TCF Donors made more than $48M in grants last year ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ 

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  May 2021
Letter from the President: A New Look
Welcome to our first electronic edition of Giving Forward! We are excited to share some of the many things that are happening at The Community Foundation. Our team has been hard at work, both in person and remotely, and we are looking forward to (carefully!) opening our doors to donors and other visitors in June. Just a few highlights from the first quarter of 2021:
  • The Grants Team is finishing its review of competitive applications, a process that was changed this year to provide more flexibility for nonprofit organizations. See for more information and to see which grant categories are still open for the year.

  • Our fundholders were invited to engage with authors Bob Putnam ('Bowling Alone') and Shaylyn Garrett Romney on an exclusive nationwide call about their new book, "The Upswing: How America Came Together a Century Ago and How We Can Do It Again." In May, fundholders will have another opportunity with Heather McGhee, "The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together."

  • As you'll read below, fundholders at The Community Foundation made nearly $50 million in grants last year. Even with this level of generosity, The Community Foundation continues to grow, with assets surpassing the half-billion dollar mark to $548.5 million at the end of 2020.
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The Community Foundation Produces Retrospective on Racial Equity
The Community Foundation has been working with 904WARD for some time – including raising funds to hire full time staff and begin implementation of its strategic plan. To support 904WARD's mission of advancing racial equity, we offered to provide a look back at what has been studied here over the past 75 years. We commissioned a retrospective, dating back to the 1940's, looking at education, health, housing, justice and the legal system, employment, media and politics and civic engagement. The retrospective builds on earlier work done as part of Project Breakthrough: Changing the Story of Race in Jacksonville—an effort led by The Community Foundation, OneJax, the Jacksonville Human Rights Commission and the Aspen Institute Roundtable on Community Change beginning in 2006. Based on the retrospective, 904WARD is producing a series on Race in Retrospect "to provide a baseline for our understanding of racial inequity in Jacksonville, past and present."
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TCF Fundholders Continue to Give Generously
Despite everything that happened in 2020, fundholders at The Community Foundation continued to give generously – in total, more than $48.5 million in grants were awarded to nonprofit organizations last year, with 82% of those grants staying in Northeast Florida. As you can imagine, the largest proportion of those grants went to Human Services – helping with the ravages of the pandemic like food insecurity, homelessness and family support. Thank you to all those who made grants.

We are particularly grateful for the 37 new funds created in 2020. Watch this short video highlighting why you should consider establishing a charitable fund at The Community Foundation.
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Spotlight on St. Augustine
2021 St. Augustine Brochure
We're celebrating the second anniversary of our St. Augustine office. Read about two of our fundholders and our other work that goes back two decades in the Nations oldest city.

View our new TCF St. Augustine brochure online here.
ICYMI: Art Ventures Turned 30!
© Douglas J. Eng
The 30th Anniversary of Art Ventures Exhibit at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens (January 13 – February 21, 2021) was a tremendous success. Such a rich display of the talent that the Art Ventures initiative has been nurturing for three decades now! Special thanks to the Cummer for their partnership in highlighting this important milestone.

Photos © Douglas J. Eng. 
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June 3-6: The Many Sides of Pride Film Festival
The LGBTQ Community Fund for Northeast Florida's long awaited Film Festival is almost here! Ten films will be featured both virtually and at MOCA Jacksonville, our presenting partner. Programming will include presentations from filmmakers, panel discussions with members of Jacksonville's LGBTQ community and moderated post-film conversations. For more information on The Many Sides of Pride Film Festival, click here.
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