The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay has joined with Feeding Tampa Bay, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, the University of South Florida, Humana, Florida Hospital, and Bank of America to form the Hunger Action Alliance to address issues of food insecurity and hunger through research, partnership, advocacy and sharing of best practices. The alliance is hosting the Backpack Summit on February 22 to share research on best practices with backpack food programs and connect individuals, funders, and exempt organizations addressing food insecurity through these projects. Contact Matt Spence, VP, Community Impact, for more information.
The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay is seeking proposals from tax-exempt organizations interested in administering the Mary Petro Fund, which generates about $100,000 annually for food and medicine to low-income residents of Sun City Center. Deadline is Feb. 21. A copy of the Request for Proposals is available here.
Registration is now open for Give Day Tampa Bay 2018. The 24-hour day of giving will be May 1. Please encourage any nonprofit organizations you support to register early to take advantage of all the training and resources available to help them stage a successful Give Day campaign. Register at www.giveday.org.
More than $86,000 in grants that focus on increasing accessibility to arts and culture in the Tampa Bay region recently have been awarded by the Foundation as part of our competitive grants program. Recipients include:
Tampa Museum of Art, Teen Open Studios program.
Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Arts Education Partnerships Program.
The Florida Orchestra, The Women's Chorus of Sun City Center and the South Shore Symphony Orchestra to support concerts for the community.
Friends of the Library of Hillsborough County, art classes at the SouthShore Regional Library.
Collective Soles Art Group, a series of performances in partnership with Studio@620.
Happenings Events for CFTB donors and friends
CFTB Insights Series of Learning Opportunities, featuring Chuck Sykes addressing the 2018 Regional Competitiveness Report, 8 a.m., February 13, Oxford Exchange, Tampa. RSVP
Pinellas Celebration of Giving Luncheon, 11:30 a.m., February 15, St. Petersburg Yacht Club. RSVP
Social Enterprise Day of Tampa Bay StartUp Week, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., February 15, Station House, downtown St. Petersburg. Learn more.
Ryan Wells Foundation, $5,860: Provide support for Slow Cooking with a Cause program, a three-week series of classes at five Pinellas County schools that helps low-income families learn about nutrition, kitchen safety, meal planning and budgeting, home gardening and local resources to help address food insecurity.
Relief Share, $2,500: Provide appropriate medical surplus donations to area volunteer healthcare clinics and make 500 family first aid kits for Florida farmworker families.
Girls on the Run Tampa Bay, $5,000: Provide scholarships for 30-40 girls to participate in the Girls on the Run after-school program to build healthy lifestyles.
Lighthouse of Pinellas, $5,000: The early intervention project monitors developmental milestones for each child and prepares children to transition to school with a stage of readiness appropriate to their developmental level and age and comparable to sighted peers.
Tampa Heights Junior Civic Association, $20,000: This grant would help the association create a second community garden and urban bee sanctuary at the site of the new Tampa Heights youth center.
In the media Links to recent news reports related to CFTB
Positively Tampa Bay on ABC Action News is celebrating 10 years on the air with a year-long Game Changers campaign in partnership with the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay. Nonprofits participating in Give Day Tampa Bay will be among those featured in the coming months.