The Haiti Development Institute is a legacy of The Haiti Fund, a five-year fund established at The Boston Foundation following the devastating 2010 earthquake to provide long-term support to reconstruction efforts in Haiti.
The Haiti Development Institute (HDI) is a legacy of The Haiti Fund; a five-year fund established at The Boston Foundation following the devastating 2010 earthquake to provide immediate relief to affected communities, while also supporting long-term reconstruction efforts by Haitian communities and the Greater-Boston Haitian diaspora.
Central to the Haiti Fund were several key findings:
sustainability is dependent upon the leadership and participation of Haitians;
decentralization is essential to support progress in rural communities;
capacity building is crucially needed.
During its five years in existence, the Haiti Fund made 140 grants in Haiti and the Greater Boston area, supported advocacy work for and in Haiti, and conducted extensive studies on how to strengthen the nonprofit sector in Haiti and philanthropy's impact through supporting it. Additionally, the Haiti Fund created a network of Haiti funders convening yearly to share findings and best practices, identified opportunities for collaboration, and met with government officials for public alignment. Our grantmaking strategy was to address immediate relief as well as longer term reconstruction efforts through grants.
Funds Awarded by Sector:
The Haiti Fund Approved 140 grants (21 in Boston, 119 in Haiti) totaling $2,211,540.
The Haiti Fund at the Boston Foundation
The Haiti Fund/ Haiti Development Institute
Fully-Operational Haiti Development Institute
Principally a grantmaker serving Boston Haitian-American Community and Haiti
Programs development and implementation
Fully developed organizational capacity building services
Capacity building pilot
Seeding the Haiti Development Institute in Haiti
Intermediary grant management services
Nonprofit/Philanthropic sector development