Together We Can Help Orlando

About the Better Together Fund

The Better Together Fund provides a way to help respond to the needs of our community, now and in the time to come, after the effects of the Pulse nightclub tragedy.
The fund supports four key areas:

-Gaps in the support nonprofits are providing to survivors and families
-LGBTQ, Latino, faith and other affected communities
-Underlying causes of this tragic event (not policy and advocacy)
-Other needs we cannot anticipate until we face them

Grant-Making

May 2017

  • Up to $91,854 to Two Spirit Health Services to provide gap funding for the infrastructure for mental health services that will be funded for three years by the Department of Justice
  • $50,000 to Heart of Florida United Way to provide gap funds for emergency needs to primary and secondary survivors of the Pulse tragedy and their family members

April 2017

  • $30,000 to Equality Florida to hire a Central Florida Safe and Healthy Schools Coordinator. The coordinator will launch this program in the Orange, Seminole, and Osceola County Public Schools and will coordinate activities to ensure the safe and equal treatment of LGBTQ students.
  • $5,000 to The 49 Fund at Central Florida Foundation to provide educational scholarships
  • $5,000 to Orlando Youth Alliance to provide educational scholarships
  • $5,000 to Valencia Foundation to provide educational scholarships through the Pulse Memorial Foundation
  • $5,000 to Zebra Coalition to provide educational scholarships through the Jefferson R. Voss Education Fund
  • $5,000 to UCF Foundation to provide educational scholarships through the Dively-Dupuis LGBTQ Leadership Award

December 2016

  • $10,000 to Pulse of Orlando to develop a plan and strategy to formalize the One Orlando Alliance.
  • $10,000 to Pulse of Orlando to provide on-going technical assistance to implement the strategy for the One Orlando Alliance.
  • Up to $7,000 to Barry University Center for Human Rights and Social Justice to provide cultural competency training for LGBTQ+ Affirmative Care to mental health and community providers in two full-day sessions.


November 2016

  • $50,000 to the Friends Talking Faith radio show with The Three Wise Guys to talk about how members of the community have been personally transformed by the events at Pulse and a series of community conversations to spread the stories.
  • $6,000 to the Trauma Resource Institute to train lay leaders across our community on the biological response of trauma using the Community Resiliency Model.
  • $35,000 will be awarded to Trauma Resource Institute to offer a four-day “train the trainer” session. These skills will help participants heal themselves and help community members. (Awarded upon successful completion of the grant listed above)


October 2016

  • $1,500 to the Mental Health Association of Central Florida to provide mental health care for primary, secondary, and community survivors of the Pulse tragedy through weekly support groups.
  • Up to $7,000 to Barry University to provide cultural competency training for LGBTQ+ Affirmative Care to mental health and community providers in three full day sessions.
  • Up to $50,000 to Heart of Florida United Way to provide gap mental healthcare to primary survivors of the Pulse tragedy and their family members in collaboration with Two Spirit and Hispanic Family Counseling.

September 2016

  • $50,000 to Heart of Florida United Way for rent, utilities, and/or mental health care for pulse survivors and their families administered through the Orlando United Assistance Center.


August 2016

  • $122,000 to Heart of Florida United Way to support those directly impacted by the Pulse tragedy with basic needs, like rent, mortgage, utilities or other monthly expenses. This first phase of grant-making focuses on immediate needs such as rent assistance for survivors and families until they receive compensation from the OneOrlando Fund and long-term mental health services.

Click here to visit our News & Announcements page for more updates.

Current Investors & Contributors

Foundations & Corporations

Big Lots Foundation of The Columbus Foundation
Boesch & Boesch LLC
The Boston Foundation
Causecast Foundation
The Coca-Cola Foundation
Central Carolina Community Foundation
Charles Schwab Foundation
ChemArt Company
Community Foundation of Louisville
The Delta Air Lines Foundation
The Denver Foundation
FAIRWINDS Credit Union
Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund
Florida Blue Foundation
Frank and Emilie Wood Robinson Fund at The Community Foundation of Sarasota County
GMRI, Inc.
Goddard House Assisted Living
Gordon Family Charitable Fund at Schwab Charitable
Heising-Simons Foundation
Helios Education Foundation
Hoeksema Family Fund at Schwab Charitable
Jean F. & David G. Nathan Fund at The Boston Foundation
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
The Legend Series
Licking County Foundation
LLW Ventures LLC
Mann Family Fund at The Boston Foundation
Mike and Roxie Jerde Fund at The Community Foundation of Sarasota County
Moran Charitable Fund at Schwab Charitable
Nationwide Insurance Foundation
Network for Good
Orlando Regional Realtor Association
Panepinto Family Fund at Central Florida Foundation
Ravago Holdings America, Inc.
Regions Bank
Royal Palm Beach Community High School
Sandeep Soni Family Foundation Fund at The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
Seymour Fund at Schwab Charitable
Smart City
Space Coast Health Foundation
SunTrust Foundation
The Tuni Apparel Group, Inc.
Thomson/Yonfa Social and Family Enrichment Donor Advised Fund at Central Florida Foundation
United Way of The Valley & Greater Utica Area
Universal Orlando Foundation
Wells Fargo Foundation
Winter Park Chamber of Commerce
Winter Park Health Foundation
Winter Park Improvement Foundation
Wycliffe Bible Translators


Individuals

Ms. Mary Basham
Ms. Rondra Bolden
Ms. Brittany Bower
Ms. Susie Bowie
Ms. Elizabeth Brothers
Ms. Kati Bucciero
Mr. Mark Ciesla
Mr. James T. Dutton
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Heeter
Mr. Richard Hense
Dr. and Mrs. John C. Hitt
Ms. Ciara Hughes
Ms. Kelley Irby
Ms. Jennifer Logan
Ms. Kim Lope
Mrs. Katherine Martin
Ms. Kimberly Noyes
Mr. Michael Poskanzer
Ms. Anne Rogers
Mrs. Diane L. Sandquist
Ms. Lori Shad
Mr. Archit Shah
Mr. Jeffrey Wheeler

Fund Summary

(as of June 14, 2017)

Total Contributions

$1,120,605.36

Community Supporters

81

From Mark Brewer, President/CEO

Click here to download our Orlando United Assistance Center presentation.

Better Together News

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Central Florida Foundation Announces Next Grants to Support Community Healing After Pulse Tragedy

After the Pulse tragedy, Orlando’s healing process continues. In support of helping to heal the local community, Central Florida Foundation recently issued the next grants from its Better Together Fund to support two initiatives.

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