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Central Florida Foundation Invests Over $1.5 Million In Local Nonprofits Amidst COVID-19
Philanthropy mobilizes dollars to support nonprofit operations and innovation

May 11 2020 • Rachel Calderon

{image:url:title}{image:url:title} ORLANDO, Florida — May 11, 2020 — Central Florida Foundation, the region’s community foundation, today announces over $1.5 million of investments in nonprofit operations and innovation during the COVID-19 pandemic. The investments span an array of community areas including mental health, the elderly, animals, healthcare, hunger and homelessness. These investments are...

Central Florida Foundation Invests Up to $1.2 Million for Food Relief
COVID-19 Drives Local Food Bank to Provide Services in New Ways

April 13 2020 • Rachel Calderon

{image:url:title}{image:url:title} ORLANDO — April 13, 2020 — As COVID-19 places an unexpected halt on the local economy and exponentially increases the needs of local residents, an anonymous fund at Central Florida Foundation (CFF) today announces an up to $1.2 million investment in SecondHarvest Food Bank of Central Florida. The investment...

Charitable Giving in Hard Times

April 03 2020 • Nicole Donelson

{image:url:title}{image:url:title} During uncertain and unprecedented times, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. When every day unfolds to bring a new change, businesses and nonprofits adjusting nearly every hour, it can all be too much. Many of us want to help, but aren’t really sure where to begin. While we don’t know the...

Check-In with CFF

March 27 2020 • Rachel Calderon

{image:url:title}{image:url:title} With the news constantly evolving around COVID-19, the world feels uncertain right now. No doubt that times are tough right now. We value you, our community partners, and we are committed to staying connected and sharing how to best support the community during this time. Here are some thoughts and...

Central Florida Foundation Shares Key Survey Results and Microgrants from Table Talk
Residents of Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties share their thoughts on Central Florida and submit ideas for change

March 13 2020 • CFF Team

{image:url:title}{image:url:title} ORLANDO – MARCH 13, 2020 – Central Florida Foundation, the region’s community foundation, today shares the key takeaways and finalists for microgrants from the inaugural Table Talk event on October 24, 2019. For the survey, the feedback was analyzed based on responses from 751 adults out of approximately 3,000 total...

An Update from Central Florida Foundation on Coronavirus

March 13 2020 • CFF Team

{image:url:title}{image:url:title} At Central Florida Foundation, we take the threat of the coronavirus very seriously. From the possibility of widespread infection to the economic effects, we realize the layers of negative impact this pandemic can have on all aspects of the Central Florida community. Our priority is to keep our team, their...

Michelle Carlton: A Spirit of Entrepreneurship & Service Gives Hope

March 10 2020 • Rachel Calderon

{image:url:title}{image:url:title} Some people naturally exude kindness and warmth. That’s the instant feeling during time spent with Michelle Carlton. She holds many titles – mother, friend, daughter, mentor, successful real estate professional and philanthropist. She has made great strides in each of them and humbly shares her journey in philanthropy. Underpinnings of compassion...

Winter Park Community Grants invests in bright ideas

February 19 2020 • Rachel Calderon

{image:url:title}{image:url:title} The Winter Park Community Grants, a signature initiative of the Winter Park Community Foundation at Central Florida Foundation, awards grants to nonprofits in Winter Park, Florida each year. Past initiatives include upgraded software for the Bach Festival of Winter Park, after school programs at Cornell Fine Arts Museum, the “Say...

Community Leaders Announce $100 Million Fund to Address Local Housing Crisis

February 05 2020 • CFF Team

{image:url:title}{image:url:title} ORLANDO — February 5, 2020 — Today Central Florida Foundation and the Central Florida Regional Housing Trust (CFRHT) announce the establishment of the Housing Impact Fund, an effort of CFRHT’s Central Florida Housing Action Team (CFHAT), to implement creative funding solutions to address the housing crisis in Orlando. With over...

Parramore Asset Stabilization Fund Keeps Rental Housing Affordable in Central Florida
“This is a like a dream come true…this is just wonderful.” – PASF Resident

January 22 2020 • Janet de Guehery

{image:url:title}{image:url:title} In Orlando, 76% of low-income households are cost burdened, spending more than 40% of income on rent and utilities. In the Parramore neighborhood – a historic and predominantly African-American area – the median income is $15,000, and unemployment is at 24%, making it one of the poorest sections of the...

Mark Brewer, President/CEO, Reflects on 2019

December 06 2019 • Mark Brewer

{image:url:title}{image:url:title} Dear Friends, As we celebrate the holiday season, I want to share how thankful I am for your commitment to building a better community. Through our year together, many of you have brought your head, heart and wallet to the table to face some of the most challenging issues in our...

Have an idea, make a change
Apply by December 31st for a micro-grant to bring your Table Talk ideas to life

November 07 2019 • CFF Team

{image:url:title}{image:url:title} Table Talk gave us the space to talk openly and to see our challenges and our possibilities. That was the first step, now apply for a micro-grant of up to $2,000 to bring your idea to life. Here are the questions: How would you describe your idea to...

End of Year Timeline

November 05 2019

{image:url:title}{image:url:title} With the holidays right around the corner, we are here to help make end-of-year charitable giving simple. To ensure your contributions qualify for a charitable income tax deduction in the 2019 tax year, keep these dates in mind. Gifts of publicly traded stocks must be made...

Inaugural Table Talk Event Brings Over 3,000 Central Floridians Together for Community-Wide Discussion
Yesterday, residents of Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties discussed their ideas for the future of Central Florida

October 25 2019 • CFF Team

{image:url:title}{image:url:title} ORLANDO – OCTOBER 25, 2019 – Central Florida Foundation, the region’s community foundation, launched the inaugural Table Talk event yesterday. The event’s purpose was to initiate a community-wide conversation where all individuals have a seat at the table and a chance to be heard. At the first Table Talk...

Hurricane Dorian

September 05 2019 • CFF Team

{image:url:title}{image:url:title} Central Florida Foundation is back to regular office hours. We are heartbroken over the devastation in the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian and are sharing ways you can help below. Support Relief Efforts While we have not experienced any direct impacts from Hurricane Dorian, Central Florida Foundation has activated its Central Florida...

The Brede Wilkins Scholarship Fund at Central Florida Foundation Awards Annual Scholarships
Recipients selected for academics, character and service to the community

August 27 2019 • Rachel Calderon

{image:url:title}{image:url:title} ORLANDO, Fla.—(August 27, 2019) – The Brede-Wilkins Scholarship Fund at Central Florida Foundation recently awarded 14 scholarships of up to $10,000 each for students pursuing an undergraduate degree. The recipients and schools include: Lauren Bruce – Florida State University Jordan Cannizzaro – Florida Atlantic...

We're looking for your bright ideas to better Winter Park

August 27 2019 • Allie Moise

{image:url:title}{image:url:title} Our Winter Park Community Grants, a signature initiative of the Winter Park Community Foundation at Central Florida Foundation, seeks to award three one-time capability building and/or programmatic grants to eligible public, private or faith-based entities located in or serving Winter Park, FL. Three grants will be awarded this year: (1) grant...

100 Women Strong Member Profile: Karen Vergara

July 01 2019 • 100 Women Strong Team

{image:url:title}{image:url:title} In our latest member spotlight, meet Karen Vergara. Karen is a native of Colombia and was raised here in Orlando. Professionally, she works as a Financial Advisor for Allgen. Previously she worked for Deloitte as a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Global Management Accountant and graduated with a degree in...

The 49 Fund at Central Florida Foundation Marks Pulse Anniversary with Scholarships for LGBT Students
Recipients selected for academic excellence, commitment to improving community

June 08 2019 • CFF Team

{image:url:title}{image:url:title} ORLANDO, Fla.—(June 8, 2019) – In its continuing effort to honor those lost in the Pulse tragedy, The 49 Fund at Central Florida Foundation will today award four scholarships in the amount of $4,900 each for local college students. The recipients, their hometowns and schools include: ...

Central Florida Foundation Announces Recent Grants to Area Nonprofits

June 07 2019 • CFF Team

{image:url:title}{image:url:title} ORLANDO — June 7, 2019 — 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 investments: $17,500 to Easter Seals Florida to remodel the bathrooms to...

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