Building Philanthropy for a Better Florida

#OrlandoUnited: Responding to Tragedy

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Monday, August 28

After its first grant to address financial insecurity of victims, Central Florida Foundation begins looking at long-term issues, including mental health issues and healing issues in the LGBTQ and Latinx communities.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Central Florida Foundation announces first grant from the Better Together Fund of up to $122,000 to Heart of Florida United Way to support those directly impacted by the Pulse tragedy with basic needs, like rent, mortgage, utilities or other monthly expenses. Read the full story here: http://bit.ly/2azIb6o

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Video update from Central Florida Foundation President/CEO Mark Brewer about what's happening with the Better Together Fund. Learn more: http://cffound.org/bettertogether.


Friday, July 22, 2016

National Teleconference for Funders: Supporting Communities Impacted by the Orlando Massacre scheduled for July 28. Join FPN, the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, Funders for LGBTQ issues and funder affinity groups from around the country for a teleconference for funders focusing on the impact of the Orlando massacre on communities in central Florida.


Tuesday, July 5, 2016

The City of Winter Park will host #Orlando United, A Winter Park Tribute, on Tuesday, July 12, one month since the tragedy at Pulse nightclub. OneBlood will be onsite to collect blood donations and merchants will accept donations for the OneOrlando Fund and Better Together Fund. Members of the Park Avenue Merchants Association will host a Shop & Share event to benefit the Better Together Fund at the Central Florida Foundation. This fund will support the non-profits that are supporting survivors and families, the LGBTQ, Hispanic and other affected communities, and future needs in the form of grants.


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Funders concerned about the Orlando tragedy and how to best respond joined a national teleconference on June 22, 11 am-noon ET. The teleconference was co-hosted by the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Change Philanthropy, AAPIP, ABFE, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, GCIR, Hispanics in Philanthropy, Native Americans in Philanthropy, and Women's Funding Network. 

Listen to the recording for updates from Florida’s philanthropic community to learn about the current needs, how local philanthropy is responding and the type of help that is needed now and in future; share some lessons learned by funders from other mass shootings; and explore how philanthropy can play a role right now and down the road.

A second teleconference is currently being scheduled. At the next teleconference, we will hear from nonprofits and community organizations in Orlando about their immediate and ongoing response.


Friday, June 16, 2016

Central Florida Foundation has announced the creation of the Better Together FundThe Better Together Fund provides a way to respond to the needs of the community now and in the time ahead. This effort will take place through a transparent, accountable grant-making process addressing the following priorities:

- Nonprofits that are supporting the victims and families,
- The LGBTQ, Hispanic, faith and other affected communities,
- Underlying causes of this tragic event, and
- Other needs we cannot anticipate until we face them.

The Central Florida Foundation serves as the region’s community foundation and is home to more than 400 charitable funds. Click here to read a letter from Central Florida Foundation President & CEO and former FPN Board Member Mark Brewer.


Thursday, June 14, 2016

Register for the June 22 National Teleconference for Funders: Response to the Orlando Shooting


Monday, June 13, 2016

We are horrified and heartbroken over yesterday’s tragedy in Orlando. In the early morning hours, a gunman opened fire at a gay nightclub, leaving 50 individuals dead and more than 50 injured. Our hearts are with our fellow Floridians and the LGBTQ community, their families and friends reeling from this senseless act of terror and the tragic loss of innocent lives.

As flags fly at half-staff today, let us recognize that they still wave proudly and stand for peace, understanding and acceptance. The response from our brothers and sisters across Florida and the country has been remarkable. Residents have appeared in thousands to donate their time and blood to those in need, not only in Orlando but throughout the state. Our fellow regional associations and funders stand ready to offer assistance and support.

For some of us, it can feel overwhelming on where and how to lend a hand. Monetary donations are fast, flexible and effective ways to make a direct impact during Orlando’s time of need. You and your organization can be part of an effort to provide immediate and long-term assistance to the victims of tragedy, as well the broader community. As Florida nonprofits and philanthropic organizations address the short-term and long-term needs of the community, you can join them in the following ways.

Together we can support the victims and their families and loved ones while we continue working to build a better Florida – one fueled by respect and unity.

- Stacy Carlson, Ph.D., is the president and CEO of Florida Philanthropic Network. 

Ways to Give

  • Better Together Fund

    Central Florida Foundation has announced the creation of the Better Together Fund. The Better Together Fund provides a way to respond to the needs of the community now and in the time ahead. This effort will take place through a transparent, accountable grant-making process addressing the following priorities:

    - Nonprofits that are supporting the victims and families,
    - The LGBTQ, Hispanic, faith and other affected communities,
    - Underlying causes of this tragic event, and
    - Other needs we cannot anticipate until we face them.

    The Central Florida Foundation serves as the region’s community foundation and is home to more than 400 charitable funds.

  • OneOrlando Fund

    Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer announced the formation of the OneOrlando Fund, which will be distirbuted directly to the victims and their families. 

  • Florida Disaster Fund

    Governor Rick Scott announced the activation of the Florida Disaster Fund following yesterday’s terror attack in Orlando. The Florida Disaster Fund will help provide financial support to organizations that serve survivors, their families, and all those in need. To make a contribution, please visit http://www.FloridaDisasterFund.org.

  • Our Fund Foundation

    Our Fund Foundation, a community foundation whose mission is to support South Florida’s LGBTQ agencies, is collecting tax-deductible. 100% of the tax-deductible funds raised through Our Fund will be donated to the nonprofits in Orlando supporting survivors and victims' families and friends and their efforts to restore peace, joy and wellness to Orlando's LGBTQ community. To make a tax deductible donation through Our Fund, please visit: https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/OurFund/Orlando.html

  • Equality Florida

    Equality Florida has established a GoFundMe page to support the victims and families affected by the shooting. The state’s LGBT civil rights organization is working with a team of attorneys and national experts to ensure the funds are distributed correctly. Funds will be distributed directly to the victims and their families. 

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