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.

We believe in the importance of working together with community leaders, educators and parents, wherever our programs are offered.


Forward with Forum is Forum Foundation’s podcast for lifelong learners. Focused on sharing knowledge, skills, advice, and guidance with the communities we serve. We share inspiring stories of success and discuss the many ways in which we learn. Our podcast is produced in English and Spanish so that our listeners can grow their comprehension through listening. Download our episodes, learn something new. Join our conversation. Click below to listen to our latest episode or visit our dashboard and explore other episodes.

Our Stories

Grayce Web

Forward-thinking with Grayce Castaneda

Inspiring and full of enthusiasm, Grayce reflects on her learning journey and how Forum Foundation was able to support her along the way. Now a supervisor at a well-known call center in Panama City, Grayce has not stopped learning in her pursuit of success and a better future. 


After finishing his degree in Food Science and Technology, Rafael set out to apply the knowledge he has acquired in the real world. He tells us about how Forum Foundation helped him focus on his studies and later helped him review his resume and prepare for his job interview. 


July 2022 marked the return of Dalis Reyes. Currently, in her fifth year studying Psychology at the University of Panama in Panama City, Dalis prepared and delivered a special workshop on Self-Esteem titled “Soy Valioso.” 

Exploring the Future of Education

The 2022 school year is sure to be arduous. As we return to in-person classes we wonder, what are we doing to shape the future of education?  We decided to do some research and learned some interesting ideas and questions that we would like to share with you.


Fantastic news to start the 2022 school year. Dianelsa and Lendy, have both received SENACYT scholarships to attend University of Southern Indiana. She shares her inspiring story and hopes for the future.


Adventurous, innovative, and no stranger to academic success, Forum Foundation beneficiary Nitzia Sanchez tells us about her team’s success participating in the 2021 Panama STEM & Robotics Olimpics. After winning first place with their Weather Robot, Nitzia is participating in CAMPTECH 2022, where she is learning about microprocesors and programing.  She is also preparing for her next adventure. Representing Panama at Expo Dubai 2022.

CELEbrating 2021 Graduates

We are incredibly proud of these young men and women for their perseverance, resilience, and passion for learning. These beneficiaries of Forum Foundation’s Community School Scholarship Program, not only graduated, they graduated with honors! Click below to read their inspiring stories, full of advice for students who are putting forth the effort to achieve their dreams.


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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