The Central Florida Foundation and the Central Florida Regional Housing Trust on Feb. 5 announced the creation of the $100 million Housing Impact Fund in an effort to address Orlando's affordable housing crisis.
The Census 2020 is one of the most important pieces of data collection that directly will affect Central Florida’s next 10 years.
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.
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 ...
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.
"People don't give because of the taxes - they give more or give sooner because of the tax incentive," said Mark Brewer, president and CEO of the Central Florida Foundation. The CFF runs more than 400 charitable funds and helps guide investors with their philanthropic efforts.
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.
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."
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."
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.
Right now the Houston crisis is in the response phase, a period when public services such as first responders and the Federal Emergency Management Agency are the most effective aid resources.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Central Florida Foundation recently launched the Social Enterprise Accelerator – connecting entrepreneurs with resources, funding and mentors to help them build their ideas into self-sustainable ventures that solve pressing community issues.
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.
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.
Alejandro Ceron, an incoming freshman at Seminole State College of Florida, is one of eight Florida college students to receive a $4,900 scholarship from The 49 Fund at Central Florida Foundation. The scholarships, which were awarded June 10, honor those who lost their lives in the Pulse tragedy.