserve. In 2020, a staggering 10.6% of total births in Costa Rica were delivered by teenagers, according to the United Nations Population Fund. The vision of Ninas Sabias (Wise Girls) Menstrual Education platform is for all our Girls to become Sanas, Seguras y Sabias. (Strong, Safe, and Wise).
Nosara Animal Care (NAC) is a Costa Rican based, nonprofit, animal welfare organization whose mission is to help provide quality health care for the Nosara community’s most vulnerable domestic animals.
The Nosara Civic Association (NCA) has been at the heart of the Nosara community: promoting planning, civic activism, and conservation. Our dream is to build a community that values the well-being of all living things.
Nosara Crece provides access to education and business training for tico entrepreneurs that live at social risk. It also offers financial inclusion with low-interest financing opportunities to tico entrepreneurs, primarily women heads of families, that have been excluded from the traditional banking system. As a result, our beneficiaries improve their financial situation and can afford access to education for their children, housing, and health services.
Information about Nosara Emergency Prevention Association coming soon!
The Nosara Food Bank (Banco de Alimentos de Nosara) was founded in 2013 to provide food and other household necessities to families living in extreme poverty in the Nosara District. In 2021 the Nosara Food Bank is helping alleviate food insecurity for approximately 160 individuals a month, planting household gardens for families and schools and partnering with the CEPIA Association to provide low-cost birth control.
The Nosara Foundation for Progress is a non-profit organization registered under Costa Rican law that aims to promote development and progress for the people of Nosara, based on the principles of self-reliance, self-responsibility, entrepreneurship, and environmental sustainability.
Our mission is to support and empower every member of our beach town through ocean safety education, awareness initiatives and prevention training programs to keep our shores safe.
Our goal is to maintain a high quality of life by introducing modern and sustainable waste management practices in the Nosara area and beyond, while educating these communities on the importance of their participation in proper waste management. (Nosara Recicla / Nosara Recycles)
The Nosara Scholarship Program at Del Mar Academy offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a child to receive a high-quality, bilingual education that will lead to college and, one day soon, a professional career. This shift in one family member receiving a quality education has a ripple effect, creating a passion for education for future generations.
Information and photos for Nosotras Women Connecting and Fabricas de Historia coming soon!
In Costa Rica the government and private programs for children terminate at age 18. Not allowing them the opportunity to transition (completing their education or studies), forces them to the streets daily exposed to violence, drugs, sexual exploitation and other risks. The Works of the Holy Spirit, has been working hand in hand with these communities that are in conditions of vulnerability and exclusion.
Founded in 2021 by the Costa Rican owned and run travel company Origen Escapes, the Origen Foundation is a way to give back, not just to the environments, individuals and communities that have played a role in the company’s success, but to the planet as a whole. We will do this on a national level first, through the funding of learning programmes, scholarships, and conservation projects across Costa Rica.
PATA was founded in April 2019 and is an officially registered non-profit in Costa Rica working in the Samara community to care for and find forever homes for homeless dogs and cats.
We are Planeta Sano, a global broker of education for sustainable living. We have projects in Costa Rica, Kenya, and Uganda. We promote and facilitate training for building sustainable communities that are happy, healthy, fair, and equitable and generate strong economies through the wealth of nature.
The Suri Educational Project, was founded more than 50 years ago, aimed to improve the human and socio-economic conditions of the women of Pavas, through quality education and training in values. Within this framework, two lines of action are developed: A High School for girls where more than 100 students are attended and a Training Center for women with more than 500 students, both actions aimed at a population with very limited opportunities, mostly from vulnerable areas of Pavas.
Pura Vida Fighting for Kids Foundation is based on the need to reach out children at social risk in Jacó, Costa Rica. The accelerated growth of this tourist area has generated urban gaps invaded by drug addiction, prostitution, and crime. Therefore, the Foundation has taken the problem very seriously and decided to work to solve it through the sport of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Works to build resilient and healthy coral reefs in Costa Rica, which are essential to marine life, fisheries, tourism, and our connection with nature.
The Rivers and Forests Alliance (RAFA) is a Costa Rican nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving, protecting, and regenerating Costa Rica’s Pacuare River Basin, its forests, and biodiversity together with our communities for a sustainable future.
SOMOS is a Costa Rican not for profit foundation along the Central and South Pacific Coast shaping resilient communities through sustainable development, community security and social enterprise.
Our organization was born in 2015 as a community response to 2 incidents that resulted in 3 drowning deaths on our beaches. Currently our community is one of the most important tourist and surfing destinations. Our currents, tides and strong waves can cause problems for even the most experienced swimmer or surfer. So we have a huge responsibility to keep our beaches safe.
The Selva Creativa Art Center is a non-profit organization that offers social-emotional support to adolescents. Our purpose is focused on promoting the development of socio-emotional skills through art.
Rescue, rehabilitate, release, protect. Sibu's mission is to rescue injured, orphaned, and displaced wild animals and provide them immediate medical care, rehabilitation, and eventual release into the wild.
Soy Nina (I am a Girl) was founded to empower under-resourced girls so that they can prevent all types of gender-based violence and break the cycle of poverty. We firmly believe in early intervention and prevention, as well as in the fight against gender inequality.
Helping to mitigate climate change, conserve the soil, protect the forests and care for Mother Earth is supporting the Bribri people. We are the ethnic group of Talamanca, Costa Rica.
Surf Dojo is a youth mentorship organization dedicated to connect kids from local surf communities of Costa Rica with a program that raises awareness on conservation, fitness and positive values through the sport of surfing.
Wholistic sustainable development for impoverished women/ economical development/ regenerative leadership training/ social responsibility opportunities to raise social impact leaders among the poor/ skills for well being and achievement/childcare/ feeding center
Tambor Bay Turtles / Tortugas Bahía Tambor is a non profit organization located in Tambor Bay. Our mission statement is to conserve the wildlife as well as the natural resources and features of the South Nicoya Peninsula, with the primary project goal being the conservation and management of sea turtles using beaches in the vicinity of Tambor.
Teensmart provides online health promotion services created to help teens develop the knowledge, skills and motivation to live healthier, more effective and satisfying lives.
Located in Santa Barbara de Heredia on a beautiful eight-hectare (19 acres) property, The Ethnobotanical Garden is the heart of the Green Ark Foundation. We aim to educate on the use and benefits of plants to improve the life and well-being of the planet and ourselves.
We passionately organize fundraising events to champion mental health initiatives, with our current focus on supporting the transformative Project Nosara Siente.
The Tropics Foundation exists to stimulate and promote inclusive sustainable development and conservation in the American Tropics. We partner with The Center for Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education (CATIE).
Turtle Love is a nonprofit conservation organization registered in Costa Rica. Our mission is to conserve sea turtles reproducing on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica through community involvement, applied research, and liaison with environmental agencies.
Vive El Sueno, based in Nosara, Costa Rica, is an educational and financial empowerment program that aims to give Costa Rican nationals the skills, mentorship, and tools to open and sustain their own small businesses as a path to improved standards of living and financial independence.
The Wildlife Conservation Association (WCA) is a non-profit organization in Nosara, Costa Rica, dedicated to inspiring sustainable living through research, community engagement, and immersive educational experiences. We believe that successful conservation is dependent on us making the change to a sustainable lifestyle, where a harmonious balance of social, environmental, and economic interests exists.