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  December 2022

On behalf of our Board of Trustees and our 24-member staff, we wish you and your family all the best for this holiday season. As we reflect on the past year, we are humbled to see how much has been accomplished in service to the communities we call home. Our most treasured asset is the trust that has been placed in us to honor our donors' intentions, support and strengthen the nonprofit community, and provide the leadership along with our partners to make Northeast Florida a better place to live for everyone.

We hope the New Year brings health, happiness, and joy to you and yours. And we look forward to many opportunities in 2023 to come together in continued service to our community.

With gratitude,
Pictured (left to right): Nina Waters, Chris McCain, Adrienne Johnson, Charlie Cofer, Beau Rudder, Vernon Washington, Wanda Willis
Donors Forum Recap: Exploring Criminal Justice Reform
Last week, in partnership with the Jacksonville Jaguars, The Community Foundation hosted our final Donors Forum of the year, which explored criminal justice reform. Public Defender Charlie Cofer took us inside the world of a person who has just been arrested and explained the lengthy process of booking, first appearance, setting of bail, and awaiting formal charges and trial. The goal of the money bail system is to ensure defendants return to appear in court for their trial, but it has created enormous costs for detainees and the community, which pays millions of dollars annually to detain people who cannot afford bail. If defendants are unable to pay, they may spend weeks in jail awaiting justice, and during that time, they may lose their job, miss rent and be unable to care for family. For these reasons, bail reform is an issue that has champions on both sides of the aisle. The Bail Project, a national model of bail reform with significant success across the country, uses an approach called ‘Community Release with Support' to provide bail assistance to low-income individuals whom a judge has deemed eligible for release before trial. Adrienne Johnson, Regional Director at The Bail Project, said the organization works with partners to provide free rides, text reminders, housing support, and other services to ensure clients can return to court. With a commitment of $150,000 from The Community Foundation and an additional $1.25 million raised from other local donors, The Bail Project opened a Jacksonville office earlier this year, and has served about 50 people in nine months, with a court appearance rate of 88 percent.
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A Message of Support for LGBTQ Youth
Last week, The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida and the LGBTQ Community Fund joined with numerous other organizations to release a statement to the media and a message on social media in support of LGBTQ youth in Northeast Florida. "As a group of community stakeholders, we are concerned for the wellbeing of our LGBTQ+ youth in our community, whose voices may feel forgotten or lost. To our beloved youth who identify as LGBTQ+, we want you to know that you are loved, we see you, and we remain committed to supporting you." The message encouraged others to share the message and for youth who need help to dial the 2-1-1 helpline at United Way of Northeast Florida, as well as the 9-8-8 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. Learn more at stories.jaxcf.org/youth.
Pictured (left to right): Shep Bryan with his wife, Mary Ann and artist Linda Broadfoot at the 20th Anniversary of Art Ventures celebration in 2010
In Memoriam: J. Shepard (Shep) Bryan, Jr.
J. Shepard "Shep" Bryan, Jr., former chair of our Board of Trustees, passed away last month at 100 years old. He was a former vice president, general counsel and secretary of Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc., and a partner, of counsel, with the firm of Holland and Knight LLP. He was a member of our Board of Trustees from 1991 – 1999 and chaired the Board in 1994 and 1995. He and his wife, accomplished artist Mary Ann Bryan, opened the J. Shepard Bryan and Mary Ann Bryan Arts Endowment here at The Community Foundation in 2000, and were ardent supporters of cultural activities throughout the community.
Countdown to Year End!
Red and white old fashioned alarm clock
The Community Foundation stands ready to assist you with your year-end giving. Our office is staffed and prepared to help until 4 p.m. on December 30, 2022. So feel free to call, email or let us know you’ll be stopping by. Remember, if you choose to make a gift with appreciated stock, please allow time for the transaction to settle, and don't forget to alert us! Finally, if you choose to mail a gift to The Community Foundation, it must be postmarked no later than December 31, 2022 to be counted as a gift for this year.
Grant Applications Now Open in Three Areas
Attention, nonprofits! There are THREE grant opportunities currently open for applications.

If you represent a small organization (budget of $200,000 or less), you can apply for a grant up to $2,500 for community projects or to help your organization grow stronger. The deadline to apply is February 1, 2023. Learn more and apply here.

If you represent a nonprofit that serves women and girls, the Women's Giving Alliance (WGA), an initiative of The Community Foundation, is accepting applications for a one-year grant of up to $50,000 for Workforce Support OR for Client Basic Needs. The deadline to apply is January 30, 2023. Learn more and apply here.

If you represent a nonprofit that serves the Beaches, the Beaches Community Fund is now accepting applications for 2023 for proposals to help with basic needs of Beaches residents, supports for K-12 education, early learning opportunities and transportation. The deadline to apply is January 9, 2023. Learn more and apply here.

Other competitive grants to support nonprofits serving vulnerable populations and addressing unmet community needs in Northeast Florida will open in April 2023. More information will be available by February 2023.

Congratulations Nina and Amber!
President Nina Waters will be recognized by the OneJax Institute with the 2023 Gold Medallion for Lifetime Achievement. The award will be presented at the annual OneJax Humanitarian Awards Event on May 4, 2023.

Senior Accounting Manager Amber Jubinsky has been named to the Fiscal Administration and Operations Group Accounting Practices Committee, the national affinity group for community foundation finance professionals.
TCF in the News: Passing the Baton
Susan Datz Edelman and Stephanie Garry Garfunkel

“The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida (TCF) is bidding farewell to Susan Datz Edelman, its vice president of strategic communications, as she prepares for her retirement at the end of the year after nearly a decade of service."

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