The Community Foundation has worked tirelessly to deliver hope, safety, respect and security to all in our community. While much has been accomplished in our region since our founding in 1965, there’s still substantial work to be done. In order to realize the same opportunities and outcomes for all populations, we at The Community Foundation remain committed to pursuing new ideas and solutions to build an inclusive and equitable community.
In our lives, we travel together towards the same desire to lead healthy, safe and enriching lives. Yet race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, physical abilities and other characteristics create different landscapes and terrains for different populations to navigate.
The Community Foundation is proud to work across diverse areas, together with our visionary donors, community leaders and nonprofits, to meet people where they are today, and advance equal outcomes for all.
On the heels of sponsoring a landmark study by the Jacksonville Women’s Leadership Coalition, the Community Foundation moved quickly to raise three years of funding for a new VP role at Elevate Women, an initiative of the JAX Chamber focused on creating a pipeline and support structure for female leadership. To date, Elevate Women has helped to lift the percentage of women serving on boards by 2% and boost women leadership in C-suite positions by 9%.
The Community Foundation works to connect philanthropy to the MyVillage Project, a collective of Black grassroots organizations maximizing resources to build educational projects for students.
The Community Foundation has long been involved in work addressing race and racism in Jacksonville. In 2006, we supported Project Breakthrough, which brought dialogue about structural racism to Duval County, which continues today. We also supported the expansion of 904ward in 2020.
The LGBTQ Community Fund creates an inclusive and welcoming environment for Northeast Florida’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community.
Honoring the legacy of A.L. Lewis, this Fund ignites transformational change in Jacksonville’s Black communities.