Community Foundation of Broward

OVERVIEW: This community foundation supports 31 cities in Broward County, Florida, in 10 issue areas. Each area has its own guidelines and deadlines; unsolicited applications are accepted.

FUNDING AREAS: Animal welfare, art for the community, obesity in youth and adults, LGBTQ issues, cancer research and treatment, environmental stewardship, economic independence, dignity in aging, high school graduation rates, youth employment

IP TAKE:  This is one of the top community grantmakers in Florida, funding a wide range of well-defined issues in amounts that are larger than you might expect.

PROFILE: The Community Foundation of Broward (CFB) is based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and is the community funder for the area. Dating back to 1984, this was one of the first community foundations to be established in Florida. Libby and Jack Deinhardt founded CFB, which now has over $180 million in assets and makes $100 million in total grantmaking.

CFB serves 31 cities in Broward County, Florida, a place with residents from at least 166 countries, who speak more than 50 languages. Over the past few years, CFB has largely supported 10 issue areas and plans to continue supporting these areas in the near future. They are: animal welfare, art for the community, obesity in youth and adults, LGBTQ issues, cancer research and treatment, environmental stewardship, economic independence, dignity in aging, high school graduation rates, and youth employment. CFB has also supported HIV/AIDS prevention, foster youth transition, and efforts to engage retirees in their community.

Each of these issue areas has its own set of deadlines and guidelines, so check the specific issue page for current dates and details. Some goals of CFB include updating systems to meet the needs of the elderly, increasing high school graduation rates to 90 percent, preparing youth for adult full-time work, and enhancing care for both wild and domestic animals in the region. Many of the grants are up to $100,000. The 10 issues here are part of a record $9.2 million investment in the most pressing community challenges in Broward County. Online applications are accepted through PhilNet.

CFB awards scholarships and offers leadership and board development programs through the American Express Leadership Academy at the Community Foundation of Broward. Current foundation financial data can be viewed here.

General questions can be directed to info@cfbroward.org or (954) 761-9503. Linda B. Carter is the president/CEO, and Sheri Brown is the vice president of grants and initiatives. The address is 910 East Las Olas Boulevard, Suite 200, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301. Keep up with foundation news and publications here, or sign up for the funder’s mailing list. Recent foundation interests include aging with dignity, the obesity epidemic, middle school success for better graduation rates, and HIV/AIDS prevention in Broward.

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