As a Nonprofit Organization A FRIENDLY HAND focuses on the execution of socio-productive programs and projects with social good hand, alongside with the technological advancement that allows empowering small and medium-sized micro enterprises hand in hand with environmental sustainability policies. In simple words, we really just like helping everywhere we can. Our ultimate goal as an institution at the service of society is to be an autonomous platform for effective and efficient multidisciplinary action.
ADAULEA (Sports Association of Ultralight Aircrafts and Eco Environment) is based on promoting and demonstrating that Ultralight Aviation is a useful tool to raise awareness in our society about the importance of conserving and preserving our natural resources. At the same time to be leaders in promoting Ultralight Aviation as an alternative sport and recreational activity for spiritual and social improvement of our society .
ALCCI - Foundation Against Childhood Cancer has 40 years providing attention to kids diagnosed with cancer in the country. We strongly believe in giving hope and support to the children and their families during the treatment. Housing, transportation, psychosocial care, meals, and medicines are provided by ALCCI at no cost.
The primary aim of ALTENER (Renewable Energy) is to promote and support the development of renewable energy sources. Currently, this is done by providing and installing solar energy systems for schools, social institutions, other NGOs, and less fortunate individuals of Costa Rica; Repairing damaged solar systems, whose owners can not afford the maintenance costs; and Educating people about the benefits of renewable energy, so that Costa Rica can continue to be the global leader in sustainability.
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.
Asociación Talamanqueña de Ecoturismo y Conservación or ATEC (/ah-tek/) for short, is a non-profit and non-governmental organization. We are the oldest NGO working in Puerto Viejo, Talamanca. Through Ecotourism we offer visitors the opportunity to experience the real Talamanca with local guides, strengthening the territorial economy and helping to improve the life quality of many families.
We are a grassroots, non-profit organization that has been working in Costa Rica since 2009. We offer education and community development programs to children and adults living in Potrero and Brasilito, Guanacaste.
Join us in ensuring water quality and quantity in the greater metropolitan area (GMA) of Costa Rica! Agua Tica 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.
Asociación Amigos del Aprendizaje (ADA) or "Friends of Learning" prepares children for life-long learning through our focus on promoting reading for understanding and writing for self expression.
Providing core solutions to domestic animal welfare issues within Nosara’s communities.
Animales de Asis Santuario is a non-profit no kill sanctuary in the mountains of Heredia province, Costa Rica. Founded in 2005, we offer hope to hundreds of animals from the streets, many of whom have been abused, neglected, abandoned or are sick. We provide medical care, food, protection and find them forever homes.
We are 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.
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.
Help Nicaraguan refugees -- We are an organization that seeks to eliminate xenophobia and integrate the migrant citizen into the active society.
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.
Since 2009, Bomberos de Nosara has helped the community of Nosara in emergencies such as forest and structural fires, bee hives, snake / crocodile / wild animal relocation, vehicle accidents, and floods. The volunteer firefighters of Nosara does not receive government funding and relies on donations.
CEPIA (Culture, Education, and Psychology for Infants & Adolescents) is a Costa Rican based, nationally-accredited, non-profit organization, that improves the quality of life of children, teenagers & families from poor backgrounds in Guanacaste by promoting culture, education, health and participation, since 2005.
A non-profit civil organization whose mission is to “preserve, conserve, and rehabilitate tropical ecosystems and their biodiversity.” Also involved in organizing educational opportunities, reforestation projects, scientific research, sustainable development, and ecotourism.
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.
Donated funds will go toward the purchase of a teacher transportation vehicle, and materials & equipment, such as projectors, computers, and sound/audio equipment.
The Nosara Food Bank was founded in 2013 to provide food and other household necessities to families living in extreme poverty in the Nosara District.
CEDES Don Bosco, is an educational complex of social projection, located in Concepción of Alajuelita, San José, Costa Rica.
CINDE has worked jointly with El Museo de los Niños to create the first STEAM Workshop in Costa Rica, a hotbed of opportunities to awaken the interest of our children and adults in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math careers. Help us transform Costa Rica by making our future generations feel passionate and pursue a STEAM career.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 eighteen years supporting elementary and high schools in 19 communities that surround Peninsula Papagayo in Guanacaste. It is a collaborative platform that drives and channels actions in social investment, education, and health, seeking the welfare of people and the transformation of communities 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.
Bringing the World to Nosara The David S. Kitson Memorial Library was built and donated to the Nosara community by Beverly Kitson, her family and many donations from supporters. Before it was established, there was no place for the community to find books and for children to do research.
Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, we're forced to pause our monthly activities. That being said, we're shifting all our workforces to help the homeless in this particular situation, creating alliances with different NGOs across the country and equally distributing donations to different causes that work with the same people, creating more impact.
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.
The purpose of Demo Lab (DL) is to help keep the social contract of XXI century Costa Rica in good health. It exists because Costa Rica’s democracy, as well as its social contract, are currently in transition; people are losing their hope and faith in the governing classes and institutions.
Dress Your Rights (DYR) uses fashion, design and communication as tools for social transformation. It aims to embrace conscious, ethical and responsible practices on behalf of production, consumption and lifestyle, to make the world more inclusive, equal and harmonious. DYR manages initiatives that contribute to guarantee sustainable development in the fashion industry from 3 spheres of action: Personal Welfare, Society and economy, Planet.
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.
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.
Lifting Hands seeks to improve lives of children, adolescents and adults who live in high risk communities, through volunteers and donors.
Promote the conservation and sustainable use of coastal and marine ecosystems in the Eastern Tropical Pacific
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
Help us create 25kms of shared-use paths (wheelchair accessible according to Costa Rican government standards) that enable people to walk, run, bike and roll along the riverbanks of the Torres and María Aguilar rivers and environmental remediation of the rivers and their ecosystems through reforestation and water sanitation.
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.
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.
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.
Asociación Horizonte Positivo is a Costa Rican nonprofit organization, founded in 2012 by 36 entrepreneurs, with the purpose of closing the gap between Costa Rica's development potential and its reality. Currently, there are more than 70 entrepreneurs committed to this mission.
Fundación Horizontes / Horizontes Foundation is a private, non-governmental, non-profit organization that works to support and promote sustainable economic, environmental and social development.
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 La Ceiba Primary Forest Foundation was created in the year 2018 and its main objective is to contribute to the conservation and welfare of wildlife living in the Costa Rican South Caribbean region.
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.
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.
Monteverde has felt a deep economic impact by the recent events in the world: with the arrival of COVID-19 to Costa Rica and the new lockdown on our borders preventing tourists from traveling into the country, a large percentage of our community will have little to no income for the following months, as many businesses have had to let employees go in the midst of this uncertainty. Starting today we will use our platforms to collect donations and redirect all funds to the local Emergency Commission.
Grounded in the values of integrity, truth, community, and peace, the Monteverde Friends School provides a challenging academic environment in an atmosphere of love and respect for our students, staff, and community. The school strives to lay a foundation of solid intellect, the pursuit of truth, and the values necessary to contribute to a peaceful and just society.
Re-imagining Nosara through Creative Thinking: Arts and culture make considerable and necessary contributions to the well-being of communities. These are powerful tools with which to engage communities in various levels of change. NOCA | Nosara Community for the Arts aims to be the catalyst for such engagement and promote cross-cultural collaboration through creative thinking and multi-disciplinary arts.
We are the guardians of clean water for the South Nicoya Peninsula, filling a critical niche in the coastal area as the watchdog, steward, and voice of the ocean and coastal watersheds.
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.
Keeping Nosara Green: Born as the Homeowner’s Association of the “American Project” at Guiones Beach in Nosara, the NCA plays an important role in meeting basic needs for residents and has taken a more active stance in implementing environmental initiatives and advocating a land use plan for the community.
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)
Help the children of Nosara gain access to high quality education Help us providing a first-class bilingual education can change the life of the student and the community, helping to open doors that would otherwise be closed.
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.
Works to build resilient and healthy coral reefs in Costa Rica, which are essential to marine life, fisheries, tourism, and our connection with nature.
Protecting Costa Rica’s Wildlife: For the past 20 years, Refuge for Wildlife has been rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing injured, displaced and orphaned wildlife in the Guanacaste peninsula.
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.
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 was founded to empower at-risk girls so that they can not only prevent an unwanted pregnancy, but also break the cycle of poverty. Currently, we impact girls directly through our signature program “Club Niña.”
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.
Join the Women’s Club of Costa Rica (WCCR) in supporting the Costa Rican students in greatest need gain resources and access for a quality education through 2 programs: Schoolbooks for Kids and The University Grant Program.
TORTUGuiones is a community- and volunteer-based sea turtle conservation project in the Guiones Sector of the Ostional National Wildlife Refuge that provides sea turtle conservation, outreach, and education to protect sea turtles and their habitat within this part of the refuge.
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.