GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Community Foundation of North Central Florida is pleased to announce that Mrs. Nancy Perry has made a contribution of $500,000 in support of the purchase and construction of a building for the organization.
“As an organization, we are both excited and humbled by this level of generosity” said Barzella Papa, president and CEO of the Community Foundation. “What Nancy has done will transform this Foundation and will have far reaching benefits to the philanthropic community in North Central Florida for years to come.”
The gift has made it possible for the Foundation to purchase a 3800-square foot space located at the 3900 block of Newberry Road. Charles Perry Partners Inc. is currently overseeing the construction of the new facility located in the Florida Citizen’s Bank development and expects the building will be completed by the end of year. The new space will provide an education room and meeting space which will be available for local organizations to use.
“We are an organization that focuses on building permanent funds for local programs. Now we will have a permanent home,” Papa said. The Foundation office will be named in honor of Mrs. Perry and her late husband Charles “Chuck”.
Mrs. Perry has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Community Foundation and along with her late husband Chuck has been a long time supporter of the Foundation’s initiatives.
Architectural renderings were unveiled at the Foundation’s 15th Anniversary Reception for donors, supporters, and members on Friday evening, October 18. Click here to view photos of the event
The Community Foundation of North Central Florida is a public charity that supports and promotes philanthropy in our community. They assist donors in achieving their charitable goals and provide financial oversight for charitable investments. Managed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of community leaders, the Foundation currently oversees the investment of $12 million in assets and awards on average $1 million in grant each year.
Gainesville, FL: Peaceful Paths Domestic Abuse Network, Inc. was awarded $3 million Monday in a competitive grant process through the Department of Children and Families to expand emergency residential services. Peaceful Paths was one of eleven centers within Florida to receive a portion of the $10 million available to the state’s 42 domestic violence centers for capital projects.
DCF announced the award in partnership with the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence (FCADV). FCADV serves thousands of families every year through its 42 domestic violence centers. The grant was made possible through legislation signed by Governor Rick Scott and money garnered through the National Mortgage Settlement spearheaded by Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.
“We applaud the Florida Legislature, Governor Scott, and General Bondi for recognizing the growing demand for emergency shelter services for domestic violence survivors and their children. Florida’s certified domestic violence centers are the lifeline for victims seeking safe housing and critical services. Because of the long standing unique public/private partnership between the FCADV and DCF, our organizations were able to create a seamless process to ensure these much needed funds were awarded in an expeditious manner, to increase bed space and capacity for emergency shelters for domestic violence survivors and their children,” said Tiffany Carr, President and CEO of the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
“These funds will allow us to fulfill our vision of creating an innovative housing campus locally that can increase services to domestic violence survivors and their children in the tri-county region. Our center has not been able to expand residential facilities since 1997, despite the fact that we regularly operate at capacity in shelter and transitional housing programs. This funding will give us the ability to build 52 new beds in a secure community that will provide survivors and their children the time and space they need to safely transition to a violence free life, ” said Theresa Beachy, PhD, Executive Director of Peaceful Paths.
Board President Lauren Poe stated, “The benefit of this grant to our community will be measured not in the amount of dollars gained, but in the thousands of lives saved and improved because of this center.” Drs. Paul Schilling and Jay Dutton, signature donors to the project, are excited to see a quadrupling of their original gift. “This grant will ensure that the emergency services campus will become a reality in the very near term. The campus land has been purchased through our gift, and we look to the community to open their hearts in order to provide supportive operating costs and the furnishings for the project.” Peaceful Paths has contracted with Ricardo Cavallino and Associates for architectural services for the project and anticipates beginning construction within 6 months.
For more information on this project, how to get involved with the organization, or for general information on services, please contact Dr. Theresa Beachy at email@example.com or by calling 352-318-7766 to schedule an interview.
Chris who was born and raised in Gainesville, Florida recently graduated from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania with a degree in Economics. While studying he also held two internships. His first internship was with the Community Foundation of North Central Florida last summer. During his internship he was trained on how to use our Financial Information Management System as well as how the Community Foundation runs in its day-to-day operations. His second internship was in the fall of 2012 where he assisted the Lancaster Barnstormers, a minor league baseball team, in their marketing efforts.
In his role as Donor Services Coordinator, Chris will be working closely with each of our fund holders to ensure timely reporting and the administration of each fund.
The Community Foundation of North Central Florida, a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization, is a permanent charitable endowment, developed and sustained by individuals from all over our community. Established as the Gainesville Community Foundation in 1998, the Foundation is a tax-exempt public charity that enables individuals to establish charitable funds. The Foundation manages more than 50 funds and more than $10.5 million in assets. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $8 million in grants. Contributions to a fund qualify for maximum deductibility for income, gift, and estate tax purposes.
For their seventh consecutive year, the Women’s Giving Circle, an initiative of the Community Foundation of North Central Florida, will be granting hope to area agencies and will surpass $500,000 in giving since its launch in 2006. Five local agencies will receive a total of $59,000 while $10,000 will be endowed for future funding to programs benefiting women and girls of Alachua County.
The Women’s Giving Circle selected Meridian’s Supported Employment Program to receive a grant of $50,000. Funds provide immediate and direct support to 140 mentally ill or dually-diagnosed (women diagnosed with both a mental illness and an addiction) adult women clients who have demonstrated the job skills and training necessary to assume transitional and supported jobs in the community to provide direct wages for eligible participants. This program not only empowers its participants but funds yield a return on investment of 7:1 translating into an estimated $350,000 in community benefit in terms of days worked, wages earned, and productivity.
Other local programs selected as recipients of Women’s Giving Circle grants include:
ACORN Clinic — Award Amount: $1,000
Girl Scouts of Gateway Council — Award Amount: $3,000
Junior Achievement of Alachua County — Award Amount: $2,000
Southern Scholarship Foundation — Award Amount: $3,000
Carrie Lee, chairwoman of the Women’s Giving Circle, is delighted with the group’s success. “The continued success of the Community Foundation’s Women’s Giving Circle is proof that we are truly living and carrying out our mission to promote philanthropy in our community,” Lee stated.
Women who join the Giving Circle commit to donate $1,000 annually. Each donation is added to one grant pool enabling women to combine their resources to address the needs of area women and girls. For more information about the Women’s Giving Circle, please contact the Community Foundation of North Central Florida at 367-0060.
Since Clint Lacinak’s death in May of 2012, his parents Dave and Christine Lacinak have established a fund with the Community Foundation of North Central Florida. The fund will honor Clint by awarding three rising sixth-grade students at St. Patrick’s School scholarships of $1,000 each to apply towards their tuition.
“Clint always treasured his time at St. Patrick’s School and all the good times he had there with classmates, friends, teachers, and staff. We could think of no better way to honor Clint’s memory than to establish a fund to make similar experiences possible for others,” said the Lacinaks in regards to the scholarship fund. “We found St. Patrick’s to be the perfect combination of a great education and a nurturing environment, full of faith. Clint would have been happy to see such opportunities made available for other middle school students.”
The scholarship is available to current St. Patrick’s fifth graders who plan to return to the parochial school for junior high. If students are able to maintain their academic performance, conduct, and leadership they can renew their scholarships throughout their time at St. Patrick’s. The inaugural scholarships will be awarded in May of 2013.
The Community Foundation of North Central Florida, where the fund was established, is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. It is a permanent charitable endowment, developed and sustained by individuals from all over our community. Established as the Gainesville Community Foundation in 1998, the Foundation is a tax-exempt public charity that enables individuals to establish charitable funds. The Foundation manages more than 50 funds and more than $11 million in assets and has awarded more than $8 million in grants since its inception.
The fourth annual MUSICAL CHAIRS PROJECT Fundraiser, sponsored by Friends of Elementary Arts, Inc., will be held on Friday, March 8, 2013 from 7-9PM at the Doris Bardon Community Cultural Center, 716 N. Main Street, Gainesville, FL.
For more information on this event, please refer to the following link.
The Community Foundation of North Central Florida is pleased to announce its new officers for its Board of Directors
The Board of Directors consists of local professionals who share the common objective of promoting philanthropy in the North Central Florida area.
The following board members have been nominated to be the officers for the Board of Directors at the Community Foundation of North Central Florida:
Perry McGriff Immediate Past Chair
The Community Foundation of North Central Florida is pleased to announce the addition of four new members to its Professional Advisor Council. The Professional Advisor Council consists of professionals with expertise in tax law, estate planning, accounting, investment, financial planning, wealth management, insurance, and family office/foundations. Members of the Council share the common objectives of promoting philanthropy in our area and helping clients achieve their philanthropic goals.
The following local advisors have been selected to serve on the Professional Advisor Council of the Community Foundation for two years:
Managing Shareholder, Dean Mead
Christopher Conner, CFP
Managing Director, North Florida Wealth Advisors
First Vice President Wealth Management, Merrill Lynch
President, Cornerstone Financial Group
The Community Foundation of North Central Florida had a radio interview on the Meridian Behavioral Healthcare Home Page. Click on the link below to listen to the interview featuring Barzella Papa, President and CEO of the Community Foundation, and Perry McGriff, Chairman of the Board of Directors. We would like to thank Kevin Coulson from Meridian Behavioral Healthcare for hosting the CFNCF on his show.
CFRE International has named Barzella Papa as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). Barzella Papa, president and CEO for the Gainesville Community Foundation joins more than 5,200 professionals around the world who hold the CFRE designation.
Individuals granted the CFRE credential have met a series of standards set by CFRE International which include tenure in the profession, education, demonstrated fundraising achievement and a commitment to service to not-for-profit organizations. They have also passed a rigorous written examination testing the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of a fundraising executive, and have agreed to upholdAccountability Standards and the Donor Bill of Rights.
“The CFRE credential was created to identify for the public and employers those individuals who possess the knowledge, skills and commitment to perform fundraising duties in an effective and ethical manner,” states Sharilyn Hale, M.A., CFRE, Chair of CFRE International. “As the certification is voluntary, achievement of the CFRE credential demonstrates a high level of commitment on the part of Barzella to herself and the fundraising profession as a whole.”
Since joining the Community Foundation in July 2006, Papa has grown the Foundation to more than $10.5 million in assets and has managed the distribution of more than $5 million in grants. Under her leadership, the Foundation also achieved compliance with National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations and launched several successful initiatives including the Women’s Giving Circle and the Legacy Awards.
CFRE International is an independent organization dedicated to the certification of fundraising executives by setting standards in philanthropic practice. Governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and led by a small professional staff, CFRE International consistently meets the highest standards for certification excellence and is itself accredited online casino by the National Commission of Certifying Agencies.