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For over 27 years, St. Croix Foundation for Community Development has provided fiduciary and fiscal sponsorship services to over 220 grassroots efforts, organizations, and charitable initiatives throughout the Territory. While providing sound fiscal management, the Foundation works to ensure each initiative’s success by providing guidance on the programmatic development and organizational governance.
Help us strengthen our community and learn more about the 40 active nonprofits (listed below) who are working to improve lives under the Foundation’s nonprofit umbrella. Whether it’s arts and culture, health, public safety, education, or economic development, your contribution(s) to the Foundation’s sponsored projects are responsibly managed, and you can dedicate your gift to the project of your choice.
Donate to a project that is dear to your heart and meets your charitable goals. Designate the name of the Fund, and the project director will be notified of your donation. We’ll send you a tax receipt letter within 60 days of receipt. All donations to the Foundation’s sponsored projects are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law.
A Taste of St. Croix, Inc. promotes and showcases the talent and potential of St. Croix’s hospitality industry through fostering partnerships, sponsoring training and industry events, and building public awareness of the critical role that the service-industry fills in improving the socioeconomic future of St. Croix and the US Virgin Islands. www.tasteofstcroix.com
The Guild is a support organization for professional and aspiring artists on St. Croix by offering classes, lectures and critique sessions both to its members and to members of the public. The ultimate goal is to make St. Croix an art destination.
C.H.A.N.T. is a community-based coalition committed to the advancement of Crucian heritage and nature tourism as a vehicle for sustainable development of the St. Croix community.
Administered through the USVI Department of Tourism, DINE VI is a program developed to promote to visitors and local foodies cuisine inspired by traditional fare and dishes made with locally sourced ingredients at special price fix menu offerings.
Moving Women Theatre Ensemble’s goal is to establish a community theatre group in Frederiksted that addresses social and economic needs of that community as well as to provide local entertainment.
Music in Motion School of Higher Dance Education is a dance school located on the island of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. Founded in 1983, Music in Motion provides professional ballet training to children ages 3-19 in an after school/extra-curricular program. Classes are very disciplined, focusing on positive behaviors and attitudes and high self-esteem while training students as if they are all potential career dancers. Ballet training uses the Vaganova method, however, tap, jazz, modern, lyrical, hip-hop and cultural dances (African, Calypso, Quadrille, Latin) are also part of the curriculum for the more advanced performers.
The mission of the St. Croix Seashell Society, Inc. is to inspire, educate and increase awareness of seashell mollusks through exhibits and other educational programs.
A community-based, civic organization, SUCCEED is committed to “smart growth” and embracing Crucian heritage and culture as a cornerstone of economic development.
The St. Croix Walls Project entails developing outdoor art installations on walls and unique structures across the island of St. Croix. The project seeks to establish St. Croix as an international art destination and a globally recognized outdoor art gallery, given the rapidly evolving art scene developing around the world and the abundant artistic community on St. Croix.
The Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico Friendship Day is combined with the Hispanic Heritage Month and celebrated nationwide to recognize the contributions to our nation made by Puerto Ricans and all the Hispanics who have joined them.
Christiansted Community Alliance comprises Watergonians, Hillsiders, Gallows Bayrians, Downtown residents, business owners, property owners, schools, churches, professionals, and individuals working together to secure community safety, clean up neighborhoods, and address issues that have plagued Christiansted for many years. Their three main initiatives are as follows: (1) Town cleanups; (2) Neighborhood and business watches in Christiansted; and (3) Front Porch Appeal (an open-up initiative).
This is a grassroots initiative created in response to a serious problem plaguing St. Croix, particularly the Frederiksted Historic District – litter. Their mission is to support the economic development and revitalization of the Frederiksted Historic District by creating a safe clean and vibrant community.
The Coconut Cup Paddle Festival draws elite racers from around the world to the islands as well as the spectators they attract. Approximately 100 other island residents participate in the competition of all age levels.
The residents of the North Shore miss the light and are disappointed with the conditions that this historic relic has fallen into. They hope to get official landmark designation for the site as a historical relic. Their primary goal is to re-energize the existing light as soon as possible and, eventually, to fully restore the lighthouse to its original function and appearance.
The IC Progress Fund is re-energizing their efforts, this time with a focus on hurricane relief and rebuilding efforts.
ReV!ve (www.reviveusvi.org) to provide immediate relief to Virgin Islanders in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria while helping with the long-term revitalization of the USVI. Supported by great volunteers and advisers, ReV!ve is working on recovery projects designed to lower the cost of living and empower the community’s revival. To drive its efforts and accept tax-deductible donations, ReV!ve partnered with the St. Croix Foundation for Community Development, Inc.
The St. Croix Long Term Recovery Group (LTRG) is a cooperative body that is made up of representatives from faith-based, non-profit, government, business and other organizations working within St. Croix to assist individuals and families as they recover from Hurricane Maria. The goal of the LTRG is to unite recovery resources with community needs in order to ensure that even the most vulnerable in the community recover from the disaster.
The St. Croix Pirate Adventure is a week-long, annual Pirate & Cultural Festival that seeks to increase visitor and tourism dollars to St. Croix. It will be held during Memorial Day Week. Activities include the entire island of St. Croix, with focus on the non-profit charitable organizations’ participation in organizing a compendium of consecutive events. www.stcroixpirateadventure.com
Virgin Islands Trail Alliance
The Virgin Islands Trail Alliance is a local corporation organized in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, for the purpose of creating multi-use pathways across the islands of St. Croix and expanding throughout the territory for the benefit of the people of the Virgin Islands. VITAL was created to identify, plan, develop, build and manage a system of interconnecting multi-use pathways such as green spaces, parks, walking paths, and biking trails in the Virgin Islands.
Columbia University: Regional Public Health Training Center Program
The Center’s mission is to enhance the public health workforce’s’ ability to effectively deliver Essential Public Health Services (EPHS) to the populations in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Approximately, 25,000 public health workers in state and local health departments provide the EPHS in Region 2. Critical issues identified for this workforce relate to readiness for national accreditation, assuming new or additional job responsibilities (including supervisory/management roles, as result of layoffs and retirements), and the provision of culturally competent trainings. To fulfill our mission, the Center is responsible for four statutory requirements.
Diane Hampton: Breast Cancer Project
The primary objective of this project is to reach out to as many women in the U.S. Virgin Islands as possible, to improve their health and eliminate health disparities. The project collects epidemiological, genetic, and health-related data and focuses on interviewing and building support groups that express various needs of diagnosed and undiagnosed women with breast cancer deriving from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, Blacks/African Americans, and Hispanics/Latinos found in the Virgin Islands.
Fresh START Project
Fresh START is a socially responsible, environmentally conscious cottage industry providing women of St. Croix financial support and economic independence through training and encouragement. Fresh START creates items that are made entirely from up-cycled clothing discarded by thrift shops which would otherwise go into the local landfills. These handcrafted items are then marketed as “Made in the USVI by women helping women.”
Friends of the Herbert Grigg Home for the Aged
This organization seeks to fill the gaps in meeting the needs of residents of the Herbert Grigg Home. Their mission is to enhance the living conditions of the elders of our community through philanthropic donations and services. Their primary objective is to solicit and obtain funds for the purpose of adding more long-term care beds to the Herbert Grigg Home.”
Friends of the St. Croix East End Marine Park
Friends of the St. Croix East End Marine Park goals are to: 1) Raise awareness about the value and importance of the St. Croix East End Marine by providing the community, youth and adults alike, with recreational and educational opportunities within the St. Croix East End Marine Park; and 2) To support the St. Croix East End Marine Park projects through volunteer efforts by raising funds to support and sustain needed Park projects.
National Alliance on Mental Illness –St. Croix
National Alliance on Mental Illness – St. Croix is the nation’s leading grassroots advocacy organization solely dedicated to improving the lives of persons with severe mental illnesses including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and severe anxiety disorders. NAMI’s efforts focus on support for persons with serious brain disorders and for their families; advocacy for non-discriminatory and equitable territory and private-sector policies and education to eliminate the pervasive stigma surrounding severe mental illness.
Neighbor to Neighbor
Neighbor to Neighbor provides support services to the frail, elderly, disabled, widowed, pregnant and home-bound in Frederiksted two; this project promotes well being and supports self determination and improved quality of life for some of the most vulnerable of our population.
St. Croix Senior Collaborative
The Collaborative’s mission is to develop, collaborate and deliver programs, services and events in support of senior residents on St. Croix, USVI. Their goal is to provide support services, including but not limited to: social activities, ADA access programs, edification and educational opportunities, improvements and diversity of options in community housing, and other opportunities as may arise that is consistent with their mission.
Funds raised by community members to sponsor VIPD related departments (i.e., K-9, Outreach, Training, etc.).
Cane Bay Cares
Cane Bay Cares supports innovative educational programs, designing, managing, and funding a public after school program at a St. Croix junior high school. Cane Bay Cares connects employees with volunteer opportunities and continues to assist the St. Croix community post Hurricanes Maria and Irma meaningful ways.
Deaf Camp STX will build a signing community for the children and families on the Island who have a deaf member or a loved one who is deaf. They will strive to increase the number of people on the Island who can sign and who are aware of deafness by 100% within their first year. www.deafcampstx.com
Giving the Dream, Inc. (GTD) will match qualified students from low-income families with chefs, culinary institutions, and hospitality institutions for the purpose of mentoring and gainful employment. They will do this by 1) collaborating with secondary and post-secondary culinary schools for the purpose of identifying qualified students, 2) recruiting qualified, accomplished chefs who will mentor student chefs, 3) recruiting qualified venues (restaurants, corporate kitchen, resorts) to accept interns and 4) support interns by providing some/all of the following: transportation, knife rolls, chef’s uniforms, and mentoring.
The Pee Wee Scholars Program is an afterschool program for students in grades KG – 2nd. Its purpose is to provide enrichment programs in computer, academic, and handicraft skills to students who reside in underprivileged homes. With the majority of students at Juanita Gardine coming from housing communities, the aim is to expose students to every opportunity to succeed.
My S.I.S.T.A.H.S Keeper, Inc. is a program geared towards the academic, career, social and emotional development of girls and young ladies. It is an organization that develops and implements intervention, prevention and enrichment programs that focus on goals and strategies that would teach girls (youth) skills that are necessary for academic success, emotional control and healthy social interactions
Providing scholarships for St. Croix Central High youth to pursue music studies at the college level.
St. Croix Yacht Club Junior Sailing Program has been in existence for over 50 years. The program has taught many children to safely participate in the marine environment. They learn to swim and sail, handle power boats and operate responsibly in the sea surrounding our islands. Graduates of the program move on to crew and compete in a worldwide arena. They develop a high sense of personal responsibility and develop a keen sense of teamwork. The Program’s goal is to double the participants and expand the number of disadvantaged children attending our program over the next ten years.
The American Youth Soccer Organization is a nationwide nonprofit organization that develops and delivers quality youth soccer programs in a fun, family environment based on five core philosophies: 1) everyone plays; 2) balanced teams; 3) open registrations; 4) positive coaching, and 5) good sportsmanship. www.ayso1383.org
Team Paladin Youth Sailing
The purpose of the Team Paladin Youth Sailing shall be to support financially and materially a sailing program for youth which teaches big boat sailing skills, which allows the youth involved to participate in local and other Caribbean regattas. The youth will operate vessel(s) belonging to the corporation in practice sessions, regattas, and area cruising while under the supervision and direction of the program captain or directors, or under the supervision of other qualified adults chosen by the directors.
The primary function of this program is a chess introduction in the field of education. The program’s objective is to improve students’ skills such as concentration, focusing, time management, economic reasoning, planning, consequences of actions, conflict resolution, creative thinking, decision making, and self-discipline. Adequate training is provided to students to enable them to compete in the Caribbean Zonal Chess Tournaments. This allows students to interact with youth from the surrounding Caribbean Islands while representing the U.S. Virgin Islands in International Chess activities.
U.S.V.I. Surfing Federation will work to develop global surfing by providing educational programs in the areas of Judging & Officiating, Coaching & Instructing, Surf School Accreditation, Adapted Surfing and also provides an Individual Scholarship Program (ISA) for Junior (under-18) surfers with water sports enthusiasts from all three of the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The goal of the VI Dictionary Project is to give all USVI third graders and their teachers a personal paperback dictionary on an annual basis. A dictionary is an important resource at home and in school to help students expand their vocabulary and improve their ability to communicate and understand. A dictionary is an essential tool for becoming a self-reliant learner and a strong reader and writer.
The V.I. Lit Fest has a goal of building social capital by boosting individuals’ ability and motivation to be intellectually engaged, as well as building V.I. Lit Fest’s capacity for effective action by providing a venue that draws people together who would otherwise not be engaged in constructive humanistic social activity; providing an experience of collective efficacy and community engagement, which spurs participants to action which includes reading, writing and critical thinking; and making the V.I. Lit Fest a source of pride for residents and visitors, thereby increasing their sense of connection to the community.
Virgin Islands Autism Network is bridging the awareness gap in the Territory for children and their families dealing with Autism Spectrum Disorders and to provide educational resources, facilitate early diagnosis and raise funds for this mission by collaborating locally and globally with those in the public and private sectors.
Virgin Islands Chefs and Cooks Association is an organization that specifically targets the culinary community to educate present workers in the safe handling of food, customer service and other hospitality-related concerns.
The Virgin Islands Department of Education’s St. Croix Hurricane Relief Fund will supply teachers and students with instructional materials, supplies and disinfecting products to support public school teachers and students in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
The Virgin Islands Good Food Coalition (VIGFC) addresses issues related to nutrition, food access, public health, labor and economic development. The organization advocates for and serves all citizens in the territory. The VIGFC is working toward four main goals: Making healthy food available and accessible to every USVI resident; building a healthy local community, including locally-owned food businesses paying fair wages under fair working conditions in food sector jobs; cultivating a healthy environment, including a “zero-wasting” food system and ecologically sound agricultural practices; and educating citizens so they are equipped to make healthy choices about food and the food system.
The Humane Learning Center focuses on educating the community about the humane treatment of animals and the connection between cruelty to animals and interpersonal violence. The center also engages in rescuing homeless animals and finding them loving, forever homes both on St. Croix and stateside. www.vihumanelearning.weebly.com