A new way of giving back: Supporting community groups that enrich lives and enhance Cayman’s shared environment

At Dart, we are committed to sustainable economic growth and community development in the Cayman Islands. For the past 25 years of Dart’s presence in the Cayman Islands, our aim has been to enhance the quality of life for present and future generations through our people, our time and our financial investments.

In an effort to continue to maximise Dart’s positive impact on the local community, in 2019 we intend to bring more focus to our organisation’s corporate social responsibility by concentrating on three key areas: education, youth development, and the physical environment (both natural and built).

Going Beyond Donations

Executive Vice President responsible for community development Pilar Bush says the decision to focus on education, youth development and the physical environment was informed by Dart’s commitment to the Cayman Islands as the location of its global headquarters.

“Playing an integral role in developing our community is important to us,” Ms. Bush says. “The continued stability and success of the Cayman Islands is central to our decision to remain headquartered here. We measure success both in terms of economic prosperity and quality of life, especially for those who live here.”

These three areas also informed Dart’s recent decision to make surprise donations to Literacy Is For Everyone (LIFE), the YMCA of the Cayman Islands and the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park – Children’s Garden, in the spirit of the holiday season.

As a dedicated supporter of education and youth development, Dart currently invests in future generations through a number of programmes and initiatives, including the annual series of Minds Inspired STEM-focused initiatives, two Dart Scholar programmes and the Cayman International School. Indeed, Dart was recently recognised by the Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce for our education and scholarship programmes with a Commitment to Education Award at the 2018 Business Excellence Awards ceremony.

Dart has also demonstrated long-standing support of community parks, the creation of recreational spaces, acquiring land for conservation, and supporting organisations dedicated to marine conservation.

“We believe that enhancing our shared environment requires a balance between sustainable development and environmental stewardship,” Ms. Bush says.

Dart Grants Expected to Launch in 2019

To support Dart’s commitment to these three key areas, Dart will introduce a number of fixed grants in 2019 to be awarded for high impact work in these areas.

Dart will continue to receive applications for donations in other areas although the majority of the 2019 resources will be directed to education (including workforce development), youth development and the physical environment. Corporate sponsorship requests – such as tickets for charitable events or branded sponsorship of community events – will be considered separately from grant applications.

It is anticipated that the fixed grants will be supported by a service element that leverages one of Dart’s most powerful assets – our dedicated employees. Ms. Bush explains that Dart staff currently benefit from 4 hours per month of paid volunteering time that is utilised during work hours.

“As one of the largest employers in the Cayman Islands we are planning to launch further internal programming in 2019 to maximise the volunteer impact of our staff members in the community,” she says.

Additional information regarding the new fixed grants strategy will be publicised in early 2019 and applications will be due at the end of March.