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Plein air event to highlight Gilded Age

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03/01/2017

The St. Augustine Art Association was awarded a grant from the Dr. JoAnn Crisp-Ellert Fund at the Community Foundation for Northeast Florida to support the 2017 St. Augustine Plein Air Paint Out event programs and awards.

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Arts notes: Engdahl honored by Community Foundation

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02/19/2017

The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida has chosen David Engdahl, a sculptor who enjoyed a long career as an architect before retiring as senior vice president and chief architect of The Haskell Company in 2007, as recipient of the second annual Ann McDonald Baker Art Ventures Award.

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Free screening of Nicolas Philibert's “Every Little Thing”

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02/14/2017

Artist, writer and film curator Carolyn Lazard and Crisp-Ellert Art Museum artist-in-residence Staci Bu Shea will host a screening of Nicolas Philibert’s “Every Little Thing” (1996) on Wednesday, February 22nd at 7:00 p.m., and Historic City News readers are invited to attend free of charge.

The CEAM Artist Residency is supported by a grant from the Dr. JoAnn Crisp-Ellert Fund at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida.

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Women's Giving Alliance hosts national conference

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01/23/2017

The Women’s Giving Alliance, a grant-making initiative of The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, will host a national conference in March to “celebrate women-powered giving,” according to the alliance. The 2017 Women’s Collective Giving Grantmaker’s Network National Leadership Forum will be March 12 t0 14 at Ocean Resort in Atlantic Beach. The full conference and individual events are open to the public.

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Cheers: Helping victims of Hurricane Matthew

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01/06/2017

Cheers to Florida’s First Coast Relief Fund for stepping up big to help assist those affected by Hurricane Matthew. According to the latest figures, the fund has awarded nearly $391,000 to help community organizations working to help local victims of the October hurricane. The effort was launched through an initial gift of $250,000 from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund. And it has taken off through a partnership of the United Way of Northeast Florida, United Way of St. Johns County, The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida and the Jewish Federation of Jacksonville.

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First Coast Relief Fund disburses nearly $400000 to assist hurricane victims

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01/04/2017

Community organizations have been given a nearly $400,000 boost from Florida’s First Coast Relief Fund to help area victims of Hurricane Matthew.

Officials with the fund said about $391,000 has been disbursed as of Dec. 15. The fund was established by several agencies — United Way of Northeast Florida, United Way of St. Johns County, The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida and the Jewish Federation of Jacksonville — in October after Matthew left extensive property damage in its wake. It was seeded with an initial gift of $250,000 from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund.

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Guest column: Florida lags the nation in providing economic security for women

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12/15/2016

The “Status of Women in Florida by County: Poverty &Opportunity” report found that more women in Florida live in poverty today than in 2004.

The report was commissioned by Florida Women’s Funding Alliance, an affinity group of Florida Philanthropic Network and released this month by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.

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Study: More Florida women live in poverty than men

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12/14/2016

A new report shows women in Florida face some serious economic challenges. The "Status of Women in Florida" study compared county-by-county how women in Florida are doing in some key areas of life.

Perhaps most surprising, the report estimates women's poverty could be reduced nearly 60% if Florida's working women received equal pay.

"Women are making about 80% of what men are making for the same degree, the same experience, everything being equal, so that certainly is concerning," said Eileen Connolly-Keesler, president & CEO of the Community Foundation of Collier County.

Anonymous donors spread cheer with local sheriff's offices acting as Santa

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12/14/2016

The Facebook page for the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office was abuzz with activity on Tuesday with a number of posts featuring photos of deputies handing out $100 gift cards to those in the need.

The posts were all accompanied by the designating hashtag line “#904SecretSanta.”

A Tuesday evening news release from The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida shed a little light on the posts and explained that similar activity was happening in two other counties as well.

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Jan. 11 deadline for Women's Giving Alliance grants

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12/09/2016

The Jacksonville-based Women’s Giving Alliance has opened the application process for its 2017-19 grant cycle, which will focus on nonprofit programs that help Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau or St. Johns county women and girls escape poverty.

The grants range from $10,000 to $120,000 over two years. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. Jan. 11. To apply or get more information, go to wganefl.org/apply-for-a-grant.

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Giving Back: Steins continue philanthropic legacy with $2 million gift to United Way

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11/26/2016

In addition to their support of United Way, the Steins were the guiding force behind the development of the Jewish Community Alliance, and the Quality Education for All (QEA) Fund at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida. This nearly $40 million fund is investing in 36 of the most challenging schools in Duval County by supporting high-quality teachers and leaders where these students need them most.

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Barbara Harrell and Richard Sisisky Join The Community Foundation as Trustees

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11/04/2016

Barbara Harrell, longtime community activist and volunteer, and Richard Sisisky, president and owner of The Shircliff & Sisisky Company, will join The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida’s Board of Trustees, effective January 2017. Each will serve for a three-year term. They replace retiring trustees Bill Brinton and Charles Hyman, who will complete their maximum three terms of service in 2016.

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Women’s Giving Alliance Announces 2016 Grant Recipients and New Grantmaking Focus Area

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10/26/2016

At its Annual Meeting today, the Women’s Giving Alliance (WGA) announced $432,000 in grants to six Northeast Florida organizations providing mental health services to women and girls in the region. The 2016 grants represent the culmination of WGA’s five-year, research-based focus on creating sustainable programs delivering mental health services for women and girls in the region, during which the organization made nearly $2 million in grants to 17 area agencies that have already helped more than 2,250 women and girls.

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Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center aims to increase awareness of girls' issues with new campaign

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09/23/2016

The Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center unveiled its new See the Girl campaign Thursday. In addition to advocacy and research, the Policy Center provides support to girls and young women in the juvenile justice system, and those girls were given the opportunity to contribute their ideas to the campaign. Now through Oct. 14, the Delores Barr Weaver Fund at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida will match every donation made to the Policy Center, dollar for dollar, up to $800,000.

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