28 Local Nonprofits Awarded $1.5 Million in Grants from Austin Russell and Central Florida Foundation’s October Commitment

Photography by Diana Rothery

Orlando, Fla. – December 29, 2022 – Twenty-eight (28) local nonprofits have been awarded $1.5 million in grants from Austin Russell’s AKR Foundation Fund at Central Florida Foundation (CFF).

The grants are a result of Russell and CFF’s October commitment, with nonprofits chosen based on recovery needs, disaster resilience and readiness, as well as general positive impact opportunity for the Central Florida community. Each grant is structured as general support funding; grantees can utilize these dollars in the most optimal way for their nonprofit’s unique situation.

“I’m very much looking forward to seeing the positive impact of helping the front lines of our Orlando community,” said Russell, Founder and CEO of Luminar, a leading global automotive technology company. “It’s been an intensive process to efficiently and effectively support over two dozen local organizations following the hurricane, and I can certainly credit the Central Florida Foundation with performing the diligence and the knowledge needed to make this happen by the holidays. Wishing all of the grantees and Orlando a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!”

Sandi Vidal, VP of Community Strategies and Initiatives, added, “Austin is more than just a donor; he’s a community investor. He has a vision for the future of Orlando and is helping evolve our community on multiple fronts to see it through.”

List of Grantees


About Central Florida Foundation

Central Florida Foundation stewards philanthropic dollars on behalf of individuals, families, and nonprofits. We partner with people who are determined to make a difference in their community. Knowing that true change demands more than dollars and cents, we foster collaboration, fuel ideas, and spearhead the innovation that will transform our region for good. Learn more at cffound.org.


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