New research compares efforts to encourage students to re-enroll in college with information alone or with tuition waivers. The financial incentives appear to work better.
In March, Gulf Coast Community Foundation will welcome Dr. Sylvia Earle to Sarasota for a conversation about the state of our seas and how she believes we can save them.
This year is the 100th anniversary of women securing the right to vote in the US. The Polk County History Center is marking this momentous milestone with an exhibit chronicling the women’s suffrage movement on national and local levels, featuring women who led the movement.
The Census 2020 is one of the most important pieces of data collection that directly will affect Central Florida’s next 10 years.
The Florida Healthcare Association and AARP are talking to anyone who will listen. Their message: pay attention to long-term care.
The Kresge Foundation awarded SPC a $50,000 planning grant for Advancing Student Transportation Solutions to understand student transportation challenges and barriers.
Sarasota County Foundations Join Together in a guest editorial focused on a Force for Good—amplifying the “ripple effect” created by Chuck and Margie Barancik. Read how Roxie Jerde, Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Mark S. Pritchett, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Debra Jacobs, The Patterson Foundation, and Carol Butera, William G. and Marie Selby Foundation, honor the Barancik’s legacy.
The Knight Foundation recently asked four leading scholars and community leaders to consider this question, “What is the most important trend that will transform how Americans think about community over the next decade. Responses focus on how immigration, faith, neighborhoods and quality of life are changing across the nation.
Chuck and Margery Barancik’s passing at this time of giving should be an inspiration and reminder of the reason we’re all here: to make the world a better place for all.
MIAMI - Francisco L. Borges, chairman and managing partner of Landmark Partners, LLC, two-time Connecticut state treasurer, and former Hartford deputy mayor, has become the new chair of the John S. and James L.
The second cycle of Tau Grants will support outreach for the 2020 Census and/or Voter Registration for organizations, programs, or initiatives working in targeted communities that have historically low rates of participation in the Census and voter turnout.
Jessie Ball duPont Fund elected respected public theologian Reverend Jennifer Bailey as an individual trustee. Jen will serve an initial five-year term beginning in January 2020.
The Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation unanimously voted Brian M. Butler, longtime Central Florida resident, and leader with a passion for philanthropy, to its board of directors.
What began as a small group of communities working together to find solutions for one of the major obstacles in the pathway out of poverty — the failure to read on grade-level by the end of third grade — has become a massive network of communities and cross-sector entities aligned in their commitment toward creating better futures for children and families through the national Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (GLR Campaign).
Approximately 2.9 million family caregivers provided an estimated 2.4 billion hours of care per year worth a staggering $31 billion to their parents, spouses, partners, and friends in 2017, according to latest report of AARP’s Valuing the Invaluable series.
The Community Foundation of Collier County Hurricane Dorian Disaster Relief Fund has granted $96,000 to Samaritan's Purse, a nonprofit dedicated to the needs of individuals in crisis, to rebuild six homes in Grand Bahama and Great Abaco Islands at $16,000 per home/family.
Platinum-selling country music legend Marty Stuart will be the special guest on the 77th running of the CSX Santa Train on Saturday, Nov. 23.
Mike Kennedy has been appointed Senior Vice President of Community Investment for the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. In this position Kennedy will develop and implement the foundation's overall community investment grant strategy, partnering to ensure the greatest impact is made for the Community Foundation’s donors and initiatives.
The PYC Satori Foundation has received a $100,000 donation from the Community Foundation of Northwest Florida Inc. The nonprofit Satori Foundation encourages and promotes interest in sailing and yachting, and develops educational and training programs for the two sports.
Florida Trend magazine recently released its first “Florida 500” list, naming Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation Chairman, Rick Walsh, and President and CEO, David A. Odahowski among Florida's 500 most influential executives.
The Florida Blue Foundation has posted nomination applications for the 2019 Sapphire Awards - Recognizing Excellence and Innovation in Community Health. The receiptants will receive recognition at the 2019 Community Health Symposium and Sapphire Awards, May 9-10, 2019 being held at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Conference Center.
Amid exponential growth in its community impact and operational needs, the Barancik Foundation hired Jessica Polk for the newly created position of operations manager. In 2018, the Foundation increased its grantmaking by 50 percent and launched three new initiatives—First 1,000 Days Sarasota County, Teacher Recruitment|Retention and Mental Health Environmental Scan.
The $300,000 ADA-compliant bus, which was purchased with support from the Quantum Foundation, features two fully equipped exam rooms.
The Harold E. and Ruth M. Niles Fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County has awarded Lighthouse of Manasota a $10,000 grant
As part of the SCORE Library Series, a panel discussion was hosted on, “Giving Back is Good for Business,” at the Main Branch in downtown Bradenton. Discover what the panelist shared.
Gulf Coast Community Foundation has selected Christine Stobaugh, CPA, as its new Chief Financial Officer.
The trustees of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund awarded International Social Service, USA (ISS-USA) a $64,020 grant to provide social services for families separated across country borders. The grant was among 29 awards, valued at $1.7 million, made by the trustees during their summer meeting.
Jennifer Abbott has been tapped by Manatee Community Foundation as its new Director of Philanthropy. Abbott will lead the foundation’s partnerships with current and future donors, professional advisors, and community investors to increase transformational charitable giving in Manatee County.
LGBT Community Fund for NE Florida of The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida conducted an extensive survey recently.
Survey of LGBTI residents of Northeast Florida: 75% report everyday discrimination, while most of those who are "out" report acceptance. Review the summarized findings.
Gulf Coast Community Foundation has played a consistent part in convening and coordinating the many partners from government, law enforcement and nonprofit social services involved in our homeless crisis.
Business, economic development and education leaders as well as elected officials from across the state were in Tampa this week for the Learners to Earners summit hosted by the Florida Chamber of Commerce. The two-day conference focused on early learning initiatives that could bolster the state’s “cradle to workforce” pipeline.
Introducing Thrive by Five Pinellas - A community impact initiative aimed at preparing Pinellas County children for kindergarten.
Central Florida's leaders in education, with funding from Helios Education Foundation, launched the Central Florida Education Ecosystem Database (CFEED)
While Florida has made strides in reducing the number of uninsured children, a national health-care expert warned Thursday that those gains are likely stalling, and she put part of the blame on increased scrutiny of immigration status. This is the summary from the recent webinar.
Mariette Brodeur, J.D. has joined The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida as Gift Planning Officer.
In June, UF Health Jacksonville will open a new center to provide advanced care for epilepsy patients.
Approximately 3,300 Southwest Florida residents will have free access to comprehensive dental care with the expansion of the We Care Dental Clinic.
Industry, higher-education and government leaders serving on the National Commission on Financing 21st Century Higher Education, which is funded by the Lumina Foundation, identified specific policy recommendations to prepare states for a strong economic future. Read their takeaways for state leaders.
A new report by FPN finds that Florida women are suffering growing rates of suicide, chronic disease and abuse, a problem made worse by gaps in insurance coverage and poverty in certain communities.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla: Emphasizing the importance of workforce development and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), Duke Energy recently awarded more than $1.56 million in grants to 46 Florida-based programs.
Children in Manatee who participate in Reading Scores! this summer can receive a bevy of prizes for every six books they read.
Florida Power and Light surprised Luis Andreu with the robotics scholarship, which helps students get involved with STEM education programs.
Florida Blue Foundation announced the continuation of the Florida Health Literacy Initiative at the 34th Florida Literacy Conference.
Fourteen programs across the state of Florida have been awarded a one-year, 5,000 grant for the implementation of a health literacy program to benefit their Adult Education, ESOL, and family literacy students.
A new $10,000 grant will help Daytona State College design a system that recognizes work-based experience and non-traditional business and industry certifications for students to pursue an associate of science degree in Industrial Management Technology.
The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and the Catalyst are teaming up to bring you the brightest minds in nonprofit, social enterprise and ...
Through Helios Education Foundation's Florida Regional Student Success initiative a new program.
Program shows remarkable results in bringing children up to grade level in reading proficiency.
The Tampa Bay community donated more than $1.76 million during Give Day Tampa Bay, the 24-hour online giving challenge held May 1.
Why the Lumina Foundation Is Betting Big on New Kinds of Credentials (EdSurge News). Meet Sequoia Capital VC Michael Moritz, Who Just Gave the ...
The 2019 Aspen Prize is generously funded by the Joyce Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, and the Siemens Foundation. Three Florida colleges — Indian River State College, Broward College, and Miami Dade College — are ...
An interactive art project called the Echo Quilt has been selected for a $30,000 grant from the Gobioff Foundation
The Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg brought together hundreds of people today to discuss the state of non-profits in Pinellas.
Health Foundation of South Florida, the largest philanthropy dedicated to improving health, promotes from within.
United Way Suncoast has launched a search for a new Sarasota area president.
Philanthropy is not exclusive, it’s for everyone. This week’s 24-hour Giving Challenge raised more than 74,000 gifts from almost 50,000 people.
While the buzz of those 24 hours causes a whirlwind of excitement throughout our community, the real magic is what happens leading up to the challenge. For months, participating nonprofits have been coming together as an organization, pulling their board, staff and volunteers together for an “all hands on deck, full steam ahead” approach to increase their capacity and make the most out of this almost too-good-to-be-true opportunity to raise unrestricted funding and matching dollars from The Patterson Foundation.
The Florida Literacy Coalition (FLC) will be hosting the 34th Annual Florida Literacy Conference next week at the Orlando Marriott Lake Mary. This premier three-day literacy event offers adult and family literacy practitioners, volunteers and adult learners the opportunity to develop new skills and strategies to boost learning outcomes. The conference will include a wide range of sessions presented by local, state and national adult literacy educators.
During this event, Florida Blue Foundation will also be announcing 2018 health literacy grant that will be awarded to 14 Florida organizations. Another highlight will include FLC's Annual Meeting, in which the 2018 Adult Learner Essay Book, On Our Way, will be unveiled
Satisfy the Hunger ended April 27, and this year the initiative partnered with the Community Foundation of Collier County, United Way of Collier County and the Richard M. Schulze Foundation to collectively match a total of $45,000 in cash donations.
One of the most pervasive topics of discussion at the Florida Chamber of Commerce Summit on Prosperity & Economic Opportunity was the role affordable housing, or the lack of it, plays in holding back poor Floridians, especially children.
A report presented by Anne Ray of the University of Florida’s Shimberg Center for Housing Studies provided some metrics on just how much the housing crisis is influencing the trajectory of Florida youth. The full report, a joint effort by the Shimberg Center and Miami Homes for All, is available online.
Few acronyms developed such ubiquity in the world of education as STEM. Science, Technology, Engineering and Math became the 21st-century buzzwords surrounding education in a world dominated by computers and a growing sense that Asian academia has started to surpass the United States when it came to providing young people the skills to thrive in a digital future. On the Gulf Coast alone, millions have been spent to turn most middle school classrooms into technology labs.
The Gulf Coast Community Foundation in 2009 launched its STEMsmart initiative to the envy of educators around the nation. Armed with research showing the region, state and country as a whole lagged behind some developing nations in terms of its math and science offerings, the foundation took a ...
Before many of the early education students at Village Academy can understand what an architect or software developer actually does, they will be learning hands-on what the basics entail.
The opportunity to explore a physics playground or the marine sciences is thanks to a recent grant from PNC Bank to add a STEAM Lab.
The opening of the lab was part of a culmination of a two-year grant funded by the PNC Foundation’s Grow Up Great Initiative to enhance preschool education.
The 2018 Giving Challenge — benefiting nonprofit groups in Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and DeSoto counties — raised more than $11.7 million with help from the Patterson Foundation, which matched up to $100 per donor, per organization. Throughout the 24-hour event, more than 74,600 gifts were collected.
The Coral Gables Community Foundation recently awarded nearly $80,000 in college scholarships to 16 high school seniors. The Foundation, their donors and the scholarship recipients celebrated at the annual Scholarship Reception hosted jointly with the City of Coral Gables on Thursday, April 26 at the museum.
Health Foundation of South Florida announced the election of Bob Dickinson to its Board of Directors. The board leads the largest philanthropy dedicated to improving health in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties.
In Sarasota County, 52% of babies are born into low-income families who often lack stable housing, food, health insurance and other resources needed for a child's development. On April 25, 32 organizations led by the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation launched the First 1,000 Days Sarasota County campaign, which will seek ways to support low-income families during their babies’ most critical period of development.
Since 2012, donors throughout our region have shown their love for local nonprofit organizations by providing more than $28 million in unrestricted funding through the Giving Challenge, a 24-hour regional day of giving presented by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. Huge thanks and gratitude are owed to The Patterson Foundation, which has incentivized donors to give over the past six years with more than $11 million in matching funds.
The Able Trust recently released the results of its statewide annual Jeannie Amendola Speech & Research Competition.
Advancing out of a crop of 30 students from The Able Trust’s High School High-Tech Program are David Campbell of Broward County High School High Tech; Edward Grillo of Community Initiatives High School High Tech; Desiree Padua of Orange County High School High Tech; and Sharon McSwain, Gadsden County High School High Tech.
The 24 hours beginning at noon Tuesday could be the richest day for nonprofit organizations in the history of Southwest Florida. More money will be changing hands during that time frame, and it’s all to benefit charitable causes.
But the idea behind the Giving Challenge, supported locally by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, the Manatee Community Foundation and The Patterson Foundation, is to offer even small givers a chance to get in on the act.
The organization has significant experience managing national and local learning cohorts, working with organizations such as The Lumina Foundation, UNCF, American Council on Education, Credly, and the Academy for Innovative Higher Education Leadership. Learn more: https://eddesignlab.org/.
... of the Herman and Sharon Frankel Asolo Rep Annex, providing much-needed office and meeting space, and upgrades to Asolo Rep's Mertz Theatre, including the Muriel O'Neil Fund for the Performing Arts of Community Foundation of Sarasota County Sound System, which was installed in fall 2017.
The second annual Caregiver Symposium hosted by The South Florida Institute on Aging (SoFIA) and the Caregiver Coalition of South Florida will be offered on Friday, June 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship DeSantis Building at Nova Southeastern University in Davie. The event is presented by Nova Southeastern University and Sunshine Health. Free admission to caregivers is sponsored by FPL and Humana is the luncheon sponsor.
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture is one of eight museums across the U.S. selected for a new funding effort from the the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. This week, the foundation announced a $970,000 investment to get new digital staff inside arts institutions ...
Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC), a diversified, community-based financial services company, announced last week that it has committed $200 billion to sustainable business, with 50 percent focused on clean technology and renewable energy transactions. The institution made this commitment at a keynote delivered by CEO Tim Sloan at the CECP CEO Force for Good Investor Forum in San Francisco.
He is the winner of the Florida Humanities Council 2018 Florida Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing; a two-time winner of the Paul Hansell Distinguished Journalism Award, the highest honor given by the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors; and a recipient of a 2018 Florida Folk Heritage Award.
This data dive brings me back to my grade angst. This time it wasn’t math, but the D+ assigned to Florida via the results of the 2016 Status of Women in Florida by County: Poverty and Opportunity Report, and a new Economic Status of Women in Florida fact sheet released in March. We use these reports to help shape our luncheon discussion.
The report and fact sheet were released by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research in partnership with the Florida Women’s Funding Alliance of which the SWFLCF is a member along with many other Women’s Foundations in the region and across the state.
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.
One of Clay County’s oldest nonprofits was honored this week for serving citizen with intellectual disabilities.
The Paul & Klare Reinhold Foundation awarded Challenge Enterprises of North Florida the top prize of $10,000 for outstanding community service at its 25th Celebrate Clay breakfast on April 24. The event was held at the Thrasher-Horne Center on College Drive.
Challenge Enterprise’s Katie Vineyard said the funds will go towards the nonprofits’ mission of empowering those with disabilities to rise above their challenges and become enterprising members of the community. This has been their mission since the beginning.
Leon County Commissioner Bill Proctor is calling for an Equal Pay Ordinance.
Author Roger Smith, Ph.D., will present a lecture at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at the Lightner Museum. The lecture will close out the Lightner Museum's spring lecture series, which is sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council.
Jobsite Theater will bring George Orwell’s dystopic literary masterpiece “1984” to life in a gripping stage adaptation by Michael Gene Sullivan, running April 27 through May 20, in the Shimberg Playhouse at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. Macinnes Place, Tampa.
Jobsite Theater is the resident theater company at the Straz Center. Jobsite is funded in part by the state of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, Arts Council of Hillsborough County, Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners, Gobioff Foundation, Rollin’ Oats Tampa, Creative Loafing, and Illumination Advertising. Jobsite is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization and all gifts made to Jobsite are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.
Wells Fargo & Company has announced plans to provide $200bn in financing towards sustainable businesses and green projects by 2030, in addition to improving transparency and carbon risk reporting across its own accounting and lending practices.
This past year Lake County Rowing Association (LCRA) received a $10,000 grant from the Community Foundation of South Lake County (CFSLC) which was used to purchase a competitive 8+ racing shell.
On Friday, April 20, LCRA’s Youth Team hosted a ceremony, christening the sleek black racing shell, “Foundation” in honor of its generous sponsor. With champaign bottle in hand, CFSLC Executive Director Michael Herrera officially christened the boat while rowers, staff, city officials, family, and friends looked on with pride.
Wells Fargo will accelerate its commitments to tackling climate change with new plans to support low-carbon and conservation businesses. ... the transition to a low-carbon economy and promoting environmental sustainability through our products and services, operations and culture, and philanthropy.”
First 1,000 Days Sarasota County is a collaborative initiative of 32 partners strategically led by the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation and facilitated by Bill Little, the former director of the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County. The initiative has pledged to raise $1 million for a three-year pilot program to connect families in need to a system of care. The initiative launches April 25 with an announcement at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Participating partners include All Faiths Food Bank, Coastal Behavioral Healthcare, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Jewish Family & Children's Service, the Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center and more.
Another thing employers can to do to help their workers be successful is to focus on equity, said Danette Howard, senior vice president and chief strategy officer at the Lumina Foundation. Howard said she often sees schools and employers focus on diversity, such as hiring or enrolling students of color.
The Legislature appropriated $500,000 for Mote Marine, and Bartels’ program also received a $15,000 grant from Community Foundation of Sarasota County.
In March, more than 230 education and child advocacy leaders convened in Sarasota for a summit hosted by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County to discuss how groups can more effectively help children by extending services to parents as well.
Bush’s literacy initiative stands out because it became a lifelong passion. As first lady, she founded the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy to raise awareness. Never satisfied – one of her endearing traits – she grew the foundation into one of action, with programs for preschoolers, elementary school students and adults.
Florida Power and Light provided on Saturday a different kind of service than providing electricity to homes and businesses. The utility and Miami-Dade County teamed up for the 36th annual Baynanza Biscayne Bay Cleanup Day.
Even a strong economy and low unemployment cannot overcome the persistent pay gap affecting full-time working women in Florida. A new report shows women in Florida earned 12.5 percent less on average than their male counterparts, and the disparities are even worse for minority women and single mothers. Tampa Bay area counties ranked better than others around Florida, but the situation statewide remains disadvantageous for women, whose contributions to the work force must not be undervalued and underpaid.
The gender pay gap has been an economic hardship for women since they entered the workforce. To highlight the issue, the “Status of Women in Florida by County: Employment and Earnings” was released April 9, the day before Equal Pay Day.
It shows women working full-time, year-round earn less than men across the United States. Florida graded D-plus for women’s employment and earnings, worse than the C-minus the state earned when “The Status of Women in the States” was published in 2004. Median annual earnings for women in Florida are $35,000, placing the state 38th in the nation, compared with $40,000 for men.
Jeb Bush launched the “Florida Celebration of Reading” in 2001. The event brought the Bush family, other popular authors to Bonita Springs and raised more than $26 million in its 17 years for Barbara Bush's foundation.
This is United Way's third year of the grant, thanks to a gift by the Carol and Barney Barnett Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation. Locally, ReadingPals currently has 142 Volunteers working with 227 children. Long-term recovery funds have been used to assist survivors of Hurricanes Irma ...
Mayor Rick Kriseman issued an Executive Order on Thursday (April 19) related to the city’s St. Petersburg’s Healthy St. Pete initiative by establishing health as a consideration in all policies and projects.
The Executive Order, only the second issued during the mayor’s tenure, will help to accelerate and improve health equity and access in St. Petersburg. The Executive Order says, “It shall be the policy of the city of St. Petersburg to apply the consideration of health, health impacts, and the social determinants of health to the city’s decisionmaking, including policy development and implementation, budgeting and the delivery of services.”
In March 1989, mere weeks into her husband's presidency, she founded the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. ... Her daughter, Doro Bush Koch, is now the foundation's honorary chairwoman, and it is based in Tallahassee, where her son, Jeb, lived as Florida governor from 1999 until 2007.
The Community Foundation of Broward launched a middle school initiative five years ago, called 'School Is Cool.' It was a pilot program, that targeted students who were not involved with clubs and friends, or who's grades started to slip.
The exhibit, “The Social Center of the South: The Past and Present of the Historic Hampton,” house tells the story of the Hampton House from its heyday in the 1950s and 60s to its rebirth over 40 years later as a community cultural center. The exhibit was produced by participants of the Historic Hampton House’s new music and history mentorship program, the Brownsville Unity Music Project. The exhibit is sponsored by Florida International University, The Children’s Trust, James S. and John L. Knight Foundation, and the state of Florida, Department of State, Division of Historical Resources.
ST. PETERSBURG – The Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg is pleased to announce Imam Askia Muhammad Aquil has joined its Board of Trustees. He, along with Charles Harris, were both elected to the Board on March 21.
Barbara Bush's failing health prevented her from personally attending the annual Celebration of Reading in Bonita Springs sponsored by her literacy foundation. But she was there: She Skyped in on a Friday in February.