OVERVIEW: This community foundation is the philanthropic home to over 400 charitable funds and has a nonprofit database to connect donors with organizations. Top funding causes are the arts, homelessness and human services.
FUNDING AREAS: Arts, homelessness, human services, education, environment
IP TAKE: This funder doesn’t use any type of application process; instead, it’s essential to get your nonprofit’s profile onto the CFF website, where it can reach 400+ potential donors.
PROFILE: The Central Florida Foundation (CFF) is one of the biggest grantmakers—not just in Florida, but in the entire Southeastern U.S. It is home to over 400 charitable funds and connects nonprofits and local donors in the region.
Since 1994, this foundation has grown to more than $60 million in assets and has awarded over $30 million in grants. Grants fall into three categories: community investment, grants from advised funds, and CFF initiatives and affiliates. Community investment grant rounds occur in the spring and fall of each year for nonprofits in Central Florida. In the fall, grants are specific to the Winter Park Community Foundation Fund.
Nonprofits can learn more about the foundation’s arts funding, human services funding, and homelessness funding in past published reports. These are three of the top funded issues in the region. Other past areas of giving have included women and children’s issues, foster care youth, environment, religion and education.
Something that sets this community foundation apart from others around the country is the lack an application process for community investment grant rounds. Instead, nonprofits are simply encouraged to create an online portrait to be visible to donors in the foundation’s nonprofit search.
If you know of an individual family, individual, or corporation in the area, you can use CFF’s Search Our Funds database to find funds and organizations that match an area of focus. Or you can specifically search for a fund name by location in the following counties and areas: Brevard, Lake, Osceola, Tri-County Area, Winter Park, Volusia County, Polk County, all of Florida, Orange County, Seminole County and Winter Haven.
In addition to grants, CFF has awarded around $1 million in scholarships through nine unique scholarship funds established by donors.
- Mark Brewer, President and CEO
- Sandi Vidal, Vice President of Community Strategies and Initiatives
- Daisy C. Franklin, Community Investment Manager