St. Croix Foundation is not a conventional community foundation! Recognizing that complex problems facing developing communities like ours cannot be solved by traditional philanthropy, we have chosen to function as a hybrid (operating) foundation, catalyzing change and filling persistent funding gaps. While grantmaking represents only 20% of our operating format, we serve as both a strategic grantmaker and a direct services provider. It’s a progressive, hands-on approach to philanthropy more commonplace in developing countries, but one that has been the right fit for our Community and one increasingly becoming a model for American Philanthropy.

Holding the Vision for 30 Years

Since 1990, St. Croix Foundation for Community Development has been advancing holistic community development as a pathway to economic prosperity, self-sufficiency, and sustainability. Established in the wake of Hurricane Hugo 30 years ago, today the Foundation is the premier place-based philanthropic leader in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Having served as the conduit of over $42 million private and public sector dollars invested into the Territory, our impact has netted national recognition in almost every priority area – from economic development and community revitalization to public health, education reform, and nonprofit development. 


Our mission is to encourage greater philanthropic activity, to marshal resources, and to act as a catalyst to benefit the people of the Virgin Islands.