"Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach A man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime."

What We Do

Since 1990, the Dominican Foundation has worked to improve the quality of lives for children and families throughout the Dominican Republic through our programs that encompass education, healthcare, water and sanitation, and micro-enterprise.


all the best for them

Our focus is on non-formal education, ie, out of the classroom, community-based education.  These activities are life skills training, civic education, family-oriented values education, conflict resolution, solidarity, gender-based education, literacy training and other similar initiatives.


Access to care

We support health education initiatives throughout the Dominican Republic with the aid of our in-country partner IDDI.

Additionally, we work with Rotary International and IDDI to support a hospital in Paraiso, which serves nearly 10,000 residents living in a rural area near the Haitian border.

Water & Sanitation

to keep them Healthy

The Dominican Foundation has ongoing water management and sanitation projects at the household level using non-electric water filters and sanitation education, providing water filtration systems to families in communities in need.


Earning a living

More than 50% of the Dominican Republic’s economy exists within the informal sector, ie, non-registered entities that are basically micro-businesses of less than 10 employees.  We fund IDDI's  strong program of supporting this sector that is so vibrant and important to the local economies, generating both income and employment for the underprivileged population. 

About us

The Dominican Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of lives for children and families throughout the Dominican Republic. Our programs encompass education, healthcare, water and sanitation, and micro-enterprise.

The Dominican Foundation, a non-profit organization, founded in the early 1990s, was created due to the tremendous poverty that exists in the Dominican Republic as a result of corruption, overpopulation, job scarcity, the increased gap between the rich and the poor, and the rise in the national debt. The goal of the Dominican Foundation is to promote awareness among the American and Dominican populations residing in the United States as to the necessities that exists in the Dominican Republic. Additionally, the Dominican Foundation has recently sought to expand their reach bi-nationally, focusing their efforts on helping Dominicans everywhere – in both the United States and the Dominican Republic.

Since its’ inception, the Dominican Foundation has sought to improve the lives of Dominicans in the United States and in the Dominican Republic by expanding their access to Health and Education. With the help of a group of Dominicans and Americans, the Dominican Foundation has supported numerous organizations. A particular relationship has forged with the Dominican Institute for Integral Development (IDDI). IDDI is one of the primary development organizations in the Dominican Republic with 30 years of experience of working with the urban and rural poor in the Dominican Republic.

The Dominican Foundation has also worked with many national and international corporations in both the Dominican Republic and the United States, providing them a mechanism to improve the infrastructure and lives of Dominicans everywhere. Likewise, they assist colleges and universities in the US interested in service learning programs, helping students wanting to participate in summer internships and volunteer programs in the Dominican Republic.

In accordance with I.R.S. guidelines, donations are fully tax deductible to the extent provided by the law. The Dominican Foundation is a 501-(c)(3) charitable tax-exempt organization. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the division of consumer services by calling toll-free 1-800-HELP-FLA. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by the state. SC-13428. A professional solicitor retains no percentages of contributions.

Specific information about our finances is available on our Form 990, the information that tax-exempt organizations file annually with the Internal Revenue Service.


Founded in 1984, IDDI is a Santo Domingo based non-profit organization that contributes to poverty relief in both rural and urban areas of the Dominican Republic and Haiti.  It is staffed by men and women that work with communities and local organizations interested in taking responsibility to improve their living conditions and that of their neighbors.  IDDI is our in-country implementation partner who manages and administers all projects funded by the Foundation..

Cigar Family Charitable Foundation was founded by the Fuente and Newman families, with the intention of providing children of the cigar producing region of the Dominican Republic with a place to attend school. From this small initiative developed an entire complex which now includes an elementary and secondary school, health center, kitchen, sports facility and an ever-growing list of programs and services offered to the surrounding communities.

Rotary International members believe that they have a shared responsibility to take action on our world’s most persistent issues.  The Dominican Foundation has partnered with Rotary Clubs from throughout the USA to support programs like our Paraiso Hospital Project and we are currently working to help fund a Water and Sanitation Project with the Rotary Club of Chapin Sunrise.

Privacy Policy

Our Privacy Policy is designed to respect your privacy and assist you in understanding how we collect and use the personal information you provide to us. We will not use or share your information with anyone except as described in this Privacy Policy.

What Information Do We Collect?

When you visit our Web site you may provide us with two types of information: personal information you knowingly choose to disclose that is collected on an individual basis and Web site use information collected on an aggregate basis as you and others browse our Web site.

Credit Card Information:

The Dominican Foundation is grateful for the donations that help us continue our valuable work. It is very important to us that your personal information remains secure. When you donate to online, your credit card information is secured by a merchant account provider with a well established and reputable credit card processing company. Also, your credit card number is used only for that particular transaction and is not stored. You will notice in your website address bar that the domain name starts with an “https” on those donation pages. This means that information entered on those pages is encrypted for your security.

Personal & Email Information:

If you choose to correspond with us through email, we may retain the content of your email messages together with your email address and our responses. Our website does not automatically recognize your e-mail address.

Contact us

Send donations and correspondence to:

4041 Mallard Point Court

Orlando, FL 32810

Please make checks payable to: Dominican Foundation Inc.

Email us here: 

help @ dominicanfoundation.org

The Dominican Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization (EIN/Tax ID:65-0263936).