1983-1990


1990 – The Mukti Fund trustees held their first meeting on St. Kitts and Nevis.


1989 – A grant to the Business and Professional Women on St. Kitts assisted the purchase of their bookmobile van. The Fund’s largest date grant to date – $10,000 – was made to the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis following Hurricane Hugo. After a year-long process, the trustees adopted their first five-year strategic plan.


1988 – The Mukti Fund established a project to bring books to the libraries on St. Kitts and Nevis. This collaboration with the International Book Project brought over 22,000 books to the Islands’ libraries during this decade-long program. To ensure local input into the Fund’s grant-making, and Advisory Committee was established which originally consisted of Rick, Skerritt, Charles Wilken, and Tapley Seaton.


1987 – A partnership of the CIC, the Ministry of Education, the Kellogg Foundation and the Mukti Fund established the Academic Excellence Recognition Dinner honoring outstanding students and their teachers. This program continues annually, now underwritten by the local business sector.


1986 – Thomas Fox was elected trustee. The NEW YORK TIMES ran an article about Mukti Fund entitled “Small New Philanthropy with Modest Coals”. Following discussions between Michael Dively and Ricky Skerritt of the St. Kitts-Nevis Chamber of Industry and commerce (CIC), a community Small Grant Program fund was established and administered by CIC until 1993.


1985 – William Moody of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund replaced Michael Fennessy as a trustee. Focusing on the idea of grant0making in a small geographic area and encouraged by William Moody and Thomas Fox of the Council On Foundations to explore grant-making in the Caribbean, Michael Dively made this first trip to St. Kitts. A decision was made to concentrate grant-making on the newly independent country of St. Kitts-Nevis. The first international grants were made including one to St. Kitts-Nevis Foundation for National Development to establish a direct mini-loan fund.


1983 – Mutki Fund was incorporated in Michigan on June 24th by Michael Dively, a professor at Albion College and Martin Dupuis, a recent Albion graduate. There were joined by Michael Fennessy on the board, and Martin Dupuis was elected President. Five grants totaling $1,250 were made to Michigan organizations.

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