Welcome To The Caribbean Philanthropy Network

Created in May 2008, the Caribbean Philanthropy Network (CPN) is a project of the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI). We work to link groups and individuals that make grants and provide other resources — community, corporate, private, and family foundations, as well as individual donors — to charitable nonprofit organizations that are working to improve the quality of life for residents of the Caribbean region.

The CPN is a successor organization to the Association of Caribbean Community Foundations (ACCF), which operated from 2003-2007 and was comprised of community foundations and other grant-making entities in Anguilla, St. Lucia, St. Croix, St. Thomas, Tortola (British Virgin Islands) and Antigua. Subsequently, the group expanded to include the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.

CPN and the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands

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CFVI, the Caribbean Philanthropy Network's parent organization, was created to serve both donors and nonprofit organizations of the Virgin Islands that want to ensure the highest quality of life for both present and future generations. Its primary goal is to build a growing collection of permanent funds, the income from which will be used to enhance the educational, physical, social, cultural and environmental well-being of the islands' people.

The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands was established in 1990 with a $540,000 endowment from Henry and Charlotte Kimelman. Today, CFVI manages more than ninety named funds, administers scholarships and award programs, and coordinates the establishment of memorial funds.

Donors can make unrestricted contributions — indicating a general field of interest (the arts, education, early child care, the environment, Caribbean philanthropy) — or direct the Foundation's board to use its judgment for awarding the funds. CFVI has an endowment of $6 million, and provides more than $1 million in annual grants, awards and scholarships across St. Croix, St. Thomas, St. John, Water Island and the Caribbean.