Welcome to Waivunia, The Island Development Initiative

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About Us

How We're Helping


We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (registered in the state of Washington, EIN 82-3882957) focused on helping make rural island communities better and happier. With the help of our tireless staff and dedicated beneficiaries, we organize fundraisers, community-building events, village visits, and training sessions for villagers and our volunteers. We focus on livelihood projects to increase income-generating capacity of islanders. We seek to catalyze donor investment in sustainable ventures that have tremendous social impact in island communities.

Get Involved


Are you passionate about what we're doing? Let us know! We are always looking for volunteers to help us make our vision a reality. We'll help you find a way to volunteer that best suits you. We're excited to have you join the team!

Thank You


Whether you help island development through monetary donations, volunteering your time to work on domestic or international relief and development projects or spreading our mission through word-of-mouth, thank you. We couldn't assist islanders to acheve their dreams without the help of supporters like you. 

Grant Procedures and Application Form

Download this form to submit a project funding proposal.

We give priority to livelihood projects that increase the income-generating capacity of islanders.

Waivunia Grant Procedures and Application 2018 - Fillable (docx)


Our Leadership

Robert Reid, President


Robert’s 40+ year career in international development has spanned dozens of countries around the world both with the US government and nonprofits. He is a former US diplomat who retired from the US government at the rank of senior executive. Although Robert has served in senior positions in landlocked countries such as Mongolia, Tajikistan, and Bosnia & Herzegovina, he has excelled in island rural development. Hence, his desire to build Waivunia to be an innovative island development nonprofit. Robert has a Master’s degree in International Management from Thunderbird, the top-ranked international business graduate school in the world, and one of his doctorates is the same as that of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. He lives on Lopez Island. 

Jinny Chun, Vice President


Recently retired attorney from the U.S. State Department, and former U.S. Army JAG officer, she looks forward to applying and sharing her experiences from years of living and working abroad to projects focused on sustainable development of island communities. 

Ron Reid, Treasurer


Healthcare Executive Director for over 10 years. He manages operations resulting in over $16 million of annual revenues. His success centers on creating a new customer base through innovation and brand recognition. His leadership is based on creating a culture of accountability and growing  engaged stakeholders. Ron was born and lived his early years in Waivunia Village, Fiji.

Erika Bell, Secretary


Erika Bell is the owner of Pat Pierce, an online vintage boutique that gives a portion of sales to charity. She holds a Master of Science degree in Global Merchandising and Product Development from Florida State University.  

Anna Duren Reid, Director


Anna Reid is the owner and operator of Walter Green, Inc. boutique  stores in Northern Florida as well as  Through her leadership, the company has made its mark as a local community supporter as well as a destination for affordable everyday  clothing for women of all sizes. She graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Finance from Stetson University in Deland, FL.

S. Jeffrey Bell, Director


Jeffrey Bell graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. Jeff worked as an Executive Director for  several different Skilled Nursing Facilities, specializing in facility operations, patient care, and overall physical plant maintenance. He is currently the Owner and Operator of Pita Pit in Pensacola Florida, a healthy quick service restaurant.  

Interim Team

Natnicha U-sa Vayavong, Business Development Intern

Natnicha Vayavong is currently a dual credit student at the University of Toledo. She has a keen interest in pursuing a degree as well as a profession in business. Recently in her academic career, she had the opportunity to develop a competitive business plan for the Business Professionals of America organization which placed her first in her region, first in the state of Ohio, and fourth nationally. Natnicha has worked with many volunteer organizations and is enthusiastic about working with more nonprofits. 

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Many thanks to our Silver Donors!

  • Catherine Chun
  • Melinda Daniel
  • Judge & Mrs. Clarence A. Reid, Jr.
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Home Office: 1186 Sperry Rd, Lopez Island, Washington 98261, United States

+1 (360) 622-2755


Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm PST

Saturday - Sunday: Closed

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