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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,...

Foundation Announces Launch of Brede-Wilkins Scholarship Fund
Fund to provide college scholarships to students

January 17 2018 • CFF Team

{image:url:title}{image:url:title} ORLANDO, Fla. — January 17, 2018 — Today Central Florida Foundation announces the establishment of the Brede-Wilkins Scholarship Fund at the Foundation. The fund is designed to support qualified individuals with financial assistance toward the cost of a higher education. Consistent with the charitable purposes of Central Florida Foundation,...

Thoughts on the new tax law

January 04 2018 • Rachel Calderon

{image:url:title}{image:url:title} Lately everyone is talking about the recent changes in the new tax law and how it will affect charitable giving going forward. We’ve been following the updates closely, and have a few thoughts we wanted to share. (Hint: the sky is not falling!) To start us off, here are some...

5 Ways to go from being a donor to a philanthropist in 2018

January 02 2018 • Rachel Calderon

{image:url:title}{image:url:title} This editorial column was published in the January 2018 edition of The Park Press. You’ve always been a generous person. You’ve “paid it forward” at the tollbooth. You’ve donated to Toys for Tots and served soup to the homeless. You’ve even made cash donations to charities from time...

Central Florida Foundation Awards Grants to Nonprofits Affected by Hurricane Irma
Fund Invests in Nonprofit Relief from Storm Damages

December 21 2017 • CFF Team

{image:url:title}{image:url:title} ORLANDO, Fla. (December 21, 2017) – Central Florida Foundation activated its Hurricane Irma Relief Fund after the storm to help nonprofits get back to business as usual – allowing these organizations to continue their programs and serve local residents in need. Today, the Foundation announces the first round of grants...

WINTER PARK COMMUNITY FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES GRANTS TO AREA NONPROFITS

December 21 2017 • CFF Team

{image:url:title}{image:url:title} ORLANDO, Fla. — December 15, 2017 — Winter Park Community Foundation, an affiliate of Central Florida Foundation, today announces the grants from its annual grant round. The projects and nonprofits to receive grants include: $10,000 to Orlando Shakespeare Theater to install a canopy over the theater’s outdoor...

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