We Are
Building A
Sustainable Ayiti
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Our Mission

To support and sustain development innovation in Ayiti in the areas of civic education, environment, and entrepreneurship.

Our Vision

A permanent endowment to support Ayiti’s long-term development.

Our Strategy

Mobilize Haitians and friends of Ayiti to invest in Haitian-led asset-based innovation using a community foundation model backed by an endowment.

Who We Are

We are a group of people dedicating time, talent, and treasure to building a sustainable Ayiti. 

We are Haitians living in Ayiti and in the diaspora, and friends of Ayiti who believe that, together, we can transform and correct the misrepresentation of Haitians and Ayiti. Motivated and unified by our belief in Ayiti's strengths, we work to supplant relief-driven development with long-term investment in Ayiti's human and social capital.

Our Story

The Ayiti Community Trust (ACT) was founded by friends and colleagues Guerda Nicolas and Pierre Imbert, whose work led them to realize that to help Ayiti move beyond short-term, relief-driven aid, Ayiti’s people and its friends would need to join together to build on the country’s strengths and on its founding promise as the land of liberty, equality, and fraternity. After significant research on models for indigenous, long-term, sustained development, ACT’s founders chose the community foundation model backed by an endowment whose yields will fund grants that support Haitian-led innovation. This idea of a community foundation backed by a permanent endowment is a commitment to the future of Ayiti and represents a unique approach for the country.

ACT aims to grow its endowment to partner with Ayiti on its 21st-century path toward sustainable economic and social development through advances in three interconnected pillars: the civic education, environment, and entrepreneurship.

Our Timeline

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2014

Founders begin dialogue about sustainable development in Ayiti and conduct research on endowments and community foundations

2015

Asset-based endowment model developed & grant-making pillars selected

2016

ACT registers in Ayiti & conducts 1st annual board meeting in Arcahaie, Ayiti; First fundraising events are held

2017

Ayiti Community Trust (ACT) is launched & forms a partnership with The Miami Foundation.

2018

ACT registers as a 501(c)(3) in the United States

2019

Gala Kanaval, A fundraising event celebrating Haitian art, music, and culture is held with over 500 participants. ACT joins la Grande Fondation D’Haiti, a network of Haitian foundations in Ayiti; ACT makes its 1st grant award

2020

ACT makes its 2nd grant awards · Nou La Pi Rèd, a fundraising event honoring Jan Jak Dessalines Day

Community Partners

Contact Us

+1(888) 814-1804

+1(305) 901-1814

Ayiti Community Trust
685 NE 126th Street
North Miami, FL 33161