Some recent examples of initiatives supported our donors through Community Impact grants include:
Feeding America Tampa Bay
In 2013, the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay granted more than $250,000 to the organization that works with a network of food banks to efficiently feed the hungry. Feeding America Tampa Bay provides food to more than 400,000 people in West Central Florida. The $253,000 grant allowed Feeding American to expand capabilities to locate and deliver more food. It translated to more than 2.5-million additional meals.
Thomas Mantz, Executive Director, Feeding America Tampa Bay.
Hillsborough College Access Network
A grant and leadership from the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay supported the start of the network to increase the proportion of Hillsborough County residents with high-quality college degrees, certificates or other credentials to 60% by 2025. A better educated population translates to a more stable, vital community. The network is a partnership with the Florida College Access Network, Hillsborough County Schools, Hillsborough Community College, the University of South Florida, Hillsborough Education Foundation, City of Tampa, Hillsborough County, Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Helios Education Foundation and Bank of America.
Tampa Bay Watch
In conjunction with the Blue Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Summit, the Foundation made a $25,000 grant to Tampa Bay Watch to help restore oyster beds in three St. Petersburg waterfront parks. The oyster beds will improve water quality in Tampa Bay, reduce erosion and offer a friendly habitat for fish and wildlife.
Encore Tampa Bay
More than 250 people attended the Encore Tampa Bay Town Hall hosted by the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay in October 2014 to start the conversation about how to harness the powerful force of the more than 700,000 people over 50 who live in our four-county service area. The Foundation continues to lead the effort to engage and empower Baby Boomers to sustain and strengthen our community in business and nonprofits as entrepreneurs, volunteers and experienced workers.