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  February 2022
President's Letter — A Moment in Time
Today is February 22, 2022 – '2/22/22' – one of those dates where all the numerals line up neatly in a way that seems momentous. Here at The Community Foundation, it feels like we are also experiencing a special moment in time. We have finalized our Strategic Plan, and believe we have a strong roadmap to take us forward. I urge you to read an overview of our strategy below and to stay tuned for further details. We are on the cusp of hiring our first vice president for civic leadership, which will add a new dimension to our work engaging the community around important issues and initiatives. And our competitive grantmaking season has started, with robust and flexible grant parameters and many opportunities for nonprofits of all sizes to access Foundation-directed dollars.

We finished 2021 with more than $627 million in total assets, a 14% increase in total assets for which we are grateful. But the measure of our mission is much more than increased assets, and we are excited for the opportunities that lie ahead.
Dear Foundation Friends:

Over the past 2½ years, the Board of Trustees and staff of The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida have been engaged in deep reflection about our work, our role in the community, the investments we are making in local efforts, and our ability to help donors achieve the most meaningful results for their gifts. The pandemic made this process challenging, but frankly, it also sharpened our focus on getting this right.

To inform our deliberations, we commissioned a survey of our donors, conducted community interviews with grantees and professional advisors, and performed a cost study of our operations. During this time, we also began our listening journey to examine ways we could advance diversity, equity and inclusion, both internally and in our community.

Now, as we begin our 58th year of service to Northeast Florida, we want to share our strategic framework and invite the community to join us in fulfilling our goals.

We recognize that the complex issues facing our community will require greater resources, and we will intensify our pursuit of new assets, especially permanent ones. We will engage our fundholders in new and different ways to invest in our community, beyond traditional grantmaking. We will explore new partnerships with other funders and community stakeholders to bring collaborative approaches to persistent issues. We will continue to be a staunch advocate, convener and connector in support of local nonprofit organizations. We will further diversify our Board and staff, and use an equity lens in all facets of the Foundation's operations. And by concentrating all our forms of capital on civic leadership, we can and will play a more visible role in advocating for systemic change.

The mission of The Community Foundation remains the same: Stimulating Philanthropy to Build a Better Community. It is the balance of that equation that drives us. Our re-envisioned strategic framework calls on us to use our power as one of the community's philanthropic anchor institutions to be a greater force for good going forward, and to have the organizational strength to do that in perpetuity. Our pledge is a bolder, more focused emphasis on strategic philanthropy that improves the lives of everyone in our community.
Black History Month: Recognizing the Eartha M.M. White Fund
Eartha M.M. White and her mother, Clara White, were deeply involved in charitable work in Jacksonville. Clara fed the hungry and homeless from her back door, and daughter Eartha built on her tradition by creating an agency to improve the condition of Jacksonville's poor. She established the Clara White Mission in 1928 and founded the Eartha M.M. White Nursing Home in 1967. When the former nursing home was sold, the assets created a $1.4 million endowment, the Eartha M.M. White Legacy Fund, at The Community Foundation. Cleve Warren has led the fund's Advisory Board since its creation in 2004; other members include Gregory Owens, Barbara Darby, Marsha Oliver, Darryl Willie and Clanzetta Brown.
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We're Listening! Easy Steps to Apply for a Grant
Right now, local nonprofit organizations can apply for discretionary funding from The Community Foundation. We offer capacity building and program support opportunities, and grants specifically for small organizations (annual budgets < $200,000). Grantees encouraged us to streamline our application and make it easier to navigate. We heard you! See our step-by-step guide and apply today. The deadline for applications is March 23, 2022.
Pictured above from left to right: Dr. Melissa Coleman, Executive Director of Federal Programs; Laura France, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction; Dr. Rick Surrency, Superintendent; Charles Smith, Joyce Oliver, Frank V. Oliver, Jr. Fund; and Renee Hough, Director of Career and Technology Education
Investing in Putnam County's Future Workforce
The need has never been more critical for workers in the building trades—plumbing, electrical, masonry, HVAC and carpentry. To help answer that demand, the Frank V. Oliver, Jr. Fund at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida has made a $100,000 grant to Putnam County School's Academy of Building Technologies to help launch the long-awaited program. Read more.
The Case for More General Operating Support
Great article from Exponent Philanthropy that makes the case that smaller or 'lean' funders should seriously consider supporting the causes they care about with general operating support, rather than requiring specific programs or projects.
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Happy Work Anniversary to John Zell, CAP®, VP Development, who just celebrated 25 years with The Community Foundation.

Kathleen Shaw, M.Ed., VP of Programs, just celebrated her 20th Anniversary with TCF. Kathleen has also been chosen to be on Philanthropy Southeast's (formerly Southeastern Council of Foundations) Design Team for their conference which takes place November 9-11, 2022 in Amelia Island.

Joanne E. Cohen, J.D., VP, Philanthropic Services has been named to the National Center for Family Philanthropy's Community Foundations Family Philanthropy Network Advisory Committee.
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