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Community Foundation of East Central Florida

Post Office Box 523
DeLand, Florida 32721
United States

Mission

To enhance the quality of life in our community by increasing perpetual giving, building community leadership and connecting donors with the causes they care about

Most Meaningful Change

In summer 2012 we brought together some of the key organizations that provide food for the needy and serve the homeless at a Food Summit attended by more than 100 people interested in the topic of hunger in our community. From this effort we planned and held a week of Giving for Hunger that fall, raising $10,000 and collecting over 4,000 pounds of food. We made $6,600 in grants to food pantries, and set $2,500 into an endowment fund called “Feed Our Neighbors.” After that success we planned how to increase the availability of fresh produce in our food pantries in Volusia County. Working with Second Harvest the group has piloted an effort in the southwest area of our county to have fresh produce delivered twice a month. One church volunteered to be the drop point and more than a dozen other food pantries volunteer to work on the delivery date and accept the produce to use for their clients. We are using this model to open four other areas of the county to fresh produce.

2000 Year Founded
$101,961 Endowment Value
$26,250 Total Annual Grantmaking

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Last Updated: 09.19.14

Population Area Served

500,000

Identifying Information
OrganizationCommunity Foundation of East Central Florida
Address 1Post Office Box 523
Address 2Did not answer
City / TownDeLand
State / RegionFlorida
ZIP / Postal Code32721
CountryUnited States
ContinentNorth America
Map Address (If Different)Did not answer
Map City / Town (If Different)Did not answer
Map State / Region (If Different)Did not answer
Map Zip / Postal Code (If Different)Did not answer
Map Country (If Different)Did not answer
Phone386.734.4075
Emailinfo@cfecf.org
Websitewww.cfecf.org
Organization Leader (Name, Title)Nita Schmellick, President & CEO
Primary Contact’s NameNita Schmellick
Primary Contact’s PositionPresident & CEO
Foundation at a Glance
Year Founded2000
Mission StatementTo enhance the quality of life in our community by increasing perpetual giving, building community leadership and connecting donors with the causes they care about
Organization DescriptionCommunity Foundation
Other DescriptionDid not answer
Approximate Size of the Population Serviced500,000
Total Paid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)Did not answer
Total Unpaid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)1
Total Board Members6
Financial Information (in U.S. Dollars)
Organization’s Total Income in Last Fiscal Year$69,146
Organization’s Gifts Income in Last Fiscal Year$19,890
Organization’s Total Expenditures in Last Fiscal Year$36,616
Organization’s Grantmaking Budget in Last Fiscal Year$26,250
Does Organization Have an EndowmentYes
Value of Endowment (or Financial Reserves) as of the End of Last Fiscal Year$101,961
Change in Financial Status Over Last Three YearsA little improvement
Priorities and Achievements
Factors that Played a Role in the Origins of Your Organization
Community leadershipPlayed an important role
Philanthropic giftsNo role
Grassroots activismPlayed an important role
Inadequate government servicesNo role
Changes in the political environmentNo role
Changes in the economic environmentPlayed a slight role
Government initiative fundingNo role
Foundation initiative fundingNo role
Bilateral or multilateral initiative fundingNo role
Favorable legal or fiscal policiesPlayed a slight role
Time Spent Working in Following Areas
NeighborhoodDid not answer
LocallyFair amount of time
RegionallyLots of time
NationallyNone
InternationallyNone
Rate Importance of the Following Functions
GrantmakingCentrally important
Having local people as leaders in the organizationCentrally important
Seeking local donationsCentrally important
Having a gender balance in the organizationImportant but not central
Board reflective of community diversityCentrally important
Building an endowmentCentrally important
Serving donor needsCentrally important
Acting as a fiscal intermediary for the communityCentrally important
Building inclusion and trust in the communityCentrally important
Pursuing equityCentrally important
Accountability to local peopleCentrally important
Raising money for grantmaking annuallyCentrally important
Community developmentSlightly important
In the Last Year, Extent to Which Programming and/or Grantmaking Involved Work in the Following Areas
Arts and cultureNot at all
EducationNot at all
EnvironmentNot at all
HealthNot at all
Human and social servicesFair amount
Human rightsNot at all
International relationsNot at all
ReligionNot at all
Economic developmentNot at all
Conflict resolution/bridging different parts of the communityNot at all
Information technologyNot at all
Strengthening local or regional governmentNot at all
HousingNot at all
ChildrenNot at all
WaterNot at all
Alternative energyNot at all
Disaster reliefNot at all
Advocacy with authoritiesLittle
Job trainingNot at all
Nongrantmaking Services Offered to Community in Recent Years
Convening for issues of local concernOften
Promote collaboration between granteesOften
Promote understanding of public policyOccasionally
Training/capacity-building for local organizationsOccasionally
AdvocacyRarely
Loaned staffNever
ResearchNever
Community needs assessmentOften
Leadership developmentOccasionally
InternshipsNever
Providing space for local organizationsNever
Access to information technologyNever
Publishing/knowledge sharingRarely
Main Trends Over the Past Year in Geographic Area Served
PovertyGetting much worse
CrimeGetting worse
Trust among different sections of the communityGetting better
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesNo change
Social position of marginalized groupsGetting worse
Responsiveness of authoritiesGetting better
Appropriateness of public policiesGetting better
Value of community assetsGetting better
Quality of the environmentGetting worse
Number of people and organizations working to change and improve their communityGetting better
Levels of innovation and risk taking in addressing community problemsNo change
Networks and links between different parts of the communityGetting much better
Gender equityGetting better
Charitable giving through the community foundationGetting better
Number of people and organizations involved in philanthropic givingGetting better
Extent to Which Organization Can Claim Tangible and Measurable Achievements in the Past Three Years
PovertyA few small achievements
CrimeDo not work in this sphere
Trust among different sections of the communityWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Social position of marginalized groupsWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Responsiveness of authoritiesA few small achievements
Appropriateness of public policiesA few small achievements
Value of community assetsSome important achievements
Quality of the environmentDo not work in this sphere
Number of people and organizations working to change and improve their communityWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Levels of innovation and risk taking in addressing community problemsA few small achievements
Networks and links between different parts of the communityA few small achievements
Gender equityDo not work in this sphere
Charitable giving through the community foundationA few small achievements
Number of people and organizations involved in philanthropic givingA few small achievements
Active Partnerships
Formal community associations and groupsLittle
Informal associations of citizensLittle
Non-governmental organizationsLot
Local governmentLittle
National governmentNot at all
UniversitiesNot at all
SchoolsNot at all
BusinessesLittle
Partnerships and External Aid
Other Institutions Helpful to Our Work
National association of grantmakersVery unhelpful
Regional association of grantmakersN/A
Global Fund for Community FoundationsN/A
Particular foundationNeither helpful or unhelpful
Other organizationVery helpful
Involvement of Local People
Regularly survey local people about our programsNo
Local people are engaged in the delivery of our workYes
Local people control what our organization doesYes
Have local people represented on our boardYes
Have regular sessions where local people advise us what our programs should doYes
Actively engage local people as volunteersYes
All of our board is composed of local peopleYes
Account to local people about our successes and failures each yearYes
Assistance in Overcoming Main Difficulties Faced in Developing Organization Further
Increased fundingVery important
Better legal or fiscal environmentNeither important nor unimportant
More volunteersVery important
Access to advice or technical assistanceVery important
Better local culture of givingVery important
Stronger civil societyImportant
More responsive authoritiesImportant
OtherBetter understanding of what community foundations do by local elected officials.
Most Meaningful Change
Most Meaningful Change that Organization Has Helped to Bring About in the Last Three YearsIn summer 2012 we brought together some of the key organizations that provide food for the needy and serve the homeless at a Food Summit attended by more than 100 people interested in the topic of hunger in our community. From this effort we planned and held a week of Giving for Hunger that fall, raising $10,000 and collecting over 4,000 pounds of food. We made $6,600 in grants to food pantries, and set $2,500 into an endowment fund called “Feed Our Neighbors.” After that success we planned how to increase the availability of fresh produce in our food pantries in Volusia County. Working with Second Harvest the group has piloted an effort in the southwest area of our county to have fresh produce delivered twice a month. One church volunteered to be the drop point and more than a dozen other food pantries volunteer to work on the delivery date and accept the produce to use for their clients. We are using this model to open four other areas of the county to fresh produce.
 

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Identifying Information

Foundation at a Glance

Financial Information (in U.S. Dollars)

Priorities and Achievements
Factors that Played a Role in the Origins of Your Organization

Time Spent Working in Following Areas

Rate Importance of the Following Functions

In the Last Year, Extent to Which Programming and/or Grantmaking Involved Work in the Following Areas

Nongrantmaking Services Offered to Community in Recent Years

Main Trends Over the Past Year in Geographic Area Served

Extent to Which Organization Can Claim Tangible and Measurable Achievements in the Past Three Years

Active Partnerships

Partnerships and External Aid
Other Institutions Helpful to Our Work

Involvement of Local People

Assistance in Overcoming Main Difficulties Faced in Developing Organization Further

Most Meaningful Change

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