The Flora Fund

The Flora Fund was launched on May 1, 2018 after Flora Duffy’s inspirational victory at the MS Amlin World Triathlon Bermuda.

"I could not have successfully pursued my dream of being a professional athlete without considerable help," says Flora. "competing at the highest level of any sport requires constant funding and encouragement. I am massively grateful for the private and corporate support that, along with my family, enabled me to get there. Now I would like to help others where I can. This is a small start but I hope to grow the foundation into a meaningful and sustainable community asset. That positively impacts the youth of Bermuda. Sport can open doors- it did for me." – Flora Duffy

Born and raised in Bermuda, Flora has gone on to become an 8 x World Champion. As the current ITU World Champion, Flora won the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games and followed that with a sensational win at the inaugural World Triathlon Series Bermuda. She started competing in triathlons at the age of seven as part of the Ironkids Triathlon series at Clearwater Beach. Flora started competing internationally in 2005, with her first major games representing Bermuda at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games. Flora went on to represent Bermuda at the 2008 Beijing, 2012 London and 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. In addition to competing in ITU Triathlon events, Flora is the only person to win 4 consecutive Xterra World Titles, the off-road version of triathlon

“Flora believes that often a single act of support can be the difference between a young athlete graduating to the next level or becoming despondent and going a different direction. She often relates critical moments in her own career. It could be airfare, or annual coaching fees, or even just a pair of shoes for a talented kid unable to attain them, that could make the difference in her view. With a few key role players in the sports community, Flora hopes to identify talent in need, and remove barriers for them. It is a humble start, but hopefully a long-term vision that will bear much positive impact for Bermuda. Mostly, Flora is thrilled to be able to start giving back, and with the support of BCF has found a means to embark on this commitment.” – Dan Hugo


Donors who share Flora’s vision for aspiring athletes can contribute to The Flora Fund by clicking here to make a standard gift or here to make a US IRS Tax deductable gift.

Bermuda Debate Society Fund

As a small, but vibrant charity fostering debate among students in Bermuda, the Bermuda Debate Society is excited to partner with the Bermuda Community Foundation. We see the BCF as an innovative vehicle that will preserve our finances for future operations even in the event that many years from now we, as existing Board members, are no longer involved. By establishing —and growing—an agency fund, we hope to show our donors that we are forward-thinking and that their contributions are being used responsibly and in a sustainable fashion. We have confidence in the BCF; in addition to BCF's Board members being recognised and respected members of the community, it has the financial backing of prominent organisations. We suggest other charities consider taking advantage of this exceptional opportunity to ensure their longevity.  —Marisa Sharpe, President, The Bermuda Debate Society

To make a contribution to Bermuda Debate Society Fund (BDSAF) click here.

O’Hara Family Fund

The Bermuda Community Foundation is enabling us, and will enable a lot of other Bermuda people, to build a lasting legacy for the nonprofit sector. It works in a number of ways. My wife has handled our accounts from the day we were married and has always taken care of our charitable giving, and it’s a lot of work. Giving a lump sum, building an endowment with the BCF, frees her up and we can now simply instruct the BCF as to where we want the money to go. We can also continue to build up the endowment over time and leave something lasting for our children and their families, something that will be perpetual in the market.
As an American who pays taxes, I also feel it works from a tax perspective. The endowment can be invested and grow compounded tax-free—whereas if we were funding our third sector by giving piecemeal each year, that would be after-tax money. So it works in a virtuous circle in many ways. —Brian O’Hara

O'Hara Family

To make a contribution to the O'Hara Family Fund (BMONO) click here.

Durhager Family Fund

Our family believes in giving back and volunteering. By starting a fund with the Bermuda Community Foundation, the four of us will be able to support charities whose efforts resonate with us. The fund is another way for our family to be actively engaged in both our community and our giving.We cannot think of anything more rewarding and fulfilling as a family to do together, and are pleased our daughters will be involved in helping future generations of Bermudians.  —Peter Durhager

Durhager Family

To make a contribution to the Durhager Family Fund (PCDAD) click here.

Bermuda High School PTA Excellence Prize Fund

Every year, the PTA raises funds that go towards enhancing the school. We wanted to find a way to augment our annual efforts with an investment that will grow over time.We also sought a way to engage students as civic leaders and as potential philanthropists.

The PTA Excellence Prize Fund helps us get to that goal. Using funds that might have gone towards gifts of appreciation to PTA volunteers last year, we established this fund at BCF in the name of the PTA.  —Lacey Fraser, Secondary Chair, PTA Executive

Bermuda High School PTA

To make a contribution to the Bermuda High School PTA Excellence Prize Fund (BHSPTA) click here.

The Williams Legacy Fund

 “I’d rather be sailing,” was the quote posted in my grandfather’s taxi for as long as I can remember. As a captain of the seas, he understood powerful lessons can be learned from working towards a common goal. He believed developing a respect for the sea created opportunities for relationship building, character development and discipline. My grandmother’s love of the arts, and music in particular, was founded in the same belief. This fund honours my grandparents’ belief in the development of the whole person. As a family, we say thank you to BCF for allowing us to impact our community in their memory.  —Nikkita Scott

Williams Family

To make a contribution to the Williams Legacy Fund (WLF) click here.

The Quig Family Fund

My wife and I met as volunteers at a Montreal inner-city youth centre in 1992. We knew we would remain committed to championing the causes of disadvantaged families and at-risk kids. When our daughters came along, we continued to take very seriously the belief that it is important to do what you can for people who may not be in a position to advocate for or protect themselves. The idea of being able to give to the causes we care about throughout our lives and then passing our family’s interests in philanthropy on to future generations excites us. Structuring our giving in this way means we’ll be able to contribute to charity in perpetuity—the monies will have been secured and BCF will be there to administer the fund through our descendants. —Marc Quig

Quig Family

To make a contribution to the Quig Family Fund (MDQMV) click here.

Joan Darling Memorial Fund

Our mother died at the age of 75 in 2002.We saw the BCF fund as the chance to create something meaningful to honour her. It’s a way to thank her for all that she did for us. In addition, it’s a way to provide help to vulnerable people in the community forever. That would have made her very happy. A compassionate person, she was especially concerned about people who were challenged by circumstances beyond their control. This fund is a way to perpetuate her memory. Thank you, BCF, for providing us the vehicle to do this!  —Amanda Outerbridge

Joan Darling Memorial Fund

To make a contribution to the Joan Darling Memorial Fund (JDMF) click here.

Toogood Family Fund

The Toogood Family Fund at BCF was established to support environment education, research and conservation with a focus on the protection of the ocean environment. 

To make a contribution to the Toogood Family Fund (CTCTF) at BCF click here.

Irene Dale Memorial Fund

Irene Dale’s passion was nursing.  She graduated from the Halifax School of Infirmary in 1953, and was a registered nurse in both Bermuda and Canada.  She was the nurse every patient would want to have. She sought to make every patient ‘s journey as comfortable as possible, and she served with love and compassion. - Brenda Dale 



 


To make a contribution to the Irene Dale Memorial Fund (IDMF) click here.