A Message from the JB Fernandes Memorial Trust

Dear T&T NGO Conference Attendees:

It is with great pleasure that I am sharing the 2014 T&T NGO Professionals Conference Evaluation Report (301KB, PDF) with you.  

In May 2014, the JB Fernandes Trust partnered with the local NGO sector in Trinidad and Tobago to host the third annual T&T NGO Professionals Conference.

Over the last three years, we have learned from and grown with our partners to make these events valuable for all the participating organisations.

I am happy to report that based on the results of this year’s evaluation, the Conference successfully  met its key objectives, creating a space where NGO professionals were exposed to new ideas and best practices, connected with new peers, and collectively reflected on and expanded their vision for the entire sector.

This year, thanks to past feedback, more time was scheduled for networking.  We will continue to explore ways to create additional networking opportunities as the Conference Evaluation Report also told us that you want us to continue bringing together generations of NGO leaders to learn and benefit from each other’s experiences.  In addition, the report revealed that you are interested in workshops for more mature NGOs and future T&T NGO Professionals events will seek to address this.

We’re also pleased to report that there was an increase in the number of NGOs from Tobago attending the 2014 Conference.

The JB Fernandes Trust is committed to its stated goal of finding effective ways to strengthen the capacity of Trinidad and Tobago’s NGO sector.  Having the opportunity to be in the room and interact directly with NGO professionals helps the Trust learn more about the sector’s current capacity and its specific needs.  We truly understand the vitality, commitment and ingenuity of the local NGO sector and its tremendous contribution to the country and its people.

Moving forward, the Trust will seek ways to strengthen individual organisations addressing children, youth and families; education; and poverty reduction, while simultaneously increasing the availability of high-quality training and providing more networking possibilities for NGOs.

In closing, I want to again express the Trust's gratitude to the Steering Committee, the United Way, our conference sponsors, workshop leaders and panelists, volunteers and all those who partnered with us to take this big step. Onward!


Thank You!

Thank you to all the NGOs and presenters that participated in the 2014 Trinidad & Tobago NGO Professionals Conference and shared their organisation's best practices, challenges and future plans. 

We also say thank you to our steering committee, conference registration partner - the United Way Trinidad & Tobago, and our generous conference sponsors - the JB Fernandes Memorial Trust IRockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Institute of International Education (IIE), Veni Apwann and the Hyatt Regency Trinidad. Thanks also to our volunteers who did an exceptional job in assisting attendees and organisers during the conference.

A special thank you goes to Marie Clark of Clark Communications for her invaluable work with our conference Facebook and T&T NGO News blog, and her overall advice. We could not have run this conference without her!


2014 Conference Content and Attendee Information


Have questions? Contact us at ttngoconference@iie.org.

 

Pic of JB Fernandes Award Winner

2014 Attendees List
J.B. Fernandes Award for NGO Excellence

 

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