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Resource Tool Kit

The Caribbean Philanthropy Network's Tool Kit functions as a virtual library for project research tools and other relevant materials. To date, CPN has supported a mapping study identifying the size, scope and nature of the Caribbean philanthropic community, along with several extensive papers. These papers have provided the first analysis of philanthropy law in the English-speaking islands of the Caribbean and explored the history and evolution of philanthropy practices in the region.

The Tool Kit is meant to provide a foundation for the network’s activities to date, as well as serve as a guide for further research and discussion.

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  • Philanthropy, Civil Society and Law in the Caribbean:
    A Preliminary Overview of the Legal Framework Supporting Philanthropy and the Nonprofit Sector in the Insular Caribbean

    With the May 2010 publication of this document, researched and written by Judith Towle and William Moody, the Caribbean Philanthropy Network has provided the first analysis of philanthropy law in the English-speaking islands of the Caribbean. The study includes a series of preliminary recommendations aimed at strengthening the legal framework to support the growth and effective use of philanthropic dollars throughout the region, and to nurture partnerships between civil society and the state that would still allow NGOs to function independently.

    Case studies of philanthropy law in Barbados, the Cayman Islands and the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis are presented within the report as promising initiatives upon which to improve and modernize the existing legal and regulatory framework, with emphasis placed on support for good governance standards, financial sustainability provisions and codes of conduct for NGO accountability and transparency.

    Note: Towle, a principal of Island Resources Foundation, and Moody, a former Rockefeller Brothers Fund fellow, sit on the Caribbean Philanthropy Network's advisory board. Both have decades of experience working with philanthropic organizations throughout the Caribbean.

  • Philanthropy, Civil Society and NGOs in the Caribbean

    In this detailed 30-page report, Perkins School for the Blind consultant Dr. Aubrey Webson has reviewed the Caribbean's long history of giving. Charting the course of Caribbean philanthropy over the past century, Webson touches on everything from the early practices of tribal communities, the brain drain of the 1960s and 1970s and the development of non-profit organizations and political parties.

    Webson has suggested that the research underscores the clear need for more organization as it relates to tracking the ebb and flow of money within the region, defining non-profit organizations and the type of work they do and providing a way for non-profits to maintain a relationship with government organizations which can provide resources without becoming a part of their political agenda.

  • Philanthropy, Civil Society and Diaspora in the Caribbean

    A predecessor to Webson's final paper, this document by CPN consultant Karen Johns has provided a preliminary overview of the myriad issues being addressed in the Diaspora communities of the Caribbean, along with a broad look at Diaspora philanthropy within the region and abroad.

    Johns' focal point is that Diaspora philanthropy could potentially have a significant impact upon the region, but is hampered by a lack of research and strategic connections among the various Diaspora and non-profit groups. Johns estimates that there are hundreds of diaspora organizations focused on supporting countries within the Caribbean region, most community based social clubs that are growing in number and looking at creating a more national alliance in order to promote Caribbean philanthropy.

  • Caribbean Philanthropy: Past and Potential

    In a focused 32-page study, CPN consultant Etha J. Henry takes a comprehensive look at philanthropic practices within a sampling of English-speaking Caribbean islands, including Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia and St. Vincent. While each nation has its own distinctive cultural, social, economic and educational practices, Henry's research indicates that there are also common historical threads that tie them all together.

    Understanding those similarities — such as rich traditions of oral history, social networks and a strong sense of community — will help to enhance "unique philanthropic potential each nation and the region possess," Henry writes.

    Note: In order to facilitate this study, learning tours of the select islands were conducted with the goal of discovering the history of giving traditions, existing practices and potential initiatives for the future geared toward advancing philanthropic development and strategies. It is organized in a series of anecdotes, stories, data and history.

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