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The Costa Rica United States Foundation for Cooperation (CRUSA) is a private, independent and nonprofit Costa Rican foundation that supports projects within the scope of its strategic focus, and the management and promotion of far-reaching initiatives, alliances and cooperation networks.

Since its creation in 1996, CRUSA has consolidated its role as an organization that contributes actively to improving quality of life and sustainable development in Costa Rica. It has also expanded the collaborative relationship between the nations and governments of Costa Rica and the United States, honoring their roots and philanthropic spirit.


For more than 30 years, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) had a significant impact on the development of key areas in Costa Rica such as science, technology, democratic processes and financial, academic and technical cooperation between Costa Rica and the United States.

Costa Rica’s economic growth led USAID to withdraw from the country in 1996, marking the birth of the Costa Rica-United States Foundation for Cooperation (CRUSA), which would build on the legacy of the U.S. Agency, consolidating and expanding it in a country with ongoing needs in terms of economic, social, political and cultural growth. That same year, through an Endowment Fund Agreement between the governments of Costa Rica and the United States, CRUSA was supplied with capital and started to obtain resources for the Foundation’s current Endowment Fund.