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J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver are honored to recognize the fine work of several Northeast Florida nonprofit organizations, and to announce personal charitable gifts totaling $21 million to further the critical missions of 38 organizations. Selected organizations have been identified based on past contributions to enhancing the quality of life of people in the area, particularly for vulnerable populations, and for their ability to provide outstanding health, educational, social, housing, and cultural services to current and future generations.

The scale of individual grants and the overall scope of support are given with the intent of providing a significant infusion to agencies now, rather than multiple gifts spread over an extended period. This is intended to help ensure sustainability of quality services, while allowing agencies to have the resources and ability to plan for the viability of their long-term future to continue essential programs. The Weavers humbly realize that there are many additional outstanding agencies and programs which are not supported through these gifts.

Grants have been provided to each organization based on what the individual agency identified as the most primary areas of need and opportunity for quality service and sustainability. This generally involved a process of distinguishing areas of need which the organization deemed essential, but often most difficult to otherwise obtain, such as more competitive staff benefits support, and permanent endowments. For a number of organizations, permanent endowments have been designated to maintain programming excellence and continuity by ensuring core support to sustain the organization. Most of the organizations benefiting from endowments have had little if any prior endowment. These designated endowments, totaling about $10 million of the overall $21 million, have been established at The Community Foundation in Jacksonville, helping to ensure broader local investment in the area's nonprofit sector, and to potentially serve as catalyst funding and a practical starting point to develop future endowment support.

These gifts are provided through personal giving; not through other giving vehicles used by the Weavers, such as the Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation and Weaver Family Foundation. With these gifts, the Weavers personally and Weaver Family Foundation combined will have contributed more than $42 million to local area nonprofits. Additionally, the Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation has provided more than $10 million in grants. While the Jaguars Foundation is staffed to receive proposals for local programs serving economically and socially disadvantaged youth and families, the Weaver family and its Family Foundation do not accept unsolicited proposals.

Weaver Grantees

Agency (Amount)

Amelia Island Museum of History ($100,000)

Betty Griffin House ($500,000)

Boys and Girls Clubs of Nassau County Foundation ($100,000)

City Rescue Mission ($100,000)

Clara White Mission ($500,000)

Community Connections ($1,000,000)

Community Foundation in Jacksonville ($1,00,000)

Community Hospice of Northeast Florida ($500,000)

Douglas Anderson School of the Arts ($500,000)

Dreams Come True ($300,000)

Florida Ballet ($100,000)

Gateway Community Services ($400,000)

HabiJax ($1,000,000)

Historical PAL of St. Johns County ($50,000)

Hope Haven ($600,000)

Hubbard House ($1,000,000)

Jacksonville Children's Chorus ($125,000)

Jacksonville Public Library ($200,000)

JASMYN ($200,000)

Jewish Family and Community Services ($1,000,000)

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)- Jacksonville ($750,000)

Micah's Place ($500,000)

OneJax ($350,000)

Operation New Hope ($100,000)

PACE Center for Girls- Jacksonville ($1,000,000)

Pine Castle ($100,000)

Planned Parenthood of Northeast Florida ($350,000)

Quigley House ($500,000)

Ronald McDonald House ($500,000)

Sanctuary on 8th Street ($200,000)

I M Sulzbacher Center ($1,000,000)

The Bridge of Northeast Florida ($1,000,000)

United Way of Northeast Florida- Full Service Schools ($1,625,000)

Volunteers in Medicine ($500,000)

We Care Jacksonville ($1,000,000)

Women's Center of Jacksonville ($500,000)

WJCT Public TV/Radio ($1,000,000)

Youth Crisis Center ($750,000)



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