CFF News Archives

Errors to Avoid in Estate Planning

November 27 2015

{image:url:title} Everyone looks forward to the new year and its promise of new opportunities. Did you know the old year might also yield rewarding opportunities? As you look ahead, consider some year-end decisions that can make a big difference now and in the future. There are a number of pitfalls to...

5 Ways You Can Invest In Your Community with CFF

November 20 2015

{image:url:title} As we approach Thanksgiving this week, we hope you are getting ready to enjoy the holiday. Before you’re off to enjoy food, family and friends, we want to share with you the 5 ways you can invest in your community. You can be assured that we will take care of...

Simple Steps to Save You Money

November 13 2015

{image:url:title} As the year comes to a close, so does your ability to lower your taxes. A little planning now can save you time and money later. There are many ways you can still save on taxes this year. See our end of year checklist to see how you can plan...

A Day for the History Books
Mr. Kenneth F. Murrah, Esq. To Be Named Outstanding Philanthropist at National Philanthropy Day

November 06 2015

{image:url:title} Friday, November 13, marks the 30th anniversary of National Philanthropy Day. At Central Florida Foundation, we are honored to present the first Kenneth F. Murrah Esq. Award for Outstanding Philanthropist. Although Mr. Murrah passed away in December 2014, his legacy will continue in Central Florida forever. In light of this...

Grant helps youth aging out of foster care take next steps to adulthood

October 03 2015

{image:url:title} Many young adults are fortunate. They have at least one trusted adult who would help them financially if needed, visit them in the hospital if they were injured or ill or give them a safe place to stay. They’ve had parents or relatives who taught them how to balance a...

Young Professionals Look To The Central Florida Foundation For Giving Wisdom

August 15 2015

{image:url:title} Avani Desai didn’t grow up in a philanthropic household. Her parents were immigrants from India and had to focus on providing for their own family and didn’t have the means to give. When they did give, it went back to their home country. Giving wasn’t part of their lifestyle at...

A Place for People Who Want to Invest in Their Community

July 10 2015 • Rachel Calderon

{image:url:title} Have you ever wondered, “What does Central Florida Foundation do?” You probably know us from a specific experience you had connected to a grant, a meeting, a client, a board you serve on, word of mouth, or even your own fund. If you were asked what do we actually do,...

5 Things You Didn't Know About Central Florida Foundation

July 07 2015 • Rachel Calderon

{image:url:title} This week we are sharing five things that you might not know about Central Florida Foundation (CFF). We are the trusted philanthropic home for our community, and we work everyday to help people who want to invest in their community. See what else you can learn about us below: You...

Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando Receives Grant for Organization-Changing Phone System and Customer Care Center

June 19 2015

{image:url:title} Through more than 400 funds the Central Florida Foundation distributes grants that provide essential funding in areas like education, arts and culture, environment and animals, health and human services and religion. The Foundation uses its deep community knowledge to connect caring people with organizations and causes that they are passionate...

Creating a Legacy to Transform the Central Florida Community

June 01 2015

{image:url:title} (Pictured: Frank Hubbard) Evans Hubbard learned about philanthropy from a young age as the son of Frank and Ruth Hubbard, who were very active in the Central Florida community since 1949. That is why to this day, it’s important to him to keep his family’s legacy ongoing through future generations....

Questions?

May 01 2015

{image:url:title} This is the last post in our series this week about understanding how Central Floria is working to help solve the issue of homelessness in our community. We will share more details as the process evolves. Be sure to stay connected to Central Florida Foundation (CFF), Central Florida Commission on...

Where Does Your Nonprofit Fit In?

April 30 2015

{image:url:title} Now that we are nearing the end of the blog series for this week, you might be wondering where your nonprofit fits in with these changes. Here are a few guidelines: Your organization’s Nonprofit Search portrait will be an important resource. Maintain a Reviewed portrait so that your organization’s work...

Winds Are Changing

April 29 2015

{image:url:title} Today’s post in the series is about how the environment is changing in regards to solving homelessness in Central Florida. So much great work happens in our community every day that we learn through conversations, Nonprofit Search, social media, events and more. What if we could take it a step...

Who's Who?

April 28 2015

{image:url:title} Continuing from yesterday’s post about the goals of our community around solving homelessness, today’s post is about the roles of Central Florida Foundation, Central Florida Commission on Homelessness and Corporation for Supportive Housing. The issue of homelessness is not just the responsibility of one organization or one sector, but it’s...

Paint the Big Picture

April 27 2015

{image:url:title} This week we are sharing with you a series of five short blog posts to help you better understand how our community is working to solve the issue of homelessness. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for links to the series and feel free to leave comments and share the...

Our Knowledge Is Your Giving Wisdom

April 17 2015

{image:url:title} Nonprofit Search is the place for discovering Central Florida nonprofits. You can search for nonprofits you know and love, or learn about the work of an organization that’s new to you. It’s a tool for everyone to use to better understand and invest in the nonprofits serving our region and...

Central Florida Perspective: Elizabeth Brothers

April 03 2015

{image:url:title} Elizabeth Brothers is one of the earliest voices on philanthropy in the Central Florida community. Her passion started at an early age and she remembers her parents being involved with their church and her father was part of the veteran’s organization that collected used toys and made them like new....

Meet Lucas Hernandez

January 06 2015

{image:url:title} Last year Lucas Hernandez took the “Impact Investing” class at Rollins College and was able to learn about and practice grant-making first hand, including making a presentation to our board of directors. (Read more about our Winter Park Community Foundation affiliate’s partnership with Rollins here). Recently we had the opportunity...

Endowment at Work for the Arts Community

November 03 2014

{image:url:title} This is the third in a trilogy of articles on the impact of endowment on the arts community in Central Florida that was published in the November/December Orlando Arts Magazine. The first provided a primer on endowments, while the second made the case for endowments to provide stability and sustainability...

Endowment: The Missing Link in Sustainable Art

September 01 2014

{image:url:title} This is the second in a series of three articles about the impact of endowment on the arts community in Central Florida that was published in the September/October 2014 edition of the Orlando Arts Magazine. By Mark Brewer In the last article, I provided a primer for endowments: what they...

Endowment Primer: What, When and Why?

July 01 2014

{image:url:title} This is the first in a series of three articles about the impact of endowment on the arts community in Central Florida that was published in the July/August 2014 edition of the Orlando Arts Magazine. By Mark Brewer Arts organizations, by their nature, grow into institutions if they survive over...

Trends in Philanthropy
There’s more than one way to change the world

March 04 2014

{image:url:title} By Mark Brewer, Foundation President/CEO More than 100 independent sector executives and board members attended the recent Trends in Philanthropy event at the Orlando Museum of Art to explore two of the more burning questions on the minds of nonprofit leaders. They are both rooted in the simplicity of the...

“Overhead”

December 20 2013

{image:url:title} By Mark Brewer, Foundation President/CEO Central Florida Foundation applauds the effort by GuideStar, Charity Navigator, and the BBB Wise Giving Alliance to educate donors about the myth of overhead costs as an indicator of a nonprofit’s performance. In The Chronicle of Philanthropy article, GuideStar President, Jacob Harold, points to the...

Are there too many nonprofits in Central Florida?
How can I be sure the nonprofits I give to are doing a good job?

December 20 2013

{image:url:title} By Mark Brewer, Foundation President/CEO In my work with individual donors, philanthropists, and institutional grantmakers around the Central Florida region, I get this question fairly regularly – “Aren’t there too many nonprofits in Central Florida?” There is a general belief that “too many nonprofits are doing the same thing” –...

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