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Challenge Grant Program

Leave a legacy challenge grant program

In 2000, the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay established a matching dollar fund designed to provide Tampa Bay area nonprofits with the opportunity to build permanent endowments for their organizations.  Born out of the generosity of several donors, this matching dollar fund was the beginning of our Leave a Legacy Challenge Grant Program.  The one-to-three matching program helps nonprofits develop their planned gifts and build an endowment that will ultimately yield a steady, growing income stream, assuring financial stability and growth. 

FOR INFORMATION download the Challenge Grant Guidelines (v10.12) and Challenge Grant Application (v10.12),  or contact us.

As of June 30, 2012, over $3.75 million has been contributed by the generous donors listed below. Those gifts, in turn, have provided 44 local agencies with the opportunity to successfully launch their own endowment funds. 

Since inception, over $3 million has been awarded to the following agencies:

 Alpha House of Tampa

American Stage Theatre Company

Bay Area Legal Services

Big Cat Rescue

Boley Foundation

Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay

Children’s Athletic Network & Dance Opportunities, Inc.

Children’s Home Society of Florida Joshua House

Community Aging and Retirement Services, Inc.

Critter Adoption and Rescue Efforts

Directions for Mental Health

The Florida Aquarium

Florida Blood Services Foundation

The Florida Orchestra

Florida West Coast Public Broadcasting, Inc.

Friends of Henry B. Plant Park

Friends of Tampa Union Station

GFWC Sun City Center Woman's Club, Inc.

Good Samaritan Health Clinic of Pasco, Inc.

Great Explorations, Inc.

Interfaith Social Action Council of Sun City Center

Judeo Christian Health Clinic

Junior Achievement of West Central Florida

The Junior League of Tampa, Inc.

The Long Center Foundation

Meals On Wheels of Tampa

Mental Health Care Foundation

Messiah Lutheran Church for Migrant Programs

Metropolitan Ministries

Military Officers’ Benevolent Corporation

MJH Golf Classic, Inc. (designated for Children’s Home Society of Florida Joshua House)

Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida

Pediatric Cancer Foundation

Prevent Blindness Florida

R’Club Child Care

Salesian Sisters of Tampa

Sertoma Speech & Hearing Foundation of Florida, Inc.

The Spring of Tampa Bay

St. Petersburg Free Clinic, Inc.

David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts

David A. Straz, Jr. Center for Patel Conservatory Arts Education

Sun City Center Emergency Squad

Voices for Children of Hillsborough County

Youth and Family Alternatives, Inc. (Tampa and Hernando Challenge)


We are pleased to report that, as of June 30, 2012, eight agencies are working toward their goals:

Academy Prep Center of Tampa

Crescent of Hernando (Hernando Challenge)

Critter Adoption and Rescue Efforts

Cuban Club Foundation, Inc.

Friends of Tampa Union Station

Mary and Martha House

Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL

Salesian Sisters of Tampa


Our sincere thanks to our generous program contributors:



Raymond E. and Nancy C. Murray


$100,000 to $1,000,000


George J. and K. Deborah Baxter

G. Robert and Sharon S. Blanchard

Ramon and Josephine Campo

Phillip and Betty Casey

Community Foundation of Tampa Bay Inc. Community Impact Fund

Joseph and Anne Garcia

Jack and Laura Golly

David and Marie Hyman

James H. and Amy G. Shimberg

Robert and Mary Sierra

Time Warner Communications

Jane and Jerry Williams


Up to $99,999


Thomas Arthur

Banyan Foundation, Inc.

Monroe and Suzette Berkman

Borrell Family Foundation, Inc.

Hazel Bryson and Harold Corrigan

Daniel B. Curtis Family

Richard and Mary Duveneck

The David and Mary Irene Falk Memorial Fund

James L. and Cecelia D. Ferman

David J. Fischer

Franzblau Family / Victory Foundation

Chuck and Bernie Hall

William and Hazel Hough

William C. and Virginia A. Klein

Evelyn Lunsford

Gene and Aldyth Marshall

Alfred T. May

William and Eileen Meurer

Frank and Carol Morsani

Poe Financial Group

Mary Anne Reilly

Roger E. Robson

Barbara Romano

Gregory and Holly Rosica

James and Doris Siglin

Martin and Ruth Silbiger

Durward and Janet Siville

Martin and Maxine Solomon

Bill and Barbara Starkey

Arthur L. Stuckey

Thomas and Patricia Taylor

Alexander Volk

Harman and Mary Wheeler

Paul and Gail Whiting

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