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St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce: Sold Out Greenhouse Program to Support ...

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05/15/2018

St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce recently issued the following announcement.

In partnership with the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, the St. Petersburg Greenhouse will host a sold out 8-week Ice House Entrepreneurship Program to aid in identifying new revenue opportunities for existing nonprofits in the greater St. Petersburg area.

St. Petersburg College Announces Partnership with Community Foundation of Tampa Bay

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04/12/2018

St. Petersburg College (SPC) is pleased to announce a partnership with Community Foundation of Tampa Bay (CFTB), an organization focused on connecting donors, nonprofit organizations and community leaders in an effort to make Tampa Bay a better place to live. Through this partnership, SPC was awarded a $15,000 grant to expand its mental health awareness efforts on campus.

SPC to Expand Mental Health Services for Students

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04/12/2018

St. Petersburg College has partnered with the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, an organization focused on connecting donors, nonprofit organizations and community leaders in an effort to make Tampa Bay a better place to live.

Through this partnership, SPC was awarded a $15,000 grant to expand its mental health awareness efforts on campus.

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ECHO of Brandon claims top prize in social entrepreneurship

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12/01/2017

ECHO of Brandon, a charity whose mission is to end hunger in southeastern Hillsborough County, took the $25,000 grand prize in Social Venture Partners’ first Shark Tank-styled competition for social entrepreneurship in the Tampa Bay Area.

Social entrepreneurship is the use by nonprofits of the techniques that enable startup companies and other entrepreneurs to develop, fund and implement solutions to social, cultural, or environmental issues.

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TAMPA BAY: 2018 Regional Competitiveness Report

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11/17/2017

The first-ever Tampa Bay Partnership’s Regional Competitiveness Report compares the economic performance of the Gulf Coast economy to other comparable regions nationwide.

It puts eight counties on the west coast of Florida — Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota — up against 19 of the fastest-growing micro-economies in the nation, including Atlanta, Dallas and Seattle. Broadly, the report rates Tampa Bay in six dimensions: economic vitality; innovation; infrastructure; civic quality; talent; and outcomes.

Where Tampa Bay soars and sinks compared to other metros

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11/14/2017

The Tampa Bay region fares poorly in wages, transportation and education in a new report comparing the area with 19 other metros nationwide.

While there’s strong population gains and job growth in the Tampa Bay area, more focus is needed to be sure the region grows productively, said Chuck Sykes, president and CEO of Sykes Enterprises Inc. (NYSE: SYKE) and chair of the Regional Indicators Task Force.

“We do not want our growth to just happen by happenstance,” Sykes said Tuesday as the task force unveiled its new Regional Competitiveness report, which is a collaborative effort of the Tampa Bay Partnership, University of South Florida Muma College of Business, the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and United Way Suncoast. “Yes, we are fortunate by the good graces of where we are — the weather, our beaches, the beautiful climate and our tax environment, a lot of momentum is in our favor. But let’s not waste that and make sure we are building the community we want.”

Trigaux: At last, Tampa Bay embraces one set of indicators to gauge its future course

Release Date: 
11/03/2017

It should be noted that this Tampa Bay Partnership project is not funded by rich corporations or jobs-driven economic development groups. The two organizations funding this effort are the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and United Way Suncoast — two of the key non-profit philanthropic groups that help channel charitable giving to the needy in this market.

Why them? Because they view the long-term prosperity of the Tampa Bay area will not be measured only by the success of the well educated and the wealthy but by the success of everybody. And if everyone here is looking at the same set of community and economic indicators, then there's less confusion and more clarity over where needs are greatest.

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Column: We need to help Tampa Bay college applicants so they don't give up $15 million in Pell ...

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10/18/2017

More and more often, employers are looking for candidates with higher education degrees or specialized credentials. But as these education needs are increasing, so are financial barriers.

The Lumina Foundation, a nationwide funder of college attainment initiatives, predicts that by 2025, a short eight years away, 60 percent of working-age adults (25-64) will need a college degree and/or a postsecondary credential to meet projected workforce demands.

This goal for 2025 is achievable in Tampa Bay — both Hillsborough and Pinellas counties are at approximately 47 percent — but as a region we still have many residents that don’t know how to take advantage of the resources available. One such resource, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, will be important if Tampa Bay is to reach that 60 percent target.

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Disaster Fund Donates $500K for Tampa Bay Hurricane Irma Relief

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10/14/2017

The Tampa Bay Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund, a strategic collaboration by seven major Tampa Bay area philanthropic organizations, has awarded nearly $500,000 to Tampa Bay area nonprofits to address the needs for immediate recovery after Hurricane Irma.

The first phase of funding focused on immediate relief efforts, mostly providing funds to community organizations that could replenish food resources and provide emergency services to local residents.

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Feeding Tampa Bay, Bucs defensive lineman, lead separate recovery efforts

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09/14/2017

One group that made a significant donation to Feeding Tampa Bay is the The Tampa Bay Disaster Relief Fund. The collaborative, multi-county effort sparked by the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and several United Way outlets in the region approved its first nonprofit grant on Wednesday: $100,000 to Feeding Tampa Bay to help with its distributions.

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Looking to help Irma victims? Reach out to these nonprofits

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09/13/2017

The Tampa Bay Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund offers a way to keep financial donations working at home. The new strategic collaboration is made up of the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg, Pinellas Community Foundation, United Way of Citrus County, United Way of Hernando, United Way of Pasco, and United Way Suncoast. The response and recovery initiative will include Desoto, Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas and Sarasota counties.

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Getting ready for kindergarten: Community effort emerges in Wimauma

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08/08/2017

In Wimauma, a blended community where Spanish is often the first language, early learning is especially important. Which is why the summer VPK was offered there again this year, the first time since 2009. Some 58 participated in the program, in migrant and regular tracks at either Wimauma or Reddick elementaries, with the last class wrapping up July 26.

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For Good: Fast Pitch seeks entries from Tampa Bay Area nonprofits

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08/07/2017

It’s like Shark Tank, nonprofit style. And it’s coming to Tampa November 9. Ten nonprofit organizations will be competing for some $40,000 in an event inspired by the popular TV show for businesses seeking funding.

Tampa will be the first Fast Pitch event with an accelerator program through the Seattle-based Social Venture Partners. It also is the first Fast Pitch event for the Tampa chapter started in 2014; nonprofits will be vying for funding from SVP partners.

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Needs survey: SCC nonprofits worry about volunteer decline

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07/27/2017

Nonprofits rely on volunteering, and that's becoming a growing concern in this retirement community. According to a recent needs assessment survey conducted by the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay's SouthShore Council, there is a declining level of volunteerism in Sun City Center that worries key nonprofits.

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