In response to the devastating impact of hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017, the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI) established two funds to collect and distribute monetary donations for the purposes of supporting immediate relief efforts and directing long-term community renewal.
BUILDING FORWARD FUND (BFF) (Formerly the Fund for the Virgin Islands)
To support storm relief efforts, and ongoing 2017 hurricane recovery, please consider a donation to CFVI’s Building Forward Fund. We are building forward towards a more resilient community which is kinder and gentler for our children, families, residents and visitors! This Fund is directed by CFVI’s Board of Directors, with a focus on immediate needs in the community and support for middle and long-term efforts which will strengthen our communities. The Foundation’s main areas of focus include early childhood, youth development, volunteerism, the elderly, environmental/marine issues, and emergency needs of families and seniors.
CFVI FRIENDS AND FAMILY FUND FOR USVI RENEWAL
The CFVI Friends and Family Fund for USVI Renewal (FNF) was established to accommodate donations from CFVI’s family, friends, existing Fund donors, Angels, and other partners. This fund will be directed by CFVI’s Board of Directors and will focus on immediate grass-roots needs in the community and support for long-term solutions in some of the Foundation’s main areas of focus. (i.e., early childhood, youth development, volunteerism, the elderly, emergency needs of families, etc.).
Launched by the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands with assistance from Bloomberg Philanthropies, which worked with CFVI to encourage private fundraising for hurricane recovery efforts territory-wide. CFVI is spearheading a collaborative approach in the current efforts to rebuild our islands. By emphasizing both immediate and long-term goals, CFVI demonstrates its commitment to a comprehensive approach to post-hurricane efforts to enhance the well-being of current and future generations.
CFVI has a significant history of leading or participating in such efforts, including serving as the USVI grantee for the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT initiative and the state lead for the VI for the national Campaign for Grade-Level Reading; functioning as the fiscal sponsor for several projects providing administrative support to government agencies/departments (e.g., the Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge); and serving in a board and/or advisory capacity to the Territory’s home visiting programs, the Human Services Research Partnership, the Regional Educational Laboratory for Northeast and the Islands (REL-NEI), and others.
Purpose: A fund launched by Richard J. Stephenson to help the USVI recover. The Stephenson Family Foundation committed $5 million in relief funds, $2 million of which was immediately funded. The Foundation has pledged the additional $3 million as a matching fund to encourage donations to benefit health, education and other long-term needs of the community.
Virgin Islands Daily News Community Fund
Purpose: To provide short-term relief from the effects of Hurricanes Irma and Maria and to build a more promising future by supporting longer-term efforts to enhance the educational, cultural and economic opportunities for all Virgin Islanders.
Field of Interest Funds
Paradise Jam Hurricane Relief
Mentoring through the Arts of Music Fund
Purpose: to support recovery and regeneration of music education in the US Virgin Islands
Sea Glass Cares Fund
Purpose: to support medical and educational hurricane relief and recovery
Grants to CFVI
Driehaus Challenge Grant
Richard H. Driehaus, a long-time USVI supporter, is offering a challenge grant of $250,000 to assist with the recovery and renewal of the Virgin Islands after hurricanes Irma and Maria.
Amalie Global Relief Fund
Purpose: to provide monies to support recovery and relief, including: transportation and shipping of building supplies, tools, equipment, fuel, containers, food, water, hygiene products, medical supplies, and other critical supplies to USVI by air or by boat; procurement of building supplies, tools, equipment, fuel, containers, food, water, hygiene products, medical supplies, and other critical supplies; evacuation of families and individuals from the USVI to neighboring Islands or U.S.; temporary housing and transportation for displaced families and Individuals; establishment of staging/relief area on Hassel Island for evacuation of families and Individuals; medical assistance.
Cane Bay Cares
Purpose: to support hurricane relief for St. Croix (Supplies, Distribution, Shipping Assistance & more)
Irma and Maria VI Emergency Fund
Purpose: helping to feed, shelter and secure the people of the US Virgin Islands in the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria.
Light up the VI
Purpose: supporting the purchase of solar lamps for residents of the Virgin Islands affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
Marine Rebuild Fund
Purpose: boosting VI Employment opportunities in the marine Industry by repairing existing and developing future cruising grounds and supporting operational marine facilities and creating marine education training.
VI ASAP Relief Group
Purpose: to provide monies for Hurricanes Irma and Maria relief and reconstruction efforts in the US Virgin Islands.
Purpose: to provide monies for supplies and expenses in regard to relief efforts for anyone affected in the Virgin Islands due to a natural disaster.
The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI) has been serving the USVI for more than 25 years and is a 501(c)3 organization in good standing with the IRS. 100% of the proceeds will go directly to the cause, as no fees are being charged by the Foundation.
Several Ways to Donate
PayPal / Credit Card:
Donations can be made via PayPal by clicking the links above, including a credit card option.
Check / Money Order:
Checks should be made payable to CFVI. Please be sure to include a memo directing us to the fund you would like to support. Mail to:
PO Box 380
St. Thomas, VI 00804
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions regarding donations and current fundraising efforts, and Director of Grants and Programs, Anna Wheatley Scarbriel at email@example.com with questions regarding grantmaking, programming or general information about CFVI.
We are committed to joining others in the efforts to rebuild our islands. Thank you for your support!