Community Foundation Announces NEW Local Nonprofit Directory

TALLAHASSEE, FL, November 20, 2017 – The Community Foundation of North Florida is pleased to announce the launch of the Local Nonprofit Directory—a NEW streamlined nonprofit database powered by GuideStar. This resource is now available, just in time to support donors during this holiday season of giving.

The Local Nonprofit Directory replaces FindLearnGive.org which had become cumbersome and overly complicated as the technology around us rapidly shifted and changed. The Community Foundation is pleased to offer this impartial educational resource to help our 10-county North Florida community residents learn more about the nonprofit organizations that serve our area.

The Directory is free and open to the public from the main menu on our website (or is easily accessible at http://cfnf.org/nonprofits/directory.cfm).

All charitable 501(c)(3) organizations already listed on GuideStar with home offices based in Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, and Wakulla counties have searchable profiles on the Directory. If you want to learn more about a specific local charity, or explore a variety of organizations focused on a similar cause, the Local Nonprofit Directory offers access to detailed information about each organization’s mission, programs, leadership, financials, and more. GuideStar rates the transparency of each nonprofit’s profile with a Platinum (most transparent), Gold, Silver or Bronze (less transparent) label.

“The Community Foundation is proud to work with GuideStar to better inform and engage our community through this resource,” said Joy Watkins, President & CEO of the foundation. “As technology continuously changes we have sought to simplify FindLearnGive.org for our valued nonprofit partners and for the donors who rely on us as a resource to learn more about the good work being done in our community. We are pleased to offer the Local Nonprofit Directory to accomplish this objective.”

For more information about the Local Nonprofit Directory, please contact Laura Harwin at 222-2899 ext. 100 or lharwin@cfnf.org.

About the Community Foundation of North Florida

The Community Foundation of North Florida is a nonprofit public charity serving the 10-County Big Bend area by promoting and supporting charitable giving. The Foundation helps people give to their favorite charities now and beyond their lifetime and helps nonprofit organizations with grants, education and endowment building expertise. For more information, please contact Joy Watkins, President & CEO, at jwatkins@cfnf.org or 850-222-2899 ext. 104.

 

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The Community Foundation of North Florida is a hidden gem in our community.

As we celebrate the Community Foundation of North Florida’s 20th Anniversary, it occurs to me that the Foundation remains unknown to many.  The work of the Foundation makes a meaningful impact in our community but is often under the radar. The low profile is likely because the Foundation’s mission of inspiring, informing and facilitating charitable giving is accomplished mostly behind the scenes.  

The Foundation provides a platform for other people to do good things.  People do not give TO the Community Foundation –they give THROUGH the Community Foundation.  Through the Foundation, generous and caring people support their favorite charities today and beyond their lifetime and local charities build endowments to sustain their work for a strong and resilient future.

In the Foundation’s short life, thousands of people have contributed more than $72 million.  The Foundation has helped those donors give more than $23 million in grants out of the Foundation to support mostly local charities. And, the best part is: that this is just the beginning. The balance is invested and the earnings from those investments allow the people who give through the Foundation to continue supporting their favorite charities and help the charities with endowments sustain their work.

The Community Foundation may be a hidden treasure but in just 20 years it has already made a difference.  The Foundation brings joy to people who are giving back and creating a legacy of giving that will continue for generations.  And it provides resources for nonprofits doing good work in our community.  The Foundation makes our community stronger and a better place in which to live, work and play and will continue to do so for generations.  I cannot wait to see what the next 20 years brings for the Community Foundation of North Florida and the community we support.

 

 

 

Community Foundation Announces Funding Opportunity and Grant Cycle Changes

 

TALLAHASSEE, FL, August 23, 2017 - The Community Foundation of North Florida announces that the Knight Foundation Fund will now accept Letters of Inquiry for grant support on a rolling basis throughout each year, rather than a once a year grant cycle.  In 2017, Knight Foundation will invest approximately $200,000 to support local projects that help Tallahassee revitalize its downtown and bordering communities to attract and retain talented people (ages 24-35) and promote economic opportunity. Knight invests in Tallahassee’s core city vibrancy by supporting projects in smart design, the arts and entrepreneurship. Specific grant guidelines and application requirements are located on the Community Foundation’s website at www.CFNF.org.

In 2016, the Knight Foundation Fund awarded a total of almost $170,000 to the following six organizations:  (1) Better Block Foundation to support the local Frenchtown Better Block initiative through consultation, tools and support to advance the development of livable neighborhoods, (2) Frenchtown Neighborhood Improvement Association, Inc. for the implementation of the KitchenShare @ Heritage Hub project designed to create a certified, communal kitchen rental program that links individual talent with operational capacity to develop and advance food-related businesses, (3) Knight Creative Communities Institute (KCCI) for their catalyst program, (4) Tallahassee/Leon County Affordable Housing Task Force to explore how 6 similar communities maintain and increase quality affordable workforce housing options in their urban cores, (5) Tallahassee Music Week for 2017 Tallahassee Music Week (TMW) placing local musicians/ensembles in unexpected venues and encouraging local venues to host musical concerts, and (6) The Village Square for Citizenship in Place which intends to build local capacity to respond to catalyzing events that fuel rising civic tension.  These projects supported Knight Foundation’s 2016 priorities of attracting, retaining and harnessing talent; expanding opportunity by increasing entrepreneurship and economic mobility; and supporting civic infrastructure to accelerate the growth of ideas and bring people from diverse social and economic backgrounds together.

“Knight Foundation’s longstanding investment in our community makes Tallahassee a more vibrant place to live and work. We are pleased to assist Knight Foundation as it continues to support local projects in the urban core of Tallahassee,” said Joy Watkins, President & CEO of the Community Foundation of North Florida.

The Knight Foundation Fund, a component fund of the Community Foundation, was created in 2004 as part of Knight’s Communities Program which aims to improve the quality of life in the U.S. communities where the Knight Brothers owned newspapers. For more information about this funding opportunity, please visit the Community Foundation’s website at www.cfnf.org and click on “Nonprofits” and then “Apply for a Grant” or contact Laura Harwin, Director of Nonprofit Relations at lharwin@cfnf.org or 850-222-2899, Ext. 100.

About the Community Foundation of North Florida

The Community Foundation of North Florida is a nonprofit public charity serving the 10-County Big Bend area by promoting and supporting charitable giving. The Foundation helps people give to their favorite charities now and beyond their lifetime and helps nonprofit organizations with grants, education and endowment building expertise. For more information, please contact Joy Watkins, President, at jwatkins@cfnf.org or 850-222-2899 ext. 104.

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. The Foundation advances journalism in the digital age and invests in the vitality of communities where the Knight Brothers owned newspapers. Knight Foundation’s goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which they believe are essential for a healthy democracy. For more, visit www.knightfoundaiton.org.

 

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Community Foundation of North Florida Awards $60,000 in Grants in Celebration of our 20th Anniversary

TALLAHASSEE, FL, June 12, 2017 – In celebration of our 20th anniversary, The Community Foundation of North Florida is pleased to announce a total of $60,000 in grants has been awarded to area nonprofits. The purpose of these grants is to increase the internal capacity of these organizations in a systemic and sustainable way so they can deliver their services more effectively or efficiently.  These grants are made possible by a generous gift from the Ethel and Edwin Ramsey Fund, who wanted their legacy to support a wide variety of charitable organizations.

Often, grants or donations received by nonprofits are designated for specific programming which limits them from having monies to put towards important internal needs. Some examples of activities that would qualify as capacity building are improving technology; development/training/education for Board and/or Staff members; strategic planning; implementing (or improving) evaluations/assessments (of programs, management, board, financial, fundraising, or otherwise); increasing knowledge/skills/resources for accounting and financial management, fundraising, marketing and communications. 
Eight nonprofits will receive $5000 each. A description of the grants receiving funding is below:
 
• Alzheimer’s Project, Inc. exists to provide comfort, support, and assistance to persons with memory disorders and their caregivers in the Big Bend area. The grant will provide them the ability to purchase a complete fundraising and management system to capture donor data, use it effectively, leverage client support of the organization, and evaluate and track their progress. This will allow the organization to build capacity and to increase funding to assist in meeting the growing demand for services. 
 
• Calhoun Liberty Community Outreach, Inc. is laying the groundwork for civic capacity to increase cross-sector efforts to address community wide issues and improve circumstances. This grant will be used to strengthen the proficiency of the Calhoun Liberty Community OutReach’s Board of Directors by enabling them to receive fundraising and grant writing training and complete strategic planning. By reinforcing the board’s abilities in these areas it will help the organization achieve and sustain lasting change.
 
• Lee’s Place provides grief, loss and trauma therapy to individuals regardless of their financial circumstances. The grant dollars will be used to replace outdated and inefficient technology that will increase ability to work on grants, research, client records, client invoices, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivables, budgets, thank you letters, fundraising, and maintain HIPPA compliance. By supporting job capabilities, staff becomes more efficient and able to focus on client care. 
 
• LeMoyne Art Foundation promotes and advances education, interest and participation in the contemporary visual arts. This grant will allow the organization to update computer systems and technology in order to integrate all systems within the multi building complex. This upgrade will increase efficiency, and create a more cohesive working environment for employees, board members and volunteers. 
 
• Refuge House serves all people affected by domestic violence and sexual assault. The grant will be used for technology and equipment upgrades to support staff training and community awareness. This will let staff achieve skills, knowledge and empathy required to provide services to the clients and allow the organization to provide public awareness while protecting client privacy.
 
• Friends of St. Marks Wildlife Refuge supports all aspects of St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge and their efforts to conserve the natural diversity of North Florida. This grant will allow the organization to upgrade their accounting system to provide GAAP compliant financial statements that are required by public and private grant making entities. The improvement gives the organization the necessary information needed so they can expand their ability to fundraise and seek grants enabling them to continue their work. 
 
• Tallahassee Youth Orchestra works to enrich the musical and creative lives of young musicians through affordable instruction and performance opportunities. The grant will provide improved technology and software including a single database system, upgraded accounting software, and new equipment. This increased efficiency will enable the staff and board to operate TYO in a more effective manner and increase capacity to grow their donor base.
 
• The Village Square is a unique model for civic engagement encouraging communities to have conversations across ideological, racial, ethnic and religious divisions. This grant will make available fundraising training and development for staff. In addition to training, a fundraising model for the organization will be developed for future use. These activities will result in long term sustainability by making staff more effective in raising money for the support and growth of the organization.
 
One nonprofit received $20,000. A description of the grant receiving funding is below:
 
Institution for Nonprofit Innovation and Excellence (INIE) is a management support organization that helps support the capacity building of all nonprofits in our areas by advocating for the sector and helping agencies access resources and training to better fulfil their missions.  The INIE grant will offer an increase from part time to full time for one staff member and support a strategic planning process. This will increase capacity by enabling a full time staff person to focus, exclusively, on membership recruitment and retention as well as event planning and execution allowing more area nonprofits to benefit from the valuable services and professional development that INIE provides. Strategic planning  will strengthening the board’s understanding of how management support organizations, like INIE, function and help the organization be better positioned to refine our business model and programming  to achieve maximum impact and greater financial sustainability.
 
 “Not only are we excited to celebrate 20 years of helping people with charitable giving, we are honored to carry out Ms. Ramsey’s wishes. I know she would be thrilled with the impact her gift is making on the sustainability of nonprofits in our community.” said Joy Watkins, President & CEO of the Community Foundation of North Florida.  
For more information about the 20th Anniversary grant cycle, visit the Community Foundation’s website, www.cfnf.org or contact us at 850.222.2899.
About the Community Foundation of North Florida
The Community Foundation of North Florida is a nonprofit organization serving the 10-County Big Bend area by promoting and supporting charitable giving. The Foundation helps people give to their favorite charities and helps nonprofit organizations with grants, education and endowment building expertise. 
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Community Foundation Announces Funding Opportunity

20th Anniversary grant opportunity opens today.

TALLAHASSEE, FL, April 17, 2017 - The Community Foundation of North Florida announces the opening of its 20th Anniversary grant cycle.  This grant opportunity aims to strengthen the internal capacity of local nonprofit organizations so they can deliver their services more effectively or efficiently. Specific grant guidelines and application requirements are located on the Community Foundation’s website www.CFNF.org.

In celebration of our 20th Anniversary, the Community Foundation of North Florida is offering eight $5,000 grants for a total of $40,000 going to local nonprofit organizations. These grants are made possible by a generous gift from the Ethel and Edwin Ramsey Fund.  The purpose of this fund is to support a wide variety of charitable activity. Grant applications are due May 17 and awardees will be recognized in early June.  Applicants must be charitable organizations working within the geographic area of the Community Foundation (Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor and Wakulla County).

Some examples of activities that would qualify for funding (in no particular order) are improving technology; development/training/education for Board and/or Staff members; strategic planning; implementing (or improving) evaluations/assessments (of programs, management, board, financial, fundraising, or otherwise); increasing knowledge/skills/resources for accounting and financial management, fundraising, marketing and communications, and service delivery.

“The Community Foundation of North Florida is pleased to extend this opportunity to local nonprofit organizations. Our goal is to help strengthen our area nonprofits so they are better able to provide their services to our community.” said Joy Watkins, President & CEO of the Community Foundation of North Florida.

For more information about this funding opportunity, please visit the Community Foundation’s website at www.cfnf.org and click on “Nonprofits” and then “Apply for a Grant” or contact Laura Harwin, Director of Nonprofit Relations at lharwin@cfnf.org or 850-222-2899, Ext. 100.

 

About the Community Foundation of North Florida

The Community Foundation of North Florida is a nonprofit public charity serving the 10-County Big Bend area by promoting and supporting charitable giving. The Foundation helps people give to their favorite charities now and beyond their lifetime and helps nonprofit organizations with grants, education and endowment building expertise. For more information, please contact Joy Watkins, President, at jwatkins@cfnf.org or 850-222-2899 ext. 104.

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