BAHAMAS NATIONAL TRUST
The Bahamas National Trust is a non-governmental, non-profit, membership organization that was established in 1959 to manage the country’s system of parks and protected areas, as well as places and buildings of historic interest. In 2010, the legislation was updated to formalize the BNT as an official adviser to government and the private sector on development, conservation and biodiversity issues and policies. The BNT is governed by an independent council that includes representatives from the public and private sectors, as well as from international scientific institutions. The BNT currently manages a portfolio of 32 national parks across the archipelago encompassing over 2 million acres of land and sea.
ONE ELEUTHERA FOUNDATION (OEF)
One Eleuthera's goal is to strengthen the Eleuthera community by identifying and investing in high quality projects that further the islands economic, environmental and social development. Key to achieving this goal is connecting organizations and people to the necessary resources for them to be effective in their work. The organization's focus is on effecting systemic change and it is for this reason that it undertakes diverse and in-depth projects. The OEF implements key programs and supports partners and other non-profits in carrying out their work in order to benefit the community of Eleuthera and ensure a more productive, self-sufficient island. Projects fall under one or more of five keys areas including Education, Health and Wellness, Economic Development, Environment and Culture and Heritage.
THE ISLAND SCHOOL
The Island School offers a transformative educational semester and summer term in Eleuthera, The Bahamas. High school sophomores and juniors from around the world travel to the island to learn outside the walls of a classroom. With the campus and surrounding ocean as the laboratory and with help from partners at the Cape Eleuthera Institute, the program is designed teach students how to live sustainably in the twenty-first century. All while earning high school credit. Together, faculty, researchers, and students engage in the process of inquiry in order to discover solutions to real world problems. The Island School experience culminates in the beginning of a lifelong educational journey, with more self-confident students leaving as engaged global citizens, empowered to be active leaders of their generation.
CAPE ELEUTHERA INSTITUTE (CEI)
The Cape Eleuthera Institute was born out of the growing need to expand both research and sustainable systems initiatives operating under the auspices of The Island School, an educational semester program founded by Chris and Pam Maxey in 1999 in South Eleuthera. Capitalizing on the momentum generated by The Island School and the desire to address pertinent environmental issues facing The Bahamas and the Caribbean, core research and sustainable systems design initiatives were moved to the Cape Eleuthera Institute. This increases the organization's capacity to undertake larger projects, create space for courses and workshops in tropical sciences and sustainable design, and facilitate more formal collaboration with other like-minded institutions and governments.
BAHAMAS REEF ENVIRONMENT EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION (BREEF)
BREEF is a non-governmental, non-profit Bahamian foundation concerned with educating Bahamians about the value of and need for conserving our marine environment. BREEF works toward its mission through youth environmental education programs, teacher training and education, public awareness initiatives, and targeted advocacy on specific marine conservation and sustainable fisheries matters. The non-profit organization is supported by members and donors throughout The Bahamas and around the world.