Florida Trend magazine recently released its first “Florida 500” list, naming Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation Chairman, Rick Walsh, and President and CEO, David A. Odahowski among Florida's 500 most influential executives.
Since 1973, the Foundation has awarded more than $111 million to 876 nonprofit organizations, primarily in the areas of human services, education and health care, with a limited interest in the arts.
Thamert's moving black-and-white photographs received the 2018 Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation Art of Philanthropy Award at the prestigious 59th. Annual Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival in March. The award carried a $5,000 prize and automatic entry into next year's festival.
Titusville artist Heidi Thamert recently won the 2018 Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation Art of Philanthropy Award at the 59th annual Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival. The art show is one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious outdoor art festivals. More than 1,100 artists from around the world applied this year and an independent panel of judges selected 225 artists to exhibit their work.
Massey Services Chairman & CEO, Harvey L. Massey was recognized with the H. Clifford Lee Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals. This award is the organization’s highest honor and is presented to an individual who demonstrates a history of exceptional leadership and is personally active in philanthropy.
Winter Park, FL – Help is on the way to local nonprofits who were impacted by Hurricane Irma. The Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation began releasing up to $150,000 of unrestricted general operating support grants to nonprofit organizations who were impacted by or were providing relief services to Central Florida residents during and after Hurricane Irma.
Rick Walsh has been elected Chairman of the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation. Rick is CEO of investment and consulting firm, the Knob Hill Group. As a former Senior VP at Darden, he took the company pubic. He is a governance expert serving on the boards of Seaside National Bank and Trust, Blue Orb Software, ABC Wine & Spirits, LSQ Holdings, Nemours Hospital System and UCF.
Today’s donors expect involvement in how their dollars get expended, a major shift from decades past, according to local philanthropic leaders.
“People from all over the world call Central Florida home,” Garcia said of the grants program. “United Arts is committed to seeing that richness reflected throughout the arts and culture community.”
United Arts unveiled a new award for a local nonprofit leader, which was presented to Gerald “Jerry” Hilbrich, a past chairman of the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation, past chairman of the Heart of Florida United Way and past president of United Arts.
The Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation recently awarded the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park a $35,000 grant in support of Strategic Planning and Artistic Programming for the 2017 season, pushing the Foundation’s cumulative giving to the Society to over $1 million.
As one of the Foundation’s early grantees, awarded in 1976, the Bach Festival Society received its initial grant in the amount of $10,000. For over 40 years, The Foundation has made a total of 50 grants and contributions, which have helped underwrite a variety of concerts, brought world-class chamber ensembles and soloists to Winter Park, and supported the purchase of much-needed equipment for the Society.
The Winter Park Public Library is proud to announce that more than $1 million has been committed to build the new library. The Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation and dozens of individual donors have pledged funds to the project even before the formal fundraising effort has been launched. The Edyth Bush Foundation’s matching grant of $750,000 will seed a much larger campaign to be launched in 2017 to fund and equip the building as well as to double the library’s $6 million endowment. Other commitments include $100,000 from Dr. Bruce Douglas and $100,000 from the Estate of Kenneth F. Murrah.
Thanks to the help of three grants totaling $85,000, four PhD students at the University of Central Florida (UCF) College of Nursing are receiving full scholarships. A grant of $40,000 was initially awarded to the college from the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare, which was then matched by $25,000 from the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation and $20,000 from GENEX Services, Inc. to fund doctoral students and aid in the nationwide shortage of nurse faculty.
Funded through a generous gift from businessman and philanthropist T. Denny Sanford, San Diego Zoo Kids is an innovative closed-circuit television broadcast channel that provides family friendly, animal-oriented programming that is both entertaining and educational.
A generous gift from the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation has made the channel available on TV monitors in every patient room at Nemours Children's Hospital, Florida Hospital for Children and Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, as well as in waiting areas at the three children's hospitals and three Ronald McDonald Houses in Central Florida.
Nearly 26 years ago, David Odahowski relocated from Minneapolis to Winter Park, FL, to join Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation as President & CEO. Read more about the foundation's mission to make Central Florida a better place to live, Florida philanthropy's responsibility in nonprofit development and the earliest days of FPN.
Join our Florida Philanthropic Network Board of Directors and President & CEO Robert "Bob" McFalls to learn about current initiatives. Enjoy heavy hors d'oeuvres, refreshments and networking with Central Florida grantmakers and members of the philanthropic sector.
Richard J. "Rick" Walsh was reelected after previously serving from 2007 to 2013. Walsh retired in 2007 following a 25-year career with Darden Restaurants. While with Darden, he served as Senior Vice-President Corporate Affairs and served on Darden's Executive Committee. Today he serves as CEO of the Knob Hill Companies, a media, investments, agriculture and business strategy enterprise, assisting established and emerging businesses develop and thrive.