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 $450 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.

Making Seniors Mentally Strong

St. Johns County Council on Aging Memory Enhancement Program(MEP)A St. Johns County Council on Aging 2015 grant helped expand their Memory Enhancement Program (MEP) to more locations and serve more seniors. Whenever an aging loved one experiences cognitive change (perhaps through dementia, Alzheimer’s, stroke or some other brain injury), a Memory Enhancement Program or class may help increase and maintain memory function and boost cognitive strength. The grant allowed the council to reach 35 additional seniors at four assisted living facilities or community centers who had newly adopted the program.

“I am pleased to say that COA has been a very helpful aid to my wife, who has some memory loss issues. It is obvious in picking her up at the end of her Memory Enhancement class that she has benefitted from the program. She always is beaming after the classes and more aware and engaged with life in general.” – Caregiver

Art Ventures: Drew Brown

Drew Brown Play SentencesFilmmaker Drew L. Brown grew up in Middleburg, and received a 2016 Art Ventures grant. Using his grant, Brown created a semi-autobiographical play, “Sentences,” based on the life of his mother, who was sentenced to six years in prison for a crime she claimed she did not commit. The grant allowed Brown time to complete his script and take the play through the workshop phase with writing advisors and theatre readers.

“The Community Foundation really made me feel like my work was worthy and important. It was a difficult creation process, but I was able to confidently continue developing my work knowing that this affluent organization in our community recognized a need to fund the project.” – Drew Brown

Parents as Sensory Storytellers

Jacksonville Public Library Parents as Sensory StorytellersThis Early Childhood grant went to Jacksonville Public Library to pilot Parents as Sensory Storytellers (PASS) which teaches parents and caregivers how to incorporate storytelling into their learning practices at home. Following its successful launch, JPL received a grant from the Chartrand Family Fund at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida to expand the program into all five Jacksonville Public Library regions.

Putnam First Cancer Fund

Putnam First Cancer FundThe Frank V. Oliver, Jr. Endowment for Putnam County awarded Putnam First Cancer Fund a $10,000 grant to provide financial assistance for home sitting services for cancer patients receiving outpatient chemotherapy. Many of these patients need radiation and/or chemotherapy but they are often at-risk or vulnerable. The Putnam First Cancer Fund is using the grant to arrange for home health agency workers to assist these patients, since the outpatient treatment can persist for six weeks. Frank Oliver’s widow, Joyce (in black & yellow) is surrounded by members of the Putnam First Cancer Fund staff and executive committee.

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Kathleen Shaw

Kathleen Shaw, M.Ed
Vice President, Programs

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