Gift to the South Shore community in celebration of 25 years of giving
Almost 700 residents of the South Shore area were treated to a free concert by the Florida Orchestra on March 17 made possible by the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay. The concert was our way of saying thank you for the generosity shown since the Foundation arrived in the area a quarter century ago. The concert was at the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center.
Pinellas joins college attainment effort; LEAP Tampa Bay is born
Partners from Pinellas County on April 4 joined the newly reimagined LEAP College Access Network to form LEAP Tampa Bay. Education, business, civic and philanthropic leaders gathered in Tampa to celebrate the expanded network and affirm its goal to increase the number of working-age adults who have degrees or industry certifications. The network was previously known as the LEAP Hillsborough College Access Network.
The Community Foundation serves as the backbone for the LEAP network. Pinellas County government, the Pinellas Education Foundation, Pinellas County Schools, St. Petersburg College and the University of South Florida St. Petersburg bring the number of partners in LEAP to 17. The original 12 partners who formed the network in 2014 are Bank Of America, Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, City of Tampa, Florida College Access Network, Hillsborough Community College, Helios Education Foundation, Hillsborough County Schools, Hillsborough County, Hillsborough Education Foundation, Pinellas County, Pinellas County Schools, Pinellas Education Foundation, St. Petersburg College, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Commission, and the University of South Florida.
Guardian Ad Litem volunteers provide support and advocacy for abused, abandoned and neglected children that have been removed from their families by no fault of their own. A Guardian ad Litem volunteer's job is to make recommendations that serve the child’s best interests and help meet every child’s unique needs.
The campaign launched in April during Child Abuse Prevention month and included pop-up pinwheel gardens to draw attention to the cause. It will continue through May, which is National Foster Child Month.
Thaddeus Bullard (WWE Superstar Titus O'Neil) challenges everyone to give on Give Day.
Give Day Tampa Bay, midnight to midnight, May 1.www.GiveDay.org. This year, we are encouraging nonprofits to leverage matching grants to build support. Several of the prizes are based on acquiring and meeting a matching challenge. Any time between now and May 1, you can make a grant to a participating nonprofit from your fund at the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and it will count toward its Give Day totals and matches. Simply make your grant recommendation in thedonor portal as usual. If you have any questions, please contact Jo Bull. You can search for participating nonprofits at www.GiveDay.org.
Give Day at WEDU, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. May 1. Our partners at WEDU will be airing eight hours of interviews with participating nonprofits. Come by to see the action at the studio at 1300 North Vlvd., Tampa. Or tune in on WEDQ to watch. (That's channel 3.4 on Digital Antenna; 476 on Frontier; 605 on Spectrum; 137 on WOW!; and 203 on Xfinity.)
CFTB Insights: Medical Need. Join us to hear how philanthropy aids uninsured and under-insured members of our community. Learn from a local physician who donates his time and energy to filling this critical gap in services at one of our area’s free clinics., 8-9:30 a.m., May 9, Marchand's at the Vinoy, St. Petersburg. REGISTER HERE
Registration opens June 1 for this year's Social Venture Partners Fast Pitch, which includes a two-month training and mentoring program leading up to the pitch competition for innovative nonprofits that are effecting social change. LEARN MORE
The Linda Taggart Children’s Endowment established
Linda has made provisions in her estate to provide support for nonprofit organizations improving the health, education and welfare of children in the Tampa Bay area. We are grateful for the incredible generosity of this legacy gift from Linda and her late husband Jim.
Donor Showcase at Quantum Leap Farm We were inspired by the healing that equine therapy provides clients like Kevin Holbmerg. Seriously injured in a biking accident as a middle-schooler, Kevin just celebrated his 24th birthday and is now able to walk more upright, drive, and live happily and more independently thanks to the therapy he receives at the farm. To learn more about Quantum Leap Farm, and the peace they help veterans find through horses, visit www.quantumleapfarm.org/stories.
Family Foundations fun day at ZooTampa at Lowry Park
Many thanks to ZooTampa at Lowry Park for hosting some of our Family Foundations for a fun morning recently. Families gathered to make an “animal” out of natural material. The Zookeeper put a fresh piece of meat inside the creations, and then placed them throughout the Tigers’ habitat. It was fun to watch the tigers stalk and eventually devour their prey! Below are members of the Starkey, Douglas and James family foundations.
Giving opportunities Requests from nonprofits you may find of interest
Beth-El Farmworker Ministry, $15,000: Support for dental care for uninsured individuals living in or near Wimauma. The new dental clinic is staffed entirely by volunteer professionals and trained non-professional translators. The clinic will provide basic dental extractions, as well as dental hygiene.
Trinity Cafe, $10,000: Provide job-seeking skills and connections with area employers to very low/low/medium income residents of Pasco and surrounding counties, including those with felony records, senior citizens, veterans, physically and mentally disabled, homeless and at risk of homelessness.
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