Affluent Giving in the Caribbean

Watermark is excited to share new research that sheds light on the giving practices of generous people across the Caribbean and what it means for the future.

A portrait of affluent giving in the Caribbean: Experiences, barriers, and the future of philanthropy is the culmination of interviews with 31 leading philanthropists across 8 jurisdictions in the Caribbean region.

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a portrait of affluent giving in the caribean
The voices of generous nationals, non-nationals, and diaspora givers provide a textured and nuanced view of the current giving landscape, from the perspective of those who engage in formal giving. It pulls back the curtain on what is viewed by many generous people in the region as a private endeavour by exploring their motivations for giving, their perceptions of giving, how and what they give, and the barriers that impact their giving today and into the future.

Conducted by Dr. Sharilyn Hale, the study identifies practical actions that can be taken by affluent givers, nonprofits, governments, and private sector partners to grow philanthropy. With a long connection to the region, Sharilyn is happy to share these findings with the hope it will spur new conversations about giving among all those who care about the Caribbean.

Highlights include:

  • Givers in the Caribbean share many characteristics and concerns with their global counterparts
  • In spite of barriers to giving, 60% plan to give more over the next three years
  • Generational succession within family enterprises offers new potential for philanthropy
  • Private sector partners have a unique opportunity to encourage more giving

What people are saying about “A Portrait of Affluent Giving in the Caribbean”:

“A worthy and timely study.”
“I learned a lot and enjoyed seeing how our challenges are similar to other Caribbean countries. I hope it is widely distributed and that it contributes to the charitable efforts in the Caribbean. I am honored to have been included in your research.” ;
“The report is beautifully produced, and contains such valuable data and insights.”
“I can really relate to many of your findings. I like the way you have been able to show the local donors’ views as well as the non-nationals. It reflects well on humanity and on the culture of the Caribbean people.”
“This report is fascinating, clearly well documented, and very readable! I hope it stimulates more thinking…”