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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

53 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of participating in several of the Sandals Foundation programs for the schools. One was a Christmas party for several of the schools the Sandals Foundation supports. I was able to interact with the amazing boys and girls. I read to some of the younger ones and played games and did crafts with others. We all had lunch together. And then Santa came and each child received presents donated by the foundation. I will never forget the joy in those beautiful little faces. This is just one of the great things the Sandals Foundation does for the young people of the islands.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of being involved and volunteering with Sandals Foundation since 2012. Each year I go to one of the school in Jamaica and I'm able to teach classes there and give back to such a wonderful community. The warmth you get from being involved with not only the children but the teachers is truly amazing. If it was not for this wonderful organization of Sandals Foundation I would not have the opportunity to also Sponsor a child thru this organization, My husband and I have been a part of Shelly Ann's life now for almost 2 yrs. Thank you Sandals Foundation for allowing us to be a part of giving back thru all the programs you continue to offer. The reward of seeing a smile on a childs face or teaching them something new you can not explain unless you have been there and done it. I'm forever grateful for allowing my dream to come true and being involved with Sandals Foundation.

Donor

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of attending one of the schools in Jamaica that the Sandals Foundation opened for the local students. The school was located in Negril and this was there first year that they were opened. Sandals Foundation paid for the school to be built along with the teaching staff salary. It was a safe and clean environment for these students. The students do not pay for anything. Uniforms are provided for them. This is such an amazing organization that believes in supporting their local communities.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had the wonderful experience of participating in the reading road trip in Jamaica. This was one of the most exhilarating experiences I’ve ever had.
The work being done by the Sandals Foundation throughout the Caribbean is amazing and I will continue to support them as often as I can.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Sandals Foundation is an absolutely outstanding organization with a mission to aid underprivileged children in third world countries, such as Jamaica. Gordon "Butch" Stewart and the Sandals family have done such an amazing jobs building several institutions for these children so that they can have a chance at a living a better life and receiving the best possible education. I commend Sandals and Mr. Stuart for doing such a phenomenal job! And I must say that I am proud to be part of this amazing family!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I never thought I would get the opportunity to experience something so phenomenal in my life.

Going into the experience I thought it was going to be amazing for the kids, I never imagined how much I will always forever treasure the experience I was blessed to have with those children. I honestly believe the experience impacted me more than I could have ever anticipated.

I commend Sandals and I hope they continue to do the wonderful work they have done in the Caribbean. It makes a difference!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've had the pleasure of doing The Reading Roadtrip with the Sandals Foundation in Jamaica. It was the absolute highlight of our trip. It was such a joy to read to the children, play on the playground and have time to see their school. The Sandals Foundation has provided much needed equipment, computers and supplies for the students. I'm not sure they'd have as much, without the Foundation's generosity. We traveled with book bags and school supplies to share with the students. The Sandals Foundation does encourage travelers to donate such items when they visit a Sandals Resort. This is one of my favorite (of many) things about Sandals. They truly give back to each island and continue to make the Caribbean the wonderful place it is.

Lisa H.7

Donor

Rating: 5

The Sandals Foundation makes it easy to contribute and feel like you are making a difference. They help the Caribbean in so many ways. I am happy to let people know I donate to them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Every time we travel to a Beaches or Sandals resort we are encouraged by the Sandals foundation to go out into the community to make a difference. We’ve done beach cleanups, turtle releases, and volunteered our time reading to the school children. I love that our whole family gets involved.

Donor

Rating: 5

Contributing has always felt good, but when you contribute towards a foundation such as the Sandals Foundation feels amazing, you get to see exactly where this contribution is going but its beyond! The dedication of this Foundation is one to continue and encourage to partake as well.

Lois B.1

Donor

Rating: 5

We are involved for the second year in sponsoring a child's education in Jamaica. It is so great to have this avenue to identify children in need, or have the ability to succeed and just need a little bit of monetary help with school costs.
As a team we also always take the opportunity to 'pack for a purpose' when visiting the Caribbean, and through the Sandals Foundation they help to get the donations to where they need to be.

Peter48

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with a company with CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) is good, to work with a company with working CRS like Sandals Resort International is Amazing. We own our own Travel Agency and have adopted the Sandals Foundation as our CSR. Over the past 9yrs we have had the honor to volunteer for a number of the Sandals Foundation programs, including but not limited Christmas gathers, pack a back pack for students, grand opening of schools, and even the honor of being a Sandals Foundation Care for a Kid Scholarship recipients sponsor. The Sandals Foundation has put a lot of smiles in our hearts over the last 9yrs, looking for ward to 9more, Much Love Peter and Sally

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Donor

Rating: 5

Every year since the the Sandals Foundation March 2009 opened, they have been living up to agreement, giving back and helping others. Every year I witness children, teachers and parents smile as the foundation gives back and passes forward SMILES, I love to donate to the Sandals Foundation. Peter Blum

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Each Sandals location that we have been to whether with a company trip or on our own has been FANTASTIC. Last year our company sent us to Secrets in Jamaica. It can not compare to any Sandals location at all. I would rate the Secrets a 3. Sandals is my home away from home I especially enjoy going to the schools and visiting the children, talking with them and bringing lots of much needed supplies. Dolores P.

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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 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.

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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!!!

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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.

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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!

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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.