More than 50 Years of
Giving Back | Giving Forward
"...a depository for the people of Jacksonville, both the large and small, the wealthy and the moderate, to be able to give for the betterment of their fellow man, not just today, but in a continuing way." Founding partner Thomas R. McGehee, May 1964
Jacksonville, Florida—1964 Three momentous events occurred in Jacksonville in 1964 – Hurricane Dora swept through our city, the Beatles performed live at The Gator Bowl, and The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida was born. Both Hurricane Dora and The Beatles retreated within hours, but The Community Foundation remains to this day—sustained by generous donors who create permanent charitable funds that improve the quality of life in our community.
It was the bold vision of J.J. Daniel, Robert R. Feagin, Laurence Lee, Jr., and Thomas R. McGehee that pioneered the original entity, known as The Greater Jacksonville Area Community Foundation. The first significant gift was $45,000---proceeds from the sale of the Community Chest-United Fund building on Market Street. Today, our assets have grown to more than a quarter of a billion dollars, but our commitment remains the same – to work with donors who want to give thoughtfully to improve the quality of life in our community.