Our mission to build a better community through creative philanthropy, vision and leadership shows in the impact of collaborative initiatives, grants made possible by our donors and work to build a stronger nonprofit ecosystem. 


The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay takes a leadership role in bringing together diverse partners for a common goal and is a collaborative partner in strategic efforts spearheaded by others.

LEAP Tampa Bay – LEAP Tampa Bay is a network of partners from Hillsborough and Pinellas counties representing business, education, philanthropy and government. The network’s goal is for 60% of adults in our counties to earn a college degree or industry certificate by 2025 to meet the area’s workforce needs. Learn more 

Wimauma Initiative – In 2016, the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay brought together organizations and individuals concerned about the lack of opportunity in the Wimauma area of southern Hillsborough County. The area is home to a large number of low-income residents, many of them migrant workers. The Wimauma Community Education Partnership was born from those conversations. Learn More

Regional Competitiveness Report  – The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay joined with the Tampa Bay Partnership Foundation and United Way Suncoast in 2017 launched the Regional Competitiveness Report. It looks at how our region compares to a number of other cities on indicators of economic health and prosperity. Most importantly, it sets benchmarks so that we can know how well we are doing in the future. The results, updated annually, enable leaders in our community to set priorities and measure progress. Learn more 


Positive community impact comes from donor-initiated grants and endowments, our competitive grants process and other strategies made possible by our generous donors.

Second Chance Tiny House Manufacturing Company – The Pinellas Ex-Offender Reentry Coalition provides job training to help formerly incarcerated people find work that can sustain a family. The nonprofit was looking for ways to make that training meaningful and bring in income to sustain its programs. A $50,000 award from the Community Foundations of Tampa Bay’s annual Big Idea Grant provided the start-up funding for the Tiny House Manufacturing Company.  Learn more

Mary Petro Food and Medicine Fund — Mary Petro of Sun City Center lived frugally for many years, and when she died in 2009 at the age of 96, she left her substantial estate to the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay for the benefit of her neighbors. The Mary Petro Food and Medicine Fund distributes more than $100,000 annually to those in need in Sun City Center. Learn more


Nonprofit organizations that are healthy, innovative and sustainable are key to a strong, vibrant community. These efforts support and nurture our nonprofit community.

CFTB Nonprofit CEO Leadership Program – Stronger leaders build stronger organizations. The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay annually offers a year-long mentoring and professional development program for about 20 nonprofit CEOs or Executive Directors.

SVP Tampa Bay – The members of Social Venture Partners Tampa Bay, a fund within the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, contribute both money and expertise to help nonprofits gain the skills they need to be sustainable for the long term without relying on government funding.