FAQS

What is Amigos of Costa Rica?

Amigos of Costa Rica is a nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC that serves as the U.S. affiliate of the Costa Rica – USA Foundation for Cooperation (CRUSA) in Costa Rica. Together, Amigos and CRUSA work with local nonprofit organizations and institutions in Costa Rica to create and implement sustainable development projects in the areas of Education, Environment, and Science and Technology. To learn more about Amigos, please visit our About Us section.

I heard about a great project in Costa Rica to which I would like to contribute. Can I donate the money through Amigos?

Unfortunately, not necessarily. The IRS classifies Amigos as a “supporting organization” designed to enhance the impact of the Costa Rica – USA Foundation for Cooperation (CRUSA) in Costa Rica. As such, we only support projects that have undergone technical analyses and have been approved by both CRUSA and Amigos’ Board of Trustees. To find an approved project, please visit our Projects section, or Contact Us to discuss projects in your area of interest. If you would like to suggest a project for consideration, please feel free to email us at info@amigosofcostarica.org.

How do I make sure that my donation goes toward my favorite project?

If you make a contribution with your credit card, there is a drop-down menu on the check-out page that allows you to select a specific project, if you choose to do so. All donations received without instructions will go toward the area of greatest need. When sending a check, you may write a program or project in the memo line, but please do not provide instructions that are any more specific in nature. Amigos cannot legally accept donations with restrictions beyond those programs we currently support.

Is my donation tax deductible?

Yes! No matter how you choose to contribute, you will receive a receipt from Amigos and your donation will be deductible under U.S. law. Amigos of Costa Rica is a U.S. 501(c)(3) organization for which the Costa Rica – USA Foundation for Cooperation (CRUSA) provides operating costs, thus ensuring that 100% of the funds that we receive from you will go directly toward project support. If you wish to make a contribution to one of our programs and would like to receive a Costa Rican tax-deduction, please contact our Costa Rica office at kstanley@crusa.cr

How do I make a donation?

There are a number of ways to make a donation to Amigos. You can contribute by credit card by clicking the Donate button in the top right of every page, by suscribing to a monthly contribution, or by sending a check made payable to Amigos of Costa Rica to:

Amigos of Costa Rica, 2101 L Street, NW, Suite 800 Washington, DC 20037

For information on stock donations, planned giving, in-kind contributions, and other types of support, please contact emily@amigosofcostarica.org. To learn more about fundraising ideas and sharing Amigos with your community, please also contact emily@amigosofcostarica.org

How are your projects chosen?

At various times during the year, our partner the Costa Rica – USA Foundation for Cooperation (CRUSA) in Costa Rica encourages its trusted implementing partners and other organizations in Costa Rica to submit profiles introducing potential project concepts in the areas of environment, education, competitiveness and science and technology. After review, the organizations that submitted the most promising profiles are asked to submit full proposals to the Costa Rica – USA Foundation for Cooperation (CRUSA) for final approval. Some CRUSA-approved projects are then sent to Amigos where we work with our implementing partners to search for other sources of funds in order to leverage CRUSA’s commitment to those projects and increase their impact.