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Florida Keys Future Fund

The Florida Keys Future Fund supports grants to local nonprofits throughout the Keys in all areas, including the arts, environment, healthcare, recreation and more. This grant making fund is truly the power of collective giving in action.

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CFFK manages more than 140 funds that support grants to nonprofits, scholarships and awards, and endowments. Click the button below for a complete list of funds and to make a tax-deductible gift to a specific fund under CFFK management.

Keys Nonprofits Receive $160,000 for New Community Initiatives

by Greg Charleston | October 3, 2019 | News

Twenty-six Keys nonprofits received grants from CFFK through the 2019 Community Grant Program. The grants, ranging from $2,000 to $10,000 each, are supporting initiatives in the arts, environment, health and human services, and more.

Ron Burd Re-Elected Board Chair; CFFK Also Names New Officers

by Greg Charleston | July 16, 2019 | Featured News and Events News

We’re pleased to announce the reappointment of Ron Burd as Chair of CFFK’s Board of Governors for 2019-20. Ron, who has served as Board Chair this past year, is a retired executive vice president of Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals and his entire career has been devoted to the leadership of nonprofit organizations. “I’m honored to continue to…

CFFK Awards $105,000 to Students and Teachers to Support Education Efforts in the Keys

by Greg Charleston | June 6, 2019 | Featured News and Events News

CFFK and its generous partners recently awarded $105,000 to further education opportunities, teaching and academic pursuits in the Florida Keys. The awards recognize inspirational teachers and also boost Keys students through scholarships which are investments in students’ futures and help put them on the path to successful careers and lives. “The Teachers of Merit Awards and…

CFFK Receives National Recognition By Meeting Highest Standards of Philanthropy

by Greg Charleston | April 17, 2019 | Featured News and Events News

CFFK has received accreditation by meeting the nation’s highest standards for philanthropic excellence. This significant recognition comes from the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations and demonstrates CFFK’s commitment to transparency, quality, integrity and accountability in local giving. Recognized in the top tier of community foundations nationwide, CFFK has been accredited since 2005. The National…

CFFK President/CEO Dianna Sutton to Retire in Late 2019 After 15 Years of Accomplishments

by Greg Charleston | April 8, 2019 | News

CFFK President and CEO Dianna Sutton, who has led the organization for the past 15 years, will retire at the end of 2019. Under Dianna’s distinguished leadership, CFFK’s assets have substantially grown from $4 million to $20 million today, the awareness and effectiveness of the nonprofit sector in Monroe County has significantly increased, and CFFK…

CFFK President Dianna Sutton Awarded Recertification as Fund Raising Executive

by Greg Charleston | February 5, 2019 | News

Dianna Sutton, President and CEO of CFFK, has been awarded recertification as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), a professional distinction in the field of philanthropy demonstrating a commitment to personal and ethical standards. She completed recertification by meeting requirements through education, experience, performance, service and a written examination.  The designation is awarded by CFRE International,…

CFFK Honors Unsung Heroes — Check Out The Fun From This Year’s Celebration

by Greg Charleston | January 30, 2019 | Featured News and Events News

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2017 Annual Report

by Greg Charleston | August 20, 2018 | News
Learn more about our grants, programs and services for the community and how we're making a difference in the Keys in our new 2017 Annual Report. The report showcases accomplishments working together with our generous community partners. Thank you to the UCommunity - UPrinting Nonprofit Sponsorship Program for printing our 2017 Annual Report. Download the PDF file...

CFFK Provides $235,000 More for Ongoing Hurricane Irma Recovery; Total Aid Now $1.4 Million

by Greg Charleston | July 27, 2018 | Featured News and Events News

CFFK has now provided a total of $1.4 million for relief and recovery efforts since Hurricane Irma struck the Keys last September. The latest round of grants totals nearly $235,000 and supports 34 nonprofits throughout the Keys for ongoing recovery and rebuilding efforts. The grants are thanks to generous donations to the Florida Keys Emergency Relief Fund and the Landau…

Two New Leaders Join Community Foundation Board

by Greg Charleston | July 25, 2018 | News

We’re pleased to announce the appointment of two new members to our Board of Governors. Community leaders Mary Barley, of Islamorada, and John DeWald, of Key West, have joined the board for a three-year term. “These two community leaders bring incredible local business and community expertise to our board” said Ron Burd, CFFK Board Chair. “They will…

Ron Burd Appointed Board Chair; New Officers Elected for 2018-19

by Greg Charleston | July 25, 2018 | Featured News and Events News

We’re pleased to announce that Ron Burd has been appointed Chair of our Board of Governors for 2018-19. Ron is a retired executive vice president of Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals and his entire career was devoted to the leadership of nonprofit organizations. “I’m honored to serve as Chair of the board and play a leadership role in…

How Charitable Are Americans? Donations Top $410 Billion According to New Report

by Greg Charleston | June 25, 2018 | Featured News and Events News
How charitable are Americans? Donations from America’s individuals, estates, foundations and corporations grew 5.2% last year, contributing $410.02 billion to U.S. charities, according to the recent Giving USA 2018 Annual Report. Charitable giving from individuals, foundations, corporations and bequests all increased in 2017. Individuals accounted for 70% of all giving (with donations increasing 5.2%), Foundations...

Twelve Keys Nonprofits Awarded Grants for Arts and Cultural Initiatives

by Greg Charleston | June 13, 2018 | Featured News and Events News

Twelve Florida Keys nonprofit organizations have been awarded a total of $61,360 in grants from the Community Foundation. The grants, ranging from $2,000 to $10,000 each, are part of the 2018 Grant Program funding arts, music, theater, historical and cultural projects, and will positively affect thousands of residents and visitors from Key West to Key Largo. Projects…

CFFK and Generous Partners Support Teachers and Students

by Greg Charleston | June 12, 2018 | Featured News and Events News

CFFK and its generous partners have awarded $81,000 in teacher awards and student scholarships to further education, teaching and academic pursuits in the Florida Keys. Eight Key West High School (KWHS) teachers received a total of $40,000 through the distinguished “David Wolkowsky 2018 Teachers of Merit Awards.” Key West philanthropist and businessman David Wolkowsky gives…

Marketing and Social Media Essentials for 2018

by Greg Charleston | February 1, 2018 | Event

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Community Foundation Awards $100,000 For Immediate Hurricane Irma Relief

by Greg Charleston | October 24, 2017 | Featured News and Events News

Another $100,000 has been distributed to four nonprofits to continue to address urgent relief needs in the Keys following Hurricane Irma. The grants were awarded from the Florida Keys Emergency Relief Fund and the Landau Family Hurricane Relief Fund for the Upper Keys to provide much-needed relief for teachers, families, students and individuals from Key West to Key Largo. The four nonprofits…

CFFK Receives $250,000 from Florida Panthers for FL Keys Emergency Relief Fund

by Greg Charleston | October 9, 2017 | Featured News and Events News

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Apply Now — Applications for Hurricane Irma Relief Are Now Being Accepted from Nonprofits

by Greg Charleston | September 29, 2017 | News

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Post-Irma: Looking for Resources? Click Here to Get Help Now

by Greg Charleston | September 28, 2017 | Event

[av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” admin_preview_bg=”] Here is a list of community resources to help with Post-Hurricane Irma relief and recovery in the Keys. Check back as this list is continually updated. Please contact us at cffk@cffk.org or call 305.292.1502 if you have a resource to add to this list. GOVERNMENT RESOURCES FEMA:  …

Join Us in Welcoming Three Business Leaders to CFFK Board

by Greg Charleston | July 17, 2017 | Featured News and Events News

We’re pleased to welcome three new members to our Board of Governors. Business leaders Jodi Weinhofer, Jason Koler and Lauretta (Retz) Reeves have joined the board for a three-year term. “These community leaders bring incredible local business expertise to our board along with an in-depth knowledge of the Keys” said Roger Heinen, CFFK Board Chair. “They will be…

Twelve Nonprofits Awarded a Total of $65,000 in Grants for Arts and Culture Initiatives

by Greg Charleston | July 8, 2017 | Featured News and Events News

[av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”] Twelve Florida Keys nonprofit organizations have been awarded a total of $65,034 in grants, ranging from $1,000 to $10,000, through the 2017 Grant Program funding arts, music, theatre, historical and cultural projects. The grants will positively affect more than 4,600 residents from Key West to Key Largo. Projects will provide arts opportunities for…

Deadline for Special Grant Opportunity POSTPONED Until Further Notice — Social Justice and Diversity Projects.

by Greg Charleston | June 26, 2017 | News

The Community Foundation is now accepting proposals for projects serving audiences in Key West that promote and strengthen the Keys commitment to equality and human rights. Funded by the Michael Dively Social Justice and Diversity Endowment at CFFK, this special grant opportunity will fund up to $5,000 total. Click here for the application form and more…

How Charitable Are Americans? New 2017 Giving USA Report

by Greg Charleston | June 25, 2017 | Featured News and Events News
American individuals, estates, foundations and corporations contributed an estimated $390.05 billion to U.S. charities in 2016, according to Giving USA, the annual report on philanthropy published by Giving USA Foundation. Total giving rose 2.7 percent in current dollars (1.4 percent adjusted for inflation) from the revised estimate of $379.89 billion for total giving in 2015....

CFFK Partners Support Ten Future Student Leaders

by Greg Charleston | June 13, 2017 | Featured News and Events News

Individuals, families and businesses are helping advance educational opportunities for our community’s youth. This month, CFFK donors awarded nearly $40,000 to 10 deserving Key West High School students through scholarships to continue their education and awards in recognition of their academic or artistic achievements. Congratulations to the following 2017 recipients:          …

Thanks to Generosity of David Wolkowsky, Eight KWHS Teachers Receive Awards for Dedication to Students

by Greg Charleston | June 7, 2017 | Featured News and Events News

Eight Key West High School (KWHS) teachers have been awarded a total of $40,000 through the distinguished “David Wolkowsky 2017 Teachers of Merit Awards.” Key West philanthropist and businessman David Wolkowsky gives the awards annually to teachers who go the extra mile in their passion for teaching and dedication to students. The eight 2017 Teachers…

2017 Partners in Paradise — See Photos from the 1st Annual Celebration

by Greg Charleston | June 2, 2017 | Featured News and Events News

See photos from the event here. Congratulations to the recipients of our inaugural Partners in Paradise Awards who were honored at a celebration on April 2nd for their significant contributions and inspiration to others in our community: Individual: John Padget, entrepreneur, education advocate and philanthropist. John’s leadership and passionate commitment to advancing education has significantly impacted the Keys…

Nine Nonprofits Awarded a Total of $60,000 in Grants for Health, Environment and Recreation Initiatives

by Greg Charleston | April 10, 2017 | Featured News and Events News

Nine Florida Keys nonprofit organizations have been awarded a total of $60,000 in grants, ranging from $2,650 to $10,000. The grants are part of CFFK’s 2017 Grants Program funding initiatives in the areas of Health and Human Services, Environment and Recreation and will positively affect more than 5,000 residents from Key West to Key Largo. Projects will…

LSA 2.0 — Register for the 2017 Leadership Success Academy — Last Session May 24th

by Greg Charleston | February 8, 2017 | Event

Our signature nonprofit training program for anyone working with or serving in an advisory capacity with a nonprofit organization or other community group. Click here to apply now and for more detailed information. Upcoming! Session 3: Nonprofit Financing, Fundraising and Public Relations Wednesday, May 24, 1 to 6 p.m. (includes graduation) Where: Hyatt Place Faro Blanco…

2017 Grant Program — Deadline for Arts and Culture Projects May 15th, Apply Now

by Greg Charleston | February 7, 2017 | News
CFFK is now accepting applications for the 2017 Grant Program to support innovative projects serving residents and visitors throughout the Florida Keys. Click here for application forms and more detailed information. The Community Foundation will award up to $60,000  in each of two grant rounds this year in areas including healthcare, environment, the arts, and more.  The Second Round application deadline...

2017 Unsung Heroes Honored January 27th — See All the Photos from This Year’s Celebration

by Greg Charleston | January 27, 2017 | Event Featured News and Events

[av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”] The 2017 Unsung Heroes celebration was held Friday, January 27th at the Key West Marriott Beachside.  Check out all the photos from this year’s celebration here.   [/av_textblock] [av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”] The Community Foundation honored the outstanding work of 96 volunteers for nonprofits throughout the Florida Keys at the 17th…

Community Foundation Meets Nation’s Highest Standards for Local Giving

by Greg Charleston | November 15, 2016 | Featured News and Events News

Recognized in the top tier of community foundations nationwide, CFFK has met the nation’s highest standards for local giving. This significant recognition comes from the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations and demonstrates our commitment to transparency, quality, integrity and accountability. “The National Standards accreditation says our house is in order,” said Dianna Sutton, President and…

Believe in the Future of the Florida Keys — Support the Future Fund and Provide Grants Throughout the Keys

by Greg Charleston | November 13, 2016 | News

[av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”] Whether you live, work, or play here, you can change the future of the Florida Keys. Gifts to the Florida Keys Future Fund will help meet our community’s most pressing needs. The money will be channeled directly to our local nonprofits that best serve the community through a competitive grants process beginning in…

‘Vision 20/20’ Round 3 Grants: Congratulations to 10 Nonprofits Receiving a Total of $60,000 for Education, Environment and Other Initiatives

by Greg Charleston | October 13, 2016 | News

  Congratulations to 10 Florida Keys nonprofits that have been awarded a total of $60,000 in grants through the Final Round of our 2016 “Vision 20/20” Grant Program as part of the Community Foundation’s 20th anniversary year celebration. Funding for the grants is made possible by gifts from generous donors who made legacy gifts from their estate plans….

Dianna Sutton Receives National Recognition for 25 Years of Dedication to Philanthropy

by Greg Charleston | August 10, 2016 | News

Community Foundation President and CEO Dianna Sutton has received national recognition for her 25 years of dedication to the profession of philanthropy and her active participation in the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). With the commendation from the national Association, Dianna received a special 25-year pin to commemorate her service to the field and productive membership in AFP….

Join Us for a Grant Info Session and ‘Meet and Greet’ in Islamorada on August 11th

by Greg Charleston | July 19, 2016 | Event

Let’s get together to build a better future for the Florida Keys. We will host a “Vision 20/20” Grant Program Information Session and “Meet and Greet” on Thursday, August 11th from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Florida Keys History and Discovery Center in Islamorada. To attend, please RSVP by August 5th to mbhurd@cffk.org or call 305-292-1502. The…

Vision 20/20 Round Two Grants — Congratulations to 14 Nonprofits Receiving $64,500 for Arts and Culture Projects

by Greg Charleston | June 20, 2016 | News

Congratulations to the 14 Florida Keys nonprofit organizations that have been awarded a total of $64,500 in grants through the Second Round of the 2016 “Vision 20/20” Grant Program as part of the Foundation’s 20th anniversary year celebration. Funding for the grants is made possible by gifts from generous donors who made legacy gifts to the Foundation…

CFFK Reappoints Roger Heinen as Chair and Elects New Officers

by Greg Charleston | June 19, 2016 | News

We’re pleased to announce the reappointment of Roger Heinen to a second term as Chair of our Board of Governors. Mr. Heinen is an artist, software developer, angel investor, and a Director of Monotype, the leading supplier of digital fonts and typefaces. In addition to Roger, the Community Foundation’s newly elected Executive Committee is Michael Ingram…

Thanks to Generosity of David Wolkowsky, Nine KWHS Teachers Receive Awards for Dedication to Students (Includes New Video)

by Greg Charleston | June 15, 2016 | Featured News and Events News

[av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”] Nine Key West High School (KWHS) teachers have been awarded a total of $65,000 through the distinguished “David Wolkowsky 2016 Teachers of Merit Awards.” Key West philanthropist and businessman David Wolkowsky gives the awards annually to teachers who go the extra mile in their passion for teaching and dedication to students….

And The Winners Are… Donors Support Future Student Leaders

by Greg Charleston | June 14, 2016 | Featured News and Events News

Community Foundation donors awarded $33,500 to nine deserving Key West High School graduating seniors through scholarships to continue their education and awards in recognition of their academic or artistic achievements. Congratulations to the following 2016 recipients: Floy V. Thompson Community Awareness Scholarship — $20,000 scholarship to Sydney Hamilton. The Scholarship was established in 1992 to…

Congratulations to the 2016 Leadership Success Academy Graduates

by Greg Charleston | April 20, 2016 | Featured News and Events News

[av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”] Congratulations to the 21 nonprofit leaders who graduated from this year’s Leadership Success Academy (LSA). The group joins the more than 400 leaders who have graduated from the Community Foundation’s signature program since it began nine years ago. The training program uses best practices to teach new leadership and governance skills. 2016…

‘4 Nights 4 Justice,’ Funded by Michael Dively Social Justice and Diversity Endowment, Focuses on Women, Social Issues

by Greg Charleston | April 6, 2016 | Event
Issues concerning women -- from work opportunities and cultural identities to domestic violence -- will be explored in the documentary film series "4 Nights 4 Justice" at the Tropic Cinema. All showings begin at 6:00 p.m. with a champagne reception, followed by the screenings at 6:30 p.m., and a Q & A with the filmmakers immediately after each showing. “4 Nights 4 Justice” is...

Vision 20/20 Round One Grants: Congratulations to Eleven Nonprofits Receiving $60,000 for Health Initiatives

by Greg Charleston | March 21, 2016 | Featured News and Events News

[av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”] Vision 20/20 Round One Grants: Congratulations to Eleven Nonprofits Receiving $60,000 for Health Initiatives Congratulations to the eleven Florida Keys nonprofit organizations that are receiving a total of $60,000 in grants from the Community Foundation through the 2016 “Vision 20/20” Grant Program as part of our 20th anniversary year celebration. Funding for the grants is made possible by gifts…

Congratulations to This Year’s Unsung Heroes! See All the Photos from the 2016 Celebration.

by Greg Charleston | February 4, 2016 | Event Featured News and Events

The Community Foundation honored the tremendous efforts of 90 of our nonprofit’s volunteers at the 2016 Unsung Heroes/Volunteers of the Year Luncheon on Jan 29th. Congratulations to these honorees and a big thank you for all you do for our community. (Photos by Peter Arnow, Spectrum Imaging) Click here to see all the photos from…

Meet the 2016 Unsung Heroes

by Greg Charleston | February 4, 2016 | Featured News and Events News
Congratulations to this year’s Unsung Heroes! The Community Foundation celebrates the good deeds 89 volunteers have done this year for our nonprofits in the Florida Keys. Read about this year's honorees and all they do for our community (published in the Key West Citizen on January 24th, 2016). Download the PDF file . February 4, 2016

Dr. Shirley Freeman Receives Champion of Service Award from Volunteer Florida

by Greg Charleston | January 22, 2016 | Featured News and Events News

Dr. Shirley Freeman was honored recently with a “Champion of Service” Award from Volunteer Florida, the state’s lead agency for volunteerism and national service. Dr. Freeman was recognized for her “lifetime achievement” in volunteerism. The Champion of Service Award is given by the state to honor individuals for “strengthening our state with significant and meaningful…

Mayor and City Commission Celebrate CFFK’s 20th Anniversary with Proclamation

by Greg Charleston | January 11, 2016 | Featured News and Events News

KW Mayor Craig Cates and City Commissioners recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Community Foundation with a Proclamation. In making the presentation, Mayor Cates said, “By this proclamation we hereby join in celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys, supporting the generous giving spirit of our community and believing…

Recent Grants from CFFK Donor Funds Support Important Community Activities

by Greg Charleston | December 18, 2015 | Featured News and Events News

Grants from CFFK funds are helping support important programs and services that benefit the community. Bill and MaryCarlin Porter Fund recently awarded a grant from their donor advised fund at CFFK to VNA/Hospice of the Florida Keys for their Nurse Education Program. VNA/Hospice recently became affiliated with Haven Hospice to access greater resources in providing comfort,…

CFFK Shares Successes at 2015 Annual Investment Update Meeting

by Greg Charleston | November 23, 2015 | Event

CFFK will launch its 20th anniversary next year following a history of successes and accomplishments, completed in partnership with its fund advisors, donors and supporters. CFFK Chairman Roger Heinen and President/CEO Dianna Sutton shared highlights of those successes at the 2015 Annual Investment Update meeting on November 20th. Among the highlights: CFFK is recognized in…

Sign Up Today for the 2016 Leadership Success Academy

by Greg Charleston | November 10, 2015 | Event Featured News and Events

CFFK is now accepting applications for the 2016 Leadership Success Academy (LSA), which offers best practices in leadership development and governance skills for nonprofit board members. The ninth year of the LSA will begin March 3, 2016 and includes four half-day training sessions through April. Application forms and more information is available here. CFFK’s signature program…

CFFK on the Air — Rosi Ware on Legacy Giving

by Greg Charleston | October 26, 2015 | News

Listen to Board Member Rosi Ware talk on US 1 Radio’s Morning Show about why she’s interested in helping CFFK’s efforts and the importance of “giving back” by leaving a legacy in the community. Listen now

Unsung Heroes Celebration

by Greg Charleston | October 5, 2015 | Event

CFFK will recognize the tremendous efforts of volunteers who donate their time and service to our community’s nonprofits at the 16th Annual Unsung Heroes/ Volunteers of the Year celebration on January 29th, 2016. Nominations for the volunteers to be recognized were due to CFFK by December 15. “The community is greatly enhanced because of the good work our volunteers…

You’re In Good Company — Make a Gift to CFFK

by Greg Charleston | October 1, 2015 | Featured News and Events News
Connecting people with causes that matter is what CFFK is all about. For the past 19 years, we’ve been helping individuals and families achieve their philanthropic goals and maximize their charitable giving. You're in good company when you make a gift to CFFK because you're joining others who care about this community. Working together, we’re making the Florida Keys an...

CFFK on the Air — Dianna Sutton on the 2015 Arts Grants

by Greg Charleston | September 21, 2015 | News

In a US 1 Radio Morning Show interview, Dianna Sutton discusses the recipients of CFFK’s Performing and Visual Arts Grant Program and the innovative arts projects you can look forward to seeing. Listen now

Survey Input Informs Strategic Planning Process

by Greg Charleston | September 21, 2015 | News
Thanks to all who participated in CFFK’s online Community Perception Survey this summer. We’re now using your feedback from the survey, along with stakeholder interviews, to inform the planning of next year’s 20th anniversary activities and to update and refine our current strategic plan. The plan includes two main objectives: 1) To Establish CFFK As The Center...

CFFK Welcomes Three Civic Leaders to its Board of Governors

by Greg Charleston | September 4, 2015 | News

Please join us in welcoming three new board members to the CFFK Board of Governors. Community leader Rosi Ware and real estate brokers Will Langley and Doug Mayberry have joined the board for a three-year term. “These three civic leaders bring incredible business, leadership and exceptional local knowledge to our board,” said Roger Heinen, CFFK Chairman of the…

How Will New Accounting Standards Affect Nonprofits? Learn More at Aug. 25th Community Roundtable

by Greg Charleston | August 4, 2015 | Event

One of CFFK’s roles is to help strengthen the nonprofit sector. We’re pleased to share this information about an upcoming roundtable sponsored by the accounting firm working with WomanKind. Helping promote events, trainings, workshops and other community or educational events should not be seen as an endorsement of the company or the nonprofit sponsoring such…

Seven Nonprofits Receive $34,000 in Arts Grants

by Greg Charleston | July 8, 2015 | Featured News and Events News

Seven Florida Keys nonprofits are the recipients of grants through CFFK’s 2015 Performing and Visual Arts Grant Program. The program awarded a total of $34,000 for innovative projects that will utilize music, performing or visual arts to address and impact issues of community concern. The grant recipients and their funded programs are: Bahama Village Music Program –…

Roger Heinen Elected Board Chair Along with Officers for 2015-16

by Greg Charleston | June 24, 2015 | News

Roger Heinen is the new Chair of CFFK’s Board of Governors for 2015-16. Roger is an artist, software developer, angel investor, and a Director of Monotype, the leading supplier of digital fonts and typefaces. He replaces retiring Chairman Robert Spottswood, who served five years on CFFK’s Board of Governors, the last two years as Chair. “I’m honored…

CFFK on the Air — Grants Chair Ann Reynolds on Arts Grants

by Greg Charleston | June 22, 2015 | News

Listen to CFFK’s Vice Chair Ann Reynolds in a recent US1 Radio Morning Show interview. Ann talks about this year’s Performing and Visual Arts Grant Program and the “4 Nights 4 Justice” film series at the Tropic Cinema, funded by the Michael Dively Social Justice and Diversity Endowment at CFFK. Listen now

Emily Boyd Lowe Music Fund Awards Grant to St. Paul’s Music Program

by Greg Charleston | June 16, 2015 | News

Congratulations to the Performance at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Music Program which was recently awarded a $1,000 grant from the Emily Boyd Lowe Music Fund at CFFK. The grant will be used to help support new musical talent through St. Paul’s Emerging Artist Program. Emily Boyd Lowe was a musical performer and teacher who brought…

And The Winners Are… CFFK Donors Support Future Student Leaders

by Greg Charleston | June 9, 2015 | News

CFFK donors awarded $38,500 to nine deserving Key West High School students through scholarships to continue their education and awards in recognition of their academic or artistic achievements. Congratulations to the following 2015 recipients: Floy V. Thompson Community Awareness Scholarship — $20,000 scholarship to Alexandria Lichtl. The Scholarship was established in 1992 to encourage the…

Nine KWHS Teachers Receive Awards, Thanks to Generosity of David Wolkowsky

by Greg Charleston | June 9, 2015 | News

Congratulations to nine Key West High School (KWHS) teachers who have been awarded a total of $65,000 through the distinguished “David Wolkowsky 2015 Teachers of Merit Awards.” The awards are given annually by Key West philanthropist and businessman David Wolkowsky to teachers who go the extra mile in their passion for teaching and dedication to…

May 15th IRS Deadline for Many Nonprofits

by Greg Charleston | May 5, 2015 | News

Reminder: The Internal Revenue Service reminds tax-exempt organizations that many have a filing deadline for Form 990-series information by May 15th. The IRS cautions groups not to include Social Security Numbers or other unneeded personal information on their Form 990, and consider taking advantage of electronic filing. Form 990-series information returns and notices are due…

Marion Stevens Fund Supports Increased Nurse Services at Gerald Adams Elementary School

by Greg Charleston | April 29, 2015 | News

Congratulations to the Florida Department of Health in Monroe County, which was recently awarded a grant from the Marion Stevens Fund at CFFK to support increased school nurse services at Gerald Adams Elementary School. These additional funds are needed due to the increasing number of students with complex health issues. The Marion Stevens Fund, a…

Mary Spottswood Women’s Center Receives Grant, Thanks to Banyan Grove Endowment

by Greg Charleston | April 23, 2015 | News

Congratulations to Samuel’s House, which was recently awarded a grant from the Banyan Grove Endowment Fund to support the Mary Spottswood Women’s Center. The Center is a safe, secure haven for women and women with children that have no home. The center provides training opportunities, job development, medical referrals, 12-step programs, and other services. The…

PHOTO GALLERY: 2015 Leadership Success Academy Graduation

by Greg Charleston | April 22, 2015 | Event

Congratulations to the 40 nonprofit leaders who graduated from the 2015 Leadership Success Academy (LSA) board training program on April 16th. One of CFFK’s signature programs, the LSA has now coached 400 board members from over 100 Keys’ nonprofits in the last eight years and helped leaders further develop their leadership skills and governance work….

CFFK On The Air — Roger Heinen on the 2014 Report to the Community

by Greg Charleston | April 20, 2015 | News

In a recent US1 Radio Morning Show interview, Vice Chair-Marketing Roger Heinen talks about CFFK’s 2014 Report to the Community, highlights of the year including Unsung Heroes, and upcoming activities including the Leadership Success Academy. Listen now

PHOTO GALLERY: 2015 Donor Appreciation Party

by Greg Charleston | April 15, 2015 | Event

[av_textblock ] More than 90 VIPs, Legacy Society members, Fund Advisors, and Friends of CFFK who are making a difference by investing in our community attended the Annual Donor Appreciation Party on April 9th, hosted by Sandra and Lee McMannis (Sandra is a CFFK Board Member.) At the event, Robert Spottswood thanked all the generous…

Arts Grants Available – Application Deadline April 15th

by Greg Charleston | March 11, 2015 | News

[av_textblock ] CFFK Offers Arts Grants The April 15th Deadline has now passed for the 2015 program. Please check the website for updates and information on future grant programs. CFFK is offering a new round of grants through the Performing and Visual Arts Grant Program. The 2015 Program will award three to five grants from $5,000…

Film Series Explored Social Justice Issues, Thanks to Dively Endowment Grant

by Greg Charleston | March 10, 2015 | Event

[av_textblock ] Social issues concerning privacy in America, politics, racism, the environment, and medical care in foreign countries were explored in the documentary film series at the Tropic Cinema titled “4 Nights 4 Justice.” The series, now in its third year, is funded by a grant from the Michael Dively Social Justice and Diversity Endowment, a…

CFFK on the Air — Roger Heinen on Community Issues and Planning

by Greg Charleston | March 4, 2015 | News

Listen to Roger Heinen, CFFK’s Vice Chairman – Marketing, talk on US1 Radio’s Morning Show about issues in the community, such as affordable housing, CFFK’s strategic plan and upcoming activities including the Leadership Success Academy. Listen now

Artist in Residence Lecture Was A Great Success

by Greg Charleston | February 18, 2015 | Event

[av_one_full first] [av_textblock ] More than 60 interested people attended Wheaton College Professor Mark LeBlanc’s lecture on March 15th, which used new modes for e-book storytelling to illustrate his grandfather’s time in World War I. The multi-media lecture was jointly sponsored by CFFK and Performance at St. Paul’s. Professor LeBlanc is living in the Artist in…

PHOTO GALLERY: CFFK Honors 2015 Unsung Heroes

by Greg Charleston | February 3, 2015 | Event

Congratulations to the 2015 Unsung Heroes and Volunteers of the Year. CFFK honored 86 of our community’s heroes at a sell-out celebration Jan 30th. Congratulations to all the honorees! (Photos by Pete Arnow, Spectrum Imaging) See all the photos from the 2015 celebration

In Good Company! CFFK’s Annual Meeting

by Greg Charleston | February 1, 2015 | Event

Fund Advisors, VIPs, Legacy Society members, nonprofit leaders, and other philanthropic partners joined CFFK’s Board of Governors for the annual Year in Review on February 19th, highlighting all the good work done in the community through the generosity and support of our partners. Chairman Robert Spottswood and President Dianna Sutton presented the key accomplishments for the year…

Applications Now Available for 2015 Leadership Success Academy

by Greg Charleston | February 1, 2015 | Event

CFFK is now accepting applications for the 2015 Leadership Success Academy (LSA) board training program. This year’s program includes a new partnership and a new location. The Florida Keys Community College is partnering with CFFK to provide the program, which provides best practices in leadership development and governance skills. Dates for the 2015 LSA: Thursday, February…

Good Job! CFFK Honors 2015 Unsung Heroes

by Greg Charleston | January 30, 2015 | News
CFFK celebrates the “good job” 86 volunteers have done this year for nonprofits in the Florida Keys. Read about this year's honorees and all they do for our community now. Download the PDF file . January 30, 2015

CFFK, AIDS Help Partner to Preserve Affordable Housing

by Greg Charleston | January 22, 2015 | News

CFFK and A.H. of Monroe County, Inc. (AIDS Help) are working together to preserve affordable housing in the Keys. A bequest of real estate property to the Community Foundation was recently sold to the social service agency in a unique arrangement to preserve five units of affordable rental housing. A.H. of Monroe County, Inc. will now…

CFFK on the Air — Todd German talks about Unsung Heroes

by Greg Charleston | November 21, 2014 | News

Listen to Todd German, CFFK Vice Chairman-Development, talk on US1 Radio’s Morning Show about this year’s 15th annual Unsung Heroes event and the importance of volunteerism. Nominations are now being accepted to honor our community’s tremendous volunteers. Listen now

CFFK’s 2014 Annual Investment Update

by Greg Charleston | November 17, 2014 | Event

Representatives from CFFK and Mason Investment Advisory Services presented an overview of CFFK’s endowment pool and investment strategies at the 2014 Annual Investment Update on November 21, 2014. Review the Presentation from the Annual Investment Update meeting. Photos from the 2014 Annual Investment Update meeting:      

New Grant Program Funds Four Arts Initiatives

by Greg Charleston | November 2, 2014 | News

Four Florida Keys nonprofits are the recipients of CFFK’s inaugural Performing and Visual Arts Grant Program. The new program awarded a total of $20,000 for innovative projects that utilize music, performing or visual arts to address and impact issues of community concern. The grant recipients and their funded programs are: Bahama Village Music Program – partnering…

CFFK Honors 2015 Unsung Heroes

by Greg Charleston | September 3, 2014 | Event

CFFK honored 86 of our community’s heroes at a sell-out celebration on Jan 30th.Congratulations to the 2015 Unsung Heroes and Volunteers of the Year. CFFK is again partnering with Island Radio 107.1 FM and Conch Color to recognize the Unsung Heroes and organizations within their service area on a weekly basis. Listen and watch for this…

Jean Olson Music Scholarship Established

by Greg Charleston | September 2, 2014 | News

A recent memorial event for long-time Key West resident Jean Olson launched a new scholarship established in Jean’s name that will be awarded to a graduating KWHS student studying music. The Jean Olson Music Scholarship will be administered through the Emily Boyd Lowe Music Fund whose fund advisors will select the recipients. Jean, a singer herself, supported many performing…

New Resources Explore the Collective Impact Process

by Greg Charleston | September 2, 2014 | News

Cutting-edge thinking about the Collective Impact process, an innovative approach to addressing community-wide issues, is now available  below in nine new articles recently published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review. The new resources share the diverse perspectives of 22 practitioners, funders, community organizers, and thought-leaders on important collective impact topics such as public policy, evaluation, sources of…

Attorney Bobby Highsmith Joins CFFK Board

by Greg Charleston | July 31, 2014 | News

Local attorney Robert E. Highsmith has been elected to the CFFK Board of Governors. A former CFFK board chairman and board advisor, Bobby is a partner in the firm of Koenig, Highsmith & Van Loon, where he specializes in wills, trusts and estates. “Bobby’s experience as an estate planning attorney, philanthropist and civic leader is outstanding…

Hamilton Family Scholarship Recipient on Path for College Success

by Greg Charleston | July 23, 2014 | News
Scholarships and academic awards are an investment in the future. Several CFFK donors annually award scholarships to deserving high school graduates to continue their educational pursuits. In 2013, graduating KWHS senior Olivia Delaune was awarded a $1,000 Hamilton Family Scholarship for her academic achievement to be used toward her college education. She recently wrote the...

Thanks to Generosity of Supporters, CFFK Meets $200,000 Challenge Goal

by Greg Charleston | July 23, 2014 | News

We did it!  Thanks to the generosity of the Very Important Partners in Paradise (VIPs), two significant foundation gifts, and many donors, CFFK has met the Marion Stevens Fund Challenge Campaign to help build a sustainable future. Recent grants from the Rodel Foundation and the Dogwood Foundation, along with several new VIP memberships, helped CFFK reach…

CFFK Elects Board Chairman, New Officers

by Greg Charleston | July 22, 2014 | News

Robert Spottswood has been elected to a second term as Chairman of CFFK’s Board of Governors. He is President of Spottswood Companies Inc., a real estate development, management, and hospitality company. “I’m very pleased to serve as CFFK’s chairman,” said Robert Spottswood. “I look forward to continue working with the board and staff in our collective…

CFFK On the Air — Ann Reynolds on Arts Grants

by Greg Charleston | July 21, 2014 | News

Vice Chair and Chair of the Grant Committee, Ann Reynolds, talks about CFFK’s Performing and Visual Arts Grant Program on US 1 Radio’s Morning Magazine Show. Listen now! 

CFFK on the Air — Roger Heinen On Marketing

by Greg Charleston | June 23, 2014 | News

Board Vice Chairman for Marketing, Roger Heinen, talks about recent activities and the importance of legacy giving. Listen now to the interview on US 1 Radio’s Morning Magazine Show!

Emily Boyd Lowe Music Fund Awards Four Music Grants

by Greg Charleston | June 23, 2014 | News

Four Florida Keys children’s music programs that promote the development of musicianship and performance skills are the 2014 grant recipients from the Emily Boyd Lowe Music Fund at CFFK: Bahama Village Music Program Keys Kids Music Together in the Keys The Music Room Each were presented with a $500 grant from the Fund’s recent 2nd Annual…

CFFK Donors Support Future Student Leaders through Scholarships and Awards

by Greg Charleston | June 10, 2014 | News

CFFK donors have awarded $32,500 to seven deserving Key West High School graduates through scholarships to continue their educational pursuits and awards in recognition of their academic or artistic achievements. Congratulations to the following 2014 recipients: Floy V. Thompson Community Awareness Scholarship — $20,000 scholarship to Elisabeth Rockteschel (encouraging wisdom, leadership, and concern for others…

Join the 2014 Leadership Success Academy

by Greg Charleston | December 17, 2013 | Event

[av_textblock ] The Community Foundation of the Florida Keys (CFFK) is now accepting applications for the seventh year of its intensive Leadership Success Academy (LSA) board training program, offering best practices in leadership development and governance skills. To date, the LSA has trained more than 300 board members from 92 nonprofit organizations. Class Seven of…

CFFK’s $100,000 Challenge Match Campaign

by Greg Charleston | December 16, 2013 | News

[av_textblock ] The Community Foundation of the Florida Keys (CFFK) has accepted a $100,000 challenge grant from the Marion Stevens Fund. This is a match of $1 for every $2 raised, up to the match goal. The goal is to add a total of $300,000 to CFFK’s Operating Endowment, which will provide critical funding to…

CFFK President Receives CFRE Recertification

by Greg Charleston | December 15, 2013 | News

[av_textblock ] Dianna Sutton, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys (CFFK), has been awarded recertification as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), a professional distinction in the field of philanthropy demonstrating a commitment to personal and ethical standards. The designation is awarded by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, which promotes…

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