Meet the 2022 Art Ventures Grantees ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ 

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  June 2022
I recently spoke to the Broward Community Foundation's Board of Trustees. They are at an inflection point in their organization, with a relatively new President and an ambitious set of priorities. They asked about our community leadership journey and our current diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives. We've been very focused on DEI, as you read here last month, so it was a good time to reflect on our community leadership--efforts like Quality Education for All, and the development of our collective giving circles, among others.

Community leadership can be challenging and is often without a direct funding source—but it is vital to the 'building a better community' part of our mission. It attracts attention to important issues, and it sheds light on realistic strategies for change that are supported by data and that are achievable for the community. Over time, we've been gratified to see many of these efforts flourish, and we've also seen a corresponding benefit: donors are more eager to invest private dollars when they see the results of strong community leadership. Finally, I told them when they question whether they can afford to grow their community leadership portfolio, my answer is this: can you afford not to?

One of the things I have loved most about the Community Foundation field is the level of professional collegiality that permeates the field. When I was starting out, I was fortunate to have seasoned leaders lend me a hand as I entered the community foundation arena, and I am delighted when I have an opportunity to pay that gift forward. It's a reminder that we all strive to learn and grow, and that our communities are better off because we share and encourage each other.
Congratulations to the 2022 Art Ventures Grantees
Fourteen Northeast Florida artists recently received grants of $3,500 each as part of The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida's Art Ventures initiative. After a record-setting number of applications this spring, a mix of visual artists, filmmakers, writers and musicians were selected to receive a grant to support their plans to elevate their artistic pursuits. Grantees include Patrick Barry, ReaJeana Brooks, Jennifer Chase, Joe Gaskin, Sheila Goloborotko, Christie Holechek, Malcom Jackson, Paul Jackson, Tatiana Kitchen, Mark Krancer, Cheryl McCain, Perla Reyes, Thorn, and Shameera Wiest. Read more here!
Joanne E. Cohen, VP Philanthropic Services, speaks to the Beaches Community Fund
Beaches Community Fund
The more than 30 Beaches-area donor families who make up the Beaches Community Fund recently made $260,000 in grants to 14 nonprofits that tackle the difficult issues between Mayport and Guana. Members made direct financial aid and food assistance a priority for their grantmaking, while also funding needs for additional educational supports for students and people with special needs. This year's grants went to Baptist Health Foundation, Beaches Habitat, BEAM, Communities in Schools, Feeding Northeast Florida, Ferst Readers of Duval County, First Coast Blessings in a Backpack, Fitness and Character Education, Mission House, Nonprofit Center for Northeast Florida, PossAbilities Plus, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Emergency Assistance Ministry, I.M. Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless, and We Care Jacksonville, Inc. Learn more here.
Early days with the LGBTQ Community Fund. Left to right: Nina Waters, Jeff Chartrand, Chad Labenz, Barbara Drake
Pride Month Profile: Barbara Drake — Making Things Happen from the Second Row
The LGBTQ Community Fund for Northeast Florida has had the benefit of Barbara Drake's considerable business savvy since the early days. But there's a lot more to Barbara Drake than being a successful corporate executive. Get to know her in this latest installment of The History Project of the LGBTQ Community Fund.

"BARBARA DRAKE EASILY COULD BE OVERLOOKED. She is slight of stature, quiet, unassuming. She does not stand out in a crowd. Hers is the small face in the back of the room.

But her legacy in Jacksonville, and beyond, cannot be overlooked..."
Read More
Do You Want to Know More?
Understanding the challenges and opportunities in our community is critical. The Community Foundation brings together area funders on a regular basis to highlight where philanthropy is or could be making a difference. Most recently, our Donors Forum heard from several key players about the potential of the Emerald Trail, the urban outdoor destination now under construction. For the second half of 2022, the Donors Forum will feature programs on Black Philanthropy, JaxCareConnect and Criminal Justice Reform. Stay tuned!
WGA — featured in the Florida Times-Union
WGA in the news
Women's Giving Alliance, an initiative of The Community Foundation, recently was recognized with a front page story on its 20th anniversary. That's what happens when you've granted $7.7 million to support women and girls in Northeast Florida during that time!

Read the full story here!
The TCF Staff has been Busy!
  • TCF President Nina Waters made presentations to the Jacksonville Commodores League and to the Board of Trustees of the Broward County Community Foundation
  • Sally Pettegrew, Executive Assistant to the President, is retiring at the end of July. We will miss her!
  • Latrice Wright was promoted to Executive Assistant, Office of the President.
Representing Nassau County
Members in the LGBTQ Community Fund for Northeast Florida participated in the Fernandina Beach Pride Parade earlier this month.
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The position of Finance Assistant is open at The Community Foundation. Interested individuals can learn more here and direct their resume and cover letter to jobs@jaxcf.org.
 
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