Grant recipient Wesley House Family Services: Jeremy Wilkerson (back row, left) and CFFK Grant Committee Chair Rita Linder (front, right) with kids from the Inez Martin Childcare Center.

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

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 […]

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Congratulations to the 2017 Partners in Paradise Honorees

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 and the State of Florida […]


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

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 […]

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Congratulations to Our Volunteer of the Week – Georgette Robinson and Cornish Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church


Community Foundation Meets Nation’s Highest Standards for Local Giving

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 […]


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

  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. […]


Congratulations to Our Volunteers of the Week — Larry Plummer/Prudence Churchill and Take Stock in Children


Congratulations to our Volunteer of the Week – Joycelyn West Spreight and the Canon John H. Reece Scholarship Fund.

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

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

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 or call 305-292-1502. The […]

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Good Job to Our Volunteer of the Week — Joy Brown Taylor and One Island Family/ Florida Keys Outreach Coalition


We Want to Hear Your Big Ideas — Please Complete This Short Survey and Help Shape Our Future Planning

One of the key roles of the Community Foundation is to help strengthen and enhance the work of nonprofits in the Florida Keys. As part of our 20th anniversary, we’re evaluating how we can better serve the community — and we’re listening to you. Please help us by completing this short survey to give us […]

The Studios of Key West Executive Director Jed Dodds and CFFK Grant Committee Member Susan Cardenas.

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

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 […]

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CFFK Reappoints Roger Heinen as Chair and Elects New Officers

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 […]

Left to right: Tracy Culiver, Dennis Whaley (in back), Jane McGill, Judd Wise, Henry Boza, Kaci Sublette, Tami Dannacker, and Raymond Archer, with Mr. Wolkowsky (seated). Not pictured: James Forbus.

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


And The Winners Are… Donors Support Future Student Leaders

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 […]

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

Thomas Callahan receives Star of the Sea Outreach Mission's 2016 Health and Human Services grant from Community Foundation Special Advisor Holly Merrill.

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

2016 Unsung Hero Honorable Peary Fowler of Literacy Volunteers (center) with CFFK President/CEO Dianna Sutton and Chairman Roger Heinen.

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

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 […]


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

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

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 […]