JACKSONVILLE, Florida, July 15, 2010 — Fifteen Jacksonville-based nonprofits have received almost $1 million in support to help feed and house a continuing tide of individuals and families suffering from the economic recession, thanks to the efforts of the community’s major donors and philanthropic institutions.
The grants represent the first wave of funding this year from the Community Safety Net Fund at The Community Foundation in Jacksonville, which was re-opened in June with a $500,000 gift from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund.
The Safety Net Fund received requests for $1.35 million in emergency funding from the community’s safety net organizations. Thanks to the initial gift from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund and other early donors, the Safety Net Fund awarded $616,330 in grants to 11 nonprofits. The Jessie Ball duPont Fund directly funded an additional $319,000 to four organizations to expedite funding.
“These organizations are facing unprecedented demand and we felt it was important to provide emergency funding now,” said Sherry Magill, president of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund. “We will continue to encourage others to contribute to this fund.”
Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton has submitted legislation to City Council to authorize a contribution to the Safety Net Fund of $100,000. In addition, several private foundations have expressed interest in contributing but are awaiting board approvals.
“We look forward to these contributions being finalized and anticipate a second round of grants being awarded after Labor Day,” said Nina Waters, president of The Community Foundation.
The Community Safety Net Fund was created in late 2008, when the Jessie Ball duPont Fund invested $1 million to establish the fund and The Community Foundation, the City of Jacksonville and other donors invested another $600,000 to alleviate the soaring demand for food and shelter due to the recession. By spring 2009, all contributed funds had been distributed through grants to organizations serving the needy in Jacksonville.
By spring 2010, it became apparent that the impact of the recession had not abated. The number of people using food stamps was at an all-time high for Duval County and shelters and food pantries reported continuing record levels of demand. In response, the Jessie Ball duPont Fund invested $500,000 to reopen the fund, and The Community Foundation solicited additional contributions from other donors.
Grants awarded in July from the Community Safety Net Fund were:
Grants awarded by the Jessie Ball duPont Fund were:
The Jessie Ball duPont Fund makes grants to more than 330 eligible organizations identified by Mrs. duPont in her will. The Fund has assets of more than $265 million and has awarded $291 million in grants since 1977.
The Community Foundation in Jacksonville works to stimulate philanthropy in order to build a better community. The oldest community foundation in Florida, it has assets of $142 million.
Sherry Magill, president
Jessie Ball duPont Fund
904-353-0890 / email@example.com
Nina Waters, president
The Community Foundation in Jacksonville
904-356-4483 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Kress Littlepage, KBT & Associates
904-384-8496 / email@example.com