what is treasure beach foundation?

Treasure Beach Foundation is a U.S-based organization which benefits the people of Treasure Beach, Jamaica.    

Our primary thrust is education—though we have also provided assistance when major hurricanes have severely damaged the area. 

We are committed to working with the Treasure Beach community to improve and provide educational opportunities to maximize the residents’ potential to lead fulfilling, productive lives. We serve as advocates for many whose voices are often unheard.

We have no paid staff members, pay no rent, and incur few outside expenses. Much of the professional assistance we require is provided at no cost or at highly reduced rates by others who care deeply for Treasure Beach and share our commitment to its people.

Therefore, unlike many other charities, we have very minimal overhead. This means that the vast majority of the money we raise—more than 90%—directly benefits the residents of Treasure Beach, especially the children.

What is equally important is that our programs show demonstrable results. Not only do we award scholarships for exceptionally promising students, but school officials report new-found scholastic enthusiasm among all the students vying for these awards. The students are more receptive to learning, and standardized test scores are rising year after year.



We are incorporated in the State of Virginia and are administered by a Board of Directors who live in the U.S. The Board members are vitally interested in social issues such as education and healthcare; many of our Board members are frequent visitors to Treasure Beach. Our Board of Directors is augmented by a Board of Advisors, many of whom live in Jamaica.

Karen Kennedy serves as Chairman and President of Treasure Beach Foundation. Over the nearly 25 years Karen and Peter Kennedy have been a part of the Treasure Beach community, they have been enchanted by the area—and, most of all, its people. Treasure Beach Foundation was established as a means of providing support—and giving back to—the community that has embraced them.

We are a 501 (c) (3) non-profit foundation; this means all donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law under U.S. IRS regulations.

Additional Information:

Our Board of Directors and Board of Advisors

support our efforts

2008 Scholarship winners

Financial donations are most welcome at any time. Your donation, in any amount, will help us achieve our goals—and allow us to do even more in the future.  You can make a very meaningful difference in the life of an exceedingly promising student.  And, your donation will benefit the entire Treasure Beach community.

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