Through a process of research, feedback and serendipity, the idea of a Barbados Charities Support Network developed into ASPIRE, a non-profit company dedicated to “helping charities help”.
In October 2014, our Founder & first Chairman, Peter N. Boos, FCA, commissioned research into the Third Sector in Barbados. 100% of organisations surveyed reported challenges with funding, administration, board governance and public support. This was not a surprise to those who donate, volunteer or lead charities.
Often, many of these organisations are so strained trying to stay afloat that it is difficult to invest in the time and resources needed to become sustainable. Silos, duplications and a small pool of resources also restrict the effectiveness of local social purpose organisations.
There are routes to overcoming these challenges. This includes helping charities demonstrate their impact, assert their credibility, and develop long-term partnerships with like-valued corporate/private philanthropists. Our incubator programme is the first step of a challenging mission.
By 2020, ASPIRE Foundation (Barbados) Inc. can be an effective philanthropic hub for our local Third Sector. Our growing team and partners are equipped to help this happen. We believe that with consistent support over a sustained period of time, charities and non-profits with huge potential can flourish – unlocking a truly beautiful Barbados.
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” African Proverb