A society where communities organize in different ways and implement resilient and socio-ecological strategies to improve equity and quality of life on the planet.
Stimulate equity and quality of life in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean by supporting local actions with a social, cultural, environmental, artistic and educational focus.
STATEMENT OF NEED
All meaningful change is local. As the traditional landscape for political action closes the door to the multiple voices and needs of the people, more communities are organizing local actions and becoming agents of change in their own contexts. When communities direct their own path and set the foundations of a more equitable society, those actions are more likely to have an enduring and global effect. Puerto Rico sits on a unique political landscape to direct its own path for equitable change.
Puerto Rico has a high number of registered non profit groups. Most groups register in the Department of State, yet do not apply for local or federal tax exemption, limiting their abilities to receive funds to support their actions. Furthermore, as grassroots groups become organized and more involved with their mission, they find themselves thrown into an unfamiliar nonprofit field with legal, administrative and financial requirements, which can distract from their mission or even threaten their operation. The technical knowledge needed to manage groups with tax exemption is not always readily available to communities. This behind the scenes technical support can enhance local grassroots actions.
WHO WE SERVE
Groups that are developing social, cultural, environmental, artistic and educational actions in their own communities. We collaborate with groups that currently incorporate social-ecological resilience in their day to day actions or are in the process of doing so. We serve groups that enhance our mission by doing what they do. Some groups become Allies by formalizing a collaborative relationship that has benefits and responsibilities for both parties.
Our strategy is to provide direct services to groups and individuals in three main areas: group formation, capacity building and fiscal sponsorship. These services strengthen the group’s capacity to sustainably grow by offering technical knowledge in legal and financial compliance and nonprofit management while maintaining their leadership and vision for implementation.
Fiscal Sponsorship is a formal agreement between an organization that has local and/or federal tax exemption and a group or individual that furthers the mission of the organization offering sponsorship. This arrangement allows HASER, Inc. to offer tax and administrative sponsorship to eligible actions and/or groups so that they can receive contributions from foundations, donations from individuals and 501c3 grants.
For groups that have recently incorporated, or are in the process of doing so, and need help understanding and meeting legal and financial requirements. HASER can provide advice and in some cases assist with management activities, such as applying for a tax exemption, strategic planning, board recruitment, accounting, regulatory compliance, and legal documentation.
Training, education, and workshops for informal and organized groups, as well as individuals. The goal is to: (1) facilitate an informed and self-directed process of group formation, (2) build capacity in nonprofit management, and (3) connect groups and individuals working for the socio-ecological well being of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.
In the case of groups, the services are customized to their needs and priorities.
- Equity and quality of life
- Social and ecological awareness
- Horizontal management
- Transdisciplinary collaboration
- Accountability and transparency of funding and decisions making strategies
LONG TERM OBJECTIVES
- Strengthen the network of individuals and groups working for the social, cultural and ecological well-being of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.
- Increase the number of grassroots groups that receive direct funds.
- Increase the number of groups that operate with a horizontal management structure.
- Increase the number of groups that share their management strategies, decision making and progress.