Amy Crane Promoted to Vice President of Programs

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JACKSONVILLE, FL – February 29, 2024 – Amy Crane has been promoted to Vice President of Programs at The Community Foundation, where she will oversee the foundation’s discretionary grantmaking as well as donor-advised grantmaking with staff assistance.

Crane steps into the executive leadership position with more than 10 years of experience at The Community Foundation, most recently as Senior Director of Grantmaking. She joined the Foundation in 2013, bringing more than 20 years of nonprofit arts management experience in Florida.

Crane succeeds Kathleen Shaw, who has been named the inaugural Executive Vice President of the Terry Family Foundation, a local private foundation created in 1982 that is working to expand its grantmaking in the near future. Shaw served for 22 years at The Community Foundation, most recently as Senior Vice President, Programs and Initiatives.

“Many community foundations lead a national search to find a grantmaking leader with the skills and expertise to support our vital partnerships with nonprofits,” said Isaiah M. Oliver, TCF President. “I couldn’t be more pleased to say that we have found that leader right here among our ranks. I want to congratulate Amy on this well-deserved promotion, and thank Kathleen for her outstanding leadership as she steps into the next chapter of her career.”

At the Foundation, Crane’s portfolio has included arts and culture, mental health, environmental initiatives, nonprofit capacity building, among others. She is a graduate of the Leadership Jacksonville Class of 2009, and currently serves on the Cultural Services Grant Program panel for the city’s annual appropriations to the arts.

As part of the transition, John Zell, CAP®, has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Development, having recently celebrated 27 years of service to The Community Foundation in a variety of roles. In this capacity, he oversees an expanded development team that works to cultivate new funds at The Community Foundation and to partner with professional advisors in service of their clients’ charitable and financial goals.

About The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida

The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida (, Florida’s oldest and one of its largest community foundations, works to stimulate philanthropy to build a better community. The Foundation helps donors invest their philanthropic gifts wisely, helps nonprofits serve the region effectively, and helps people come together to make the community a better place. Now in its 60th year, the Foundation manages $649 million in assets as of 12/31/2023 and has made more than $750 million in grants since inception.


Contact:   Stephanie Garry Garfunkel

VP, Strategic Communications


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