SOMOS Foundation is a registered Costa Rican non-governmental organization supporting the creation, development and sustainable operations of community development programs, social enterprise and public-private partnerships along the Central and South Pacific coast.Examples include the Costa Ballena Lifeguards, SafeBeach Patrols and the Ojos en la Calle reporting platform, the Stanford EnvironmentalLanguage and Leadership Program (SELAL), SOMOS Disaster ReliefInitiative and numerous animal and environmental rescue projects such as Bahía Ballena Libre de Plástico, children's, environmental education classes, and urban reforestation.
Created in 2020, the SOMOS 1% Pledge Program encourages philanthropic giving by local businesses (1% Partners) and their clients (donors), creating a culture of appreciation and support for non-profit efforts in their area. To facilitate this effort, SOMOS provides a customized online tax-deductible donation webpage foreach 1% partner, which they share with guests and clients, encouraging them to participate. Also referred to as Corporate SocialResponsibility and ‘Traveler’s Philanthropy’, 1% Pledge funds received by SOMOS are distributed to non-for-profit programs in the form of grants, professional services and consultation. Partners currently enrolled in the 1% program are Cuna del Ángel, Kura Boutique Hotel, Oxygen Jungle Villas and Bodhi Surf & Yoga.