OVERVIEW: This community foundation is the philanthropic home to over 400 charitable funds and has a nonprofit database to connect donors with organizations. The women’s issues, homelessness, and community services are top funding priorities.
FUNDING AREAS: Arts, homelessness, community services, education, environment, women’s issues
IP TAKE: This funder does not use any type of application process; instead, it is essential for grant seekers to get their 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. It supports “the power of philanthropy and […] thoughtful strategies, combined with a generous community” to “make Central Florida a place where everyone feels at home.” Grants support 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 community support, homelessness, and women’s issues funding priorities. Currently, these are three of the top funded issues in the region. Other past areas of grantmaking include children’s issues, foster care, youth, environment, religion, education, and the arts. In addition to grants, CFF has awarded over $1 million in scholarships through nine unique scholarship funds established by donors.
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 grant seekers know of an individual family, individual, or corporation in the area, they can use CFF’s Search Our Funds database to find funds and organizations that match an area of focus. Or grant seekers 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.
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