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A healthy pregnancy can change in an instant. The news that you’re expecting may come with so many emotions. Shock, joy, anxiety and everything in between. But when a seemingly healthy pregnancy changes, parents-to-be want to know where they can turn for hope. See inside for one family’s story.

A twin pregnancy turns into a scary diagnosis. Halfway through their pregnancy, the Beaubouef family received a diagnosis that turned their world upside down. Expectant parents Ryan and Stefanie’s twins were growing at alarmingly different rates. Harlee was so small that doctors didn’t think she would survive. They needed to deliver Hadlee early, but her chances of survival at that stage were minimal. At 34 weeks, Harlee and Hadlee were born. They were 6 weeks premature, with Harlee weighing just 2 lbs., 3 oz., and Hadlee weighing 3 lbs., 12 oz. Fighting for their lives, they were rushed to Wolfson Children’s highlevel Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, where specialized clinical teams provided lifesaving care and support for the family. Now healthy and united with their older sisters Harper and Hayden at home, the Beaubouef twins represent the tens of thousands of children throughout North Florida, South Georgia and beyond who depend on Wolfson Children’s for lifesaving care. Watch the Beaubouef family’s video story at

Coming full circle. Wolfson Children’s Hospital provides care to all children, regardless of their ability to pay. As a not-for-profit organization ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the nation, Wolfson Children’s can provide world-class care to even more children because of the generosity of people like you and supporters like the Beaubouef family.

“My family’s experience gave me an opportunity to understand what it means to be a member of the Wolfson Children’s family that is being cared for. It made me so proud to have been able to support this hospital through the years.” Judy Beaubouef, Grandmother

Hope and healing for all kids. Wolfson Children’s Hospital is building a new Children’s Critical Care Tower to ensure our most vulnerable patients receive the highest level of care in a state-of-the-art, familycentered environment. The 7-story tower will feature a new Neonatal Intensive Care Center and a new Pediatric ICU to significantly expand our capacity for the growing number of medically fragile infants and critically ill and injured children in our region. With your help, we can provide advanced technologies and resources to ensure every child and family is surrounded with everything they need to thrive.

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Ellen Cavert created The Women’s Board to raise awareness and funds for Wolfson Children’s Hospital. The Board has grown from 40 to more than 400 members and raised more than $35 million for Wolfson, a world-renowned pediatric facility that NEVER TURNS ANY CHILD AWAY, regardless of need or ability to pay. The Women’s Board’s unparalleled success is a testament to one woman’s indomitable commitment and the hearts of women for children.

The Women’s Board has funded many areas, including— Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Pediatric Surgery Center of Distinction Behavioral Health Center Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Kids Kare Pediatric Ambulances Bone Marrow Transplant Unit Pediatric Cardiovascular Program Children’s Radiology Children’s Emergency Center




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Publishers' Note We proudly present this seventh volume of Circles: Social Datebook and Charity Register despite the challenges of the pandemic. Regardless of its impacts, we are still in awe the strong, generous philanthropists among us. This year is no exception, but in a time of great reflection, we look back upon our inaugural cover to find two of the most respected in our community – Ellen Cavert and Betsy Lovett, to whom we dedicate this edition. Their passing in 2021 leaves unimaginable voids, yet their example set a tone for many to follow. Among Jacksonville’s most notable altruists, Ellen and Betsy forged paths to make monumental differences in children’s health care, education, art, and a multitude of other causes. We are heartened by their legacies that continue to influence generations of Jaxsons. Because of the benevolence of Ellen, Betsy, and others like them, philanthropy in Northeast Florida is in good hands. Circles pages prove so. It is our hope, as publishers of this magazine and residents of this exceptional city, that what is offered in these pages is of great worth — not only as a reading respite during tough times – but also as a place to find connection with community. May it be fuel to ignite your passions and help you find greater purpose. Our intention is that the editorial focus on philanthropy and charitable giving events encourages you through its inspiring stories, captivates you with engaging images, and motivates you with uplifting opportunities to give of your unique gifts to those around you. Dealing with coronavirus and its painful losses has consumed our collective thoughts and conversations. But let us not get enmired in the ebb and flow of statistics, infighting, and judgement. In this season of reflection, let us together evaluate the many ways have adapted and overcome, nurtured, and persevered. Be mindful that while some face isolation and loneliness, others are inundated by family members – homeschooled children, homebound parents, unemployed spouses – all piled into spaces never intended for so many. While some are working to exhaustion on the front lines, others are too ill to leave bed. We must consider each and everyone’s needs. There’s no clear road map for dancing delicately through these unprecedented times, it also calls for the mighty to lean in and lead. Perhaps that’s a good thing because it invites creativity and allows for experimentation. Where are you called to give? What impactful service can you offer? Have that dialogue. Keep this Register on hand for when you are prompted to reach out and to serve. Find a mission statement that resonates and stirs you to action. Refer to the Datebook daily for events that have a seat waiting for you to occupy. Join us in setting an example for our children and grandchildren of what it means to navigate life from the heart, just as Ellen and Betsy showed us. By fate, we discovered the world of marketing and publishing, the careers we have come to love and the vehicles through which we give back. We are ever grateful for our many mentors, staff members, advertisers, agencies and extended family who work tenaciously to make all our publications come together. Resident Community News Group is forging new beginnings and accomplishing the untenable. As we realign our daily order, our print and online presence will adapt to meet the demands of a changing world. We are up for the challenge. And we realize that none of it could be possible without the encouragement and generosity of those too numerous to count as we make this our life’s work. We are immeasurably blessed. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts as we, too, adapt to a new normal.

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editor's Note Joining the Circles family has been poignant for me. Many of us have become more reflective since Covid slapped us in our soon-to-be-masked faces in March 2020. Adjusting to this pandemic and all of its side effects has caused us to view life differently. We see others in a new light—both those in our own homes and those we encounter outside of it. With the death of my father and grandmother during the past year, as well as several other close loved ones, I have been even more introspective. Death and loss nudge us take inventory. We look at our lives and rediscover what is most important, what is life-giving

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to us, what we want to spend time doing and with whom. Covid has affected us in many ways, but one uplifting and extraordinary way is to make us take this inventory, and look others, and at life in general, with more love, more charity. My father, Richard Martin, taught me about people. He deeply loved every person. At his funeral in March 2021, his dear friend Bennett Brown called him “Jacksonvile’s George Bailey,” a reference to the main character in the beloved film “It’s a Wonderful Life.” What an apt nickname for my daddy, who viewed everyone through the lens of a pure, unbiased love, because he believed each person was a unique and beautiful creation of God who deserved respect, compassion and love. He loved so well. Those who loved him…he loved. Those who hurt him…he loved. Those he didn’t know well…he loved. Losing him, especially during this global pandemic, has made me think more about how he loved, and focus my heart and efforts on that love for people. My grandmother, Ellen McGehee Cavert, died in August of this past year. Granny started The Women’s Board to support Wolfson Children’s Hospital, and her story is told in this issue. At 101, she was even more beautiful, I thought, than when she was young. Her inner soul, her true beauty, to me was increasingly more evident as she aged. She still had a quick wit and sometimes a sharp tongue, but her blue eyes grew brighter and her heart ever softer. When I became more involved in philanthropic work for Wolfson Children’s Hospital, I would stop by her house often, sometimes several days a week, and sit with

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her as she shared with me her wisdom, her guidance, and yes, her love. In those days in


her cozy sitting room, sometimes literally at her feet so I could be right next to her and

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she could hear me better, I learned more about love than perhaps ever before. She shared

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many wise words with me, and encouraged me to love even those who were unloveable.

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She taught me that this is the heart of philanthropy. It’s just about love.

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In 1988, my Aunt Grace introduced me to Marta Gabre-Tsadik, the first woman Senator of Ethiopia under the late Emperor Haile Selassie. Marta barely escaped the Communist takeover


in the 1970s with her husband and children and soon established Project Mercy, which has

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since provided massive philanthropic help in Ethiopia and other parts of Africa. When I met her, Marta told me, “Miracles can happen when a committed person moves in love.” Being a part of Circles brings the examples of my father and grandmother to the forefront

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for me. It makes Marta’s words come to life. In these pages we are able to honor and celebrate those in our community who are making miracles happen through loving hearts. Isn’t that what philanthropy is? There is no need for philanthropy without love. It is because we love others that we want to reach out our hands, our arms, our hearts, to help. Giving is born out of love. I have made a decision to love better in the second half of my life. During this prolonged Covid season of change and reflection, what better way to act than to honor those who are loving others, who are serving from a place of love, who are making miracles happen because of love? What a beautiful blessing it is to be a part of Jacksonville’s giving community. We are a community that loves well.

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the rising and falling, the ups and downs, good and bad in the conservation of north florida and beyond in the sunshine state

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FLORIDA IS AN INCREASINGLY DESIRABLE PLACE TO VISIT, WORK AND LIVE, AND KEEPING IT THAT WAY IS IMPORTANT TO ALL OF US. YET THE ATTRACTIVENESS OF THE PENINSULA AND THE EFFECT OF THAT POPULARITY ON THE ENVIRONMENT ILLUSTRATES THE CONSTANT NEED FOR BALANCE. Total visitors to Florida in 2019 were more than 133 million, making Florida the number one U.S. tourist attraction. That figure crashed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing lockdowns, but it is steadily rising back to pre-COVID numbers. The website Visit Florida notes that visitors come to the Sunshine State for a variety of reasons—that infamous sunshine for one; mild climate; and outdoor activities such as hiking, bicycling, boating, kayaking, golfing, fishing and equestrian sports. Florida’s fascinating fauna is also a draw—alligators, crocodiles, panthers, sea turtles, manatees, dolphins and at least 516 species of birds. But the benchmark of Florida’s popularity as a tourist location is by far its water. Florida’s coastline is one of the state’s most distinctive attributes. With 8,436 miles of sandy shores, it is second only to Alaska’s whopping l33,904 coastline miles. Wherever you are in Florida, you’re never more than 60 miles from the nearest ocean. But salt water is not the only draw. The state has more than 7,700 lakes, 11,000 miles of rivers and 2,276 miles of tidal shoreline. It has more than 700 freshwater springs, 27 of which are classified as first-magnitude springs—more than any other state. Florida has produced more than 900 world fishing records, also more than any other state. Water inevitably defines the Florida lifestyle. Whether on the coast or in the state’s interior, the relationship of water to the land and its effect on humans are indisputable. And water draws tourists. Tourism is one of Florida’s largest industries. Why so many people visit our state affects decision-making about where the state spends its resources. According to a 24/7/Wall St. article reported by UCF Online, out of all the states in the country, Florida has the fourth-largest Gross Domestic Product behind only California, Texas and New York. But it’s not just visitors flocking to our state. People have been moving to Florida in record numbers, particularly since the pandemic hit and national political unrest has escalated. Florida is ninth in the country for population density. And more people require more resources, which means that as the population increases, the state’s resources deplete more rapidly. This depletion leads to environmental concerns such as water access and quality, deforestation, and loss of biodiversity as humans strip the land of resources to accommodate rising population numbers. So with more tourists and more new residents, conservation is ebbing to the top levels of Florida’s agenda.

CONSERVATION IN U.S. HISTORY In the past 130 years, government has addressed conservation with varying emphasis and success. In 1891 Congress passed the Forest Reserve Act, followed by the Forest Management Act in 1897. Then in 1901, conservationist, outdoorsman and sportsman Theodore Roosevelt became President of the United States. In 1903, he established a federally protected wildlife refuge at Pelican Island, Florida, the first of 53 wildlife sanctuaries he created. Even from the beginning, Florida led the way in conservation, as Pelican Island set the precedent for today’s National Wildlife Refuge System—the only network of federal lands specifically dedicated for wildlife conservation. This network consists of 550 such refuges and thousands of Waterfowl Production Areas totaling over 150 million acres. A series of acts followed. The American Antiquities Act was created in 1906, and in 1907 forest reserves were renamed “National Forests.” The Wilderness Act was established in 1964, the Land and Water Conservation Act in 1965, and the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and the National Trails Act in 1968. All of these impacted the Sunshine State. CATHEDRAL OF NATURE JULINGTON CREEK. JACKSONVILLE, FL



Florida lawmakers themselves have jumped on the conservation bandwagon. As recently as April 2021, they unanimously passed the Florida Wildlife Corridor Act that devotes $300 million to preserving migration paths for animals such as the Florida panther, helping to mitigate isolation and inbreeding. Positive, lasting change happens when individuals passionately and thoughtfully work to make the world a better place, not just for themselves, but ultimately for

acquires land for preservation solely by donation, inheritance, purchase or through conservation easements. The trust expects to help the state and landowners work out deals to preserve land throughout the region in response to the Florida Wildlife Corridor Act. The Act provides funding to preserve migratory routes within the Florida Wildlife Corridor, which includes NFLT’s Ocala to Osceola (O2O) wildlife corridor project.

future generations. When Floridians work alongside government to find solutions

The O2O Corridor is a partnership of 24 federal, state and non-government

that preserve Florida, the result is a win-win for everyone. A healthy ecosystem raises

organizations that are working together to conserve and improve the ecological

the quality of life for all—humans and animals.

conditions, military buffers and working lands within the 100-mile, 1.6 million-acre corridor. The O2O includes priority lands for the Florida Ecological Greenways


Network (FEGN) and is a significant part of the Florida Wildlife Corridor.

The National Wildlife Federation notes that health and social benefits of nearby

If the system of natural landscapes and connector lands is protected, the O2O

nature have clear implications for conservation and the future of urban development.

will continue to provide habitat for Florida black bears and imperiled species like the

More than 50 studies point to nature-based play as key to developing pro-environmental

red-cockaded woodpecker, indigo snake, Sherman’s fox squirrel and gopher tortoise.

behavior because it nurtures an emotional connection to the natural world.

In addition, iconic Florida ecosystems, including longleaf pine forests, sandhills and

For kids, the natural world can be a place of peace, health and inspiration—and can

scrub, will be protected in the O2O. The corridor also contains the headwaters of

launch a lifetime passion for conservation. Pediatrician Stephen Pont, founding chair

outstanding waterways and major recharge areas for the Florida aquifer, which

of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Obesity, describes nature as a “stealth health” intervention, saying it acts as both prevention and therapy by encouraging children to engage in health-improving activities without even realizing it. But nature is important to people of all ages. For children and adults, connecting with the natural world has massive health benefits including easing depression and anxiety, preventing or reducing obesity and myopia, and boosting the immune system.

supplies water across most of Florida and to neighboring states. Conserving the land also helps with water quality and quantity. Public lands compose about 40 percent of the corridor. The remainder is a patchwork of privately owned natural and commercial forests. Other significant conservation efforts by NFLT during 2021 include: •

Perhaps most importantly, nature expands the senses and increases wonder.

Approval in April to add the Big Pine Preserve to the Longleaf Pine Ecosystems Florida Forever project area. This preserve consists of 541 acres in Marion

Research also suggests that healthy urban ecosystems that focus on the natural

County and is located within the O2O Corridor. It contains one of Florida’s

environment can lead to more cohesive neighborhoods, reduced aggression, lower

largest old-growth longleaf pine forests. Protecting this land will keep more

crime, better social bonding and less violence. A 2019 study published in Health &

than a half-mile of lakeshore free from development. It is also close to spring

Place found that parks in low-income neighborhoods lead to a significant increase

waters and could have water quality implications if not conserved. The lake

in “resilience,” a balanced response to stress.

is a popular location for fishing and water recreation, and preserving it will add more conservation lands for outdoor activities.

Is it any wonder so many of us turned to nature to cope with the physical and mental challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic?

People’s return to nature during the shutdown has been nothing less than astounding.

The purchase of preservation land near Egans Creek Greenway for the City of Fernandina Beach. NFLT negotiated the deal to buy 5.25 acres on a

The Wildlife Management Institute reported a major increase in hunting and fishing

tributary to the greenway. The city paid for the land, and NFLT contributed

license sales, increased visitation to parks and other public lands and recreational

staff time to facilitate the acquisition.

areas, and increased outdoor clothing and equipment purchases, among others. New

The purchase of 119 acres in Bradford County as a conservation easement

and returning outdoor recreation enthusiasts are generally younger, more diverse,

that will ensure the land remains in agriculture production forever. The

and from urban and suburban households.

property, which is a working cattle ranch, is in Lawtey, approximately 1.5

COVID changed life significantly for all of us. Yet nature’s constant presence and

miles west of Camp Blanding. The conservation easement is within the priority

ever-changing elements are both reassuring and wondrous. Nature’s flow is, simply,

area for conservation for Camp Blanding and the Army Compatible Use Buffer

something we can count on to entertain, nourish and inspire.

(ACUB) program designed to secure buffers around military installations. •

The purchase of 12 acres of land to expand Bogey Creek Preserve as the


last link in connecting all the parks in the 7 Creeks Recreation area. The

The pandemic response seems to be the icing on the cake to an interest in conservation,

preserve contains habitats including maritime forest, salt marsh and hardwood

biodiversity, environmental protection and ecotourism that has been steadily growing

wetlands, known for supporting species such as gopher tortoise, wood stork,

both on a national level and in Florida for more than 25 years. We are becoming

Atlantic sturgeon, shortnose sturgeon and West Indian manatee. Bogey

increasingly aware that we cannot count on nature to always be there for us. Strong majorities of Americans believe the government should do “whatever it

Creek Preserve is NFLT’s first public park and the only one with public access. •

The first Emerald Trail property contract was approved by the Jacksonville

takes to ensure a healthy environment,” according to Dr. Mark W. Schwartz, professor

City Council on June 22, 2021. NFLT negotiated the purchase of the property

of Environmental Science and Policy at UC Davis. Schwartz reports that 68 percent

at the corner of Kings St. and McCoys Creek Blvd. The properties that the

of those pooled take time to visit green or blue spaces at least monthly. This interest

City is identifying for the Emerald Trail Project will alleviate flooding, help

in nature spans generations, ethnicity and political party.

restore habitats, help provide a more resilient ecosystem, and link 14 historic

What motivates individual citizens to action? For some, stewardship of the Earth

neighborhoods. NFLT is also working closely with Groundwork Jacksonville,

is a fundamental religious belief. Christians see themselves not as owners but

the leader of the Emerald Trail Project, as well as the National Park Service

stewards of all that comes into their arena of responsibility—income, assets, property,

and Environmental Protection Agency.

goods, time, talents, even themselves. For Jews, the human being is both master and servant of nature, a guardian of property that belongs to someone else. Muslims stress seven Quranic verses that tie stewardship to the earth and charge human beings with the responsibility of carrying out this trust. Native Americans are even more tied to the land. They are the land—a relationship not of dominion but a life-supporting, life-creating reciprocity. Still others are motivated simply by a love of nature in and of itself. But whatever the reason, conservation efforts are becoming more prevalent, especially in Florida.

ADVOCATING FOR THE WATER Water conservation projects in north Florida have had a significant impact on our area. The protection of the Suwannee River Woodlands, for example, has been one of the largest conservation efforts of a wildlife corridor east of the Mississippi River. Approximately 50 miles west of Jacksonville lies a vast wilderness known as Osceola National Forest. Part of a great matrix of forests and wetlands in Florida and Georgia, Osceola connects with Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge to the north, and together they form the headwaters of the iconic Suwannee River. Fed by blackwater creeks and clear freshwater springs, the Suwannee ultimately flows into the Gulf of Mexico



and Big Bend Seagrasses Aquatic Preserve just offshore. This region has been a

In our area of the state, the Northeast Florida Land Trust (NFLT) works to preserve

priority for conservation since the 1980s because it serves as a critical source of

and enhance our quality of life by protecting north Florida’s natural environment. It

water for North Florida communities.

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St. Johns Riverkeeper is the chief advocate and voice for the St. Johns River. The agency holds regulatory agencies and those polluting the river accountable, and identifies and advocates for solutions that will protect and restore the river. One current issue on which the nonprofit is focused is reconnecting the Ocklawaha, Silver and St. Johns rivers. The St. Johns Riverkeeper is part of the Free the Ocklawaha River Coalition, 60 organizations representing thousands of members from across Florida and beyond. Its mission is to restore the Ocklawaha as a free-flowing river, which will reconnect the Silver and St. Johns rivers. The largest tributary of the St. Johns River, the Ocklawaha and its springs and wetlands were submerged when the Rodman Dam (now called the Kirkpatrick Dam) was built in Putnam County in the late 1960s as part of the failed Cross Florida Barge Canal. Breaching this dam will re-establish access to essential habitat for manatees, bring back migratory fish, reconnect three river ecosystems and historic Silver Springs, and restore a lost riverway for anglers and paddlers from the Ocklawaha to the Atlantic. Similar to St. Johns Riverkeeper, Matanzas Riverkeeper is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the health of the Guana, Tolomato, Matanzas watershed. The Matanzas watershed contains some of the last places in northeast Florida where the water is clean enough to harvest and eat shellfish without risking illness.

GIVING LAND But conservation efforts in Florida are not limited to organizations and government. Individuals are also taking the reins. Philanthropic donations are one way some people are making a difference. Five years ago, Ben and Louann Williams approached the NFLT to help preserve their 3,562 acres in perpetuity. After much work, in January 2020, the organization facilitated the purchase of a conservation easement on Wetland Preserve in Putnam County with funds from the Florida Forever program. The easement will allow them to continue to own the land while ensuring it will never be developed. “The Williams use their land as a working forest and educate others about its ecosystem benefits, but they also wanted to make sure the land remained free from development for future ESSENCE SANTA FE RIVER PARK, HIGH SPRINGS FL

generations,” said Jim McCarthy, president of NFLT. “We had a few options over the years but none of them panned out. We are grateful to the Florida Cabinet and the Division of State Lands at the Department of Environmental Protection for realizing the need to make sure this land remains a preserve.” The land is mesic flatwoods, mature creek swamps and a smaller area of dry sandhills. It produces fiber and wood and also serves wildlife, protects water resources and benefits native plants. The Williams, who were named Florida Landowners of the Year by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, are also permanently preserving the right for the Florida National Scenic Trail to use its current trail across their land. Wetland Preserve is a critical link in the Ocala to Osceola (O2O) wildlife corridor and is located within the Etoniah/Cross Florida Greenway Florida Forever project. NFLT identified it as a preservation priority property in 2015, and in 2017 helped move


it to the top of the list for the Rural and Family Lands Protection Program before that program was defunded. NFLT then identified the Florida Forever Program as a funding option for the conservation easement and assisted the family through the process while helping the state understand the property and execute due diligence. The Etoniah/Cross Florida Greenway Florida Forever project contains 952,180 acres of land identified for conservation in central Putnam County extending to the Ocklawaha River. The project was approved in June and is ranked number 11 in the critical natural lands project category for the state. The conservation easement on Wetland Preserve moves the project closer to completion.



LOCAL PROPERTY DONATIONS IN HONOR/MEMORY OF OTHERS: Robert R. Milam Jr.—Patricia Milam Sams, 91, gave a significant donation in honor of her big brothers, who is also still living. Noble Enge Jr.—Before his passing in 2010, Noble Enge Jr. spent his life

ENTREPRENEURIAL CONSERVATION EFFORTS Some entrepreneurs also are heeding the conservation call. Ortega resident Jeff Meyer and his startup business, Johnny Appleseed Organic, is a good example of a citizen’s environmental call to action. He launched the company’s debut product, an eco-friendly garden fertilizer called ClimateYard™, in April 2021.

exploring the outdoors, both on land and in the water. He believed in land preservation,

Lawn fertilizers that run off into our rivers are a leading cause of toxic algae blooms.

and after his passing, his sisters deeded a 411-acre property to NFLT to be

When traditional nitrogen fertilizer is applied faster than plants can use it, soil

permanently preserved.

bacteria convert it to nitrate. Water-soluble nitrate is flushed out of soils in runoff,

Renate and Joe Hixon, Ed Burr, Diane Joy Milam Dennis—In 2012, NFLT began

where it pollutes groundwater, streams, estuaries and coastal oceans, and causes

acquiring all remaining privately owned lands on Big Talbot Island’s 1,095 acres.

algae blooms. Toxic algae blooms lead to fish kills, skin rashes, unappealing odors

This work was made possible through a generous gift by Diane Joy Milam Dennis,

and accumulation of foam and shoreline scum.

sister of Arthur Milam, who wanted to preserve the land for their children and

“People are putting things into their yard that drain into the river and the Intracoastal

grandchildren because of their memories vacationing there every summer growing

Waterway,” Meyer said. “We’re destroying opportunities for the plants and

up. Today, nearly all of the island is permanently preserved.

animals to thrive. If we get rid of septic tanks and fertilizers, we will have a completely different environment.” Meyer talks about three “kingdoms” in the environment—plant, animal and fungal. ClimateYard™ works with the fungal kingdom. It replaces conventional fertilizer with a blend of beneficial bacteria and fungi that fix atmospheric nitrogen in the soil and improve the availability of phosphorus that’s already there. Combining cutting-edge microbiology with plant nutrition, the product’s living organisms build up, so that over time you can use less and less of it to fertilize your yard.


The prime job of fungi is to sustain the natural world. Along with bacteria, fungi are important decomposers in the soil food web. They convert organic matter that is hard to digest into forms other organisms can use. Their strands physically bind soil particles together, which helps water enter the soil and increases the earth’s ability to retain liquid. That means yard owners will water their yards less over time, saving water on multiple levels. Meyer uses no pesticides or herbicides in his Ortega yard. Instead, he uses soil amendments and 100-year-old bacteria and fungi. “I’m putting nitrogen-fixing bacteria on lawns instead of nitrogen that is in conventional fertilizer,” said Meyer. “My goal is to reactivate the fungi we’ve killed

— Jeff Meyer

Johnny Appleseed Organic

by using fertilizer over the past century." “As I walk through my yard and see all the butterflies, I’m reminded that most people don’t really understand what they’re killing when they spray pesticides. There’s so much they are killing that they would really enjoy. It is a shame."

PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT A number of organizations in our area work tirelessly to protect our region’s natural resources. The following four are perhaps best known examples to North Florida residents. Sierra Club is a national organization dedicated to enjoying, exploring and protecting


the planet. It is the oldest, largest, and most influential grassroots environmental

Grant donations are also valuable to conservation efforts. A 2:1 matching grant from

organization in the United States. The Northeast Florida Group organizes and participates

the Delores Barr Weaver Legacy Fund, for example, helped complete NFLT’s fundraising

in outdoor adventures, environmental education and local environmental activities.

goal to pay back a loan acquired to purchase a portion of the Little NaNa Dune system in historic American Beach. The owners of the property had been trying for years without success to find some

Nature Conservancy works to conserve the lands and waters in Florida. The nonprofit owns and manages approximately 55,159 acres in Florida including four preserves that are open to the public.

entity to acquire and preserve the land. They were skeptical that it would ever happen

Timucuan Ecological and Historical Preserve encompasses one of the last unspoiled

and last January gave NFLT only 90 days to buy the land. NFLT took a leap of faith

wetlands on the Atlantic Coast, including 6,000 years of human history, salt marshes,

and took out a loan to buy the property.

coastal dunes and hardwood hammocks. It sweeps from Fort Caroline to Kingsley

“We typically fundraise before the purchase, but this situation required us to close


on the property within 90 days,” said McCarthy. “We have had one year to raise the

Duval Audubon Society is one of 44 chapters of Florida Audubon and a member

money to pay off the loan. We have been asking foundations, businesses, government

of National Audubon. Its mission is to connect people with nature, conserve and

entities and individuals to donate.”

restore natural ecosystems, and focus on birds and other wildlife.

NFLT has since received donations through its Amelia Forever Campaign from foundations like the Delores Barr Weaver Legacy Fund, businesses, government

Ebb and flow, rising and falling, ups and downs, good and bad, give and take—these

loan. It now owns the land outright.

are all part of the rhythmical cycle of life. For Florida, tidal motions are a natural

“We wanted to protect this historic community and its natural benefits for the good of

movement of water over land, currents, gravitational pull and seasons. Our lives often

the wildlife that depends on it. We also wanted to protect the sense of place that rests

mimic the flow of the tides, and are evidence of the ways humanity affects environment.

in the memories of many generations of families who vacationed in American Beach at

Ultimately, it is all about balance. Balance in development, balance in protection,

a time when they were prohibited from beaches all across this country,” said McCarthy.

balance in people coexisting with nature. While there is no such thing as a perfect

NFLT closed on the property on January 13, 2021, to honor the legacy of MaVynee

world for everyone, a balanced community—and world—is an admirable pursuit,

Betsch, known as “The Beach Lady,” who would have been 86 on that day. Betsch

and one that Floridians are leading in the United States today. As the popularity of

was a champion for the preservation of American Beach.

The Sunshine State and the resulting effect on our environment ebb and flow, may

“Delores Weaver’s matching gifts have been critical to our organization in opening up access to new donations,” McCarthy said.



entities and individuals, including an anonymous $500,000 donation, to pay off the

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we endeavor to make our treasured state ever more protected, safe and beautiful for future generations.


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T1D CHANGEMAKERS those that impact JDRF’s mission to improve lives and cure type 1 diabetes (T1D) here in our community Every day, members of the type 1 diabetes (T1D) community find support and inspiration from the incredible people in our lives. We’re surrounded by a community of folks who make our lives better and more meaningful—people like our parents, friends, health care providers, researchers, volunteers, and teachers. These heroes are making real change for people living with T1D — and we want to celebrate their contributions as T1D Changemakers in the Jacksonville community. Founded by parents determined to find a cure for their children with T1D in 1970, over the past 51 years, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) has become the largest private funder of diabetes research worldwide. Funding $2.5 billion in research since its inception, JDRF has made significant progress in understanding, fighting and treating the disease. JDRF hosts a variety of events year-round, virtual and in-person (come 2022!), for T1Ds to connect, come together to fundraise, raise awareness, and find support. We invite anyone with T1D or has a loved one with T1D to join us this next year and get involved with advancing JDRF's mission to turn type 1 into type none! (407) 774-2166 •

Persevering Through Crisis Three nonprofit leaders who have dealt with pandemic change offer advice on surviving and thriving during a crisis







Written by MARY WANSER When COVID-19 hit, nonprofit organizations scrambled to redesign the ways in which they work. According to the Center for Effective Philanthropy, 88% of nonprofits surveyed had to alter their program offerings in 2020. In another survey conducted by Charity Navigator in partnership with Reuters News, over 50% of responders reported an increased demand for their services. In most cases, available resources decreased. Some agencies shuttered. Others persevered. For many of these groups, the emergency sparked innovations that will lead to lasting changes that improve and extend the reach of vital services. As nonprofit leaders who have dealt with pandemic change, Eileen Briggs of Sulzbacher, David Clark of DESC, and Kristi Taylor of Hart Felt offer advice on surviving and thriving during a crisis.


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For over 25 years, Sulzbacher has been responding to the

volunteer staff to be concerned about.

needs of the community, helping people recover from

DESC’s services have been site-based since the beginning,

homelessness and build productive and healthy lives. During

1981. They offer a food pantry and a clothing center, both of

the COVID-19 crisis, there were times when things were

which require physical presence; so, both had to close down,

extremely stressful for the organization, and they had staff

initially, until a new plan for safety was developed. It took

and clients contract the virus. “As a leader for a nonprofit, when

nearly two months to put policies in place that would create a

times are tough, I always try and go back to the mission. Why

safe environment that would discourage the spread of the virus.

are we here? What is our goal?” said Eileen Briggs, Chief

DESC is located in the downtown area with access to Ocean

Development Officer, offering sage advice for persevering

Street. They created lines along the sidewalk for people to wait in while one-at-a-time they could be checked in as a way

through crisis. Those at Sulzbacher have always envisioned a city without

to gather food in from donors and distribute it back out to

homelessness and believe it is a goal they can achieve. So,

clients. “It was a process that helped get people what they

As a leader for a nonprofit, when times are tough, I always try and go back to the mission. WHY ARE WE HERE? What is our goal?” — Eileen Briggs, Chief Development Officer, Sulzbacher

Briggs and her team focused on that

needed quickly,” Clark said. As time went on, they fine-tuned

simple mission—to end homelessness—

the process to make it even better, but “the key was opening

and took steps toward that future. As an

the doors again. We had people coming to us who were losing

emergency services provider, Sulzbacher

jobs and facing eviction as a consequence of the pandemic, so

remained open throughout the crisis,

our demand for services was increasing,” he said.

continuing to help people who need it most.

In addition to their two onsite services, DESC also a has an emergency financial assistance program that provides relief

During the pandemic, “Like all of us,

for rent and overdue utilities. It took the agency only a week

nonprofits had to respond and continue

or two to put the technology in place for paid staff to work

to help those in need, while at the same

from home, though the requirements were extensive. For

time figuring out a completely new

example, they had to create financial services application

roadmap,” Briggs said. This included

forms that could be completed online and a privacy-secured

COVID-19 testing and vaccinating, safety

access point for clients to send the forms back to the

procedures that didn’t exist before,

organization. Official electronic signatures were necessary for

placing people in emergency housing, offering counseling and

documents. It was a big change for them. But Clark advises

medical services, and helping their own staff navigate this

that, during a crisis, “Ensure ongoing access to services.” And

new normal.

that’s what DESC has done. They don’t have to operate their

As the primary healthcare provider for over 7,000 patients,

financial assistance program remotely anymore, but there’s

Sulzbacher jumped into action. They brought more

an advantage to it for certain clients; so, DESC will maintain a

comprehensive healthcare to the streets by utilizing its

hybrid method moving forward.

HealthMobile program to bring “Health and Hope on Wheels” to the community. HealthMobile is a new program funded by

“The switchboard was very critical during the pandemic, and it remains so,” Clark said. DESC was able to re-route

the City of Jacksonville to provide mobile medical services

incoming phone calls almost immediately. Their remote

with a waiting room and two fully equipped, private exam

switchboard has turned out to be a benefit because they’ve

rooms in which to provide dignified care. The mobile bus

been able to increase the hours of availability. “People who

removes the barrier of transportation, delivering medical

call in to us are often calling because they are in crisis

services and case management to the downtown core. This

themselves,” Clark pointed out. It’s re-assuring to clients to

is an expansion of the Urban Rest Stop at Sulzbacher’s

have a real live talking person outside of standard office hours.

Downtown Campus, a place for people experiencing

Before, DESC relied on automated voicemail for the

homelessness to receive vital services during the day,

switchboard. Now, they can help talk clients through the

including help with job and housing placement. Sulzbacher opened another new program during the crisis, the Mental Health Offender Program (MHOP). This, in

Paige Yauger, Hart Felt volunteer, with her client, Ms. Annette, in February 2020 pre-pandemic

wasn’t only the clients having risk factors, it was also the

crisis, make referrals for resources, or even pray with them. “It’s quite an improvement in my mind,” said Clark. It’s a change that the organization plans to keep in place.

partnership with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, is to identify

Clark also stressed the importance of the office culture. It

repeat misdemeanor offenders who have serious mental health

must be one that is open and ready to experience quick and

problems and divert them from the jail and into housing with

numerous changes as a crisis progresses, which is not always

the right supportive services. Briggs reported that the MHOP

easy. It’s imperative that everyone feels comfortable with and

reduced the number of arrests by over 80% in its first year. It’s

has confidence in the organization’s leadership so that, as

been another step taken in the direction of Sulzbacher’s mission

change comes, the group is ready to embrace and handle

to help people build productive lives.

those changes.


and that can take a long time. It’s not something that can

Like Briggs, David Clark advises, “Never lose sight of the

suddenly be created. Clark suggests having the right staff.

mission. Let it guide you.” Clark is Executive Director of the

And, he said, “Have an excellent working relationship with your

Creating an adaptable office culture has to be built on trust,

Downtown Ecumenical Services Council (DESC), whose mission

board of directors. To create and maintain that goes back to

is to meet the needs of people who are in emergency situations

trust. Hopefully, all executive directors have been working on

or experiencing poverty. So, as the organization faced the

that trust from the beginning, which comes from a genuine

COVID-19 crisis, it made sure to look for solutions that would

relationship built around a common passion.” That passion

support their mission, which is client-focused.

points back to the mission that focuses on the client.

“Whatever the crisis is, try to predict the impact it will have on your clients,” said Clark. Once it’s anticipated, plans can be Nancy Chamblin, DESC Caseworker, working remotely from home


made to reduce the impact the crisis will have on clients as

A third nonprofit leader with advice to share on dealing with

well as on staff, volunteers, and donors. Almost all DESC’s

crisis is Kristi Taylor, Volunteer Manager at Hart Felt Ministries

volunteers are in a high-risk category based on age. So, it

on Bentley Road. The organization serves a vulnerable



Jacksonville population, the aged, particularly those with limited resources and without nearby family to assist with everyday tasks. Hart Felt’s mission is to enrich the lives of frail seniors by enabling them to age in place with dignity and grace. They do this by providing in-home services, including minor repairs, meal preparation, and light housekeeping. Errands, transportation, and companionship are popular requests from seniors as well. Hart Felt is able to do all of this for clients at no cost with a network of 200 volunteers and a coalition of individuals, churches, organizations, and companies

Mr. Ernesto, a veteran who received several grocery deliveries from Hart Felt Ministries during the pandemic

who donate their time, talent, and money to the cause. But on March 16, 2020, serving seniors in their homes came to a halt. Hart Felt was forced to find new ways of responding to the needs of their already socially isolated and now physically high-risk clientele. “The biggest challenge for us was reconciling keeping our clients physically safe while meeting their needs. Loneliness was already a pandemic in the elderly

“Be flexible. Be willing to make amendments to your plans. DON’T BE AFRAID TO TURN AND GO IN ANOTHER DIRECTION.” — Kristi Taylor, Volunteer Manager Hart Felt Ministries




certainly magnified isolation,” said Taylor. At the start of the crisis, their team began offering telephone support to the 270 of 454 active clients who lived alone. The volunteer callers would inform appropriate staff members of clients’ needs, and food was a prevalent request. “Since we

weren’t taking clients to doctors’ appointments, we started using the Hart Felt van to deliver groceries. We also relied on our volunteers, church groups, and staff to make sure clients did not go without critical household items like toilet paper,” Taylor said.

Though telephone outreach had been a part of Hart Felt’s program for many years, it became the primary way to offer much-needed companionship during the early stages of the pandemic. They already had a model in place and were able to quickly mobilize a team to expand that outreach service to include connections through the mail as well, sending greeting cards to lonely seniors who hadn’t already been matched to a specific volunteer, letting them know that they were not forgotten. New relationships blossomed to help mitigate the trickle-down impact of loneliness. Hart Felt has tallied their COVID-19 outcomes for 2020. They had spent

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1,410 hours on the telephone, sent 875 greeting cards, and made 86 grocery deliveries. They served more clients in 2020 than in any other year since they established their ministry in 2003, despite having to suspend home visits for


nearly six months. One of Hart Felt’s volunteers, Paige Yauger, missed so much seeing her friend, Ms. Annette, that she crafted a plan to see her while at the same time adhering to the company’s policy of refraining from in-home visits and to CDC guidelines of social distancing. Yauger set up her beach chair in the parking lot of Ms. Annette’s apartment community while Ms. Annette sat at her front door on the seat of her walker, maintaining their relationship that was critical to the senior’s wellbeing while keeping safety protocols in place. In lieu of in-person visits, their original model, Hart Felt launched an extensive telephone companionship program, which incorporated greeting card mailings, in addition to a grocery delivery program. Both now complement the agency’s in-person care that has since resumed, with proper precautions. Taylor’s advice during a crisis is this: “Be flexible. Be willing to make amendments to your plans. Don’t be afraid to turn and go in another direction,” she said.


There is hope for being able to wade through the waters of change, as demonstrated by these three local nonprofits. Their leaders advise adhering to the organization’s mission, as they have. All three make their priority their clientele, who are some of the most vulnerable in Jacksonville’s community— Sulzbacher on those experiencing homelessness, DESC on those in emergency situations, and Hart Felt on those aging and frail. And all three have leaned toward those clients’ needs with innovations in programs and procedures.


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Mission, focus, and flexibility: this apt advice for persevering through crisis

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National Philanthropy Day Award Winners

Each year the Florida First Coast Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) honors donors, volunteers, and professionals whose gifts of time, expertise, and resources contribute significantly to the quality of life in our communities. This year, the AFP’s National Philanthropy Day Awards were celebrated in-person on November 16. National Philanthropy Day acknowledges the entire spectrum of services that the nonprofit, civic, and service sectors provide. This annual event also serves as a fundraiser to help AFP provide scholarships and educational opportunities to further individual members’ professional development. Lifetime Achievement Award: Linda and David Stein Nominated by United Way of Northeast Florida, The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, Jacksonville University, Jacksonville Humane Society, Jewish Community Alliance, and Greenwood School Linda and David Stein are true visionaries for what Northeast Florida can be when the power of philanthropy, passion, and nonprofits combine. Their support of so many leading nonprofits has changed thousands of lives and shaped our community in countless ways. The Steins’ gifts have included an estimated $3.1 million to United Way of Northeast Florida and founding a dual-mentorship initiative with them called the Stein Fellowship, which invests in and inspires future philanthropy; funding the Greenwood School campus; leading a $15-million campaign for the Jacksonville Humane Society; shaping Jacksonville University into an internationally recognized institution; and committing to more than 30 years of financial support and leadership to the Jewish Community Alliance. In addition to financial contributions, the Steins recognize the importance of establishing permanent legacies through The Community Foundation of Northeast Florida. These include endowment funds supporting River Garden Hebrew Home, Jewish Family and Community Services, Jewish Community Alliance, University of North Florida scholarships, the Linda Berry Stein School of Fine Arts at Jacksonville University, the Greenwood School Endowment, Women’s Giving Alliance Legacy Endowment, Arc Jacksonville, and many others. The Steins have made Northeast Florida a better place for generations to come.

Outstanding Foundation: Child Cancer Fund Nominated by Nemours Children’s Health In 1994, several Jacksonville parents who had children diagnosed with cancer came together to form the Child Cancer Fund (CCF) to help alleviate some of the stresses that accompany a cancer journey. Since then, CCF has partnered with Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia families who are facing the challenges of childhood cancer. The organization also partners with Nemours Children’s Health and Wolfson Children’s Hospital to implement programs and services to help families through hard times. CCF has committed over $850,000 to Nemours and pledged $500,000 to renovate the Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders and sustain the Hematology/Oncology division’s Child Life Specialist position in perpetuity. CCF partners with Cox Media Group for an annual Care-A-Thon, hosted at Nemours Children’s Health Jacksonville. In seven years, the event has raised $1.5 million to benefit children and families battling pediatric cancer. CCF also sponsors a Family Retreat Weekend at Camp Boggy Creek that allows families a weekend getaway at no cost. CCF is the epitome of turning tragedy into triumph, helping hundreds of families like their own.

Outstanding Civic Group: UF Health TraumaOne Heroes Council Nominated by UF Health Jacksonville Celebrating 15 years of philanthropic support and volunteerism in 2022, the TraumaOne Heroes Council has grown into a dynamic group of champions who advocate and raise awareness and funds for trauma and critical care at UF Health Jacksonville. The Council assumes a community responsibility in ensuring the services provided by UF Health TraumaOne remain viable, available, and recognizable. Established in 2008, the A Night for Heroes gala supports the men and women at UF Health TraumaOne, the region’s only Level I adult and pediatric trauma center. The inaugural gala raised $58,000. Today, the gala is the signature fundraiser for UF Health Jacksonville, raising more than $250,000 annually and attracting 600 attendees from the First Coast community each year. In 2021, the Council hosted a virtual gala that raised $242,000. As a result, the event surpassed the $2 million mark for lifetime fundraising for life-saving equipment and critical care needs. The executive council is made up of seasoned volunteers. Other charter members have moved to advisory roles after many years of service. See

National Philanthropy Day Award Winners

Outstanding Champion of Diversity: Miller Electric Company Nominated by United Way of Northeast Florida Guided by their core values of collaboration, stewardship, and community, the Miller Electric Company made a powerful, courageous, and game-changing commitment this year with a first-ofits-kind $1 million gift to support United Way of Northeast Florida’s work in racial equity and social justice. The partnership will develop a framework to tackle systemic racial disparities, ensuring a deliberate and coordinated effort to rebuild and re-imagine our region with a focus on racial equity and inclusivity that fuels growth and economic security. The generous gift will help fund a regional assessment, place-based work, collective impact partnerships, civil discourse, and capacity-building. Miller Electric’s focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion is longstanding and comprehensive. They have specific goals to increase diversity of their team and help diversify the industry overall. Henry Brown, Miller’s president and CEO, recognizes that the construction industry provides very good wages but has traditionally not been a welcoming place for people of color. He and his team are intentionally working to change this reality and perception through a number of programs and initiatives. Miller Electric’s investment in supporting United Way’s work to address race, equity, and social justice is a game-changer for Northeast Florida and all who call it home.

Outstanding Corporation: Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) Nominated by Sulzbacher and Co-Nominator Agape Community Health Center, Inc. Jacksonville Transportation Authority plays an instrumental role in helping organizations provide transportation and other valuable necessities to their clients. Through the JTA Cares program, an employee-driven initiative designed to support the community, Sulzbacher and Agape Community Health Center have both been recipients of their generosity. Over the years, JTA has provided bus passes for clients, created the JTA Cares Career Closet focusing on providing a dignified space for Sulzbacher’s clients to shop for interview outfits, funded a shuttle bus for clients, and much more. JTA, Sulzbacher, and Agape Family Health partnered during the COVID-19 pandemic to create the JTA Wellness on Wheels Initiative. Two 40-foot JTA buses were outfitted to become mobile vaccination sites. The buses traveled and provided COVID vaccines and services to under-served communities, churches, and long-term living facilities. This initiative speaks volumes to JTA’s efforts to improve equity in our community through their public service. JTA is living out its mission to improve Northeast Florida’s economy, environment, and quality of life by providing safe, reliable, efficient, and sustainable multi-modal transportation services and facilities to the community.

Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser: Pink Ribbon JAX Nominated by Baptist Health and Co-Nominator Mayo Clinic In 2006, three members of the Ponte Vedra Ladies Golf Association were diagnosed with breast cancer. Susie Buckey, founder and volunteer, decided that something needed to be done. The Pink Ribbon Golf Classic was born, bringing together professionals, golfers, and celebrities to support advances in breast cancer research. They raised $3,000 the first year. Fifteen years later, that golf tournament has grown into Pink Ribbon JAX, a month-long movement and celebration with multiple fundraising and educational events that are coordinated by a committee of nearly 40 volunteers that has raised more than $2.1 million to benefit Baptist Health and Mayo Clinic. Pink Ribbon JAX’s contributions to Baptist include funding for the “Buddy Bus,” a 3D Mobile Mammography Unit; supporting the establishment of the Pink Ribbon JAX Breast Center at Baptist Medical Center Beaches; establishing the Baptist Medical Center Beaches Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Endowment; purchasing state-of-the-art equipment; and more. At Mayo, Pink Ribbon JAX has supported powerful research projects, including breast cancer vaccine clinical trials and the Mayo Clinic Breast Cancer Translational Genomics Program. The organization has also funded state-of-the-art equipment that is used in conjunction with digital breast tomosynthesis. For their 15th anniversary, Pink Ribbon JAX’s goal is to provide 1,500 mammograms for the uninsured and under insured, continuing to make life-changing contributions to patients and families who are fighting breast cancer.

Next Generation Award: Michael Bucher Nominated by Nemours Children’s Health, Child Cancer Fund, Tom Coughlin Jay Fund, and Wolfson Children’s Hospital In 2016, when Michael Bucher was a freshman at Providence High School in Jacksonville, he embarked on a fundraising initiative by generating donations based on how many miles he swam as a member of the varsity swim team. Inspired by his father’s battle with kidney and lung cancer and his mother’s battle with breast cancer, Bucher expanded his efforts by organizing the Stroke Out Cancer Club at Providence and proceeded to form a 501(c)(3) known today as Stroke Out Cancer. Bucher’s fundraising efforts financially benefited the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund, Child Cancer Fund, Wolfson Children’s Hospital, and Nemours Children’s Health Jacksonville. In addition to raising funds, Bucher coordinated volunteer days with members of his club to give back to patients and families battling childhood cancer. Some of these volunteer days included teddy bear drives, doing arts and crafts with patients as they waited for appointments, and decorating waiting rooms to make doctors’ offices less intimidating. Bucher was a busy student athlete whose parents had both dealt with cancer battles; yet, he turned crisis into action by raising awareness and much needed funds for pediatric cancer organizations on the First Coast.

DIALOGUING DOWNTOWN'S DESIGN Why a nonprofit is helping to level the playing field for access to Jacksonville's riverfront — a case in point



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PLACEMAKING. EQUITY. Jacksonville. It’s a TRIFECTA.” — Mari Kuraish President, Jessie Ball duPont Fund

The name Jessie Ball duPont has long been synonymous with Jacksonville’s rich philanthropic past. In 1927, the duPont family chose Jacksonville as the place to make a 58-acre estate along the St. Johns River their new home, and the importance of placemaking remains at the center Ball duPont’s legacy nearly 95 years later. Today, as downtown Jacksonville looks toward the future of its St. Johns riverfront, the Jessie Ball duPont Fund is poised to ensure that placemaking will preserve a sense of community and belonging for all Jaxsons for generations to come.

The duPont Fund is leading a collaborative coalition of stakeholders vested in creating a waterfront for all Jacksonville residents. It has created the Riverfront Activation Plan, which incorporates design, development and programming aspects to bring people and energy to the riverbanks of downtown Jacksonville. The idea behind the activation is that, by creating equitable economic development, we have the opportunity to not only improve the quality of life for Jacksonville residents, but also attract new talent and capital to our city.

“We feel that for a community to be as dynamic, welcoming and prosperous as possible, it needs to take a very inclusive and equitable approach,” said Mari Kuraishi, president of the duPont Fund. When the opportunity came to work with the city to ensure that all Jaxsons’ voices were reflected in what to do on the downtown riverfront, Kuraishi said it felt like a natural fit. “Placemaking. Equity. Jacksonville. It’s a trifecta.” Despite primarily being a grant-making organization, investing in Jacksonville placemaking isn’t new for the



duPont Fund. In 2013, it took a visionary stake in the future of downtown Jacksonville, purchasing the historic, 126,000-square-foot Hayden Burns Library for $2.2 million. A $25 million renovation followed, preserving the property’s warm history, and melding the building’s past with the future of the 23 local nonprofits that now call the Jessie Ball duPont Center home, now dubbed — The Jessie. In relation to the riverfront project, place – again – is exactly what makes the area so special. The deep and navigable St. Johns River is one of the reasons Jacksonville exists where it does. It, along with the seaport, is the thing that made Jacksonville commercially relevant. “It was a working riverfront. It used to be the lifeblood of the city. Making sure that history is integrated into what we do when we activate that space is important,” said Kuraishi. The duPont Fund, along with the help of project partner Groundwork Jacksonville, gathered public input on exactly what Jaxsons would like to see in that space. They surveyed over 3,000 people, and consulted with around 750 more through water taxi trips and twilight riverfront walks. Several hundred more offered opinions and questions through virtual public Zoom meetings. Responders indicated they want to interact with the river primarily through equipment rentals and watercraft launch areas. Fishing, watersports and floating concerts also topped the list. Along the riverfront walks, exercise and open green spaces were most important, followed by specialized areas for festivals, relaxation, playgrounds and art installations. Kay Ehas, CEO of Groundwork Jacksonville, said community-focused development would bring “multiple benefits” to the areas that surround the downtown sector. Protecting public access and creating park spaces would help bolster the resilience and revitalization of the nearby neighborhoods, as well as increase prosperity for long-term residents. “Doing public space really well brings about economic development,” said Ehas. From the benchmarking study duPont conducted, there is great truth to that statement. In Pittsburgh, $130 million in public investment spurred a whopping $2.6 billion in development for the city. In Denver, outdoor recreation spaces helped residents get healthier, saving $65 million in medical costs. Greater activation of the Jacksonville waterfront could catalyze new development and foster a more attractive environment for skilled workers. “This is a really important time. Jax is experiencing a real influx of people, partly pandemic-related, and partly because this town has potential. As people come in, that represents talent flowing into the city. If talent comes and stays, capital will follow. Companies will come because there is a young, talented workforce in the city,” said Kuraishi. Nancy Powell, executive director of Scenic Jacksonville and chair of Riverfront Parks Now, which contributed to the benchmarking study, echoed Kuraishi’s sentiments. “If you build it, they will come. If you create experiences, people want to have those experiences. And what better place to have them than on the riverfront,” said Powell. The Jessie Ball duPont Fund has put together quite the team to conceptually build


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this riverfront of dreams. In addition to project partners from Jacksonville and New York, dozens of individuals and organizations have joined the activation coalition, providing program ideas and collaborations; the taskforce, providing financial, political and execution input; and NextGen, which is comprised of younger members helping future-proof the spaces. Implementation is going to require a lot of actors working together, and the duPont fund has a plan to safeguard the decisions made today against the changes of tomorrow. Kuraishi said that, while administrations come and go, and the needs of the community change, there is a way to ensure consistency across time –touch as many people as possible. “We’ve reached out to all the city council members, the [Jacksonville] Chamber [of Commerce], civic groups, all the different city departments…as many people as possible,” said Kuraishi. “We came up with 10 principles to take into account when looking at and evaluating possible public uses for the riverfront. We would like those 10 principles to be used not just for government agencies when assessing bids, but for citizens to say, ‘Hey, we want to make sure that this space is fun and functional.’” The public input is what sets this activation proposal apart from other development, which could be strictly economic-based. By bringing together area nonprofits in the planning process, the duPont Fund is changing the way city planning is viewed, and possibly even addressed in the future. “Public input is so in flux that some public sector entities may find that the way they are prescribed to get public input may not be as suited to the time and way people interact today. The additional flexibility that philanthropy and the nonprofit sector bring is a really good complement,” explained Kuraishi. The activation plan features flexible spaces for activity, exercise, retail and gathering — designed to create both visual appeal and resiliency. The design will not dictate what will happen downtown, but inspire people to use spaces in new, creative ways. A yoga studio could host a riverfront sunrise class, a nonprofit could bring a large fundraising concert, or a startup baker could rent a space to share their delights with the community. By involving the needs and wants of the community, the duPont Fund and their team are designing a downtown where all members of the community can feel they truly belong. The spaces are also designed to integrate into existing features of the downtown urbanscape, features like the Emerald Trail – a planned, 30-mile series of trials, greenways and parks that encircle Jacksonville’s urban core. “The [Emerald] Trail connects to the riverfront in three locations, so we’d love to see spaces for all people to enjoy when they get there,” said Ehas. Kuraishi explained that talking to the community, the continuous process of back-and-forth, is a really important call-andresponse that needs to continue to ensure the elements of the downtown activation plan result in success. “We want the sum to be more than its parts. We can integrate it and turn it into the cultural spine of the city,” said Kuraishi. C


The top ten guiding principles John C. Maxwell famously said “Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.” So, as the Jessie Ball duPont Foundation embarked on its riverfront activation plan, they hoped to guarantee that generations of Jacksonville residents would still want to enjoy the downtown riverfront despite inevitable changes that would come with time. Changes in leadership. Changes in priorities. Changes in downtown residents’ needs. How do you snapshot a community’s desires at a particular moment in time, and still safeguard it for the future? Their answer was found through a massive amount of public input, framed by 10 guiding principles. According to the organization, they hope that these principles become a resource not only for elected officials and city departments, but also for citizens as they use their voices to help shape the future of the riverfront.

1. ACCESSIBLE Welcoming and accessible to all — ensure the space is accessible to people of all abilities, with programming and spaces that represent diverse groups, cultures and backgrounds.

2. DIVERSITY Diversity of audience and experience — use spaces that speak to diverse demographics and use them to bridge the gaps and reinforce a sense of community.

3. FLEXIBILITY Flexibility — incorporate different spaces that can be used creatively for formal,

informal, small, medium or large activities.

4. FUN & FUNCTIONAL Fun and functional — bring the community together with fun and functional activities, and convenient ways to access everyday needs like food and errands.

5. WELLNESS Promoting wellness — connect residents to opportunities for exercise, relaxation, recreation and play.

6. ECOLOGY Ecology — build off the region’s native ecology and habitats and build resiliency against storms and rising sea levels.

7. CONNECTIVITY Multiple connected paths — connect the entire waterfront experience while differentiating activity zones and encouraging exploration.

8. TRAFFIC Framed view corridors — encourage traffic influx from nearby neighborhoods through intriguing street views and waterfront activities.

9. VARIETY Variety — design the space to be dynamic throughout the day and the seasons through use of diverse art, lighting, programs and features.

10. STREETS Great streets — enhance and beautify the streets with paving, planting and safe public spaces.

The Jessie Ball duPont Fund works to build inclusive places where everyone feels they belong and is engaged in helping to build the future of our community. We do this work through collaborations, public-private partnerships and our grantmaking, research and impact investing.

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Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing Park 120 Lee Street in Historic LaVilla Honors the nationwide contributions of two of Jacksonville’s native sons, James Weldon Johnson and John Rosamond Johnson. Once open in early 2023, the park will feature active programming to celebrate the past while advancing cultural development in Downtown Jacksonville.

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n January 2020, Sally Hazelip, head of the North Florida School for Special Education (NFSSE), was gearing up to welcome students to a new state-of-the-art campus. Situated on eight acres on Mill Creek Road, the new school features an equestrian center, full-size gymnasium and urban farm. The students spent most of January and February settling into the new facility and establishing daily routines. In March, COVID-19 brought life as we know it to a screeching halt, and all this changed. As part of the effort to curb the global pandemic, NFSSE — along with nearly all schools in the country –had to temporarily close its doors. And along with the rest of the world, the school was faced with discovering effective and creative ways to navigate a pandemic that required newly coined mandates such as “social distancing,” “wearing masks,” and “remote learning.” For NFSSE, utilizing flexible learning methods was not a new idea. Established in 1992, the school provides services and programs that support individuals with intellectual and developmental differences. Students range in ages from 6 in the lower school to 40 plus in its postgraduate program. They receive an education tailored to the specific ways they learn best, and they can receive a variety of services, including occupational, physical and speech therapy. Once everything began shutting down, Hazelip said her first priority was maintaining the connection between students and teachers. Virtual learning, she knew, could provide the day-to-day communications students required. “When everything shut down, we were able to get all our teachers on the same page in terms of what they were going to teach the students. We tried to keep [online learning] — and I hesitate to use the word normal — but as normal as we possibly could. The most important thing was that our teachers connected with the students.”


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Like NFSSE, all learning institutions in Duval County discovered during the early days of the pandemic that providing a learning environment for students – and even resources for the public at large — required a new way of thinking. Kari Bates, CEO and President of the Arc of Jacksonville, said her first thought was, “How can I keep everyone safe?” Once she became aware of the shutdown and social distancing mandates, Bates became concerned as to how this type of isolation might affect the individuals who rely on the Arc. “Pretty quickly, even in those early days, I was aware of the mental health challenges that were going to come from the isolation,” she said. According to its website, “The Arc Jacksonville serves and advocates for individuals with intellectual and developmental differences to achieve their full potential and to participate in community life.” These services include helping find and train for employment, offering recreational activities, and providing support for independent living. The Arc even has its own Village, an apartment-style neighborhood geared toward helping its residents live on their own and integrate into the community. To combat any negative mental health challenges brought on by stay-at-home orders, the Arc provided online health care. “We took our mental health services, which are traditionally offered within our brick-and-mortar programs, virtual. Therapists were able to do mental health counseling online.” Brooks Rehabilitation, a Jacksonville-based rehab group with offices throughout the city, also fully embraced virtual healthcare. The facility continued to see patients throughout the pandemic by implementing temperature scans and requiring masks,

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but telehealth was one of the most effective tools for Brooks to stay connected. Megan Hyman, Pediatric Recreation Program manager, explained that this uncharted territory

convenient for them. I saw participants’ siblings and families joining virtual classes

offered doctors, clinicians and therapists an opportunity to think outside the box and

from their homes, cars, bedrooms and hospital beds.”

get creative. “The virtual environment was new and unpredictable for most of us at the

Brooks also manages University Crossing, its skilled nursing facility, serving patients

beginning of the pandemic. We worked with our participants to identify meaningful

who require both short and long-term rehabilitation. University Crossing was tasked

and fun activities. Families were open to trying new virtual opportunities to support

with protecting residents from the virus, while also keeping them connected to family

their children, and we responded with classes and experiences available at times

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Bob Kuhn, a patient at the facility, had nothing but praise for how Brooks handled the situation. “The pandemic presented challenges for everyone, but those of us who are disabled face additional, serious concerns about our health and well-being…Brooks has consistently mandated masks in all facilities, which has undoubtedly reduced infections and saved lives. Brooks has made smart, common-sense decisions on visitation policies for facilities, based on available COVID data and in-house testing.” Kuhn added that Brooks has made vaccinations easy and convenient for staff and residents through scheduled clinics and ongoing availability. While the physical symptoms of COVID can be severe, social isolation and its effects on mental health can be just as threatening. Pine Castle is an organization that provides programs, services and education to help individuals with intellectual differences live more independent lives. CEO Lori Ann Whittington recognized early on that engaging participants and providing them with a range of flexible opportunities to stay busy was vital during the stay-at-home order. “The real danger was the isolation. We did a lot of things like telehealth mental health classes and virtual day training classes as much as possible to keep them engaged. We also made sure to call and check on them on a regular basis.” Whittington also realized that caregivers were facing challenges. “Their families also were impacted. These caregivers had to care for loved ones during the day when they were supposed to be working. They navigated the same situation that many school parents navigated – trying to do their own jobs from home while caring for someone with serious differences.” Whittington said Pine Castle took extra measures to provide aid not only to its participants but also to parents and caregivers. “We were thinking outside the box. We sent home packets of worksheets on a monthly basis to participants, to give them work at home and to help maintain their skills. This also helped parents and caregivers provide activities.” Whittington added that while the “lockdown” was disheartening, the organization leveraged the time to complete much-needed renovations to its campus. “We renovated every single workshop with new lighting, furniture, amenities and autism friendly spaces.” North Florida School for Special Education (NFSSE) Lower Campus

Organizations like the Center for Independent Living (CIL) didn’t skip a beat when the pandemic started. CIL provides a range of services and “empowers people with disabilities to achieve their goals for independence.” This includes supplying durable medical equipment (DME), such as motorized wheelchairs, in a timely manner to those recovering from surgeries or hospital visits. The pandemic didn’t curb the need for DME, so CIL had to quickly figure out ways to safely deliver this life-changing equipment. Executive Director Tyler Morris explained how CIL was able to continue loaning DME with a little boost from the community. “We were thankful to [acquire] a wheelchair accessible vehicle, donated to us by Farah & Farah. We were able to immediately receive donations and pickup deliveries for medical equipment. People did not have to wait through the pandemic for medical equipment.” While COVID has disrupted life as we know it, NFSSE’s Hazelip sees a silver lining in these changes and challenges. “I pick a word out every January — the word with the most impact from the previous year. During COVID, it was ‘perspective.’ It was a really interesting year to keep saying, ‘Okay. Help me have perspective on what this is doing for the school and for our kids.’ We banded together and we got through it.” For Bates, this whole experience has reaffirmed her affection and respect for individuals with intellectual differences. “We forget how much they overcome on a daily basis, whether it be physical or battling stigmas. They are just so resilient.” Morris agrees with this assessment and hopes that it continues to open doors for this incredible community. “Disability is the only minority group that any of us can become a part of, and are likely to, as we age. And disability is part of all of us in some form or fashion, whether it’s a coworker, family member or ourselves. People are motivated by causes that directly impact them.”

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Nonprofit organizations generally exist with one goal in mind – to improve the quality of life for others in some way. It’s a noble goal with the best of intentions that can quickly get subsumed by the reality that it takes money to achieve the mission. The key to a nonprofit’s financial survival is diversity. Relying on one source of funding leaves a nonprofit vulnerable. “Nonprofits have a strong passion to meet a need," said Mari Kuraishi, president of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund. “Sometimes the start of that impetus includes a funder who is also passionate about meeting that need. What starts out small can quickly become big — more funding is needed for increased capacity, and you decide it’s important to diversify that funding.” In general, nonprofits derive their revenue from three sources — contributions from individuals, charitable foundations and grantmaking entities; government funds; and earned income. For comparison, health institutions receive most of their funding from earned income while religious institutions receive the majority of their funds from contributions by individuals primarily. According to The Nonprofit Center for Northeast Florida’s 2019 State of the Sector Report there is no single funding model for nonprofit organizations. The financial plan for a homeless shelter is very different from that for a symphony or a health clinic or a university. Charitable foundations are an important source of funding for any nonprofit. They are required by law to disburse at least 5% of their assets. There is no legal limit to how much they can spend, but in practice they try to retain most of their holdings to ensure that they can continue to exist in the long term. But depending on foundations as the primary source of funding has its downside, especially if a nonprofit is heavily dependent on a specific foundation for the majority or all of the funding for one service or program. Grantmakers shift giving priorities with relative frequency for a variety of justifiable reasons, and that may leave a nonprofit high and dry. Building a positive relationship with foundation funders can be a delicate dance. Family foundations change their priorities over time, as new generations take over their leadership. Private foundations may shift their giving priorities as needed to meet urgent needs and government funding cuts. As individual contributions decline or rise in response to the economy, foundations may adjust the size of their grants as needed to fund the gaps. “One positive aspect about the pandemic was several foundations immediately stepped up to the plate and either made more funding available or accelerated their grant processes. This was in contrast with the 2008 recession, when some funders tightened their belts,” said Beth Mixson, C



kathleen shaw development director for Family Promise of Jacksonville. “I believe funders have become more sensitive to the impact of financial contractions.” “Most foundations undergo strategic planning to help guide them with their decisions regarding a shift in giving priorities,” said Kathleen Shaw, vice president of programs for The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida. “If a nonprofit that has been a longtime recipient of funding from a foundation finds that it is no longer a match with the evolving direction of a foundation, I would suggest meeting with the foundation to discuss the possibility of a bridge grant to help it with the transition.” Shaw notes that many foundations begin discussions at the outset of the grant application process with their

grantees about how the nonprofit will sustain its work beyond their funding, to encourage nonprofits to not be dependent on them as their one funding source. “At the back of most funders’ minds is the realization that they can’t keep funding this one project forever if they want to meet other needs,” Kuraishi said. “They may wonder why the organization isn’t using their funding to scale to meet more needs. Foundations also don’t want to be the Dutch boy sticking his finger in the dike. Most people have a hunger to see that they are making progress by changing lives, the community or trajectories.” According to the Jacksonville Symphony’s vice president and chief advancement officer, Bryan De Boer, “open and frequent communication is critical in all fundraising relationships. Nonprofits are best served to share successes and challenges in fulfilling one’s mission with a foundation throughout each granting period to elicit feedback, understand how funds are being utilized and develop a rapport, which should help eliminate the surprise of ‘changing priorities.’” Erin Mangan, chief development officer for Community In Schools of Jacksonville, agrees.

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“It’s very helpful to nonprofits to have open communication with their funders, especially long-term ones, where if there’s a change in funding focus for the foundation, they can provide a heads-up with enough time for the nonprofit to adjust their budgets, search for new funding streams and prepare for the gap that would occur,” she said. “It’s important to show a funder how your nonprofit is getting more efficient or reaching more people or how you’re able to do more year after year,” Kuraishi said. “Foundations have an expectation of movement. It’s also the responsibility of the funder to be as transparent as possible concerning what the funder

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Jacksonville’s non-profits are realizing the value of young donors and activists, reaching out to them in new and unprecedented ways. A number of local organizations have established programs specifically geared toward younger philanthropists, and the philanthropic climate of our city is changing because of it.


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JAX CHAMBER – HIGHTOWER EMERGING LEADERS FELLOWSHIP Back in 2017, Betsy Lovett, Chris Warren and Mike Hightower came up with an exciting new idea for the JAX Chamber: to create a dynamic group of young professionals dedicated to philanthropy throughout the Jacksonville community. Betsy and Chris insisted on naming the group after Mike Hightower, an esteemed


community leader and activist, who protested at first because he is generally a “behind the scenes” kind of guy. “I’m now so excited to be connected to this wonderful group of young trailblazers,” said Hightower. “It’s an honor.” Committed to championing diversity and selecting the highest quality applicants, ages 26 to 40, the Hightower Emerging Leaders Fellowship annually selects just 17 fellows out of dozens of applicants. Once selected as a fellow, participants pay a membership fee of $750 ($600 for non-profits) and meet monthly – August through April – with a black-tie party at the end of the year. “Our end-of-year party was always held at Betsy’s home,” said Hightower, “as she was our greatest role model and cheerleader.” Sadly, Betsy Lovett died on October 26, 2021. Her legacy lives on in the Betsy Lovett Scholarship being established by the Hightower Emerging Leaders Fellowship. Currently, the fifth class of Emerging Leaders is underway, chaired by Ashley Pratt, Director of Community Development for Mayo Clinic Jacksonville. “Ashley is a strong leader who is helping our Fellowship move the needle in the community by identifying issues and addressing them,” said Warren. “We make the greatest impact when we do it together,” noted Pratt, “and we are passionate about elevating our fellows, helping them in their careers and their philanthropy. Betsy Lovett’s spirit lives on in us.” For more information on the JAX Chamber and Hightower Emerging Leaders Fellowship, visit

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“Part of our mission in celebrating our 60th Anniversary at the Cummer Museum of Art

community’s young donors to help out. The base of young donors for this 75-year-old

& Gardens is to create an art community for all people of all ages,” said Wanda Willis,

mission is generally garnered from the many church youth groups who volunteer. From

Director of Community Engagement and Inclusion. “We have a unique opportunity to

sidewalk lemonade stands to church-wide fundraisers to Shoeboxes of Love for the

heal, connect, educate and inspire through the arts, and attracting young families is a

needy, many young donors creatively support the City Rescue Mission.

great way to attract young donors and supporters.”

Shoeboxes of Love is a project created to spread a bit of warmth and God’s love to

Free Family Fridays at the Cummer from 4 to 9 p.m., sponsored by PNC Bank, feature

the homeless and needy residents of Jacksonville during the holiday season. Each year,

fun both inside and outside the museum. Art Connections, an area in the museum specif-

from the beginning of November to mid-December, CRM asks the community to donate

ically geared toward young children, has recently undergone an exciting redesign and is

shoeboxes filled with travel-sized hygiene products and wrapped in blankets. This year,

brighter and more cheerful than ever. With creative art projects in every direction and

Girl Scout Troop #62169 adopted CRM’s Shoeboxes of Love as their Thanksgiving

interactive activities that pique the imagination, children and their parents are drawn back

Service Project. During their annual Friendsgiving celebration, Scouts created boxes

to Art Connections throughout the evening. Outside in the midst of the breathtaking

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Cummer Gardens, families find games on the lawn, live music and excitement.

Youth are encouraged to reach out with Christian love and help others not only during the holidays but throughout the year. For information about CRM, contact Angela Washington, Director of Resource Development, at 904-421-5147 or

In addition to Family Fridays, college students enjoy free admission Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and VyStar Credit Union sponsors free Tuesdays from 4 to 9 p.m. Free admission can often be found on weekends, as well. The first Saturday of every month from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. is sponsored by J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver; the third Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. is provided by Florida Blue; and “Museums on Us,” sponsored by Bank of America and Merrill Lynch, offers free admission the first full weekend of each month. Through all of these opportunities, young families, and therefore young donors, are being drawn to the Cummer.

“We make the greatest impact when we DO IT TOGETHER, and we are PASSIONATE about elevating our fellows, helping them in their careers and their philanthropy. Betsy Lovett’s spirit lives on in us.” — Ashley Pratt, Director of Community Development for Mayo Clinic Jacksonville

Ashley Stein Wotiz is a member of the Cummer’s Board of Directors and co-chair of the 60th Anniversary celebrations happening throughout 2021-2022. She is excited about the opportunities afforded her young family by the Museum. “We returned to Jacksonville six years ago from New York,” said Ashley, “and immediately got involved with the Cummer. I grew up in Jacksonville, and it’s always been a special place. How could you not support the Cummer?” Ashley’s co-chairs for the 60th Anniversary are Yared and Kimberly Alula, also young parents and donors. For more information about the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens and the many programs reaching younger donors, visit the website at

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THE WOMEN’S BOARD – YOUNG COLLECTORS The Women’s Board has been on a trajectory of engaging its Young Collectors for a number of years. It created a new membership level specifically for younger donors, and has been systematically building this level of support. The organization holds events through the year specifically for Young Collectors, and younger women are more involved than ever, including producing its annual fund raisers for Wolfson Children’s Hospital. Currently, the Young Collectors of The Women’s Board are dedicated to breathing new life into the time-honored tradition of the annual Art & Antiques Show. “The word ‘antique’ does not attract some of the younger people,” said Kymberly Wolfson, one of three event chairs, “so in an effort to bring in a new generation of supporters, we are reimagining our annual event by calling it the Winter Design Show.” The pandemic and the hesitation of donors and doctors to expose young Wolfson patients to Covid-19 at the annual Children’s Fashion Show, a key component of the four-day event, was a catalyst for the decision of The Women’s Board to hold the Winter Design Show in 2022 rather than 2021. “We’ve been fundraising all along, and the community has been extremely supportive of our decision to fundraise for two years with the one event coming up in 2022,” said Wolfson, who is co-chairing The Winter Design Show with Kristina Powell and Heather Creel – the youngest trio of chairs The Women’s Board has ever had. Kymberly, granddaughter of Wolfson Children’s Hospital Founder Morris Wolfson and daughter to Don and Karen Wolfson, has grown up with the mission firmly implanted in her heart. “Our goal is to support the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in the new Critical Care Tower at the hospital,” said Wolfson “It is time for the next generation to step up into leadership,” she said. “We all have young families, and we need to communicate the importance of our children’s hospital to our peers.” Obviously, that fact is being com-

Kymberly Wolfson, Kristina Powell and Heather Creel, the youngest ever Chairs of the Winter Design Show produced by The Women’s Board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital.

municated quite well, as the Board has already raised $557,000, much of which has already gone to the hospital this year. The Women’s Board’s goal is to raise $1.2 million before the 2022 event. The Winter Design Show of 2022 is destined to be a productive and enjoyable “new old” event for donors of every age, especially Young Collectors.

For ways to connect with the Young Collectors of The Women’s Board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital, contact Sally Parsons, Director of the Women’s Board, at 904.202.2886 or, or visit

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BEACHES ROTARACT – READ USA Rotaract is part of Rotary International and brings together young professionals with

volunteers, donning the iconic Read USA red apron at a Long Branch Elementary School Teddy Bear Picnic and Dinsmore Elementary Literacy Fair. In December, Beaches

community leaders in leadership development, professional encouragement and service.

Rotaract partnered with Read USA and the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens to

The Rotaract Club of Jacksonville’s Beaches meets twice monthly and is active in

present a Read Aloud event that combined the magic of art and reading. Rotaract

hands-on service projects.

volunteers read to children from books that connected with works of art on the museum’s

One of those projects is Read USA, an organization whose goal is to put books in

walls, encouraging students to learn about art visually and through the written word.

the hands of every low-income child, employ teens as tutor leaders, promote the love

The event was recorded and is featured on Read USA’s website for tutoring purposes,

of reading, encourage a culture of literacy for lifelong learning and social justice, and

as well as shown in schools to encourage a love of books.

end the cycle of poverty. In 2020, when Read USA sponsored its second annual Peace

“It is exciting to be part of improving literacy in our city,” said Dr. Danielle Callegari,

in the Pages event at A. Philip Randolph Park, members of the Beaches Rotaract Club

Community Service Chair for Beaches Rotaract. “Tying in the love of reading and art

attended and were so impressed by the goals and accomplishments of the organization

and celebrating diverse works of art with kids at the Cummer is another great opportunity

that they decided to focus their fundraising on it.

for our members. We love the mission of Read USA!”

In supporting the mission of Read USA during the past year, Beaches Rotaract has

The young professionals of Beaches Rotaract are making a difference in our

raised nearly $20,000 for the organization. They sponsored a night at the Alhambra

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If I can be a part of an organization that helps people heal and find peace, THEN THE END OF MY SERVICE IS NOT THE END. I’m just serving in a new way now.” — TANIKI RICHARD Wounded Warrior

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THE CARPENTER’S SHOP CENTER The Carpenter’s Shop Center is a local organization “lighting the way for children, youth

Wilder, Founding Director of The Carpenter’s Shop Center. Along with her husband,

and families to realize their potential with futures filled with hope, stability and

Pastor Clint Wilder, she is working with a second generation of students who have

self-fulfillment.” It operates two programs geared toward young people during the

attended the after school and summer camp programs during the past two decades.

school year. Out of School Time Services for Kindergarten through 6th grade and

Gabrielle Cadet is one of those former students. She started in the program when

T.E.A. (Teen Expressive Arts) for 7th through 12th grade provide more than 120

she was seven years old, stayed through 5th grade and came back at the end of middle

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summer. A few avenues in which young donors are supporting the faith-based program are through The Kids Hope Alliance, Church of Eleven-22 youth groups, Generation

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Before the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the U.S. in 2020, the opioid epidemic had already created a health-care crisis. However, hidden behind headlines reporting hundreds of thousands of COVID deaths, fatalities due to opioid overdosing continue to rise.


he United States recorded

as 12-step meetings, significantly affected resilience

more than 93,000 overall

and recovery.”

deaths by drug overdose in

measured by Milligrams Morphine Equivalents (MMEs), has decreased by 67 percent,” Ward said. Yet he

Dr. Joranby also said individuals with active

agrees with the National Institute of Drug Abuse that

2020. That's the highest

substance abuse problems and mental health

overdoses from street narcotics such as Fentanyl have

number of overdose deaths

disorders face a double jeopardy in that they are at

increased. That same study, he said, found that 75

the country has ever

higher risk for serious complications from COVID

percent of people using substances reported using

recorded. According to the

than the general population, yet they need the social

more in 2020 than previous years and that in the first

CDC, overdose deaths

support of their groups to stay sober.

spiked after the start of the pandemic, increasing in nearly every state driven by synthetic opioids.

Fortunately, the crisis has not been ignored by

half of 2020, fentanyl deaths in Duval County increased by 44 percent, from 214 to 308.

Florida public health officials, the private sector, or

Difficulty receiving treatment for opioid addiction

Florida ranks second in the nation for overdose

the city of Jacksonville. In May 2020, Project Opioid,

is also cited by Dr. Raymond Pomm, medical director

deaths, largely because it is a port of entry for drugs

a Central Florida-based coalition created to confront

for Project Save Lives, another Jacksonville initiative

due to its international airports, water ports and

the opioid crisis in communities across the state,

designed to prevent relapses and recidivism and with

expansive coastline. Last year 7,579 people in

announced Jacksonville had been named one of five

whom Ward is collaborating. Pomm told a Jacksonville

Florida died from a drug overdose, an increase of 37

Regional Super Advocates to combat the epidemic.

City Council committee in fall 2020 there were not

percent from 2019. The trend toward using more

A $1.7 million grant by the Florida Blue Foundation

enough treatment beds for all the patients who

powerful synthetic opioids such as Fentanyl is a major

funded the expansion that also includes Tampa, West

wanted to enter the program.

factor, leading one Florida addiction specialist to

Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, and Miami.

say that to use is like “playing Russian roulette.”

“By launching regional coalitions in Florida, the

“COVID has continued to plague us in terms of how many beds are available,” Pomm said. “Unfortunately,

Locally, Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department

Foundation can support local needs as well as

we have to turn males away from residential services,

(JFRD) statistics show opioid-related deaths rose

facilitate learning and collaboration among the

even though they want them, because we just don’t have the capacity.”

over 2000 percent — from 16 incidents 2015 to

coalitions to enhance the initiative’s impact,” said

336 in 2021. More alarmingly, in May of 2021,

Florida Blue Foundation Vice President Susan Towler.

Despite the continued high rate of overdose deaths,

JFRD reported using life-saving intervention drugs,

In this role as a Regional Super Advocate,

a 2020 study shows intervention provided by Project

Naloxone and Narcan, to treat overdoses 513 times.

Jacksonville hired T.J. Ward, a 20-year veteran of

Save Lives may have saved or prevented the deaths

Such on-the-scene intervention significantly

nonprofits, to lead Project Opioid Jax as Advocacy

of 20 people since it launched in 2017. The program

lessened the number of overdose incidents reported

Director. Ward is charged with developing strategies

offers peer support and treatment options to people

by local hospital emergency departments.

and collaborations to address the rising increase in

after they are admitted into emergency rooms with

opioid overdoses and deaths in Jacksonville, and to

a drug overdose. Nearly half of the almost 4,000

reduce its stigma.

patients who were offered the service accepted it.

“I don’t care what neighborhood, I don’t care what financial background, education, it doesn’t discriminate one bit,” said Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department

“Absolutely it is an epidemic within the pandemic,”

A study by the University of Florida’s Center for

spokesperson Eric Prosswimmer. “It’s a daily event.

Ward said. “The isolation of 2020 prevented people

Health Equity and Engagement Research reported

Some stations say that’s all they go on.”

from reaching treatment, leading them to use

that the overdose rate for those who opted into Project

[opioids] to cope with anxiety and depression.”

Save Lives was statistically lower than those who did

Yet the opioid toll still climbs. The National Institute of Drug Abuse said that

He said opioid abuse touches nearly every family

not participate. It also showed about 2.6 percent of

many drug dealers are mixing the more potent and

in some capacity—it doesn’t matter who you are,

overdose patients who declined the Project Save

deadlier synthetic opioid, fentanyl, with other drugs,

what you do for a living or where you live—and insists

Lives services later died from an overdose, compared

such as heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and

education and awareness are the keys to addressing

to 1.5 percent who opted into the program.

MDMA as a cheaper option, leading to more overdoses.

the epidemic, which has the potential to be the next

Jacksonville invested $1.1 million into the program

The group reports that synthetic opioids as fentanyl,

federal health crisis.

for 2022, with costs split between the city, local

its many derivatives—including carfentanyl,

“In addition to collaborating with leaders in our

acetylfentanyl, are now the most common drugs

community to confront the overdose crisis through

hospitals and federal grants. While the entire community has been impacted

involved in drug overdose deaths in the United States.

education and awareness, we are analyzing data and

by the opioid problem, Ward said the COVID-19 Delta

In 2020, 61.5 percent of opioid-related deaths

creating high-impact strategies that will allow us to

variant has disproportionately made it more difficult

involved fentanyl compared to 14.3 percent in 2010.

reach out and engage our vulnerable communities

for Latino and African American communities seeking already limited treatment.

Addiction professionals say the COVID pandemic

with cutting-edge advocacy,” Ward said. “We have

has not only obscured the opioid problem, but also

an existing network of over 150 service providers,

“Those communities have seen a 67 percent

tragically contributed to it. Economic shock, social

service leaders and specialists to facilitate evidence-

increase from last year,” said Ward, adding that more

isolation and increased mental health distress, as

based collaborations that multiply efforts and help

complete intervention is needed for the entire

well as disrupted access to addiction support and

reduce overdose deaths.”


medications that require face-to-face visits, all have led to a surge of deaths by overdose.

Ward said Florida has increased efforts to regulate

“When addicts find themselves in the emergency

prescriptions more tightly, but the crisis has migrated

room due to a drug-related complication, or in jail due to a crime they committed while under the

“Patients have been unable to get timely treatment

from prescription pills to illicit drugs. “Since 2018,

because of COVID,” said Lantie Joranby, MD, Chief

the number of opioid prescriptions in Florida, as

influence, they receive temporary life-saving detox

Medical Officer at Lakeview Health drug rehab center.

measured by Milligrams Morphine Equivalents

services; however, they are given very little education

“Delays in obtaining medications for recovery, such

(MMEs), has decreased by 67 percent,” Ward said.

and few referrals to rehabilitation programs that

as Vivitrol or Suboxone, have led to relapses and, for

Ward said Florida has increased efforts to regulate

promote lasting positive change for their addiction.

some, overdoses or death from complications of

prescriptions more tightly, but the crisis has migrated

The result: As soon as they are discharged, their

substance use disorders. In addition, not being able

from prescription pills to illicit drugs. “Since 2018,

chances of relapsing are close to 100 percent. We

to interact with an individual's support network, such

the number of opioid prescriptions in Florida, as

need to do better, and we will.”


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ALLISON BRUNDICK HARAMIS FOUNDATION ANGELS FOR ALLISON 2905 Corinthian Ave., Ste. 2, 32210 | (904) 329-1453 |

Executive Director: Liz Nottingham Mission & Vision: Honoring the legacy of Allison’s joyous spirit by alleviating the financial burden of funeral costs associated with the loss of a child.

ALS ASSOCIATION FLORIDA CHAPTER Regional Headquarters: 3242 Parkside Center Cir., Tampa, 33619 | (888) 257-1717

President & CEO: Ray Carson Mission & Vision: Our mission is to discover treatments and a cure for ALS, and to serve, advocate for, and empower people affected by ALS to live their lives to the fullest.

5 STAR VETERANS CENTER 40 Acme St., 32211 | (904) 723-5950 |

CEO: Col. Len Loving Mission & Vision: The 5 Star Veterans Center works to ensure a positive impact in North Florida by offering safe/secure housing to displaced veterans to alleviate veteran homelessness.

ABILITY HOUSING, INC. 3740 Beach Blvd., Ste 304, 32207 | (904) 359-9650 |

President and CEO: Shannon Nazworth Mission & Vision: Ability Housing seeks to build strong communities where everyone has a home. Ability Housing’s vision is a society where housing is a right, not a privilege, and all individuals have safe, affordable housing in vibrant communities.

ACKERMAN CANCER FOUNDATION 10881 San Jose Blvd., 32223 | (904) 880-5522 |

President and Founder: Dr. Scot N. Ackerman Mission & Vision: The Ackerman Cancer Foundation was established to improve the quality of life for those touched by cancer through patient support services including financial, education, nutrition and counseling.

AGING TRUE 4250 Lakeside Dr., Ste. 116, 32210 | (904) 807-1203 |

CEO: Teresa K. Barton Mission & Vision: Aging True has been helping seniors maintain their independence and age gracefully by designing and administering programs in Northeast Florida for nearly 60 years. Aging True seeks to provide essential and innovative services and care for individuals, families and communities throughout Northeast Florida to prepare for and support graceful aging.

ALFRED I. DUPONT CHARITABLE TRUST 510 Alfred duPont Pl., 32202 | (904) 394-9800 |

Chief Operating Officer: Kara P. Riley Mission & Vision: The Trustees and staff of the Alfred I. duPont Charitable Trust act as loyal stewards of Alfred I. duPont’s legacy through prudent financial management and faithfulness to his mission and by advancing his mission appropriately through the Trust’s charitable beneficiary, The Nemours Foundation.

ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE JACKSONVILLE 4251 University Blvd. S., Ste. 101, 32216 | (904) 469-4964 |

President: Alice Hanes Mission & Vision: AFJax’s mission is to encourage and develop knowledge of the French language and French and Francophone cultures and to foster cultural, intellectual and artistic exchanges between the United States, France and French-speaking countries.


Executive Director: Jessica Marshall Mission & Vision: The Alzheimer’s Association leads the way to end Alzheimer’s and all other dementia — by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support.


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Executive Director, Community Development: Mel Toran Mission & Vision: The American Cancer Society’s mission is to save lives, celebrate lives and lead the fight for a world without cancer.

AMERICAN CIVILITY ASSOCIATION 4466-1A Hendricks Ave., Ste. 250, 32207-6326 | (904) 612-5031 |

President: Amy Barnett Mission & Vision: The American Civility Association works to reverse the rising tide of anger, rude behaviors and bullying by educating individuals and families about the dangers of incivility and to equip them with heart tools to live safer and happier lives.

AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION 8815 Conroy Windermere Rd., PMB # 627, Orlando, 32835 (904) 730-7200 | |

Contacts: Charles D. Henderson, Charlotte M. Carter, and Robert Gabbay, MD, PhD, FACP Mission & Vision: The American Diabetes Association works to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION, INC. 7751 Baymeadows Rd., E., Ste. 106F, 32256 | (904) 903-5215 |

Executive Director First Coast: Amber Wilson Mission & Vision: To be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. Heart disease is the number one killer worldwide and stroke ranks fifth globally. Even when those conditions don’t result in death, they cause disability and diminish quality of life. We are working to see a world free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION 6852 Belfort Oaks Pl., 32216 | (904) 520-7120 |

Mission & Vision: The American Lung Association helps save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.

AMERICAN RED CROSS OF NORTH FLORIDA 751 Riverside Ave., 32204 | (904) 358-8091 |

Contact: Deborah Roman Mission & Vision: The American Red Cross works to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.



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ANGELWOOD P.O. Box 24925, 32241 | (904) 288-7259 | |

Contact: Damara Farwell Mission & Vision: Angelwood proudly provides unparalleled services to children, adults and families living with disabilities.


AQUAJAX 3832-10 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 183, 32217 | (904) 537-5219 |


President: Sharon Piltz Mission & Vision: An advocacy group determined to advance projects for the City of Jacksonville that will provide greater prosperity, growth, and revenues to benefit all citizens. The goal of AquaJax is to build a world-class aquarium on the riverfront in downtown Jacksonville.

THE ARC JACKSONVILLE 1050 North Davis St., 32209 | (904) 355-0155 |

Contact: Sara McMillan Mission & Vision: The Arc Jacksonville serves and advocates for individuals with intellectual and developmental differences to achieve their full potential and to participate in community life.


Life Changes in an Instant: Barnabas is Ready to Help For 30 years, Carl went to work every day. He was a truck driver. He never asked for or needed help. Carl was financially stable, enjoyed his good health and never thought about losing his independence. But one day while on the road for work, his life changed in an instant. The truck he was riding in, while the second driver was driving, was in a serious crash. They ended up in a ditch. Carl was in critical condition. “Losing my independence after the crash has traumatized me,” Carl said. “Every part of my life has changed.” Carl is disabled and uses a wheelchair to get around. He’s endured strokes and a heart attack, loss of vision and memory, and kidney failure. Carl has no health insurance and was denied Florida Medicaid but receives Social Security Disability Insurance. When he recently moved to Fernandina Beach, his sister told him about Barnabas. “Every time I roll up to the front door at Barnabas in my wheelchair, the wonderful staff members see me and open the door,” Carl said. “Knowing they are there to greet me means so much.” Carl is deeply thankful for the ongoing medical and dental care, along with medications, he receives through Barnabas. He was also given vouchers to obtain furniture for his apartment from Barnabas’ New to You resale store. Every other week, a volunteer from the Barnabas Food Pantry brings him a box of healthy food. “By sharing my story with donors and other people who support Barnabas, I feel like I am giving back, even though I can’t physically do anything to give back,” Carl said. “If the community does not keep Barnabas going, people in need like me would have nowhere to go for help.” Donors like you are opening up new doors for a better life, for neighbors, like Carl, and we thank you!


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Executive Director: Melissa Hughey Mission & Vision: The Arthritis Foundation helps to conquer everyday battles through life-changing information and resources, access to optimal care, advancements in science and community connections.

THE ARTHUR VINING DAVIS FOUNDATIONS 814 N. Hwy. A1A, Ste. 300, Ponte Vedra Beach, 32082 | (904) 359-0670 |

Board Chair: Serena Davis Hall Mission & Vision: The organization serves to strengthen America through philanthropy to religious, charitable, scientific, literary and educational purposes within the United States and its territories.

ART WITH A HEART IN HEALTHCARE 841 Prudential Dr., Suite 150, 32207 | (904) 306-0390 | Founders: Lori Guadagno, Lisa Landwirth Ullmann

Executive Director: Christy Ponder Mission & Vision: Art with a Heart in Healthcare provides personalized fine art experiences that enhance the healing process for patients and their families.

ASCENSION ST. VINCENT’S FOUNDATION 1 Shircliff Way, 32204 | (904) 308-7300 |

President & Chief Development Officer: Virginia Hall Mission & Vision: Ascension St. Vincent’s Foundation works to bridge the gaps to deliver compassionate, personalized healthcare to all, with a special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable.

THE BAIRFIND FOUNDATION 8777 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 803, 32217 | (412) 926-7456 | |

Founder: Dennis Bair Mission & Vision: The BairFind Foundation generates leads and tips in the search for America’s missing children.

BAPTIST HEALTH FOUNDATION 841 Prudential Dr., Ste. 1300, 32207 |

Chief Executive Officer: Alexandra Villoch Mission & Vision: The mission of Baptist Health Foundation is to inspire philanthropy and build extraordinary donor relationships in support of excellence, innovation, community wellness and global leadership in healthcare at Baptist Health South Florida, a not-for-profit organization supported by philanthropy and committed to our faith-based charitable mission of medical excellence.


BARNABAS CENTER, INC. 1303 Jasmine St., Ste. 101, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 | (904) 261-7000 ext. 107 |

Contact: Tania Yount Mission & Vision: Barnabas connects people, help and hope in Nassau County.

You Have a Hand in Caring.

BASCA, INC. 352 Stowe Ave., Orange Park, 32073 | (904) 541-1742 |

CEO: Patrick Kennedy Mission & Vision: BASCA’s mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities in Northeast Florida.

BEACHES COUNCIL ON AGING, INC. 281 19th Ave. S., Jacksonville Beach, 32250 | (904) 246-1477 |

Contact: Lori Delgado Anderson Mission & Vision: The Beaches Council on Aging improves the quality of life for senior residents of the Beaches by connecting them, to people, services, and places, with care.

BEACHES HABITAT FOR HUMANITY 797 Mayport Rd., Atlantic Beach, 32233 | (904) 241-1222 |

President/CEO: Curtis Ford Mission & Vision: Beaches Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry dedicated to eliminating substandard housing in Jacksonville’s Beaches. In addition to building and rehabilitating quality, affordable homes for qualified families in need at no profit, the nonprofit guides its partner families through home ownership and provides educational opportunities.

BEAM (BEACHES EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE MINISTRY) 850 6th Ave. S., Ste. 400, 32250 | (904) 241-2326 | |

Executive Director: Lori Richards Mission & Vision: Our mission is to provide emergency assistance and a path to economic stability.

BEN’S PLACE SERVICES, INC. 4530-15 St. Johns Ave., Unit 325, 32210 | (904) 303-5996 |

Director/CEO/Founder: Anne M. Yarbrough Mission & Vision: The nonprofit serves individuals with developmental or acquired disabilities filling a need for them to have a place to socialize. It provides a great environment for individuals to interact and learn life skills, including personal communication skills, art, and music appreciation. Supported employment and respite care services are available. 904.886.8432

BEST BUDDIES INTERNATIONAL 4130 Salisbury Rd., Ste. 2200, 32216 | (904) 296-0510 |

Area Director: Erika Hatch Mission & Vision: Offering One-to-One Friendship, Integrated Employment, Leadership Development and Inclusive Living programs for individuals with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in Florida.

BETTY GRIFFIN CENTER 2450 Old Moultrie Rd., Ste. 202, St. Augustine, 32086 | (904) 824-1555 |

Executive Director: Kelly Franklin Mission & Vision: The Betty Griffin Center works to end domestic violence and sexual abuse in St. Johns County. Their focus is to offer protection and quality services to victims and their children through the operation of a safe and secure shelter and outreach programs, offering assistance, counseling, and transitional support while educating the community and raising awareness.


For 3 years in a row, River Garden is Newsweek’s #1 Nursing Home in Florida and recognized as a Best Nursing Home by U.S. News & World Report because of donors like you whose investments support and affirm the value of quality care for seniors. Your gift ensures the most loving and supportive care experiences are available to any older adult, regardless of their financial or insurance status.


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BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF NORTHEAST FLORIDA 40 East Adams St., Ste. 220, 32202 | (904) 727-9797 |

Mission & Vision: The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.



Founder: Blake Bortles Mission & Vision: To support children with intellectual and developmental challenges in their pursuit of full, independent lives and provide support to first responders, with the goal of improving their ability to safely carry out their vital lifesaving work.

THE BOSELLI FOUNDATION P.O. Box 16385, 32245 | (904) 704-6212 | |

Executive Director: Jennifer Vihrachoff Mission & Vision: The Boselli Foundation is a faith-based, non-profit organization striving to help children living in at-risk neighborhoods on the Northside of Jacksonville.

BOUQUETS OF KINDNESS 4240 Marquette Ave., 32210 | (904) 553-0505 |

Youth of the Year Winner Michael J. from Ed White High School Boys & Girls Club Teen Center

Boys & Girls Clubs Youth of the Year Winner Pursues College Dreams At Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida, Youth of the Year is the highest honor any Boys & Girls Club member can receive. Each of our 38 Boys & Girls Clubs throughout Northeast Florida nominates one Youth of the Year candidate and one Junior Youth of the Year candidate to represent their Club in this competition to celebrate Club members’ academic achievements, leadership abilities, and communication skills. After a rigorous selection process that included written essays and panel interviews, Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida (BGCNF) named Michael J. from the Ed White High School Boys & Girls Club Teen Center as the 2021 Youth of the Year Winner. As part of this honor, Michael represents our organization at regional and potentially national Youth of the Year competitions through Boys & Girls Clubs of America as part of our affiliation with this national youth development organization. Through the support of his Boys & Girls Club community, Michael pushed through the challenging obstacles of the last year, focusing instead on his bright future and current goals. He is currently studying Sociology at Paine College in Augusta, Georgia. “COVID-19 was not going to stop me from achieving my goals. I kept my focus on everything that I did. I accomplished so much, such as winning the title of Mr. Ed White 2020-2021, having A/B honor roll the whole year, being recognized as student-athlete of the week, and the new title of Youth of the Year for Boys and Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida. “Having these accomplishments taught me to never give up on my goals and to always see the bright side of things. Just because there was an obstacle in the way does not mean that you cannot overcome that obstacle,” said Michael J., Youth of the Year Winner, Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida. Thank you, Michael, for representing Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida through your leadership, integrity, and commitment to community service.


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Founder: Lisa Kirkwood Mission & Vision: Since 2016, Bouquets of Kindness has been repurposing donated flowers and floral arrangements, delivering them to senior care facilities for residents to create their own floral arrangements. This creative activity brings renewed independence to the seniors in our area. We also deliver Kits of Kindness to Jacksonville seniors who are on fixed incomes.

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF NORTHEAST FLORIDA 555 West 25th St., 32206 | (904) 396-4435 |

President/CEO: Paul Martinez Mission & Vision: Our mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Our vision is to provide a world-class Club Experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who enters our doors, with all members on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship, and living a healthy lifestyle.

BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA, NORTH FLORIDA COUNCIL 521 Edgewood Ave. S., 32205 | (904) 388-0591 |

Scout Executive/CEO: Jack Sears Mission & Vision: The Boy Scouts of America helps to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices in their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scouts’ Oath and Law.

THE BRAIN TUMOR NETWORK 816 A1A N., Ste. 207, Ponte Vedra Beach, 32082 | (904) 395-5220 |

Founders: Rick and Susan Sontag Executive Director: Hilary Keeley Mission and Vision: The Brain Tumor Network (BTN) is a navigation resource for adult patients and caregivers seeking information about brain tumor treatment options, including clinical trials. BTN utilizes its network of relationships with healthcare providers throughout the United States who specialize in brain tumor treatment to provide personalized information and navigation at no cost to patients, caregivers, or healthcare professionals. BTN also hosts the Brain Tumor Support Group of Northeast Florida, a monthly support group for patients with any brain tumor type, their family members and other caregivers.

BRIGHT MINDS YOUTH DEVELOPMENT, INC. P.O. Box 441963, 32222 | (904) 644-8594 |

Board Member: David Bright Mission & Vision: Our mission is to provide youth and young adults opportunities to explore and develop their talents, while gaining critical skills for leadership, education, health, work and beyond. Our vision is to cultivate young minds for excellence and success by providing opportunities, skills, experience, exposure and positive challenges for children, teens and young adults in Florida & Georgia to improve their quality of life.




136 Sawmill Lakes Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach, 32082 | (904) 545-2771 |

3530 Enterprise Way, Green Cove Springs, 32043 | (904) 284-9859 |

Founder: Jim Houston Mission & Vision: To raise funds for Challenged Athletes Foundation and Camp No Limits, which provide opportunities and support to people with physical disabilities.

CANINE COMPANIONS Southeast Regional Office: 8150 Clarcona Ocoee Rd., Orlando 32818 | (800) 572-BARK (2275)|

First Coast Chapter President: CJ Smith Mission & Vision: Canine Companions enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained service dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships.

Chief Executive Officer: Nancy C. Keating Mission & Vision: The nonprofit seeks to promote the power of people and possibilities for individuals living with disabilities, so they become enterprising members of their community.

CHAMPION WOMEN 3116 St. Johns Ave., 32205 | (904) 384-8484 |

Founder & CEO: Nancy Hogshead-Makar Mission & Vision: Champion Women is an advocacy organization for girls and women in sports and uses sports to improve the lives of girls and women.



1601 University Blvd. N., 32211 | (904) 226-2056 |

4720 Salisbury Rd., 32256 | (904) 396-4223 |

Founder/Executive Director: Cheryl Doro Wilder Mission & Vision: The Carpenter’s Shop Center is a faith-based organization providing programs and services that empower and educate under-served children, youth, and families so they can lead responsible, productive lives. Lighting the way for children, youth, and families to realize their potential with futures filled with hope, stability, and self-fulfillment.

Executive Director: Carla Montgomery Mission & Vision: Caring support for families fighting childhood cancer.

CATHEDRAL ARTS PROJECT (CAP) 207 N. Laura St., Ste. 300, 32202 | (904) 281-5599 |

President & CEO: Rev. Kimberly L. Hyatt Mission & Vision: CAP’s mission is to empower every child’s creative spirit, elevate arts educators in their field, and advocate for access and equity in arts education. CAP’s vision is for Northeast Florida to lead the nation in providing essential and accessible arts education that recognizes, grows and amplifies every child’s unique skills and strengths.

CATHOLIC CHARITIES JACKSONVILLE 40 E. Adams St., Suite 320, 32202 | (904) 354-4846 |

Regional Director: Lori Weber Mission & Vision: Catholic Charities Transforming Lives

CATHOLIC FOUNDATION, DIOCESE OF ST. AUGUSTINE 11625 Old St. Augustine Rd., 32258 | (904) 262-3200 |

President: Most Rev. Felipe J. Estévez, Bishop of St. Augustine Executive Director: Patricia K. DiSandro Mission & Vision: The Catholic Foundation builds a Christ-centered future for the good works of the Church in North Florida through inspired charitable giving. The vision of the Catholic Foundation is a Church generously endowed to fully support the development and charity of our faith community.

CECIL FIELD POW/MIA MEMORIAL, INC. 6112 POW-MIA Memorial Pkwy., 32221 | (904) 303-8907 |

Executive Director: Michael Cassata Mission & Vision: Honor All Former Prisoners of War; Remember and Never Forget Those Missing In Action Heroes and the Families Who Seek Their Return.

CHILD GUIDANCE CENTER 5776 St. Augustine Rd., 32207 | (904) 644-5316| |

Contact: Sherie Smith Mission & Vision: Child Guidance Center invests in our community by providing counseling and support services to assist children and families in reaching their fullest potential.

THE CHILDREN’S HOME SOCIETY OF FLORIDA 3027 San Diego Rd., 32207 | (904) 586-7116| |

Contact: Samantha D’Agostino Mission & Vision: The Children’s Home Society of Florida is building bridges to success for children.

CHILDREN’S MIRACLE NETWORK HOSPITALS OF JACKSONVILLE 580 W. 8th St., Tower 1, Ste. 3510, 32209 | (904) 244-9337 |

Director: Nikki Sabol Mission & Vision: To improve the health and welfare of all children by raising funds and awareness for the pediatric programs of UF Health Jacksonville and Wolfson Children’s Hospital.

CHILDREN’S SAFE PASSAGE (904) 400-0726 |

Executive Director: Mike Williams Mission & Vision: To actively seek out solutions to prevent violence and sexual exploitation against children in the Northeast Florida community.

CHRISTIAN HEALING MINISTRIES 438 W. 67th St., 32208 | (904) 765-3332- ext. 203 |

Director of Ministry/President: Judith MacNutt Mission & Vision: Our mission is to be a visible presence of Jesus’ desire to heal in the world today by: Providing healing prayer for the sick; Training for those who want to learn to pray; Lending leadership support to pastors, churches and seminaries; Offering a bookstore and resource center for ministry and training materials; and Expanding the role of healing prayer in medical professions. Our vision is to make Christian healing prayer a way of life in families, churches, and medical professions.

Funded $2.5 million for local schools, programs and camps Gifted 500 iPads for education & 200 trikes for exercise & fun

“Living normal day with first bike ride with pretty girl.” Davis typed this on a HEAL iPad, his first time riding a HEAL trike with Emma.



Both non-speaking, now riding and communicating, thanks to our donors.




The HEAL Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Tax ID: 20-1944817 • 904.716.4198

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CHRIST’S STARFISH FOUNDATION 11750 Coastal Ln., 32258 | (904) 612-8522 | |


President: Carldon Lahey Mission & Vision: To share the love of Jesus Christ by providing assistance to children’s hospitals through child life specialists and by assisting families of non-cancer patients who are experiencing financial hardships due to medical expenses.

CIL JACKSONVILLE 2709 Art Museum Dr., 32207 | (904) 399-8484 |

Executive Director: Tyler Lasher Morris Mission & Vision: Jacksonville’s leading cross-disability-based organization, CIL Jacksonville provides personalized services to people with disabilities.

CISV INTERNATIONAL - JACKSONVILLE CHAPTER 1650-302 Margaret St., PMB 279, 32204 | (904) 616-1390 |

President: Josie Summa Mission & Vision: CISV International helps participants develop skills to become informed, responsible and active global citizens to make a difference in our community and the world.

CITY RESCUE MISSION 426 S. McDuff Ave., 32254 | (904) 387-4357 | |


Executive Director: Paul Stasi Mission & Vision: The City Rescue Mission exists to transform the lives of the homeless and needy, serving them through the love and compassion of Jesus Christ.

CITY YEAR JACKSONVILLE 6 E. Bay St., Fl 2, 32202 | (904) 423-2100 |

Dreaming Big

Executive Director: Allishia Bauman Mission & Vision: To empower young idealistic leaders through a year of service in Jacksonville to help reveal the limitless potential that exists inside all students.

CIVIC ORCHESTRA OF JACKSONVILLE The Cathedral Arts Project is a nationally recognized nonprofit provider of visual and performing arts education for children and youth in Northeast Florida. Through its programs, CAP inspires every child to celebrate their creative spirit and share it with the world. Nevaeh Purvis is a college student pursuing a degree in fine arts. Though she was involved in the arts from an early age, she credits her participation in CAP with sparking her interest and igniting her passion for a future in the arts. As a third grader at Cedar Hills Elementary School, Nevaeh joined a CAP visual arts program and began to see her artistic talent flourish thanks to the care, focus and attention of her CAP teaching artist. “She never said anything bad about our art,” said Nevaeh. “She was always very constructive and encouraging and empowered me to embrace my own style.” “Just because you’re not perfect at something doesn’t mean it’s not perfect in its own way,” said Nevaeh. “I’m not the perfect artist. Nobody is. But CAP gave me the self-confidence to express who I am and be proud of what I’ve accomplished.” Nevaeh says she wouldn’t have found her passion, or had the opportunities to advance and improve, without CAP. Her experience made her want to do better – not just in the visual arts, but in life. She went on to join student council and become class president in high school, and now aspires to a degree – and maybe even a career – in the arts. “I’m dreaming big,” said Nevaeh. “I know my potential and that’s what keeps me going. I’ll never stop being creative, no matter what I do.” The confidence and passion instilled in Nevaeh through her CAP classes will stay with her for the rest of her life. And thanks to our generous community of supporters, thousands more children like her are empowered to discover and develop their unique skills and strengths every day. That is the power of arts education.


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3305 Riverside Ave., 32205 |

Founder & President: Nadine Terk Mission & Vision: Our mission is to create symphonic music for everyone. Our vision is to create an extraordinary music experience that realizes the potential of our musicians and illuminates the power of collective effort.

CLARA WHITE MISSION 613 W. Ashley St., 32202 | (904) 354-4162 |

President/CEO: Ju’Coby Pittman Mission & Vision: The Clara White Mission works in partnership with the community to prevent and reduce homelessness through advocacy, housing, job training, and employment.

CLAY BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CENTER 3292 County Rd. 220, Middleburg, FL 32068 | (904) 291-5561 |

CEO: Irene M. Toto, LMHC Mission & Vision: To be a resource that provides mental health and substance abuse counseling and treatment to adults, teens, children and families in Clay County.

COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS OF JACKSONVILLE 532 Riverside Ave., Ste. 3-OH, 32202 | (904) 344-3900 |

CEO: Leon Baxton Mission & Vision: The mission of Communities In Schools is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION FOR NORTHEAST FLORIDA 245 Riverside Ave., Ste. 310, 32202 | (904) 356-4483 | |

President: Nina Waters Mission & Vision: The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida stimulates philanthropy to build a better community through civic leadership, philanthropic leadership and by providing products and services to help donors fulfill their philanthropic goals.

COMMUNITY HEALTH OUTREACH 5126 Timuquana Rd., 32210 | (904) 573-1333 | |

Board Chair: Steve Taylor Mission & Vision: Community Health Outreach works to clothe the needy, feed the hungry and heal the sick in the name of God.

COMMUNITY HOSPICE & PALLIATIVE CARE 4266 Sunbeam Rd., 32257 | (904) 268-5200 |

CEO: Phillip Ward Mission & Vision: Community Hospice works to improve the quality of life for patients and families, and to be the compassionate guide for end-of-life care in our community.

COMMUNITY REHABILITATION CENTER 623 Beechwood St., 32206 | (904) 358-1211 |

President: Reginald Gaffney, Sr. Mission & Vision: The Community Rehabilitation Center envisions a future where everyone experiences a holistically better quality of life and has access to effective treatment and support essential for living, working, learning and fully participating in the community. CRC promotes the mental, physical, and emotional well-being of individuals and families in Northeast Florida by providing easily accessible, culturally competent, quality competent, and quality-based clinical services.

COMPASSIONATE HEARTS FOR KIDS, INC. DBA THE CADEN PROJECT 731 Duval Station Rd., Ste. 107-126, 32218 |

Founders: Christina and Richard Wood Mission & Vision: Showing compassion and love to sick children going through medical issues by providing our “Caden” bears to them. Our son Caden received a bear while in the hospital going through a bone marrow transplant and now we are paying it forward and providing this same comfort to other sick kids to give them a friend during their difficult journey.

COUNCIL ON AGING ST. JOHNS COUNTY 180 Marine St., St. Augustine, 32084 | (904) 209-3700 |

Executive Director: Becky Yanni Mission & Vision: The Council On Aging St. Johns County provides leadership and advocacy for the dignity, independence, health and community involvement of older St. Johns County residents.

CROHN’S & COLITIS FOUNDATION OF AMERICA/ JACKSONVILLE CHAPTER P.O. Box 124, Ponte Vedra Beach, 32004 | (646) 203-1214 |

Executive Director: Laura Kraubetz Mission & Vision: To cure Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases.

CSI GIVES BACK 7720 Baymeadows Rd. E., 32256 | (904) 862-2949 |

Director: Becky Lowry, CMP Mission & Vision: Identify and support local organizations that directly impact those in true need. Providing acts of kindness and bringing smiles to our community.







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CULTURAL COUNCIL OF GREATER JACKSONVILLE 40 E. Adams St., Ste. 140, 32202 | (904) 358-3600 |

Executive Director: Diana Donovan Mission & Vision: The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville champions the appreciation, relevance, and expression of art and culture.

THE CUMMER MUSEUM OF ART & GARDENS 829 Riverside Ave., 32204 | (904) 356-6857 |

CEO: Andrea Barnwell Brownlee, Ph.D Mission & Vision: The Cummer Museum works to engage and inspire through the arts, gardens, and education.

CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOUNDATION – NORTH CENTRAL FLORIDA CHAPTER 1850 Lee Rd., Ste. 111, Winter Park, 32789 | (407) 339-2978|

Mr. Ghaznavi, a former soldier who aided U.S. troops, and his family fled Afghanistan as refugees and resettled in our community with help from Catholic Charities Jacksonville.

Providing Afghan refugees with hope, healing and a safe place to call home The Ghaznavi family was among thousands of Afghan refugees packed on military planes who fled the country during the withdrawal of Allied troops in August 2021. They arrived at Jacksonville International Airport with few belongings and many questions about their new home as they processed the reality of being forced to flee their home country. The Catholic Charities Jacksonville refugee resettlement team met the Ghaznavis at the airport and transported them to a furnished apartment in town that would become their new home. The nonprofit also provided food, clothing, living staples, access to health care, ESOL classes, and more. The Ghaznavis are now more established and continue to discover the powerful sense of community provided by Catholic Charities Jacksonville and its generous supporters who have welcomed them with open arms – not just as U.S. allies and refugees, but as new friends and neighbors. The nonprofit received an overwhelming response from those looking to help Afghan refugees like the Ghaznavis resettle in Northeast Florida, including a $50,000 gift from Pajcic & Pajcic, a $75,000 matching gift from the Chartrand Family Fund, laptops and internet access from JinkoSolar, and more than $500,000 worth of assorted in-kind donations. Lori Weber, regional director of the agency, said this effort fully encompasses Catholic Charities Jacksonville’s mission of putting faith into action to serve the most vulnerable in our community, advocating for justice, human dignity, and quality of life, while reflecting the compassion of God in Christ. “Our refugee resettlement program was truly empowered to transform lives of Afghan refugees in their unimaginable time of need,” Weber said. “I am humbled by the outpouring of support and the immense demonstration of empathy for our brothers and sisters in crisis.” Catholic Charities Jacksonville continues to resettle Afghan refugees displaced from their homeland, which has doubled the anticipated demand for its resettlement program in 2021-2022. The agency also welcomes other refugees of all faiths and backgrounds from across the globe who are fleeing violence and persecution to start new lives in the United States. To support refugees through Catholic Charities Jacksonville, please visit


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Executive Director: Erin Henry Mission & Vision: The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is to cure cystic fibrosis and to provide all people with CF the opportunity to lead long, fulfilling lives by funding research and drug development, partnering with the CF community, and advancing high-quality, specialized care.

DANIEL 4203 Southpoint Blvd., 32216 | (904) 296-1055 | |

President/CEO: Lesley Wells Mission & Vision: Our mission is to improve the lives of children and families.

DARE – DACHSHUND ADOPTION RESCUE & EDUCATION P.O. Box 21161, Tampa, 33622 | (813) 220-3876 |

President: Alicia Duval Mission & Vision: DARE views its mission as increasing public awareness through education against animal cruelty, related issues and overpopulation while rescuing and re-homing displaced and unwanted dachshunds and dachshund mixes.

DELORES BARR WEAVER POLICY CENTER 40 E. Adams St., Ste. 130, 32202 | (904) 598-0901 |

President & CEO: Dr. Vicky Basra Mission & Vision: The Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center is a local nonprofit organization that engages communities, organizations, and individuals through research, advocacy, training, and model programming to advance the rights of girls, young women, and youth who identify as female, especially those impacted by the justice system.

DEPAUL SCHOOL OF NORTHEAST FLORIDA 3044 S. San Pablo Rd., 32224 | (904) 223-3391 |

Head of School: Dr. Amber Oliveira Mission & Vision: DePaul is committed to understanding and educating students with dyslexia and related specific learning differences such as visual and auditory processing and attention deficits.

DLC NURSE & LEARN 4101-1 College St., 32205 | (904) 387-0370 | |

Executive Director: Heather Corey Mission & Vision: DLC Nurse & Learn’s mission is to provide year-round, highquality education, nursing care, and therapies to children of all abilities so that children and families can reach their maximum potential.

THE DONNA FOUNDATION 11762 Marco Beach Dr. Ste. 6, 32224 | (904) 551-0732 |

Founder: Donna Deegan Executive Director: Amanda Napolitano Mission & Vision: To provide financial assistance and support to those living with breast cancer and to fund ground-breaking breast cancer research.




13245 Atlantic Blvd., #4-156, 32225 | (904) 290-3320 |

6500 Bowden Rd., Ste. 290, 32216 | (904) 208-2044 |

Founder: Donovin Darius Mission & Vision: To educate, equip and empower individuals in identifying their purpose and to maximize their potential, serving the hearts, souls and minds of families in Northeast Florida.

President/CEO: Denise Marzullo Mission & Vision: Our mission is to lead and support the early learning community in building the best foundation for children birth to five. Our vision is that we are Jacksonville’s first stop for early learning through collaborative leadership that ensures: All children receive high-quality care and learning, All families have the support they need for their children to succeed, and All children are ready for their academic and lifelong success.

DON’T MISS A BEAT, INC. - DMAB Community Art Center 2839 W. Beaver St., 32254 | PO Box 6697, 32236 | (904) 385-4001 |

Director of Programs: Esther Poitier, Director of Development: Gwendolyn Owens Mission & Vision: The mission of DMAB is to blend music, art, academic achievement, and civic engagement to inspire and enlighten children and teens in the Riverside, Brooklyn and Woodstock communities.

DOUGLAS ANDERSON SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS FOUNDATION 2445 San Diego Rd., 32207 | (904) 208-0962

Executive Director: Jacqueline Cornelius Mission & Vision: The Foundation strives to further the arts program at Douglas Anderson School for the Arts and the talents of the students who attend the school.

DOWNTOWN ECUMENICAL SERVICES COUNCIL 215 N. Ocean St., 32202 | (904) 358-7955 | |

Executive Director: David Clark Mission & Vision: The Downtown Ecumenical Services Council provides emergency assistance to people in need through financial assistance, food distribution, clothing assistance and case management.

DOWN SYNDROME ASSOCIATION OF JACKSONVILLE 8011 Philips Hwy., Ste. 7, 32256 | (904) 353-6300 |

Executive Director: Debbie Revels Mission & Vision: To help people with Down Syndrome achieve their full potential and to create a community that is educated, supportive, and inclusive of individuals with Down Syndrome.

DREAMS COME TRUE OF JACKSONVILLE 6803 Southpoint Pkwy., 32216 | (904) 296-3030 |

Executive Director: Sheri K. Criswell Mission & Vision: To use the power of a dream to bring hope and joy to local children battling life-threatening illnesses.


ELDERSOURCE 10688 Old St. Augustine Rd., 32257 | (904) 391-6600 |

CEO: Linda Levin Mission & Vision: ElderSource empowers people to live and age with independence and dignity in their homes and community.

ELEVATE JACKSONVILLE PO Box 551052, 32255 | 904-878-1981 |

Executive Director: Jon Heymann M.Ed. Mission & Vision: To build long-term, life-changing relationships with urban youth, equipping them to thrive and contribute to their community.

EMERGENCY PREGNANCY SERVICES 1637 King St., 32204 | (904) 308-7510 |

Executive Director: Sandra S. Duggan Mission & Vision: Growing Parenting Choices, a ministry of Ascension St. Vincent’s, empowers women to make informed decisions regarding pregnancy, saves lives, counsels and mentors teens and women through pregnancy.

EMPOWERMENT RESOURCES, INC. 3832-010 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 348, 32217 | (904) 268-8287 |

Executive Director: Elexia Coleman-Moss Mission & Vision: Empowerment Resources works to make children and families stronger and empowers them to be successful leaders in the community today, for a better tomorrow.

EPIC OUTREACH P.O. Box 77479, 32226 | (904) 274-1177 | |

Founder: Jessie Miller Mission & Vision: EPIC Outreach exists to inspire compassion by sharing information to create a kinder world for people, animals, and the environment.


National Headquarters - One Waterfowl Way, Memphis, TN 38120 1-800-45DUCKS or (901) 758-3825 |

5209 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 102, 32207 | (904) 731-3752 |

Regional Director (South Georgia/North Florida): Jarrett Lafferty Mission & Vision: Ducks Unlimited is the world’s leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation.

CEO: Karen Egozi Mission & Vision: Epilepsy Florida is dedicated to supporting those impacted by epilepsy by confronting the spectrum of challenges created by seizures.



P.O. Box 16304, 32245 | |

8649 Baypine Rd., Ste. 300, Bldg. 7, 32256 | (904) 726-1500 |

Chapter President: Carol Bailey-White Mission & Vision: Connecting people with nature, conserving and restoring natural ecosystems, focusing on birds and other wildlife.

CEO: Connie Stophel Mission & Vision: The mission of ECS is to create opportunity so that the children we serve can achieve their full potential. Our vision is to be a recognized leader in early childhood education, using research and best practices to help families ensure their children enter school ready to learn.

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Board President: Shawn DeVries Mission & Vision: Through camaraderie and a shared spirit of service, Exchange Club is a group of men and women who come together, working to make Jacksonville a better place to live through four pillars of service: Americanism, child abuse prevention, community service and youth programs.

EXCHANGE CLUB FAMILY CENTER 3119 Spring Glen Rd., Ste. 111, 32207 | (904) 306-9318 |

Executive Director: Barbara Alexander Mission & Vision: For 25 years, the Exchange Club Family Center of Northeast Florida has offered free, in-home parent aide services to at-risk families across Jacksonville’s First Coast to deter child abuse and strengthen families.

FAMILY NURTURING CENTER OF FLORIDA 2759 Bartley Cir., 32207 | (904) 389-4244 |

Executive Director: Elaine Jacobs Mission & Vision: The Family Nurturing Center is dedicated to the needs of children and families in crisis throughout Florida.

FAMILY PROMISE OF JACKSONVILLE 431 University Blvd. N., 32211 | (904) 354-1818 |

I Get to Be Mom Again! Chelsie was 28 years old when her addiction began. Growing up, she was abused physically and sexually. After receiving pills for a gallbladder issue, Chelsie noticed that the pills gave her a false sense of confidence and security that everything was okay. The pills minimized, at least momentarily, some of the hardships and pain that she was dealing with. In chasing that relief, she developed a drug habit where she was consuming 10-15 pills a day. When she couldn’t support her addiction anymore, she started stealing and pawning items to support her habit. After stealing from her family, she turned herself into the authorities and was brought to City Rescue Mission and their Crossroads Program. When she entered the program, she had 2 small children and was in the middle of a divorce. Chelsie made the decision to focus on being the best woman she could be. While in the Crossroads Program, she realized that she wanted something more long-term and Christ-based to help with her recovery, so she talked to a CRM staff member about entering the LifeBuilders Recovery Program. “I’ve seen my life transform before my own eyes during my time in the LifeBuilders Program,” said Chelsie. “Being able to be surrounded by women going through the same thing, knowing that we are not alone in this, has been so encouraging. The staff at CRM shows us so much love and reminds us that we have value.” While in the program, Chelsie reached out to her ex-husband to tell him about LifeBuilders and what it had done for her, and she was shocked when he replied that he wanted her to see their children. While at a park with her ex-husband and children, her ex-husband said that he could see God in Chelsie and that she was forgiven. “Being with my children that day, it was like I had never left,” said Chelsie. “It’s been an amazing experience. I’ve been able to reunite with my children and it’s all because of God and City Rescue Mission. Now, I just want to be the best mom I can be for my family.”


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Executive Director: Mark Landschoot Mission & Vision: Family Promise is an interfaith hospitality network providing temporary assistance, hospitality and case management for families with children experiencing homelessness.

FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES OF NORTH FLORIDA, INC. 1300 Riverplace Blvd., Ste. 700, 32207 | (904) 421-5800 |

CEO: Jennifer Petion Mission & Vision: Our mission is to be the leader in providing safety, stability, and quality of life for all children by working with the community to strengthen the family unit. Our vision is that children grow up connected to their own families, supported by families and embraced by the community; that children have the opportunity to achieve in school and to learn to be productive citizens; and that citizens of Duval and Nassau counties, organizations and agencies recognize that child protection is a community responsibility and represents the best interests of all county residents.

FEEDING NORTHEAST FLORIDA 1116 Edgewood Ave. N., Units D/E, 32254 | (904) 513-1333 |

Executive Director: Susan King Mission & Vision: To nourish hope and restore dignity for those living with hunger in Northeast Florida through access to nutritious food, innovative programming and education.

FIREHOUSE SUBS PUBLIC SAFETY FOUNDATION 12735 Gran Bay Pkwy., Ste. 150, 32258 | (904) 606-5148 |

Executive Director: Robin Peters Mission & Vision: The foundation’s mission is to impact the lifesaving capabilities and the lives of local heroes and their communities.

FIRST COAST CULTURAL CENTER 3972 Third St. S., Jacksonville Beach, 32250 | (904) 280-0614

Executive Director: Donna Guzzo Mission & Vision: First Coast Cultural Center brings the arts into the life of the community through arts education, exhibitions and outreach, and by honoring a donor-driven philosophy.




6817 Norwood Ave., 32208 | (904) 425-0005 |

11900 Biscayne Blvd., Ste. 288, N. Miami, 33181 | (305) 631-2134

CEO: Jennifer Barker Mission & Vision: First Coast No More Homeless Pets’s mission is to make veterinary care affordable and accessible to all as we save lives by keeping dogs and cats in homes and out of shelters, provide low-cost spay/neuter services with emphasis on feral/community cats, and deliver a broad range of related programs and services.

CEO: Tracy Jacim Mission & Vision: Dedicated to ending breast cancer through advocacy, education and research.



40 E. Adams St., Ste. 229, 32202 | (407) 694-5213 |

645 Cesery Blvd., 32211 | (904) 479-6325 |

Program Director: Davis Bales Mission & Vision: Our mission is to help teenagers from seventh through twelfth grade establish strong character, learn life skills, and develop physically and emotionally through the sport of rowing.

Executive Director: Sabeen Perwaiz Mission & Vision: The Florida Nonprofit Alliance informs, promotes, and strengthens the nonprofit sector in order to create more vibrant communities across the state.

FLORIDA PANCREAS CANCER COALITION, INC. 13007 Chets Creek Dr. N., 32224 | (904) 434-3089 |

FIRST TEE - NORTH FLORIDA 101 E. Town Pl., Ste. 100, St. Augustine, 32092 | (904) 810-2231 |

Executive Director: Jeff Willoughby Mission & Vision: First Tee - North Florida works to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.

FLORIDA BALLET JACKSONVILLE 10131 Atlantic Blvd., 32225 | (904) 353-7518 |

Executive Director: Martha Lemire Mission & Vision: The mission of The Florida Ballet is to enrich and inspire the cultural landscape of our community through the education and art of classical ballet.

President: Anna Murphy Mission & Vision: The goal of FLPCC is to invest in local, world class, pancreas cancer research, where our neighbors are part of the team and can see the value of their contributions and know where they are being spent.

FLORIDA STATE COLLEGE FOUNDATION 501 W. State St., Ste. 104, 32202 | (904) 633-8100 |

Executive Director: Cleve Warren Mission & Vision: Florida State College Foundation strives to secure financial resources for Florida State College at Jacksonville to provide students in need access to an affordable, quality education and to enhance the lives and the economic development of Northeast Florida.

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Success Story CSI GIVES BACK

FLORIDA THEATRE 128 E. Forsyth St., 32202 | (904) 355-2787 |

President: Numa C. Saisselin Mission & Vision: Our mission, as a nonprofit organization, is to enhance the North Florida community’s quality of life by providing diverse and memorable arts and entertainment experiences, and by preserving a unique historic Jacksonville landmark.

FOOTPRINTS OF ANGELS P.O. Box 3565, 32206 | 904-707-3802 |

Founder: Vernetta Stewart Mission & Vision: Footprints of Angels supports women impacted by recurring pregnancy loss and infertility. The organization was established to help women through their grief and shame and to help them heal.

FOSTER CLOSET 730 St. Johns Bluff Rd. | (904) 629-2116 | |

Co-Founder and President: Tammy McGuire Mission & Vision: To provide a free resource to foster parents, kinship and non-relative placements as well as teens living independently to access clothing, children’s accessories, toys, and children’s furniture and household items for the young adults aging out of the foster care system. We are more than just a clothing resource; we are a support to the foster care community.

Changing Lives, One Backpack at a Time The philanthropic division of CSI Companies, CSI Gives Back, believes in empowering children to do more and be more, no matter the circumstances of where or how they grow up. CSI Gives Back’s partnership with Sadie T. Tillis Elementary is a great example of their passion for giving back. School social workers like Susan Merrett help organizations like CSI Gives Back figure out where funding will have the most impact. She’s been a social worker for over 30 years and was Duval County Public Schools’ Social Worker of the Year in 2020. Merrett suggested that CSI provide backpacks for students at the beginning of the 2021 school year. Sadie T. Tillis principal Helen Dunbar says, “The donations of school supplies and backpacks for ALL our students helps alleviate worries of preparedness from our parents and set the tone for academic success. In addition to the school supplies, each student was blessed this year with school uniform shirts to help with building school pride.” CSI Gives Back Board Secretary and Ambassador of Giving, Deborah Valentine, was on hand for the backpack distribution at Sadie T. Tillis. As the students choose their backpack from a variety of options displayed on cafeteria tables, one fifth grade boy was overwhelmed with excitement at having a purple galaxy design on his new bag. But by the time his lunch hour came, the galaxy backpacks were all taken. He was heartbroken. He began to cry, as no amount of coaxing by teachers or CSI staff could console him or persuade him to choose another backpack. Finally, Deborah got down to his level, looked him in the eye, and said, “If you can wait until tomorrow, I’ll go out and find a galaxy backpack for you. Can you wait for me?” The look on his face spoke volumes: it said clearly that plenty of adults in his life had made promises they never kept. But he was willing to take a chance on Deborah, who promised herself she had to shop every Walmart between Jacksonville and Daytona to find that backpack. She delivered it the next day. Giving back is personal, and it changes lives.


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FRESHMINISTRIES 1131 N. Laura St., 32206 | (904) 355-0000 |

Founder: Rev. Dr. Robert V. Lee III Mission & Vision: Empowering communities through equal access to educational tools for children, health initiatives, and enhanced economic opportunities through small business support and career training, all designed to eradicate poverty and improve quality of life.

FRIDAY MUSICALE 645 Oak St., 32204 | (904) 355-7584 |

Interim Executive Director: Jonathan Lacey, D.M. Mission & Vision: Historic Friday Musicale provides free classical, jazz, and world music concerts; scholarships to talented young musicians; and community outreach to local schools and nonprofit partners. Venue rentals for civic, social, and charitable events available.

FRIENDS OF JACKSONVILLE ANIMALS c/o Animal Care and Protective Services, 2020 Forest St., 32204

President - Executive Committee: Alicia Strayer Mission & Vision: Friends of Jacksonville Animals works directly with Jacksonville’s Animal Care and Protective Services to benefit the lives of shelter animals by focusing on fundraising to assist with medical care, enrich the shelter environment, and promote adoptions to reduce euthanasia.

FRIENDS OF JAMES WELDON JOHNSON PARK 214 N. Hogan St., Ste. 114, 32202 | (904) 515-5098 |

Executive Director: Liz McCoy Mission & Vision: Friends of James Weldon Johnson Park seeks to transform Jacksonville’s oldest public park into a modern, urban space that engages diverse communities and restores vitality to our city’s public square. Our newly re-named park aims to live up to its namesake, a pioneer in Civil Rights, to create a space where “every voice in harmony” can enjoy.

FUNK-ZITIELLO FOUNDATION 830 A1A N., Ste. 13, #187, Ponte Vedra Beach, 32082 | (904) 373-0737

Director: Judith Zitiello Mission & Vision: The Funk-Zitiello Foundation seeks to help the community by taking the challenges of individuals and turning them into initiatives that can provide hope and funding to those dealing with extraordinary obstacles.


GABRIEL HOUSE OF CARE 4599 Worrall Way, 32224 | (904) 821-8995 |

Executive Director: Valerie Callahan Mission & Vision: To provide affordable, temporary lodging in a “community of healing” environment for adult organ transplant and cancer patients and their caregivers who come to Jacksonville for medical treatment.

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GARDEN CLUB OF JACKSONVILLE 1005 Riverside Ave., 32204 | (904) 355-4224 | |

President: Betsy Powers Mission & Vision: The Garden Club of Jacksonville is dedicated to education, beautification, and conservation citywide with gardening projects at The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, the Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens, Tree Hill, and The St. Johns Riverkeeper.

GATEWAY COMMUNITY SERVICES 555 Stockton St., 32204 | (904) 387-4661 |

President/CEO: Candace Hodgkins, Ph.D., LMHC Mission & Vision: Gateway Community Services helps deliver effective treatment and recovery services based on proven steps to help people suffering from alcoholism, drug addiction and related mental health issues.

Soon-to-be-renovated Creekside/Cedarwood Cottage.

THE GIRLS GONE GREEN P.O. Box 331745, Atlantic Beach, 32233 |

Executive Director: Julie Watkins Mission & Vision: To draw attention and proper action to critical issues through outreach and education to protect our planet’s resources, animal welfare and human health.

GIRLS INC. OF JACKSONVILLE 100 Festival Park Ave., 32202 | (904) 731-9933 |

CEO: Robin Rose Mission & Vision: Girls Incorporated works to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold by being a leading advocacy organization dedicated to extending girls’ voices, issues, and concerns to policy makers, corporations, and the media.

GIRLS ON THE RUN 3986 Blvd. Center Dr., Ste. 102, 32207 | (904) 619-6763 | |

Executive Director: Laura Lasko Mission & Vision: To inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. The nonprofit envisions a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.

GIRL SCOUTS OF GATEWAY COUNCIL 7077 Bonneval Rd., Ste. 420, 32216 | (904) 388-4653 |

CEO: Mary Anne Jacobs, Deputy CEO: TriciaRae Stancato Mission & Vision: Girl Scouts of Gateway Council helps to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

GLEANERS DISPATCH, INC. 8207 103rd St., 32210 | (904) 777-6344 |

Founder & President: H. David Fountain Mission & Vision: To challenge hunger by bringing relief to people on fixed but inadequate incomes: senior citizens, disabled, single parents, the under-employed or unemployed between jobs.

GOODWILL INDUSTRIES OF NORTH FLORIDA 4527 Lenox Ave., 32205 | (904) 384-1361 |

CEO: Bob Thayer Mission & Vision: Goodwill Industries is the nation’s largest private provider of training and employment services for people with disabilities and special needs.

Planned new Creekside/Cedarwood Cottage.

Building on Success Despite the impacts of the continuing pandemic, the Daniel team stayed focused throughout 2021 on achieving its primary goal – creating a more welcoming and healing environment for the children they serve on site. Daniel was founded as a local orphanage in 1884. The agency now serves an average of 3,500 kids and high-risk families each day, connecting children with caring foster or adoptive families, offering homeless teens shelter and support, and strengthening at-risk families. Yet, Daniel is likely best-known for providing counseling for abused and troubled children on its 10-acre Southside campus. Daniel President/CEO Lesley Wells said that the campus, initially built in 1968, is the only local facility equipped with a residential setting to help kids who’ve dealt with abuse, experienced severe neglect, or have serious emotional or behavioral issues. “The exceptional care our team provides our children has evolved through the years, yet the infrastructure here has not kept pace,” Wells said. That’s why Daniel’s team has worked to raise funds to renovate the campus, building-by-building, starting with the cottages where Daniel kids reside. An enhanced environment that allows for today’s best treatment practices is essential in the children’s healing. Daniel is not only committed to making that happen, but with community support, has been successful in doing so. In fact, the agency celebrated the rededication of the newly renovated Haynes Cottage in spring of 2021, and by early fall, raised the additional funds needed to refurbish the Creekside/Cedarwood Cottage, which should be complete in spring of 2022. “Community support was key in accomplishing these goals,” Wells said. “It’s still very much needed moving forward as there are three more cottages to renovate. I hope, when people consider charitable giving in 2022, they’ll think of Daniel and help us improve our children’s surroundings or support the proven programs that assist them.” To be a part of building success on Daniel’s campus, or give in another way, visit




GRACE MINISTRY OF HELPING HANDS 1620 Naldo Ave., 32207 | 904-885-5989 | |

Co-Founder: Kathleen Jackson Mission & Vision: Grace Ministry of Helping Hands rescues women on the streets and provides intervention for women recently released from incarceration.

GREATER JACKSONVILLE AREA USO P.O. Box 108, Bldg. 1050, NAS Jacksonville, 32212 | (904) 778-2821 |

Executive Director: Mike O’Brien Mission & Vision: The Greater Jacksonville Area USO provides more than $1 million annually in services through a wide variety of programs and is the channel for community participation during every war effort and in peacetime.

GREENSCAPE OF JACKSONVILLE, INC. 1468 Hendricks Ave., 32207 | (904) 398-5757 |

Interim Executive Director: Lisa Grubba Mission & Vision: Greenscape plants, protects, and promotes trees.

Rudy and his family at Walt Disney World for his Disney Dream (1999).

Rudy in 2020 entering the University of Florida’s Jacksonville pediatric program

The Power of Dream “I woke up to a morning that would change my life forever.” Those were the written words from Rudy Wells’ letter to Dreams Come True in 2020, recapping the start of his journey with acute lymphoblastic leukemia as a child and the impact Dreams Come True would have on him and his family. We are honored to share with you Rudy’s full letter, which discusses his medical journey, the impact of his dream, and his goal for the future. His words truly express the power of a dream. I woke up to a morning that would change my life forever. My stomach was in a knot as my mom stared in shock at the bruises that covered my entire body. I still remember the anxiety and tension in her voice when she called my dad to explain how sick I appeared. I had a smile on my face when we picked up my dad from work on our way to the hospital. We made it through the main entrance, I could not hold on any longer, I collapsed losing consciousness. I slowly woke up to the sound of the steady beat of the heart machine and three blurry figures talking about my condition. I will never forget my dad asking “Is there any way that you can give this to me so my son does not have to go through this?” I soon discovered that I had acute lymphoblastic leukemia. After enduring years of intensive chemotherapy, cranial radiation, and many hospital stays, I was able to make a full recovery. Through my journey, I have been able to experience much joy through several nonprofit organizations that have truly made a difference in my life. One of which being Dreams Come True. My family and I enjoyed a trip to Disney World and Sea World, having so much fun in the process. This trip allowed us to take a step away from treatments and have an experience of a lifetime. I think of the fond memories of meeting all the Disney characters, riding all the rides, and seeing my family happy. I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you for the wonderful experience and the time I was able to spend with my family in the face of such an eye-opening experience. From a young age I have wanted to make a difference in the lives of families that are battling childhood cancer. During my life, I have had the privilege working with several nonprofit organizations with the same goal of helping these families. My ultimate goal is to become a pediatric oncologist so that I can inspire hope, compassion, and care. Rudy graduated from medical school and entered the University of Florida’s Jacksonville pediatric program, where he trained at Wolfson’s Children Hospital with the hopes of specializing in pediatric oncology. We were honored to be part of Rudy’s journey and create memories from his dream that are still making a difference even today. Learn how you can give back to help children realize their dreams, by visiting our


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GREENWOOD SCHOOL 9920 Regency Square Blvd., 32225 | (904) 726-5000 |

Head of School: Jacqueline Herman Mission & Vision: The Greenwood School’s Mission is to provide a challenging and supportive education to middle and high school students with learning differences. Through adaptive, multisensory instruction and a positive environment, students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve their highest potential in the classroom and beyond.

GREYHOUNDS AS PETS OF NORTHEAST FLORIDA P.O. Box 959, Orange Park, FL 32067 | 904-389-2934 |

Mission & Vision: We intend to be a safety net for all greyhounds in the northeast Florida area.

GROUNDWORK JACKSONVILLE P.O. Box 13295, 32206 | (904) 598-5664 |

Chief Executive Officer: Kay Ehas Mission & Vision: Groundwork Jacksonville’s mission is to bring about the sustained regeneration, improvement and management of the physical environment by developing community-based partnerships which empower people, businesses and organizations to promote environmental, economic and social well-being.

GUARDIAN ad LITEM FOUNDATION OF FLORIDA’S FIRST COAST, INC. P.O. Box 10198, 32247-0198 | (904) 255-8440 |

Board Chair: Felecia Walker Mission & Vision: The Guardian ad Litem Program serves as the exclusive advocate for abused, neglected, and abandoned children in Duval, Clay, and Nassau Counties. Guardians are volunteers, or special advocates, whose job is to serve as the voice of the child – a voice that is separate from the child’s family members, foster care providers, attorneys, or social workers.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY JACKSONVILLE (HABIJAX) 2404 Hubbard St., 32206 | (904) 798-4529 |

President & CEO: Monte Walker Mission & Vision: Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope so that the world might become a place where everyone has a decent residence to live.

HART FELT MINISTRIES 7235 Bentley Rd., #108, 32256 | (904) 861-2799 | |

President/Executive Director: Kelly Moorman Coggins Mission & Vision: Our vision is a community where frail seniors no longer fear where and how they age.


HAVEN (FORMERLY HAVEN HOSPICE) 9143 Philips Hwy., Ste. 480, 32256 | (877) 379-6270 |

President: Pauline Taylor, RN, MHA Mission & Vision: Honoring life by providing comfort, care and compassion to individuals and families we serve. Haven is the choice for end-of-life and advanced illness care.

HEAL FOUNDATION P.O. Box 140, Ponte Vedra Beach, 32004 | (904) 716-4198 |

Contact: Jason Gurka Mission & Vision: Inspiring, educating, and funding services for those affected by autism in our community.



HEALTHYUNOW FOUNDATION 3800 Joe Ashton Rd., St. Augustine, 32092 | (904) 834-2938 |

Founder & President: Dr. Julie Buckley Mission & Vision: The HealthyUNow Foundation recognizes autism as an environmentally induced medical illness. Its mission is to develop virtual and physical communities that support the treatment of autism for individuals and their families in a Healthy Living* environment. We believe that children on the autism spectrum are the “canaries in the coal mine” (highly sensitive to the environment). They need safe havens that provide comprehensive services for them and their families. *Healthy Living — sustainably built using materials that minimize exposure to substances that can be detrimental to health.

HEARING LOSS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA – JACKSONVILLE CHAPTER 11250 Old St. Augustine Rd., Ste. 15123, 32257 | (904) 631-6357,

Chapter President: Tom Logue Mission & Vision: The mission of HLAA is to open the world of communication to people with hearing loss by providing information, education, support and advocacy.

HEART FOR CHILDREN INC. 1429 Winthrop St., 32206 | (904) 619-6792 |

Founder & CEO: Joyce Brinson Mission & Vision: Heart for Children is a family-oriented organization that teaches the importance of education and team building. One of HFC’s many goals is for children to grow into productive adults who will one day positively give back to their communities.

HELPING WIN (WOMEN IN NEED), INC. 4940 Emerson St., Ste. 107, 32207 | (904) 831-6046 | |

Founder/Executive Director: Gwen Gallagher-Howard Mission & Vision: Helping WIN is a nonprofit founded to provide emergency cash assistance to women battling poverty through partner agencies in Northeast Florida.

HENDERSON HAVEN 772 Foxridge Center Dr., Orange Park, 32065 | (904) 264-2522 |

Founders: Lee and Sherri Henderson Mission & Vision: To protect and support the inherent rights of all people, including those who are developmentally disabled, to choose where and with whom they work, live and play.

HER SONG 10700 Beach Blvd., Unit 17807, 32245 | (904) 513-0203 |

Founder: Rachel White Mission & Vision: Her Song is interrupting the cycle of human trafficking and leading the exploited to freedom through survivor care, victim outreach, and education. Her Song envisions a world where every girl is free.

AED Granted By Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Saves Georgia Student’s Life It was a routine morning at Carrollton High School in Georgia. Students were hanging out before class when a sophomore student suddenly collapsed. The staff immediately went into action, locating the school’s automated external defibrillator (AED) which is used in sudden cardiac arrest emergencies. Thanks to their quick action and the right equipment on hand, the student’s life was saved without any long-term health consequences. The AED used to save his life was awarded by Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation in partnership with CLEAR Coalition, an organization that provides AEDs and critical training to schools and organizations in Georgia. “This grant award truly made all the difference in this student’s outcome and we couldn’t be more grateful.” – Craig George, Assistant Superintendent of Operations, Carrollton City Schools Just three years prior, a North Carolina student’s life was saved using an AED awarded to Union High School. This wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of donors nation-wide helping the Foundation provide lifesaving equipment and resources to schools, non-profits and public safety organizations across the country.



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HOPE FOR A BETTER LIFE 9801-12 Baymeadows Rd., PMD #148, 32256 | (904) 333-9448 |


President/Board Chair: Dr. Mary Pentel Mission & Vision: Hope for a Better Life, Inc. is dedicated to improving the quality of life for socially and economically disadvantaged children and adults in Northeast Florida by focusing on a different local nonprofit each year to promote its mission, raise awareness and funds.

HOPE HAVEN CHILDREN’S CLINIC & FAMILY CENTER 4600 Beach Blvd., 32207 | (904) 346-5100 |

CEO: Stella Johnson Mission & Vision: Hope Haven provides excellence in educational, psychological and related therapeutic services for children, families and young adults with special needs.

HUBBARD HOUSE P.O. Box 4909, 32201 | (904) 354-0076 |

CEO: Dr. Gail A. Patin Mission & Vision: Hubbard House’s mission is safety, empowerment and social change for victims of domestic violence and their families. Hubbard House’s vision is Every Relationship Violence-Free.

HUGS FROM HUNTER 230 Canal Blvd., Ste. 2, Ponte Vedra Beach, 32082 | (507) 259-2726 |

The Wetlands Experience opens at Greenwood The mission of Greenwood School is to support students with learning differences and to provide a challenging and supportive education in a space that promotes multi-sensory learning and outdoor exploration. Thanks to the vision of Mr. David Stein, Greenwood School moved from a church building onto a beautiful campus set on 10 acres of protected Wetlands. At this campus, Greenwood students are encouraged to explore and learn about the world around them. The trail system that has been used for the past 19 years was designed by Ms. Krug and consisted of narrow trails that were not easily accessible for students with mobility difficulties and at times were completely inaccessible due to flooding. This is something we strived to change, and after presenting our idea to the The Weaver Family Foundation Fund, Greenwood School was able to secure a generous grant that enabled us to build our current ADA accessible trail system. Students of all ages now use the Wetlands as an extension to their classrooms in all subject areas. Curriculum is designed around this unique area and students are inspired for art projects, English papers and scientific study. Our high school students take part in water testing for Jones Creek and submit their data to St. Johns River Keeper. They also track and monitor indigenous and invasive species of animals and plants in the area. The focus on real-life application and environmental awareness ensures Greenwood students receive a first class education and a passion for exploration and environmental awareness which remains with them after graduation. We want to thank David Stein for his vision for Greenwood School and J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver for their support in making the Wetlands Experience at Greenwood School a reality.


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Founder: Laurie K. Hodges Mission & Vision: To heal hearts by serving those in need in the community.

HUMBLE HARVEST MINISTRIES 4446-1A Hendricks Ave., Ste. 310, 33207 |

Leaders: Lori and BJ Ibach Mission & Vision: The goal of this annual outreach is to continue to give, in Jesus’s name, to those in need in our communities, through a super-size, free garage sale.

HUNGER FIGHT 2935 Dawn Rd., 32207 | (904) 374-5623 |

Founder: Sherri Porter Mission & Vision: Our Mission is to end hunger and illiteracy through the provision of nutritious meals to children, seniors, and families in need and ageappropriate books to preschoolers by engaging communities and mobilizing partners. Our vision is that all children and families will have access to food, book programs and the tools necessary to achieve success in future endeavors.


Contact: Michal Biletzki Mission & Vision: Our mission is to improve the lives of everyone affected by Huntington’s disease and their families.

I’M A STAR FOUNDATION 3909 Soutel Dr., 32208 | (904) 924-0756 |

Founder & Executive Director: Betty Burney Mission & Vision: To empower youth to believe they are solution-oriented STARS (Smart Talented And Resilient Students) destined to change the world!

INN MINISTRY P.O. Box 7252, 32238 | (904) 388-7730 | |

Executive Director: Judith Newberg Mission & Vision: The Inn Ministry promotes and encourages mothers to become spiritually, physically and mentally stable so they will be capable of providing a home for their children and to become productive members of society.



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1625 Atlantic Blvd., 32207 | (904) 384-0775 | |

Founders: Gary and Terry Roberts Mission & Vision: The nonprofit promotes the protection, restoration and rational management of all river and ocean resources, and supports environmental education through scholarships, conservation programs and fishing tournaments.


IN THE PINK 522 Third Street N., Jacksonville Beach, 32250 | (904) 372-0029 |

CEO/Founder: Jeri Millard Mission & Vision: In the Pink is a nonprofit boutique and salon dedicated to helping women heal, cope and survive the effects of cancer– physically and emotionally.


President: Jayne Jett Mission & Vision: Founded in 1914, the philanthropic association has a continuous history of supporting the greater Jacksonville community. Recognized for its achievements by the National Panhellenic Council, JAPA members have given over 25,000 volunteer service hours to help those in the community.


President: Kevin Blalock Mission & Vision: The Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens seeks to cultivate a unique environment for recreation, education and inspiration.

JACKSONVILLE AREA LEGAL AID 126 W. Adams St., 32202 | (904) 356-8371 |

President/CEO: James A. Kowalski, Jr. Esq. Mission & Vision: The Jacksonville Area Legal Aid works to assist our lowincome neighbors in our community with civil legal problems.


CEO: Cindy Watson Mission & Vision: The Jacksonville Area Sexual Minority Youth Network works to support and empower lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth by creating safe space, providing youth development services and bringing people and resources together to promote diversity and human rights.

JACKSONVILLE ARTISTS GUILD 4627 Glenwood Avenue, 32205 | jacksonvilleartistguild@gmail

President & Chair: Annelies Dykgraaf Mission & Vision: The Jacksonville Artists Guild is dedicated to elevating artistic awareness and participation by artists through dynamic programs and exhibitions that enhance, encourage and promote the arts.

JAX CHAMBER FOUNDATION 3 Independent Dr., 32202 | (904) 366-6633 |

President: Dawn Adams Mission & Vision: The JAX Chamber Foundation serves Northeast Florida in funding workforce development, leadership and entrepreneurial education programs in support of long-term regional prosperity.

A Family Working to Turn Type 1 into Type None When seven-year-old Josie Moore started losing weight, eating differently, and dealing with extreme thirst, her parents knew something was wrong. Originally diagnosed with strep throat and sent home with antibiotics by a nurse practitioner, Josie’s condition worsened and was taken back to see the pediatrician the next day. After checking her blood sugar, the pediatrician said the words no parent wants to hear: “your child has type one diabetes” (T1D). As they were rushed to the hospital by ambulance, Lisa tried to understand that her daughter would be dependent on insulin just to stay alive. With very little knowledge of this newly acquired autoimmune disease, they were given a JDRF Bag of Hope in the hospital the morning after Josie’s diagnosis. In the bag was Rufus, the bear, who helped Josie through many difficult days after her diagnosis. After practicing with Rufus, Josie was able to teach herself to give her own shots just days after she got home from the hospital. Within a week of returning home from the hospital, an Outreach Volunteer from the local JDRF Chapter reached out to the Moore family. “We knew we had a support group around us,” says Josie’s dad, Jason. “Probably most importantly, Josie was meeting other kids through different JDRF events. She knew she wasn’t out there on her own, but there were other kids out there just like her.” Not only was Josie receiving support from JDRF, but her own siblings rallied around her as well. Her oldest sister, Jonah, stepped right in and learned very quickly how to help take care of her so the responsibility wasn’t placed on just their parents. Josie’s other sisters, Jorja and Jayma, and her little brother, Judah, also stepped up to make sure their sister was taken care of and always felt supported. A fun activity they all do together is paint Josie’s Omnipod Insulin Pump sites with designs and words like “brave” to show their sister that their love and support for her is unwavering; they’re all in this together as a team. Now almost seven years since Josie’s diagnosis, she has become a T1D champion: participating in JDRF’s annual Walk, advocating and fundraising in our community, and participating in T1D clinical trials. “We’re closer than we’ve ever been to a cure, but there’s a lot left to do,” explains Josie’s mom, Lisa. “There’s a lot of people working tirelessly for this. Without the funding, they can’t keep working. Wouldn’t it be great if the next seven-year-old girl who is diagnosed actually did see a cure within five years?”






10131 Atlantic Blvd., 32225| (904) 353-1636 |

Jacksonville National Cemetery, 4083 Lannie Rd., 32218 | (954)647-5123 |

Contact: Jordan Rae Goronal Mission & Vision: The mission of the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus is to provide a high-quality choral music education for children of diverse backgrounds, fostering teamwork, self-discipline, accomplishment and pride while filling an important cultural need in the community and sharing the beauty of the choral art form through artistically excellent performances.

Chairwoman: Linda Edell Mission & Vision: No Veteran will be buried alone in the Jacksonville National Cemetery. The Jacksonville Ladies serve as the “final witness” for all burials in the Jacksonville National Cemetery—to honor those who have served our nation and to be present especially for those when there is no family or friends to attend.

JACKSONVILLE CIVIC COUNCIL 31 W. Adams St., Ste. 204, 32202 | (904) 354-0530 |

President & CEO: Jeanne Miller Mission & Vision: To help resolve community issues by studying a problem, proposing one or more solutions, advocating for change, and providing resources and support.

JACKSONVILLE DOG CAFÉ (904) 610-0746 |

Executive Director: Carolyn Snowden Mission & Vision: The Jax Dog Café assists other animal rescue nonprofit organizations with adoption efforts by providing a small, intimate, stress-free environment for homeless dogs to meet and greet with prospective forever families.

THE JACKSONVILLE HISTORICAL SOCIETY, INC. 314 Palmetto St., 32202 | (904) 665-0064 | and

Chief Executive Officer: Alan J. Bliss, Ph.D. Mission & Vision: The mission of the Jacksonville Historical Society is to strengthen citizenship by engaging and educating Jacksonville’s people about their history, through preserving and sharing the evidence of the city’s past, and by advocating the value of historic preservation.

JACKSONVILLE HUMANE SOCIETY 8464 Beach Blvd., 32216 | (904) 493-4606 | |

Contact: Theresa Scordo Mission & Vision: The Jacksonville Humane Society’s mission is to provide care, comfort and compassion to pets in need while engaging the hearts, hands and minds of our community to end the killing of shelter animals.

JACKSONVILLE PUBLIC EDUCATION FUND 40 E. Adams St., Ste. 110, 32202 | (904) 356-7757 |

President: Rachael Tutwiler Fortune Mission & Vision: We spark innovation, relationships, and resources to power the potential within and around our public schools to achieve excellent outcomes for all students. Our vision is that every student is inspired and prepared for success in college or a career and life.

JACKSONVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION 303 N. Laura St., #334, 32202 | (904) 255-6192 |

Board & Governance Committee Chair: Kathy McIlvaine Mission & Vision: The Jacksonville Public Library Foundation helps to strengthen the ability of the Jacksonville Public Library to serve as an educational and cultural resource for the community.

JACKSONVILLE SCHOOL FOR AUTISM 9000 Southside Blvd., Bldg. 900, 32256 (904) 993-0045 |

Founder & Executive Director: Michelle Dunham Mission & Vision: Jacksonville School for Autism (JSA) is dedicated to helping individuals with autism and their families by tapping into all available resources to provide “outside of the desk” thinking. With a focus on whole child development and individualized programs that encourage both family and community involvement, JSA is able to nurture each student to reach his/her full potential. Not just a place for learning, JSA creates an environment where relationships grow and lives are changed. EDUCATE. ENGAGE. INSPIRE.

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JACKSONVILLE SISTER CITIES ASSOCIATION, INC. ( JSCA) 117 W. Duval St., Ste. 275, 32202 | (904) 255-5445 |

President: Brenda Frinks Mission & Vision: The Jacksonville Sister Cities Association fosters and encourages mutual understanding, friendship and peace through cultural, economic, educational and professional exchanges between the people of Jacksonville and the people of our Sister and Friendship Cities.

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JACKSONVILLE SPEECH & HEARING CENTER Clinic: 1010 N. Davis St., 32209 | Admin: 40 E. Adams St., Ste. LL20, 32202 (904) 717-6930 | |

Contact: Jackie Culver Mission & Vision: To provide the highest quality professional and compassionate care to all individuals in our community with speech, language, and/or hearing disorders, regardless of the ability to pay.


JACKSONVILLE SYMPHONY 300 Water St., Ste. 200, 32202 (904) 354-5479 |

CEO: Steven Libman Mission & Vision: The Jacksonville Symphony’s mission is to enrich the human spirit through symphonic music.

JACKSONVILLE URBAN LEAGUE 903 W. Union St., 32202 | (904) 723-4007 |

President/CEO: Dr. Richard Danford Jr. Mission & Vision: The Jacksonville Urban League works to assist African Americans and others to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights.

JACKSONVILLE ZOO & GARDENS 370 Zoo Pkwy., 32218 | (904) 757-4463 |

Executive Director: Tony Vecchio Mission & Vision: Inspiring discovery and appreciation of the earth’s wildlife through innovative experiences in a caring environment.

JAGUARS FOUNDATION 1 TIAA Bank Field Dr., 32202 (904) 633-5437 |

Senior Vice President: Peter Racine Mission & Vision: Believing that youth represent the community’s future, the Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation is committed to support programs benefiting economically and socially disadvantaged youth, families and other NFL and team charitable initiatives.

JAXSPORTS 1 Gator Bowl Blvd., 32202 | (904) 798-1700 |

Board Chair: John Duce Mission & Vision: The mission of JAXSPORTS is to enhance and positively impact the quality of life and community pride, along with generating economic impact and growth for Northeast Florida through professional and amateur sports. Our values and goals reflect this mission.

Keeping Kids Safe at Play When the Arlington Seminole youth football team showed up for practice last fall, they were thrilled to find the Jacksonville Jaguars mascot Jaxson de Ville and the Jags cheerleaders on the sidelines. Then they got a pep talk about success from former Jaguar linebacker Kevin Hardy and attorney Curry Pajcic, both telling the kids about the importance of working hard on the field, in the classroom and in everyday life. Then came the real surprise. The Jaguars Foundation and the Law Firm of Pajcic & Pajcic donated 30 brand new Ridell helmets, one to each player on the team. These replace the old and inadequate helmets the 10-year-olds had been using. Pajcic explained that his law firm works on cases every day to try to make our roadways and the products we use safer, so this was a perfect chance to do something to make these kids safer every time they step out on the football field. And just seeing the joy on the kid’s faces as each tried on their new helmet, definitely made it all worthwhile.

THE JERICHO SCHOOL 1351 Sprinkle Dr., 32211 | (904) 744-5110 |

Executive Director: Angelo Martinez Mission & Vision: The mission of The Jericho School (non profit 501(c) 3 corporation) is to provide comprehensive, individualized science-based education not otherwise available in our community. We believe those children with autism and other developmental delays deserve the opportunity to reach their full potential. The school’s curriculum provides effective treatment and education programs to children and their families based on Applied Behavior Analysis and Verbal Behavior.



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JESSIE BALL DUPONT FUND 40 E. Adams St., Ste. 300, 32202 | (904) 353-0890 | |


President: Mari Kuraishi Mission & Vision: Our mission is to serve the communities that Jessie Ball duPont knew and loved. We envision a world in which every member of those communities feels they belong.

JEWISH COMMUNITY ALLIANCE 8505 San Jose Blvd., 32217 | (904) 730-2100 |

Executive Director: Adam Chaskin Mission & Vision: The JCA strengthens Jewish life, serves as a common meeting ground, and enhances the quality of life of the entire community.

JEWISH FAMILY & COMMUNITY SERVICES 8540 Baycenter Rd., 32256 | (904) 448-1933 | |

CEO: Colleen Rodriguez Mission & Vision: To help people help themselves and serve all persons in a nondiscriminatory manner.

The Law Firm of Pajcic & Pajcic welcomes Afghan refugees to our community with $50K donation Just imagine being forced from your homeland with little notice. You are moving a world away with only the few belongings you can carry. That is the situation Afghan citizens faced as they fled the Taliban in their country last summer for a new life in the United States. Some 200 refugees relocated to the Jacksonville area. The Law Firm of Pajcic & Pajcic immediately stepped in to help support them during their transition. The Pajcics donated $50,000 to Catholic Charities of Jacksonville, which was directly involved with helping to resettle the newcomers. The funds donated are being used for their medical needs, rent, furniture and other necessities. Some Afghans came to our country on a Special Immigrant Visa set up for those who assisted the U.S. government with translation or logistics during the war that spanned 20-years. Others are considered refugees who were able to quickly escape a dangerous situation in their country. Many of the newest residents were able to find jobs immediately upon getting to Jacksonville. Attorney Seth Pajcic had a chance to meet with some of the Afghans just after their arrival. They were beyond grateful for the support. One young refugee told Pajcic she was so thankful that people in this community were willing to help them in their time of need. Pajcic said the decision to donate to this important cause was an easy one. “We are passionate about doing all we can to welcome and help these brave Afghan refugees as they settle into a new life in Jacksonville.” A spokesperson for Catholic Charities said the extra bonus of the law firm’s donation was that it spurred others to give. The Chartrand Family Fund offered to match up to $75,000 of any money raised in 2021. The generosity in Jacksonville was overwhelming, as it appears the total received for the Afghan crisis will exceed $250,000. Catholic Charities has promised to be there to welcome the men, women and children with open arms and provide them with the tools they need to restart their lives and become self-sustained members of our community.


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JEWISH FEDERATION & FOUNDATION OF NORTHEAST FLORIDA 8505 San Jose Blvd., 32217 | (904) 448-5000 |

President: Jennifer Plotkin Mission & Vision: The Jewish Federation of Jacksonville is a fundraising organization supporting the local and global Jewish community funding local and overseas partner agencies; forging strong connections with Israel and helping Jews across the Diaspora; supporting fellow Jews in need; inspiring the next generation to embrace Jewish identity and value Jewish education, and providing programs and services designed to engage the local Jewish community.

THE JIM MORAN FOUNDATION 100 Jim Moran Blvd., 33442 | (954) 429-2122 |

Chairman/President: Jan Moran Mission & Vision: The mission of The Jim Moran Foundation is to improve the quality of life for the youth and families of Florida through the support of innovative programs and opportunities that meet the ever-changing needs of the community.

JIM & TABITHA FURYK FOUNDATION 5716 St. Augustine Rd., 32207 |

Founders: Jim and Tabitha Furyk Mission & Vision: To help families in need in Northeast Florida by providing food, shelter, educational, emotional and medical support through charitable partners in the community and through project specific funding generated through donations and the annual Constellation FURYK & FRIENDS presented by Circle K.

JTC RUNNING P.O. Box 24667, 32241 | (904) 703-5451 | |

President: Lawrence H. Roberts Mission & Vision: JTC Running is Northeast Florida’s preeminent promoter of healthy lifestyles through running, fitness, and fellowship. JTC Running is the creator and operator of the Gate River Run, which since 1978 has been one of the leading road races in the country. Its four different events encompass over 10,000 national and world class athletes, fitness runners, wheelchair athletes, walkers, and children.

JT TOWNSEND FOUNDATION, INC. 830 A1A N., Ste. 187, Ponte Vedra Beach, 32082 | (904) 373-0737

Executive Director: Pauline Gerry Mission & Vision: JTTF is dedicated to providing hope to the community of people living with disabilities by offering financial assistance for adaptive equipment and services that will improve their quality of life.

Excellence Across Four Pillars The Episcopal experience means learning extends far beyond the classroom. Episcopal prepares students for success in college and beyond through a balanced program built on Four Pillars: Academics, Athletics, Fine Arts, and Spiritual Life. Episcopal students find their passions while shaping who, not what, they will become.

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JUDY NICHOLSON KIDNEY CANCER FOUNDATION P.O. Box 50127, 32240 | (904) 309-0502 |

President: Linda Ostoski Mission & Vision: The Judy Nicholson Kidney Cancer Foundation is fulfilling our “Celebration of Hope-Bringing the Hope to You!” in-depth educational symposiums and webinars to provide support and education to Kidney Cancer Patients and their caregivers.

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF NORTH FLORIDA 4049 Woodcock Dr., Ste. 200, 32207 | (904) 398-9944 |

President: Shannon Mission & Vision: Junior Achievement’s mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed. The inspiration piece comes from community volunteers who not only deliver our lessons, but share their experience. In the process, these volunteers serve as role models helping to positively impact young people’s perceptions about the importance of education, as well as critical life skills. Preparation involves our proven lessons that promote financial capability, work and career readiness, and business ownership.

JUNIOR LEAGUE OF JACKSONVILLE 2165 Park St., 32204 | (904) 387-9927 | |

President: Anne Detlefsen Mission & Vision: We are an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Our purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

Let There Be Joy This year, the Salvation Army of Northeast Florida celebrates 130 years of service to the Northeast Florida community. In 1865, William and Catherine Booth founded The Salvation Army in London, England and the good work of the Army has become a mainstay in the community, dedicated to Doing The Most Good. In 1891, The Northeast Florida Area Command was established. In years to follow, the non-profit developed a social service operation in Jacksonville, St. Johns County and Nassau, and assistance programs in Baker and Putnam Counties, as well as the Citadel Corps (church). In Jacksonville The Salvation Army’s Towers Center of Hope includes a shelter for single women and families, and low-cost transitional housing for men, a community food pantry that serves over 1,000 incomeeligible households each month, and a meal ministry that offers a hot meal to the hungry every night of the year. In 1924, The Salvation Army started the Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) for men struggling with addictions such as alcoholism and drug abuse. This program has successfully graduated countless beneficiaries and it is offered without cost. Our new Bundle of Hope program for expectant mothers or new mothers is located at Towers Center of Hope in Downtown Jacksonville. This program provides case management services and transitional housing for up to two pregnant women at a time. One of the many benefits of this program is that women are able to save money due to having no expenses and get a fresh start with their newborn. This program was made possible by a generous donation by David A. Baker and William D. Reid. The rooms are furnished with a pregnant woman’s needs in mind, helping to make her as comfortable as possible on the remarkable journey leading up to the birth of her child. The goal of this program is to find safe and permanent housing for the women. Participants are able to engage in fellowship, care for substance abuse, and counseling for mental health. To help support this life-changing program, please visit: www.


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JUSTICE COALITION 1935 S. Lane Ave., Ste. 1, 32210 | (904) 783-6312 |

Executive Director: Jo-Lee Manning Mission & Vision: To advocate for innocent victims of violent crime, educate victims about their rights in the justice system and work with law enforcement to make our communities safer.

JUVENILE DIABETES RESEARCH FOUNDATION NORTH FLORIDA CHAPTER 1850 Lee Rd., Ste. 132, Winter Park, 32789 | (904) 386 - 2851 |

Market Director: Brooks Biagini Mission & Vision: To improve lives today and tomorrow by accelerating life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat type 1 diabetes and its complications.

K9s FOR WARRIORS 114 Camp K9 Rd., Ponte Vedra, 32081 | (904) 686-1956 |

CEO: Rory Diamond Mission & Vision: Determined to end veteran suicide, K9s For Warriors provides highly-trained Service Dogs to military veterans suffering from PTSD, traumatic brain injury and/or military sexual trauma. With the majority of dogs coming from high-kill rescue shelters, this innovative program allows the Warrior/K9 team to build an unwavering bond that facilitates their collective healing and recovery.

KAMP KRITTER RESCUE FOUNDATION 281 McDuff Ave. S., 32254 | (904) 384-2111 | |

Executive Director: Sue Towler Mission & Vision: Kamp Kritter Rescue Foundation is a non-profit sanctuary that focuses on the most medical needy and unadoptable dogs from local shelters or other rescues giving them specialized vet care and a warm safe place to recover and any socialization or training until they become adoptable or live out their remaining time with dignity in a loving environment.

KATE AMATO FOUNDATION 135 Professional Dr., Ste. 102, Ponte Vedra Beach, 32082 | (904) 629-8300 |

Founders: Lisa and Jeff Amato Mission & Vision: KAF is dedicated to funding pediatric cancer research to develop safer, smarter, and more effective treatments for children with cancer. Our vision is to advance the pace of progress, spare pain and suffering, and save young lives.




1617 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach, 32034 | (904) 753-0247 |

118 E. Monroe St., 32202 | (904) 210-6677 |

Founder & Director: Susan Caples Mission & Vision: The Katie Caples Foundation is committed to increasing the number of registered organ donors and eliminating the wait for those on the national transplant waiting list.

President: Julia Henry-Wilson Mission & Vision: We are a nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching our community through the power of literacy.

KIDS FIRST OF FLORIDA 1726 Kingsley Ave., Orange Park, 32073 (904) 278-5644 |

CEO: Irene M. Toto Mission & Vision: Kids First of Florida works to ensure the safety of children through a holistic approach designed to support the health and well-being of families in order to build a healthier community one family at a time.

LIVE FOR TODAY P.O. Box 10432, 32247 | (904) 619-9071 |

Founders: Todd Blake, Katie Pearsall, Kaitlyn Ash Mission & Vision: Our mission is to help young adults with cancer by providing dynamic opportunities, fostering community support, and promoting healthy living. Our vision is to inspire each young adult cancer patient and survivor to live every day to its fullest and create a community where they are in support of one another.



2 Shircliff Way, 32204 | (904) 308-5822 |

3027 San Diego Dr., 32207 | (904) 423-8637 |

Program Coordinator: Jenny Lehman Mission & Vision: Kids Together Against Cancer offers support for children whose parents are diagnosed with cancer.

Policy Council Chair: La’Tina Harris Mission & Vision: Lutheran Services Florida serves to bring God’s healing, hope and help to people in need in the name of Jesus Christ.



700 Arlington Rd. N., 32211 | (904) 721-5992 |

9428 Baymeadows Rd., Bldg. 3, Ste. 320, 32256 | (904) 900-1075

Community Leader: Amy Finn-Schultz Mission & Vision: To create an environment where people with intellectual and physical disabilities can share their gifts and to affect a positive change in the world.

CEO: Dawn Gilman Mission & Vision: Lutheran Services Florida serves to bring God’s healing, hope and help to people in need in the name of Jesus Christ.



40 E. Adams St., Ste. 230, 32202 | (904) 396-6263 |

4615 Philips Hwy., 32207 | (904) 448-5995 | |

CEO: Jill Langford Dame Mission & Vision: To educate, connect and inspire diverse leaders to build and strengthen their communities and to be the catalyst for vibrant, connected communities where diverse perspectives are valued and encouraged for the greater good.

THE LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY NORTH FLORIDA P.O. Box 735346, Dallas, TX 75373-5346 904-332-6414 |

Executive Director: Melanie Johnson Mission & Vision: To cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

LISC JACKSONVILLE 100 N. Laura St., Ste. 600, 32202 (904) 353-1300 |

Executive Director: Dr. Irvin Cohen Mission & Vision: LISC Jacksonville is the leading nonprofit community development organization in the nation, focused on transforming challenged urban communities into neighborhoods of choice and opportunity—good places to work, do business and raise families.

LITERACY ALLIANCE OF NORTHEAST FLORIDA, INC. 40 E. Adams St., Ste. LL30, 32202 | (904) 238-9000 |

CEO: Marcus Haile Mission & Vision: The Literacy Alliance of Northeast Florida’s mission is to increase literacy awareness and improve adult literacy in northeast Florida through formal instruction and volunteer-based tutoring. Since beginning in 1969 as Learn to Read Jacksonville, the Literacy Alliance of Northeast Florida has provided free literacy instruction to adults seeking to improve their reading, writing, and math skills. The Literacy Alliance first formed to provide one-on-one volunteer tutoring. Today, we continue to offer that powerful level of instruction, but have also grown and changed with the needs of our students to include computer assisted instruction, small group classes, as well as instruction in basic math skills, financial literacy, health literacy, and career coaching.

President/CEO: Mary Strickland Mission & Vision: Motivated and guided by the compassion of Christ, Lutheran Services serves and cares for people in need.

MAINSPRING ACADEMY 6700 Southpoint Pkwy., Ste. 400, 32216 | (904) 503-0344 |

Head of School: Dina Parisi Mission & Vision: Our mission is to provide quality, individualized education in a safe learning environment where children with intellectual and developmental differences can thrive.

MAKE-A-WISH® CENTRAL AND NORTHERN FLORIDA, NORTHEAST REGION 3938 Sunbeam Rd., Ste. 3, 32257 | (904) 580-5906 |

Board Chair: Adam Losey Community Engagement Manager: Jaclyn Normandin Mission & Vision: Make-A-Wish wants each wish experience to be a game-changer for a child with a life-threatening medical condition. The foundation endeavors to be creative in exceeding the expectations of every wish-kid and to make donated resources go as far as possible.

MALIVAI WASHINGTON KIDS FOUNDATION 1055 W. 6th St., 32209 | (904) 359-5437 |

Executive Director/CEO: Terri Florio Mission & Vision: The MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation works to develop champions in classrooms, on tennis courts and throughout communities.

MANDARIN MUSEUM & HISTORICAL SOCIETY 11964 Mandarin Rd., 32223 | (904) 268-0784 |

President: Sandy Arpen Mission & Vision: The Mandarin Museum & Historical Society shares the stories of Mandarin’s history, culture and natural resources by providing engaging programs that educate, entertain and inspire.




MARCH OF DIMES JACKSONVILLE CHAPTER 4040 Woodcock Dr., Ste. 147, 32207| (904) 398-2821 |

Executive Director: Jill Harrington Mission & Vision: March of Dimes is a United States nonprofit organization that works to improve the health of mothers and babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

MARGARET’S MEMORIES 819 Park St., 32204 | (904) 355-5491 |

Founder: Nicole Remo Mission & Vision: Margaret’s Memories is a standing mission project of the Riverside Park United Methodist Church and makes Bereavement Memory Boxes for parents who lose a child to miscarriage, stillbirth, or death shortly after birth. The boxes are donated to local hospitals in Jacksonville, Florida.

MCKENZIE NOELLE WILSON FOUNDATION P.O. Box 2529, Ponte Vedra Beach, 32004 | (904) 992-0124 |

Foundation Director: Adrian Gibbs Mission & Vision: Our mission is to help youth recognize their full potential by providing programs that encourage caring for others, giving to those in need, and growing in their own spirituality. The Foundation is dedicated to empowering young people to discover their purpose in an increasingly complex and challenging world.

MEMORIAL PARK ASSOCIATION 1650-302 Margaret St., Ste. 322, 32204-3869 | |

To God be the Glory! Since 1999, Seniors on a Mission (SoaM) has honored, loved and encouraged senior adults while inspiring them to live invigorated lives filled with purpose and grace. In our first two decades, SoaM has taken 1,800 senior adults on day-long, team-oriented service trips to local nonprofit organizations to offer the seniors meaningful work, purpose, and friendships while lending their helping hands, engaged minds, and seasoned skill-sets to area charities. Those seniors have donated 130,250 service hours and saved 115 local nonprofits nearly $3 million. Yet, our greatest reward is when seniors find new life, purpose, and joy because of our love, compassion and care. Then, Covid-19 HIT! SoaM pivoted amid the pandemic to become a mobile organization— Seniors on a Mission worked to acquire its own Mobile Unit, helping SoaM thrive in an uncertain time! In 2020 we took our mission on the road to streets near the seniors’ homes to minister to them and their neighbors! We made 17,000+ meal deliveries, and delivered hundreds of “Comfort Bags” which included promise coloring books, a yearlong devotional, a stuffed comfort monkey, protein shakes, toilet paper and more. We increased our outreach to create smaller, safe service opportunities and are now teaching one-on-one senior adult technology sessions. In just the last four months of 2021, SoaM has taught 250 seniors more about their personal phone or tablet. It was not easy, but SoaM succeeded in continuing our mission and even taking it to the next level! What’s Next for Seniors on a Mission? Over the next five years, we want to increase our service opportunities as the fear of Covid subsides and more nonprofit organizations open back to full capacity and need our assistance, as well as quadruple the number of seniors we teach personally about technology. AND… we are most excited to announce that Seniors on a Mission has a vision to reinvent senior living focused on establishing exceptional, middle-income housing for senior adults. Our housing model will be Christ-centered, service-oriented, deliciously-organic, super-healthy, family-designed, technologically-superior…we call this Senior G3 Living, as we continue our mission of Giving God Glory in all that we do.


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Board President: Michele L. Luthin Mission & Vision: The Memorial Park Association’s mission is to preserve, enhance and promote Memorial Park as the premier historic city park in Jacksonville.

MENINAK CLUB OF JACKSONVILLE P.O. Box 8626, 32239 -8626 | (904) 745-3393 | |

President: Wes Benwick Mission & Vision: The Meninak Club is dedicated to the overall betterment of the spiritual, cultural and social attributes of Jacksonville.

METHODIST CHILDREN’S VILLAGE 7915 Herlong Rd., 32210 | (904) 783-1681 |

Executive Director: Kelly Paterno Mission & Vision: The Methodist Children’s Village works to enhance the quality of young children’s lives through nurturing, early intervention, and developmentally based education.

MICAH’S PLACE P.O. Box 16287, Fernandina Beach, 32035 | (904) 491-6364 |

Executive Director: Heather Jones Mission & Vision: Micah’s Place provides prevention and intervention services to victims of domestic violence and provides education within our community to effect change in behavior and attitudes relating to domestic violence.

MISSION HOUSE 800 Shetter Ave., Jacksonville Beach, 32250 | (904) 241-6767 |

Executive Director: Carina Saladino Mission & Vision: Providing food, clothing, and support. Seven days a week.

MONIQUE BURR FOUNDATION FOR CHILDREN (MBF) 7807 Baymeadows Rd. E., Ste. 202, 32256 | (904) 642-0210 |

Founder / Chairman of the Board: Edward Burr Mission & Vision: The Monique Burr Foundation works to make a positive impact on the community at large, to create change in a family’s life for the better, and to give hope in the life of a child by providing bullying and child abuse prevention safety education that is relevant to issues facing children today, including all forms of abuse, neglect, bullying, and internet safety.




725 Mickler Rd., 32211 | (904) 721-2144 | fax 904-721-1040 |

2715 Oak St., 32205 -8204 | (904) 356-1612 |

Principal: Elaine Shott Mission & Vision: Rooted in the Gospel and Strengthened by the Sacraments, the Mission of Morning Star School is to provide a unique, inspiring education empowering students with learning differences to achieve their full potential. Morning Star is fully accredited by the Florida Catholic Conference. Morning Star is the only special education school in the Diocese of St. Augustine. All faculty are certified in special education.

Executive Director: Donna Fuchs Mission & Vision: Northeast Florida AIDS Network provides compassionate leadership, services, and advocacy in meeting the prevention, health, spiritual, and social needs of individuals, families, and communities.

MURRAY HILL THEATRE 932 Edgewood Ave. S., 32205 | (904) 388-3179 | |

Founder/President: Tony Nasrallah Mission & Vision: Murray Hill Theatre, operated by a non-profit organization established in 1995, is an alcohol-free, drug-free, smoke-free, all-ages music venue that showcases live music and events with a positive message to present things of faith in a positive light. As an alternative to typical bars and venues, it gives people a safe nightspot to enjoy live entertainment.

MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY ASSOCIATION 6196 Lake Gray Blvd., Ste. 105, 32244 | (800) 572-1717 | Facebook Messenger @MDAjacksonville

Executive Director: Lauren Herringdine Mission & Vision: The Muscular Dystrophy Association works to save and improve lives of people fighting muscle disease.

NATIONAL BRAIN TUMOR SOCIETY 55 Chapel St., Ste. 200, Newton, MA 02458 | (617) 924-9997 |

CEO: David F. Arons, JD Mission & Vision: National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS) unrelentingly invests in, mobilizes, and unites our community to discover a cure, deliver effective treatments, and advocate for patients and care partners.

NATIONAL MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SOCIETY NORTH FLORIDA 8940 Western Way, Ste. 16, 32256 | 1-800-344-4867 |

President: Heidi Katz Mission & Vision: We will cure MS while empowering people affected by MS to live their best lives. Our vision is a World Free of MS.



CEO: Glenn East Mission & Vision: With a vision to be the charity of choice for real estate professionals, the mission is to serve as an advocate and resource for local nonprofit communities in Northeast Florida.

NORTHEAST FLORIDA WOMEN VETERANS, INC. 103 Century 21 Dr., Ste. 201, 32216 | (904) 862-6039 |

President: Deloris Moton Quaranta Mission & Vision: Northeast Florida Women Veterans, Inc. is focused on ensuring women who have served on active duty, or in the National Guard or Reserves and their children, transition into the civilian community with the tools they need to become self-sufficient.

NORTHEAST FLORIDA HEALTHY START COALITION, INC. 751 Oak St., Suite 610, 32204 | (904) 723-5422 |

CEO: Faye Johnson Mission & Vision: The Healthy Start Coalition leads a cooperative community effort to reduce infant mortality and improve the health of children, childbearing women and their families in Northeast Florida.

NORTH FLORIDA LAND TRUST 843 W. Monroe St., 32202 | (904) 479-1967 | |

President: Jim McCarthy Mission & Vision: North Floridians feel more connected to and have a stronger appreciation for our unique native environment. The North Florida Land Trust implements collaborative approaches for long-term solutions commensurate with rapid growth. By protecting more of North Florida’s farms, forests, and natural areas, we maintain traditions, enhance lives, and sustain our expanding communities.


10140 Centurion Pkwy. N., 32256 | (904) 697-4103 | |

223 Mill Creek Rd., 32211 | (904) 724-8323 | |

CEO: David J. Bailey Mission & Vision: Nemours is committed to improving the health of children.

Head of School: Sally Hazelip Mission & Vision: The mission of North Florida School of Special Education is to discover and foster each student’s unique abilities revealing their highest potential within an engaged community.

NEUROSURGERY OUTREACH FOUNDATION, INC. 3545 St. Johns Bluff Rd. S., Ste. 118, 32224 | (866) 735-9536 |

Founders: Dr. Philipp and Carmina Aldana Mission & Vision: The Neurosurgery Outreach Foundation, Inc. is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization with the mission to advance neurosurgical care in underserved communities through service, education and support.

NEW HEIGHTS OF NORTHEAST FLORIDA 3311 Beach Blvd., 32207-3893 | (904) 396-1462 |

President/CEO: Sue Driscoll Mission & Vision: Formerly Cerebral Palsy of Northeast Florida, New Heights works to enrich the lives of persons with disabilities and their families and empower their independence and lifelong growth through quality services.

THE NONPROFIT CENTER OF NORTHEAST FLORIDA 40 E. Adams St., Ste. 100, 32202 | (904) 425-1182 |

CEO: Rena Coughlin Mission & Vision: The Nonprofit Center of N.E. Florida connects, strengthens, and advocates for nonprofits, creating a more vibrant Northeast Florida.

THE OLD DOG HOUSE SENIOR DOG RESCUE 1650 Margaret St., Ste. 302, PMB 137, 32204 | (904) 419-7387 | Facebook @theolddoghouse

Founder: Erik Stordahl Mission & Vision: The Old Dog House is Northeast Florida’s first nonprofit dedicated to giving older and senior dogs a chance at living out their lives in dignity.

ONEJAX INSTITUTE 1 UNF Dr., Bldg. 53, Ste. 2750, 32224 | (904) 620-1529 | |

Executive Director: Kyle Reese Mission & Vision: OneJax is an interfaith organization dedicated to achieving civility, understanding and respect for all peoples. Our vision is an inclusive community where difference is welcomed and celebrated.

ONEBLOOD 7595 Centurion Pkwy., 32256 | (904) 353-8263 |

Chairman: Ralph Aleman Mission & Vision: Our mission is to enhance the health and well-being of others through our work with blood and stem cell products and by facilitating scientific research. Our vision is to become the leading world-class blood system in the innovation of new services, technology and research, that positively impacts blood product safety and availability, and enhances the lives of our team members.




ONCE UPON A ROOM 3948 3rd Street South #428, Jacksonville Beach, Fl 32250 | (904) 509-1816 |

President/CEO: Barbara DeWitt Mission & Vision: Enrich the lives of hospitalized children, teens and infants who are fighting serious illnesses and long-term acute trauma. To provide personalized hospital room makeovers, in-hospital and outpatient events to promote happiness and healing in the lives of critically ill and extended stay pediatric patients.

OPERATION NEW UNIFORM (ONU) 8825 Perimeter Park Blvd., St. 503, 32216 | (904) 328-1600 | |

Co-Founder & Executive Director: Michelle McManamon Mission & Vision: Ensuring All Our Nations Veterans Have a Successful Transition After Service.

PACE CENTER FOR GIRLS 6745 Philips Industrial Blvd., 32256 | (904) 421-8585 |

President/CEO: Mary Marx Mission & Vision: Pace provides girls and young women an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training and advocacy.

Jacksonville mom finds hope and success Cassandra’s gratitude for her life and career are palpable, instilled from a place of survival. During her teen years, any confidence, joy and family stability seemed uncertain. Thousands of children and families struggle every day in our community. Whether it’s helping people meet their basic needs or breaking down systemic barriers to upward mobility, United Way of Northeast Florida provides a network of support to strengthen our community. Cassandra’s story highlights a number of ways United Way and our partners uplifted her during a hard time and helped her reach her full potential. When she was a junior in high school, Cassandra became pregnant. Her father would no longer allow Cassandra to live in their home. At that time, she was a student at Sandalwood High School, a Full Service School with a wide array of social services designed and led by United Way and several community partners. With Cassandra’s home life unstable, the dean and guidance counselor directed Cassandra toward Full Service School peer support group meetings. In addition, Cassandra was put in touch with United Way 211. Operating 24/7, United Way 211 is an information and referral hotline that connects callers in Northeast Florida to hundreds of available human- and social-services resources. Through United Way 211, Cassandra was connected to food assistance, Medicaid, medical care for her pregnancy, and eventually, child care as she pursued a career in the medical field. Thanks to her determination and the support of United Way of Northeast Florida, its initiatives and partners, Cassandra received certification as a medical assistant. Cassandra now boasts a successful career at Mayo Clinic. Along with her life as a parent and valued and trusted employee, Cassandra is also taking college courses to earn an associate’s degree. Cassandra takes pride in giving back to her community through United Way. Regardless of story or circumstance, United Way partnerships like Full Service Schools and United Way 211 help thousands of people every day like Cassandra find hope. “One in every three people have been affected or received services from United Way,” said Cassandra. “And I love to tell people that you’re looking at one of those people. If someone needs help, I would say just a call 211 because you never know what resources are on the other end of that phone call.” When you support United Way, you amplify good and make Northeast Florida a stronger, more equitable community by investing in an infrastructure of opportunity to help people reach their full potential. Visit to help United Way provide even more individuals like Cassandra the life-changing opportunities we all deserve.


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PAJCIC FAMILY FOUNDATION 102 Palm Pl., Neptune Beach, 32266

President: Helen Pajcic Nicholson Mission & Vision: The Pajcic Family Foundation promotes social justice, animal welfare and the preservation of mother nature, with a focus on the Jacksonville community.

PANCREATIC CANCER ACTION NETWORK National Office: 1500 Rosecrans Ave., Ste. 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 (877) 272-6226 | |

President/CEO: Julie Fleshman Mission & Vision: Our mission is to take bold action to improve the lives of everyone impacted by pancreatic cancer by advancing scientific research, building community, sharing knowledge, and advocating for patients. PanCAN’s vision is to create a world in which all patients with pancreatic cancer will thrive.

PASTORAL COUNSELING SERVICES (PCS) 2140 Mango Pl., 32207 | (904) 398-2437 |

Executive Director: Cliff Thomas Mission & Vision: To work with people to foster healing, growth and life-giving change through holistic mental healthcare and community-building.


President: Beth Page Mission & Vision: The Patient Assistance Foundation of Cancer Specialists of North Florida offers short-term financial assistance for day-to-day living expenses to patients undergoing treatments for cancer or blood-related diseases.

PATRONS OF THE HEARTS c/o Baptist Health Foundation, 841 Prudential Dr., Ste. 1300, 32207 | (904) 202-1442

Interim Chief Development Officer: Audrey M. Moran Mission & Vision: Patrons of the Hearts is a program that functions under the umbrella of the Baptist Health Foundation and benefits international children that live in corners of the world with no access to the specialized care they require.

THE PERFORMERS ACADEMY 3674 Beach Blvd., 32207 | (904) 322-7672 ||

Executive Director: Ebony Payne-English Mission & Vision: The Performers Academy works to increase access to the performing arts for all children in the Jacksonville Area.

Every great city has a great park. For Jacksonville, that is CHARITY REGISTER


Memorial Park Florida’s World War I Memorial

1010 E. Adams St., Ste. 105, 32202 | (904) 327-5069 |

Co-Chairs: Peter D. and Nancy Bragan, Jr. Mission & Vision: Our mission is to financially support and promote the game of baseball for the betterment in Northeast Florida, and to provide scholarships for higher education, as well as to assist the community in times of natural disasters. Our vision is to award meaningful grants in perpetuity to organizations and institutions to better the game of baseball and to open the Foundation’s dream, The Jacksonville Baseball Museum, A History of Professional Baseball in Jacksonville, providing a cultural destination to showcase the historical legacy of baseball through permanent display of an archived inventory of memorabilia, education programs, audiovisual history, and interactive education exhibits of baseball in Jacksonville.

THE PGA TOUR – THE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP 112 PGA TOUR Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach, 32082 | (904) 285-3700

Executive Director: Jared Rice Mission & Vision: The PGA TOUR, its players and tournaments support more than 3,000 charities. These local and national organizations work in a range of areas affecting the lives of millions in the communities where we live and play.

PINE CASTLE, INC. 4911 Spring Park Rd., 32207 | (904) 733-2650 |

CEO: Lori Ann Whittington Mission & Vision: Pine Castle is committed to empowering adults with intellectual and developmental differences through opportunities to learn, work, and connect. We envision a community where persons with differences achieve their highest potential for independence.

PINK RIBBON JAX P.O. Box 483, Ponte Vedra Beach, 32004 |

Chair: Marica Pendjer Mission & Vision: Pink Ribbon Jax, a National Philanthropy Day 2021 honoree, is an all-volunteer nonprofit group that raises funds for local breast cancer research, mammography, and patient services at Baptist Health and Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville. What began as one event, the Pink Ribbon Golf Classic, has grown to multiple fundraising and educational events. To date, we have raised and donated more than $2.5 million in the fight against breast cancer, and it all stays in Jacksonville!


View the Life Scrolls at MOSH Nov. 2021March 2022


50 N. Laura St., Ste. 2500-44, 32202 | (904) 887-3843 |

President: Michael Elias Mission & Vision: Our mission is to foster awareness and to provide an effective forum for education, communication, networking and collaboration for our gift planning community.

Designed by the famed Olmsted Brothers and dedicated on December 25, 1924, Memorial Park is the only park in the state dedicated to all Floridians who lost their lives having served in World War I. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the park is also a WWI Centennial Memorial as designated by the United States World War One Centennial Commission.


Memorial Park Association (MPA) is a nonprofit organization working since 1986 to enhance, promote and preserve Memorial Park—the premier historic park in Jacksonville and a vibrant destination for the community and visitors alike.

P.O. Box 351060, 32235 | (904) 854-6555 |

Executive Director: Mary Bishop Mission & Vision: The Police Athletic League of Jacksonville works to enrich the lives of children by creating positive relationships between law enforcement officers and the youth of our community through educational, athletic and leadership programs.

Today MPA is implementing a master plan to restore the park to the former grandeur of its original landscape design. In partnership with the City and through private donations, MPA carries out projects and beautification not covered in the City’s budget. Your gifts for current initiatives and for the Memorial Park Association Endowment at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida enhance our city and make Memorial Park the park to visit, enjoy and play.

PONTE VEDRA WOMAN’S CLUB P.O. Box 957, Ponte Vedra Beach, 32004 | (904) 654-7281 |

President: Lori Marjerison Mission & Vision: The club was established in 1970 by 15 women who wanted to work together for a charitable cause; over the decades the list of charities and scholarships has increased.

Memorial Park is located at 1620 Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32204 (Between Margaret Street and Memorial Park Drive in Riverside near the 5 Points area of Jacksonville.)

Learn more about Memorial Park and Memorial Park Association by visiting CIRCLESCHARITYREGISTER.COM


Success Story

PRESBYTERIAN SOCIAL MINISTRIES 4115 Post St., 32205 | (904) 338-0920 |


CEO: Teri Ketchum Mission & Vision: A faith-based ministry connecting goods and services with partner agencies who serve those in need.

PROJECT: COLD CASE 10 S. Newnan St., Ste. 1, 32202 | (904) 525-8080 |

Executive Director: Ryan Backmann Mission & Vision: Project Cold Case focuses on helping with unsolved criminal homicides.

QUIGLEY HOUSE 3373-1 US Hwy. 17, Green Cove Springs, 32043 (904) 284-0340 | |

Physician volunteers are key to patient success! Patients like Michael nominated providers for recognition at the 2021 Caring Awards. From Left to Right: Jessica Cummings - Brooks Rehabilitation & WeCareJax Board Member, Jennifer Ryan on behalf of Dr. David Miller - Volunteers in Medicine, Dr. Ewa Wysokinska - Mayo Clinic Cancer Center at Ascension St. Vincent’s Riverside, Dr. Antony Maniatis- Borland Groover, Kyajuana Gilbert WeCareJax

Health Equity: Not a “One Size Fits All” Solution Health Equity is a core value at WeCareJax, and we agree that everyone should have a fair opportunity to be as healthy as possible. This requires removing obstacles such as poverty and its resulting lack of access to housing, safe environments, and health care. COVID-19 has come with many long-lasting effects. With research so far, Mayo Clinic has determined that one of the most devastating impacts can be organ damage to the lungs, heart, kidneys, and brain. The path to health equity for these patients will be challenging. As a result of this research, WeCareJax has expanded qualifying diagnoses for its Beaches Health & Wellness Program to include Long-Haul COVID. This means uninsured patients living at 200% or below the Federal Poverty Level will have a team dedicated to helping them navigate available resources on their post-COVID health journey. This story highlights how the program works: Michael (name changed for confidentiality) was experiencing homelessness when he tested positive for COVID-19. Soon after, his symptoms became severe. He ended up in the emergency room at Baptist Beaches, hospitalized for over a month. At discharge Michael was referred to WeCareJax’s Beaches Health and Wellness Program. The RN Case Manager for the program fervently guided Michael through all that came next. He now has a primary care medical home with our partner Sulzbacher Beaches. He also has access to the WeCareJax network of specialty care physicians and provider volunteers needed to manage his condition over time. Our program’s Community Health Worker helped Michael complete paperwork for disability benefits to improve his financial situation and connected him to Changing Homelessness to secure permanent housing. Additional social support, including transportation to appointments and daily meals at Mission House, are helping Michael move towards a future where he can manage not only his new normal with long-haul COVID but also the challenges that left him vulnerable in the first place. Each person’s path to health equity is different, and WeCareJax is grateful for the collaboration with our community and funding partners, donors, and provider volunteers who use their unique strengths to help our neighbors in need.


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CEO: Ana Martinez-Mullen Mission & Vision: The Quigley House works to provide advocacy and empowerment to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault while providing community education to heighten awareness.

READ USA, INC. 1001 Mayport Rd., #331067, Atlantic Beach, 32233 (720) 256-6143 | |

Founders: Ellen Wiss and Vanessa Tussey Mission & Vision: The goal is to put books in the hands of every low-income child, introduce the love of reading and learning, and to end the cycle of poverty.

RENEWING DIGNITY, INC. 1001 Mayport Road, #330885, Atlantic Beach, 32233 | (904) 716–9161 |

Founder: Jan Healy Mission & Vision: To eliminate period poverty through direct period product distribution, education, and advocacy. We believe that unmet menstrual hygiene needs are health and safety, dignity, equity, and social justice issue. Our vision is to create a world in which every woman and girl is empowered to manage her menstruation safely, hygienically, with confidence and without shame, where no one is limited by something as natural and normal as her period.

RETHREADED 515 9th St. E., 32206 | (904) 438-8109 |

Founder: Kristin Keen Mission & Vision: Every survivor should have the chance to rebuild their lives. That’s why we are on a mission to employ, train, and reignite hope for 500 local survivors of human trafficking by the year 2031.

THE RITA FOUNDATION 8334 Amherst Hills Ln. | (904) 363-1493 |

Volunteer Chairman: Charles R. Jantz Mission & Vision: The Mission of The RITA (Research Is The Answer) Foundation is to raise awareness and money to help in the fight against all cancers, with an emphasis on breast cancer.

RITZ CHAMBER PLAYERS 300 Water St., Ste. 200, 32202 (904) 472-4270 |

Executive and Artistic Director: Terrance Patterson Mission & Vision: The Ritz Chamber Players foster the appreciation of chamber music through performances and educational outreach featuring preeminent African American musicians and composers, with an emphasis on building audiences and arts inclusion that reflects our diverse society.

The Joshua Frase Foundation (JFF) is a 501C3 non-profit organization that was founded in 1996; a year after Paul and Alison’s son was born with an ultra rare and fatal neuromuscular disorder. Without hesitation, the foundation began funding cuttingedge research in the area of regenerative medicine, gene therapy and genetics since 1997. JFF’s mission is twofold: To continue to be a catalyst in finding a cure or treatment for centronuclear and myotubular myopathies while supporting families whose lives are affected by these disorders. Not only has JFF been able to fund groundbreaking science, pioneering into a curative treatment that has the potential to transform neuromuscular research; it has also built an international community of children and their parents. Longtime supporter, Amy Groshell, states, “JFF has been the search engine for the research and advocacy circles; connecting the dots so viable research has a practical outcome…The foundation has been the catalyst that has brought the research community and families together moving toward a cure”.

The Joshua Frase Foundation supports ongoing research for centronuclear and myotubular myopathies. Help us discover the causes and cures for congenital myopathies.




11401 Old St. Augustine Rd., 32258 (904) 260-1818 |

4823 Shelby Ave., 32210 | (904) 302-0839 |

Chief Executive Officer: Mauri Mizrahi, LNHA, PT Mission & Vision: Our mission is to provide a wide range of quality, cost effective elder care services in residential, outpatient, and community based settings; to create a comfortable, caring, and dignified home for the frail elderly serving both rich and poor with excellence; to serve people of all faiths, while maintaining an environment supportive of Jewish identity and informed by Jewish values; and to act as a valuable educational resource in elder care for the entire community.

Executive Director: Kathy Swafford Mission & Vision: Committed to protecting our children from prolonged abuse by changing the laws, one at a time. Determined to limit the number of chances given to offenders. Our mission is to protect the innocent children at all costs.


Founder & Medical Director: Susan Shelton, DVM Mission & Vision: St. Francis Animal Hospital strives to make healthcare accessible to all owned pets.

2911 Riverside Ave., 32205 (904) 384-1839 |

Direction: Mark Ragland Mission & Vision: Established in 1971 by Riverside Presbyterian Church to provide a safe, secure residence for adult men wishing to recover from the problems resulting from substance abuse.

RIVER REGION HUMAN SERVICES, INC. 3901 Carmichael Ave., 32207 | (904) 899-6300 |

Chief Operating Officer: Kenneth Arnold Mission & Vision: Our mission is to provide integrated health services that change lives, rebuild families, and restore communities. River Region Human Services, Inc. is committed to being the “provider of choice” for integrated health services in Northeast Florida, dedicated to the recovery, restoration, and promotion of strong and healthy individuals, families, and communities.

RODEHEAVER FOUNDATION P.O. Box 5, Palatka, 32178 | (386) 983-0658 and |

President: Dan Martinez Mission & Vision: Our mission is nurturing children in a safe Christian environment, providing the roots to become thriving adults. We believe that how we care for children, protect their well-being, and prepare them for the future are some of the most important issues we face during our lifetime.

RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES JACKSONVILLE 824 Children’s Way, 32207 904) 807-4663 |

Executive Director: Diane Boyle Mission & Vision: Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Jacksonville supports the health and well-being of children by providing lodging, meals, transportation and a community of care to critically ill children and their families who need to be near a hospital for treatment. Our vision is that the quality programs of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Jacksonville will continuously evolve to serve the children and families who receive pediatric healthcare in Northeast Florida.

ROTARY CLUB & CHARITIES OF NORTH JACKSONVILLE FL 370 ZOO Parkway, 32218 | (904) 534-0035 |

President: Mr. Padraic E. “Pat” Mulvihill Mission & Vision: For over 50 years, we have continuously designed & successfully implemented an amazing number of high-impact health / education / wellness / disaster recovery / economic development and workforce development / environmental and other “signature” outreach programs for families, veterans, elders, and young people throughout the entire US and our world.

SAFE HARBOR BOYS ACADEMY 4772 Safe Harbor Way, 32226 | (904) 757-7918 |

Co-Founder & Executive Director: Robbie W. Smith Mission & Vision: The mission of Safe Harbor is to provide a caring, loving, disciplined atmosphere, to instill self-esteem, responsibility, and reliability in the boys. We endeavor to assist the boys in becoming responsible, mature and independent young men through spiritual, educational and vocational training. Our goal is to teach them to live and work in harmony with others, to be accepting and tolerant of their fellow man without compromising the truth, in a word to become mature.


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SAINT FRANCIS ANIMAL HOSPITAL 2727 Atlantic Blvd., 32207 | (904) 674-7223 |

ST. JOHNS RIVERKEEPER 2800 University Blvd. N., 32211 | (904) 256-7591 |

Executive Director: Jimmy Orth Mission & Vision: The St. Johns Riverkeeper works to be an independent voice that defends, advocates, and activates others to protect and restore the St. Johns River.

ST. MICHAEL’S SOLDIERS 1382 Cooper’s Hawk Way, Middleburg, 32068 | (904) 599-7855 |

Founders: Kathy and Jim Signorile Mission & Vision: St. Michael’s Soldiers is dedicated to the support of the deployed men and women of our United States Military, local active military and their families.

SALVATION ARMY OF NORTHEAST FLORIDA 328 N. Ocean St., 32202 | (904) 301-4875 |

Area Commander: Major Bert Tanner Mission & Vision: The Salvation Army works to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

SANCTUARY ON 8TH STREET 120 E. 8th St., 32206 | (904) 356-3588 |

Executive Director: Rick Cartlidge Mission & Vision: The Sanctuary On 8th Street works to encourage and empower Jacksonville youth and families in need by ministering to their spiritual, physical, social, and intellectual needs.

SHULTZ CENTER 4019 Blvd. Center Dr., 32207 | (904) 348-5757 |

Executive Director: Simmie A. Raiford, Ph.D. Mission & Vision: Schultz Center strives to create a welcoming environment for anyone hosting or attending an event, meeting, or training inside. We’re proud to be the best venue in Jacksonville and we love promoting our local roots. Both the outside and inside of our building are adorned with art from local artists that promotes the sense of empowerment we try to cultivate within every person that attends an event, meeting, or training under our roof.

SEAMARK RANCH 1 San Jose Pl., Ste. 31, 32257-6054 | (904) 288-8885 |

CEO: Greg Voss Mission & Vision: Seamark Ranch is a nurturing Christian home and family system that give children from families in crisis the tools they need for a brighter future. Through a family home model, a specialized residential school and the lessons of life on a working farm community, Seamark Ranch provides the ideal setting for love, stabilization, healing, education and empowerment. Seamark Ranch’s vision is to break the generational cycle of failure that affects the families we serve, and to nurture purposeful living in children who have experienced the impact of broken families. The children of Seamark Ranch will be equipped with a worldview and life skills that will enable them to productively contribute to our community. Our children will be healed in heart and formed for service.


SENIORS ON A MISSION 6000 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 1106, 32217 | (904) 509-4784 |

Founder & Executive Director: Joanne Hickox Mission & Vision: Seniors on a Mission exists to honor, love, and encourage independent living senior adults, inspiring them to live invigorated lives filled with purpose and grace.


Presenting the many lifestyles of Northeast Florida for 30+ Years

2472 Dennis St., 32204 | |

Founder: Shannon Miller Mission & Vision: Through education and awareness of the health risks associated with childhood obesity, the Shannon Miller Foundation strives to make a positive impact on children’s health.

SINGLE VISION, INC. 8185 Forest Hills Rd., Melrose, 32666 | (904) 377-7993 |

Founder: Carl Bovard Mission & Vision: Single Vision’s mission is worldwide conservation of endangered species and the preservation of land and habitat essential to earth’s remaining wildlife.

Clare Berry



816 A1A N., Ste. 201, Ponte Vedra Beach, 32082 | (904) 273-8755 |


Executive Director: Hilary Keeley Founders: Rick and Susan Sontag Mission & Vision: The Sontag Foundation is one of the largest private funders of brain cancer research in the United States. Along with providing funding for research, the Foundation supports the efforts of local nonprofit organizations to develop new, self-sustaining programs and initiatives, relating to healthcare and social services.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS FLORIDA 1915 Don Wickham Dr., Clermont, FL 34711 | (352) 243-9536

Director/CEO/Founder: Sherry Wheelock, President & CEO of Special Olympics Florida Mission/Vision: Special Olympics Florida provides year-round sports training, competition, and health services to children and adults with intellectual disabilities, at no cost to the athletes or their caregivers, as a means to achieve physical fitness, self-esteem, socialization skills, and the life skills necessary to be productive, respected, and contributing members of their communities.

THE SPINA BIFIDA ASSOCIATION OF JACKSONVILLE 2970 Mercury Rd., 32207 | (904) 699-6640 |

Executive Director: Demery Webber Mission & Vision: The Spina Bifida Association provides support for families living with Spina Bifida.

STEP UP FOR STUDENTS PO Box 54429, 32245-4367 | 877-735-7837 |

Director of Philanthropy: Karis Turner Mission & Vision: Step Up is serving more than 170,000 scholarship students across Florida this year, helping public education fulfill the promise of equal opportunity. Our goal is for all Florida students to have access to the tools that best meet their learning needs.


Ponte Vedra Recorder 2019, 2020 & 2021

611 E. Adams St., 32202 | (904) 359-0457 |

President/CEO: Cindy Funkhouser Mission & Vision: Sulzbacher works to empower homeless and at-risk women, children and men through health, housing and income services thereby restoring hope and self-sufficiency.


“Best of the Best” Ponte Vedra Realtor


Top 10 Northeast Florida Residential Realtors Jacksonville Business Journal 2019, 2020 & 2021

Resourceful… Responsible… Respected




972-855-4320 | |

7152 Lone Star Rd., 32211 | (904) 724-4646 |

State Executive Director: Sean Gross Mission & Vision: Our mission is to save lives by meeting the most critical needs of our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer.

Executive Director: Mark Mummaw Mission & Vision: Tree Hill Nature Center promotes environmental stewardship to the community through hands-on educational programs and low-cost access to natural areas.


622 W. Union St., 32202 | (904) 355-1205 |

Executive Director: Kim MacEwan Mission & Vision: Our mission is to inspire play, discovery, exploration, and innovation through science and creativity. tag! Children’s Museum creates transformative, play-based opportunities for families.

Executive Director: Rick Denny Mission & Vision: Trinity Rescue Mission provides emergency services and long-term recovery programs to the hungry, homeless and hurting in the greater Jacksonville area.


UCOM UrbanServ, Inc.

4527 Lenox Ave., 32205 | (904) 384-1361 |

3349 St. Augustine Rd., 32207 | (904) 396-2401 | |

Director: Leah Lynch Mission & Vision: Take Stock in Children works to change the lives of deserving children by combining in-school support through a college support coach, the promise of a college or vocational school scholarship and most importantly the guidance of a caring mentor.

Executive Director: Sara Mitchell Mission & Vision: UCOM serves the community to ensure that no one faces hunger alone, providing emergency relief to those facing food insecurity, providing one hot meal a day to the homebound, and providing help to those willing to break their cycle of crisis.



40 East Adams St., Ste. 110, 32202 | (850) 417-3933 or (607) 745-9951 | or

1 UNF Dr., 32224 | (904) 620-2100 |

Executive Director: LaKeisha Wells-Palmer Mission & Vision: Teach For America finds, develops, and supports equity-oriented leaders – individually and in teams – so they can transform education and expand opportunity with children, starting in the classroom.

TESORI FAMILY FOUNDATION 101 Marketside Ave., Ste. 404 #345, Ponte Vedra, 32081 | (904) 479-8330 |

Founders/Board Co-Chairs: Paul and Michelle Tesori Mission & Vision: The foundation’s mission is to achieve great things through God by lending a helping hand, providing hope, and healing hearts for children. Its vision is to make a positive change in the lives of children in the local community and those touched by the PGA TOUR.

THERAPY ANIMAL COALITION, INC. P.O Box 170, Ponte Vedra Beach, 32082 |

Board President: Kristi Leonard Mission & Vision: The mission of Therapy Animal Coalition, Inc. is to help grow the number of therapy animal teams volunteering in therapeutic, educational, and other special environments. To accomplish this, we will educate the public on how to become a therapy animal team, facilitate volunteer opportunities for registered teams, and assist facilities and organizations to start therapy animal programs. Our vision is to be the leading resource for sharing the healing love of pets.

TIM TEBOW FOUNDATION 2220 County Rd. 210 W., Ste. 108, PMB 317, 32259 | (904) 380-8499

President: Steve Biondo Mission & Vision: The Foundation’s mission is to bring faith, hope and love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need.

TIMUCUAN PARKS FOUNDATION P.O. Box 351203, 32235 | (904) 374-1107 | |

Executive Director: Mark Middlebrook Mission & Vision: The Timucuan Trails Parks Foundation serves to protect, preserve and promote the Timucuan Trail Parks through advocacy, fundraising and marketing.

TOM COUGHLIN JAY FUND FOUNDATION PO Box 50798, Jacksonville Beach, 32240 | (904) 543-2599 | |

CEO: Keli Coughlin Joyce Mission & Vision: The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund helps families tackling childhood cancer by providing comprehensive financial, emotional, and practical support.



76 Dockside Dr., Ste. 105, St. Augustine, 32084 | (904) 647-1757 |

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Board Chair: Chuck Ged Mission & Vision: The University of North Florida Foundation has a focus on fiduciary responsibility, volunteer leadership, and endowment growth in order to provide private support to the University’s strategic plan for academic and student life programs to meet such needs as scholarships, faculty instruction, research and facilities.

UNITED WAY OF NORTHEAST FLORIDA 40 E. Adams St., Ste. 200, 32202 | (904) 390-3200 | |

President/CEO: Michelle Braun Mission & Vision: United Way of Northeast Florida envisions a community of opportunity where everyone has hope and can reach their full potential. Its mission is to solve our community’s toughest challenges by connecting people, resources and ideas.

VISION IS PRICELESS 4615 Philips Hwy., Ste. 100A, 32207 | (904) 503-2423 |

Executive Director: Jami Bueker Mission & Vision: Vision Is Priceless works to fulfill the need in our community for vision screenings and provide access to vision care—including eye exams, prescription glasses, and specialty care—for the uninsured and underserved. Our mission is to assess, sustain, and improve the visual health of children and adults in Northeast Florida through education, vision screenings, treatment, and referrals.

VOLUNTEERS IN MEDICINE JACKSONVILLE 41 E. Duval St., 32202 | (904) 399-2766 | |

President/ CEO: Jennifer Ryan Mission & Vision: Volunteers in Medicine Jacksonville’s mission is to advance the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of the working uninsured to improve quality of life for all.

WALK OFF CHARITIES 1859 Adams St. E., 32202| 904-343-1049 |

Founder & President: Frank Frangie Mission & Vision: Our mission is to provide opportunities, resources, and access to the game of baseball for any youth that desires to learn or play.

WE CARE JACKSONVILLE, INC. 4080 Woodcock Dr., Bldg. 2400, Ste. 130, 32207 | (904) 674-6450 |

Executive Director: Angela Strain, GPC Mission & Vision: WeCareJax advances and coordinates community-wide compassionate specialty care for the uninsured. WeCareJax envisions a community where everyone has equitable access to quality healthcare.

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581705 White Oak Rd., Yulee, FL 32097 | (904) 225-3200 |

(904) 307-3047 |

Conservation Experience Coordinator: Maddie Anderson Mission & Vision: The White Oak Conservation Foundation is committed to protecting, promoting and preserving endangered species and habitats.

Founder: Jennifer Wolfe Mission & Vision: We are a growing community for Jacksonville writers to nurture and celebrate the individual voice by facilitating supportive writing circles and by encouraging people to craft more conscious lives through the art of writing and the practices of community.

WILDLIFE RESCUE COALITION OF NORTHEAST FLORIDA 6853 Seaboard Ave., 32244 | (904) 779-5569 |

Founder: Barbara T. Tidwell Mission & Vision: Our mission is to ensure respect for all wildlife through education and conservation, while providing orphaned, injured and displaced animals with a second chance at life. Our goal as a Wildlife Rescue Organization is to educate the public as well as treat and rehabilitate wildlife.

THE WILL KING FOUNDATION 2937 Algonquin Ave., 32210 |

Creative Director: Courtney Hughes Mission & Vision: The Will King Foundation supports international children receiving heart treatment in Jacksonville, Florida.

WJCT PUBLIC MEDIA 100 Festival Park Ave., 32202 | (904) 353-7770 |

President and CEO: David McGowan Mission & Vision: WJCT Public Media uses its unique assets as a resource for citizens to come together to celebrate human diversity, experience lifelong learning, and actively engage in matters of civic importance, all to improve the quality of our lives and our community. WJCT is to be regarded as an indispensable community resource, connecting citizens to content, sharing ideas, and setting the standards through which the community learns and grows.

THE WOMAN’S CLUB OF JACKSONVILLE 1596 Lancaster Terrace #5B, 32204 | (904) 366-2703 | |

President: Katherine Naugle Mission & Vision: The mission of the Woman’s Club of Jacksonville is to work for the improvement, benefit and advancement of womankind in every direction, and generally, to give aid to worthy causes.

Executive Director & CEO: Trina Medarev Mission & Vision: The World Affairs Council of Jacksonville works to promote an understanding of the world and its people and to engage citizens of Northeast Florida in becoming better informed participants in the global community.

WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT 4899 Belfort Rd., Ste. 300, 32256 | (904) 296-7350 |

CEO: Michael Linnington Mission & Vision: The Wounded Warrior Project works to honor and empower Wounded Warriors.

YEAR UP JACKSONVILLE - DOWNTOWN Florida State College at Jacksonville, 101 W. State St., Ste. 3001, 32202 (904) 647-1990 |

Site Director: Latonya Hines Mission & Vision: Year Up’s mission is to close the Opportunity Divide by ensuring that young adults gain the skills, experiences, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through careers and higher education.

YESHÁ TAEKWONDO 9378 Arlington Expressway, Ste. 325, 32225 |

Founder: Grandmaster Charles Coker Mission & Vision: At Yeshá, our mission is to train and develop Disciples of Christ through sanctioned martial arts.


WOMENADEJAX (904) 463-2877

40 E. Adams St., Ste. 210, 32202 | (904) 296-3220 |

Founder: Judy Hicks Mission & Vision: WomenadeJax mentors children at Daniel Kids through career development, fun and community service.

President & CEO: Eric K. Mann Mission & Vision: The YMCA strives to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.



1325 San Marco Blvd., Ste. 802, 32207 | (904) 202-2866

President: Katherine Armstrong Forrester Mission & Vision: The Women’s Board strives to further awareness in the community of the services and remarkable facilities of Wolfson Children’s Hospital and to raise funds to ensure the best health care for every child who comes through the hospital’s doors.


PO Box 330117, Atlantic Beach, 32233 | (904) 510-2004 | |

Executive Director: Michelle LeClair Mission & Vision: Yoga 4 Change is a non-profit organization that achieves lasting, demonstrative change for veterans, individuals who are experiencing incarceration, youth, and people living with mental health conditions through a purpose-driven yoga curriculum.


5644 Colcord Ave., 32211 | (904) 722-3000 | |

P.O. Box 2173, 32203 | 719-502-0021 |

Executive Director: Teresa Miles Mission & Vision: The Women’s Center of Jacksonville improves the lives of women through advocacy, support and education and provides rape recovery services for individuals of all genders.

Area Director: Ed Ross Mission & Vision: Young Life introduces adolescents to Jesus Christ and helps them grow in their faith. We minister to kids from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds who live in historically disadvantaged communities.



245 Riverside Ave., Ste. 310, 32202 | (904) 356-4483 |

President: Jan Healy Mission & Vision: The Women’s Giving Alliance makes grants to nonprofit organizations to support critical community services for women and girls.


WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL OF JACKSONVILLE 100 Festival Park Ave., 32202 | (904) 280-8162 |

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3015 Parental Home Rd., 32216 | (904) 725-6662 | |

President/CEO: Kim Sirdevan Mission & Vision: The Youth Crisis Center works to build a healthier community by empowering young people and families to rise above adversity, supporting their vision for a stronger community through stronger families.


OCTOBER 3-9, 2022



IMPACT of MEDICAL PHILANTHROPHY Greater than you think





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HAT BEGAN IN 1955 AS BAPTIST MEMORIAL HOSPITAL IN DOWNTOWN JACKSONVILLE, has grown into the area’s largest private employer, a comprehensive health system with more than 200 points of care throughout the region. The original downtown hospital campus has grown explosively to meet the needs of the community, with multi-million-dollar expansions to become what is now Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville and Wolfson Children’s Hospital. Recent additions to the campus include the $184 million, nine-story Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center in 2018, and the seven-story Borowy Family Children’s Critical Care Tower that will open in early 2022, significantly expanding Wolfson Children’s capacity to provide the highest level of care to newborns and children with complex medical needs. When the Southern Baptist Convention responded financially to a critical shortage of hospital beds in Jacksonville three-quarters of a century ago, they could not have imagined the growth and innovations that Baptist Health and Wolfson Children’s now offer in Northeast Florida and beyond. But even then, philanthropy was crucial. Of the Convention’s $2 million estimate for the hospital construction, $1 million was to come from public fundraising, which the community exceeded. Donations included $500,000 from the Wolfson Family Foundation for a children’s hospital that included 50 beds. Today, Wolfson Children’s serves a 10-county area (and beyond) with 216 hospital beds, five satellite emergency centers, and six regional specialty clinics located in Fleming Island, Lake City, Daytona Beach and Tallahassee, Fla., as well as in Valdosta and Brunswick, Ga. “We are proud to serve the community as the only not-for-profit, locally owned, faith-based health system,” said Baptist Health President and CEO Michael A. Mayo, DHA, FACHE. “The significance of that is that we are led by individuals who are leaders within our community so decisions are made that directly impact the greater Jacksonville area. That’s important, especially when you are raising money to support the needs of the community and know that those dollars are staying in the community.” Including Wolfson Children’s Hospital, Baptist Health now includes five nationally recognized hospitals—soon to be six when Baptist Medical Center Clay opens in Fleming Island in fall 2022. Baptist Medical Center Beaches and Baptist Medical Center Nassau, which both joined the health system in 1994, have a legacy of providing convenient access to quality care in their growing coastal communities. Baptist Medical Center South, which opened in 2005 as one of the nation’s first all-digital hospitals, now has 291 beds, serving the rapidly growing area of south Jacksonville and northern St. Johns County. Patients come from far beyond Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia for Baptist Health and Wolfson Children’s high-level specialty care services. “Through our partnership with MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center is providing the same world-class care and access to clinical trials and research here in Jacksonville,” Dr. Mayo said. “People with aneurysms and strokes are airlifted from all over the region to our comprehensive stroke center.” He said Baptist’s state-of-the-art neurosurgery and neuroscience program related to spine care, as well as its world-class cardiac care, also are big draws. “You don’t have to leave town. We’ve got it all here,” said Michael D. Aubin, FACHE, president of Wolfson Children’s Hospital and chief philanthropy officer, Baptist Health Foundation. “The level of medical care in this community is amazing. It’s national and international quality.” “We are all about taking care of the entire family from birth to seniors,” said Nicole B. Thomas, FACHE, hospital president of Baptist Jacksonville. “We look forward to providing the highest level, most complex care to this community as a regional referral center with a full range of services.” Wolfson Children’s also offers families a full range of care, from the most common conditions in childhood to the most complex. “Our reach extends well beyond the Jacksonville area as we have worked to expand access to Wolfson Children’s care by partnering with like-minded organizations,” Aubin said. “All of these services are wrapped around the fact that we are an organization built on relationships — people who work for us and those we care for,” said Dr. Mayo. “Health care is the most personal one-to-one human contact that exists. There is no robot nor artificial intelligence that can hold your hand or look you in the eye and say ‘It’s going to be OK.’”





making a difference in a lot of people’s

Dr. Mayo maintains that the No. 1

pandemic will be an increase in interest

component of the organization is

in entering the health care field as a

services we provide are not adequately

people. “It’s not just about the bricks

career. “Prior to the pandemic, most

reimbursed and we, as a community health

and mortar or technology when it

people knew what a doctor was or what

system, would like to be able to provide that care

comes to delivering care. It’s the people

a nurse did, but they did not understand

despite funding challenges,” said Thomas.

committed to our mission and vision,”

what lab techs or respiratory therapists

“Philanthropy is the bridge that helps us continue

he said. “We are committed to having

do,” he said. “They can see that there

to do things for the community that may not be

the most competent and engaged

are careers at Baptist Health where

funded any other way.”

workforce. We invest in our team

they can earn a good living and give

members in terms of their educational

back to the community.”

“I’m proud of our entire team for

come into any part of our system.” Part of that commitment is Baptist Physician Enterprise (BPE), which consists of all primary care offices, specialty care offices and physicians who are a part of the Baptist Health system, Dr. Mayo said. A major goal is to expand the community’s access points to Baptist Health care through BPE. Baptist Health places a high priority on making the community a better place, and its team members are deeply engaged in volunteering to make a real difference. The health system’s leadership leads the way as role models for service to the greater Jacksonville area. For example, Dr. Mayo serves on the Advisory Board and Dean’s Council for Brooks College of Health at the University of North Florida, where he teaches as an adjunct professor. Dr. Mayo said he has been exceptionally proud of how the organization has provided education, awareness and vital services during


Thomas agreed. “Philanthropic support is

Dr. Mayo hopes a silver lining of the

customer service and relationship gets personalized attention when they

available, Aubin said.

lives,” he said.

development and training, and skills, to make sure that every individual

facilities and make innovative new programs

PHILANTHROPISTS PROVIDE ‘AMAZING SUPPORT’ Community support is critical to maintaining and enhancing the level of care provided by Baptist Health and Wolfson Children’s Hospital. Dr. Mayo said many of the specialty services the health system provides are not funded nor reimbursed by insurance. Many children’s and behavioral health programs, for example, are not government-funded nor supported by other resources. Likewise, the highest-level care is sometimes not funded, so philanthropy helps fund those services that otherwise would not be provided. “Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver were key in supporting behavioral health for all ages at Baptist Health and Wolfson Children’s Hospital,” Dr. Mayo said. “They have a passion for reducing the stigma of mental health issues. Without their support, our expansion of mental health training, support and services over the last decade would not have been possible.”

vital to our operations because some of the

“This is an extremely giving community, not


just from the philanthropic standpoint with dollars but also time and support and giving to those things that help others,” Dr. Mayo said. Frank and Marisa Martire are excellent examples. Strong supporters of Baptist Jacksonville and Wolfson Children’s, they are honored to have their names on the Neuro Intensive Care Unit in the new Borowy Family Children’s Critical Care Tower (see more about the Borowys’ gift on page 92). “Where there is a need, we want to help, but clearly our commitment to Baptist Health and Wolfson Children’s is very, very strong. The things they do are incredible, especially for children, and we like to be associated with that,” said Frank, a member of the Baptist Health Board of Directors. “We are drawn to Wolfson because of kids having complex medical needs and if we can make the most difference there, that’s what we want to do,” Marisa said. “It’s the people in the organization and the caregivers who matter because they do all the work. We are just helping and being a small part of that.” Both Martires praised the area’s generosity and expressed gratitude for being able to give back to the community. “To be associated with the people in the Jacksonville community is very special to us. More important is to make a difference in people’s lives,” said Frank, who

the COVID-19 pandemic that began

Aubin said the past two years have

to significantly impact our community

been challenging because revenue for

in March 2020. “We continue to

all hospital operations has decreased

weather that storm by being available,

The couple, who established The Marisa and

dramatically due to COVID-19. “Yet the

flexible and resilient, and to be a

Frank Martire Endowment in Pediatric Neurology

actual philanthropic support by our

leader in providing education about

to help fund the Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver

community has been amazing. This year

the virus and how to deal with it,

will be the best in fundraising in the

Tower when it was built on the Baptist Jacksonville

committing to science that leads us

history of Baptist Health Foundation,”

to believe that vaccination is the best

he said.

way,” he said. During the peak of the

As more people move into the area

pandemic with large volumes of

and Baptist Health and Wolfson

patients, team members quickly

Children’s expand to meet health care

expanded critical care units and set

needs, philanthropy remains critically

up testing and vaccination sites.

important to sustain services, build

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also serves as executive chairman of the NCR Corporation Board of Directors.

campus nearly 10 years ago, encourage others to give what they can. “It doesn’t matter what the contribution is, it will have a big impact on someone’s life,” Frank said. “We do a good job here in Jacksonville but like any other community, we could always do better and we need to get more and more people engaged.”








The fourth floor of the Borowy Family Critical Care Tower is named the Dr.

for children and families in our region,”

patient care activities are off the unit and

Thomas T.W. Chiu and Anna Shi Chiu

said Michael DuBow, chair of the Wolfson

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Dr. Chiu is

Children’s Board of Directors. “There is

“We are super excited to offer an

a retired neonatologist and professor who

no asset more important to our

85-foot Skybridge from the parking deck

chaired the Department of Pediatrics at

community, and our family finds it

across Palm Avenue into our two-level

the UF College of Medicine — Jacksonville,

extremely fulfilling to participate in the campaign that made it possible."

away from the family suites."

lobby where patients and families can

later serving as medical director, External

navigate their way throughout the Baptist

Affairs, a position from which he retired.

Jacksonville/Wolfson Children’s campus

Dr. Chiu currently serves as the liaison

using this new front door,” Thomas said.

between Wolfson Children’s and UF

other Wolfson Children’s services

Jacksonville, and leads the international

and programming, visit

partnerships for Wolfson Children’s. The

The tower is further enhanced by works by artists from the Southeastern U.S. and beyond, to include a featured sculpture in the two-story lobby by nationallyrecognized artist Soo Sunny Park. To help fund the Borowy Family Children’s Critical Care Tower, along with


needed services for children and families,


Wolfson Children’s launched a five-year


Hope Starts Here campaign in 2018.

DOOR,’” SAID DR. MAYO in May 2019

The $60 million campaign includes $30

at the new Tower’s groundbreaking, in

million for equipment and technology to

anticipation of the new entryway and

develop the tower and $30 million for

children’s critical care tower. The building

programs and services to support the

will connect all areas of Baptist

children’s hospital.

Jacksonville and Wolfson Children’s. “We are excited about creating this new space for patients and families,” Aubin said. “The seven-story, $224 million Borowy Family Children’s Critical Care Tower will include an 87-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) on three floors, including the highest-level NICU and a neonatal MRI that will be the first in Florida and a 26-bed Pediatric ICU (PICU) that includes a six-bed Neuro-Intensive Care Unit. The 225,000-square-foot building also has a 12-bed cardiovascular ICU and two beds in a specialty burn unit. The only full-service tertiary children’s hospital in North Florida and South Georgia, Wolfson Children’s is the only neonatal surgical center in the region and is one of only three children’s hospitals in the country to have a dedicated neonatal MRI system.” “It’s the NICU of the future, with every technological advantage you can think of,” said Thabata Ford, FACHE, vice president of operations for Baptist Jacksonville and Wolfson Children’s. “Large rooms and a pull-out double bed allow two adults to stay overnight


“Private support and philanthropy play a huge role in our ability to continue to serve children and families with the highest level of care and most cuttingedge technology,” said Aubin. “We never turn a child away, regardless of ability to pay. We provide a great deal of charity and uncompensated care.” Aubin praised donors for their generosity, including Thom and Pat Borowy, their children, Hayden Borowy and Megan Borowy Walker, and their sonin-law, Mark Walker. The Borowy family’s generous donation was recently recognized by establishing the newest addition to the Baptist Jacksonville and Wolfson Children’s Hospital campus as the Borowy Family Children’s Critical Care Tower. “Baptist Health and Wolfson Children’s Hospital are incredibly grateful for this transformative gift from the Borowy family,” said Richard Sisisky, chair of the Baptist Health Board of Directors. “The Borowys’ profound generosity helps us ensure we have a world-class, familycentered facility that will shape the next evolution of pediatric critical care.”

increase the funding. “It’s an honor for us to have a floor named after Tom Chiu, one of the founding fathers of modern neonatology in our region, and his wife Anna,” Aubin said. “Jacksonville has been very nice to me. This is something I can do to pay back,” Dr. Chiu said. “To be competitive, move academically and keep up with the most advanced technology, it takes a lot of money. There’s no way in this national atmosphere that the federal or state government or insurance are going to give a children’s hospital enough funding to reimburse them adequately.” Another floor is named in honor of Mary Virginia Terry, a longtime supporter of and donor to Wolfson Children’s, whose Institute also recognize her and her late husband. In recognition of their generosity, one of the Pediatric ICU floors is named for Harriet and Clayton J. Kicklighter. Specialized wound and burn rooms in the PICU are named for Liz and Ed Snyder and their family. One of the Welcome Centers is named in honor of Mandy and Ashton Hudson for their donation to Hope Starts Here, designated for the new tower. In addition, Sutton and Debbie McGehee are recognized for their

Community support is critical to providing superior services at Baptist Health. Financial contributions and donations of time and resources are essential and opportunities are numerous. Here’s where to find out how you can help:

Baptist Health Foundation: (904) 202-2919

family’s contribution to the Children’s Going Home Center, a centralized discharge area that will be a first for Wolfson Children’s. The center will serve not just the Borowy Family Children’s Critical Care Tower but the entire Wolfson Children’s Hospital campus. The McGehee family has strong

a full bathroom and wardrobe. The units

several Baptist initiatives, including the

Sutton McGehee was chairman and CEO

are designed in pods so nurses can be

Baptist Jacksonville capital campaign in

of Mac Papers, which was founded by his

close by their patients and quickly

2008, the Hugh Greene Behavioral

family and sold in 2020.

respond to their critical needs.”

Health Endowment in 2014, the Baptist

philanthropic ties to Baptist Health.

“The new Borowy Family Children's

"The new building incorporates

MD Anderson Cancer Center Medical

Critical Care Tower, an industry-leading,

numerous innovative ideas," said Aubin.

Directors Endowment in 2018, and now

state-of-the-art facility, allows for

their gift to Hope Starts Here.

expanded services as the hospital


how to help

C. Herman and Mary Virginia Terry Heart

The Borowys have long supported

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To support the new Tower and

Chius’ gift included a generous match to

comfortably, with amenities that include

"For example, security is layered with

continues to provide unparalleled care

multiple check-ins and a lounge and waiting room on each floor so all non-

For bequests or legacy giving:

For questions or to make dedicated gifts: Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville (904) 202-3813 Wolfson Children’s Hospital (904) 202-6296 Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center (904) 202-4578

AGEWELL AS THE SENIOR POPULATION GROWS IN NORTHEAST FLORIDA, AgeWell Center for Senior Health keeps up. And as its name implies, the 10-year-old program developed by Baptist Health helps people age well into their golden years. “If you are healthy, we will work with you to meet your goals for your health. If you have dementia, diabetes or heart failure, etc., we will work with you and support your family so you are best served,” said Raphael Balbino, MD, geriatrician and medical director of AgeWell. AgeWell is dedicated to caring for patients age 65 and older, providing the time, attention and resources seniors need. The AgeWell team often includes not only the physician and other health care professionals but also the patient’s family members and other caretakers. “The reality is that many senior patients are not suitable for a standard 15-minute visit anymore. They have too many medications, too many questions and too much going on,” Dr. Balbino said. “So AgeWell provides at a minimum 30 minutes face to face, even longer for new patients.” AgeWell geriatricians work together with pharmacists, rehab and occupational therapists, mental health experts, social workers, oncologists and other specialists as cases require. In addition, the team meets weekly to discuss patient progress. This model of care has become so popular that in addition to downtown, Baptist Health has expanded AgeWell locations to Baptist Beaches in Jacksonville Beach and Baptist HealthPlace at Nocatee. Dr. Balbino said patients come from all over Northeast and Central Florida and Southeast Georgia. “The plan is to spread our services throughout the entire region to support all of the Baptist Primary Care network and be more convenient for people to access clinic services,” he said. Additionally, a team of nurse practitioners provides the AgeWell House Calls program, where patients receive care in their own homes. Unfortunately, most wraparound specialty services aren’t sufficiently covered by Medicare or other insurance plans. “Reimbursement rates for Medicare are low compared to the value we bring to families,” Dr. Balbino said. “AgeWell doesn’t make money but because of Baptist’s mission, we have remained steadfastly committed to providing them because it’s the right thing to do for our community. Subsidies by the health system and philanthropy are why AgeWell is here today.” Aubin and Dr. Balbino praised the Jacksonville community for their strong philanthropic support of AgeWell and other programs at Baptist Health. Aubin said adult children of patients often are so appreciative of the care and support the family receives that they set up endowments, purchase equipment or supplies, or provide other financial assistance. When their parents pass away, some


establish legacy gifts to ensure that the exceptional care continues for generations. Patients and donors Vince and Linda Ferrigno have given generously since the inception of AgeWell. "Vince and I never set out to become philanthropists. We just give as much as we can and try to be useful to good people doing great things. It became natural, like breathing,” said Linda Ferrigno. She said they appreciate the AgeWell concept and that it provides the best care in keeping people on their feet and vibrant as long as possible. Retired Army Maj. Gen. Paul Bergson and his wife Jan also are strong supporters of AgeWell, a program they know well and value immensely. When Jan signed up as

can and try to be useful to

a patient, she saw several specialists who provided excellent care.

good people doing great things.

special care they need,” said Paul.

It became natural, like breathing." - Linda Ferrigno

“AgeWell is an absolutely magnificent opportunity for senior citizens to get the Major contributors to multiple charities, they established the Paul and Janet Bergson Family Endowment for AgeWell and have a room named in honor of Paul’s parents for their support of an acute care unit for the elderly at Baptist Beaches. “Don’t put your estate in your coffin,” he advised. “Philanthropy is an integral part of giving back and doing something for your fellow man. The ability to have a facility like AgeWell is pure gold.” To support AgeWell, visit



PROJECTS & EXPANSION SERVICES NEW AND ENHANCED PROJECTS AND SERVICES AT BAPTIST JACKSONVILLE AND WOLFSON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL that depend heavily on community support range from a center that specializes in treatments and cures for heart rhythm abnormalities to an outpatient chemo infusion center for children in partnership with Nemours Children’s Health, Jacksonville.

HEART RHYTHM CENTER A $17 million Heart Rhythm Center is being built in the Baptist Heart Hospital on the Baptist Jacksonville campus. Because heart rhythm problems can be life threatening, the center will help Baptist


Health meet a growing need for this specialized care, according New additions at Baptist MD Anderson Cancer

“We know that heart disorders are very prevalent. As our

accelerator, an advanced form of precision

population in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia grows

image-guided radiation therapy, and a SPECT/

and the technology to detect heart disorders gets better, we’ll

CT 3D scanner, a hybrid technology where the

have opportunities to help more people,” said Thomas. “The

camera includes one SPECT (single photon

technical name is electrophysiology, EP for short. We’ll be able

emission computed tomography) scanner and

to implant devices like pacemakers and defibrillators, and do

one CT (computed tomography) scanner to create

ablations that use either heat or cold to redirect electrical

a detailed 3D visual of the targeted area and

activity that can restore normal heart rhythm.”

provide an analysis of how it is functioning. SPECT/CT will enhance the ability of the nuclear medicine physician or radiologist to

Thomas said the region’s only dedicated facility to cardiovascular care will be a state-of-the-art center that will stand up to any in the country.

provide a more reliable diagnosis for primary

Matthew McKillop, MD, medical director of the

and metastatic cancers. The $1 million scanner

Electrophysiology Lab, said, “The Heart Rhythm Center


will be located in Baptist MD Anderson’s

represents Baptist Health’s dedication to providing the residents


downtown location.

of Northeast Florida access to state-of-the-art cardiac care.

HEALING, Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center

At a total cost exceeding $3 million per

The center will provide comprehensive heart arrhythmia

offers the highest level of technology and

machine, the Baptist MD Anderson Cancer

management options with the latest technological

services to treat complex cancer patients, all in

Center fleet of linear accelerators will include

advancements in a patient-centered environment.”

one nine-story building. Baptist MD Anderson

three at the downtown campus, two at Baptist

Mike Diaz, chair of the Baptist Jacksonville Board of Directors

opened in 2015 as a partnership between

Medical Center South and one at Baptist Medical

and a Baptist donor with his wife, Kelly, said the Heart Rhythm

Baptist Health and MD Anderson Cancer Center

Center Clay. They will be used primarily by the

Center will fill a great need. Unfortunately, insurance

in Houston, one of the nation’s leading cancer

Cancer Center’s Neuro-Oncology Program and

reimbursements are not enough to allow a health system to

centers. It moved into its new 330,000-square-

Baptist Health’s Lyerly Neurosurgery group to

deliver this type of service.

foot, $184 million building in 2018.

treat patients with brain tumors, brain

“The need for coordinated cancer care in the

metastases and arteriovenous malformations.

“Baptist has a tremendous history of providing a significant amount of charitable and uninsured care, and for a community

Jacksonville community was apparent and proven

Providing patients with access to cutting-edge

to have cutting-edge medical care needs philanthropic support,”

by significant growth year over year,” said

technology is critical in the fight against cancer.

he said. “This is a wonderful area for health care. But often,

LeeAnn Mengel, FACHE, vice president and

Philanthropy plays a key role in the purchase and

the amount that can be charged or is reimbursed is significantly

administrator, Baptist MD Anderson. “Our facility

maintenance of these vital treatment options.

less than the amount it costs to provide those services.”

design reflects the multidisciplinary clinic model

Jacksonville philanthropists Sutton and

Diaz maintains that a community that wants to attract new

established by MD Anderson Cancer Center in

Debbie McGehee have been exceptionally

residents, particularly those who bring marketable skills, needs

Houston. We’ve got everything in one building

generous to Baptist Health, including Baptist

access to world-class health care at affordable prices.

and all the doctors collaborate to coordinate

MD Anderson where the Del and Peggy Dallas

“For anyone who has an interest in health care and wants to

care, which is extremely important in the fight

Courtyard memorializes Debbie’s parents. Del

make an impact, there is no area on the health care spectrum

against cancer.”

Dallas was a patient, and later a donor, at

you can’t touch in a meaningful way at Baptist Health,” he said.

Although Baptist offers cancer treatments at

MD Anderson in Houston. The McGehees

Philanthropy will allow Baptist to remain at the forefront of

other facilities in the region, the most complex

donated the garden in the couple’s honor to

cutting-edge technologies, developing more approaches and

cases are treated downtown. Baptist South

support services at Baptist MD Anderson

unique procedures targeting atrial fibrillation and other heart

provides medical and radiation oncology and

Cancer Center.

rhythm disorders.

Baptist Medical Center Clay when it opens in the

To support Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center,

To support the Heart Rhythm Center, visit

fall of 2022, Mengel said.


infusion services, which also will be offered at


to Dr. Mayo. It is scheduled to be completed in January 2023.

Center include a high-precision linear

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WOLFSON CHILDREN’S TERRY HEART INSTITUTE Specialized cardiology services have been available at Wolfson Children’s Hospital for decades but this past summer, the C. Herman and Mary Virginia Terry Heart Institute began expanding services to better serve children with congenital heart defects, rhythm disorders and acquired cardiac conditions. The Terry Heart Institute also is expanding physically into remodeled space of the 841 Building— where patients can receive most outpatient services. Scheduled to open in February 2022, the new outpatient location will house clinical space so patients will be able to see their doctors and receive treatments in one place, in many cases. The new location will bring together pediatric cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, cardiac intensivists and other subspecialists.

Terry Heart Institute is named for Mary Virginia Terry

support. They stressed the critical need for philanthropy

and her late husband C. Herman Terry for their longtime

to maintain and enhance state-of-the-art birthing

philanthropy to Wolfson Children’s, particularly for the


purchase of cutting-edge cardiac catheterization technology for diagnostic and interventional procedures.

To support the Chartrand Frisch Family Birth

The Institute includes a dedicated Cardiovascular OR

& Newborn Center, visit

suite, a hybrid operating suite and dedicated C. Herman and Mary Virginia Terry Cardiovascular ICU (which will relocate to the Borowy Family Children’s Critical Care Tower in February 2022).


“A lot of what we do is costly,” Ford said. “Philanthropy

Three new cancer treatment advancements at Wolfson

is important to be able to stay on top of technical and

Children’s Hospital could help prolong the lives of

medical changes.”

pediatric patients with neuroblastoma, cure certain

Aubin commended Mary Virginia Terry’s passion for

types of leukemia and, in partnership with Nemours

helping children and her continuation of the couple’s

Children’s Health, Jacksonville, improve infusion

generous and thoughtful giving many years after her


husband’s passing. “She and Herman gave a lot,” he said.

MIBG Therapy: “One of our major efforts with our partners at Nemours is developing treatments for

To support the Terry Heart Institute, visit

complex, hard-to-treat cancers,” said Aubin. MIBG is a form of radiation therapy that uses a very high radioactive iodine designed to connect to neuroblastoma cells. Aubin said it’s a potential cure for



high-risk neuroblastoma, which usually afflicts very young children, the majority of whom die.


The Chartrand Frisch Family Birth & Newborn Center

Ford said, “It can prolong the life of those children

that opened last April at Baptist Jacksonville will have

who are not successful with chemo and other forms of


additional high-risk obstetrics (OB) space when

therapy. The service requires a lot of resources because

conversion of the former NICU space at Wolfson

of the radioactive nature of the isotope that powers the

Children’s Hospital is completed.

therapy. We will be the first children’s hospital in Florida

TO MAKE AN IMPACT,” there is no area on the health

“The new birthing center is built like a spa,” said

to offer MIBG.”

Aubin. “Most women having babies are perfectly healthy.

For the past two years, the highly anticipated Wolfson

care spectrum you can’t touch in a

So why are we treating them like they are sick? We want

Children’s Challenge has been committed to building

to add concierge services like massages and manicures

this specially equipped room for MIBG therapy.

meaningful way at Baptist Health.”

to add to their patient experience in this beautiful space

- Mike Diaz

“Families can ultimately be together and enjoy the

T-cells have been genetically engineered to produce

birthing experience in a beautiful spa-like atmosphere,”

an artificial T-cell receptor for use in immunotherapy.

“The significance is that being all under one roof allows for a more cohesive team to provide the best patient care and allows Wolfson Children’s cardiovascular program to grow,” said Ford. “If we want to open more satellite clinics to meet community need, we can do that.”

in the future.”

CAR T-cell therapy: CAR T-cell therapy is mainly used to treat blood cancers. Chimeric antigen receptor

Thomas said. “Each maternity suite will be equipped

“Some kids do not respond to traditional bone marrow

with the latest labor and delivery technology to allow

transplants,” Aubin said. “For certain types of leukemia,

babies to be cared for after birth if the mothers choose

CAR T-cell therapy is a cure, a costly cure—$450,000

the rooming-in option.”

just for the medicine.”

OB hospitalists are in the building 24/7 in case of

He said the Wolfson Children’s and Nemours Children’s

need and all high-risk pregnancy expertise and

Health, Jacksonville, oncology team is developing and

equipment is readily accessible. “Our obstetricians and

bringing the most advanced cancer therapies to the

maternal-fetal medicine physicians are closely

organization, stressing the need for philanthropy to help

connected with the Wolfson Children’s Hospital’s NICU,

offset the high cost of cutting-edge services.

along with all of the neonatologists and other specialists

Chemo/infusion center: Wolfson Children’s is

who help ensure care is accessible for mother and baby,”

constructing a new outpatient chemo/infusion center

children at satellite sites throughout the region,

Thomas said. “If there is ever a question about whether

at Nemours Jacksonville, which connects to Wolfson

including Wolfson Children’s Cardiology at Baptist South

a baby is going to need intensive care after delivery,

Children’s via the Kids Walk. Scheduled for completion

and on Perimeter Park Blvd., plus locations in Valdosta

this is the place to be. There also is a Wolfson Children’s

in early 2023, it will provide one place for pediatric

and Brunswick, Ga., as well as in Lake City, Daytona

NICU available at Baptist Medical Center South for

cancer patients to get chemotherapy, blood-related

Beach and Fleming Island, Fla.

expectant parents who choose to deliver there.”

transfusions and other services in an outpatient setting.

For the convenience of families, Wolfson Children’s also provides pediatric heart services for infants and

Wolfson’s high-tech pediatric cardiovascular program

Mark and Meredith (Chartrand) Frisch and their

“We will share space with Nemours so chemotherapy

treats a full range of conditions. “We can identify early

families attended the spring ribbon-cutting to dedicate

patients who come for infusions will have one place to

on if a child has a congenital defect, so we can start

the $16 million renovations to the Baptist Jacksonville

go to receive all of their care,” Ford said. “They will have

caring for that baby while mom is pregnant, and we

maternal evaluation, delivery, maternal newborn and

private rooms where family can stay with them. The

follow the child well into adulthood,” Ford said.

high-risk Units. Both the Chartrand and Frisch families

goal is to make it a warm, welcoming place to come with

are longtime major philanthropists to Baptist Health

family and see their physicians.”

Patients come from "all over the North Florida and South Georgia region. We are the only full-fledged, free-standing children’s hospital between Atlanta and Orlando,” she said.

and other projects in Northeast Florida. Thomas and Aubin expressed gratitude to the Chartrand and Frisch families for their generous

To support cancer care at Wolfson Children’s, visit






Four Takeaways from a Virtual Fundraiser Written By GRACE M. SARBER

Jacksonville’s charities work doggedly to meet our community’s needs, and IN

MANY WAYS COVID-19 CREATED MORE NEEDS. Certainly the pandemic has spawned a new reality for the world of philanthropy. Its impact initially SHUT DOWN FUNDRAISING ACTIVITIES ALMOST COMPLETELY, and once charities were able to begin to fundraise again, the scene looked quite different.


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American Heart Association

As for the event itself, Wilson has more sage advice: “Create

Perhaps the best example locally of a full-blown virtual gala is

as close to the traditional experience as possible, one that

the Heart Ball held by the First Coast American Heart Association.

attendees are used to seeing and experiencing in person. Ask

Amber Wilson, Executive Director, said this type of event has

your most valued supporters what they find important and

been wildly successful for the organization. The AHA’s Virtual

would like to see in a virtual setting to make them participate.”

Heart Ball took place on April 6, 2021, “beyond the ballroom.”

She says they recognized donors through digital outreach as

“We had to hold our Go Red for Women Luncheon virtually

well as the live virtual experience to acknowledge and thank

two years in a row. The first year we set a new record for funds

them for their generous support.

raised. The second year participation was not as strong, so

While they learned a lot and are prepared for more virtual

we were anxious about how our 2021 virtual Heart Ball would

events if necessary, Wilson says the First Coast AHA plans to

be received. We were pleased that it actually raised more

hold the next Heart Ball in person on April 2, 2022.

dollars in both our Auction and Open Your Heart appeal than ever before!” Wilson said a huge benefit to a virtual gala is a larger net

Zoom meetings became common. And virtual became the new form of gala. Our generous community jumped on board with this new and creative use of technology, striving to meet the growing needs of each organization while keeping supporters safe. Through it all, members of Northeast Florida’s philanthropic community continued to shore up their missions and meet the needs around them. Experts seem to agree on four main takeaways from virtual galas. And each may be a staple in Jacksonville philanthropy going forward.

When COVID-19 hit, The Women’s Board of Wolfson Children’s

profit due to the amount saved by spending less than an in-

Hospital had just started planning and fundraising for its

person event. In addition, people responded enthusiastically

annual Art & Antiques Show, held every year the first weekend

to the virtual events. They could log in from anywhere, and

in December. For a while, 2020 chairs Meg Folds, Drew

they could “attend” with their spouses and families or in groups,

Haramis and Julie Howard were in limbo, wondering how the

allowing for an even broader audience. A record-breaking 386

pandemic and resulting shutdown would pan out, but by the

screens logged in virtually for the Heart Ball.

end of the summer it became obvious they would have to make

Wilson acknowledges challenges to orchestrating such a

Our charities haven’t missed a beat and in some ways have worked harder than ever in these historic times. While many of Jacksonville’s dazzling events had to be canceled, the city’s organizations found creative ways to hold events and raise money.

The Women’s Board

large event virtually. “We realized a loss of personal connection,

a tough decision: cancel the event altogether or figure out how to make it virtual. They chose the latter.

interaction and networking opportunities with donors,” Wilson

“It was a hard decision for sure, but ultimately it turned out

said. “It is much more difficult to engage with donors in as

to be the right one,” said Haramis. “My co-chairs and I were

meaningful and personal ways as if it were in-person.” One

proud of how the event turned out. Our staff and volunteers

example of that challenge was the Heart Walk campaign, which

deserve much praise and credit for adapting and developing

took the hardest hit in both engagement and fundraising due

innovative entertainment, effective formats and alternative

to the inability to visit participating companies in person. But

programs. We were able to honor the hospital’s commitment

this has certainly not taken away from the rousing success of

to providing safety for everyone, while also honoring our

the 2021 virtual Heart Ball.

donors, supporters, vendors and ultimately, the precious

When asked what tips she would offer, Wilson recommends

children we serve.”

taking time to think through the full experience attendees

The Show was a surprising success, raising $428,000 for

will have. “From the moment the invite is sent, continue to

Wolfson’s state-of-the-art Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the

garner their excitement, communicating with them leading

current funding target. While this total was not as much as

up to the day of the event. Have a solid plan in place for

the event has raised in the past, everyone at The Women’s

outreach in the weeks and days leading up to it, teasing details

Board was thrilled with the outcome, especially during a world

of what to look forward to and how to participate.”

pandemic when many nonprofits had to shut down completely.

One way Wilson and her team teased invitees was by

“We could not be more proud of the 2020 chairs,” said

sending VIP party boxes to every guest’s home a few days

immediate past president Katherine Forrester. “They pulled

before the event. Each box was filled with customized items

it off in the middle of a pandemic.”

that elicited excitement for the Heart Ball digital experience

The Women’s Board Executive Director Sally Parsons

and helped bring the Heart Ball to the donor. Favors included

pointed out the many positives they discovered for the virtual

dark chocolate popcorn, wine glasses, blue light glasses, a

event. “It showed us we had some loyal donors who stayed

cutting board, and the infamous light up heart glasses.

true to our mission despite not being able to attend in person.

Scott Wooten, AHA Chair and SVP/CFO of Baptist Health,

Other people who had not donated in a while turned out to

echoes Wilson’s advice: “A virtual gala is successful when it

give. I think maybe they were motivated to do more because

is arranged well and with intentionality. An organization has

of the challenging times, and it was great to re-engage them.”

less influence in the moment because it has no physical

In normal years, the Art & Antiques Show is a four-day

presence, so it must have orchestrated things thoughtfully

event that includes a spectacular black tie gala with an

and purposefully in advance. At the end of the day, randomness

exciting theme that changes year to year, Jacksonville’s

yields sometimes spotty results, whereas solid planning and

anticipated kickoff to the holiday season. It also features

up front work yield success.”

lectures by renowned designers and celebrities, antiques and art dealers from around the country, a daily tea room and pastry cafe, and beautiful design displays. The weekend culminates in the Children’s Fashion Show, featuring Wolfson patients. Putting on the weekend event takes thousands of

ONE: Virtual is cheaper, which puts more money in the need coffers.

volunteer hours provided by the more than 400 members of The Women’s Board and is normally held at the Prime Osborne Convention Center. The Women’s Board raises money all year for its flagship event, including a tremendous amount of

TWO: Virtual is easier, using far less resources and manpower.

the organization give the majority of its donor dollars directly

THREE: Intentionality is key.

completely online experience reflected beautifully in its theme,

FOUR: Time is of the essence.

any computer around the world. The virtual event did not,

in-kind donations that significantly mitigate cost and help to the hospital. The 2020 event, however, looked a bit different. A Virtually Venice, the unique format could be accessed from



however, include its crown jewel, the opening gala, “nor

Board managed to stay relevant in a difficult time. “We

was it able to have in person our charming and

are grateful to all who donated and did not let a world

hopes to celebrate in-person next year. “We are anxious

informative dealers and their fabulous wares,”

pandemic or the inability to attend a gala take away from

to be able to meet with our friends in-person. We miss

commented Haramis.

giving to the children,” said Parsons. “Ultimately, we

seeing our donors, advocates and volunteers,” she said.

were still able to raise a great deal for our tiniest patients.”

“There is no replacement for being able to share your

Planning and thought were key. The organization sent gift baskets to donors’ houses filled with in-kind

fundraising through virtual means, but the organization

progress as an organization and thanking people

donations such as monogrammed coozies from Dillard’s,

personally. Events are important to our staff as well.

sweet treats from Black Sheep and wine. Mike Hartley

Transformations is all about seeing lives transformed

of Hartley Press, a long-time donor to The Women’s

by the mission of Sulzbacher. For our staff, being able

Board, called to tell Parsons how much he loved the

to see results of their hard work—it’s a thank you to

basket and committed that he and his wife would be

them, too. The heart and soul of the event just cannot

sitting in front of their computer watching. He said they

be replaced virtually.”

had not missed an event for many years and would not


miss this one. Some featured virtual events included a tour of an

Nemours Children’s Health held its first ever virtual gala

authentic, fully refurbished Italian boat in the Ortega

fundraiser, Evening of Promise, on September 17, 2021.

River. Several renowned interior designers gave exquisite online tutorials and talks. For example, Margot Shaw of

which featured the event via Facebook Live Stream.

flower magazine conducted a presentation from her own

Since March 2020, Sulzbacher pivoted all fundraising

Tenikka Hughes, anchor of Action News Jax, served as

studio, allowing viewers to see and learn much more from

events and went virtual. On October 21, 2021, the

emcee, joining Dr. Gary Josephson, Chief Medical Officer

her. Wolfson President Michael Aubin gave a virtual tour

organization celebrated its annual fundraiser,

for Nemours. The duo greeted donors as they logged

of the state-of-the-art Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Transformations: No Closed Doors, a virtual event to

on, and led a flawless stream of entertainment for the more than 350 people who tuned in.

planned for the new critical Care Tower that was under

support its ongoing efforts for the homeless. It was the

construction at the time. Sally believes the time element

first virtual Transformations, and it was also the 25th

was key, as the event was offered in short segments

anniversary of opening its doors.

people could watch on their own.

Fan favorite The Royals band performed several numbers. Viewers listened to impactful patient stories,

Emily Knight-Smith, Donor Relations and Marketing

shout outs from grateful patients expressing thanks to

Vendors who usually donate in-kind instead gave online

Manager for Sulzbacher, said, “Thanks to the generosity

their healthcare heroes, messages from Nemours

demonstrations. Local caterers and restaurants such as

of our advocates, throughout all these many months of

leadership, special celebrity guest and professional

Liz Grenameyer, Black Sheep and Chef’s Garden featured

the pandemic Sulzbacher has remained open, because

golfer Phil Mickelson, and more.

some favorite recipes. Steve Kunz, owner of The Brick,

the needs of people who are homeless or at risk do not

Once again, time was a key element. The entire event

performed mixology at the bar, as did Chef Tom Gray from

stop—even when a global pandemic hits. Throughout

lasted only an hour, making it workable and easy for participants.

Prati Italia. Chef Kevin Adams from Savor, who in normal

the pandemic, Sulzbacher has continued to care for

years donates the preparation of all food for the gala,

some of our community’s most vulnerable citizens, from

When the wold shut down, health care heroes stepped

created an Italian appetizer.

providing COVID-19 testing and vaccinating, to placing

up. Nemours Children’s Health says they are driven by empathy and integrity, not cost. Facing new challenges,

One of The Women’s Board’s photographers who

people into emergency housing, to counseling and

graciously donates his time, Michael LeGrand, created

medical services that are desperately needed.

they endeavored to keep their associates and families

a video of the St. Johns River that mimicked the Grand

Sulzbacher is always there to help the people who need

safe and healthy. According to their website, “Ensuring

Canal in Venice. He used a drone, which he even flew

it most, in good times and in bad.”

quality care comes at a significant price, which means

over the hospital and the new tower under construction.

For this reason, fundraising for Sulzbacher could not

But the highlight was the online Children’s Fashion

stop. The virtual event in October was one way they have

Show featuring patients from Wolfson. This is always

continued to bring in needed support.

donor support offers hope to our children and also to the amazing caregivers working tirelessly to look after them.” The virtual event was a rousing success, enabling

the most popular and loved event of the Art & Antiques

“The virtual event featured the many ways Sulzbacher

Show weekend, and being online did not diminish its

continues to operate during a pandemic,” went on Knight-

Nemours healthcare team members, as well as patients

popularity. Said Parsons, “A huge plus was that it

Smith. “We also shared a new program that is

and their families who have been directly impacted by

allowed some children to participate who normally would

transforming lives, Sulzbacher’s Mental Health Offender


not have been able to walk in an in-person show due to

Program (MHOP). This new program aims to help our

ambulatory challenges. In addition, the children’s

most vulnerable citizens by keeping them out of jail, off

families could watch, from local family members to

the streets, and making sure they get the services they

Grandma and Grandpa as far away as Virginia and

need. Viewers were introduced to a client, a female

California! That was one positive takeaway for sure. And

veteran, who has moved out of transitional housing and

seeing those children’s sweet faces up close on screen

is now in After Care. We even featured a song performed

was a tear-jerking bonus.” Dr. Gary Josephson, Chief

by our kiddos in the Crawford Early Learning Center.”

Medical Officer for Nemours Children’s Health System,

Knight-Smith said they were thrilled with the success

entertained virtual attendees with his professional

of the event, as well as the attendees’ responses to the

ventriloquy during the Intermission. “He blew us away!”

stories and programming. “Turnout was not as high as

remarked Parsons.

years past, but having an event that was watchable from

“I was so proud of the chairs for having to pivot during


The organization partnered with Action News Jax,


any location has benefited us. Going forward, we will

the pandemic, doing all they did to make it a grand

plan a virtual element in Transformations for our friends

success, and still raising enough to enable us to make

who may be unable to attend in person.”

our pledge to the hospital for the NICU,” said Forrester.

She offers some advice, especially in regard to the

Parsons does acknowledge some drawbacks. One is

time element: “Virtual events run smoothly. We chose

that contracts with the designers did not allow The

our event day wisely, considering what was already

Women’s Board to keep the video up after two weeks.

happening in the city that day and week, and kept the

So they could not keep it to show it. And of course,

program under 45 minutes. The program moved quickly

everyone missed the gala.

and remained engaging with very little downtime.”

While everyone agrees nothing replaces being able

Kight-Smith says virtual is a temporary solution for

to look donors in the eye and thank them, The Women’s

Sulzbacher. She says it has been vital to continue

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Nemours to raise $105,000. Funds will support


SILVER LININGS Although Covid is an era many would like to forget and everyone is ready to get back to live, in-person events, there have been some silver linings. The survival and even flourishing of Northeast Florida’s charities speaks to the open hearts of our community as a whole and of triumph over seemingly impossible odds. In the future, as we look back on the Covid era, we will see that philanthropy took center stage, filling gaps and meeting needs through creativity and grit, and proving that...

where there is a will, there is a way.

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January January 1-9

Saturday, January 29

Jacksonville Arboretum’s Dazzling Nights

Wolfson Children’s Challenge Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville 7 a.m.

Saturday, January 8 Healthy Start 5K Jacksonville Beach Pier, 502 1st St. N. 8 a.m. 5K / 9 a.m. 1 Mile

Teddy Bear Affair Jacksonville Zoo 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Presented by specialists at Nemours Specialty Care Feeding Northeast Florida Bourbon and Brisket Postponed New date TBD

Saturday, January 30 JTC Running’s 5-mile & 10-mile Winter Beach Run

Dates to be Determined Jewish Families & Community Services Annual Men’s JFCS on Tap Intuition Ale Works 929 E. Bay St., rooftop (904) 448-1933

Saturday, January 22 Community Hospice’s C.A.R.S. — Children Are Rock Stars The Brumos Collection 6:30-10 p.m. (904) 268-5200 Jewish Federation’s Community Havdalah Jacksonville Jewish Center 7 p.m. (904) 448-5000 | Big Brothers Big Sisters Little Big Run Southbank Riverwalk (904) 727-9797 |

Saturday, January 28 Beaches Habitat for Humanity’s CEO Build (904) 241-1222




Feb.-Mar. Feb. 20 – Mar. 20

Thursday, February 17

Community Hospice’s Bow Wow Walk

7th Annual Angelwood Sporting Clay Shoot 8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Jacksonville Clay Target Sports

Wednesday, February 2 Volunteers in Medicine 6th Annual Women with Heart Virtual Luncheon | Florida Blue Conference Center 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Friday, February 4 National Wear Red Day

Friday, February 4 - Sunday, February 6 Donna Foundation 15th Annual Seawalk Pavillion

Monday, February 7 Women for Christ Evening Event Church of Eleven22, Baymeadows Campus 8133 Point Meadows, 32256 7-9 p.m. |

Tuesday, February 8 Women for Christ Luncheon Prime Osborn Center, 1000 Water St., 32204 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. |

Thursday, February 10 Planned Giving Council’s 12th Annual Planned Giving Symposium San Jose Country Club, 7529 San Jose Blvd. 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. |

Friday, February 11 Ted Tebow Night to Shine: 8th Anniversary Shine-Thru Parade & Virtual Celebration

Saturday, February 12 Cure For Neurofibromatosis Cupid’s Undie Run Lynch’s Irish Pub - 514 1st St N - Jacksonville Beach 12-4 p.m. |

Monday, February 14 Heart of the Runway 10th Anniversary North Florida School of Special Education Delores Barr Weaver Therapeutic Equestrian Center 11 a.m. |

Wednesday, February 16 Florida Forum Times Union Center for the Performing Arts


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City Rescue Mission’s 7th Annual Difference Makers Banquet Southbank Hotel at Jacksonville Riverwalk (904) 387-4357 Jewish Federation & Foundation — A Night Out with Federation 6-8 p.m. (904) 448-5000

Saturday, February 19 4th Annual Thin Mint Sprint 5K & Cookie Crawl Jacksonville Zoo 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Jacksonville Bar Association Chili Cook-Off Benefitting Big Brothers & Big Sisters of NE Florida Riverside Arts Market (904) 399-4486

Friday, February 25 Ascension St. Vincent's Foundation Red Rose Ball 40th Anniversary Progressive dinner and dancing The River Club 7 p.m. (904) 308-7300 #DTJax Gala: Classic Hollywood Eight Forty-One, 841 Prudential Dr. 6-9 p.m.

HEAL Foundation’s Bobby Weed’s Golf Gig The Yards in Ponte Vedra Beach 2:00 p.m. Golf Registration | 3:00 p.m. Golf Gig (904) 716-4198

Saturday, February 26 Ascension St. Vincent's Ortega River Run Episcopal School of Jacksonville, St. Mark's Campus, 4114 Oxford Ave. 8 a.m. 1-mile fun run | 8:30 a.m. 5-mile run / walk (904) 308-7300 Garden Club 2022 Flea Market 1005 Riverside Ave. 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. (904) 355-4224 Jacksonville Children’s Chorus 13th Annual "Lift Ev'ry Voice & Sing" Concert Hendricks Ave. Baptist Church - 4001 Hendricks Ave. (904) 353-1636 Jewish Community Alliance Annual Fundraiser — Tropical Soiré 7:30 p.m. (904) 730-2100

Sunday, February 27 Helping WIN’s 3rd Annual Limousine Scavenger Hunt Grape & Grain Exchange, San Marco (904) 831-6046 Riverside Craft Beer Festival 2022 to benefit Community PedsCare RAM under Fuller-Warren Bridge 1-4 p.m.

Garden Club 2022 Flea Market Preview Party 1005 Riverside Ave. 5-8 p.m. (904) 355-4224

Jewish Federation & Foundation — Super Sunday It’s Give-O’Clock Somewhere!

HEAL BackYARD Bash The Yards in Ponte Vedra Beach 6:30 p.m. (904) 716-4198

3rd Annual Hayden Hurst Family Foundation Golf Tournament to benefit Youth Crisis Center Deer Creek Country Club 7:30 a.m. Registration | 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. (904) 725-6662 |

Monday, February 28

2 2022 March 2022, Dates to be Determined

Memorial Park Association’s Claws for a Cause

Mar. 2nd – 4th

Feedback+ Summit: Feedback Evolves Hosted by Feedback Labs with Presenting Sponsored by the Jessie Ball duPont Fund

3rd – 6th

27th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance Ritz Carlton 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

4th - 6th The RITA Championships at Club Continental (904) 363-1493

Monday, March 7

Jaguars Foundation JAX MVP Cocktail Party

32nd Annual L’Arche Jacksonville’s Golf Tournament Palencia Club St. Augustine 11 a.m. (904) 721-5992

6-9 p.m.

Thursday, March 10

6th Annual Women of Vision Celebration Luncheon WJCT Studios 100 Festival Park Ave. Noon - 1pm

(904) 633-5437

Saturday, March 26

Catholic Charities Black and White Ball

Gallagher Club, TIAA Bank Field (904) 354-4846

Daily’s Riverside Kids Duathlon, Tot Trot,

and Family Festival hosted by

Riverside Presbyterian Day School

Saturday, March 12

7:30-11:30 a.m.

Dreams Come True Annual Bass Tournament Palatka City Dock 8 a.m. (904) 296-3030

Jacksonville Symphony Gala: The Mirror Ball

A Night at Studio 54 Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts / Jacoby Symphony Hall

Thursday, March 3 2nd Annual Vision Is Priceless Pull for Sight Clay Shoot Jacksonville Clay Target Sports Tom Coughlin Jay Fund’s Wine Tasting Gala Venue 841 841 Prudential Dr. 6:30-9:30 p.m. (904) 543-2599 |

Saturday, March 5 Child Cancer Fund’s Golden Light of Hope Jacksonville Golf & Country Club 6 p.m. (904) 396-4223 | JTC Running’s Gate River Run Starts on Duval Street in front of Jacksonville Fairgrounds 8 a.m. Finishes on Duval Street next to TIAA Bank Field Rethreaded Annual Mukti Ball 6:30 p.m.

Mt. Acosta Classic Benefitting the Jared Bynum Foundation Haskell 111 Riverside Ave 3 p.m.

(904) 354-5479 The Kilwins Jacksonville Ice Cream Run to benefit Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech St. Johns Town Center 7:30 a.m.

Friday, March 18 UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball Jacksonville to benefit education Prime Osborn Convention Center Terminal 1000 Water St. 7-9 p.m.

Saturday, March 19 Sanctuary on 8th Street’s Avondale 5K Classic (904) 356-3588 San Jose Episcopal Day School Elegant Evening w/Auction, Cocktails, Dinner & Dancing San Jose CC 7 p.m. Daily’s Riverside Kids Duathlon & Fun Run Senior Race 7:30 a.m. 1 mile Fun Run 8:30 a.m. Junior Race 9:00 a.m.

Friday, March 25 Guardian ad Litem Foundation’s Annual There’s No Place Like Home Fundraiser White Hall Above Sweet Pete’s Candy Shop, downtown JAX (904) 255-8440

Sunday, March 27 River Garden 76th Anniversary Day 11401 Old St. Augustine Rd. 3-6 p.m. (904) 260-1818 |

EPISCOPAL CHILDREN’S SERVICES WINE WOMEN & SHOES JAX 2022 When: May 12, 2022; 6:00 PM Where: Timuquana Country Club Wine Women & Shoes Jax is an annual fundraiser for Episcopal Children’s Services allowing the community to sip, shop, savor and support ECS in a fun and innovative way. Raising the bar on non-profit events, WW&S Jax 2022 is an in-person event at Timuquana Country Club on Thursday, May 12, 2022 at 6 p.m. Event activities include a wine tasting, designer shopping, silent auction and a “best in shoe” contest, encouraging all guests to slip on their fanciest stilettos or wedges and enjoy a night of fun and fashion. Working together with local and national brand partners, ECS will uplift the mission of the organization: To create opportunity so that the children we serve can achieve their full potential, and raise funds to support the children and families in our community. For sponsorship inquiries, contact Lauren Hopkins at lauren. . For more information about the event: . CIRCLESCHARITYREGISTER.COM



April Spring 2022 Dates to be Determined

The Children’s Home Society of Florida’s Evening of Taste 7-10 p.m. (904) 586-7116

4th Annual Allison Brundick Haramis Benefit Breakfast (904) 329-1453 Boy Scouts of America, North Florida Council’s American Values Dinner (904) 388-0591

April 9th-10th North Florida School of Special Education, Berry Good Farms Weekend Festival NFSSE Campus (904) 724-8323

Friday, April 1 Boy’s & Girl’s Club 4th Annual McKenzie’s Camp Deep Pond Clay Shoot 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. OR

The Subaru of Jacksonville 17th Annual BASCA Golf Classic Eagle Landing Golf Club 12:30 p.m. (904) 541-1742

THE JIM & TABITHA FURYK FOUNDATION CONSTELLATION FURYK & FRIENDS PRESENTED BY CIRCLE K When: Monday-Sunday, October 3-9, 2022 Where: Timuquana Country Club The Jim & Tabitha Furyk Foundation is excited to host the second annual Constellation FURYK & FRIENDS presented by Circle K, a PGA TOUR Champions event. All net proceeds from the event will go to charities in Jacksonville to help the community become healthier, stronger and educationally enriched.


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Garden Club 2022 Blooms Galore & More Preview Party 1005 Riverside Ave. 5-8 p.m. (904) 355-4224

Friday, April 1

5th Annual Swing Fore Mental Health Golf Tournament The Golf Club at South Hampton 315 South Hampton Club Way, St. Augustine 7:30-8:30 a.m. Grab & Go Breakfast 9 a.m. Shotgun Start / Lunch reception to follow

April 2022 Dates to be Determined

Friday, April 8

Saturday, April 9

American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb TIAA Bank Field 8 a.m. (904) 520-7120


Saturday, April 2 American Heart Association’s First Coast Heart Ball Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa 6 p.m. (904) 903-5215

Sunday, April 3 DESC Defenders TopGolf 1:30 - 5:30 p.m. (904) 358-7955

Thursday, April 7 Soaring to New Heights Jewish Family & Community Services Marco Aviation Hangars Located at JAXEX at Craig Airport 6 p.m. Salvation Army Woman’s Auxiliary — 36th Annual Celebrity Chefs Tasting and Silent Auction Fundraiser Prime Osborn Convention Center 1000 Water Street Jacksonville 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Auction opens at 10:30am

Canine Companions’ DogFest Seawalk Pavillion in Jacksonville Beach 12-4 p.m. (800) 572-BARK (2275) Garden Club 2022 Blooms Galore & More 1005 Riverside Ave. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (904) 355-4224 Jacksonville Humane Society’s 2nd Annual Mutt Market (904) 493-4606 Seamark Ranch’s Ninth Annual MudRun 5K 3631 Seamark Ranch Rd., Green Cove Springs 8:30 a.m. (904) 288-8885 Walk to Defeat ALS Seven Bridges Grille & Brewery 9735 Gate Pkwy. N. 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

2 2022 Wine & Chocolate Run 5K Raise Funds for San Marco Square Beautification 2018 San Marco Blvd 5 p.m.

Art with a Heart in Healthcare’s A Fine HeART Experience Ponte Vedra Concert Hall 6-10 p.m. (904) 306-0390

Monday, April 11

Saturday, April 23

Child Cancer Fund’s Golf Tournament Jacksonville Golf & Country Club 11 a.m. (904) 396-4223

Dreams Come True PHINS-DCT Golf Tournament Slammer and Squire Golf Course/World Golf Village 7 a.m. (904) 296-3030

Kate Amato Foundation’s KATE KLASSIC Golf Tournament Glen Kernan Golf & Country Club (904) 629-8300

Gabriel House of Care “Derby Hat Bash” Bowing Oaks venue 5-8 p.m. (904) 821-8995

Tuesday, April 12 OneJax Institute’s Humanitarian Awards Event Daily’s Place Plaza & Amphitheater (904) 620-1529

Wednesday, April 13 26th Annual River Garden Classic Deerwood Country Club 904-886-8431

Friday, April 15 Cathedral Arts Project’s 17th Annual Spring for the Arts Epping Forest Yacht & Country Club 6:30-10 p.m. (904) 281-5599

Friday, April 22 Charity Golf Classic & After PAR-Tee for Downs Syndrome Association of Jacksonville St Johns Golf & Country Club Box Lunch/Check-in 11AM Shotgun Start 12:30PM Chopper Dropper 5:30PM (or end of play) Dinner & Awards Reception to follow

Hubbard House 13th Annual Stand Up & Stride Domestic Violence Awareness Walk Duval County Courthouse Event opens 8 a.m. Walk begins 9 a.m. (904) 354-0076 Groundwork Jacksonville 2nd Annual Earth Day on the Emerald Trail 2429 N. Davis Street 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 11th Annual Strides For Pride 5K Run (904) 389-3857

Sunday, April 24 HEAL Autism Walk Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens 7:30 a.m. Registration 8:30 a.m. Walk 9:30 a.m. After Party (904) 716-4198

MaliVai Washington’s Champions for Children Gala Florida Blue Deerwood Campus Conference Center 6 p.m. cocktails 7 p.m. dinner (904) 359-5437

Sunday, April 24 & Monday, April 25

The Illumination Golf Classic TPC Sawgrass 110 Championship Way, Ponte Vedra Beach Benefiting Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center

Monday, April 25 Jacksonville School for Autism’s 18th Annual Ante Up for Autism Golf Classic Deerwood Country Club (904) 993-0045

Saturday, April 30 3rd Annual CSI Gives Back Gala: Come Fly With Me! Generations In Aviation Craig Airport 6-10 p.m. (904) 862-2949 Girls On The Run Of Northeast Florida Celebration 5K The World Golf Village 1 World Golf Place, St. Augustine Jacksonville Children’s Chorus’s River City Dancing with The Stars UNF Lazzara Performance Hall 7:00 p.m. (904) 353-1636 Jacksonville Walk The Talk 1001 Museum Circle 9 a.m.



Where: San Jose Country Club In addition to a fun and challenging day on the greens, the tournament includes a light breakfast, lunch, live and silent auctions, cocktails and an awards ceremony with prizes for the top foursomes. Participants can also participate in Flags FORE Dreams, the opportunity to purchase a flag decorated exclusively by our dream children. Donors proudly display the flags on their carts, while raising money for children’s dreams. For more details, including sponsorship opportunities, visit




May- Aug. May 2022 Dates to be Determined

Thursday, May 5

7th Annual Difference Makers Banquet South Bank Hotel Jacksonville Riverfront 1515 Prudential Dr. 6 p.m.

Jacksonville Humane Society’s Pinot, Paws and Purses (904) 493-4606 Leadership Jacksonville’s Celebration 2022 Cocktail Reception raising funds for Youth Leadership Jacksonville (904) 396-6263

Friday, May 6 Inaugural Corks & Collars Fundraiser Jacksonville Humane Society Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa 1000 TPC Boulevard, Ponte Vedra Beach 5:30 -8:30 p.m.

Pink Ribbon Jax Event

May 14th -15th

Black Knight DONNA Mother’s Day 5K Friday Musicale in Historic Riverside

May 15th - 16th

Community Hospice’s 10th Annual Derby Run Tringali Barn, St. Augustine 5-8 p.m.

Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Celebrity Golf Classic THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass (904) 543-2599

Greenscape Root Ball - Kentucky Derby Party Bowing Oaks 5:30-9 p.m. (904) 398-5757

May 19th - 21st Wolfson Children’s Bass Tournament Palatka City Dock and Boat Ramp & Riverfront Park 319 River Street, Palatka

Dreams Come True KB Home 21st Annual Golf Tournament San Jose Country Club 11 a.m. (904) 296-3030

Jacksonville Historical Society’s The Great Fire Run 5K Old St. Andrew’s Church 317 A. Philip Randolph Blvd. 7:30 a.m. (904) 665-0064

DREAMS COME TRUE DREAMS COME TRUE 5K & 1 MILE FUN RUN When: September 24, 2022 Where: Jacksonville – TBD Lace up your shoes and walk, run or roll for the Dreams of local children battling life-threatening illnesses. Enjoy a fun-filled morning that will include costumes, cheer zones, games, and dream families cheering you on as you cross the finish line. For more details, including sponsorship opportunities, visit www.


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Ronald McDonald House Charities McGala — Roaring 20’s Party Sawgrass Marriott

Monday, May 9 Beaches Habitat for Humanity’s Builders Classic Queen’s Harbor Yacht and Country Club (904) 595-5794

Saturday, May 7

MixedRITA at Sawgrass Country Club (904) 363-1493

Monday, May 2

7th Annual Walk For Wishes Jacksonville 370 Zoo Pkwy. (904) 580-5906

Tuesday, May 10 Junior Achievement’s JA of North Florida Hall of Fame UNF University Center 12 p.m. (904) 398-9944

Thursday, May 12 Episcopal Children’s Services 2nd Annual Wine Women & Shoes Timuquana Country Club 6-10 p.m. (904) 726-1500

Friday, May 13 Go Red for Women Luncheon University of North Florida

2 2022 Saturday, May 14

Friday, June 3

Saturday, August 27

JAPA’s Spring Luncheon San Jose Country Club 10:30 a.m.

6th Annual Champions For Hope Gala TPC Sawgrass Ballroom 6 p.m.

Wishmaker’s Ball Jacksonville

Safe Harbor Redfish Roundup Sports Tournament (904) 757-7918

6th Annual Champions For Hope Golf Classic Tournament TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course 8 a.m.

Thursday, May 19

Sunday, June 5

1000 PGA Tour Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach (904) 580-5906

Saturday, June 4

Daniel’s 1884 Giving Society Reception Under the Pavilion on Daniel’s Belfort campus 3725 Belfort Rd.

Saturday, May 21 JDRF One Walk UNF Hodges Stadium 8 a.m. (904) 386-2851 Florida Theatre’s Hollywood Opening Night Benefit Party 7 p.m. (904) 355-2787 Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center’s FinFest Timuquana Country Club 7 p.m. (904) 717-6930

Summer 2022 Dates to be Determined River Garden Auxiliary Game Day (904) 260-1818

June 3rd - 5th 10th Annual Serving Up A Cure Tennis event to support various charities Deerwood Country Club

Jewish Federation’s Shavuot Ice Cream Social Beth El – The Beaches 11 a.m. (904) 448-5000

Beam of Light Beach Ball

TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse

7 - 11 p.m.

(904) 241-2326

Monday, August 29 City Rescue Mission’s 14th Annual Champion’s Challenge Golf Tournament TPC Sawgrass

Saturday, June 11

(904) 387-4357

Jacksonville Historical Society’s Jacksonville Bicentennial Street Party & Fireworks Downtown Noon to 9:30 (904) 665-0064

July 2022 Dates to be Determined WOKV Care-A-Thon for Child Cancer Fund all day live broadcast

August 2022 Dates to be Determined Blues, Brews & BBQ

Fall 2022 Dates to be Determined 19th Annual USO Armed Forces Half Marathon and Freedom 5K (904) 778-2821 The Arc Jacksonville’s Dinner with Bill & Friends (904) 355-0155 Jacksonville Humane Society’s Toast to the Animals (904) 493-4606

Rethreaded’s Annual Birthday Celebration (904) 438-8109 Sulzbacher’s Transformations (904) 359-0457

Sunday, August 21

Angelwood Annual Celebration Sawgrass Marriott 5:30-11 p.m. (904) 288-7259

Walk to End Alzheimer’s Jacksonville (800) 272-3900

JACKSONVILLE SCHOOL FOR AUTISM 18TH ANNUAL ANTE UP FOR AUTISM CHARITY GOLF CLASSIC When: Monday, April 25, 2022 Where: Deerwood Country Club, 10239 Golf Club Dr. Enjoy a day of golf and lunch at the beautiful Deerwood Country Club! All net proceeds from the event will go towards supporting the critical and life-changing programs and services we provide individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Visit for more information.



2022 Sept.-Nov. September 2022 Dates to be Determined BASCA’s CapeAbilities 5K Run Walk Roll Orange Park (904) 541-1742 | Beaches Council on Aging’s Singer/Songwriter Showcase 6 p.m. (904) 246-1477 | CAF & CNL Charity Golf Tournament (904) 545-2771 | Literacy Alliance of Northeast Florida, Inc.’s Bold City Bee (904) 238-9000 |

Friday, September 9 Ascension St. Vincent’s Foundation Delicious Destination Celebrity Chef by the Sea Luncheon Ponte Vedra Inn & Club 11:30 a.m. (904) 308-7300

Saturday, September 10 Ascension St. Vincent’s Foundation Delicious Destination Food & Wine Event Ponte Vedra Inn & Club 6 p.m. (904) 308-7300

First Coast Heart Walk Jacksonville Fairgrounds Check-in 8 a.m. - Start Time 9 a.m. (904) 903-5228

Saturday, September 24 Dreams Come True 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run (904) 296-3030

Wednesday, September 28 24th Annual Toast To Animals 1 TIAA Bank Field

October 2022 Dates to be Determined American Diabetes Association’s Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes South Florida (904) 730-7200 Boy Scouts of America, North Florida Council’s Jacksonville Sporting Clays Classic (904) 388-0591 OR Hart Felt Ministries Fundraiser TPC Sawgrass (904) 861-2799

CITY RESCUE MISSION 7TH ANNUAL DIFFERENCE MAKERS BANQUET When: Thursday, February 17, 2022; Doors open at 6 pm Where: Southbank Hotel Jacksonville Riverfront 1515 Prudential Dr., Jacksonville, FL 32207 Join City Rescue Mission in celebrating their legacy of making a difference in the lives of the homeless, needy, and addicted in Jacksonville. The evening will honor “difference makers” in our community and feature guest speaker Gordon Pennington, former Director of Marketing for Tommy Hilfiger and founder of Burning Fire Media. Sponsorships and tables are available. Contact Christa Martin, Marketing and Events Coordinator, at (904) 421-5141 or


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Hubbard House 28th Annual Barbara Ann Campbell Memorial Breakfast (904) 354-0076 Ronald McDonald House Charities of Jacksonville 9th Annual Golf Classic Jacksonville Zoo Spooktacular (904) 757-4463 | Pink Ribbon Jax events for Breast Cancer Awareness Month The Players Donna 5K PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass Jerico School for Autism Golf For Autism (904) 744-5110

October 2nd - 3rd Ascension St. Vincent’s Foundation — Mulligans for the Mission Mobile Health Outreach TPC Sawgrass 5 p.m. Sunday Dinner 9 a.m. Monday Golf Tournament (904) 308-7300

2 2022 October 3rd - 9th

Constellation FURYK & FRIENDS presented by Circle K Timuquana Country Club

Wednesday, October 5

6th Annual CAP Golf Tournament Deerwood Country Club (904) 281-5599

Thursday, October 6 Firehouse Open Golf Tournament (904) 606-5148

Friday, October 8 Shindig for the Sanctuary Celebrating 30 Years of Hope Brick and Beam 1101 N. Main St. 6-9 p.m. 904-356-3588 |

Monday, October 10 SenioRITAs Auction Party at Sawgrass Golf Clubhouse 10034 Golf Club Drive Ponte Vedra Beach 6-9 p.m. (904) 363-1493

October 14th - 16th SenioRITAs Tournament Play at Sawgrass Racquet Club 9175 Preston Trail East, Ponte Vedra Beach Parking: Sawgrass Clubhouse 10034 Golf Club Drive, Ponte Vedra Beach (904) 363-1493

Saturday, October 15 Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville 20th Annual Buddy Walk (904) 353-6300 |

Community Hospice’s 18th Annual Halloween Doors & More Jacksonville Fairgrounds 2–7 p.m. (904) 268-5200

Saturday, October 22

Groundwork Jacksonville’s VyStar Emerald Trail 5K (904) 598-5664

Monday, October 24 Daniel’s 22nd Annual “Hank Haynes” Golf Classic San Jose Country Club (904) 296-1055 Beaches Habitat for Humanity’s Beach Bash Atlantic Beach BBQ (904) 595-5794 Seamark Ranch Charity Golf Tournament Deerwood Country Club

November 2022 Dates to be Determined 7th Annual Beaches Boys & Girls Club Golf Tournament River Garden Foundation Gala American Cancer Society Cowford Ball (904) 479-2959 Will King Foundation’s Gather + Give

2nd Annual Flight of Fancy — Allison Brundick Haramis Foundation

Barnabas Center, Inc.’S Empty Bowls Drive-Through Fundraiser 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (904) 261-7000 ext. 107 19th Annual Riverside WineFest 1251 King Street (904) 354-1001

The Children’s Home Society of Florida’s 38th Annual Caring Chefs (904) 586-7116

Thursday, November 3 JDRF Party with a Purpose (904) 386-2851

Thursday, November 10 Jacksonville School for Autism’s 2nd Annual Autism in Action Clay Shoot (904) 993-0045

Tuesday, November 15 National Philanthropy Day

Saturday, November 19 Boy’s & Girl’s Club of Northeast Florida 13th Annual McKenzie’s Run THE PLAYERS Stadium Course 8:30 a.m. Fun Run; 9 a.m. 5K

CSI GIVES BACK 3RD ANNUAL CSI GIVES BACK GALA: COME FLY WITH ME! When: April 30, 2022 Where: Generations In Aviation, Jacksonville CSI Gives Back will host its 3rd Annual Gala at Generations in Aviation on April 30th, 2022 to continue supporting children in need on the First Coast. Fly back in time with us to the 1950s as we enjoy an evening admiring the most glamorous vessels in aviation, with music inspired by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and the rest of the Rat Pack crew. For more information on CSI Gives Back and the 3rd Annual Gala, please visit our website:



AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION 2022 FIRST COAST HEART BALL When: Saturday, April 2, 2022 Time: 6:30 p.m. Where: Sawgrass Marriot The First Coast Heart ball is a black-tie event meant to give supporters and donors the opportunity to see, celebrate and live their investment in the mission of the American Heart Association. For over 60 years Heart Balls have been raising vital funds to support the mission of the AHA to ensure our research and community efforts continue to save lives. We are extremely proud to have Chuck & Michele Divita, Executive Vice President,


Commercial Markets GuideWell and Florida Blue, leading this year’s efforts. The evening’s

festivities begin with a reception that includes a silent auction, followed by an elegant dinner, inspiring program and a spectacular live auction. The evening concludes with a

festive, entertaining after party! Visit for more information.

December December 2022 Dates to be Determined

Children’s Miracle Network Festival of Lights 5K San Marco Square 5-9:30 p.m. (904) 244-9337 31st Annual Community Nutcracker Florida Theatre Ascension St. Vincent’s Foundation Fun Shoot Jacksonville Clay Target Sports 8:30 a.m. (904) 308-7300

Jacksonville Historical Society’s Gingerbread Extravaganza Old St. Andrew’s Church 317 A. Philip Randolph Blvd. (904) 665-0064

Community Hospice’s 32nd Annual Tree of Life & Candlelight Service of Remembrance Earl B. Hadlow Center for Caring 5-7 p.m. (904) 268-5200 Furyk Foundation’s Hope for the Holidays

SANCTUARY ON 8TH SHINDIG FOR THE SANCTUARY: CELEBRATING 30 YEARS OF HOPE When: Thursday, October 8, 2022 Time: 6-9 p.m. Where: Brick and Beam. 1101 N. Main St. The Sanctuary on 8th Street is celebrating its 30th year of service to the children of Springfield. Please join us at the Shindig, our annual fundraiser, to commemorate this milestone, learn about our youth, and support our afterschool and summer programs. The Shindig offers a casual atmosphere, where guests can catch up over food and drink provided by local businesses, participate in a silent auction, and learn about what has been happening at the Sanctuary. With the help of our generous community, the Sanctuary plans to continue growing our youth program for years to come, strengthening community partnerships, and finding creative ways to help our at-hope youth reach their full potential and break the cycle of poverty. For details on the event and more information about how you can help our mission, visit The Shindig is made possible thanks to the support of the Delores Barr Weaver Forever Event Fund.


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13th Annual Flounder Pounder Fishing Tournament

Ronald McDonald House Charities Light Up The House

December 2nd – 4th The Women’s Board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital Winter Design Show Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center 1000 Water St. (904) 202-2866


JUVENILE DIABETES RESEARCH FOUNDATION (JDRF) PARTY WITH A PURPOSE When: Thursday, November 3, 2022 Where: TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse JDRF’s Party with a Purpose is a “new twist” on JDRF Northern Florida’s historic gala event to raise funds for type one diabetes (T1D) research. This Party with a Purpose provides a taste of gala, with abbreviated auctions in a more intimate setting. This special engagement brings philanthropic-minded corporate and prominent citizens together for an evening of impact and fun that includes cocktails, dinner, competitive live and silent auctions, a special mission segment called Fund A Cure, followed by dancing and time with friends. As the leading global organization funding T1D research, JDRF mission is to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to prevent and treat T1D and its complications. By raising money and awareness, you’ll help transform lives and make the world without T1D a reality. For more information on 2022’s Party with A Purpose, please e-mail

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS OF NORTHEAST FLORIDA 13TH ANNUAL MCKENZIE’S RUN When: Saturday, November 19, 2022 Time: 8:30 a.m. Fun Run / 9 a.m. 5K Where: THE PLAYERS Stadium Course For 12 years, McKenzie’s Run has been bringing the community together to celebrate the life of McKenzie Noelle Wilson. McKenzie Noelle Wilson had a heart for serving others and fostered a giving spirit. On August 17, 2010, McKenzie passed away from a rare and sudden illness at the age of 15. Her family continues her legacy of spreading positivity in the world through the annual McKenzie’s Run. Funds raised from McKenzie’s Run support the McKenzie Wilson Boys & Girls Clubs that provide free after-school mentoring, tutoring, and specialized academic programs along with summer enrichment programs to young people across Northeast Florida. Last year’s event, marked the first year the Run course was at the beautiful and prestigious TPC Stadium Course. Today and in the future, our community needs the message of hope that McKenzie’s Run celebrates each year! Help us create Great Futures and empower the lives of young people in our community by running or walking with us on November 19th. For additional information please visit CIRCLESCHARITYREGISTER.COM



LEGAC Y light

The cover of the inaugural issue of

featured women who have

touched our philanthropic community in unparalleled ways. Two of these women were icons in the Jacksonville community, Ellen Cavert and Betsy Lovett. Their beauty, elegance, leadership and giving hearts were transcendent, changing our community with their incomparable gifts. They both passed away in the second half of 2021, yet their legacy lives on through the successive generations of women – their daughters, granddaughters and even great-granddughters – who are carrying forward the shining torch these two women lit. In this edition, we honor their lives, their vision, their legacy and their light.


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Ellen Josephine McGehee Cavert JUNE 30, 1920 - AUGUST 4, 2021

Sometimes one life has a long-lasting reach into the lives of future generations. This is true of the life and legacy of Ellen Josephine McGehee Cavert, 101, who passed away on Aug. 4, 2021. Her volunteer leadership touched thousands of children and families in our region. Most notably, as founder of The Women’s Board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital, she inspired women to work together to raise millions of dollars for Wolfson. Cavert served as president and chairman emeritus for 50 years. In 1972, Cavert’s daughter gave birth two-and-a-half months prematurely to twins. At the time, Wolfson had no neonatal equipment to support even one premature infant, let alone two. After eight days, one twin died, and the other was transported in an incubator in the back of her parents’ station wagon to Shands Hospital in Gainesville, where she received the lifesaving care she needed. Determined no other family would experience such loss, Cavert gathered 40 women she knew had a heart for children, and The Women’s Board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital was born. Caro Powell recalled: “I shall remember always that meeting in Ellen's living room where she shared her story of pain and loss, her vision for a cuttingedge children’s hospital, and her goal to raise funds to ensure it would become a reality…Walking out, Joannie Stein Newton turned to me and said, ‘Do you realize we just launched a dream?’” The Women’s Board’s mission is to raise funds and awareness so every sick child who enters Wolfson’s doors has access to the best healthcare possible. Under Cavert’s leadership, The Women’s Board established two well-known events—the annual Art and Antiques Show (now Winter Design Show) and Florida Forum, with proceeds from both benefiting Wolfson. Retired Baptist Health CEO Hugh Greene said: “Ellen was steadfast and immovable in her commitment to children. The depth of her devotion emanated from her faith. The first time I met her she began by asking if she could pray. To my surprise, she got on her knees, reached for my hand and prayed for me in my new role and then, of course, for the children.” Karen Wolfson, who chaired the Show in 1993 (17th Show), later served as President of The Women’s Board, and whom Ellen mentored, said: “I loved Ellen. Knowing

Tillman and Ellen Cavert

Ellen Cavert, 2014

a person whose life work is God-inspired and directed is remarkable because of the confidence and encouragement she instilled in others. No job, especially for babies and children, was ever too much, and Ellen’s faith, strength, love and persistence were gifts to all of us.” She was known for “Ellenisms,” sayings that somehow stuck in your heart. One of her favorites was “Don’t let anyone steal your joy.” Kaye Glover, Chair 1986 (10th Show) and later Women’s Board President, remembers: “It encouraged others to stay the course and accomplish the mission with a fullness of heart that comes from doing the work God has set for you.” Suzie Arbizzani Miller, Show Chair 1991 (15th Show), remembers several Ellenisms: “Always ask on behalf of ‘sick children,’ not the hospital.” “You can't thank people too many times.” “Do things first class—it’s what they remember.” But perhaps her most famous Ellenism was “Do all things with a Sweet Spirit,” a saying that has become the motto of The Women’s Board. “The ‘Sweet Spirit’ has always guided the work of The Women's Board,” said Sacha McGraw, Chair 2000 (24th Show). “We could be struggling with issues, and she would encourage us with her kind words of inspiration.” Nancy Felton, Show Chair 1990 (14th Show), recalled: “My enduring memory from years of meetings is Ellen’s leadership. Never in my volunteer experience had another leader spoken so openly about her personal faith. Ellen gave testimony to the activity of God at the heart of Women’s Board endeavors.” To anyone who came into The Women’s Board office Ellen gave a copy of Oswald Chambers’ book My Utmost for His Highest. She read it every day. The title was testament to her faith. Giving her utmost for the highest use of the gifts God gave her to share was a way of life for her. Shaped by her abiding faith, Ellen’s response to crisis and heartbreak taught many about the redeeming power of love in action. Ellen’s granddaughter, Grace Martin Sarber, has carried Ellen’s vision forward, chairing the Show in 2011 (35th Show), serving as President of The Women’s Board for three years and now on the Baptist Foundation Board.

She said, “Granny’s example of selflessness, service, love and a lifetime of worship to the God who loves us beyond measure is a heritage like no other. My life, and the lives of so many, will never be the same because of her love. She did indeed give her utmost for His highest.” At the age of 95 Ellen was the 2015 recipient of the Florida Times-Union’s EVE Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution to children’s healthcare. Her enduring contribution to our region’s families was recognized at the national level as well. In 1991 she was presented the Jefferson Award by the American Institute for Public Service in Washington, D.C. Moved by her mother’s premature death from cancer, she served on the American Cancer Society board for decades and on the boards of the YWCA, Young Life and Jacksonville Garden Club. She and her husband were founding members of the San Jose Church of Christ and San Jose Country Club. She was most recently a member of Southside United Methodist Church. A Jacksonville native born on June 30, 1920, Ellen graduated from Landon High School in 1938, then attended Ward Belmont in Nashville, Tennessee, where she met Tillman Cavert Jr., attorney and youngest member ever of the Tennessee state legislature. They married at the McGehee family home, Heaven Trees, on the banks of the St. Johns River in Jacksonville. During WWII, Ellen accompanied Tillman to 26 military bases, where he trained pilots. Two children were born during this time. In 1945 the family returned to Jacksonville where Tillman joined his father-in-law at Jacksonville Paper Company, and two more children were born. Ellen adored her husband, calling him her “everything.” They enjoyed 73 years of marriage together, during which time they traveled the world. She even went on safari in Africa with Tillman, a world renowned hunter. Ellen was an exquisite hostess, and they loved time with family, especially at their mountain retreat in Blowing Rock, N.C. Ellen is preceded in death by her husband and son, Tillman Cavert III. She is survived by three daughters: Ray Cavert (Mrs. Richard C. Martin) of Jacksonville; Ellen “BaBa” Cavert (Mrs. Albert McCaffrey) of St. Simons Island, Ga.; Grace Cavert (Mrs. C. William Nelson) of Orlando; 11 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren. A private family service was held at Oaklawn Cemetery in August, and a memorial service at Southside Methodist is being planned for spring. To commemorate her five decades of committed service and leadership, The Women’s Board established the Cavert Legacy Society and Endowment.

Tillman and Ellen Covert during World War II



Elizabeth “Betsy” Ross Lovett MARCH 19, 1930 – OCTOBER 26, 2021

A legendary Jacksonville hostess, avid fund raiser, donner of show-stopping costumes, and passionate world traveler, Betsy Ross Lovett was a shining star and one in a million. Betsy passed away on October 26, 2021, but her bright light continues to shine. Born at St. Vincent’s on March 19, 1930, Betsy became ill at age nine and underwent surgery. A boy had died the previous night, but Betsy’s doctor had ordered a drug for him, and that medication, along with an arm-to-arm transfusion from a fireman, saved her life. “All my life I wanted to do something for that hospital,” Betsy once recounted. Years later she put her name on the surgery and research center there. At 12, Betsy knitted ‘Bundles for Britain’ with her grandmother—eight-inch squares made into quilts for WWII soldiers—and rolled bandages. She remembered giving away ration stamps for shoes to needy families. These selfless acts molded Betsy’s heart and led her to a lifetime of community service and prolific philanthropy.


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Betsy graduated from Lee High School and attended UNC Chapel Hill. She married industrialist William Dow Lovett, also from Jacksonville, in 1950. Betsy adored “Billy.” After he died, she initiated the William Dow Lovett Laboratory of Molecular Neurogenetics at the University of New Jersey Medical School. Betsy’s community roles spanned the gamut of organizations. She served as Chair of the American Cancer Society’s Cowford Ball, and Honorary Chair of “ExZOOberation.” She donated two black bears, Betsy and Billy, to the Zoo. Her 14 years on the Board of Trustees of the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens included two as the first female Chair. She served as President of the Cummer Council, chaired the Cummer Ball, and reestablished the annual Christmas tree display. She gave the naming gift for the Meissen Gallery in honor of her husband. She was an Advisor for the opening gala for the Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art (now MOCA) in 2004 and member of the Host Committee of the 2005 Super Bowl. At the Jacksonville Historical Society, Betsy served as VicePresident and began the annual Christmas Party for the Mayor and City Council. A notorious and self-proclaimed “raconteuse,” Betsy loved stories, books and libraries. She chaired the opening of the new Jacksonville Public Library, where she served on the Board and established the Betsy Lovett Courtyard. She chaired the Library Foundation from 2007-2010. Robin Albaneze, current President of The Women’s Board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital, recalled: “Betsy was an extraordinary woman who lived life to the fullest. I got to know her co-chairing the opening of the Library. There were so many stops and starts with the project, but that did not faze Betsy! It was a night to remember!” Her years of involvement with St. Vincent’s include the Betsy Lovett Surgical Center and the Lung Institute. She was

also a member of The Women’s Board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital, where she supported medical programs and equipment for children. She set the trajectory of area artists, making gifts to Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, Episcopal Children’s Services, Jacksonville Arts and Music School, and Jacksonville University. She established the Betsy Ross Lovett Center for the Arts at the Bolles School Bartram Campus and served as Trustee. Betsy was awarded the 2010 Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville Individual Hall of Fame Award and the EVE Lifetime Achievement Award from the Florida Times Union. Betsy enjoyed outdoor adventures, including safaris in Africa and hunts with the King of Spain. She loved hunting and fishing on her plantation in North Florida and said it was the place she went to nurture her soul. She even once said it was her church. A strong environmentalist, Betsy considered one of her greatest accomplishments her success in blocking the construction of a hazardous waste facility that would have compromised air and water quality in North Florida and endangered the Florida aquifer. While her extravagant, exuberant personality and humongous heart reminded one of Auntie Mame, Betsy was even more lovable. She treasured people, and people adored her. Those who knew and loved Betsy were all “dahlin’” to her. Her dear friend Ward Lariscy said, “Betsy was larger than life and always made everyone feel she had known them forever. Her favorite expression was ‘Cheers!’ and she would lift her champagne glass high. And at the end of the evening the glass was still almost full, as she had no time to sip it for talking. She loved costumes, and we drove her Rolls Royce with Betsy in full flapper attire as she waved the royal wave to startled people wondering who this celebrity was. Betsy did much good for all of Jacksonville. Cheers, my friend!” Indeed, she was known for costumes, some of which she borrowed from the Santa Fe Opera. She dressed as Betsy Ross and Miss Victory at school growing up, and the passion progressed from there. For the American Cancer Society, she was once Annie Oakley. Another year she was a western madam with lighted garter in a shootout with Sheriff John Rutherford, who handcuffed her and took her to a “jail cell” with an old toilet bowl filled with ice and champagne. Another event found her as Dolly Parton, and still another as ‘The Electric Horseman.’ That costume had 36 batteries and Betsy stated she was afraid to sweat for fear of being electrocuted. Betsy’s philanthropic efforts also took her outside North Florida. She was President of the National Society of the

Colonial Dames of America in the State of Florida, and on the board of Dumbarton House in Washington and Sulgrave Manor, the ancestral home of George Washington. She was Vice President of the Board of Venetian Heritage, Inc., an international restoration organization, and served on the Board of Save Venice. Robin Albaneze also said, “Not many in Jacksonville knew of Betsy’s international connections. She arranged for Princess Michael to speak at The Women’s Board’s Art & Antiques Show, as well as international interior designer Dan Carithers. My favorite memory of her was when I was preparing dinner one night when the phone rang. It was Betsy calling from the yacht “Christina” owned by Aristotle Onassis! She was one of a kind, and I miss her very much.” Even with her glamorous life, Betsy’s heart was full of love for others. When she received the EVE Lifetime Achievement Award, she said everybody in that audience deserved it and that she was only the recipient of it for them. Betsy is survived by two daughters, Elizabeth Lovett Colledge (Frank Denton) and Anne Lovett Jennings (Jim); seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; her sister Caroline Ross Burroughs and several nieces and nephews. She dearly loved her long-time caretaker and household manager, C. J. Farrell. Contributions may be made to one of the causes dear to Betsy’s heart.

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