U.S. Virgin Islands, June 6, 2019 - During a plenary session on climate resilience at the Clinton Global Initiative on June 4, 2019, former Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton recognized GlobalGiving for its commitment to disaster recovery and preparedness in the Caribbean.
“Many families are still navigating the complex process of recovery. GlobalGiving commits to fund the three long-term recovery groups working here to build long-term resiliency. We could not be happier to announce this commitment!” said Secretary Clinton.
GlobalGiving, which has more than 15 years of experience supporting locally-led disaster recovery, committed a new $250,000 grant to St. Croix Foundation for Community Development in support of long-term recovery groups on St. John, St. Croix, and St. Thomas. These three long-term recovery groups made up of local actors have identified a need for more case managers to fill the gaps in the recovery. They will use the money to fund those positions, as well as shared trainings and systems for case management. The grant is part of the more than $17 million GlobalGiving has raised to support community-led recovery after the 2017 hurricane season in the Caribbean.
Imani Daniel, Executive Director of the St. Thomas Recovery Team, has been at the forefront of the effort to help the most vulnerable people in her community after hurricanes Irma and Maria. “We’re thankful for GlobalGiving’s leadership in supporting local long-term disaster recovery, and we’re grateful for the trust and collaboration we have come to expect from the GlobalGiving team,” said Daniel. “GlobalGiving’s support enables us to say ‘yes, we can help’ to our neighbors who’ve heard ‘no’ far too many times. GlobalGiving’s approach is worth investing in; it should be considered the model for the future of disaster recovery collaboration.”
GlobalGiving’s work in the Caribbean is supported by thousands of individual donors, as well as a network of corporate partners who understand the value of supporting disaster preparedness work in the markets where they make a difference. JetBlue, Cruzan Rum, and 3M are among the companies funding the work in the region.
“Our partners in the U.S. Virgin Islands are proof that when donors support local, community-led organizations, they not only help meet immediate needs after a disaster, they also contribute to strengthening capacity, as communities become more resilient in the face of future disasters,” said Donna Callejon, Director of the Disaster Recovery Network at GlobalGiving.
GlobalGiving is transforming humanitarian aid and philanthropy by shifting decision-making power to crisis-affected communities through trust-based grantmaking and support. GlobalGiving makes it easy, quick, and safe to support local people who understand what their community needs are and who will remain long after the cameras are gone. GlobalGiving’s Disaster Recovery Network comprises thousands of local nonprofit organizations in more than 170 countries—backed by hundreds of thousands of generous funders. Since 2004, GlobalGiving has partnered with hundreds of nonprofits to deliver nearly $70 million to countries facing disasters and humanitarian emergencies.
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Alison Carlman, Director of Impact and Communications