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The 49 Fund at Central Florida Foundation Marks Pulse Anniversary with Scholarships for LGBT Students
Recipients selected for academic excellence, commitment to improving community

June 08 2019 • CFF Team

{image:url:title}{image:url:title} ORLANDO, Fla.—(June 8, 2019) – In its continuing effort to honor those lost in the Pulse tragedy, The 49 Fund at Central Florida Foundation will today award four scholarships in the amount of $4,900 each for local college students. The recipients, their hometowns and schools include: ...

Central Florida Foundation Announces Recent Grants to Area Nonprofits

June 07 2019 • CFF Team

{image:url:title}{image:url:title} ORLANDO — June 7, 2019 — Central Florida Foundation today announces the grants from its annual Community Investment grant round. The Foundation’s board of directors approved the following projects and nonprofits to receive investments: $17,500 to Easter Seals Florida to remodel the bathrooms to...

Central Florida Foundation Elects New Board Chair and Board Members

May 29 2019

ORLANDO — May 29, 2019 — The Central Florida Foundation Board of Directors recently elected its new chairperson of the board, Jeffery Jonasen, new board member, Ms. Tajiana Ancora – Brown, and returning board members, Mr. Waymon Armstrong and Ms. Thomasa Sanchez. Their professional work within Central Florida will complement...

Four Local Ventures Present for Investment During Social Enterprise Showcase
Tambua Health and BatterEASE Selected for a total of $35,000 Investment

April 16 2019 • CFF Team

{image:url:title}{image:url:title} ORLANDO, Fla. – (April 16, 2019) – In an effort to create positive change by supporting social entrepreneurs, Rally: The Social Enterprise Accelerator selected Tambua Health as the best of its winter class. This selection will send the venture to Entrepreneurs in Action, a partner impact investment fund, with a...

Table Talk
Where discourse was the main course

April 09 2019 • Rachel Calderon

{image:url:title}{image:url:title} This spring we held our inaugural Table Talk event, where discourse was the main course. It was an incredible evening of new and familiar friends and powerful conversations. Here are a few of the overall themes that surfaced throughout the night: Transportation - this issue came up at every.single.table. It’s clearly...

Is it Time to Rethink Your Giving?

February 25 2019 • Rachel Calderon

{image:url:title}{image:url:title} With the pollen in full force and azaleas blooming, spring is here. Even amidst the change of seasons and busy daily schedules and routines, we know Central Florida is a generous community, filled with people who care about giving back to the community. As you and your loved ones think...

Nonprofit Partnership Invests $8 Million in Affordable Housing in Central Florida
The collaboration will bring innovation, long-term housing affordability, and stability to the Parramore community

February 19 2019 • CFF Team

{image:url:title}{image:url:title} Three nonprofit organizations have entered a new partnership to invest $8 million in Orlando’s Parramore neighborhood, improving and preserving long-term affordable housing rental units for families in Central Florida. Florida Community Loan Fund, Central Florida Foundation, and New Jersey Community Capital have formed the Parramore Asset Stabilization Fund (“PASF”) to...

100 Women Strong Member Spotlight: Lauren Chianese

February 04 2019

{image:url:title}{image:url:title} We recently had the opportunity to get to know one of 100 Women Strong’s members, Lauren Chianese. Learn more about her from our conversation below. Lauren has been a lifelong advocate for quality education for all children, focusing on equity for children living in low-income communities. Raised in Central Florida,...

Scholarship Applications Now Open

January 31 2019 • Daisy C. Franklin, MSW

{image:url:title}{image:url:title} Central Florida Foundation invites students in Central Florida to apply for a variety of scholarships for the 2019-2020 academic year. To get started, complete the eligibility quiz to determine which scholarships you’re able to apply for. Applications are due by February 15, 2019 at 11:59 pm. Find more details on the...

Central Florida Foundation Announces Grants to Area Nonprofits

January 16 2019 • CFF Team

{image:url:title}{image:url:title} ORLANDO — January 16, 2019 — Central Florida Foundation today announces the grants from its annual grant rounds. The Foundation’s board of directors approved the following projects and nonprofits to receive investments: $8,000 to Bach Festival of Winter Park to train staff on CRM, box office...

Mark Brewer, President/CEO, Reflects on 2018

December 06 2018 • Mark Brewer

{image:url:title}{image:url:title} Dear Friends, As the holiday season draws near, I am grateful for your commitment to making this community a place where everyone feels at home. One of the characteristics of our region that draws people here is our growing ability to sit together and dream. Central Florida Foundation began in 1994...

Central Florida Foundation Names Nicole Donelson Vice President of Philanthropy

November 29 2018 • CFF Team

{image:url:title}{image:url:title} ORLANDO, Fla. – (November 29, 2018) – Central Florida Foundation today announced that Nicole Donelson has been named vice president of philanthropy. In her role as part of the executive team, Nicole is responsible for driving the Foundation’s vision and mission of building community through philanthropy. She will design and implement...

End of Year Timeline 2018

November 28 2018 • CFF Team

{image:url:title}{image:url:title} With the holidays in full swing and a new year quickly approaching, Central Florida Foundation is here to make charitable giving simple. To ensure your contributions qualify for a charitable income tax deduction in the 2018 tax year, keep these dates in mind. Donor advised fund grant...

Central Florida Foundation & Partners Invest in Education Initiative
Tailored Program focuses on College and Career Preparation to Strengthen Local Economy

October 05 2018 • CFF Team

{image:url:title}{image:url:title} ORLANDO, Fla. – (October 5, 2018) – In an effort to help more students achieve college degrees and quality credentials, Central Florida Foundation today announces a more than $100,000 investment in the Central Florida College Access Network (CFCAN). CFCAN is a community-based alliance of representatives from K-12 education, higher education, nonprofit...

A Note from Rally: The Social Enterprise Accelerator

September 21 2018 • Ben Hoyer

{image:url:title}{image:url:title} Thank you to everyone that made it out to the summer Rally pitch event earlier this week. (And, if you weren’t there, you were missed!) Rally continues working towards building Orlando as a hub for social enterprise, and it’s evident to us that ideas to change the world can...

Five Local Entrepreneurs Pitch for $25K Investment During Social Enterprise Competition
Yaupon Brothers American Tea Co. Selected for Investment at Accelerator's "Shark Tank"-Style Pitch Event

September 18 2018 • CFF Team

{image:url:title}{image:url:title} ORLANDO, Fla. – (September 18, 2018) – In an effort to create positive change by supporting local social entrepreneurs, Rally: The Social Enterprise Accelerator selected Yaupon Brothers American Tea Co. for an opportunity to receive a $25,000 investment. The company will use the funds to further their social mission by...

Central Florida Foundation Announces Grants to Area Nonprofits

July 12 2018 • CFF Team

{image:url:title}{image:url:title} ORLANDO — July 12, 2018— Central Florida Foundation today announces the grants from its annual Community Investment Grant Round. The Foundation’s board of directors approved the following projects and nonprofits to receive grants: Up to $24,357 to Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando to expand KidsKonnect,...

Richard's Story of Homelessness to Housed

June 27 2018 • Dewey Wooden, LMHC

{image:url:title}{image:url:title} It all began in 1996. Struggling to battle a chronic mental illness, Richard had become disillusioned with life, and at 45-years-old, he packed a 100-pound bag of gear and walked away from his life. He left a successful catering business, his wife of eight years, and the children he had...

Area Community Foundation Merges with Central Florida Foundation
Foundation moves forward with transition to preserve legacy

June 21 2018 • CFF Team

{image:url:title}{image:url:title} ORLANDO, Fla. (June 21, 2018) – In an effort to streamline operations and continue its legacy, the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of East Central Florida (CFECF) voted to sunset its operations in Volusia, Flagler and Putnam Counties. To honor the original donor intent of the funds at...

Windows and Mirrors
Shaping a more equitable and inclusive community through education

June 14 2018 • Rachel Calderon

{image:url:title}{image:url:title} This is the first story in a series about projects supported by the Better Together Fund at Central Florida Foundation. The fund was established after the Pulse tragedy as a way for the community to respond to the immediate and long-term needs. The fund supports four key areas including: gaps...

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