|Cutting the ribbon on the Putnam County Clothing Closet for low income students, thanks in part to the Frank V. Oliver, Jr. Endowment at The Community Foundation and Dignity U Wear Foundation, Inc. Left to right: Mark LeMaire, The Community Foundation; Joyce Oliver, wife of the late Frank V. Oliver, Jr.; Nan Coyle, Dignity U Wear; Jane Crawford, School Board District 5; Phyllis Criswell, Putnam County School Superintendent; and Nikki Cummings, School Board District 1.
One visionary donor opened the door for residents of Putnam County to reap the benefits of a life well-lived. Frank V. Oliver, Jr. created an endowment at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida specifically to improve the lives of Putnam County residents, and established six other funds for Putnam County nonprofit organizations as a way to continue his charitable giving after his death.
Mr. Oliver was a Putnam County businessman who for decades engaged in quiet philanthropy in his hometown of Palatka. He was born in Jacksonville but called Palatka home for 78 of his 80 years. He headed multiple businesses operating along the St Johns River. He was an avid Gator fan and he loved supporting his favorite charities. His legacy of giving continues through The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida. In 2016, the fund’s grant-making is focused specifically on the problems of poverty and hunger, health, veterans’ concerns and educational support.
Learn more about our work in Putnam County, including a list of recent grants in this County in 2015. For more information, contact Mark LeMaire, Program Director.
For information about our grants process, go to www.jaxcf.org/receive.