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  April 2022
Letter from the President
As we've shared previously, our 5-year Strategic Plan is now in place! The framework calls for The Community Foundation to:
  • Grow Assets Dedicated to Our Northeast Florida Region
  • Provide a Robust Philanthropic Leadership Portfolio
  • Build Greater Awareness and Understanding
  • Strengthen Communities through the Effective Use of All forms of Capital, and
  • Ensure the Foundation is Strong and Resilient.
For each of these goals, we have a history to build upon and new heights to attain. To learn about how we will accomplish our goals between now and 2025, please see our expanded Strategic Plan framework here. You'll also be seeing a copy of the Strategic Plan in our Spring newsletter, which should be in your mailbox soon
Left to right: Joanne Cohen, John Bush, NCFP President & CEO Nick Tedesco, Megan Bush Del Pizzo, Brian Bush at Donors Forum
What's New in Family Philanthropy
Involving our families in philanthropy presents a unique set of opportunities—and can be made even more meaningful with specific strategies. That was the message of Nick Tedesco, president and CEO of the National Center for Family Philanthropy. He spoke to our Donors Forum last week, talking about current trends in family philanthropy and offering suggestions for deeper conversation among family members. Here is a recap of his presentation. For more information about how The Community Foundation can assist your family philanthropy, contact Vice President, Philanthropic Services Joanne E. Cohen, J.D. at or call (904) 356-4483.
Theresa Rulien, CEO, Child Guidance Center, speaks to Beaches Community Fund members
Beaches Community Fund
Members of the Beaches Community Fund, a collective giving effort of The Community Foundation, met in person at the Beaches Museum learn about mental health needs at the Beaches. They heard from Melanie Patz of Baptist Health about mental health needs at the Beaches. Representatives of Here Tomorrow and Child Guidance (both previous grantees) talked about the challenges facing the mental health field. Beaches Community Fund members pool their charitable dollars and direct them toward the nonprofits working to improve life for those between Mayport and Guana. For more information, contact Joanne Cohen at
We note with sorrow the passing of James (Jim) F. Moseley, a former trustee of The Community Foundation who led our Finance committee for many years. A well-respected attorney with Moseley Pritchard Parrish Knight & Jones, Jim Moseley served on our downtown Professional Advisory Council and brought to the Foundation the charitable portion of the estate of Frank V. Oliver, Jr. of Putnam County. The Frank V. Oliver, Jr. Fund has become our largest field of interest fund, and Jim continued to help recommend grants from the fund. Most recently, the Frank V. Oliver, Jr. Fund made its largest grant, awarding $100,000 to the Putnam County School System for Building Trades education.
Generosity in Florida
A recently released report shows that Floridians are generous in a variety of ways: nearly 70% make charitable donations; more than half reported volunteering last year; and a vast majority of our fellow citizens help others directly. Giving in Florida was commissioned by the Florida Nonprofit Alliance and the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, and researched by the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. The goal of the study was to provide a comprehensive baseline for understanding Floridian’s generosity. Our president, Nina Waters, served on the Giving In Florida Advisory Council.
Left: John Zell presents to the Planned Giving Council this month; Right: Staff members at the Historic Eastside Cultural Center
We've Been Busy!
  • Kathleen Shaw presented to the Nonprofit Center's Annual Supporters and Partners Briefing.
  • Joanne Cohen is on the Florida Philanthropic Network's Transfer of Wealth committee.
  • The Community Foundation's 2020 Annual Report to the Community advanced in competition to earn a Silver Addy in District 4, which comprises all of Florida and the Caribbean
  • Several members of our staff recently visited the Historic Eastside Cultural Center to learn more about what this grantee is doing. They toured the center, including the recording studio, and saw 'Color of Law', an exhibit about redlining in Jacksonville's neighborhoods.
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