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  August 2022
Black Philanthropy Month
August is Black Philanthropy Month and our Board and staff leadership are involved in several efforts to highlight the rich history of Black philanthropy in Northeast Florida. We have been honored to partner with MyVillage Project and the Walton Family Foundation to help with their grantmaking to Black-led organizations and this has turned into an exciting partnership with huge potential. We're also getting ready to launch the A.L. Lewis Black Opportunity & Impact Fund, the result of two years of work with committed Black leaders with a mission to advance equity and justice in healthcare, education, and economic development through strategic investments in Jacksonville's Black community. On August 19, our Donors Forum topic will be The Legacy & Impact of Black Philanthropy, featuring Susan Taylor Batten, president & CEO of ABFE: A Philanthropic Partnership for Black Communities. She'll be joined by panelists Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole; Valerie Jenkins; Dr. Christopher McKee, Jr. and Marcus Rowe, CFP, who will share some of the philanthropic efforts being led by Black residents on the First Coast. Finally, we’re proud to be an advocate sponsor of the inaugural Jacksonville Civil Rights Conference, August 25-27.

Being able to work in partnership with such dedicated and generous leaders is extremely rewarding and we look forward to the benefits for our entire community.
Pictured left to right: Kathleen Shaw, VP, Programs; Velma Monteiro-Tribble, TCF Trustee; Nina Waters; Wanda Willis, VP, Civic Leadership; The Honorable Brian J. Davis, Chair, TCF Board of Trustees.
Nina Receives Sector Advocate Award
Nina Waters was recently honored by the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida with the Sector Advocate Award during its Nonprofit Works: Futures of the Sector conference. It’s only the third time in the Nonprofit Center’s history that the award has been given.

"Nina's intelligence, generosity, honesty, and passion for helping people are well-known to all in our sector," said Rena Coughlin, CEO of the Nonprofit Center. "She has led the Community Foundation to exponential growth, helped lead the creation of important new funds and fields of interest that have grown access and capacity across the sector, and she has never forgotten her roots as a nonprofit staffer. Her commitment runs deep."
2021 TCF Grantmaking
$42 million. 2,776 grants. 1,127 nonprofit organizations. That’s how much Community Foundation grantmaking occurred in partnership with our fundholders last year. Most of those grants came from our donors' advised funds, but the Foundation staff directed nearly $3 million in local support to more than 120 local organizations and individual artists. Here is a complete list of Foundation-directed grantmaking from 2021.
Congratulations, CEAM!
The Crisp-Ellert Art Museum in St. Augustine (CEAM) is a long-time partner of The Community Foundation, especially in grantmaking through our Dr. JoAnn Crisp-Ellert Fund which focuses on visual art and education in St. Augustine. CEAM recently learned it had received a $60,000 2-year grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation to strengthen programming and provide artists with additional resources.
Rania Woodward, 2021 Art Ventures Grantee
Each year, we award nearly $50,000 in Art Ventures grants to selected individual artists, and we are always heartened when we hear about the impact the grant has made on their work. Rania Woodward, a musician, was one of 14 recipients, and used her Art Ventures grant to buy equipment and finish a recording of her original music.
Rania Woodward
"I am just really excited that this group of people believed in my project. Believed in it enough to want to help create something cool and bigger than us. Creating art is more than about the artists, it's about the people and the collective. It's the true meaning of community when others reach out to help with something they believe in too. To me that's the true meaning of art and community."
New Promotions
Congratulations to Tom Caron, formerly Director, Donor Services, who has been promoted to Vice President, Donor Services as of August 1. Tom joined the Foundation 18 months ago and has been a tremendous addition to our team. And congratulations also to Latrice Wright, who has been with the Foundation since 2014 (most recently as office manager.) She has been promoted to Executive Assistant, Office of the President.
Good Luck to Joanne Cohen & Sally Pettegrew
It was difficult, but we said goodbye to two valued colleagues recently. After ten years, we wished a grateful farewell to Joanne Cohen, VP, Philanthropic Services. Joanne has joined 21/64, a national consulting practice, as a senior director. And we wished Sally Pettegrew well on her well-deserved retirement—she's been Nina's executive assistant for three years. We wish them both the best!
TCF 2021 Annual Report Coming Soon!
Look for the latest Annual Report from The Community Foundation coming soon to your mailbox, and The Community Foundation website, later this month.

Read about our work in neighborhoods, around preserving generational wealth, and helping with solutions for affordable housing. And learn how a seasoned fundholder at The Community Foundation decided to bring her decades-long grantmaking to completion in a way that gives her peace.
Now Hiring: VP, Strategic Communications
We're hiring - VP, Strategic Communications
Susan Datz Edelman, who has served as our VP, Strategic Communications for ten years, will retire at the end of 2022. We have begun a search for her successor; interested individuals can read the job description here. Send a cover letter and resume to
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