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  January 2022
Pictured (left to right): Martha Baker, Outgoing Chair (2020-2021); Ryan Schwartz, Past Chair (2018-2019); and Nina Waters, President
Looking Back, Looking Forward

One unique aspect of nonprofit leadership is that you get a new boss every year or two. Every year, Trustees rotate on and off the Board based on established term limits, and Board leadership changes as well. Our Board of Trustees chair serves two years. And the most recent two-year term, served by the incredible Martha Frye Baker, is one for the record books. Our Trustees met in-person only twice during Martha's term – in January 2020 for a half day retreat to launch our new strategic planning process and in December 2021 when we elected Judge Brian Davis as our new chair. Like most boards, ours began meeting remotely in March 2020 and remained remote throughout 2020 and 2021. During this time, Martha led with the perfect combination of grit and grace, helping us to remain calm as we navigated the challenges of six months of remote working, learning Zoom, scheduling and then cancelling events and—the most difficult part—trying to engage in strategic planning when we were in a truly tactical mode as a result of the pandemic and social conditions. Martha was our cheerleader, mentor, confidante and champion throughout her tenure. She was the perfect leader during this time when we all needed a healthy dose of patience and grace.

We now welcome 2022 with a new leader, Judge Brian Davis. I have had the pleasure of knowing Judge Davis for more than thirty years as he served on the board of the PACE Center for Girls Jacksonville program when I was the executive director. Like Martha, he will be the right leader at the right time – helping us to live into our five-year strategic plan. The plan was carefully and thoughtfully crafted over the past two years. We spent a great deal of time listening to our constituents including current and potential grantee agency staff, fundholders, professional advisors and community stakeholders. We also critically examined the impact of our past work and the costs associated with delivering a wide range of services and initiatives to our six-county region.

You will hear more from us about this plan in the coming months. Importantly, you will see more from us as well.

Pictured (left to right): Judge Brian Davis, Chair; New members: Lauren Rueger, Halsey Wise
Meet Our New Board Chair and Two New Trustees
We start 2022 by welcoming The Honorable Brian J. Davis as the newest chair of our Board of Trustees. Judge Davis is the U.S. District Court Judge for the Middle District of Florida and has been a Trustee since 2014. He will serve a two-year term.

We're also welcoming Lauren Rueger and R. Halsey Wise as new Trustees—they will each serve a three-year term. Lauren has been and will continue on our Program & Initiatives Committee and Halsey will join our Investment Committee. You can learn more about each of them, and the rest of our trustees here.
Congratulations to these TCF Team Members
Please join us in congratulating our colleagues who were recently promoted!

Reagan Bass to Program Associate; James Coggin, MBA, to Senior Program Director; and Amber Jubinsky, MAcc, to Senior Accounting Manager.
It's Open Season—for Grant Applications
We award millions of dollars in Foundation-directed grants each year, and this is when the fun begins! On February 1, our competitive community grant applications open – we have grant opportunities for capacity building, program support and small organizations (those with annual budgets of $200,000 or less.) Go to to access details and the application. Also on that page are applications for Art Ventures/Individual Artists and Visual Art in St. Augustine. For more information, contact Reagan Bass at (904) 356-4483 or
Standing Up For Foster Children—Forever
Young adults aging out of foster care face a daunting future, especially if they want to attend college. While the state helps with tuition and fees, the young adult must bear the cost of housing, meals, books, laptops, etc. The Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Florida's First Coast, along with John and Marjorie Arrowsmith in memory of their daughter Krista, are changing that—they've established an endowed scholarship fund at The Community Foundation to help change these children's story for the better! Learn more about their vision for The Empowerment Scholarship here.

For more information on establishing an endowment, call John Zell at 904.356.4483 or
Building an Inclusive Community
The LGBTQ Community Fund is sponsoring the first night of the Jacksonville Film Festival at the San Marco Theatre (February 4-6, 2022). The Jacksonville Film Festival is featuring LGBTQ+ narratives and documentaries on Friday night, including a locally produced film. This partnership is a natural extension of the LGBTQ Community Fund’s hosting of The Many Sides of Pride Film Festival last year. The LGBTQ Community Fund is also sponsoring a Stonewall Sports—an LGBTQIA & Ally community based nonprofit sports league. For more information, click here.
Affordable Housing—Meeting the Need in NEFL
Donors Forum
The lack of affordable housing in Northeast Florida is a critical issue—one with growing ramifications for the health and welfare of our community. As part of our Supporting Neighborhoods work, we recently convened leaders from four local nonprofit organizations who are working everyday for solutions to this growing problem. As one of them said, 'Affordable Housing isn't charity; it's economic development.' For a recap of the panel discussion (as well as a replay), click here.
Weavers Create $2M Endowment for Jacksonville Special-Education School

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