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  December 2021

On behalf of our Board of Trustees and our 23-member staff, we wish you all the best for this holiday season. As 2021 comes to a close and we reflect on the past year, please know we value our relationships with the community most of all. 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 2022 to come together in continued service to our community.

With gratitude, 

Donors Forum of Northeast Florida
Highlighting issues where funders can make a difference is the motivation behind our long-standing Donors Forum. This month, we hosted a Donors Forum on Affordable Housing. Senior Program Director James Coggin (second from right) outlined the issues, and moderated a panel including Shannon Nazworth, President and CEO of Ability Housing (second from left); Dr. Irvin PeDro Cohen, Executive Director of LISC Jacksonville (far left); Paul Tutwiler, Executive Director of Northwest Jacksonville Community Development Corporation (far right); Bill Lazar, Executive Director of St. Johns Housing Partnership (center). If you'd like to read a brief recap of their observations and suggested actions you can take now, click here

For more information, contact Joanne Cohen, J.D., Vice President, Philanthropic Services
Relieving Hunger, and So Much More
Too many of our neighbors (nearly 200,000 in NE FL!) are going hungry or lacking access to nutritious foods. We, like many local funders, are using a variety of tools—funding sources, community connections and other relationships—to address the issues. Read our latest newsletter to learn about the investments we are making this year, as well as some of the real heroes on the front lines.
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DEI Bus Tour
Our staff and board have been on a learning journey for many months now, focused on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI.) That journey became literal early this month, as we came together to take a tour of Jacksonville's historical Black neighborhoods and learned about the effects of structural racism in our community. Charlene Taylor Hill, retired executive director of the Jacksonville Human Rights Commission led our bus tour which took us to many iconic landmarks, including J.P. Small Park in Durkeeville. Later, at the Ritz Theatre, we were joined by community leaders who talked about structural racism locally in criminal justice, education, health care, and housing.
Left to right: Nina Waters, president of The Community Foundation, Doug Eng, Martha Frye Baker
Ann McDonald Baker Art Ventures Award
Doug Eng, an award-winning photographer, installation artist and environmental advocate, received the Ann McDonald Baker Art Ventures Award recently. Martha Frye Baker, chair of The Community Foundation's Board of Trustees, made the announcement at MOCA Jacksonville, where Eng's retrospective 'Structure of Nature | Nature of Structure' is on exhibit through 1/2/2022. The award recognizes an artist whose work brings distinction to Northeast Florida,and it is accompanied by a $10,000 unrestricted grant.
LGBTQ Grants
The LGBTQ Community Fund for Northeast Florida approved $107,000 in grants to five local nonprofits in its continuing quest to build a community that welcomes and supports all people. Children's Home Society, ElderSource, Equality Florida, Women's Center of Jacksonville, and Youth Crisis Center successfully responded to the Fund's priorities: to 'build greater togetherness within our LGBTQ communities' and to 'support Northeast Florida welcoming and celebrating its LGBTQ Population.'
Thank You to Dori & Ryan!
As our year ends, so does the Board service of Trustees Ryan A. Schwartz and Dori Walton. Both have provided invaluable wisdom and knowledge over the years. Ryan joined the Board in 2011, and chaired the Board in 2018-2019. Dori has chaired three Board committees since she joined the Board in 2012. Both have graciously agreed to continue to serve on TCF committees. Thank you, Ryan and Dori!
Join Our Team!
Now Hiring
The Community Foundation is hiring! We are looking for VP of Civic Leadership to join our executive team. This new position will help lead key strategic community engagement efforts of the Foundation, including development and oversight of specific initiatives and grants.

If interested, please send resume and cover letter to
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Three generations of the family of J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver made a $1 million gift to support the local resettlement of Afghan refugees. Read More
Don't forget! Our office will be open until 4 p.m. on Friday, December 31 if you have last minute additions to your fund or need to open a fund at The Community Foundation. You can call us at 904.356.4483, email, or stop by our offices at 245 Riverside Avenue, Suite 310.
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