Help For Children (HFC) was first founded in 1998 by Rob Davis, Managing Director of McAlinden Research Partners, with the goal of raising funds for the prevention and treatment of child abuse. Now serving as Chairman Emeritus, Rob witnessed first-hand the devastating effects of abuse on innocent children in his early career as a teacher. Embraced by the hedge fund industry from the onset, Help For Children has grown from a single dinner held in New York City to a worldwide presence, operating with branches in six countries, raising donations from the financial services sector and making grants to effective and efficient organizations focused on protecting and healing children from the trauma of abuse.
HFC Cayman was founded in 2005 as our second international affiliate. Since inception, we have distributed over $2.6 million in 85 grants to agencies and organizations in Cayman that work to prevent and treat child abuse and neglect.
HFC Cayman plays a vital role in addressing attitudes surrounding child abuse and neglect in Cayman. The group began by bringing together every child protection agency on the island in a forum to discuss the issues surrounding prevention, public awareness and service provision, giving the committee an understanding of where HFC Cayman funds would be best placed while also providing a blueprint for a long term plan for child welfare.
Since that time, great strides have been made in building awareness of the problem and the traumas inflicted; organizations are working together, forming alliances that cover specialised training of key employees and persons dealing with young victims of abuse; and specific personnel needs have been identified and met through HFC funding.
In 2014, the Cayman Committee of Hope joined the Committee of Hearts in promoting HFC's overall mission of preventing and treating child abuse.
For a complete list of the current grantees and their projects, click here.
For more information about HFC Cayman, please contact Rachel Wheeler at RWheeler@HFC.org.