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  November 2021
Remember to Look for the Helpers
I was blessed to grow up with in Pittsburgh, hometown of Mr. Rogers. Over the past two years of the pandemic, one of his quotes has resonated with me – "When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'look for the helpers, you will always find people who are helping'." This has been a very scary time for all of us and we have been comforted and cared for by many helpers. Health care professionals, teachers, soldiers, public safety personnel, safety net nonprofits and many others have reported to work, day in and day out, to serve others. They couldn't close their businesses or work remotely – even during the height of the pandemic and before vaccines. This Thanksgiving, I hope that each of us will remember the helpers and find ways – large and small – to give back and give thanks to the many people in our community who have committed their lives to serving others.
Big Things Come in Small Packages
Delores Barr Weaver's vision of a Tiny Homes community of affordable rental housing has come true. Built by HabiJax, The Tiny Houses on Navaho were dedicated recently, and the first residents are moving in this month. Mrs. Weaver had the novel idea of creating a neighborhood of 500 square foot houses that would be affordable to people on limited incomes. HabiJax was eager to partner, and Mrs. Weaver created a $5.5 million fund at The Community Foundation to make the project a reality. As TCF President Nina Waters said, "The Tiny Houses on Navaho is a prime example of how philanthropy—unburdened by the 'no one's ever done it before' mantra—can envision, encourage and help execute novel approaches to community need. It allows generous people with dreams of driving innovation to see their ideas come to life—often with unexpected partners."
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Thankful
In just a couple of weeks, most of us will gather with family to celebrate Thanksgiving—and a perfect time to think about how you and your family engage with each other and the community. Joanne Cohen, our VP, Philanthropic Services, has pulled together some Tips for Family Giving that you can share at this season, or any time of the year.
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Faces of The Alcazar
Don't miss Tom Schifanella's Faces of the Alcazar at The Lightner Museum which runs from now through March 7, 2022. It's a fascinating look behind-the-scenes at Henry Flagler's Alcazar Hotel through the medium of large-format photographs, some of include scraps and remnants of items left by the staff of the hotel. The exhibit is supported by the Dr. JoAnn Crisp-Ellert Fund at The Community Foundation. The Dr. JoAnn Crisp-Ellert Fund was established in 2009 to support visual art and visual art education in St. Augustine, and has granted more than $400,000 since it was created.
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National Philanthropy Day
Congratulations to those deserving philanthropists who will be honored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals at a luncheon on Tuesday, November 16! We are proud to help sponsor this important event, and we are particularly proud to have co-nominated David & Linda Stein who will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award. A special shout-out to National Philanthropy Day co-chairs Sara McMillan and our own Kacie Smyth for bringing back this showcase event.
Community Foundation Week
November 12-18 is Community Foundation Week! We are proud to be one of more than 750 community foundations in the US—we are the oldest and largest community foundation in Florida, and the 51st largest in the country. While we each function in ways that are specific to our regions, we share some common characteristics in providing donor services and conducting grantmaking. Community foundations also play important roles as community leaders with deep local relationships, knowledge of local challenges and opportunities, and the ability to advocate for policies that improve the equality of life in our communities.
In case you missed it:
• WGA's 20th anniversary was highlighted on News4Jax 'This Week in Jacksonville' WGA Past President and Founding Member Mary Pietan was interviewed by anchor Kent Justice. Watch Here [segment starts at 11:24]
• Delores Barr Weaver was featured as a Woman in Leadership in Florida Trend's November issue. The article noted "It could easily be said that the leading philanthropist in Northeast Florida is Delores Barr Weaver…" Read More
• Look for the Fall edition of The Community Foundation's printed newsletter – it will be in mailboxes later this month! You can also find it—and TCF's other publications— here.
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