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Sandals Foundation Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community & Neighborhood Development, Economic Development, Education, Human Services, Philanthropy

Target demographics: children, families, and the environment

Programs: numerous humans service and sustainability projects focusing on three primary areas: education, health, and the environment.

Community Stories

39 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Peter48

Board Member

Rating: 5

Volunteering for Sandals Foundation puts a smile in my heart with every project we help. This year Sally and I become Benefactors of HS students Soroya of Jamaica & Shaquil of St Lucia with “Sandals Foundation Care for a child Scholarship”
We adopted their $400yr scholarship to help them succeed in High School.

We love giving back through the Sandals Foundation because its a IRS approved Non Profit. 100% of every donation (scholarship) go to the program of my choice because all administrative costs are Paid by the Stewarts family Sandals Resorts International

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1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Over 6 short years volunteers, like myself, have been witnessing the Sandals Foundation reach the goals they have been setting. Over the last few years we have witnessed how the Sandals Foundation has helped the environment and Marine life more then I thought was possible. I Remember the discussions about the possibility of Carol reef quality improving with a Marine Sanctuary in the Boscobel area of Jamaica. Now, 6yrs later, the Sandals Foundation has (2) Two Marine Sanctuaries, Boscobel and Whitehouse. The sanctuaries have grown to include the protection of sea turtle eggs and then their release with the help of volunteers and resort volunteers.
The next big excitement for me will be to learn to be a transplant volunteer of coral.
Im looking forward to seeing what comes next year.
What an amazing Foundation. When I donate $100.00, I can see the impact of every dollar of my donations.
Peter

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1 Chevelle B.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Making dreams become a reality is one of the main objectives of the Sandals Foundation. The foundation has made my dream become a reality by paying my four years college tuition and providing me with the resources I needed to successfully complete my study. I am now a trained teacher holding a Bachelor's degree in Education.

In addition, they assisted with living conditions and basic necessities for my family and I which afforded us the opportunity to be living more comfortably. Through the foundation, my family and I have also developed a bond with two special angels (Barry Heinrich and Sue Drader) who partnered with the foundation and made the aforementioned possible.

Words will never be enough to describe the tremendous job of the foundation and the impact it has on the world at large.

Chevelle Blackburn

2 Shaquille R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Sandals Foundation is the epitome of Charity!
I will never forget when I was unable to get sponsorship from any corporate entity to cover my airfare to represent my country in Japan, and I reached out to the Sandals Foundation and they were more than happy to help.
Not only did they cover my airfare, but they checked up on me to ensure i was OK.

This Foundation showed me that all is not lost in this world, as there are still people out there that cares.

2 Kira S.

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm always amazed at the work the Sandals Foundation is doing throughout the Caribbean. I've met some of the people who have benefited from the work of the foundation and have heard their stories and each one touches my heart. I love that the Sandals Foundation offer so many ways for us to help give back too. Whether it be a Reading Road Trip to meet with local school children, bringing down school supplies or Christmas gifts for the kids, or donating money while on resort or even at home. There is always a way to get involved and I appreciate that no matter how big or small, so many people all over the world find a way to contribute.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Sandals Foundation provides my agency - the Sweet Water Foundation - with financing to run our psychotherapy group program for adolescent girls who have experienced sexual abuse of any kind. We are in our 6th cycle, each cycle being 14 weeks long, and the program has had tremendous impact on the lives of its participants. The RISE club is a place where everyone loves to go - girls, facilitators and guest instructors alike. The issues we deal with are of the very most serious kind; rape, incest, teenage pregnancy, STDs, and all of the emotional issues tied up in these problems. But thanks to Sandals, we can afford the luxury of time for our girls to shed the trauma of their experiences, share coping mechanisms with each other, and empower each other to envision lives that are authentic and self-actualised. We are able to afford guest instructors of the highest level, in the fields of medicine and law, as well as art, yoga and environmental protection. Even though we are in the 6th cycle, the RISE club is proving to be a place where girls from all previous cycles keep dropping back in. They've all kept in touch with us and with each other and our efforts are proving self-sustaining. Sandals has been an incredibly supportive partner and our time together has been richly rewarding. Thank you Sandals!!!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Sandals Foundation is one of the reasons I love the Caribbean. The Director and her staff are so enthusiastic about the projects that it is fun to get involved and be a part of the giving.
I never go to Caribbean without gifts for schools and children and I am happy to help in any way with this worthwhile and much needed Foundation.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with the Sandals Foundation for the past 6 years, and the scope of who and what they support is amazing to me. Each time I volunteer, I know I am getting back WAY more than I give. I just can't get enough! My 11yo son participated in one of their Reading Road Trips nearly 3 years ago, and now he is a loyal supporter of the Sandals Foundation as well - so much so, that he is raising money and donating supplies to a specific school in their program. You can't help but want to give back through their programs - especially when your $$ donations are 100% applied to their programs...and your supply donations are put to use immediately!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Sandals Foundation has made giving back to the Caribbean easier than ever. When giving time and donations you're able to see the immediate impact on the community and those it touches. Knowing that all donations are for those in need makes the foundation unique and one of a kind.

2 Terese T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is amazing what can be done for those in need when all the proceeds go towards helping and not line the pockets of the greedy. We tell all our clients (with our travel agency),when they travel to the islands, to give what they can to the foundation, for this reason. In addition to donating money, we encourage our clients to participate in the Reading Road Trips to visit the children. I have been doing these trips, since the inception, and bringing school supplies, books, toys, and clothing to the islands. The Sandals Foundation makes sure that everything we bring goes to those in need. They work, tirelessly, in supporting the Caribbean, and really make a difference in many peoples' lives. I will continue supporting the foundation, especially, with a little school I sponsor, which is now going to be helped by the foundation! This is so exciting!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with the Sandals Foundation for the past 6 years, and I can not tell you the changes I have seen in the lives of the people the Sandals Foundation touches. Each time I volunteer I feel as though I am getting back way more than I give. The Sandals foundation has changed the way these children learn, and teaches them the importance of taking care the environment they live in. I love the fact that the Sandals Foundation offers their guests the opportunity to interact with the children during the Reading Road Trip program..... If you haven't participated in one, you must do so in the future.... THANK YOU Sandals Foundation for all you do.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I run Junior Achievement Jamaica and for the past few years The Sandals Foundation has stood tall in supporting persons with disabilities. They have helped us launch the deaf and hard of hearing program to all deaf schools in Jamaica. The Sandals Foundation has leveraged there access to hotel facilities to host teacher trainings, create Jamaican-Sign-Language (JSL) materials and expose the Deaf and Hard of Hearing young adults to internship opportunities.

Junior Achievement Jamaica uses the Sandals Foundation as an example for others to follow. With its broad reach the Foundation is not just a great organization, it is also a good organization. We are proud to be affiliated.


1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What an excellent Foundation. They are touching all aspects of life in the Caribbean. From schooling, to job training, to medicine, to social activities. I had the chance first hand to see all of their various programs and I was blown away. They are really putting in work, and are taking on an enormous amount of responsibility, that would typically be handled by governments. Keep up the good work Sandals Foundation!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sandals Foundation has played a significant role in the Flanker Resource Centre. They have help the centre growth tremendously to help the citizens of the community. They help us to seek funding, assistance with back to school, literacy programme etc. You have motivate us to stay strong even in difficulty circumstance. We want to say thank yous sandals Foundation and we are happy you are on board to continue this journey with us. We wish the Foundation all the best in it's endeavors and continue with the good work because there are many smiles out there because of you.

Thank you again

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

January 2014 my husband and I stayed at Sandals Montego Bay and attended the Reading Road trip Sandals Foundation day trip. It was amazing, a fantastic day that benefited the children, teachers and more so my husband and myself. We are going back the end of this year and will be bringing supplies for the school (though the school will be closed for the Christmas Holiday). I am planning on staying an active participant with the Sandals Foundation. I can't say enough positive things about Sandals and their great foundations at each of their locations. With 100% of the donations going to help each individual foundation it is a pleasure to donate and experience personally the happiness and joy that each location brings.
Dolores P

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was at Sandals Grande Ocho Rios with a group and we all decided to do The Reading Road Trip in which all proceeds go to The Sandals Foundation. That was the most rewarding experience we all could agree. The look on the kids faces were enough to win me over to donate to the Foundation. Now every year when we go to Sandals we take supplies and book The Reading Road Trip. What a great program.

1

Advisor

Rating: 5

The Sandals Foundation is the epitome of the Sandals' philosophy of exceeding expectations because they do, every day. As a consultant for Sandals Resorts, I had the pleasure of working with the Foundation in Grenada through their Reading Road Trip program and most recently in Jamaica, where I worked on summer prep with teens getting ready to enter high school. These were magnificent opportunities to get involved in places that have given so much to me. I am proud of the Foundation. Their consistent support of the local communities where Sandals Resorts operates in the Caribbean is a best example of the vital role tourism can and must play in improving the lives of people in the region. Thank you AS and HC for all you do.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Sandals Foundation approached the PACE Foundation to see how they could help us. This was about 3 years ago. We are a Foundation that supports the PACE Programme in the Bahamas. The PACE Programme has been in existence for about 45 years and seeks to ensure that teenage mothers continue their education by completing high school and helps to educate these young parents about birth control and how to care for themselves and their babies. The Programme also reaches out to parents, male and female teenagers to educate them about the risks of unprotected sex. A consistent theme is "Parents need to educate their children about sex." The Sandals Foundation has directly donated computers and other gifts for the use of the school and has thus far raised $76,500 towards the renovation of a building purchased by the PACE Foundation to be a permanent school site for the PACE Programme. They provide the level of support that we could have only imagined previously and help to bring other partners along. Please support the work of the Sandals Foundation. They are changing lives everyday.

1 Diane127

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with the Great Shape! Inc. 1000 Smiles humanitarian project since 2007 that Sandals sponcers and now it is their Foundation that is continuing it, and because of it, it has become the WORLDS LARGEST humanitarian dental project! There is also 2 other projects they do, Superkids, a literacy project in the schools and an eye care program, both much needed and well received. I am so proud to be a small part of it, as from the first time I went to Jamaica I fell in love with the people and the island! Thank you Sandals!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Sandals Foundation has contributed as a sponsor and partner of our annual Medical Mission to Jamaica every year and has been a cornerstone to our contributions to the needs of the underprivileged regions in Jamaica.

For many years, with Sandals support, we were able to bring physicians, dentists, optometrists, pharmacists and many other medical professions to provide care to those in need. They have supported us time and time again by providing lodging services, banquets, and various other contributions.

We sincerely thank the Sandals Foundation for their continued partnership over the years. We truly appreciate your assistance.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Several years ago before the Sandals Foundation became a reality , we were given a promise by one of the founders that we had her word that we at The Animal House Jamaica would receive ongoing help. That promise has been kept and since its inception the Sandals Fo9undation has helped our animals in more ways than can be expressed here. This charity is so worthy of being considered a great non-profit.