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.

Our Stories

Get to know our Community of learners


Forum Foundation committed to supporting exceptional students, so that they successfully complete high school and go on to university and lifelong learning.

Alexandra Martinez

A 2015 Forum Academy graduate, Alexandra now studies gastronomy at the University of Panama.

Elvia Martinez
Heroe por Panama

In 2018, Elvia Martinez and Forum Academy were recognized with TVN’s Heroes por Panama Award, for  providing students from hard to reach places in northern Cocle,  with access to  quality education. Click the link below to hear 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.