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Is it Time to Rethink Your Year-End Giving?

December 11 2018 • Rachel Calderon

{image:url:title}{image:url:title} Twinkling lights and decorations line the streets, traditional festivities are filling up calendars, and the weather can’t make up its mind – it’s officially the holidays in Central Florida. Even amidst the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping, we know Central Florida is a generous community, filled with people who...

A Holiday Note from Mark Brewer, President/CEO

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...

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

June 09 2018 • CFF Team

{image:url:title}{image:url:title} ORLANDO, Fla.—(June 9, 2018) – In its continuing effort to honor those lost in the Pulse tragedy, The 49 Fund at Central Florida Foundation will today award eight scholarships in the amount of $4,900 each for local college students. The recipients, their hometowns and schools include: William...

RALLY: THE SOCIAL ENTERPRISE ACCELERATOR ANNOUNCES SUMMER COHORT
Program selects six finalists for mentorship and resources

June 06 2018 • CFF Team

{image:url:title}{image:url:title} ORLANDO, Fla. – (June 6, 2018) – Rally: The Social Enterprise Accelerator today announces the six finalists to participate in its summer cohort. The six enterprises include: Yaupon Brothers Tea, Visable, Front Row Charities, Playground City, Nexus Impact, and Orlando Together. Rally received applications from nonprofit and for-profit entities....

Thoughts on the 2020 Census

March 30 2018 • Mark Brewer, William J. Bodine and Beth Stipe

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“In Orlando, Fla., the Central Florida Foundation uses census data for its most critical grant making programs, such as permanent supportive housing, affordable housing, and impact funds.”

100 Women Strong Member Spotlight: Aldis Loreno

March 30 2018

{image:url:title}{image:url:title} We recently had the opportunity to get to know one of 100 Women Strong’s members, Aldis Loreno. Learn more about her from our conversation below. Aldis was born in her hometown of Reykjavik, Iceland and came to the United States when she was just seven years old. She earned...

EIGHT LOCAL ENTREPRENEURS VIE FOR $25,000 INVESTMENT DURING SOCIAL ENTERPRISE COMPETITION
Omnimodal Wins Local Accelerator’s Inaugural “Shark Tank”-Style Pitch Event

March 16 2018 • CFF Team

{image:url:title}{image:url:title} ORLANDO, Fla. – (March 16, 2018) – In an effort to create positive change by nurturing local social entrepreneurs, Rally: The Social Enterprise Accelerator recently awarded a $25,000 investment to Omnimodal. The company will use the funds toward its mission of making public transportation easier for everyone. Omnimodal competed with...

CENTRAL FLORIDA FOUNDATION’S “100 WOMEN STRONG” ANNOUNCES GRANT TO EARLY LEARNING COALITION OF ORANGE COUNTY
New pilot program aims to prepare kids for success at Pine Hills child care centers

March 01 2018 • CFF Team

{image:url:title}{image:url:title} ORLANDO, Fla. (March 1, 2018) — A new pilot program aims to meet the social and emotional needs of young children in the Pine Hills community. The pilot program is supported by 100 Women Strong, a giving circle at Central Florida Foundation that focuses on empowering the lives of women...

How a “Giving Circle” Can Transform You Into a “Philanthroactivist”

March 01 2018 • Rachel Calderon

{image:url:title}{image:url:title} Philanthropy comes in many shapes and sizes. In other words, there’s no one-size-fits all approach to giving — and that’s a good thing! It means that each and every one of us can support the causes we hold close to our hearts in the ways that are the most...

The 49 Fund Accepts Applicants for Second Annual Scholarship Awards

February 20 2018 • CFF Team

{image:url:title}{image:url:title} ORLANDO, Fla. – (February 20, 2018) – In its continuing effort to honor those lost in the Pulse tragedy, The 49 Fund at Central Florida Foundation is accepting applications for its second annual scholarship awards. The Fund will award up to 10 local LGBT students $4,900 each to help pay...

The Moment that Everything Changed

February 15 2018 • Rachel Calderon

{image:url:title}{image:url:title} Naomi was a young mother of two girls, ages 1 and 5, living in New York with her boyfriend. It wasn’t a healthy relationship — he was violent and abusive toward her, and there were constant fights and beatings. After one particularly bad fight, Naomi decided that enough was enough,...

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