The Bank of N.T. Butterfield & Son Limited (“Butterfield”) made donations to 19 Bermuda-based charities in the first quarter of 2009.
Butterfield’s President & CEO, Alan Thompson said as a socially responsible company, our role was to do more than just offer financial services.
“At the corporate and employee levels, we pride ourselves on providing support to causes that are encouraging progress and enriching lives in the communities we call home,” Mr. Thompson said.
Mr. Thompson added that the current economic climate made it even more important for companies to give back to the local community.
“For many years, it has been part of Butterfield’s Mission Statement to be recognised as making a valuable contribution to the communities in which we operate,” he said. “We see no reason to stop this practice now. On the contrary, we plan on continuing to give back to the community throughout the remainder of 2009 and beyond.”
The following charitable organisations received donations from Butterfield in the first quarter of 2009:
Knowledge Quest: This organisation promotes further education to talented Bermudians with limited financial means.
Bermuda Equestrian Federation Limited: The Bermuda Equestrian Federation was formed in 1976 to enable local riders to compete for their country internationally.
Kappa Alpha Psi – Pee Wee Soccer Extravaganza: The Bank’s contribution will help provide a family fun day and sporting event that will benefit the soccer youth groups in the ages of Under-7, Under-9 and Under-11.
Women’s Resource Centre: The Women’s Resource Centre is a registered charity that provides assistance to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and supports other issues women may be trying to resolve.
Age Concern: Age Concern’s mission is to link seniors with services that meet their needs. Age Concern envisions a day when through collaboration and coordination of Government, Charities and the Business sector, all persons in Bermuda will receive a seamless integration of high quality, and affordable services throughout their ageing years.
Centre for Talented Youth Bermuda: CTY Bermuda works with students ages 8 -16 who are selected annually through a Talent Search based upon appropriate standardised tests given two or three grades higher than normal for students in the following age brackets: aged 8-9, aged 10-12 and aged 13-16.
St. Peter’s Church: Located in the historic town of St George, St Peter’s Church is believed to be the oldest, continually-used Anglican church in the Western Hemisphere. The original church was built in 1612 from Bermuda cedar and had a palmetto-thatch roof. Most of the present structure dates from 1713 but some features, such as the steeple, were later additions. The first Bermuda Parliament met here in 1620, making it the third oldest parliament in the world.
St. David’s Island Historical Society: The St. David’s Island Historical Society’s primary responsibility is to look after Carter House, believed to be one of the oldest homes in Bermuda, located in Southside, St. David’s.
The Bermuda Basketball Association (BBA): The BBA is appointed by the Ministry of Youth and Sport to be the governing body for Basketball in Bermuda. Its mission is to exercise a leadership role in the promotion and development of basketball in Bermuda through programmes and services for all levels of athletes, participants, leaders and volunteers.
Outward Bound Bermuda: Since 1970 Outward Bound Bermuda has provided challenging opportunities for students to test their capabilities in unfamiliar surroundings. It is presently preparing for 2009 courses locally and overseas that will build confidence in young people and enable them to believe in themselves and their abilities.
The Bermuda Society for the Blind: The Bermuda Society for the Blind promotes the welfare, education and employment of the sight- or visually-impaired, through a special Day Care Programme. The Society makes and sells baskets, stools, trivets and hampers.
The Menuhin Foundation: The goal of the Foundation is to "foster and develop an interest in classical and other music" and "to recruit teachers and organise and produce programmes and concerts and other forms of entertainment and musical education.”
The Sunshine League: The Sunshine League operates a Residential Care Facility for displaced children between the ages of 8 and 16 years.
WindReach: WindReach is an inclusive and accessible community facility that exists to enrich the quality of life for people of all abilities, ages and special needs. The WindReach facilities are used by persons with a wide range of abilities and special needs from the mild to the more profound, including Bermuda’s growing senior population.
The National Dance Foundation: The mandate of the National Dance Foundation of Bermuda is to help raise local standards of dance excellence by providing world class training to the island’s dancers, teachers, and choreographers. Butterfield’s donation goes towards programmes and scholarships that will benefit hundreds of students across the island.
The Bermuda Hospitals Charitable Trust: In March 2004, a new independent organisation, the Bermuda Hospitals Charitable Trust (BHCT), was founded as the formal charitable arm for accepting donations and fundraising on behalf of the Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB). The Trust’s Board consists of people with a wide set of skills from a broad cross section of the community. It is unique in the fact that it will be responsible for advising on fundraising as well as managing the distribution of donations.
The Family Centre: The Family Centre plays a vital role in working with Government, community groups and service providers to ensure that families in Bermuda have access to a continuum of high quality services that support child and family well being.
Bermuda Tennis Development Federation: The Bermuda Tennis Development Foundation’s sole purpose is to raise funds for Bermuda’s talented young players. From past events, top ranked juniors such as Caitlin Gordon, Jasmine Quinn, David Thomas, Mackenzie Bean, and others were able to travel overseas to play in US tournaments. The Federation hopes to raise funds this year so more young tennis players can benefit.
The Coalition for the Protection of Children: The Coalition for the Protection of Children was established in 1992 and provides a broad range of services to children and their families in Bermuda. These services include: intervention and treatment, family support and aftercare, a child abuse hotline, conflict resolution and peer mediation programmes, prevention, public education and professional training programmes.