THE INSIDER: Updates,
news and happenings
Welcome to another
edition of The Insider
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
Needa Spells leaves
legacy from her heart
All her life, Needa Spells looked past obstacles – poverty,
segregation, lack of opportunity – and found ways to make the lives
of others better.
After a lifetime of
caretaking, saving and working with children, she asked her attorney
Suzie Ward how she could be sure her estate would fund educational
and financial literacy programs for children in Pinellas County.
Ward introduced her to
the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, and the Needa Mary Spells From
My Heart Endowment was born shortly before Miss Spells died in early
2018 at 95. (From My
Heart was a gospel song Miss Spells composed.)
"She was such an
impressive woman,’’ Ward said told the Tampa Bay Times. "She had faced
adversity her entire life, a lot of segregation, a lot of
discrimination, and yet she remained positive and optimistic.
"She really wanted
her legacy to be providing for the under-served and the
underprivileged youth, and have the most impact for the longest time.
The foundation will be able to do that in a way that will honor her
Give more for less with
Those who are 70 ½ or
older must take a minimum distribution from their IRA each year. And
it counts as taxable income. There’s good news, however.
The IRS allows you to
donate up to $100,000 from an IRA directly to a nonprofit
organization or a public charity, such as the Community Foundation of
Tampa Bay. It’s tax free because it does not count as income.
Many of our donors have
used their required distributions to do good things for the
community. For example, last year Bob and Jan Schwerin established
an endowment that will benefit youth programs in Pinellas County for
generations. Bob is pictured above with youth from the Pinellas
Police Athletic League.
For details on ways to
donate your IRA required minimum distribution, see
our website or contact Denyve Boyle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grant to Tampa Bay
Watch funds sea grass restoration
A $10,000 grant helped
Tampa Bay Watch enhance coastal wetland habitats by growing and
planting wetland plants through the Bay Grasses in Classes program.
The program involves students, teachers and community volunteers
in planting sea grasses.
The grant, made
possible by legacy gifts from Hadley and Helen Bryant Hill
and George A. Lutz of Sun City Center, supported two plantings
at the Apollo Beach Nature Preserve, one planting at Safety Harbor
Waterfront Park, one planting at Bay Vista Recreation Center in St.
Petersburg and one planting at Rock Ponds in Ruskin (shown in the
In total, 20,450 plugs
of various wetland grasses were planted at the
four sites, restoring a total of 1.47 acres.
Events for CFTB donors
Clearwater Dunedin Community
Forum, a conversation with nonprofit CEOs and community leaders
about needs and opportuities in Clearwater and Dunedin and strategies
for working together to address them, October 18, 8-10
a.m. Belleair Country Club. RSVP
SVP Fast Pitch
Competition, October 25, 5:30 p.m., Palladium
Theatre, St. Petersburg. Details
and registration here. $25-$35.
Fall Professional Advisor
Network Lunch: With guest speaker Bryan
Clontz on gifts of illiquid assets. November 7, noon-1:15 p.m.,
SunTrust Bank, 401 E Jackson St., Tampa. RSVP
by November 2.
Science Friday Live with
Ira Flatow, November 17, 8 p.m., Tampa Theater. Details
and tickets here. $25-$50.
Requests from nonprofits
you may find of interest
into your donor account for more information or
to make a grant to one of these efforts from your fund. You will
find the link to the "Giving Opportunities" section on the
upper left of the home page. If you need assistance, please email
Jo Bull or call her at 813.609.4865.
- Studio@620, $5,000: One of Studio@620's primary objectives is to
provide income opportunities for local artists. Funds will be
utilized for arts fees. Actors, dancers, painters, writers and
musicians share their work at Studio@620 -- in many cases for the
first time -- and the aim is to provide meaningful income for
- New Tampa Players, $5,500: Money would provide costuming and shoes for
25-50 children with special needs and their peer mentors.
Costuming will take into consideration any sensory need or
limitation the child has. ($20 per costume and $25 per pair of
- Pizzo Elementary, Tampa, $1,000: The Art of Upcycling: Turning 'Junk' Into
Something Useful. Funds will be used to purchase crafting
materials to be used in combination with materials discarded as
garbage to create works of art.
- Tampa Bay Symphony, $4,500: Money would be used for scholarships to
winners of the symphony's Young Artist Competition.
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