The Community Foundation’s donors rely on us as a knowledgeable philanthropic resource that helps them achieve the greatest impact from their charitable giving. As part of our mission of “Building Community by Building Philanthropy”, the Community Foundation is interested in supporting Central Florida nonprofit organizations that have the greatest potential to use charitable investment to improve their organization’s performance, effectiveness and overall sustainability. To do so, the Community Foundation is committed to providing the following Suite of Services to Central Florida nonprofit organizations:
A Resource for Social Change
Community Foundations exist to bring charitable people and resources together to address the social, educational, economic, environmental and cultural needs of communities. If your nonprofit organization is working to address issues like these in our community, we encourage you to contact us by clicking here.
There is always someone at the Community Foundation of Central Florida who will talk with you, listen to your concerns, share ideas, brainstorm, review our Nonprofit Outreach Suite of Services, and explain our various grantmaking programs.
Business Lawyers' Pro Bono Project
Nine of Central Florida's largest law firms are joining together to launch the Business Lawyers' Pro Bono Project. This pilot project is being offered in conjunction with the Community Foundation of Central Florida and the Rollins College Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership Center. It is a new vehicle through which business lawyers can provide legal assistance to certain nonprofit organizations that provide a substantial amount of their services to persons of limited means, and to certain nonprofit arts and cultural organizations.
Examples of this legal assistance include drafting or revising the nonprofit organization's articles or by-laws, advising on governance issues, advising on real estate, employment law, intellectual property or grant compliance matters, negotiating or reviewing contracts, giving tax advice, and advising on the merger or consolidation of nonprofit organizations.
Participating nonprofit organizations must be located in Lake, Orange, Osceola or Seminole counties, must be registered with the state of Florida, have an active state charitable solicitations permit, and have a completed DonorEdge portrait. Certain types of nonprofits are excluded from this program.
For more information and an application for pro bono legal services, please visit the Philanthropy Center's website at www.pnlc.rollins.edu. If you plan to apply, now is the time to complete or update your DonorEdge portrait!
Community Investment Grant Rounds
The Community Foundation's Community Investment grant rounds occur twice a year. There is no application for these grants. Having a Reviewed portrait is the first step to qualify for consideration. Click here to learn about the DonorEdge Initiative and how to create a portrait in the Knowledge Base. Our grants committees use the information in the Knowledge Base to identify the organizations that meet specific criteria for Community Investment grants. Look for these opportunities to be announced in our monthly newsletter to nonprofits who participate in the DonorEdge Initiative.
From time to time, The Community Foundation offers opportunities for nonprofit organizations with a Reviewed portrait that fit select criteria to apply for competitive grants. Look for these opportunities to be announced in our monthly newsletter to nonprofits who participate in the DonorEdge Initiative.
Donor Advised Grants
A donor-advised fund is a flexible and convenient type of fund that allows a donor to make a charitable gift to a named fund at the Community Foundation, receive a tax benefit in the year that the gift is made, and then work with the Community Foundation’s professional staff to recommend grants from the fund to nonprofit organizations like yours.
If your nonprofit organization is recommended to receive a grant from a donor advised fund at the Community Foundation, you will be notified by phone and fax with a Donor Advised Fund Grant Eligibility Form. While there is no process to apply for a grant from the Community Foundation’s donor advised funds, if your organization receives notification we ask for your cooperation in submitting all of the required information. Complete and timely submission of this information helps the Community Foundation get these charitable resources to you sooner.
Grants from Affiliates and Initiatives
The Community Foundation is home to a number of affiliates and initiatives that carry out their own unique missions and philanthropic priorities. To learn more, please visit “Our Affiliates” and “Our Initiatives” under About Our Foundation.
Nonprofit Organization Endowment
The Community Foundation understands that nonprofit organizations have a need for stable, predictable sources of income. A nonprofit organization endowment at the Community Foundation can help. Here is how it works:
Your nonprofit organization completes a fund agreement and makes a minimum contribution of $10,000 to begin your nonprofit organization endowment.
- The Community Foundation sets up a fund named for your nonprofit organization and issues regular statements detailing your nonprofit organization endowment fund’s activity.
- Assets in your organization’s endowment fund are pooled with other endowment funds held by the Community Foundation, and invested with an objective of achieving preservation and long-term growth of principal while avoiding excessive risk.
- An annual distribution is made from the Community Foundation to your nonprofit organization to support current needs or to be returned and reinvested.
- You and your donors can make additional gifts to the fund at any time, including planned and deferred gifts
To learn more about establishing a Nonprofit Organization Endowment Fund, please click here to contact us.
Planned Giving Assistance
According to the report GIVING USA 2007, bequests resulted in $22.91 billion or 7.8 percent of all charitable contributions made in 2006. How much more effectively would your organization operate with a steady stream of revenue from planned gifts and bequests?
If you would like to receive a personalized consultation on your nonprofit organization’s resource development and planned giving activities, click here .