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Fundación Alexander Selkirk is a recognized Chilean charity and non-profit organization created in 2011 to provide ongoing support for reconstruction efforts on Chile’s Robinson Crusoe Island.

As in the case of all Chilean foundations, ours was subject to in-depth governmental review of its founding principles, the character of its board members and its accounting practices before being officially approved. 

The Foundation is focusing its efforts on rebuilding and equipping the local school after the original building was lost in the 2010 tsunami.    The new school will enhance the quality of the island’s education and provide a venue for a variety of activities and cultural events. In the meantime, however, we are focussed on purchasing state-of-the-art equipment for the school, all of which will be easily transported from the current temporary site to its future permanent home.  

The Foundation is run by an all-volunteer Board of Directors  who voluntarily cover any overheads and or administrative costs that arise.  Therefore, 100% of all donations are used for island- based projects and, unlike many charitable organisations, we have zero deductions for administration and management costs.  


Members of Board of Directors:

President: Jon Benjamin, British Ambassador to Chile

Vice President: Katty Kauffman, CEO of Katty Kauffman and Associates

Treasurer: Janet Huntington, British Diplomat
Secretary: Brian Murtagh, British Fire Brigade Company, Santiago
Board Member: Pedro Niada, island resident

After the tsunami