In July 2020, a collaborative group called the Nonprofit Alliance of Bermuda formed with the support of the then-IAC as its backbone organisation. This original collaborative group formed as a group of nonprofit leaders committed to working collectively to improve the impact of nonprofits and champion their value in the community. The goal of the group was to foster nonprofit collaboration by building and strengthening nonprofit partnerships and increasing nonprofit sector and system awareness.
In 2023, the Nonprofit Alliance’s backbone organisation IAC, through its strategic planning consultative process, heard and recognized the opportunity for IAC and the Nonprofit Alliance group to establish greater alignment and synergy. The Nonprofit Alliance Advisory Committee was supportive, and after IAC’s membership also approved the change, IAC transitioned to become the Nonprofit Alliance of Bermuda. This meant that the convening efforts of the broader group merged with the regular programme delivery efforts of the new organisation. The Food Security Working Group continues to operate as a collaborative group supported by the Nonprofit Alliance, while the ongoing promotion of the collective impact awareness campaign will now fall under the Nonprofit Alliance’s championing activities.
Read more about the History of the Formation of the Nonprofit Alliance of Bermuda
Successes and Accomplishments
The original collaborative group had many accomplishments during its 3 years of functioning. These include
- Collectively defining values (listed below) and a Nonprofit Alliance Theory of Change in 2021
- Collaboratively agreeing on a Nonprofit Alliance Code of Ethics in 2023
- Successfully launching the Nonprofit Collective Impact Awareness Campaign in 2022
- Launching the Food Security Working Group in 2021, and producing a research study on food security in Bermuda
- Conducting a Nonprofit Workforce Survey in 2022
- Hosting an Interview with Craig Simmons on economic trends in 2023
Membership Upon Dissolution of Group
- Ann Spencer-Arscott, Executive Director, Red Cross
- Alba Fernandez, Bermuda Diabetes Association
- Branwen Smith-King, Secretary General, Bermuda Olympic Association
- Clare Mello, Executive Director, The Eliza DoLittle Society
- Dr. Claudette Fleming, Age Concern Bermuda
- Cyril Butterfield, Founder, Peak Potential Bermuda
- Danielle Frith, Community Engagement Coordinator, Endeavor Community Sailing
- Danielle Riviere, CEO, Bermuda Chamber of Commerce
- David Thompson, Representative, Christ Church Warwick
- Denise Carey, Executive Director, home
- Dora Baker, Director, Adventist Community Services
- Gita Blakeney-Saltus, Executive Director, Pathways Bermuda
- Gwendolyn Creary, Owner, ParentGuide Bermuda
- Jennifer Burland-Adams, CEO, Wavecrest
- Joseph Mahoney, Executive Director, Youth Entrepreneurship Initiative
- Juanae Crockwell, Executive Director, Women’s Resource Centre
- Karen Simmons, Programme Director, Duke of Edinburgh Award
- Katie Bennett, Advancement Officer, National Museum of Bermuda
- Katie Berry, Nonprofit Professional
- Leslie Grant, Executive Director, Focus Counselling Services
- Mary Ewles, Executive Director, Open Airways
- Dr. Nicola Paugh, Executive Director, IAC
- Patrina O’Connor-Paynter Managing Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bermuda
- Dr. Sandy DeSilva, Executive Director, Family Center
- Sarah Dunstan, IAC Board Member
- Stacey Lee Williams, Executive Director, Citizens Uprooting Racism in Bermuda
- Tina Harris, Executive Director, The Reading Clinic
- Tina Nash, Executive Director, WindReach
- Dr. Tiffanne Thomas, Executive Director, Transitional Community Services
- Tiffany Paynter, Executive Director, OUTBermuda
- Traci Burgess, Executive Director, Keep Bermuda Beautiful (KBB)
- Truell Landy, Executive Director, PRIDE Bermuda
Original Values for Working Together as a Collective
We value the importance of clarity of communication; we say what we mean, we mean what we say and we honour our word. We build on a foundation of mutual respect amongst the group, as well as respect for our stakeholders and service beneficiaries. We ensure confidentiality at all levels. We commit to taking action that aligns with our values.
- Inclusivity and Diversity
We value the voices of all Bermudians and residents of Bermuda. We ensure that equitable representation across our diverse population drives our processes and decision making.
We strive to create a safe space where all contributors and stakeholders are respected. All opinions, thoughts, ideas and questions are valid, and are considered in a thoughtful and intentional fashion. We listen carefully in a non-judgmental fashion and we explore all ideas in a flexible, solutions-oriented manner.
- Shared responsibility
We commit individually to following through on tasks for which we take responsibility. We commit collectively to holding ourselves and one another accountable for our collaborative efforts and for our individual tasks.
- Commitment to the value of the sector
The value of our entire sector, and all the organisations represented therein, is at the heart of our activities and our efforts. No one individual’s self-interest, or the specific interests of any one organisation will be given precedence over that of any other. Our work is on behalf of, and in the best interests of, the non-profit sector in its entirety.