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Tom Caron Joins The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida
He will serve in the newly created position of Director of Donor Services  

JACKSONVILLE, Florida – February 24, 2021  The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida is pleased to announce that Tom Caron has joined the organization as Director of Donor Services. In this newly created position, Tom will be responsible for deepening donor relationships with existing donors at the Foundation. He will help further identify donors’ charitable giving goals and needs, and offer services designed to promote strategic giving, family philanthropy and donor-leveraged grantmaking.  He reports to Joanne E. Cohen, Vice President, Philanthropic Services.  

Read the full press release here.

“Season of Sharing” Reaches More than $3.7 Million in Donations throughout 21st Annual Campaign
Since March 2020, the community-wide campaign has raised more than $6.5 million to provide stability for the community’s most vulnerable.
 
SARASOTA, FL – Three months of unparalleled generosity have elevated the annual “Season of Sharing” campaign to a significant milestone, raising more than $3.7 million in donations at a time when community needs exacerbated by the global pandemic have never been greater. Moved by a call to help fellow neighbors in crisis, 3,200 donors and local foundations came together to offer stability for those most vulnerable in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and DeSoto counties, bringing the campaign’s 21-year total to over $30 million.

This outpouring of support comes as requests from people who never imagined they’d require help reach a precarious tipping point. Prior to the campaign’s annual kick-off in November 2020, Season of Sharing funding was on pace to be exhausted in record time – just seven months – even with other government and private aid. This was following an additional rally of $2.8 million raised during the spring and early summer of 2020.


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The Patterson Foundation Contributes $100,000 to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy
The gift is made in celebration of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s 10-year anniversary

SARASOTA, Fla. (Jan. 28, 2021) – The Patterson Foundation is making a $100,000 contribution to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) in celebration of its decade of strengthening communities recovering from major disasters. In that span, CDP has worked across the United States and throughout the world following natural disasters, humanitarian crises and other complex emergencies.

Donors are quick to give when disaster strikes, but often they do so in ways that address immediate needs while vital medium- and long-term disaster recovery efforts go underfunded. CDP is the only full-time national resource dedicated to helping donors maximize their impact by making more intentional giving decisions in response to domestic and international disasters. Since 2010, CDP has leveraged the power of philanthropy to utilize resources that strengthen communities recovering from disasters while equipping them for future challenges. The COVID-19 pandemic, Hurricane Harvey, the California wildfires and Haiti’s 2011 earthquake are some of the more notable disasters to which CDP has responded.

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Booker Promise Looks to Community for Scholarship Support

Sarasota, FL— A student’s zip code should not have more influence on her success than the dreams she holds in her heart. This was the tenet that started Booker Promise Foundation, a scholarship initiative aimed at helping Booker High students enter the workforce without college debt.

Providing mentorship, tutoring, and career planning, Booker Promise assists select high school freshmen until they walk across the stage to receive their diplomas. Upon graduation, they are eligible for funding covering the cost of tuition and fees for an associate degree or technical certificate at a qualifying public Florida college.

The effort recently caught the attention of Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation, which will be matching all donations made to the organization up to $150,000. Funds will be used to purchase Florida Prepaid Scholarships for participating students.

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More than 115 local nonprofits get help to compensate for COVID-19 safety costs 
Nearly $1.2 million granted from the Respond/Adapt/Recover Fund

JACKSONVILLE, Florida – January 12, 2021   Christmas came early to 117 local nonprofit organizations who received a total of nearly $1.2 million to help offset the costs they incurred trying to re-open and continue serving clients during  the COVID-19  pandemic.  The  grants,  which  ranged  from  $500 to $50,000, helped cover  agencies’ purchases  of  personal  protective  equipment,  Plexiglas  and  similar  materials, COVID-19 training and health testing of staff, and necessary items for social distancing and sanitation. Program transition  support  costs—such  as  those  necessary  to  deliver  services  online—were  also  eligible  for  reimbursement
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Funding    for    the    grants    came    from    The    Community    Foundation    for    Northeast    Florida’s Respond/Adapt/Recover Fund. This special fund, established this fall, was made possible with a significant gift from the Lucy Gooding Charitable Foundation Trust, additional gifts from individual donors and The Community Foundation’s discretionary funds.

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Community Foundation of Collier County & Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation to Host Seventh Annual Give Where You Live Collier

(NAPLES, FL – January 13, 2021) – The Community Foundation of Collier County has partnered, once again, with the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation to host the seventh annual giving day in Collier County, Give Where You Live Collier, starting at noon on February 10 through noon on February 11, 2021. The event gives 40 Collier County basic needs and education nonprofits a much-needed boost with donations, a $400,000 matching fund and $50,000 in prizes from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, and a $100,000 match from the Community Foundation.
 
The event raised a record $5.65 million in the sixth year and over $25 million for local basic needs and education nonprofits since its inception in 2015.

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Jorge Peña selected to receive the 2021 Ann McDonald Baker Art Ventures Award
Noted violist and co-founder of the St. Augustine Music Festival honored by The Community Foundation
 
JACKSONVILLE, Florida – January 11, 2021 —Jorge Peña, veteran member of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, and artistic director and co-founder of the St. Augustine Music Festival, was presented with the Ann McDonald Baker Art Ventures Award last week.  The presentation was made in front of his colleagues in the Jacoby Symphony Hall as they prepared for the Florida Blue Masterworks Series performance on Friday night.  Peña has performed with the Symphony for 23 seasons.

Left to right: Nina Waters, president of The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida; Jorge Peña; Martha Frye Baker, Chair of the Board of Trustees for The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida.

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Community Foundation of Sarasota County Awards Five Grants  Promoting Equity and Access for Underrepresented, Geographically Underserved Communities Grants focus on educational and health care equity
 
SARASOTA, FL – In its first ever Equity and Access competitive grant cycle, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County has awarded five local nonprofit organizations who have expanded their services to promote educational and health care equity for people facing longstanding barriers in our community.

Nearly $130,000 has been provided to the Center for Religious Tolerance with support from Multicultural Health Institute and SRQ Strong, Family Promise of South Sarasota County, Forty Carrots Family Center, Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative, and Teen Court of Sarasota. Each of these organizations touch one or several underrepresented groups, including geographically underserved neighborhoods, communities of color, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ+ communities, and single mothers, among others.

“Each proposal was reviewed by a diverse committee of community members, whose life experiences and perspectives enriched the decision-making process,” says Kirsten Russell, Vice President of Community Impact at the Community Foundation. “These grant awards reflect the community's voice and vision for creating and increasing access and equity in the place they are proud to call home.”


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Community Generosity, Local Foundations Elevate “Season of Sharing” to more than $2.1 Million
With four matching gifts already contributed by The Patterson Foundation, gifts made now will help fellow neighbors through New Year.
 
SARASOTA, FL – In a holiday season marked by heightened needs as well as heightened charitable giving, an inspiring marker of hope for our community has been reached ahead of schedule. Six weeks into the Community Foundation of Sarasota County’s annual 12-week Season of Sharing campaign, grassroots donors and local foundations have raised more than $2.1 million to alleviate immediate basic needs and restore stability for our most vulnerable in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and DeSoto counties.

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The National Terrazzo and Mosaic Association has been the recipient of the 2020 Honor Award Winner for The Center for Health and Wellbeing in Winter Park, FL.


This health center integrates the realms of fitness, medicine, and wellness. This installation demonstrates the versatility of epoxy terrazzo as an artistic medium, with six medallions in 30 colors, set to advantage against a muted floor and rich woodwork. Intricate strip work went into the medallions, which take inspiration from the Seven Dimensions of Wellness and are both striking art pieces and symbols to orient visitors and reinforce branding. Black PVC divider strips provide maximum contrast between the vibrant resin colors. The steps incorporating metal inlay lettering consist of two-piece precast terrazzo. 
Read more here about their award!

The National Terrazzo and Mosaic Association, Inc. is a full service Non-Profit Trade Association headquartered in Fredericksburg, Texas. The Association establishes national standards for all Terrazzo floor and wall systems and provides complete specifications, color plates, and general information to architects and designers at no cost.


More Adults Returning to Class in 2020: Adult Scholarship Applications at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County Increase by Nearly 40 Percent.
The sharp increase in applications and scholarship recipients reflect shifting economic realities and opportunities in the face of COVID-19.
 
Amber Patrick, 29, and her family. Patrick is one of the 173 scholarship recipients who is able to continue or expand their education to advance their careers, returning to school at the State College of Florida to pursue a major in Pre-Med. Photo credit to Amy McKinlay Photography.
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Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation
recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for their new, landmark home “The Edyth” unveiling in 2022! The Edyth is a complete reimagination of how the Foundation will serve Central Florida and beyond. While COVID-19 prevented the Foundation from celebrating with the
community, we wanted to share this important milestone and day with you.




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