Successful Junior Philanthropists event!

More than 80 players from across the Virgin Islands turned out this weekend for the Third Annual Youth4Youth Tennis Tournament.  The Junior Philanthropists raised more than $10K for youth educational programs.  Congrats to all players, volunteers, sponsors and JP mentors on a great weekend of tennis and philanthropy!

Community Foundation Supports Head Start Program

Pamela Berkowsky has extensive experience in public administration. During her almost six year tenure as both Deputy and Chief of Staff to the Governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Pamela Berkowsky spearheaded policy development in the areas of emergency management, energy, tourism, health, and education. For several years, Pam Berkowsky also served as a director of the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI).

Since its establishment in 1990, CFVI has funded programs that further the education, health, cultural development, and environmental well-being of the residents of the U.S. Virgin Islands, with a specific focus on children and families. It manages more than $7 million in endowed assets and distributes nearly $2 million annually in grants, scholarships, and other awards. The CFVI is also known for coordinating the work of the Virgin Islands Early Childhood Advisory Committee (ECAC), a federally-mandated entity.

The committee, which includes representatives from public and private agencies, focuses on supporting children and their families, with the aim of adequately preparing the children to succeed in the classroom. The committee’s core initiatives include providing health and wellness programs for children, developing quality early childhood and Head Start curricula, and improving the territory’s data collection for policy development and implementation.