The BIBA Charity was established in 2010 as a way for members of the international business community to contribute to the social welfare of Barbados.
The goal of the charity is to provide a simple mechanism for BIBA members, their clients and the wider Barbadian public to give to institutions, other entities and individuals that have existing funding requirements and are actively serving a broad segment of Barbadian society. By facilitating giving in a collective way, it will maximise the international business community’s contributions to Barbados, and enable them to be better measured.
The Charity has three trustees who will serve three year terms and be replaced from BIBA membership. The first three trustees are:
- Ms. Dawn Williams of Meridian Law
- Ms. Louisa Ward of PriceWaterhouseCoopers
- Ms. Lisl Lewis of Southwold Bank and Trust Ltd.
In addition, an advisory council has been created to monitor the interests of BIBA members and to ensure that the trust remains effectively focused on improving social services in Barbados. The council is composed of:
- Mrs. Mara Thompson,
- Mr. Peter Boos
- Mr. Henderson Holmes
Audit and Systems Controls
The charity will be audited by KPMG annually and will bank with Royal Bank of Canada. None of the trustees or advisory council are paid and the charity is committed to keeping its costs and overheads at a bare minimum.
Public healthcare in general, and specifically the Queen Elizabeth Hospital has been identified as the charity’s primary area of focus, until 2012. In addition to being an institution that serves all Barbados, the QEH has an existing funding requirement for tangible goods and equipment that our charitable donations can assist with immediately, thus saving time and administrative cost and most importantly, helping those in need right away. However, the Charity is fully able to accept and administer donations for a different cause, as specifically requested by donors.
Since the ‘soft’ launch of the charity, $26,000 has been raised so far. Our goal is to raise $100,000 by December 31st, 2010. To make a donation, please make cheques payable to “BIBA Charity”. Contact details for the BIBA Secretariat and the Trustees are listed below:BIBA Secretariat
#19 Pine Road, Belleville, St. Michael, Barbados,
Tel: (246) 434-2422
Contact: Henderson Holmes or Carmel Haynes
Southwold Bank & Trust Ltd.
Hastings Main Rd, Christ Church
Tel: (246) 228-9427
E: firstname.lastname@example.orgLouisa Lewis-Ward
The Financial Services Centre, Bishops Court Hill,
Tel: (246) 626-6756
E: email@example.comDawn Williams
Strathclyde, St Michael
Tel: (246) 431-6677
Phone: (246) 434-2422 / (246) 436-2422
Fax: (246) 434-2423