Caribbean Philanthropy Network Symposium

Held on May 16th – 18th, 2010 – St. Thomas, USVI

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Top representatives from some of the region's leading non-profit organizations recently met on St. Thomas to cap off two years worth of research with some concrete solutions on how to enhance and promote philanthropy, or giving, throughout the Caribbean.

The three day symposium, which ran from May 16-18, 2010 at the Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort, was the culmination of the Caribbean Philanthropy Network (CPN), an initiative of the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI) that has been funded over the past two years by a grant from the Ford Foundation.

The goals of the conference were to review a number of ongoing CPN initiatives and studies and determine how these can contribute to and support the development of the network, and discuss what the CPN could eventually become.

The conference concluded with the final day's discussion on how to push the CPN project forward in the near-term. Among the most immediate action items were:

  • development of the CPN website to include a reference library, virtual funding mechanisms, blogs and webinars for NGO development;
  • extending the discussion on the creation of a legal framework to the British Virgin Islands and other outlying areas;
  • beginning a new mapping study on "Diaspora philanthropy," which tracks the flow of funds into the region from outside sources;
  • setting up annual forums for both donors and NGOs;
  • identifying more immediate funding sources and thoughtfully building out CPN's advisory board.

A full agenda of the meeting may be viewed HERE (pdf)

Topics Presenters
Philanthropy and the Nonprofit Sector Dr. W. Aubrey Webson
Strengthening Caribbean Philanthropy:
The Imperative for Legal, Regulatory, and Financial Reform
Bill Moody / Judith Towle
Philanthropy and the Caribbean Diaspora Sonia Barnes-Moorhead
Selected Issues of Caribbean Philanthropy Tom Olsen
Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort
Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort & Spa
6500 Estate Smith Bay
St Thomas, Virgin Islands 00802 USA
May 16th – 18th 2010
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