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Coastal Algae Blooms Causes and Solutions: What is Philanthropy's Role in Solving the Crisis

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02/2017

Blue-green algae blooms created catastrophes in coastal communities last year. Severity and duration of blue-green algae appears to be increasing. In other coastal areas previously unknown brown algae is blamed for fish kills. Outbreaks of red tide have long plagued Gulf waters and impacting marine life and exposing human to airborne toxics. Some affected people are upset with government for failing to stop pollution, but government officials say not enough is known about causes and resources are scarce. Advocates want stronger laws and more public funds to treat pollution sources. How can Florida’s philanthropic leaders step up to the challenge? Mote Marine Lab’s Dr. Vince Lovko, a harmful algae bloom expert will discuss algae trends and causes. What is known? Will more monitoring and improved technologies help us understand the challenges? Audubon Florida’s Eric Draper, a long-time water quality advocate will talk about efforts to control human-caused nutrient pollution thought to be the cause blue-green algae outbreaks in waters throughout Florida. Will investments in research, education and advocacy help advance solutions. How do we harness public concern in this time of crisis?

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Innovative Program Improves Kids' Literacy and Shelter Animals' Adoptability

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04/25/2018

The program admits school-age children, who attend a short information session, a shelter tour and a free book, courtesy of The Jim Moran Foundation. They're taught how to read an animal's body language in a stressful shelter setting. Some animals get very lonely being in a shelter environment and they enjoy the company. To encourage interaction, the young volunteers offer treats to animals when they approach the front of the kennel, positively reinforcing their behavior. Once the animals associate humans with happy things, they're more likely to interact with potential adopters and find their furever home.

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Giving Back: Giving Challenge offers you a chance to be informed and engaged in your community

Release Date: 
04/10/2018

During the 2018 Giving Challenge from May 1-2, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County is giving nonprofits and individuals the chance to go big. Each donation made on the online platform found at GivingPartnerChallenge.org will raise unrestricted dollars supporting local organizations addressing health, human services, education, environment, animal welfare and the arts. As in previous years, millions of dollars will likely be raised, and each of us has the opportunity to decide which organizations of the more than 600 we wish to support.

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Generous $15000 Gift Will Prevent Broward County Struggling Seniors From Losing Pets

Release Date: 
04/04/2018

A $15,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Broward will enable the Pet Project for Pets to prevent 100 financially challenged local seniors from losing the pets they love. The announcement was made in a media release. 'People Together Forever' is the mission of The Pet Project ...

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New program aims to inspire, educate local students about protecting the Everglades

Release Date: 
12/15/2017

The program, which started this year, is a hands-on water conservation program designed to educate middle and high school students in Palm Beach County. It's based on a community partnership between Mounts Botanical Garden, the Palm Beach Soil and Water District, and the Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge Center. 

"The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties funded very generously a two-year grant to support this program," she said. "The first year, which is this year, we will be working with 600 middle school students and next year, we will be following it up with 600 high school students."

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In This Season of Thanksgiving Dunlap Gift of $350000 Benefits Guardian Angels Medical Service ...

Release Date: 
12/13/2017

Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Inc. a national 501(c)(3) non-profit, located in Williston, Fla. and the Community Foundation for Ocala Marion County are proud to announce, and extend our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to Al and Judith Dunlap for their incredibly generous gift of $350,000 to support the work of training medical service dogs for Veterans and First Responders. 

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Patterson Foundation supports 4 nonprofits that focus on animals

Release Date: 
11/16/2017

The Patterson Foundation is supporting four nonprofits participating in its “Margin & Mission Ignition” initiative — the Humane Society of Manatee County, Peace River Wildlife Center, Prospect Riding Center and Satchel’s Last Resort — by matching contributions made toward the startup costs of each organization’s earned-income plans.

The money contributed to participating organizations will be matched dollar for dollar up to 50 percent of each organization’s startup budget by Feb. 15, jump-starting each nonprofit’s ability to implement entrepreneurial plans that strengthen their capacity to serve the community, the foundation said.

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