What is the Pledge2build?

A global initiative to raise funds to upgrade the infrastructure of early childhood and
primary schools as well as teacher development in Jamaica.

About the Initiative

The Jamaica Diaspora Education Task Force (JDETF) has partnered with organizations
in Jamaica and in the Diaspora to raise US$2million to upgrade the infrastructure of
early childhood and primary schools in Jamaica.  Some of the proceeds will also seek to
offer professional development and training for teachers. 

The fundraising campaign is an inter-parish competition among Jamaicans across the
globe. Donors will compete to raise funds for their respective parishes.  The fundraising
period begins November 1, 2016 and runs through January 31, 2017, following an
official launch in Jamaica in November 2016. 

Shortly after the culminating event on January 31, 2017 will be the declaration of the
parish winner of the competition. At the end of the donation period the donations are
tallied by parish and the parish that has raised the most money is declared the winner.  
The campaign is part of a larger 5-year fundraising plan envisioned by the JDETF that
will see the Jamaican Diaspora community of three million strong play a greater role in
the development and transformation of education in Jamaica.

What are the primary goals of this initiative?

The primary goal is to fundraise for US$2million for the capital improvement of early childhood and primary schools across Jamaica.
The intent is to:

Who is the JDETF?

The Jamaica Diaspora Education Task Force (JDETF) was borne out of the 5 th Biennial Diaspora Conference held in Montego Bay, Jamaica in 2013, under the leadership of Leo Gilling, the immediate past Diaspora Advisory Board Member for the West/Mid- West USA.  The JDETF determined that partnership and collaboration with stakeholders in Jamaica should be included in the plans and mission towards contributing to VISION 2030.  The task force members span the USA, Canada and the UK, and has benefitted from the support, participation and leadership of organizations in the Diaspora such as the Union of Jamaican Alumni Associations (UJAA), Jamaica Impact, Inc. (JAMPACT), Jamaica Awareness Association of California, (JAAC), and in Jamaica from such organizations as the Jamaica Teachers Association (JTA), the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information (MoEYI) and Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College (SSTC).

Who are the major partners?

The major partners in this initiative are:

Who are the major supporters?

The major supporters in this initiative are:


"What is the inspiration for the pledge2build initiative

Pledge2build was borne out of the message of Jamaica’s National Pledge.
The National Pledge offers a road-map for building a stronger nation. As we 'pledge the love and
loyalty of our hearts, in the service of our fellow citizens’, we realize that as a group we
must be of service to our students, our children. In order to ensure that they can ultimately play their role and realize their talents,
we first need to pledge our support and donate to provide adequate infrastructure and educators to nurture their growth.
Our students are in the classrooms working diligently, essentially playing their part inthe pledge.

Will you do your part and pledge2build?


Who can donate?

Everyone can donate …Jamaicans, friends of Jamaica…far and wide.

When can I donate funds?

The donation period for the 2016-2017 campaign runs from November 1, 2016 through January 31, 2017. Donations can be accepted as of November 1, 2016

Where can I donate money?

You can donate through various financial receptacles.


What is the isupportjamaica.com platform?

ISupportJamaica is a crowdfunding platform which seeks to provide an easy and creative way for Jamaicans in the Diaspora and elsewhere and friends of Jamaica, to provide financial support to projects, both microenterprise and non-profit. Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a campaign or venture by raising small

Why do I need to sign up first on the isupportjamaica platform? Can't I just get in and donate?

Legally our 501c3 has a responsibility to keep records for the IRS. If you donate we can send you a tax deductible certificate for filing your taxes.
Once you are signed up login in and you are ready to "fund project"!

Is my donation tax-deductible?

Yes, your donations will be tax-deductible in the USA. US residents will be provided a tax receipt if we are provided appropriate contact information.
Donors from other areas may request documentation supporting their donation by contacting us via our website. Please consult your tax advisor regarding the appropriate use of this information.


Who has oversight of the funds?

The fiscal sponsor, The Union of Jamaican Alumni Associations (USA) Inc. (“UJAA”), a 26 year old reputable nonprofit organization with its principal place of business located at 1452 President Street, Brooklyn New York 11213. Accounting firm, Crichton Mullings and Associates, serves as independent auditor for this project. The firm will review revenue and expenditure and certify transactions.

About the Fiscal sponsor

The Union of Jamaican Alumni Associations (USA) Inc. (UJAA)is the fiscal sponsor for the JDETF. UJAA is a non-profit organization tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) corporation and as the fiscal sponsor will provide the fiduciary oversight, financial management, and other administrative services to help build capacity for the JDETF. In general, UJAA will receive and manage funds, handle the reporting to funders, and ensure legal compliance.

How will the funds be used?

1. Upgrade early childhood and primary schools in each of the 14 parishes in 2017.
2. Provide an international teacher/practitioner development program.

How can I be assured that the money will go to the projects as stated?

JDETF have implemented processes to ensure transparency and accountability. UJAA, the fiscal sponsor will receive and manage funds. Contractors will be paid by fiscal sponsor at each stage of the process. Contractors will be required to submit a Statement of Work (SOW), completed work and invoice, prior to payment. Crichton Mullings and Associates will serve as an independent auditor and will certify transactions

JDETF will be providing updates on the status of the funds as raised, on an ongoing basis. This information will be posted on the website www.pledge2build.com .">( Any funds that are collected will be handled by the fiscal sponsor, UJAA..

Does the parish/school that receives/collects the most dollars receive a "prize"?

Yes, the ‘winning’ parish will receive funds to support the infrastructure development for a 2nd school in that parish from funds collected, considering the goal is met.  The funds collected will be used to build based on the school with the greatest need. If the overall goal of $2 million is not met, the prize will not be offered.

How are the schools selected?

The National Education Trust (NET) inspects schools within each parish and performs a needs assessment on each. The selection is based solely on highest needs. A selection committee decides on the chosen schools. Schools were recommended by the Ministry of Education, Early Childhood Commission and the use of the National Education Inspectorate report.

What are the criteria for selecting a school?
Public educational institution and/or entity which falls under the remit of the Ministry of Education, Youth & Information or Early Childhood Commission
  • Yes
  • No

  • Early childhood or primary school
  • Early childhood
  • Primary school

  • School population (students) is greater than 50 for early childhood institution and 130 for primary school Urgency of the Project
  • Yes (Risk to health, safety and security)
  • No

  • Project outcomes/benefits:
  • Project is related to health/life/safety
  • Project supports student success
  • Project reduces risk or improves security
  • Project addresses a current system that is at end of life
  • Project addresses a current system that is functioning but is nearing end of life

  • Infrastructure need being address:
  • Renovation
  • New construction

  • How do you propose to raise the money in that short time frame?
    This project is driven by the inter parish competition. The intent is to appeal to your sense of pride, competitiveness, emotions and your love for your parish.  This year, JDETF want you to call all your friends & families and appeal to them to donate to your parish.  

    This initiative is a grassroots effort!   JDETF is asking that you like/share the www.facebook.com/pledge2build link from person to person requesting participation and make the calls.  Only you can make the difference.   The collaborations with our partners throughout the global Diaspora will also help with the outreach.
    What are the other expenses associated with this project?
    Some of the expenses captured as part of the project include marketing, project management and administration fees that can equal approximately 10% of the total expected revenue.  The CPA will certify and report on the fees.  None of the volunteers will receive any financial benefit in this project.
    Will we get progress reports on the projects?
    The pledge2build website (www.pledge2build.com) will be updated at least monthly with the status of all funds raised, how the funds were allocated to projects, as well as implementation progress reports.
    Is the Jamaican government involved in this project?
    Yes, government is involved. JDETF has received endorsements from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade (MFAFT) and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information (MOEYI). The MFAFT will assist in the outreach efforts to the Diaspora through the overseas missions. The MoEYI will assist with the selection of schools. The ministries will not be involved with the management or disbursement of funds.
    How was the goal of $2 million established?
    The $2 million goal was based on the estimated that the cost to build/upgrade a school is between US$80,000 and US$125,000.  This estimate is based on statistics and information garnered from Food for the Poor who has built and given over 100 schools to the government, the Early Childhood Commission who is the agency responsible for early childhood education, and the National Education Trust (NET). The project, then, will fund projects in all 14 parishes, professional development projects for teachers, as well as fees and expenses.


    How can I participate today?
    1) Donate (Nov 1 - Jan 31)

    - Online: Donate online at pledge2build.iSupportJamaica.com
    - Mail: Send a check* with your donation …
    Checks should be made payable to:  UJAA FBO JDETF
    And should be mailed to:  
    1452 President Street
    Brooklyn, NY  11213
    *NOTE – Checks must reflect the name of parish in the memo field.
    Checks must be postmarked by January 31, 2017.
     - In Person: Donate at JN or Western Union locations

    2) Support

    - Signup to be a supporter at shareitcamp.com
    - Join our mailing list at pledge2build.com 
    - Like pledge2build on Facebook (facebook.com/pledge2build)
    - Follow pledge2build on Twitter (https://twitter.com/pledge2build)

    3) Spread the Word

    - Tell 10 people about the fundraiser
    - Share flyers with friends and family, and on social media with the hashtag

    Are there specific social media tags etc, you would like shared to spread the message?
    - #pledge2build
    - #pledge2buildja
    What special events are planned?
    A series of launch activities will be hosted across the Diaspora.  Additional informatio- will be provided shortly. - Washington, D.C. (Promotional/media launch) October 26, 2016 - South Florida (Promotional/media launch) October 27, 2016 - Toronto (Promotional/media launch) October 29, 2016 - New York (Promotional/media launch) October 31, 2016 - Jamaica (Official promotional/media launch) November 1, 2016 - Jamaica (Culminating event) January 31, 2017 - Jamaica (Groundbreaking event) TBD


    Have a suggestion, comment or question?
    Email us at info@pledge2build.com