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Updates on CFTB donor impact

Zoo 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 overwhelmingly low-income.

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.



Community 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.

On 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.



SVP Fast Pitch 2018

A look back at the October 25 event, which was won by Shepherd's Village. Social Venture Partners Tampa Bay is a fund within the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay.

Donors 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 and friends

Synapse Innovation Summit: Two-day celebration of innovation and leading-edge technology across a diverse set of industries. January 23-24, Amalie Arena. Details and tickets here. 

Young Professional Advisor Network Gathering: January 30, 5:30-7:30 p.m., American Social, Harbour Island.  

WEDU Be More Awards: Celebrating local nonprofits, February 28, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Bryan Glazer JCC. Details and tickets here. $65-$150.


Giving opportunities

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Tampa Bay Foundation for Architecture and Design, Hip 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. 


Inspired Giving podcast

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 transcripts.

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, December 12)

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 31)

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, October 16)

Ten local nonprofits compete for funding for social enterprises (Tampa Bay News Wire, October 10)

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