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visit: Learning interaction
Even though the school
is less than 10 minutes from ZooTampa,
almost none of the 963 students at Dr. Carter G Woodson PK-8 Leadership Academy had
ever visited. The school – formed last year when Cahoon Elementary
and Van Buren Middle combined – serves a population that is
A grant from the
Community Foundation allowed every student at the school to visit the
Zoo during a week in November. The children had fun: they petted
stingrays, touched manatee bones, took pictures of Florida panthers.
But fun wasn’t the main goal.
The growing partnership
between the school and the Zoo has both academic and emotional
purposes. Ongoing activities with the students enhance their STEM
curriculum and help them learn about the environment.
The exposure also has
emotional and social benefits, said Ruth Meyers, Zoo grants
manager. Interaction with animals teaches young people empathy, and
the animal kingdom gives children a view of different kinds of
families and social structures, which children can identify with.
forums held in Clearwater, Brooksville
Two community forums to
gather information on local needs and opportunities took place
this fall in Clearwater and Brooksville.
On October 18, about 50
representatives of nonprofits serving Clearwater and Dunedin gathered
at the Belleair Country Club to share their thoughts about the needs
they see in the community and how government, business and
philanthropy can help them meet those needs and opportunities.
The gathering concluded with a panel discussion led by Frank Chivas,
Baystar Restaurant Group; Ron Ciganek, Valley National Bank; Nancy
Ridenour, PDR Certified Public Accountants; and Ann Marie Winter,
Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas. The panel shared thoughts on
how business, government, nonprofits and private funders can better
work together to meet community challenges.
November 1, the Community Foundation partnered with the Hernando
Chamber of Commerce to host a similar community conversation with
nonprofits and business leaders in Brooksville. Nature Coast Council
members helped facilitate conversations between the nonprofit leaders
and business leaders to better understand how funding in
collaboration can grow stronger communities and empower nonprofits.
get sneak peek at grants recommended for funding
Donors and other
funders came together on November 19 for a first look at the grants
applications recommended for funding in the arts & culture and
education competitive grants cycle.
The Sneak Peek offered
a chance to talk with others about giving priorities and gave
donors another way to engage with each other and the
Foundation for greater impact.
Three proposals were
fully funded or partially funded by donors as a result of the event.
The next week, the Board of Trustees approved more than $66,000
in awards for arts & culture organizations. Approved grants to
educational proposals, plus Foundation initiatives related to
education, totaled more than $439,000.
Stay tuned to be part
of Sneak Peek in the spring grants cycle for health and
human services, the environment and animal welfare.
Events for CFTB donors
Innovation Summit: Two-day celebration of
innovation and leading-edge technology across a diverse set of
23-24, Amalie Arena. Details
and tickets here.
Young Professional Advisor
Network Gathering: January
30, 5:30-7:30 p.m., American Social, Harbour
WEDU Be More Awards: Celebrating
local nonprofits, February 28, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Bryan
Glazer JCC. Details and tickets here. $65-$150.
Requests from nonprofits
you may find of interest
Log into your donor account
for more information or to make a grant to one of these efforts from
your fund. You can support the programs in whole or in part. You
will find the link to the "Giving Opportunities" section on
the upper left of the home page. If you need assistance, please email Patti Strippoli or
call her at 813.609.4862.
- AmSkills, Adult Pre-Apprenticeship Program, $20,000: Helps unemployed/underemployed people increase
their skills, career opportunities and wages with a
Pre-Apprenticeship Program as a first step to a career in
manufacturing or other industries. AmSkills.org
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Citrus County, SMART Moves, $40,000: Addresses student deficiencies in reading,
writing, math and science with Homework Help & Remediation,
Project Based Learning, Enrichment Labs, and Fitness &
Structural Play. bgccitrus.org
- Girl Scouts of West Central Florida, Rising Diamonds: Empowering Girls in Leadership, $20,000: Operates at schools, with a large concentrations
of students from low-income households to connect with girls on
topics including bullying, self-esteem, stress management,
community problem solving, and financial literacy. gswcf.org
- Tampa Bay Foundation for Architecture and
Hop Architecture Camp, $8,000: A one-week intensive experience to
introduce under-represented youth to architecture, urban planning,
creative place making and economic development through the lens of
hip hop culture. tbfad.com
Listen to the new
episode of the Community Foundation's
Inspired Giving podcast,
produced in partnership with the St. Pete Catalyst. Click on the image
below to reach the downloadable podcast and read highlights or the full
In the media
Links to recent news
reports related to the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay
How economically competitive is Tampa Bay versus
similar cities? (Tampa Bay Times,
New group to support LGBTQ+ community (Tampa
Bay 100, December 6)
Philanthropic group donates to Veterans
Alternative (The Suncoast News, December 4)
5 performances of Steel Magnolias (benefitting
scholarship endowment at CFTB) (Observer News, October
Local nonrprofits take home over $60,000 in cash
prizes (Tampa Bay News Wire, October 30)
Positively Tampa Bay: SVP Tampa Bay Fast Pitch (ABC
Action News, October 29)
5 minutes with Susana Weymouth on the evolution
of Tampa's art scene, and what are the missing pieces?
(Tampa Bay Business Journal, October 25)
Leadership Pinellas Class of 2019 announced (Tampa
Bay Newspapers, October 25)
SCC: Fall business expo a success (Observer
News, October 25)
Community Foundation of Tampa Bay grant funds
local civility project (Tampa Bay News Wire,
Ten local nonprofits compete for funding for
social enterprises (Tampa Bay News Wire, October 10)