As a place-based community foundation, St. Croix Foundation has weathered many storms. Founded in 1990 in the wake of Hurricane Hugo – the most devastating natural disaster to impact the US Virgin Islands in over a century – we have honed and demonstrated the power of place-based philanthropy for nearly 30 years. From hurricanes to national and global economic recessions and now, the COVID-19 pandemic, the call of philanthropy has never changed for us: get on the ground, nurture enduring relationships with nonprofits to understand needs, and devise targeted solutions.

Today, as our Community joins the world in a global fight to combat COVID-19, the CARE Fund will support the people of the U.S. Virgin Islands in several priority areas as a conduit (not a container) of resources. By utilizing a holistic approach to sustainable recovery, the Foundation’s work through our CARE Fund will provide grantmaking, data collection, and direct services that are designed to leverage scarce community resources and provide strategic rebuilding that will serve the community into the future. We invite you to learn more about our response to COVID-19 by downloading our CARE Overview here. For the CARE Fund’s full Case for Support, please contact the Foundation directly.

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Nurturing Healthy Communities through Innovative Systems

Open Door Fund – Nonprofit Operating Support: We are prioritizing the stabilization of essential local nonprofit organizations that are playing a critical role in serving and supporting the most vulnerable populations directly or indirectly impacted by the current COVID-19 pandemic. Funds will serve to keep doors open and critical frontline organizations operational during this economically fragile time.

Direct Support for Frontline Responders: Operating today in an isolated community with significantly fewer philanthropic resources, SCF is marshaling resources through our CARE Fund to award strategic grants to frontline responders and Civic Organizations that are supporting the most affected and vulnerable populations.

Data Collection on Unmet Needs: The Foundation is spearheading data collection initiatives to inform how to most effectively connect individuals and organizations that have critical needs with available resources. The data collected will also serve to inform radical new strategies that will be employed to build more fortified and equitable systems in the future.

Resiliency and Systems Innovation: The Foundation is working with private and public sector partners to develop and advocate for comprehensive systems reforms with program components that will serve to inoculate vulnerable populations from future disasters and pandemics by ensuring innovative, adaptive and resilient social infrastructures.