Fiscal Sponsorship Spotlight: Virgin Islands Architecture Center for Built Heritage and Crafts

Amid a pandemic and ongoing hurricane recovery, nonprofits are often key to ensuring the wellbeing of our community. For nearly 30 years, St. Croix Foundation has supported local nonprofits by serving as the Territory’s preeminent Fiscal Sponsor. Far different from grantmaking, fiscal sponsorship allows charitable projects to operate under the Foundation’s 501(c)3 umbrella while still maintaining their individual identity and mission.

Our spotlight this quarter falls on the Virgin Islands Architecture Center for Built Heritage & Crafts (VIAC), a sponsored project of the Foundation’s, whose progressive agenda aims to build the Territory’s first Architectural and Construction Arts Academy. VIAC’s mission is to “empower its student body through education and training in traditional architecture and building arts to instill expertise, craftsmanship and design in the preservation, enrichment and knowledge of the global African Caribbean architectural heritage.” VIAC plans to offer courses that culminate in an Associate Degree.

This sponsored project is another powerful example of how philanthropy can institutionalize equity and racial justice.

The Patrick & Amelia Williams Fund and Foundation Scholars Fund Award $16,000 in Scholarships!

In June, St. Croix Foundation held a virtual Awards Presentation, announcing $16,000 in scholarships to 6 St. Croix graduates through the Patrick & Amelia Williams Opportunity Fund and our Foundation Scholars Fund! The Committee applauds awardees Djamel, Jayme, Jhylie, Quincy, Shedajah, and La’ Monique who will be heading to Arizona State University, Florida A & M University, University of the Virgin Islands, Howard University, and Morgan State University. Among other criteria, applicants had to demonstrate perseverance despite incredible odds. Despite having endured the 2017 hurricanes and Covid19 throughout their high school experience, we are confident that our scholarship recipients will indeed have bright futures.

To date, the Patrick and Amelia Williams Opportunity Fund has provided a total of $35,000 in scholarships to local students who have had to overcome obstacles in their efforts to continue their education.

The Foundation extends its deepest appreciation to the Williams and Gaspard family, as well as ProTouch Communications, for their support of our young people!