by Wilma Norton in Giving
CFTB commissions study to assess needs in Sun City Center, King’s Point areas
The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay has commissioned a comprehensive study of community needs in the Sun City Center and King’s Point areas of southern Hillsborough County.
The results of the six-month study — conducted by the Florida Institute of Government at the University of South Florida — will be used to help the Foundation and its South Shore Council with its grantmaking and resource allocation.
The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and its donors granted more than $11.6 million to nonprofits in 2014, and almost $1.4 million of that went directly to the South Shore area of Hillsborough County.The researchers will look at basic human needs, healthcare, food and memory care among other topics. The report will be complete by May 2016.
“Over our 25-year history, we have built significant resources that are used to help make our communities stronger and more vital,” said Marlene Spalten, President and CEO of the Community Foundation. “This study will give us concrete data that will allow us to direct those resources to the areas of greatest need in the Sun City Center area.”
Rick Rios, chair of the South Shore Council, said the Foundation and the South Shore Council members want to try to solve issues of concern. “We will be better equipped to look for creative solutions when we have a full picture of the needs,” he said.
In addition to awarding competitive grants to local nonprofits, the Foundation also manages a number of permanent endowments that benefit the South Shore area, including the Mary Petro Food and Medicine Fund; The Women’s Fund; and legacy endowments established by Durward and Janet Siville, Harold W. Corrigan and Hazel Bryson.
The area organizations supported by grants through the South Shore Council include:
Firehouse Cultural Center
South Shore Arts Council
Sun City Center Emergency Squad
Redlands Christian Migrant Association
Military Order of the World Wars
Mary and Martha House
Southeastern Guide Dogs