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 $500 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.

Ensuring That Seniors Don’t Face Isolation

Transportation Program-Norma PhilipsA 2018 grant to Florida Christian Center helped support their Transportation Program and the purchase of a new 14-passenger van (affectionately called Grace). The van enabled access to reliable transportation as well as additional community services for 300 residents at Florida Christian Apartments and Sundale Manor. Residents can now go to the zoo, attend workshops for seniors at the Prime Osborne Center, and go to the grocery store to shop for their medications and grocery needs.

“We prayed for it [and] we worked hard for it” — said Norma Philips, pictured.

“The transportation we provide is one of the most significant aspects of our ministry...this dreamwould not have come to fruition were it not for...The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida.” — said Kimberly Weir, Executive Director of Florida Christian Center.

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

Supporting Grassroots LGBTQ Initiatives in Northeast Florida

Fernandina Beach Pride Festival and ParadeFernandina Beach Pride Inc., a recently incorporated nonprofit, received the first ever LGBTQ Grassroots Grant in 2019. The small grant helped seed the operations of the organization as they geared up to host the inaugural Fernandina Beach Pride Festival and Parade on May 8, 2019. The effort was an incredible success with over 1000 people in attendance at both the parade and festival. Throughout the course of the festival, 38 vendors set up stations in support of PRIDE and AHF (Aids Health care Foundation) conducted 108 HIV test; their previous high for testing in the region had been 12. In addition, all five Fernandina Beach city commissioners either walked the parade or served as speakers during the festival.

“It was the [LGBTQ Community Fund] that gave us the momentum to go forward...and plan for an amazing day of Pride and Love” — Quote from Genece Minshew, President of Fernandina Beach Pride Inc.

Putnam County: Veteran’s Village

Putnam Habitat Vet VillageSafe and affordable housing is a big need in Putnam County. For the more than 7,000 veterans who live there, the housing issue can be further complicated by unique challenges. In 2019, through the Frank V. Oliver Jr Fund for Putnam County, The Community Foundation provided $30,000 in seed money to Putnam Habitat for their initiative, Veterans Village, so an access road into this emerging community can be built for veterans and their families. Over the next three years, the dream is to build five houses for veterans who need safe, accessible affordable housing.”

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Kathleen Shaw

Kathleen Shaw, M.Ed
Vice President, Programs

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