Success Stories –
Meet Our Grantees
Thousands of individuals and organizations have been supported by The Community Foundation over the last several decades. We’re proud of the fact that we’ve made nearly $410 million in grants since we began in 1964.
But sometimes it’s easier to understand our impact by learning about just one person, one group or one organization that has benefitted from our donors’ largesse. Meet a few of our grant recipients, see what they’ve accomplished, and know that there are countless other victories out there just like theirs.
Compassionate St. Augustine
The notion that a city could embrace a culture of compassion fueled a year-long project known as Obelisk Art 450 by Compassionate St. Augustine. With a lead gift of $30,000 from The Community Foundation’s Dr. JoAnn Crisp-Ellert Fund, a community-wide effort to place public art depicting themes of compassion was envisioned, created and displayed in conjunction with St. Augustine’s 450th Anniversary. Twenty-five, 8 foot tall obelisks—versions of St. Augustine’s signature Monumento a la Constitution—were designed by regional artists, and enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. An additional grant of $15,000 supported the costs of artist materials and honoraria.
A program for schoolchildren in St. Augustine produced a corresponding number of half-sized obelisks. The Community Foundation’s leadership in this initiative helped this fledgling nonprofit launch an extensive fund-and-friend raising campaign.
Kate Garcia Rouh
Receiving a grant from The Community Foundation to do my mosaic at Yacht Basin Park enhanced my reputation as an artist and helped me secure my first Art in Public Places commission, the Southbank Riverwalk mosaic ‘Mirrored River: Where Do You See Yourself?’ These grants offer a platform of support for artists to pursue their goals that would otherwise be out of reach.