In 1969, two members of the Lyford Cay Club, Robert Blum and William Robbins, formed ‘The American Friends of The Bahamas’, a non-profit public charity with tax-exempt status under the US Internal Revenue code. Its purpose was to create an effective vehicle for the distribution of philanthropic gifts within The Bahamas. In 1979, the name of the organisation was changed to Lyford Cay Foundation, Inc.
The Canadian Lyford Cay Foundation, a Canadian non-profit charity, was established in 1977.
In its early years, the Foundations provided small grants
to organisations in need in the country, its first was to the Crippled Children’s Foundation, now the Physically Challenged Children’s Committee. The grants programme remains in existence today.