Create a Charitable Fund with CFF

We offer seven types of funds that allow you to experience the joy of giving. Teach family philanthropy, address your community’s greatest needs, support something you are passionate about, provide scholarships for students, honor a loved one’s memory, or help create sustainability for the nonprofit organization or cause you care about most.

Types of Funds

Advised Funds

A simple, flexible and affordable alternative to creating a private foundation. You contribute as often as you like, recommend grants and receive the maximum tax deductions allowed. Our professional and knowledgeable staff handles the administrative duties. Minimum gift amount: $25,000.

Unrestricted Funds

A great way to address your community’s highest and immediate needs while assuring that the money for special projects is sustainable over time. Minimum gift amount: $5,000.

Area of Interest Funds

If your passion is for a specific area like education, arts and culture, the environment and animals, health and human services, religion, or even a geographic area, this is the fund for you. Minimum gift amount: $25,000.

Designated Funds

A great choice if your wish is to benefit a specific organization and its mission, while ensuring its sustainability. Minimum gift amount: $25,000.

Supporting Organizations

An excellent alternative to a private foundation that provides you with independence and influence, less restrictions, and maximum tax benefits. Let our reliable staff handle the administrative oversight. Minimum gift amount: $5 million.

Scholarship Funds

Allow you to develop the criteria and honor a loved one or a specific population of students, while giving back to your community. Minimum gift amount: $1 million.

Nonprofit Endowment Funds

Created by the board of directors of local nonprofits to create constant and permanent revenue sources so the organization can focus on fulfilling its mission. Minimum gift amount: $50,000.

Mary Meghan Flanagan

Community Relationship Manager

Need assistance?

To receive a personalized consultation on your resource development and planned giving activities, contact Mary Meghan Flanagan.

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Central Florida Foundation Announces Grants to Area Nonprofits

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...

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“What I quickly realized is that some people can give more if they planned now and did it later.” - Elizabeth Brothers

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Winter Park Community Foundation

The Central Florida Foundation has awarded nearly $40,000 in grants from its fall Winter Park Community Foundation grant round. Students from Rollins College participated in the process, for a second time, as mentees of the Winter Park Community Foundation Advisory Committee. The students are undergraduates enrolled in a one-of-a-kind course called “Impact Investing”. The Advisory Committee worked with the students to design capacity-building grant recommendations to organizations in Winter Park. The students presented the recommendations to the Foundation’s board of directors.

The grants awarded are focused on the capacity needs of each organization and include: $12,000 to Conductive Education Center of Orlando for technology equipment for classrooms and to support parent workshops; $5,202 to the Winter Park Public Library for technology and equipment for older adult education and as an enhancement to its circulation material; $12,500 to Foundation for Foster Children to support a new mentoring program; $7,000 to Welbourne Ave Nursery & Kindergarten for APPLE Accreditation and technology and equipment to increase efficiencies in operations; $3,000 to Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida as a 2 to 1 challenge grant for marketing, with a focus on minority populations.

To qualify for the Winter Park Community Foundation grant round, organizations have to be located in the City of Winter Park, or its vicinity, and have a Reviewed portrait in the Foundation’s Nonprofit Search. The Winter Park Community Foundation grants are supported by some of the more than 400 funds that the Central Florida Foundation manages.

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