THE INSIDER: Updates,
news and happenings
Welcome to another
edition of The Insider
The Insider took July off, but that
doesn't mean activity stopped at the Community Foundation over the
summer. Here are just a few highlights of what's been happening and
what's coming up.
missed previous editions of The Insider, you can catch up here. This for-donors-only communication brings
you quick, easy-to-read highlights of our activity and opportunities
for you to join in. Thank you for being an inspired giver at the
Community Foundation of Tampa Bay.
Updates on CFTB donor impact
Idea Grant: Civility awarded to OPEN
The third annual
$50,000 Big Idea Grant, this year focused on civility, goes
to the Open Partnership
Education Network (OPEN), operated under
University of South Florida St Petersburg. OPEN’s focus is to build a
smarter, better connected community by making it easier for citizens
to be inspired, educated, trained, funded and engaged in practical
ways to address the issues we all face.
The Civility project
will work to break barriers among neighbors to learn from one another
and connect at projects and events across St Pete, including Et Cultura,
a festival aligned with the concept. It will explore common ground
through storytelling, art and civic diaglogue.
OPEN will add Civility
to its current themes: Seeds (urban agriculture), Radical Schools
(fresh takes on education), Live Well (healthy living), Future Cities
(smart, inclusive communities), and Frontiers (science and research).
We are proud to be a
part of this innovative project to help people come together to do
more good in our community.
Update on Big Idea
2017: First tiny houses will go to homeless veterans
The Second Chance Tiny
House Manufacturing Company, which got its seed money from the Big
Idea Grant, broke ground last month on its first
structure in St. Petersburg. The project by the Pinellas
Ex-Offender Re-entry Coalition, has .
The nonprofit has
leveraged the initial $50,000 Community Foundation of Tampa Bay grant
into a number of partnerships, including a $1.2 million grant from
the Department of Veterans Affairs. The city of St.
Petersburg, Pinellas County, Bon Secours Health System and
others also have joined the effort.
At the groundbreaking,
St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman called the project "a
win-win-win-win....We celebrate the innovation and innovative ideas
of our friends at PERC and the faith and trust of the Community
Foundation of Tampa Bay, which funded this project. This is the
future of our city."
The video above from
WFLA-Channel 8 is one of the many media stories on the project.
Tampa Bay Arts Bridge
fund aims to fill 'disaster' gap in state support
When expected state
support for local arts organizations was slashed by 94% this spring,
the Gobioff Foundation stepped in to help. With support from the Vinik
Family Foundation, the Gobioffs established the Tampa Bay Arts
Bridge Fund at the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay.
The fund is similar to a
disaster relief fund as the arts organizations are facing
catastrophic effects from the cuts in funding. The fund is off to
a great start and is seeking donations from interested contributors.
The Gobioff Foundation’s
initial $100,000 donation to the Tampa Bay Arts Bridge Fund was matched
by The Vinik Family Foundation. Now, the goal is to mobilize the Tampa
Bay community and raise the $2.49 million shortfall between the amount
32 Hillsborough and Pinellas County organizations qualified to receive
from the state and the amount actually received.
All the funds will be
distributed this fall. Learn more or donate at www.TampaBayArtsBridge.com.
South Shore grant sends
kids to conservation camp
Did you know that only
6 percent of kids 9 to 13 play outside? But those who do enjoy the
outdoors say they have less stress, are more creative and undertand
how important nature is.
The Suncoast Youth
Conservation Center opened in Apollo Beach in 2017 to teach
young people to value the outdoors, marine life and outdoor
recreation. A $22,000 grant from through the Community Foundation's
South Shore Council provided scholarships for students to attend summer
camp this year.
Some of the feedback
from the campers:
"This camp has
taught me a lot about marine life and how to do fishing." --
about coral, plankton, microplastic and many more. I've gone fishing,
kayaking and paddleboarding for the first time in my life." --
"Us kids went
kayaking, paddleboarding, fishing and so much more activities. I just
want to thank you so much." -- Adam
Events for CFTB donors
Community Foundation of
Tampa Bay-WEDU Estate & Tax Planning Continuing Education Seminar,
September 27, 7:30 a.m. breakfast & networking,
8:20-11:30 a.m. sessions, WEDU Studios, Tampa. Keynote: Robert W.
Dietz, CFA, Director of Wealth Strategies, Bernstein's Wealth
Strategies Group, Minneapolis. Details
and registration here. $75.
SVP Fast Pitch
Competition, October 25, 5:30 p.m., Palladium
Theatre, St. Petersburg. Details
and registration here. $25-$35.
Professional Advisors Network formed
The first informal
gathering of young professional advisors interested in networking and
learning more about the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay was held
July 26 at World of Beer in Tampa. A second gathering is planned for
September 18 at 4th and Vine in St. Petersburg. If you would like to
know more -- or know a young professional advisor who might be
interested -- contact Denyve Boyle, Director of Philanthropy, at
813.609.4868. Or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We welcome five new
members of our Board of Trustees and new officers for the next two years:
Betty Castor, Chair; Bob
Mohr, Chair Elect; Bill Fries,
Treasurer; Susanna Fenhagen,
Secretary; and Donna Longhouse,
Past Chair. Former Board Chair Patricia
returns to the board; she will chair the newly formed Greater Tampa
full bios and pictures of all Board of Trustees members on our website.
Mr. Dobkin served as
Managing Partner of the Tampa Office of Ernst & Young from 1987
until his retirement in 2005. Since that time he has served on the
boards of directors of many companies including Cracker Barrel Old
Country Store, Inc., Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners, Bay Cities Bank,
PBS&J Engineering and a variety of entrepreneurial companies and
as Executive in Residence for the School of Accountancy at USF. He is
past Chairman and a current board member of WEDU Public Broadcasting.
He has also served as Chairman of the Greater Tampa Chamber of
Commerce, Museum of Science & Industry, and the Florida Venture
Forum Capital Conference and as a board member of the Tampa General Hospital
Foundation, United Way, Tampa Bay Partnership, Florida Orchestra and
University of Tampa. Mr. Dobkin holds a Master’s of Science in
Industrial Administration from Carnegie-Mellon University and a
Bachelor of Science in Accounting, with honors, from Pennsylvania
State University. He attended the Kellogg Executive Program at
Northwestern University and is a licensed Certified Public
Mr. Glisson is an Attorney in private practice
located in Apollo Beach. He is Past Chair of the General Practice,
Small and Solo Firm Section of the Florida Bar. He also is Past Chair
of the Florida Bar’s Council of Sections, Past Chair of the
Leadership Conference, Past Chair of the Practice Management Section
and Past Chair of the Coordinating Committee on Technology. He has
served 27 years as a Hillsborough County Civil Traffic Hearing
Officer. Damon was a founding member of the Florida Bar’s Wm. Reece
Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy.
Mr. Horton serves as
Owner, Chief Executive Officer and President at Sun State
International Trucks LLC. The first 25 years of Mr. Horton’s career,
were spent with International Truck and Engine Corporation, advancing
through various management positions to becoming vice president and
general manager of its Foundry Group. Mr. Horton served as
Jacksonville Branch Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.
He serves as a Director at The Bank of Tampa, the University of South
Florida Board of Trustees and is the former Chairperson of Academy
Prep Center of Tampa Bay.
Mr. Sena is president
and managing partner of MediaSphere Partners, LLC, a financial
advisory and business development company specializing in media and
communications. Mark is president of Mars Communications Inc., a
wireless broadband spectrum company. He has worked in more than 25
countries in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean providing
mergers, acquisitions and financial services to companies involved in
cable TV, broadcasting radio and TV, programming, publishing and
telecommunications. Mark holds M.A. and B.S. degrees from the S.I.
Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University,
where he has been on the advisory board since 1998. He has served as
chairman of the international development committee at The Cable
Center; advisory board member of the Institute for Research In Art;
advisory council member of the Center for International Business at
USF; board member and chairman of the public policy committee of
Creative Tampa Bay; and advisory board member of Arte, the Latin
American arts festival in Tampa Bay.
Dr. Smith is the
President of JUE-L Consulting Group. She received the PhD from the
University of South Florida serving in several positions: University
Counseling Psychologist; Founder/Executive Director, Institute on
Black Life and Center for Africa; Director, Institutional
Development; Founding Executive Director, Women in Leadership and
Philanthropy; and adjunct faculty. International/Nationally she
served on Habitat for Humanity Board; The Links, Incorporated,
International Programs Director (built schools in South Africa ) and
United Nations NGO Director. She is past president of Athena Society,
Leadership Florida participant and served on local community boards
and committees .She was inducted into the Hillsborough County Women’s
Hall of Fame. She is a member of Beulah Baptist Church.
Listen to two new
episodes of the Community Foundation's
Inspired Giving podcast,
produced in partnership with the St.
Pete Catalyst. Click on the images 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
The South Shore
Community Needs Assessment findings, commissioned by the South Shore
Council last year, were featured in the Florida Channel's Florida
Crossroads episode on retirement in the state. The Sun City Center
portion of the show is at the 23-minute mark.