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Roots of Development’s Annual Event

Every year, diverse and influential guests, business and political leaders, gather in Washington D.C. to support Roots of Development. The annual event is our most important fundraiser of the year, helping us raise a significant portion of the funds we use to carry out our mission every year.

With Support From These Corporate Sponsors


Our 13th Annual Fundraiser*

In partnership with

Thursday, November 11, 2021 – 7:00pm EST (*This year’s event will be virtual.)

Roots of Development is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that supports and advocates for a more sustainable approach to development around the world.

We believe the most sustainable approach to fighting poverty is by supporting development that is locally-led. We believe in a world in which the very communities living in poverty are the ones leading the fight against it; a world in which communities decide their own future and manage their own development. #DevelopmentWithoutDependency


The 2021 Max-Pulgar Vidal Award

Karl A. Racine, Attorney General of Washington, D.C.

In recognition of his extraordinary career, his achievements in advancing civil rights in the U. S. and abroad, and his commitment to Haiti and its people, Roots of Development is proud to honor Attorney General Karl Racine as this year’s Max Pulgar-Vidal Award recipient. From his early days as a public defender to becoming the first African American managing partner of Venable LLP, and then onto the first independently elected attorney general of the District of Columbia, Attorney General Racine has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the rights of others. He has been an advocate for the most vulnerable and a defender of justice and democracy.

The Max Pulgar-Vidal Award is named after a senior advisor to the Inter-American Development Bank and a leader in the field of development. The award was created in 2010 and past recipients include former U.S. Senators Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Bill Nelson (D-FL); Ambassador Paul Altidor, former Haitian Ambassador to the U.S.; and Mr. Laurent Lamothe, former Prime Minister of Haiti.


A Focus on Haiti

Haiti has faced one crisis after another this year.

While many countries around the world are exposed to the same threats, the destruction and loss of life is incomparable to the level of chaos and devastation that Haiti regularly experiences. But Haiti and its people do not have to keep living one crisis after another. By changing the way we support; by making strategic, long-term investments in the country and its leaders, we can help Haiti reduce and better resist disasters

As citizens of a more and more interconnected world, we cannot view Haiti as an “emergency state” and only get involved, or give, when the country is facing a crisis. We must support long-term, sustainable initiatives that strengthen the capacity of local leaders, who in turn build infrastructure, expand services, and improve quality of life. If we do not invest in sustainable development in Haiti, the country will be in no better shape the next time a disaster hits.


Why We Need Your Support This Year

Achieving this year’s remaining goals.

Despite the unprecedented challenges Haiti faced this year, Roots of Development is on track to have one of its most successful and impactful years yet. Thanks to your past support, the island of La Gonave now has its first official Communal Development Plan (CDP), young women on the island are gaining greater independence and accessing new opportunities by learning how to ride motorcycles, and the number of community development projects being implemented by our “Volunteers for Change (Volontè Pou Chanjman)” in Haiti has tripled.

In order to meet our 2021 programmatic objectives and avoid a decrease in the amount of funds raised at this year’s event (due to it being virtual), we need your generosity and support. Please help us raise what we need to supply grants to 7 new community-led development initiatives, carry out one additional training in 2021 on social entrepreneurship with guest facilitator Marc Alain Boucicault of BANJ, and help our partner organization in Haiti, Rasin Devlopman, develop a framework and set of tools to better monitor and evaluate its impact.

Supporting our growth and expansion in 2022.

Roots of Development is entering an inspiring new phase of its evolution, with the potential to transform the international development landscape. We are emerging as a pioneer of a promising new era in international development that empowers those who are living in poverty to lead the fight against it.

Next year, with your support, we plan to expand our portfolio of partners, implement our largest project yet on La Gonave, and begin sharing best practices, tools, and resources with a wider audience, in order to inspire a broader movement toward development without dependency.

Our annual event is your chance to learn more, get up to speed with latest developments, and support our work with a generous, tax-deductible donation.


Musical Performances & Prizes

Roots of Development’s event this year will include musical performances by jazz sensation Marie-Christine Depestre.

You can win one of several exciting prizes during the event.

Every individual who purchases a ticket to attend the event will be entered into a contest to win one of several exciting giveaways that will be handed out at the end of the night. Increase your odds of winning, while helping Roots raise more for its program, by purchasing additional raffle tickets at checkout!

Some of the prizes that will be given out that evening include a $200 gift card to a restaurant of your choice, a Haitian art and rum gift basket, a two-night Airbnb stay in Washington, D.C., a seven-night stay at Eden House, and more. Get yourself some extra raffle tickets!

Roots of Development’s 2021 Annual Event*

Donation and Ticket Order Form

* Due to the ongoing pandemic, the event will be held virtually this year.

Roots of Development is a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization (EIN 80-0490699). Your gift is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Our Generous 2021 Corporate Partners

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