Environmental Foundation Of Jamaica
The Environmental Foundation of Jamaica is an independent Foundation which uses the proceeds from a creative debt-swap arrangement to promote sustainable development in Jamaica. This is done mainly through support to projects which address issues of Environmental and Child Development. Civil Society Organisations including Non-Governmental Organisations, Community-Based Organisations, and Academic Institutions are eligible for support. The Foundation promotes, supports and implements activities designed to conserve the natural resources and the environment of Jamaica and foster the well-being of our children. To this end the Foundation will give the highest priority to those activities from which benefits are sustainable and/or replicable.
- By the end of 2012, the Foundation would have managed over US$20million dollars and over 1,200 grant awards, with at least 60% going to community environmental initiatives.
FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT FOR ENVIRONMENTAL DEVELOPMENT
- The Foundation has also maximized the value of their finances through stringent, efficient management of their funds with annual audits and 18 years of approved financial reports to the Governments of Jamaica and the US Treasury Department.
COMMUNITY INTERVENTIONS AND ON-THE-GROUND KNOW HOW
- The EFJ demonstrated 148% matching funds from grantees (NGOs). This demonstrates a strategic focus to identify stronger grantees that either already have or potentially can leverage additional funding sources. EFJ also has more accurately recorded grantee in-kind contributions, normally in the form of labor and time.
JAMAICAN LIASON FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
- EFJ has partnered with the U.S. Forest Service and The Nature Conservancy in working with community groups in the Cockpit Country Protected Area. They have had co-funding arrangements with the UNDP Global Environment Facility Small Grants Program (GEF-SGP). The EFJ contributed US$150,000 to the activities being carried out by grantees between 2007 and 2010 and now serves as their National Hosting Institution. They have partnered with the Bernard Van Leer Foundation (Netherlands) on an Inner City Early Childhood Project, and with the ELMA Philanthropies (New York) on assistance to children, their families and caregivers in Jamaica following the impact of Hurricane Dean. Most recently, the EFJ received a grant to identify and support the work of the Inter-American Foundation (IAF) in identifying grants and grantees in Jamaica.
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