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2014 Haiti Funders Conference

The Haiti Fund at the Boston Foundation

Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 8:00 AM - Friday, June 6, 2014 at 4:00 PM

2014 Haiti Funders Conference

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Enhancing Haitian Capacity,
Ensuring Haitian Rights
Please join us for the second international gathering in Boston to discuss how to best support Haitian-led development. We will look back at lessons learned, discuss future plans and identify opportunities for learning and collaboration.


Conference objectives are to:

  • Increase knowledge about Haiti from the perspective and priorities of Haitians
  • Increase understanding of good and effective philanthropy in support of Haitian aspirations
  • Identify opportunities for funder collaboration
  • Strengthen a community of funders committed to supporting Haitian-led change
  • Strengthen relationships between U.S. philanthropists and Haitian leaders, and suggest ways to move forward together


Keynote Speakers:     His Excellency, Laurent S. Lamothe, Prime Minister of Haiti

                                        MA State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry

                                        Rui Mesquita Corderio of the Kellogg Foundation

                                        and a variety of Haitian public and NGO leaders and funder allies

Conference Agenda - Program Highlights

Thursday, June 5 2014

8:00                                        Networking Breakfast & Registration

9:00                                        Welcome, Overview & Logistics

9:15                                        Plenary Panel:  Advances in the field: what is working well      in  development and human rights?

          • Jenny Petrow, Representative for Haiti, Dominican Republic, and the Caribbean, Inter-American Foundation

          • Beverly Bell, Coordinator, Other Worlds; Associate Fellow, Institute for Policy Studies

          • Riche Zamor, Sr., PhD, Executive Director, Healing Hands for Haiti

Moderator: Marie St. Fleur, Chair, Haiti Fund Advisory Council; President & CEO, Bessie Tartt Wilson Initiative for Children

11:00                                     Networking Break

11:30                                     Keynote Address: His Excellency, Laurent S. Lamothe, Prime Minister of Haiti

                                       The Priorities of the Government of Haiti and Alignment of Private Philanthropic Efforts for Lasting Impact

12:15                                     Networking Lunch

1:15                                        Dr. Florence Duperval Guillaume, Minister of Health of Haiti

                                              Philanthropic coordination to strengthen the delivery of      services

1:45                                        Plenary Panel: Strengthening Haitian organizations and institutions: where are gaps in capacity and how can we help strengthen them?


          • Albert Joseph, Program Director, Collectif de Lutte Contre l’Exclusion Sociale

          • Francois Chavenet, President, La Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de la Grand’Anse; Steering Committee member, Haiti Community Foundation

          • Raoul Pierre-Louis, Kasek of Turgeau

            Moderator: Elie Lafortune, MBA, MPA, Advisor to the Haiti Fund

3:15                                        Break

3:30                                        Facilitated Small Group Sessions: Finding Synergistic Areas for                                                                                                  Collaboration

Inclusive Education, Hyde Park Room

Health Care and Nutrition, Roxbury Room

Private Sector & Enterprise Development, Allston Brighton Room

Natural Resources, Environmental Stewardship & Energy Solutions, Dorchester Room

Human Rights Protection, especially Children’s Rights & the Rule of Law, Dorchester Room  

Moderator: Chelinde Edouard, Member, Haiti Fund Advisory Council; Principal, CME Consulting

5:00                                        Reporting Back & Wrap Up of Day

5:30                                        Cultural Reception & Networking Dinner

          • Gifrants, Haitian music

          • Jean Appolon Expressions, Haitian dance

          • Charlot Lucien, Haitian poet and storyteller

8:00                                        Closing

Friday, June 6 2014

8:00                                        Networking Breakfast

9:00                                       Welcome, Overview and Logistics, Jamie Jaffee, Managing          Partner, The Philanthropic Initiative

9:15                                        Plenary Panel: State of Advocacyin Haiti


          • Francis Quigley, Clinical Professor, Indiana University School of Law

          • Kysseline Cherestal, Senior Policy Analyst, ActionAid USA

          • Camille Chalmers, Executive Director, Plateforme Haïtienne de Plaidoyer pour un Développement Alternatif

          • Daniel Moss, Human Rights & Philanthropy, Advisor to the Haiti Fund 

10:45                                     Networking Break

11:00                                     Keynote Address: Rui Mesquita Cordeiro, Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, W. K Kellogg Foundation 

                                          Effective Philanthropy & Sustainable Development Programming


11:20                                     Facilitated Small Group Sessions: Finding Synergistic Areas for                                                                                                  Collaboration

          • Gender Issues, Roxbury Room

          • WASH, Dorchester Room

          • Agriculture & Rural Livelihoods, Jamaica Plain Room

          • Housing, Allston Brighton Room

          • Democracy Building & Civic Engagement, Dorchester Room

12:45                                     Networking Lunch

1:30                                        Plenary Panel: Scaling Up & Collaboration

          • Cantave Jean Baptiste, Executive Director, Partenariat pour le Développement Local

          • Claudine Francois, Haiti Country Director, Yunus Social Business

          • Alix Cantave, Program Officer for Latin America, W.K. Kellogg Foundation               

                                              Moderator: Pierre Imbert, Senior Advisor, Barr Foundation

3:00                                        Strengthening the Haiti Funder Community, a Donors’ Forum

          • Paula Johnson, Senior Research Fellow, Hauser Institute for Civil Society, Harvard University

3:30                                        Closing Remarks, Marie St. Fleur, Chair, Haiti Fund Advisory Council; President & CEO, Bessie Tartt Wilson Initiative for Children




Please note that your free registration includes 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and dinner on June 5th. For more information about speakers or logistics, please contact Ferry Cadet at



The Boston Foundation sits in the Back Bay area, a major tourist and convention destination, and hotels frequently sell out months in advance. Please book your hotel as early as possible to secure the best possible rate and location.

TRANSPORTATION: All the hotels listed below and the Boston Foundation are a short cab ride from Logan International Airport. For those travelling by train, there is also an Amtrak railway station at Back Bay Station just a few blocks from the Boston Foundation. In many cases, a rental car is not needed, and public transportation in the Back Bay area is convenient and affordable.



PLEASE NOTE: This is the hotel we recommend participants use as it is right across the street from the Boston Foundation, and we have secured special rates. We have 20 rooms reserved for the nights of both June 4th and 5th. At a rate of $219/night, the room will include a queen bed. Participants are guaranteed this rate if they book prior to Monday, May 26th, 2014.

DESCRIPTION: This grand Boston Hotel, just 3 miles from Logan International Airport, is situated within 200 yards of America’s oldest public park, The Boston Common. It lies close to Boston shopping destinations, Newbury Street, and Faneuil Hall Marketplace, and many inspirational Boston landmarks and monuments.

ADDRESS: 50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street, Boston, MA 02116-3912   800.225.2008



DESCRIPTION: Following a sweeping $25-million renovation, The Colonnade Boston Hotel has re-emerged as one of the most dynamic and stylish Boston boutique hotels. The 11-story hotel is a short cab ride or a two-stop subway ride to The Boston Foundation.

ADDRESS: 10 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116 617-424-7000 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting      



DESCRIPTION: Originally built in 1886 as a private residence in the heart of Boston's exclusive Back Bay neighborhood, the Charlesmark has been completely renovated to create a European style boutique with guest rooms that provide the ultimate combination of luxury, comfort, and functionality. This hotel is within walking distance of The Boston Foundation.

ADDRESS: 655 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116 617-247-1224



DESCRIPTION: This boutique hotel features newly-redesigned guest rooms in the landmark Copley area. This hotel is located near two indoor shopping malls, Copley Place and Prudential Center, and five minutes away from The Boston Foundation.

ADDRESS: 47 Huntington Street, Boston, MA 02116   617-536-9000



DESCRIPTION: Centrally located, the Back Bay Hotel is within a 5 minute walk of The Boston Foundation. The hotel offers a fusion of old and new in a historic building with exquisitely detailed design and world-class service. The hotel features a state-of-the-art business center and a gym.

ADDRESS: 350 Stuart Street, Boston, MA 02116 617-266-7200




DESCRIPTION: The new state-of-the-art Courtyard South Boston provides greater flexibility and choices for their guests, featuring inviting, flexible spaces to work or relax in, free high-speed Wi-Fi throughout the entire hotel. They’re located in “Southie”, 4 miles from Logan International Airport (BOS), 2 miles from the city center and a heartbeat away from Boston attractions including Fenway Park, TD Bank North Garden, Freedom Trail and Quincy Market.


ADDRESS: 63 Boston Street, Boston, MA 02127  617-436-8200




For any questions, please contact Ferry Cadet, Haiti Fund Coordinator at

Have questions about 2014 Haiti Funders Conference? Contact The Haiti Fund at the Boston Foundation

When & Where

Boston Foundation
75 Arlington St
Boston, MA 02116

Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 8:00 AM - Friday, June 6, 2014 at 4:00 PM

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The Haiti Fund at the Boston Foundation

The Haiti Fund at the Boston Foundation was created in the wake of the January 2010 earthquake to provide support to human rights and reconstruction efforts in Haiti. It is governed by a 37-member Advisory Board, the vast majority of whom are Haitian or Haitian-American. The Fund will be spent down over five years. By focusing on enhancing rural economies through livelihood generation and improved infrastructure in areas like education, we hope to improve the long-term viability of these communities. We also recognize the tremendous impact of the earthquake on Haitians in the Greater Boston area and have strengthened local Haitian organizations. The Haiti Fund at the Boston Foundation is committed to promoting a paradigm shift in the way that resources are offered to Haiti and managed by Haitians themselves.

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