ACT mobilizes Haitians and friends of Ayiti to invest in Haitian-led innovations

Ayiti Community Trust (ACT) is a transnational community foundation that supports innovative sustainable development in Ayiti (Haiti) through grantmaking and community programs. ACT mobilizes Haitians and friends of Ayiti to invest in Haitian-led innovations using its asset-framing model with a permanent fund backed by an endowment. Ayiti Community Trust is registered in both the U.S. and Ayiti and has partnered with The Miami Foundation, established in 1967 to manage its endowment funds.


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


To build a sustainable Ayiti by harnessing the collective strength of people all across the globe who are committed to long-term impact and Haitian-led solutions.


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

Our Pillars

ACT designates funds from the yield of its endowment to make grants to Haitian-led organizations in Ayiti that are leading innovations in one or more of the three pillars of civic education, environment, and entrepreneurship.

Civic Education

A people who are self-aware, competent, and purposeful are best able to sustain a nation. ACT seeks to support community-building projects aimed at fostering leadership development, public stewardship, and re-engaging Haitian citizens to actively collaborate to promote the greater good of Haitian society.


We believe that integrated management of Ayiti's precious natural resources promotes conditions that strengthen climate resiliency, creates livelihood opportunities, and expands long-term economic prospects for generations of Haitians. ACT seeks to support innovative projects that aim to reverse or proactively prevent environmental degradations while engaging Haitian communities to adopt behavioral patterns that protect the environment.


Haitians have demonstrated a clear entrepreneurial spirit, but challenges have stunted the growth of this important economic sector. ACT seeks to support organizations that work to increase entrepreneurial capacity using effective skill building strategies to support entrepreneurs as they work to revitalize the economy of Ayiti

Asset Framing Approach

The greatest asset of Ayiti is the people. We, at Ayiti Community Trust, believe that Ayiti and its people are more than the challenges that we face. As a community foundation, we operate within an asset framework that views Haitians as assets to our beloved Ayiti. When we harness our collective strengths and aspirations, we build solutions to Ayiti's challenges that benefit the society.


Community Development Approach in Ayiti

Our sustainable development approach supports the vision and leadership of communities to drive the development process, resources, and decision- making in the rural communities in Ayiti. It operates on the principles of transparency, participation, accountability, and enhanced local capacity.


Endowment Fund - Initial goal is to raise $20 million by 2032

An endowment is a gift that keeps on giving in perpetuity. It is a mechanism for Haitians and friends of Ayiti across the globe to shape a legacy of long-term support to Ayiti's development. Contributions to the endowment produce ongoing yields that are used to make grants to Haitian-led innovations.



Fundraising, Ayiti Young professionals, etc.
We work with volunteers and community partners.



Dr. Guerda Nicolas

President & Co-Founder

Haitian American

Born and raised in Haiti, Guerda Nicolas obtained her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Boston University...

2020-08-07 (1)

Pierre Jonas Imbert



Born, raised, and educated in Haiti, Pierre was a senior advisor to the Barr Foundation's global program in Haiti...

Board of Directors


Ghislain Gouraige, Jr.

Board Chairman


As a private wealth advisor, Ghislain has worked with ultra-high net worth families, endowments and foundations...


James Cadet

Finance Chair

Haitian American

James is Market Executive for the Red Bank Market. He joined Merrill in 2019 with nearly two decades of experience ...


Joëlle Cerge

Vice Chair

Haitian American

Joëlle Armand Cerge was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and raised in Miami, FL. She spent some time living in St. Thomas...


James Meyer, Esq.

Board Secretary

Friend of Ayiti

James M. Meyer is a founding partner of the law firm Harper Meyer. His practice is concentrated on the representation...


Jean Monestime

Endowment Subcommittee Co-chair

Haitian American

Jean Monestime strongly believes that there is no greater gift than the gift of service to others...

Hannah Brandes

Patricia Hannah Brandes

Grants Chair

Friend of Ayiti

After leading philanthropic entities for more than 20 years, including the largest private foundation in New England,...


Pedro Gassant, Esq.

Governance Committee Co-Chair

Haitian American

Pedro Gassant is a Miami governmental advocacy and development attorney who focuses his practice on land use ...


Dr. Gloria Blaise

Communication Committee Co-chair

Haitian American

Originally from Carrefour, Haiti, Gloria immigrated to the USA in 2000 when she was five years old...


Rachelle Sylvain-Spence

Endowment Subcommittee co-chair

Haitian American

Rachelle Sylvain-Spence, LMSW-CPC, embodies a dynamic catalyst for transformation....


Dr. Natacha Janac

Haitian American

Natacha J. Janac is a doctoral student in the clinical psychology program on the Miami campus of Albizu University...


Samuel Dameus


A native of Cap-Haitien, Ayiti, Samuel Dameus is a dynamic Communications Specialist and Photographer...


Daphnee Charles


Daphnee Charles is a Community Development Specialist based in Port-au-Prince, Ayiti. In 2017...


Nicholas Charles

Haitian American

Nicholas (Nick) Charles is a Haitian-American business development professional, raised in Ayiti...

Ouigi Theodore

Ouigi Theodore


Ouigi Theodore was born in Ayiti and later migrated with his family to Brooklyn at the tender age of eight...


Dr. Vanessa Prosper

Haitian American

Dr. Vanessa Prosper is a licensed psychologist with more than 10 years of experience in providing behavioral and...

Our ACT Crew

The ACT Crew is a crew of consultants combining their expertise and their love for Ayiti to partner with Ayiti Community Trust (ACT) on their Million Dollar Year of Impact.

Executive Office


Dr. Guerda Nicolas


Haitian American

Born and raised in Haiti, Guerda Nicolas obtained her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Boston University...


Dr. Alyssa Jean

Executive Director

Haitian American

Dr. Alyssa Jean is an Educator, Instructional, and Professional Development specialist with over...

Grantmaking Office


Melodie Cerin

Strategic Community Partnerships and Grants Manager


As a grants management expert, I work with grassroots organizations in Haiti and the diaspora to find and manage funds...


John Peter Adolphe

Grantee Field Supervisor


John Peter Adolphe is a dynamic Haitian professional and social activist born in Gonaïves, Haiti.

Development Office

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Dreema Stokes

Development Director

Friend of Ayiti

Dreema Stokes is a development and community engagement professional with more than 10+ years of experience...

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Varzi Jeanbaptiste

Community Program Director
Ayiti Young Professionals

Haitian American

Born in Port-au-Prince, Ayiti and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Varzi Jeanbaptiste is a proud Haitian Brooklynite...


Fundraise Inc.

Development Team

Friends of Ayiti

At Fundraise Inc., our story begins with a shared passion for effecting positive change in our communities.

Friends Of ACT

The Friends of ACT (FACT) are dedicated supporters and advocates of the Ayiti Community Trust. This group comprises former board members of ACT who are deeply aligned with the organization's mission and vision. They showcase their dedication through regular annual contributions. Members of the Friends of ACT play a crucial role by advocating for ACT, participating in board committees, and contributing their reputation and influence to enhance ACT's activities.


Dannie Augustin


Jonathan Vilma

Bennett Rathbun

Bennett Rathbun

Friend of Ayiti
Mireille-Chancy Gonzalez

Mireille Chancy Gonzalez


Abner Septembre

Beatrice Dalencour Turnier

Beatrice Dalencour Turnier

Trabian Shorters

Trabian Shorters

Friend of Ayiti

Wendy Francois


Roman Lyskowski

Friend of Ayiti

Maryse Pénette-Kedar


Samuel Ludington

Michele King Soffer

Michele King Soffer


Joanne Maislin

Friend of Ayiti

David Lawrence Jr.

Friend of Ayiti

Sarah Bouchereau Multidor


Oswald Brandt

Oswald J. Brandt, II

Jean-Pierre Trouillot

Jean Pierre Trouillot


Pascale Charlot

Matthew S. Anderson

Matthew Anderson

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Dr. Carole M. Berotte Joseph


Richard J. Roy

Richard J. Roy

Patrick F Martin

Patrick F. Martin

Haitian American
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Contact Us

+1(888) 814-1804

+1(305) 901-1814

Ayiti Community Trust

201 S. Biscayne Boulevard

Suite 800

Miami, Florida 33131