In addition to the direct investment The Community Foundation makes through grants to senior serving nonprofit organizations and grants to support individual senior citizens through the Senior to Senior Fund, The Community Foundation is partnering with senior serving organizations to strengthen its collaborations with one another.
The Community Foundation hosted a facilitated discussion on May 28, 2008 with a group of 20 senior serving organizations from Jacksonville. There were representatives from a wide variety of nonprofit organizations in this field and The City of Jacksonville. The discussion centered around what these organizations felt like they were doing well in serving seniors, what were the challenges, what resources were available and how The Community Foundation could best support their work. The group expressed interest in continuing to meet and expanding its reach with the support of the foundation. The participants named the group The Senior Roundtable.
The Senior Roundtable met again in August and November 2008 and grew to over 35 organizations and government departments. It also formed a planning committee that meets between meetings to form the agenda for the next meeting and identify any areas that need further research or planning. Beginning in 2009, The Community Foundation made a grant of $20,000 to support the administration of this group and to directly invest in the work of the collaboration. ElderSource was selected by the group to serve as the lead fiscal agent for the grant. The group meets bi-monthly with the planning committee meeting between meetings. The group is open to all senior serving organizations to attend and meetings are held at ElderSource. Agendas are sent in advance of the meetings with topic areas described so the organizations can send their best representatives to the meeting. To join the group, contact: Linda Levin, Executive Director, ElderSource, 904/391-6600. For further information contact Kathleen Shaw, Program Director.
Senior Roundtable Mission:
"To Build Solutions To Support Seniors Through Strategic Collaborative Partnerships"