Photo above: Four of the Board Members of the Keith Mitchell Foundation.
GEORGE’S, Grenada, Feb. 23, (CMC) – Health and education will be the areas of focus for the newly launched Keith Mitchell Foundation.
Named in honour of Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Mitchell, the foundation was launched yesterday.
“You don’t have any colours with this Foundation,” said Sir Royston Hopkin, Chairman of the Foundation’s Board of Directors.
“This Foundation is non-political and, as funds flow into the foundation there will be a Committee doing an assessment, to determine the recipients of the funds,” said the Chairman, who added, that the first set of funds was generated through the recent launch of the book, “Words in Service”, a collection of speeches delivered by the Prime Minister.
Sir Royston said, to date, the money generated is in safe keeping, as the legal work for establishing the foundation as a non governmental organisation, is not yet completed.
“However, as a Board, we have agreed that this foundation will not be limited to raising funds here, we will not take a micro approach, planet earth will be our source of funding, as we are looking way beyond setting targets, and giving each person EC$200.00 or EC$300.00.
Tight-lipped on the amount of money generated so far, Dr. Elliot McGuire, who is the Foundation’s treasurer, indicated that the intention is to “bring it up to EC$100,000.”
“The aim of the foundation is to assist needy persons, and its initial focus will be in the areas of health and education but, as more funds become available, it will be spread to other areas, including community projects. But right now, to start, our focus will be on persons or individual needs,” said Jerome McQuilkin – another member of the Board.
The members also anticipate, that the Foundation will be registered across the world, to enable companies that donate funds to claim tax credits.
The other members of the Board of Directors are former Canadian federal Minister and retired Ontario Fairness Commissioner, Dr. Jean Augustine; Ronald Charles; and Kent Mitchell.