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Amazing Give surpasses $1 million

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03/22/2018

The Amazing Give, hosted by the Community Foundation of North Central Florida, was held from 6 p.m. Wednesday to 6 p.m. Thursday. In its third year, the project encourages collective giving to the community.

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Amazing Give will bring some sunshine to Gainesville

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03/20/2018

It is almost here — a break in the clouds after a stormy day — The Amazing Give, a 24-hour fundraising blitz. The idea is to use the power of crowd sourcing to gather donations of all sizes to help 85 nonprofits that focus on issues like mental health, education, animal services and children’s services.

In the Amazing Give’s first year, 60 nonprofits raised $288,000. Last year, 75 organizations raised $850,000. Organizers at the Community Foundation of North Central Florida have their eyes set on $1 million for this year.

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Amazing Give fundraises as a community

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03/16/2018

The Amazing Give, a 24-hour fundraising blitz organized by the Community Foundation of North Central Florida, will raise money for 85 local nonprofits March 21 and March 22. Next week is the fundraiser's third year, and the 85 nonprofits focus on issues like mental health, education, animal services ...

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McGriff, Humphreys-Beher recognized for philanthropy

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11/02/2017

The Community Foundation of North Central Florida presented its annual Legacy Award on Thursday to Perry McGriff, an insurance agent who made his mark early as an athlete but was remembered for his broad philanthropic and civic contributions to Gainesville.

McGriff, who died Feb. 2, served on more than a dozen local government and civic boards, including the board of the Cade Museum, where the Legacy Award luncheon was held. In 1970, he was the youngest person ever to serve as mayor of Gainesville. He was later elected to the Alachua County Commission and the state House of Representatives.

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Friend, foe or food? Hidden biases influence us all

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07/01/2017

Implicit bias has become one of the community’s buzzwords. Schools, law enforcement agencies and other groups are trying to determine what makes them tick. Groups are studying affordable housing, education, jobs and family, and health. Gainesville For All is supported by a grant from the Community Foundation of North Central Florida.

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John Bonacci: Celebrating the YMCA's anniversary and support

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06/16/2017

Thanks to a $1 million grant from the Community Foundation of North Central Florida and other local donors, the YMCA now owns our facility and is able to remain open to serve the Gainesville community. More than 400 YMCA and community members pledged additional gifts through grassroots fundraising.

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Jackie Davis: Transforming distress into opportunities

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04/07/2017

The official opening and ribbon-cutting for Serenoa, Florida’s first peer-run respite center, was held on April 4. Peer-run respite centers are a new concept in non-medical alternatives to psychiatric hospitalization for people experiencing overwhelming mental/emotional states.

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Fund-raising blitz more than doubles last year's haul

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03/30/2017

The Amazing Give — a 24-hour sprint for donations to dozens of nonprofit agencies in Alachua County — lived up to its billing Thursday, topping expectations of organizers with $835,043 collected from 3,318 donors.

"Energizing young donors using online giving is a much more effective way to raise money," said W.J. Rossi, chairman of the Community Foundation of North Central Florida, which organized the effort.

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In a sprint for donors, Amazing Give races ahead of last year

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03/30/2017

The Amazing Give — a 24-hour sprint for donations to dozens of nonprofit agencies in Alachua County — lived up to its billing Thursday, topping expectations of organizers with $835,043 collected from 3,318 donors. 

"Energizing young donors using online giving is a much more effective way to raise money," said W.J. Rossi, chairman of the Community Foundation of North Central Florida, which organized the effort.

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Editorial: Cheers to YMCA donors, jeers to city voters

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03/17/2017

The Community Foundation of North Central Florida collected donations from Gladys Cofrin, Dr. Daniel Logan and an anonymous donor for a $1 million grant to the Y. More than 400 community members made additional donations. Fundraising will continue for another $300,000 for facility improvements.

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Nathan Crabbe: Leaving our comfort zones for change

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03/17/2017

The Sun owes a debt of gratitude to all the community members who spent nearly every Thursday night for four months developing solutions to some of our area's most pressing problems. Thanks also go to the Community Foundation of North Central Florida for funding, the technology company Optym for developing the gnv4all.com website and materials on the effort, and all the groups that provided meeting space.

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Community Foundation of North Central Florida announces Lesley Cox Banis as director of programs

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06/20/2016

The Community Foundation of North Central Florida announced Lesley Cox Banis has joined its staff as the new director of programs. Banis, who received her degree in public relations from UF, previously served as executive director of the Sebastian Ferrero Foundation and currently serves on the boards of Leadership Gainesville Alumni Association and the Junior League of Gainesville.

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FSU professor wins innovation prize for preterm labor invention

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05/11/2016

A Florida State University professor who invented a sleep mask that will help pregnant women stave off preterm labor has won the $50,000 Cade Museum Prize for innovation. Dr. James Robert Cade, a physician and University of Florida researcher who is mostly known for leading the team that created the sports drink Gatorade, and his family established the Cade Museum Foundation in 2004; they have been awarding the Cade Museum Prize through a grant from the Community Foundation of North Central Florida since 2010.

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