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Civil Legal Aid: A Natural Ally in Advancing Social and Economic Mobility

Publication date: 
02/2017

Eradicating poverty, homelessness, domestic violence. Supporting veterans, the elderly and immigrants. Creating healthy communities with affordable housing. No matter what your strategic philanthropic priorities, access to civil legal aid and legal advocacy are strategic tools that can advance philanthropy’s goals and help vulnerable populations achieve social and economic mobility. Civil legal Aid helps people solve problems – it can helps people protect their families, secure safe and affordable housing, protect income and assets, and ensure access to health care. Recent national studies show that 4 out of 5 individuals with low-incomes face a civil justice issue every 18 months. This session focuses on innovation solutions and ways to use civil legal aid as a key strategy to bolster high impact foundation programming and improve economic, social, and health conditions for people and communities.

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How Civil Citations Can Greatly Improve Opportunities for Youth

Publication date: 
02/2016

A 2015 study supported by The Children’s Campaign in Florida shows that civil citations increase public safety, improve youth opportunities and save lots of taxpayer money. In this session you’ll learn more about how civil citation programs work; how they can make a significant impact on improving future life opportunities for youth in education, employment, housing and much more; and the role philanthropy can play to help increase and strengthen the use of civil citation programs in Florida.

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For Good: Ex-offenders to build tiny homes with Big Idea Grant funds

Release Date: 
04/10/2017

An established, ex-offender re-entry organization, looking to build tiny homes in South St. Petersburg, has won a $50,000 Big Idea Grant awarded by the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay.

The Pinellas Ex-Offender Re-entry Coalition won the award for its Second Chance Tiny House Manufacturing Company, which will train people coming out of jails and prisons for construction jobs, says Wilma Norton, the Foundation’s VP of Marketing and Communications.

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Intersection: Grants Help Community Grieve

Release Date: 
11/16/2016

Five months after the Pulse shooting, the Central Florida Foundation is investing in community healing. It’s been handing out grants to directly help survivors and now it’s given out two more grants: The first grant, $50,000 to the Friends Talking Faith radio show, for special programs and community forums to help the healing process. And $6,000 to the Trauma Resource Institute to help train first responders and community leaders in the wake of tragedy.

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​ What's Brewing: Sex trafficking in Palm Beach County

Release Date: 
11/11/2016

In this week's "What's Brewing with Stephanie,"a local advocacy organization is trying to tackle a disturbing issue. It is something terrible that is happening in our own backyards, sex trafficking. The Jewish Women's Foundation of the Greater Palm Beaches is teaming up with another local program to empower women and put a stop to sex trafficking.

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