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Community Foundation for Saint Vincent and Grenadines

350 Burnt Hill Road
Hebron, Connecticut 06248
United States

Mission

To make grants for social, educational, health, economic development and other charitable purposes in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

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Most Meaningful Change

In 2010, the foundation started Action Bequia, a community development agency that has made significant improvements to the local Bequia community over the past three years through programs ranging from infrastructure improvement to educational programs for youth and the building of the Southside Community Center. We meet and communicate regularly with other funders and embark on joint funding and programming initiatives. We also collaborate with a large cocoa-growing project on SVG and on other economic development activities. We have supported the Saint Vincent National Trust in its efforts to preserve history and archaeology, fielding a team of engineers who visited from the University of Hartford in 2011. Last year we were sponsors and initiators for the Phenomenal Women’s Conference, which raised the visibility of women and their issues on SVG. One of the major roles of CFSVG is to act as a convener of other funders who are active in SVG this includes the Mary Tidlund Foundation, The Grenadines Partnership Fund, the UK Trust, the Mustique Charitable Trust, the Kerosene Lamp Foundation and the Pan American Development Foundation. Additionallly one of the major focus areas of CFSVG and Action Bequia currently is to implement a recycling program on the island of Bequia with a major grant for the UNDP. This year we collaborated extensively with the Anderson Family Foundation and assisted them with technical assistance and grant making.

2009 Year Founded
$25,000 Total Annual Grantmaking

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Last Updated: 06.14.17

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Population Area Served

120,000

Identifying Information
OrganizationCommunity Foundation for Saint Vincent and Grenadines
Address 1350 Burnt Hill Road
Address 2Did not answer
City / TownHebron
State / RegionConnecticut
ZIP / Postal Code06248
CountryUnited States
ContinentNorth America
Map Address (If Different)Did not answer
Map City / Town (If Different)Did not answer
Map State / Region (If Different)Did not answer
Map Zip / Postal Code (If Different)Did not answer
Map Country (If Different)Did not answer
Phone860 882 4576
EmailFelharley@cfsvg.org
Websitewww.cfsvg.org
Organization Leader (Name, Title)No Staff
Primary Contact’s NameFelicity Harley
Primary Contact’s PositionPresident
Foundation at a Glance
Year Founded2009
Mission StatementTo make grants for social, educational, health, economic development and other charitable purposes in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Organization DescriptionCommunity Foundation
Other DescriptionDid not answer
Approximate Size of the Population Serviced120,000
Total Paid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)Did not answer
Total Unpaid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)1
Total Board Members7
Financial Information (in U.S. Dollars)
Organization’s Total Income in Last Fiscal Year$25,000
Organization’s Gifts Income in Last Fiscal YearDid not answer
Organization’s Total Expenditures in Last Fiscal Year$25,000
Organization’s Grantmaking Budget in Last Fiscal Year$25,000
Does Organization Have an EndowmentNo but intend to build one
Value of Endowment (or Financial Reserves) as of the End of Last Fiscal YearDid not answer
Change in Financial Status Over Last Three YearsSignificant improvement
Priorities and Achievements
Factors that Played a Role in the Origins of Your Organization
Community leadershipPlayed a centrally important role
Philanthropic giftsPlayed a centrally important role
Grassroots activismNo role
Inadequate government servicesPlayed a centrally important role
Changes in the political environmentNo role
Changes in the economic environmentPlayed a centrally important role
Government initiative fundingNo role
Foundation initiative fundingPlayed a centrally important role
Bilateral or multilateral initiative fundingNo role
Favorable legal or fiscal policiesNo role
Time Spent Working in Following Areas
NeighborhoodLots of time
LocallyLots of time
RegionallyLots of time
NationallyLots of time
InternationallyNone
Rate Importance of the Following Functions
GrantmakingCentrally important
Having local people as leaders in the organizationCentrally important
Seeking local donationsCentrally important
Having a gender balance in the organizationCentrally important
Board reflective of community diversityCentrally important
Building an endowmentImportant but not central
Serving donor needsCentrally important
Acting as a fiscal intermediary for the communityCentrally important
Building inclusion and trust in the communityCentrally important
Pursuing equityNot important
Accountability to local peopleCentrally important
Raising money for grantmaking annuallyCentrally important
Community developmentCentrally important
In the Last Year, Extent to Which Programming and/or Grantmaking Involved Work in the Following Areas
Arts and cultureNot at all
EducationLot
EnvironmentLittle
HealthNot at all
Human and social servicesNot at all
Human rightsNot at all
International relationsNot at all
ReligionNot at all
Economic developmentLot
Conflict resolution/bridging different parts of the communityNot at all
Information technologyNot at all
Strengthening local or regional governmentNot at all
HousingNot at all
ChildrenLot
WaterNot at all
Alternative energyNot at all
Disaster reliefNot at all
Advocacy with authoritiesNot at all
Job trainingNot at all
Nongrantmaking Services Offered to Community in Recent Years
Convening for issues of local concernOften
Promote collaboration between granteesOften
Promote understanding of public policyOften
Training/capacity-building for local organizationsOften
AdvocacyNever
Loaned staffNever
ResearchOccasionally
Community needs assessmentNever
Leadership developmentOccasionally
InternshipsNever
Providing space for local organizationsNever
Access to information technologyNever
Publishing/knowledge sharingOccasionally
Main Trends Over the Past Year in Geographic Area Served
PovertyNo change
CrimeNo change
Trust among different sections of the communityNo change
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesNo change
Social position of marginalized groupsNo change
Responsiveness of authoritiesNo change
Appropriateness of public policiesGetting worse
Value of community assetsNo change
Quality of the environmentGetting worse
Number of people and organizations working to change and improve their communityGetting better
Levels of innovation and risk taking in addressing community problemsGetting better
Networks and links between different parts of the communityGetting better
Gender equityNo change
Charitable giving through the community foundationGetting much better
Number of people and organizations involved in philanthropic givingGetting much better
Extent to Which Organization Can Claim Tangible and Measurable Achievements in the Past Three Years
PovertyDo not work in this sphere
CrimeDo not work in this sphere
Trust among different sections of the communityMuch achievement
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesDo not work in this sphere
Social position of marginalized groupsDo not work in this sphere
Responsiveness of authoritiesSome important achievements
Appropriateness of public policiesA few small achievements
Value of community assetsMuch achievement
Quality of the environmentSome important achievements
Number of people and organizations working to change and improve their communityMuch achievement
Levels of innovation and risk taking in addressing community problemsMuch achievement
Networks and links between different parts of the communityMuch achievement
Gender equitySome important achievements
Charitable giving through the community foundationMuch achievement
Number of people and organizations involved in philanthropic givingMuch achievement
Active Partnerships
Formal community associations and groupsLot
Informal associations of citizensLot
Non-governmental organizationsLot
Local governmentLot
National governmentLittle
UniversitiesLittle
SchoolsLot
BusinessesLot
Partnerships and External Aid
Other Institutions Helpful to Our Work
National association of grantmakersUnhelpful
Regional association of grantmakersUnhelpful
Global Fund for Community FoundationsNeither helpful or unhelpful
Particular foundationNeither helpful or unhelpful
Other organizationVery helpful
Involvement of Local People
Regularly survey local people about our programsYes
Local people are engaged in the delivery of our workYes
Local people control what our organization doesNo
Have local people represented on our boardYes
Have regular sessions where local people advise us what our programs should doYes
Actively engage local people as volunteersYes
All of our board is composed of local peopleNo
Account to local people about our successes and failures each yearNo
Assistance in Overcoming Main Difficulties Faced in Developing Organization Further
Increased fundingImportant
Better legal or fiscal environmentNeither important nor unimportant
More volunteersNeither important nor unimportant
Access to advice or technical assistanceImportant
Better local culture of givingImportant
Stronger civil societyNeither important nor unimportant
More responsive authoritiesVery important
OtherDid not answer
Most Meaningful Change
Most Meaningful Change that Organization Has Helped to Bring About in the Last Three YearsIn 2010, the foundation started Action Bequia, a community development agency that has made significant improvements to the local Bequia community over the past three years through programs ranging from infrastructure improvement to educational programs for youth and the building of the Southside Community Center. We meet and communicate regularly with other funders and embark on joint funding and programming initiatives. We also collaborate with a large cocoa-growing project on SVG and on other economic development activities. We have supported the Saint Vincent National Trust in its efforts to preserve history and archaeology, fielding a team of engineers who visited from the University of Hartford in 2011. Last year we were sponsors and initiators for the Phenomenal Women’s Conference, which raised the visibility of women and their issues on SVG. One of the major roles of CFSVG is to act as a convener of other funders who are active in SVG this includes the Mary Tidlund Foundation, The Grenadines Partnership Fund, the UK Trust, the Mustique Charitable Trust, the Kerosene Lamp Foundation and the Pan American Development Foundation. Additionallly one of the major focus areas of CFSVG and Action Bequia currently is to implement a recycling program on the island of Bequia with a major grant for the UNDP. This year we collaborated extensively with the Anderson Family Foundation and assisted them with technical assistance and grant making.
 

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Identifying Information

Foundation at a Glance

Financial Information (in U.S. Dollars)

Priorities and Achievements
Factors that Played a Role in the Origins of Your Organization

Time Spent Working in Following Areas

Rate Importance of the Following Functions

In the Last Year, Extent to Which Programming and/or Grantmaking Involved Work in the Following Areas

Nongrantmaking Services Offered to Community in Recent Years

Main Trends Over the Past Year in Geographic Area Served

Extent to Which Organization Can Claim Tangible and Measurable Achievements in the Past Three Years

Active Partnerships

Partnerships and External Aid
Other Institutions Helpful to Our Work

Involvement of Local People

Assistance in Overcoming Main Difficulties Faced in Developing Organization Further

Most Meaningful Change

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