President’s Message

Integrity Children’s Fund
President’s Report
Board Year March 2017 – March 2018

The Integrity Children’s Fund Board year, March 2017-March 2018, was one of celebration, innovation, and significant fundraising growth. 

This was a year-long celebration of our accomplishments: 15 years, over US$700,000.00 donated to schools in Jamaica, and over 4,500 at risk students educated. The message of our success was broadcasted using email, social media, event flyers, and reinforced at our events. As part of our celebration we recognized and honored 25 corporate sponsors at our Evening of Elegance and the Christmas Concert, where representatives from each company were presented with a “Company of Integrity” plaque, and introduced to our guests. The celebration culminated in each Christmas concert guest receiving an appreciation coaster highlighting our accomplishments.

Our innovation included implementing the Prof B Math program at our three supported schools. This involved training the teachers from all three schools in a week-long seminar at the University of the West Indies (UWI) in the principles and mechanics of the Prof B Math methodology. Jamaica’s Minister of Education was the guest speaker at the Prof B Math opening ceremony, attended by luminaries from our sponsors Grace Kennedy and Western Union, members of the Jamaican Diaspora, and Jamaican Educators. The establishment of access to The Jamaica Observer and our Instagram account late in the year expanded our social media outreach, and must now be developed to be of value to Integrity Children’s Fund.

This past year proved to be our most successful in fundraising as we continued to host our traditional fundraising events, that is, the Evening of Elegance on June 3, 2017, the Fun-a-thon on August 26, 2017, and the Christmas Concert on December 2, 2017. Both the Evening of Elegance and Christmas Concert saw record number of guests in attendance. This was the first year we exceeded $100,000.00 in funds raised. We also introduced a new fundraising event, Integrity's Ride for Literacy, a cycling event on September 2, 2017. 

Last year we continued to be highly discerning in the selection of new Board members, as we added Sophia Woolridge to our ranks, to fill one of our three vacancies. 

Our successes of last year was possible because of the dedication, hard work and sacrifice of our Board and numerous volunteers, who relied on God’s grace and favor. As President, I’m forever grateful to and appreciative of each Integrity Children’s Fund Board member and volunteer. Our core values of Leadership and Integrity continues to help us remain on the right path to fulfill our mission to eliminate teenage illiteracy in Jamaica. 

Karl Chambers
Integrity Children’s Fund
March 23, 2018