Critical Nonprofit Needs

While nonprofits provide services to those most in need within our community, many are often under-resourced and a single, unexpected event can dramatically impact their ability to provide crucial services. To address these unexpected needs, Community Foundation Tampa Bay has created the Critical Needs Form for nonprofits to share those urgent, unexpected needs with community philanthropists.

A critical need is defined as unbudgeted, unforeseen, and time-sensitive, and one that significantly interferes with a nonprofit’s ability to provide crucial services or presents an imminent threat to the organization’s continued operations.

This is not a competitive grant process. It is an innovative way to share specific needs with us, our fundholders as well as other philanthropists in the Tampa Bay community. Examples of requests for need might include:

  • Emergency repairs of building structure or mechanical systems (heating/cooling, water service, etc.) whose sudden and unexpected failure interferes with the provision of services.
  • Replacement of essential equipment and technology whose sudden and unexpected failure interferes with the provision of services.

New submissions are added to the list once the nonprofit has been verified, usually within 24 to 48 hours of submission.

Fundholder Match Program

The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay has also created a Fundholder Match Program that provides a 1-to-3 match to grants made from a Community Foundation donor advised fund or Family Foundation to directly address a need submitted on the Critical Needs List. The minimum match is $250 when $750 is granted to help meet a need on the list. The maximum match is $5,000 when $15,000 or more is granted to address a Critical Needs Request on the list.

If you are interested in funding a critical needs request or want information about a specific nonprofit, please contact Nicolette Rea, Director of Donor Relations. The specific project name listed in the request should be included as the grant purpose when making a grant recommendation for one of the nonprofits on the list.

Critical Needs List

Instructions: To access the full detail for each Critical Needs request, simply click on the green plus symbol on the left side of the row. Clicking on the red minus symbol will then collapse the Critical Needs request information. To sort any of the columns, simply click on the column header once or twice depending on the desired sort. Pulldown filters can be used to select items to filter on and the RESET FILTERS Button can be used to reload the webpage thus resetting all the filters. Finally, the CSV and EXCEL buttons can be used to download all the detail for the items on the page in the selected format.

FundedPercent FundedProject NameOrganization NameFocus AreaAmount RemainingGeographic AreasOrganization WebsiteRequested NeedCritical Nature of NeedFund UseFinal Submit DateDays from Submission to Web RefreshStatusAmount FundedAmount Requested
Not Funded0%Wall Repair and Computer Replacement Next Generation Kids Camp IncEducation$7,200.00Pinellashttp://nextgenerationkidscamp.orgCurrently need to replace computers, fix wall in facility which is causing water to come in from heavy rain, and clean carpets. If assistance is not received we will have to scale back children at the center due to the inability to use one of the rooms because of the water coming in. We also will have to deny many children access to our services and resources needed in the community. Funds will be used to fix/repair walls in facility which will allow us to once again utilize this room to be able to assist more families. We will replace 3 computers that were damaged for children to have access to for tutoring and homework assistance. Total amount requested also includes carpet cleaning. These repairs and replacements will allow us to continue offering assistance in the community due to absence of parents who have been incarcerated. 07/15/202112Active$0.00$7,200.00
Not Funded0%Replace Stolen Catalytic Converters on Transport Buses for Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa BayBoys and Girls Clubs of Tampa BayBasic Needs$12,000.00Hillsborough; Pascohttps://www.bgctampa.orgOn June 7, 2021 (the first day of Summer Camp), we arrived at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay administration office to find that the catalytic converters had been stolen off of all four of our transport buses, which had been parked in our parking lot. These are the buses that we use to transport kids to and from field trips during summer camp. Last year, we were not able to take any of our kids on field trips, due to COVID, so we were really excited to be able to offer field trips for the first time in two years. Field trips are really a wonderful way to let our kids enjoy special experiences that most of them would never have the opportunity to experience. So, the theft was especially disappointing. Our insurance does not cover the cost to replace and repair the vehicles, which is a total cost of about $8,800. And, this is a cost that we did not budget for. And, unfortunately, we do not have security cameras, which we definitely need, which is an additional cost of $3,100.The four transport buses are the only mode of transportation that we have, to get kids to and from their Summer Camp field trips. So, without the repairs and without the buses, we will have to cancel the field trips, which will take away the opportunity for our most underserved kids to have new experiences. We have a saying of "If the kids can't see it, then they can't be it," meaning that it's impossible for these kids to even imagine what they've never had the chance to experience. We don't want to take that away from them.$8,800 to cover the cost to repair and replace the four stolen catalytic converters on the four transport buses. $3,100 to purchase and install a security camera system for our Metro administration building.07/14/202113Active$0.00$12,000.00
Not Funded0%Washer and Dryer Replacement for Single Mother Housing Shepherd's VillageBasic Needs$5,874.21Hillsborough; Pinellashttps://www.shepherdsvillage.comBroken Washer and Dryer at a single-mother housing facility. Shepherd's Village provides onsite free laundry for our residents and their children. Currently we have one broken washer and dryer. The second washer and dryer are on it's last leg of life. Two washers and dryers provide the basic need of laundry assistance for 11 families (22 children and 11 moms). With the COVID-19 pandemic we saw a significant increase in the usage of the washers and dryers which has resulted in many repairs and now a broken washer and dryer. Our families would see immediate financial stress to their budget. Some of our families have small children and the stress of finding laundry locations that are safe and conducive to their varying schedules would bring stress to families that are working hard to provide a stable environment for their children. These families are in crisis, by providing free laundry facilities we give them a little more breathing room to reach their goals.These funds would be used to purchase two commercial washers and two commercial dryers to replace a broken washer and dryer and replace the one washer and dryer that need repairs.07/14/202113Active$0.00$5,874.21
Not Funded0%Termite and Pest TentingTampa Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc.Education$17,083.67Hillsboroughhttp://www.lighthouseblv.orgThe Lighthouse building is a very old structure built in 1955 and is approximately 25,000 square feet. We have termites that need to be fumigated. The entire structure will be tented from Friday, 7/22/21 through Monday. 7/26/2021 to eliminate termites. Preparation is needed to prepare the building for tenting so we have rented a Scissor Lift to remove ceiling tiles from our warehouse area (16 feet high), so the fumigation will reach up through the ceiling to the roof. Additionally, repairs need to be made to the termite damaged roof. This is an unplanned and un-budgeted situation that has arisen for the Lighthouse. Staff and clients of the Lighthouse need a clean and uninfected area to work in with our clients. The Lighthouse provides services and programs for the Blind & Low Vision throughout Hillsborough County. We currently are meeting clients in person; by appointment in the office and via Zoom. We are reopening our doors to the public after COVID on August 2, 2021. Our mission is to "maximize independence and provide employment opportunities for persons who are blind or visually impaired".
Our programs include: Comprehensive rehabilitation programs for blind and visually impaired adults. This includes Daily Living Skills- we teach individuals to be more independent in their homes, and community. Assistive Technology and computer Training for Vocational purposes- we can assist clients in keeping their jobs with proper visual aids and equipment and finding new employment. Our Transition Program for blind and visually impaired teenagers enables our students to keep up with their peers, learn about employment, interviewing, jobs, transportation, and they learn about hard work and earning a paycheck. Our Early Intervention Program for children ages 0-6 helps prepare blind and visually impaired children to be ready to learn in school and increase the quality of life for child and family. This important program for our babies, and their parents assists the parents to best prepare and guide their child through the learning stages of their child's life and set them up for success!
Fumigation will be from Friday July 23 - Monday, July 26, 2021.
Haskell Termite and Pest Control will be handling the Termite fumigation for $13,000
From United Rental we are renting a scissor lift 18-19' to prepare for tenting removing ceiling tiles in ceilings that are 16 feet high $703.67.
Repairs to the roof cost $3,380.
07/26/20211Active$0.00$17,083.67
Not Funded0%Roof RepairGirls Incorporated of PinellasEducation$38,850.00Pinellashttp://www.girlsinc-pinellas.orgAt Girls Inc of Pinellas, we experienced major leaking in our roof during the last two rainstorms. The storms left our front check in/check out area for our students filled with puddles of water. This reception area houses our intake computer and the front area telephone station. This reception area houses our welcome area, student intake computer and the receptionist telephone station. Without the repair to the roofing system, we anticipate continued flooding in the reception area and risk to our systems. The check-in station is strategically located at the entrance of the facility to monitor arriving and departing students and families.As per the attached estimate, the funding would be used to reinstall a roofing system.07/26/20211Active$0.00$38,850.00