Since 1990, St. Croix Foundation for Community Development has provided fiduciary and fiscal sponsorship services to over 250 grassroots efforts, nonprofit organizations, and charitable initiatives throughout the Territory. According to the National Council of Nonprofits, “a fiscal sponsor is a nonprofit organization that provides fiduciary oversight, financial management, and other administrative services to help build the capacity of charitable projects”.
Using a fiscal sponsorship arrangement offers a way for a grassroots initiative or organization to attract donors even when it is not yet recognized as tax-exempt under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)3. This unique approach also enables smaller organizations and projects to focus their limited resources on delivering their mission-driven programs and services.
At St. Croix Foundation, we view fiscally sponsored projects and their leaders as critical partners in uplifting our community. The Foundation works tirelessly to ensure each initiative’s success by providing wrap-around supports focused on growing nonprofit and project capacity. Serving as the fiscal sponsor for up to 50 charitable, community-based initiatives at any given time, our sponsored projects have access to the entire Foundation team who may assist with consulting on programmatic development, organizational governance, financial management, mentoring, and coaching. We also proudly promote their work to support their success.
In addition to serving as a fiscal sponsor for non-profit charitable initiatives, St. Croix Foundation is also the preeminent third-party fiduciary for local and federally funded community programs, where it is deemed that independent and accountable fiscal management will result in improved outcomes.
You can learn more about the nonprofits and projects which are currently fiscally sponsored by browsing our list below. These grassroots initiatives are actively 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, tax-deductible, and you can dedicate your gift to the project of your choice.
To support any of our fiscally sponsored nonprofit projects, donate to a project that is dear to your heart and meets your charitable goals by clicking the Give link below and selecting the project name from the drop-down menu. When you do, 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.
For more information about the Foundation’s fiscal sponsorship services or to apply for fiscal sponsorship for your charitable initiative, please call us at 340.773.9898.
The Guild is a support organization for professional and aspiring artists on St. Croix that offers classes, lectures, and critique sessions to its members and 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 advancing Crucian heritage and nature tourism as a vehicle for the sustainable development of the St. Croix community.
The F.F.A.M. Festival was created to showcase the best talent in food, fashion, art, as well as film and music recording from the U.S. Mainland and the Caribbean, and Latin American regions.
The Jamaica Independence Committee holds commemorative events to support Project Help, a non-profit organization located on St. Croix. This project also assists the sick, the elderly, the poor, and the disabled, as well as the Port Antonio Hospital, located in the eastern rural parish of Portland in Jamaica. It is a public hospital that, over the years, has become run down and is in dire need of repair and equipment.
Music in Motion School of Higher Dance Education is a dance school located on 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 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 St. Croix Seashell Society’s mission is to inspire, educate and increase awareness of seashell mollusks through exhibits and other educational programs.
The Virgin Islands Museum Civic and Cultural Centre St. Thomas, Inc. is a corporation engaged in renovating and refurbishing the Jarvis School Complex in downtown Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas.
The Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico Friendship Day is combined with Hispanic Heritage Month and celebrated nationwide to recognize the contributions to our nation 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 severe 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.
ReV!veSt. Croix was established to provide immediate relief to Virgin Islanders in the aftermath of 2017 Hurricanes Irma and Maria while helping with the long-term recovery and revitalization. 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 (L.T.R.G.) is a cooperative body composed 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 L.T.R.G. is to unite recovery resources with community needs to ensure that even the most vulnerable in the community recover from the disaster.
STAR Sea Turtle Assistance and Rescue, Inc.
The Sea Turtle Assistance and Rescue (STAR) is a collaboration of Federal and Territorial agencies, non-governmental organizations, veterinarians, and community volunteers working together to: 1) respond to stranded sea turtles (sick, injured, disoriented, entangled or dead), 2) collect scientific data, 3) care for or transport sick and injured turtles to rehabilitation facilities, and 4) provide outreach to the community about sea turtle conservation. STAR collects valuable information that allows for a better understanding of threats facing sea turtles, thus informing conservation action and better protecting these endangered animals. STAR.USVI.email@example.com
The AED Fund was established to provide St. Croix with accessible AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators). These life-saving devices, along with training, are saving the lives of residents and visitors across the island of St. Croix.
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 who are from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, Blacks/African Americans, and Hispanics/Latinos found in the Virgin Islands.
Friends of the Herbert Grigg Home for the Aged
This organization seeks to fill the gaps in meeting the needs of Herbert Grigg Home residents. 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 to add more long-term care beds to the Herbert Grigg Home.
National Alliance on Mental Illness –St. Croix
The 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 supporting persons with serious brain disorders and their families, advocating for nondiscriminatory and equitable Territory and private-sector policies, and providing education to eliminate the pervasive stigma surrounding severe mental illness.
Through this charitable project, funds raised by community members sponsor V.I.P.D.-related departments and initiatives (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 in meaningful ways.
Giving the Dream, Inc. 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 after-school program for students in grades K.G. – 2nd at Juanita Gardine Elementary School. 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 nearby housing communities, the aim is to expose students to every opportunity to succeed.
The purpose of Team Paladin Youth Sailing shall be to support financially and materially a sailing program for youth that 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 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, and Adapted Surfing. This Fund also provides an Individual Scholarship Program (I.S.A.) for Junior (under-18) surfers with water sports enthusiasts from all three of the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The Virgin Islands Autism Network is bridging the awareness gap in the Territory for children and their families dealing with Autism Spectrum Disorders by providing educational resources, facilitating early diagnosis, and raising funds through local and global collaboration with those in the public and private sectors.
The Virgin Islands Chefs and Cooks Association is an organization that specifically targets the culinary community to educate current workers in the safe handling of food, customer service, and other hospitality-related subjects.
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 goal of the V.I. Dictionary Project is to give all U.S.V.I. 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 Virgin Islands Lit Fest aims to build social capital and capacity for effective action by boosting the ability and motivation to be intellectually engagedamong community members. The V.I. Lit Fest will provide a venue that draws people together who might otherwise not be engaged in constructive, humanistic social activity. In so doing, they will provide an experience of collective efficacy and community engagement, which spurs participants to action through reading, writing, and critical thinking. The Fund aims to position the V.I. Lit Fest as a source of pride for residents and visitors, thereby increasing their sense of connection to the community.
The Virgin Islands Good Food Coalition (V.I.G.F.C.) addresses nutrition, food access, public health, labor, and economic development. The organization advocates for and serves all citizens in the Territory. The V.I.G.F.C. is working toward four main goals: (1) Making healthy food available and accessible to every U.S.V.I. resident; (2) Building a healthy local community, including locally-owned food businesses paying fair wages under fair working conditions in food sector jobs; (3) cultivating a healthy environment, including a “zero-wasting” food system and ecologically sound agricultural practices; and (4) educating and equipping citizens to make healthy choices about food and the food system.
The Virgin Islands 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