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GOOD DEEDS in Sarasota and Manatee Counties

Release Date: 
08/22/2016

Donors at the Manatee Community Foundation have pledged to match $20,000 in donations to the Food Bank of Manatee to help launch its Grand Challenge community appeal. The donations will be used to stock the shelves and feed the children and families of Manatee County.


The 2016 Giving Challenge is presented by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County with giving strengthened by the Patterson Foundation, as well as support from the Manatee Community Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, William G. and Marie Selby Foundation and theHerald-Tribune Media Group. For more information, visit experiencegoodwill.com or thefloridacenter.org, or call (941) 355-2721.

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Health Foundation Awards $80,000 Grant to Ingredients for Education for KickinNutrition.TV

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08/22/2016

Ingredients for Education (IFE), a nonprofit organization that uses technology and hands-on experiences to help children develop lifelong healthy habits, received an $80,000 grant from Health Foundation of South Florida to bring IFE's marquee program, KickinNutrition.TV (KNTV) to select Miami-Dade and Broward community schools and after school programs. KNTV is an innovative, evidence-based digital education program that teaches youth, ages 6-13, and families the skills needed to eat healthier, cook at home, and get moving.

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iPads Show Children Of Florida Migrant Farm Workers Life Beyond Agriculture

Release Date: 
08/17/2016

A charter school in Immokalee, roughly 35 miles east of Fort Myers, wants to help migrant farm worker families overcome language barriers by using 21st century technology. 

The school has been working on ways to help them overcome these challenges. The school has recently received grants -- including $65,000 dollars from the Southwest Florida Community Foundation -- for this tech in school.

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Loving 'ugly' food part of battle against hunger

Release Date: 
08/08/2016

Winter Park Health Foundation is primary focused on, well, health, but in working to increase access to fresh produce, meat and dairy for low-income residents, Portelli discovered reducing waste could further her cause. The foundation's recent $100,000 grant to Second Harvest, for instance, is helping scores of smaller food pantries buy refrigerators and freezers to keep food fresh.

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Community Foundation of Tampa Bay helps local food bank

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08/04/2016

A $20,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay to Calvary Lutheran Church recently enabled its food panty to expand its offerings. The money was used to help purchase a 260-square-foot walk-in cooler/freezer to store meats and fresh produce.

The money came from the foundation’s unrestricted Durward and Janet Siville Fund, which was established by the couple in 1995 to improve the quality of life of South Shore residents.

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Summer Research Fuels Growth in and Outside the Classroom

Release Date: 
07/18/2016

Twenty-six students are hard at work this summer on research that covers a broad range of subjects, from biofuel production to comparative religious ethics. 

These students are tackling 18 different projects with the help of faculty mentors from a variety of disciplines. Their research is made possible by funding from the Shepard K. Halsch Endowment for Undergraduate Research and the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, a new research and mentorship initiative that partners Meredith with the Wake Young Women’s Leadership Academy, an early college high school in Raleigh. 

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By The Numbers: Southwest Florida nonprofits

Release Date: 
07/10/2016

The Southwest Florida Community Foundation and Robert Rauschenberg Foundation announced that ten local nonprofits will receive $250,000 through their granting partnership. Grants ranging from $8,000 to $50,000 were awarded to: ACT (Abuse Counseling & Treatment, Inc.), Boys & Girls Club, Children’s Home Society, Community Cooperative Ministries, F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva, Family Health Centers of Southwest Florida, Harry Chapin Food Bank, Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships (HTAP), St. Matthew’s House, and Valerie’s House.

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