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The Island Spirit Fund

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The Island Spirit Fund

Summary

The Island Spirit Fund is dedicated to awakening the Island Spirit across the United States to ensure that no one weathers a storm alone. The Fund pursues this vision through relief efforts across the U.S. and its territories, helping rebuild and renew communities impacted by storms of all kinds. In 2018, grants from the Island Spirit Fund will be focused on awakening the Island Spirit on St. Croix in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, building resilience for future storms.

$2,000,000
total goal
$1,004,381
remaining
23
donors
1
monthly donor
6
months

Challenge

Hurricane Maria was one of the worst Atlantic hurricanes on record. On the island of St. Croix, wind and rainfall caused severe damage to homes, communication networks, and the power grid. Due to the highly active hurricane season, resources for recovery were stretched thin in the Caribbean. Despite these challenges, the resiliency of Crucians never wavered. Neighbors came together to help each other and renew their island, inspiring the Island Spirit Fund to amplify and sustain those efforts.

Solution

A hybrid model of direct aid and community investment is needed to support disaster recovery. Contributions to the Island Spirit Fund are granted to local organizations who are listening to what Crucians truly need and who can provide the nourishment, supplies, equipment, and other resources required for short-term recovery and long-term stability. The Island Spirit Fund will apply these same principles when granting funds to other U.S. communities.

Long-Term Impact

By granting funds in direct response to local communities' physical and emotional needs, the Island Spirit Fund aims to alleviate the isolation and hyper-individualization that leaves people frustrated, vulnerable, and helpless in the face of storms. Bringing people together is the first step to ensuring that no one weathers a storm alone. Further, the Island Spirit Fund addresses the need for the paradigm of disaster relief to change, fostering resiliency and empathy to face what's to come.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

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