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Foundation Timeline

For more than fifty years, The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida has been helping donors build a better community. This timeline features just some of the important milestones that have been achieved along the way.

 

Fifty Years of Giving Back, Giving Forward.

2015

The Art Ventures Fund turns 25! To celebrate, the Ann McDonald Baker Art Ventures Award was created.

2015

The Art Ventures Fund turns 25! To celebrate, the Ann McDonald Baker Art Ventures Award was created. Terrance Patterson, founder and artistic director of The Ritz Chamber Players, is the first recipient.


Official name: The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida
Board of Trustees Chair: William D. Brinton


Vital Numbers:

Total Assets: $314m | Grants Awarded: $34.9m

Fifty Years of Giving Back, Giving Forward.

2014

The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida celebrates 50 years of Giving Back | Giving Forward.

2014

The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida celebrates 50 years of Giving Back | Giving Forward. Now recognized as the oldest and largest community foundation in Florida, we have total assets of $312 million and have awarded $332 million in grants since inception.


Official name: The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida
Board of Trustees Chair: William D. Brinton


Vital Numbers:

Total Assets: $312m | Grants Awarded: $53.5m

Quality Education for All

2013

The Community Foundation announces plans for a $50 million Quality Education for All fund to provide direct support for excellence in teaching and leadership within Duval County Public Schools.

2013

The Community Foundation announces plans for a $50 million Quality Education for All fund to provide direct support for excellence in teaching and leadership within Duval County Public Schools.


Official name: The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida
Board of Trustees Chair: Paul Perez


Vital Numbers:

Total Assets: $295.4m | Grants Awarded: $36.1m

J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver

2012

J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver move the Weaver Family Foundation to The Community Foundation; Delores Barr Weaver opens largest Donor Advised Fund ($50 million) in The Community Foundation’s history.

2012

J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver move the Weaver Family Foundation to The Community Foundation; Delores Barr Weaver opens largest Donor Advised Fund ($50 million) in The Community Foundation’s history.


Official name: The Community Foundation, Inc.
Board of Trustees Chair: Paul Perez


Vital Numbers:

Total Assets: $275.2m | Grants Awarded: $31.1m

The Link

2012

The Link, an online platform for local nonprofits, is launched through The Nonprofit Center, funded in part by a grant from The Community Foundation.

2012

The Link, an online platform for local nonprofits, is launched through The Nonprofit Center, funded in part by a grant from The Community Foundation.


Official name: The Community Foundation, Inc.
Board of Trustees Chair: Paul Perez


Vital Numbers:

Total Assets: $275.2m | Grants Awarded: $31.1m

Art Ventures Fund

2010

The Art Ventures Fund marked its 20th year in 2010. 

2010

The Art Ventures Fund marked its 20th year in 2010. Over two decades, more than $630,000 was invested in the work of 91 individual artists and 30 small arts organizations. 


Official name: The Community Foundation, Inc.
Board of Trustees Chair: Cindy Edelman


Vital Numbers:

Total Assets: $153.7m | Grants Awarded: $17.6m

Jacksonville Public Education Fund

2009

Based on the research associated with its Quality Education for All initiative and the learnings of its 18-month community listening project, “Forum on Quality Education,” The Community Foundation established the Jacksonville Public Education Fund.

2009

Based on the research associated with its Quality Education for All initiative and the learnings of its 18-month community listening project, “Forum on Quality Education,” The Community Foundation established the Jacksonville Public Education Fund. JPEF is an independent nonprofit that works to connect research with a civic voice to advocate for high-quality public schools for all Duval County children.


Official name: The Community Foundation, Inc.
Board of Trustees Chair: Dan Rice


Vital Numbers:

Total Assets: $141.8m | Grants Awarded: $20.4m

Senior to Senior Fund

2008

Senior to Senior Fund is established with a generous $100,000 lead gift from J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver, with major contributions by Ann Baker, John Uible, Jim and Joan Van Vleck and David Stein.

2008

Senior to Senior Fund is established with a generous $100,000 lead gift from J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver, with major contributions by Ann Baker, John Uible, Jim and Joan Van Vleck and David Stein. The fund helps senior citizens in Duval, Nassau, Baker, Clay and St. Johns Counties with cash assistance to support basic needs, and is administered by ElderSource. The success of the fund prompted the Weavers to endow the Senior to Senior Fund in 2009.


Official name: The Community Foundation, Inc.
Board of Trustees Chair: Dan Rice


Vital Numbers:

Total Assets: $123.7m | Grants Awarded: $16.5m

Project Breakthrough

2007

Provided the major local support for Project Breakthrough to address structural racism; The Community Foundation contributed $120,000 over five years to sustain.

2007

Provided the major local support for Project Breakthrough to address structural racism; The Community Foundation contributed $120,000 over five years to sustain.


Official name: The Community Foundation, Inc.
Board of Trustees Chair: The Honorable Harvey Schlesinger


Vital Numbers:

Total Assets: $167.1m | Grants Awarded: $23.9m

Learning to Finish

2006

The Community Foundation was selected as Jacksonville's sponsoring organization for Learning to Finish — a program focused on increasing the graduation rate in Duval County Public Schools.

2006

The Community Foundation was selected as Jacksonville's sponsoring organization for Learning to Finish — a program focused on increasing the graduation rate in Duval County Public Schools.


Official name: The Community Foundation, Inc.
Board of Trustees Chair: The Honorable Harvey Schlesinger


Vital Numbers:

Total Assets: $123.7m | Grants Awarded: $16.5m

Eartha M.M. White Legacy Fund

2005

The Eartha M.M. White Legacy Fund, Jacksonville's first major African-American philanthropy, was launched.

2005

The Eartha M.M. White Legacy Fund, Jacksonville's first major African-American philanthropy, was launched. Since inception, the fund has made more than $580,000 in grants, and has more than $1.5 million in assets.


Official name: The Community Foundation, Inc.
Board of Trustees Chair: William Scheu


Vital Numbers:

Total Assets: $118.2m | Grants Awarded: $13.0m

Quality Education for All

2005

The Trustees and staff developed a comprehensive education initiative called Quality Education for All; the blueprint called for a 10-year, $2 million commitment on behalf of the Foundation.

2005

The Trustees and staff developed a comprehensive education initiative called Quality Education for All; the blueprint called for a 10-year, $2 million commitment on behalf of the Foundation.


Official name: The Community Foundation, Inc.
Board of Trustees Chair: William Scheu


Vital Numbers:

Total Assets: $118.2m | Grants Awarded: $13.0m

Lucy Gooding

2004

The Foundation receives a $25 million gift from The Lucy Gooding Charitable Foundation Trust, the largest gift in the Foundation's history, and the largest gift ever to a Jacksonville nonprofit organization.

2004

The Foundation receives a $25 million gift from The Lucy Gooding Charitable Foundation Trust, the largest gift in the Foundation's history, and the largest gift ever to a Jacksonville nonprofit organization. The Lucy Gooding Charitable Foundation Trust is advised by the Bryan family and focuses its support on organizations that provide essential services to children.


Official name: The Community Foundation, Inc.
Board of Trustees Chair: William Scheu


Vital Numbers:

Total Assets: $105.0m | Grants Awarded: $9.5m

Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida

2002

The Foundation supports launch of the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida — an independent nonprofit support center serving the greater Jacksonville area.

2002

The Foundation supports launch of the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida — an independent nonprofit support center serving the greater Jacksonville area.


Official name: The Community Foundation, Inc.
Board of Trustees Chair: Ann Baker


Vital Numbers:

Total Assets: $59.6m | Grants Awarded: $8.8m

Suwannee Valley Community Foundation

2002

The Suwannee Valley Community Foundation becomes the Foundation's first affiliate fund.

2002

The Suwannee Valley Community Foundation becomes the Foundation's first affiliate fund. SVCF serves Columbia, Hamilton, Lafayette, Suwannee and Union Counties.


Official name: The Community Foundation, Inc.
Board of Trustees Chair: Ann Baker


Vital Numbers:

Total Assets: $59.6m | Grants Awarded: $8.8m

Women's Giving Alliance

2001

The Foundation launches the Women's Giving Alliance, a giving circle led initially by Ann Baker, Doris Carson, Helen Lane, Delores Barr Weaver, and Courtenay Wilson.

2001

The Foundation launches the Women's Giving Alliance, a giving circle led initially by Ann Baker, Doris Carson, Helen Lane, Delores Barr Weaver, and Courtenay Wilson. From an initial nucleus of a few dozen women, WGA has grown to nearly 300 members and has made more than $3.6 million in grants to support women and girls in Northeast Florida.


Official name: The Community Foundation, Inc.
Board of Trustees Chair: Bruce Bower


Vital Numbers:

Total Assets: $68.9m | Grants Awarded: $7.1m

Philanthropic Initiative

1999

The Foundation creates the Philanthropic Initiative to educate the next generation of community leaders.

1999

The Foundation creates the Philanthropic Initiative to educate the next generation of community leaders. The inaugural class included Rushton Callaghan, Dan Rice, John Peyton and Deborah Pass.


Official name: The Jacksonville Community Foundation
Board of Trustees Chair: J.F. Bryan IV


Vital Numbers:

Total Assets: $72.3m | Grants Awarded: $6.1m

Jessie Ball duPont Fund

1999

With a $5 million grant from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, The Community Foundation and the Jessie Ball duPont Fund launch the Jessie Ball duPont Community Building Fund.

1999

With a $5 million grant from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, The Community Foundation and the Jessie Ball duPont Fund launch the Jessie Ball duPont Community Building Fund, a five-year initiative to build the capacity of child-serving nonprofit organizations through reflective practices.


Official name: The Jacksonville Community Foundation
Board of Trustees Chair: J.F. Bryan IV


Vital Numbers:

Total Assets: $72.3m | Grants Awarded: $6.1m

LISC Jacksonville

1998

The Foundation invests $100,000 to help create LISC Jacksonville, a nonprofit that supports locally-based redevelopment of at-risk neighborhoods.

1998

The Foundation invests $100,000 to help create LISC Jacksonville, a nonprofit that supports locally-based redevelopment of at-risk neighborhoods.


Official name: The Jacksonville Community Foundation
Board of Trustees Chair: J.F. Bryan IV


Vital Numbers:

Total Assets: $59.8m | Grants Awarded: $5.6m

Harold K. Smith

1997

The Foundation receives a gift from the estate of Harold K. "Bud" Smith of $10 million — the largest gift to a Jacksonville nonprofit at that time.

1997

The Foundation receives a gift from the estate of Harold K. "Bud" Smith of $10 million — the largest gift to a Jacksonville nonprofit at that time.


Official name: The Jacksonville Community Foundation
Board of Trustees Chair: Lawrence DuBow


Vital Numbers:

Total Assets: $50.3m | Grants Awarded: $6.2m

Building Our Community

1995

The Foundation launches Building Our Community — a multi-year initiative to support neighborhoods, families, and children.

1995

The Foundation launches Building Our Community — a multi-year initiative to support neighborhoods, families, and children. Over the course of seven years, The Community Foundation made 227 grants totaling $1.7 million to 141 organizations and 48 individual artists.


Official name: The Jacksonville Community Foundation
Board of Trustees Chair: J. Shephard Bryan


Vital Numbers:

Total Assets: $25.1m | Grants Awarded: $2.9m

Art Ventures

1991

With a challenge grant from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, the Foundation launches its first Venture Philanthropy Initiative: “Promoting Interracial Cooperation and Understanding.”

1991

With a challenge grant from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, the Foundation launches its first Venture Philanthropy Initiative: “Promoting Interracial Cooperation and Understanding.”


Official name: The Jacksonville Community Foundation
Board of Trustees Chair: John D. Uible


Vital Numbers:

Total Assets: $10.1m | Grants Awarded: $2.6m

Art Ventures

1989

The Foundation receives a $200,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and establishes the Art Ventures Initiative to support emerging artists.

1989

The Foundation receives a $200,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and establishes the Art Ventures Initiative to support emerging artists.


Official name: The Jacksonville Community Foundation
Board of Trustees Chair: Bob Shircliff


Vital Numbers:

Total Assets: $6.3m | Grants Awarded: $1.9m

20th anniversary

1984

The Foundation observes its 20th anniversary, and grants top $1 million for the first time.

1984

The Foundation observes its 20th anniversary, and grants top $1 million for the first time.


Official name: Greater Jacksonville Area Community Foundation
Board of Trustees Chair: Bob Shircliff


Vital Numbers:

Total Assets: $3.6m | Grants Awarded: $1.4m

Tom McGehee

1983

The Foundation, under the leadership of Tom McGehee, creates a 67-member Advisory Board — the first link with donors, corporations and nonprofits.

1983

The Foundation, under the leadership of Tom McGehee, creates a 67-member Advisory Board — the first link with donors, corporations and nonprofits.


Official name: Greater Jacksonville Area Community Foundation
Board of Trustees Chair: Thomas McGehee


Vital Numbers:

Total Assets: $2.7m | Grants Awarded: $983,000

Greater Jacksonville Area Community Foundation

1964

On July 1, the Foundation receives its first major gift: $45,000 from the sale of the headquarters building of the Community Chest-United Fund, at 314 Market Street.

1964

On July 1, the Foundation receives its first major gift: $45,000 from the sale of the headquarters building of the Community Chest-United Fund, at 314 Market Street.


Official name: Greater Jacksonville Area Community Foundation
Board of Trustees: John C. Galvin, William G. Dickie, T.E. Camp III, Rex W. Mixon, Kenneth E. Haefele
Distribution Committee: Mrs. T.G. Buckner, W.A. Hamilton, Jr., William B. Mills, Dr. Benjamin F. Rogers, Thomas R. McGehee


Vital Numbers:

Total Assets: $63,000

J. J. Daniel, Robert Feagin, Tom McGehee, and Laurence Lee, Jr

1964

On May 1, a Resolution & Declaration of Trust creates the Greater Jacksonville Area Community Foundation, founded by J. J. Daniel, Robert Feagin, Tom McGehee, and Laurence Lee, Jr.

1964

On May 1, a Resolution & Declaration of Trust creates the Greater Jacksonville Area Community Foundation, founded by J. J. Daniel, Robert Feagin, Tom McGehee, and Laurence Lee, Jr. It is the first Community Foundation in Florida, and is overseen by trustees representing the major banks in Jacksonville: American National Bank, Atlantic National Bank, Barnett National Bank, First Bank and Trust Company, and Florida National Bank.


Official name: Greater Jacksonville Area Community Foundation
Board of Trustees: John C. Galvin, William G. Dickie, T.E. Camp III, Rex W. Mixon, Kenneth E. Haefele
Distribution Committee: Mrs. T.G. Buckner, W.A. Hamilton, Jr., William B. Mills, Dr. Benjamin F. Rogers, Thomas R. McGehee

 

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