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.
Health Foundation of South Florida announced the election of Dorothy Terrell to its Board of Directors. The board leads the largest philanthropy dedicated to improving health in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties.
The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy mourns the passing and celebrates the legacy of its founder. Barbara Pierce Bush-a beloved first lady, proud mother of six children, accomplished author and passionate champion for family literacy-passed away on April 17, 2018. Mrs. Bush believed that every man, woman and child should have the opportunity to secure a better life through literacy. In 1989, this belief inspired her to establish the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, which has provided educational opportunities for Americans of all ages, in all 50 states, over the past 29 years.
What on earth do you plan to do in honor of Earth Day? While the official Earth Day is April 22, our foundation team has been pondering this question since March.
As a team (Southwest Florida Community Foundation) we’ve had discussions about Earth Day and realized together that there is so much we could be doing. The awareness of waste and taking responsibility for it was our collective eureka moment. Sure, we are die-hard recyclers who rinse our containers and pay mind to removing plastic from paper, but that is standard in offices, right? We hope so! If not yours, maybe there is your Earth Day idea.
A Pinellas County high school student has created a career program that teaches the job-hunting skills girls need to land their dream jobs. Called The Career Cafe, it's intended to help girls compete more favorably in the marketplace.
John Horne said they had used the money to establish a fund for the program with the Manatee Community Foundation that had already garnered an additional $23,000 in donations. The Hornes said next year the program would expand to cover all five of Manatee's Title I elementary schools.
Able Trust's High School High Tech Program is growing in its success by more than doubling the number of students participating in their Speech and Research Competition this year.
The competition was developed so that students with disabilites could learn how to research topics and deliver effective presentations. Students will research and present fact-based speeches on two topics and compete in three levels of competition.
The winner of a regional speech and research contest for high school students with disabilities will compete against their counterparts from all around the state. This year, the contest has a new name.
Each of those schools will add two staffers to focus on academic improvement and mentoring for students with the lowest grades on their campuses. Administrators say the plan was being discussed before the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shootings in February, although the incident gives the plan a special urgency, said Linda Carter, chief executive officer of the Community Foundation of Broward, which is providing $3 million toward the project.
Coming soon to an open plaza near you. The City of Coral Gables is partnering with the Coral Gables Community Foundation and Downtown Coral Gables for the temporary installation of colorful umbrellas that will add a touch of fun to the Giralda Plaza.
The Community Foundation of Broward has made the largest grant in its 34-year history -- $3 million to be matched by Broward County Public Schools to create a fresh new approach to address the social, emotional and academic needs of isolated, struggling middle school students. With recent events showcasing what could happen when students aren't connected to teachers and peers within the formative middle school grades, the Community Foundation and its fundholders were compelled to act.
The court ordered that it be distributed to charitable organizations, including $2.2 million to help legal aid agencies provide representation for Florida residents who can’t afford to hire an attorney.
In addition, The Florida Bar Foundation received $500,000 earmarked for legal aid at its discretion, “so get get your money,” Liggio said to the legal aid executives.
Thamert's moving black-and-white photographs received the 2018 Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation Art of Philanthropy Award at the prestigious 59th. Annual Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival in March. The award carried a $5,000 prize and automatic entry into next year's festival.
Our firm, Wollman, Gehrke & Associates, is proud to partner with the Community Foundation of Collier County. The Community Foundation of Collier County represents exactly what we are speaking of with the mission to be a philanthropic partner and facilitator in addressing community issues.
How does the new tax change affect charitable organizations like the Community Foundation? It’s business as usual. For most individual taxpayers who make substantial gifts to charity, the tax picture will most likely be positive.
In Northeast Florida women who work full-time year-round earn 70 to 86 cents for every dollar earned by men working the same amount of time, according to a new report by the Florida Women’s Funding Alliance.
The largest area pay gap is in St. Johns County and the smallest in Duval County, but both fall short of the statewide earnings ratio of 87.5, according to The Status of Women in Florida by County: Employment & Earnings, compiled by the Washington-based Institute for Women’s Policy Research. The report was done in partnership with the Florida Alliance and its parent organization, the Florida Philanthropic Network.
Yancey Park is the second park revitalized by LISC Jacksonville this year and 12th park overall. Northwest Jacksonville CDC will lead the park renovations and Forestview Athletic Association will provide sports programming for local kids.
Founded in 1999 through the efforts of the Jessie Ball DuPont Fund, the Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation, the Community Foundation for Northeast Florida and the City of Jacksonville, LISC Jacksonville is a leader in community revitalization. LISC partners with residents and community-based organizations to spark neighborhood transformation and build healthy sustainable communities, according to a release about the event.
More than 630 local nonprofit organizations from Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties are preparing to participate in the 2018 Giving Challenge, presented by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. Starting on May 1 at noon, the online 24-hour “give day” allows people to support nonprofits and have their donations matched dollar for dollar, up to $100 per donor for each organization they give to, through the Patterson Foundation.
The Giving Partner is a partnership of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Manatee Community Foundation and the Patterson Foundation.
The Jessie Ball duPont Fund (Jacksonville, Fla.) has awarded a grant to Berea College to extend the Jessie Ball duPont Fund Postdoctoral Fellowship in Latino Male Academic Success. The grant of $54,060 supports Berea’s Latino Male Initiative, a program to enhance first-to-second-year retention and encourage a sense of belonging among Latino male students at the College.
An attorney and former executive of General Foods and Bristol-Myers Squibb, Mr. McCann has been active with a number of local nonprofit organizations, chairing the Community Foundation of Collier County and Naples Botanical Garden boards of directors.
St. Petersburg College has partnered with the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, an organization focused on connecting donors, nonprofit organizations and community leaders in an effort to make Tampa Bay a better place to live.
Through this partnership, SPC was awarded a $15,000 grant to expand its mental health awareness efforts on campus.
It may be hard to imagine that in a place like Collier County, many families struggle with food insecurity. When a person or family is food insecure, they do not have reliable access to adequate/nutritious sustenance. According to the Community Foundation of Collier County, approximately 12.5 percent or 42,000 of residents are food insecure. And in the 2015-2016 school year, 62 percent of Collier County Public School students were eligible for free and reduced lunch. For many students, school lunch is the only food they get in a day.
St. Petersburg College (SPC) is pleased to announce a partnership with Community Foundation of Tampa Bay (CFTB), an organization focused on connecting donors, nonprofit organizations and community leaders in an effort to make Tampa Bay a better place to live. Through this partnership, SPC was awarded a $15,000 grant to expand its mental health awareness efforts on campus.
Family Initiative's support for autism in Southwest Florida has already provided many residents in the area with benefits and programs for those on the spectrum.
Their ASD playgroup, provides a warm and welcoming environment for children ages 5-16 to build social skills and make new friends on a weekly basis. They also have partnered with the Alliance for the Arts to offer an Autism Spectrum Diagnosis Art and Play Class for students ages 8-17 that focuses on social communication, engagement with peers, and working together as a group.
"We can't thank The Southwest Florida Community Foundation and Rep. Dane Eagle enough for their support. We have been working on this project for over a year and truly owe them much gratitude," added Brown.
The Barancik Prize for Innovation in Multiple Sclerosis Research recognizes an exceptional scientist or a team of scientists whose work in MS research has demonstrated outstanding innovation and originality.
This annual prize, made possible by the generosity of the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation, is $100,000 to be used at the discretion of the recipient.
Nominees need not be current or past grantees of the National MS Society.
Read more about the nomination process, selection criteria and prior recipients. Deadline is Saturday, June 30, 2018.
For Spanish-speaking business owners in Miami-Dade County, the Florida SBDC at Florida International University (FIU), a member of the Florida SBDC Network, recently announced the availability of "Hacia Ganancia"- a free online accounting and bookkeeping course. The self-paced course, which translates to "Towards Profit", helps entrepreneurs learn accounting and financing concepts in less than 24 hours that can normally take more than a year to learn. The Florida SBDC at FIU developed the program in collaboration with Qbit Solutions Research Team and with funding support by JPMorgan Chase & Co.
The gender pay gap in Florida is closing, but not for good reason.
Women’s median annual earnings in the state have fallen in the past decade, yet the wage gap has narrowed due to an even sharper decline in men’s earnings in the wake of the Great Recession.
That is one of the takeaways from a report called “The Status of Women in Florida by County: Employment & Earnings,” released Monday. Its timing coincides with Equal Pay Day, which is Tuesday.
The very next day, my heart sank when Brenda Tate, CEO of the Southwest Florida Women’s Foundation, shared a new report on “The Status of Women in Florida by County: Employment & Earnings,” which gave our state a grade of D+, down from a C- in 2002, and a ranking of 38th in the country when it comes to women’s earnings compared to men.
Audio Recording: Tuesday on First Coast Connect we discussed Equal Pay Day with Paula Liang, Ellen Wiss and Melanie Patz from the Women’s Giving Alliance (01:12).