FPN joins the rest of the world in outrage and sadness over the killing of George Floyd, which is unfortunately only the most recent in a long line of similar atrocities.
The Vice President of the Diversity, Inclusion and Equal Opportunity Committee is working to raise more money for scholarship funds that are specifically for black students, such as the Helios Education Foundation grant.
New research compares efforts to encourage students to re-enroll in college with information alone or with tuition waivers. The financial incentives appear to work better.
Business, economic development and education leaders as well as elected officials from across the state were in Tampa this week for the Learners to Earners summit hosted by the Florida Chamber of Commerce. The two-day conference focused on early learning initiatives that could bolster the state’s “cradle to workforce” pipeline.
Central Florida's leaders in education, with funding from Helios Education Foundation, launched the Central Florida Education Ecosystem Database (CFEED)
Through Helios Education Foundation's Florida Regional Student Success initiative a new program.
“Rise to 55 by 2025” is a new campaign Florida education and industry leaders hope you tune into and participate in this year. The initiative is aimed at Floridians between the ages of 25 and 64 years old who want to work in Florida and stay competitive in the state’s fast-paced global economy.
Florida’s Higher Education Coordinating Council which includes the Department of Education, The Florida College System, The State University System, Enterprise Florida, The Manufacturers Association of Florida, and Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida launched the initiative with national backing from supportive educational foundations including Lumina Foundation, Helios Education Foundation and CareerSource Florida.
Helios Education Foundation and USAmeriBank Foundation announced that they'll be committing up to $2.5 million to kick-start a scholarship fund for those students in USF's "graduation pathway" program. The hope is to boost the chances of success for students with financial hurdles.
Community Foundation of Tampa Bay connected the donors with school officials. The USAmeribank Foundation, based in Clearwater, started the initial fund with $500,000, and Helios contributed $1 million. Helios has also pledged another $1 million through 2-to-1 matching donations.
Paul Luna is the President and CEO of Helios Educaiton Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of individuals in Arizona and Florida by creating opportunities for success in postsecondary education. The Foundation strategically invests in programs and initiatives which address some of the most critical issues affecting education today.
Helios Education Foundation announced today a $1.6 million investment awarded to Orlando Repertory Theatre (The REP), in partnership with Orange County Public Schools and Arizona State University, to provide dual language learning opportunities to Voluntary Pre-K students in 11 Orlando-area classrooms. Students in these classrooms will receive instruction 50 percent of the time in English and 50 percent of the time in Spanish, culminating in dual language comprehension and fluency.
Tallahassee Community College received a big donation from the Florida College System Foundation. This year's donation to the TCC Foundation included $10,922 from Florida Blue for nursing and allied health scholarships, $11,338 from the Helios Education Foundation for scholarships for first-generation-in-college students, and $5,127 from Bank of America for the Dream Makers Scholarship.
Extra Yard for Teachers, the primary philanthropic initiative of the College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation, in conjunction with the Tampa Bay Sports Commission, have pledged $1 million to help fund education programs in the Tampa Bay area that focus on early childhood success, promote a college-going culture, as well as recognize extraordinary teachers. Today, that goal came one step closer to reality with the announcement of a $300,000 contribution from Helios Education Foundation.
In its first full year, the Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities, a partnership between Florida International University, University of Central Florida and University of South Florida delivered key achievements on their collaborative efforts.
For example, members of the career readiness team designed a Virtual Career Fair program that brought 70 employers including AT & T, Verizon and The Mayo Clinic along with over 1800 students/alumni for over 700 career related discussions. Campus workshops and career resources that were specific to each campus were also made available to all students from Florida Consortium universities. The Florida Consortium partnered with Helios Education Foundation, Helmsley Charitable Trust and the Kresge Foundation to support inter-campus collaboration, fund investigative research and advance proposals.
Inside Philanthropy looks at foundations funding early education on the local level, including Helios Education Foundation's support to Arizona pre-K groups that focus on two-way immersion and English/Spanish literacy. Over 43 percent of children in Arizona are Hispanic, and many of them come from homes where Spanish is the primary language. Dual-language programs are a bit hit in the Southwest these days, significantly more so than in other major metropolitan areas.
The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay joined numerous public and private community stakeholders to launch LEAP, Hillsborough’s College Access Network. LEAP is the ninth local college access network in Florida and is supported in part by a grant from the Lumina Foundation, which is funding work to increase the number of local residents with postsecondary credentials in 75 communities across the county.
Helios Education Foundation's Creating Opportunities for Success – 2015 Annual Report celebrates the success of students impacted through initiatives in Arizona and Florida. Helios invested nearly $12 million in programs impacting education, including supporting the Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities to create a unique collaboration among the University of South Florida, University of Central Florida and Florida International University that will impact thousands of first-generation, minority and underrepresented students in Florida's three largest metropolitan areas.
Florida Philanthropic Network board of directors has announced the appointment of its next President & CEO Stacy Carlson, Ph.D. Carlson was selected after a comprehensive national search led by FPN’s executive search committee along with talent management consultancy Career Partners International. She will assume responsibilities April 11.
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