Friends of the Dominican Republic (FDR), is a non-profit group made up primarily of former Peace Corps Volunteers who have served in the Dominican Republic over the past 52 years. It provides small grants to support projects and programs involving Peace Corps Volunteers and the people they work with. It does this through two FDR program funds (the Community Challenge Fund and the Program Support Fund) supported with donations from its membership and others. Each fund has a different emphasis and they are designed to complement each other.
HOW COMMUNITY CHALLENGE FUNDS ARE REQUESTED - The Community Challenge Fund (CCF) is designed to help poorer communities in the DR to build basic infrastructure projects, including but not limited to such projects as water systems, water filters, electrification, cement floors, improved wood stoves, latrines, schools, and libraries. CCF provides funding for 10-15 projects a year with a maximum project grant of $4,000. A total of 90 projects have been funded as of 2015. Eligible projects must include a community contribution of at least 25 percent, often in the form of sweat equity and some construction materials. Active involvement by both Peace Corps Volunteers and community groups is required and a plan for sustaining the project must be demonstrated. After the community develops a project scope and budget with the help of Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs), the PCV works with their APCD staff and Farah Canaán (Grants Committee Coordinator) to obtain the PC-DR Director’s approval of the grant application which is prepared using Peace Corps Partnership application forms. The application is then submitted to FDR’s CCF Program Committee for review and approval. Peace Corps Volunteers oversee disbursement of project funds. For more details, see Programs/Community Challenge Fund. If you have questions, you can contact the CCF's Manager, John Epler, at email@example.com .
We connect our Peace Corps community to promote appreciation of and service to the people of the Dominican Republic
2015 Annual Report
Friends of the Dominican Republic (FDR) is a non-profit corporation created to continue supporting Peace Corps’ work in the Dominican Republic. We summarize our work quite simply:
We are a “cyber-based” membership organization of former and current Dominican Republic Peace Corps volunteers, staff, and supporters. Our members:
- Raise funds to support the work of current volunteers in the Dominican Republic,
- Advance the Third Goal of Peace Corps by sharing our knowledge of the Dominican Republic with other Americans, and
- Foster “connectedness” by growing our membership network to provide news and information about Peace Corps DR and encourage participation in and support for our work.
For 2015 we continued working on our strategic goals:
Goal 1: Focus on Organizational Sustainability
Goal 2: Strengthen Core Programs
Goal 3: Increase Membership/Supporter Involvement
FDR’s Significant Accomplishments in 2015
- Funded 15 community projects in cooperation with Peace Corps and current volunteers in the Dominican Republic by providing almost $41,500, benefitting 6,876 Dominicans.
- Initiated a University Scholarship Pilot Program with former Virginia Tech athletes and staff to send two Dominican youth leaders to college.
- Provided Program Support Funds to print 100 copies of a Spanish language Brigada Verde manual for use by current PCVs to support their environmental projects.
- Initiated a partnership with American University’s Peace Corps Community Archives to accept materials donated by FDR’s RPCV members for the Dominican Republic section of the archives.
- Published five editions of La Voz, our electronic newsletter that was sent to more than 2,800 FDR members around the world.
- Raised more than $47,000 in new revenue and spent more than $52,000 supporting FDR’s programs and activities.