In 2005, The Community Foundation launched The Quality Education for All Initiative, a 10-year, $2 million investment to improve Duval County public education. The initiative brought together more than two dozen community leaders, while also creating the Jacksonville Public Education Fund in just 18 months. Today, JPEF serves as an advocate and catalyst, mobilizing diverse stakeholders in a constructive partnership with the school district.
The Community Foundation, United Way of Northeast Florida, United Way of St. Johns County, the Jewish Federation & Foundation of Northeast Florida and the Jessie Ball duPont Fund joined forces in 2016 to establish the First Coast Relief Fund, in order to raise funds and mobilize emergency aid for those impacted by natural disasters. Since then, the Fund has provided relief during multiple hurricanes and the pandemic.
The Community Foundation answered a call for action in 2019 to focus on young people in our court system. As part of the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee (JJAC), participants reviewed current juvenile diversion programming in the Fourth Circuit, and produced a comprehensive report and recommendations to reduce juvenile recidivism and crime in Northeast Florida. Read the report.
As an initiative of the Delores Barr Weaver Legacy Fund, we joined with Baptist Health to focus $2.4 million on improving access and strengthening the region’s mental and behavioral health care systems. The Partnership for Mental Health provided sixty grants to 49 local agencies in their pursuit of innovative ways to address mental health in our region.
The Community Foundation, Jessie Ball duPont Fund, United Way of Northeast Florida and the Henri Landwirth Family Advised Fund began hosting a series of conversations to understand the state of housing and homelessness in our region. Initiating, supporting and guiding a high-level report and strategic roadmap, we created a common data set and recommendations to guide a more effective and efficient community response.
Working collaboratively as funding partners, The Community Foundation, the Riverside Hospital Foundation, Baptist Health and the Jessie Ball duPont Fund supported the launch of JaxCareConnect, which then positioned this new initiative to receive support from the City of Jacksonville and other supporters for its initial three-year pilot. The project serves uninsured Duval County adults ages 18 to 64 who have incomes of 250% or below the federal poverty guidelines, addressing complex care needs in our community while also avoiding costly hospitalizations.