November 2019 Newsletter

New partnership with Stetson University College of Law benefits community.

The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and Stetson University College of Law have formed a new partnership to benefit the Tampa Bay area. The two organizations have created the Alliance for Advocacy and Philanthropy, which will align the power of advocacy with the heart of philanthropy. This new alliance reflects both organizations’ longstanding commitment to addressing important issues for an even more vibrant community.

The Alliance for Advocacy and Philanthropy is a collaborative partnership, which makes a strong case for creating positive change through the lens of activism and the spirit of giving. The Alliance is a unique initiative to engage the community and spark deep discussion.

Learn more about the Alliance for Advocacy and Philanthropy.

Foundation reveals five new focus areas

Five Focus Areas for Grants

The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay has unveiled five focus areas for its competitive grants:
– Community Vibrancy
– Economic Mobility
– Empowering Women and Girls
– Mental Well-Being
– Positive Education

The 2019 Regional Competitiveness Report informed the selection of targeted focus areas, which reflect our community’s needs and our ability to maximize our impact.

Additionally, the foundation has moved to a single grant cycle. Grant applications are due Nov. 22.

Learn about the new focus areas.

Bob Mohr becomes chairman

Bob Mohr CFTB Chairman

A familiar face became chairman of the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay’s Board of Trustees this summer. Attorney Robert H. Mohr helped spearhead the formation of the foundation in 1990, and Bob has been a key part of the organization’s growth over the past 30 years.

He leads the Community Foundation’s 22-person board, which guides the organization in connecting donors, nonprofits, business leaders, professional advisors, volunteers and residents to make a positive impact in the Tampa Bay region.

Read the Observer News’ profile of Bob Mohr.

Plan now for year-end giving

 IRA Charitable Rollover

An IRA Charitable Rollover is one giving strategy to consider as the end of the year approaches.

Owners of Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) have a unique giving opportunity to support their favorite charities without being subject to federal income tax on the distribution from a traditional IRA.

This is particularly beneficial for those with a passion for charitable giving who need to take their required minimum distribution, but do not necessarily need the income this year.

Learn how to reduce your taxes while making a positive impact

College program inspires student

College program inspires student

Julia Eccles grew up with a learning disability, but it hasn’t stopped her from achieving her dream to become an educator.

She began to see college as a possibility after attending Pasco-Hernando State College (PHSC) Foundation’s Concept College program. The program, supported by the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, allows high school and middle school students who are considered “not college bound” to visit PHSC to get an inside look at what college is during a two-day trip.

Learn how Concept College helped Julia reach her full potential. 

Visit sparks new ideas

Visit to Atlanta

The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay recently gained new insights and exchanged ideas during a visit to the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, which has $1.1B in assets and serves 23 counties.

Senior staff and ten Board members made the one-day trip to Atlanta to learn how the organization operates. Similar to a chamber of commerce’s “benchmarking visit,” staff and Board members discussed opportunities and challenges and explored new initiatives and strategies that might be right for the Tampa Bay community.

Learn about the ideas sparked on the trip.