It is organized for charitable, educational, cultural and civic purposes and it is a

non-partisan and non-sectarian organization.

OUR ORGANIZATION

About Us

The Círculo de Puerto Rico, Inc. (CPRI) is a charitable, educational, cultural and civic tax-exempt organization as recognized by the Federal Internal Revenue Service (under IRC Section 501(c)(3)), in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. It supports charitable activities serving the Puerto Rican communities in the metropolitan areas of Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia; and supports assistance programs in Puerto Rico, including solutions for self-sustainability of communities at risk in Puerto Rico.  CPRI is a not-for-profit corporation organized under the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia and registered to do business in Puerto Rico as a foreign corporation.

 

As a nonprofit organization incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia and Puerto Rico; and registered as a tax-exempt organization by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, CPRI is required to annually file Form 990, which is a United States Internal Revenue Service form that provides the public with financial information about a nonprofit organization.  It is often the only source of such information and it is used by government agencies to prevent organizations from abusing their tax-exempt status.  Tax-exempt organizations are required to make a copy of their application for exemption and Form(s) 990 available for public inspection and to provide copies of such forms to individuals or organizations that request copies.  Alternatively, the Internet may be used to make these documents available. The IRS requires all U.S. tax-exempt nonprofits to make public their three most recent Form 990 annual returns (commonly called "990s") and all related supporting documents. They must also make public their Form 1023, which organizations file when they apply for tax-exempt status.  Anyone interested in knowing more about the CPRI activities and financial information should contact any of the members of the Board of Directors, attend a meeting of the Board of Directors or request copies of the Form 990(s), by sending an email to info@circulodepr.org with the specific information that you need to know.

History

The original Círculo de Puerto Rico, Inc. was founded in 1957 in Washington, DC.  Since its inception the members of the Círculo de Puerto Rico have conducted numerous cultural activities to raise funds for charitable and educational purposes.  As the Washington DC metropolitan areas evolved, so did the Círculo de Puerto Rico.  In 2017, the Board of Directors decided to move the headquarters from Washington, DC to Northern Virginia, and incorporated the organization as a Virginia not-for-profit corporation.  An interim Board of Directors was appointed to re-organized and lead the organization until December 2018.  In the re-organization process the Círculo de Puerto Rico obtained a new Federal Tax Identification and was recognized as tax-exempt organization under IRC Section 501 (c) (3).

 

In November 2017, the Círculo de Puerto Rico entered into a Collaboration Agreement with Oasis for Hope, Inc. to provide potable water to needy people in rural areas in Puerto Rico, who suffered the devastation of Hurricanes Irma and María.  Both organizations are collaborating to drill 70 water wells in Puerto Rico.  This opportunity required the registration to do business in Puerto Rico and we were also recognized as a tax-exempt organization in Puerto Rico.

As we move forward, we are striving to accomplish our mission and supporting charitable activities serving the Puerto Rican communities in the metropolitan areas of Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia; and supporting assistance programs in Puerto Rico, including solutions for self-sustainability of communities at risk in Puerto Rico.