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Florida Blue Foundation Announces 2019 Sapphire Awards Nominations Open

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09/20/2018

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.

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BARANCIK FOUNDATION HIRES JESSICA POLK AS OPERATIONS MANAGER

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09/14/2018

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.

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GOOD DEEDS

Release Date: 
09/06/2018

The Harold E. and Ruth M. Niles Fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County has awarded Lighthouse of Manasota a $10,000 grant

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Early childhood learning dominates Tampa business summit

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06/17/2018

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.
 

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Children lacking health insurance up slightly

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06/07/2018

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.
 

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The Time to Begin Building Tomorrow's Workforce Is Now

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05/29/2018

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.
 

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Volusia School News, May 18, 2018

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05/18/2018

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.

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A Challenge, not a Competition

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05/05/2018

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. 

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34th Annual Florida Literacy Conference to be Held in Central Florida May 9-11

Release Date: 
05/04/2018

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

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Report details plight of Florida's homeless youth

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05/04/2018

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.

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STEM VS. STEM+A [Arts]

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05/04/2018

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 ...

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Game Changer Village Academy Head Start Students Receive STEAM Lab

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05/04/2018

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.

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Manatee-based animal rescue leads donations in 2018 Giving Challenge

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05/03/2018

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.

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Community partners come together for babies' first 1000 days

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05/01/2018

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.

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Jerde: Joining together to give

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04/29/2018

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.

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Takeaways from Tallahassee — Charter school chatter

Release Date: 
04/28/2018

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.

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Silverberg: With Giving Challenge, anyone can be a philanthropist

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04/27/2018

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. 

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South Florida Institute on Aging to Host Annual Caregiver Symposium: Technology and Caregiving ...

Release Date: 
04/26/2018

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.

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Wells Fargo Pledges $200 Billion Towards Clean Energy

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04/26/2018

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.

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Working together to raise the grade for women

Release Date: 
04/25/2018

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.

Innovative Program Improves Kids' Literacy and Shelter Animals' Adoptability

Release Date: 
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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Charities honored for their work building community

Release Date: 
04/25/2018

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.

Jobsite Theater to stage Orwell's '1984'

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04/24/2018

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.

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Lake County Rowing Association Names Its Sleek Racing Shell “Foundation”

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04/23/2018

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.

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First 1000 Days Sarasota County Launches

Release Date: 
04/23/2018

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.

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Editorial: The late Barbara Bush left tremendous legacy for literacy

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04/22/2018

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.

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Editorial: Women's work undervalued in bay area

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04/21/2018

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.

Commentary: Education key to narrowing the gender gap

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04/21/2018

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.

United Way announces accomplishments at 50th anniversary meeting

Release Date: 
04/20/2018

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 ...

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Kriseman Make Health a Top Priority for St. Pete

Release Date: 
04/20/2018

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.”

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Barbara Bush believed literacy could cure other ills

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04/20/2018

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.

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Historic Hampton House exhibit provides peek into yesteryear

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04/19/2018

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.

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Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy Celebrates the Legacy of Founder Barbara Pierce Bush

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04/18/2018

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.

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No earthly idea what to do for Earth Day?

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04/18/2018

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.

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Contest prepares disabled students for career opportunities

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04/17/2018

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.

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Middle school students to get extra help as officials brainstorm ways to prevent shootings

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04/17/2018

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.

City to fill sky with colorful umbrellas

Release Date: 
04/16/2018

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.

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$6 Million Project to Address Student Isolation in Broward

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04/16/2018

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.

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Marbut Report: Legal aid groups receive $143K windfall

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04/16/2018

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.

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You're in good hands with Titusville artist Thamert

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04/16/2018

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.

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Commentary: Tax changes present new opportunities for impactful giving

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04/14/2018

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. 

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Continuing gender pay gap 'disappointing,' but Northeast Florida women's advocates optimistic

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04/13/2018

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 undergoes $100K worth of park improvements

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04/13/2018

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.

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Local nonprofits gear up for the 2018 Giving Challenge

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04/13/2018

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.

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Jessie Ball duPont Fund Extends Grant to Berea College, Supports Berea's Latino Male Initiative

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04/13/2018

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.

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Distinguished Leadership Award presented to Tom McCann

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04/12/2018

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. 

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SPC to Expand Mental Health Services for Students

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04/12/2018

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.

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Fighting Hunger One Brown Paper Bag at a Time

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04/12/2018

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.

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