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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...

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...

Take the First Step

November 01 2017 • Rachel Calderon

{image:url:title}{image:url:title} This editorial piece was featured in the November 2017 issue of The Park Press. Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The mass shooting in Las Vegas. The wildfires in California. Never has there seemed to be so much need here in Central Florida and elsewhere. It can feel overwhelming. Now,...

Central Florida Social Enterprise Accelerator Announces First Cohort
First-of-its kind program selects nine finalists for mentorship and resources

October 19 2017 • CFF Team

{image:url:title}{image:url:title} ORLANDO, Fla. – (October 19, 2017) – Central Florida Social Enterprise Accelerator today announces the nine finalists of its inaugural cohort. The nine companies include: The Mustard Seed of Central Florida, SnapGood, Outcome Funding, Omni, Hebni Nutrition Consultants, Florida Abolitionist, Fleet Farming, EcoSpears, and Big Mountain Data. The...

100 Women Strong Member Spotlight: Alexa Padilla

October 16 2017

{image:url:title}{image:url:title} We recently had the opportunity to get to know one of 100 Women Strong’s members, Alexa Padilla. Learn more about her from our conversation below. Alexa was born and raised in Winter Springs, Florida and recently returned to the area to begin her career as a personal injury attorney...

Central Florida Foundation Identifies Nonprofits Struggling After Hurricane Irma
Assessment Reveals Critical Needs

October 11 2017 • CFF Team

{image:url:title}{image:url:title} ORLANDO, Fla. (Oct. 11, 2017) – As the Central Florida community moves forward after Hurricane Irma, some nonprofits are still struggling to get back to business as usual. In assessing the needs of more than 200 nonprofits across Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Lake, Volusia, Brevard and Polk counties, Central Florida...

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