Dec. 1, 2004 The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI) met with more than 80 not-for-profit professionals to share the findings of CFVI's initiative to strengthen the non-profit sector in the territory. The meetings were held on November 30th on the islands of St. Croix and St. Thomas.
A main purpose of the meetings was to report back to the community with information gathered through surveys and focus groups with more than 150 not-for-profit professionals in the USVI. Highlights from "USVI Community Organizations: Status and Needs," an 18-page report based on the surveys and focus groups, were presented by Sonia Barnes-Moorhead who had prepared the report for CFVI. Copies of the report are available from CFVI.
Another product of the initiative is the "Directory of Community Organizations Serving the U.S. Virgin Islands, 2004-2005," which provides contact information and short profiles of more than 250 of the territory's nonprofit agencies. The directory, which will be updated periodically, is available from CFVI or on-line at www.cfvi.net
From the findings, CFVI also compiled "A Guide To Giving," to connect donors with community needs. This 300-page catalogue provides current profiles including missions and needs, of 150 groups providing services in the territory. CFVI collected data on these organizations (purpose, structure, leadership, organizational development and financials) including a "Wish List," detailing what each organization would want to fund or accomplish if it were to receive financial support today. The Guide to Giving is available for review at CFVI's office in Charlotte Amalie.
Connecting donors with community needs is one of the primary purposes of this initiative. The initiative is funded through the South Bay Partners Fund at CFVI. For more information contact the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands at 774-6031.
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