Forum Foundation

Sustainable Change

Established in 2006, by John Keffer, we are a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting community development in the mountains of Cocle, Panama.

“Sustainability refers to change, something which has been a constant in the world for millennia.  So, is change sustainable?  Obviously yes – the world is dynamic and ever changing: one result adds to others.”

– John Keffer, Forum Foundation Founder

Our Programs

Committed to providing the support and tools communities can use to build a more prosperous future. Our work  focuses on increasing and expanding access to learning opportunities for communities in the mountains of rural Cocle, Panama.  

Forum Foundation programs provide support for students to complete secondary and university education. Promoting digital literacy as a key skill for lifelong learning and future success.


Forward with Forum is Forum Foundation’s podcast focused on sharing knowledge, skills, advice, and guidance with the learners and communities we serve. We share inspiring stories of success and discuss interesting topics like digital literacy. Click the play button to listen or download our latest episodes.

Our Stories

Summer School Goes Digital

After a difficult year with schools closed to in-person learning, Forum Foundation was faced with a challenge. How could we continue to provide beneficiaries with assistance during the Pandemic?  We decided to shift our focus to creating and facilitating several summer workshops aimed at helping students strengthen core competencies and knowledge in Mathematics, Accounting, English, Physics, Biology and Chemistry. 

Forward with Forum

As the new school year marches on, we take an opportunity to look back on what has transpired, reflect on what we have learned, and share our excitement for the future. 


Forum Foundation is committed to supporting exceptional students, so that they successfully complete high school and go on to university and lifelong learning. Click below to discover the stories of these inspiring people.

Elvia Martinez
Heroe por Panama

In 2018, Forum Academy and Elvia Martinez were nominated for TVN’s Heroes por Panama Awards. Click the link below to watch Elvia’s interview with TVN’s Castalia Pascual. Forum Foundation thanks Castalia Pascual for her support, as well as TVN and all who voted for taking our  passion for education and sustainable change into consideration for these awards.

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