Three months after two category five hurricanes hit the Virgin Islands, the demand for services has expanded and our nonprofits have fewer resources than ever before. Today, through the Nonprofit Consortium and with your support, St. Croix Foundation is actively convening organizations and connecting them to critical resources.
The Consortium's first action item was to survey over 30 nonprofit organizations to assess damages and needs, providing information that identifies where and how support can help organizations for the greatest impact. Armed with data, the Foundation's Nonprofit Consortium has accomplished the following to date:
Established a partnership with the Danish Emergency Management Agency (DEMA), allowing us to make strategic project referrals that led to a number of nonprofit organizations receiving assistance as part of DEMA’s mission. Overall, DEMA completed 24 projects on St. Croix, such as the following notable nonprofit emergency repair projects (to name just a few):
Installing blue tarpaulin roofs at the Boys and Girls Club of The Virgin Islands Christiansted Clubhouse and at the Whim Greathouse and Museum;
Repairing the roof at the Women's Coalition of St. Croix's shelter among other restoration efforts;
Conducting major flood mitigation and electrical repairs to the Queen Louise Home for Children of Lutheran Social Services of the Virgin Islands.
Served as the steward of a $25,000 donation of tools and supplies from the Danish Emergency Management Agency for voluntary organizations to use in support of rebuilding missions; secured funding for storage and security of the tools and supplies through ReV!ve, a grassroots, charitable disaster relief movement.
Approved the Long Term Recovery Group as a fiscal sponsored project (free of charge), allowing them to operate and fundraise under the Foundation's nonprofit umbrella.
Assisted in raising $10,000 in funding for the repairs to the St. Croix Montessori School which resumed classes over a month before public schools on St. Croix through GlobalGiving.
Through the Consortium, the Foundation is also currently working to broaden funding opportunities and partnerships for all Virgin Islands nonprofits. Most recently, the Foundation and the Southeastern Council of Foundations are exploring how to allow nonprofits in the Virgin Islands to be eligible for membership in the Council, allowing Virgin Islands organizations to join a network of over 300 civic organizations.
And today, the Foundation is excited to report that the Nonprofit Consortium is finalizing plans and securing funding to hold the Second Annual St. Croix Nonprofits Funders Retreat, in which the Foundation and members of the Nonprofit Consortium introduce the Virgin Islands to national partners and make a case for future philanthropic investments in the Territory.
Residents receive gift bags filled with essentials
St. Croix Foundation for Community Development
THE CARE FUND
As an operating Foundation, we are hard at work with our sleeves rolled up to assist with coordinated and collaborative local recovery efforts. Through the incredible gifts that our CARE Fund has received from those near and far, the Foundation is hard at work on a steady and strategic recovery. We invite you to join us for Giving Tuesday to help us expand our work and in the meantime, here are just a few of the successes and collaborations to date:
Facilitating the shipment and distribution of hundreds of thousands of pounds of food, water, clothing, baby supplies and medical supplies
Sponsoring the shipment and security of over 117,847 pounds of critical relief supplies
Convening nonprofit and public sector partners including FEMA, Voluntary Agencies Active in Disaster (VOAD), Red Cross, Danish Emergency Management Agency, and many others to facilitate holistic and collaborative community-wide recovery efforts
Providing office space, free of charge, to nonprofit organizations displaced by Hurricane Maria including the Boys and Girls Club and Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Council so that they can continue providing critical services for our community. We have also afforded countless nonprofit partners the use of our conference room as they strive to get back to work!
Building a network of national funders and grassroots philanthropists to support the Virgin Islands and generate resources to help our territory rebuild, such as the Southeastern Council of Foundations, the Association of Black Foundation Executives, REV!VE USVI, and the VI Bar Association to name just a few.
Training 50 volunteers to conduct disaster recovery needs assessments with a goal of surveying 2,500 residents to assess the impact of Irma and Maria and help connect individuals who have critical needs to organizations that may be able to help. Approximately 1 out of every 3 residents who have completed a Needs Assessment Survey have received a referral for critical supplies or services to help them recover! The data will also more broadly inform the community-wide dialogue about next steps in the recovery process.
Launching the Nonprofit Damage and Needs Assessment Survey to help assess the impact of the storm on St. Croix’s nonprofits and determine what resources are necessary to get critical organizations fully operational as they strive to assist our community. Approximately 60% of the nonprofit organizations and projects which completed the Nonprofit Damages and Needs Assessment Survey received resources or services provided by the St. Croix Foundation to help their organization get back to work serving our community.
Join us! Together with you, we are committed to relief, recovery, and resiliency now and for the long-haul. Your support will help us continue our immediate and front-line relief efforts while also launching intermediate and long-term recovery and preparedness strategies so that our island community rebuilds stronger than ever.