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A Challenge, not a Competition

Release Date: 
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

Release Date: 
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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