Area Community Foundation Merges with Central Florida Foundation

Foundation moves forward with transition to preserve legacy

June 21 2018 • CFF Team


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 the foundation, its assets have been transferred to Central Florida Foundation in Orlando.

Since its establishment in 2000, CFECF shares several accomplishments in Volusia, Flagler and Putnam counties:

  • Invested over $200,000 in grants to local nonprofits and leveraged an additional $500,000 through community partnerships.

  • Established a Community Educator Program in northwest Volusia County to provide access to healthcare and preventive healthcare resources for farmworkers. Educators in the Hispanic community were trained to provide basic health screenings.
  • In partnership with the Annie E. Casey Foundation and United Way of Flagler-Volusia, business and nonprofit leaders were brought together to begin a prosperity campaign in Volusia and Flagler Counties. This effort began the Campaign for Working Families Coalition that continues to provide income tax preparation and financial education programs for youth and adults. Each year the program assists over 3,000 people with tax return preparation and will continue on through the United Way of Flagler-Volusia.
  • In 2014 and 2015, CFECF hosted “Give Local Day” to gather the community to support local nonprofits with donations. Almost 50 nonprofits participated and raising over $65,921 for nonprofits in the three county area.
  • In 2013, the Colin’s Dream Park Fund was established at CFECF in memory of Colin [Anderson] after his death in a skateboarding accident. His mother rallied the community to raise funds to build a skate park for children in Orange City to honor her son’s legacy. In collaboration with the City of Orange City, CFECF assisted Colin’s mother to see this vision come alive with a groundbreaking on the park in his name later this year.
  • Central Florida Foundation has a 25 year track record in serving as a trusted resource in the community. The Foundation manages and invests over 400 charitable funds, serves the seven-county region and has a professional staff that helps drive creative solutions to community challenges like homelessness, early childhood development, social enterprise, affordable housing and more.

“We are honored to have worked alongside the staff and board of Community Foundation of East Central Florida,” said Mark Brewer, president/CEO at Central Florida Foundation. “We will continue to steward its legacy and support the community it has served.”

Board members of CFECF will continue to serve as advisory members on grant committees at Central Florida Foundation.

“In this endeavor, our goal was to build support for local initiatives, and I’m confident this priority will continue in a forward direction at Central Florida Foundation,” said Nita Schmellick, founder of Community Foundation of East Central Florida.


About Central Florida Foundation

Central Florida Foundation is the place for people who want to invest in their community. The Foundation serves as the region’s community foundation and is home to more than 400 charitable funds. The Foundation manages and invests funds, offers personalized service and expert giving advice, connects caring people, businesses, governments and organizations to local initiatives that build and inspire community, and empowers them to make informed decisions that make a difference now and in the future. Central Florida Foundation works with individuals, families, businesses, professional advisors and nonprofits. For more information on the Foundation, please visit