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Social Enterprise Accelerator accepting applications for second cohort

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04/10/2018

The Rally Social Enterprise Accelerator is currently accepting applications for their second class, which will launch May 1.

The program, spearheaded by the Central Florida Foundation, works with local social entrepreneurs to develop their ideas into self-sustainable ventures within the community. The 16-week program is made possible through a community partnership between Downtown CREDO, Entrepreneurs in Action, Central Florida Foundation, Rollins College and Clean the World.

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Transit accessibility app wins $25000 prize package from Social Enterprise Accelerator

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03/16/2018

The Accelerator was launched in 2017 by the Central Florida Foundation, Entrepreneurs in Action, Rollins College, Downtown Credo, Clean the World, and the City of Orlando. It provides mentorship, legal advice, and cash investment for local social entrepreneurs that tackle social, environmental, and ...

Applications open for the 49 Fund's second annual scholarship award

Release Date: 
02/25/2018

Following the Pulse tragedy, the Central Florida Foundation launched The 49 Fund, an annual scholarship award for local LGBT students, as a partnership between the LGBT Center and local attorney Barry L. Miller.

This year the Fund will award up to ten local LGBT students up to $4,900 each to help them pay for college tuition.

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$9M Affordable Conversion Breaks Ground in FL

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12/15/2017

The $8.8 million renovation of the Wayne Densch Center located in Orlando, Fla., will transform 64 units of transitional housing to 77 high-quality apartments.

Additional financing for the renovation came from the Florida Community Loan Fund Inc., the Homeless Impact Fund at the Central Florida Foundation, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta and the LISC-NEF/Northrop Grumman Bring Them Homes Initiative. 

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How Did This Grantmaker Reduce Homelessness by 98 Percent?

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12/08/2017

For example, we recently looked at Orlando, Florida, which has been able to reduce homelessness by nearly 50 percent over the past few years through a strategy of providing permanent supportive housing. The CEO of the Central Florida Foundation, which has played a key role in this effort, has said that licking homelessness is "fundable, doable and measurable."

Rollins College will host Puerto Rico benefit concert with 'Voice' singer Christian Cuevas

Release Date: 
11/09/2017

The college's music department will hold "Bringing Hope One Song at a Time: A Benefit for Puerto Rico featuring Christian Cuevas" on Friday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. inside the Knowles Memorial Chapel, according to a news release. Tickets are $20, and all proceeds will be donated to the Central Florida Foundation’s "Together for Puerto Rico: A Hurricane Recovery Fund." 

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New Social Enterprise Accelerator announces first class

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11/07/2017

The newly birthed Central Florida Social Enterprise Accelerator has announced their first class of inductees.

The accelerator is a new six-month program meant to connect early-stage entrepreneurs with funding, training, and mentorship and is the result of a joint partnership between the Central Florida Foundation, Entrepreneurs in Action, Rollins College, Clean the World, Orlando Together, and the City of Orlando. 

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Central Florida Commission on Homelessness Announces New Impact Families Program with Community Partners

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08/04/2017

The “Impact Families” program will work with families to address issues of housing stability, employment and income. Participating families will be assigned to a Rapid Rehousing program to help with immediate needs, and will then be matched with a jobs placement coordinator through Goodwill Industries of Central Florida. The Central Florida Foundation will manage and determine grant needs for the pilot program, in partnership with the CFCH. The Foundation has already managed investments in the Housing First initiative, with more than $7 million in contributions to the Homeless Impact Fund.

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Central Florida program pairs housing for homeless families with job placement

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08/04/2017

Families from Orange and Osceola can enter the program through any of the region’s major homeless service agencies or calling the United Way help-line at 2-1-1. The goal is to get the families into apartments or rental homes quickly and, once they have roofs over their heads, address their employment issues.

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Accelerate Orlando's role as a hub for social enterprise

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07/24/2017

What if Orlando grew to become the nation’s hub for social enterprise — the Silicon Valley of for-profit and nonprofit startups, where businesses built in Central Florida, tackle various social, environmental and economic issues? It’s an ambitious goal, but worth the investment. Thus some of the region’s most prominent businesses and institutions formed the Central Florida Social Enterprise Accelerator, a multifaceted program in conjunction with Rollins College, helping entrepreneurs secure the connections, resources and funding to launch game-changing ideas.

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Social Enterprise Accelerator In Central Florida: The Lynch Pin Of A New Hub?

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06/30/2017

Central Florida’s economy depends a lot on tourism. But a growing number of movers and shakers in the region are trying to diversify by turning the area into a social entrepreneurship hub. The latest move: The announcement of the Central Florida Social Enterprise Accelerator, an Orlando-based accelerator for for-profits and nonprofits at various stages of maturity.

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Central Florida Foundation launches social enterprise accelerator program

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06/27/2017

The Central Florida Foundation has launched a new social enterprise accelerator, to connect early-stage entrepreneurs with the funding, training, and mentorship needed to have sustainable businesses that address community needs.

The new six-month program will be hosted at the Rosen Center at Rollins College and offer a customized program designed by successful business owners and Rollins faculty, and will run twice a year.

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New Rollins partnership is Shark Tank for social entrepreneurs

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06/21/2017

The Central Florida Social Enterprise Accelerator will be housed at Rollins College, where participants selected for the twice-yearly program will receive up to six months of a customized curriculum, free of charge; access to business mentors and legal, accounting and marketing experts; and a chance to pitch their idea to a panel of experts — a sort of Shark Tank for do-gooders.

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A Special Announcement from Central Florida Foundation

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06/21/2017

Central Florida Foundation invites you to join us as we announce the launch of the Central Florida Social Enterprise Accelerator.

The first program of its kind in Central Florida, this initiative will help entrepreneurs in the early stages of product or business development. Participants will interact with mentors to build a business model that achieves a “double bottom line” – delivering tangible results and solving social, environmental and economic societal challenges.

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Brooklyn Water Bagel Honoring Victims of Pulse Shooting

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06/07/2017

Brooklyn Water Bagel will honor the victims of the 2016 Pulse Nightclub shooting by serving rainbow bagels and donating 100 percent of the weekend’s proceeds from the rainbow bagels to the Better Together Fund at Central Florida Foundation, starting June 10 and ending on Orlando United Day, June 12.

Creating Resilient Cities: Orlando Strong

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05/12/2017

Florida Philanthropic Network hosted a luncheon for its Tampa Bay Funders Forum to discuss lessons learned and continued healing initiatives with leaders from key organizations – City of Orlando, Contigo Fund and Central Florida Foundation – critical to the recovery effort after the Pulse nightclub shootings in Orlando and how the Bay area can develop a strategic philanthropy response plan in the event of a disaster or tragedy. Continue reading for a recap of the discussion and lessons learned.

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