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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...

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


“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...

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...

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...


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...

Round Up: Vol. 2

December 04 2017 • CFF Team

{image:url:title}{image:url:title} We know it’s a busy time of year, so here are a few quick updates to keep you in the loop with all that’s happening at Central Florida Foundation. Be sure to follow along on social media to get the updates in real time! Here we go… ...

End the Year by Helping Others

December 01 2017 • Rachel Calderon

{image:url:title}{image:url:title} This editorial was featured in the December 2017 issue of The Park Press. Many of us became “accidental givers” in 2017, as we reacted to the tragedies and crises that roiled our hometown, as well as the world. This year presented us with many opportunities to be...

End of Year Timeline for 2017

November 30 2017 • CFF Team

{image:url:title}{image:url:title} It’s the busiest time of the year, and there are lots of demands for your time and attention. When it comes to charitable contributions, Central Florida Foundation is here to help you make it simple. Keep these important dates in mind so we can ensure your contributions qualify for a...

A few thoughts on National Philanthropy Day...

November 08 2017 • Rachel Calderon

{image:url:title}{image:url:title} Last week, we celebrated National Philanthropy Day to honor those individuals and nonprofits that dedicate themselves to serving others. It’s an early start to the day, but the coffee is strong, and it serves as a worthwhile time to meet new faces and reconnect with friends in the field....

Parents in Parramore Set their Children on the Path to Success

November 02 2017

{image:url:title}{image:url:title} Parents of young children who live in the Parramore Heritage Neighborhood face challenges similar to those of all young families everywhere. Some are caught by surprise and unprepared for the arrival of an infant. Many are ill equipped and have little knowledge of the skills they’ll need to cope with...

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