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Nassau Education Foundation Granted $10,000 from the Community First Cares Foundation

(Nassau County, Fla.) – September 7, 2018 - The Nassau Education Foundation announces it has been granted $10,000 from the Community First Cares Foundation, the charitable arm of Community First Credit Union. The donation is designated to buy the innovative BrainPOP program, an animated educational platform that engages students and supports teachers with cross-curricular digital content. The software will be used in and out of the classroom to enhance learning in all 16 Nassau County public schools.

“The Nassau Education Foundation learned about BrainPOP through a classroom grant request in 2015 and quickly realized how impactful this software could be for teachers and students,” said Abby Bean, executive director of the Nassau Education Foundation. “We are thrilled to welcome the Community First Cares Foundation to our list of donors and partner with them to provide BrainPOP to the teachers and students of Nassau County.”

Since 2015, the Nassau Education Foundation has leveraged a $1 to $1 Match Incentive for Charitable Giving through the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations to fund a district-wide BrainPOP license. 

Teachers can utilize BrainPOP to enhance curriculum, adapt the content to teaching standards, and to target each student’s learning ability. BrainPOP is especially beneficial for ESE (Exceptional Student Education) and ESL (English as a Second Language) students.

“Our goal this year is to provide all students with an individual login, which will allow them to use the software at home, further enhancing their learning experience,” added Bean.

The Community First Cares Foundation is North Florida’s only 501(C)(3) nonprofit foundation operated by a credit union. Founded in 2013 by Community First Credit Union, the Community First Cares Foundation is funded by donations from employees, members, credit union partners as well as annual donations from the credit union. The foundation grants funds to North Florida nonprofit programs and organizations that seek to improve the quality of life for our residents. Programs that enhance and improve the public and private educational systems are a major focus of the Community First Cares Foundation.

Since 2013, the foundation has granted nearly $300,000 to North Florida nonprofit projects and organizations. Community First Credit Union, a state-chartered, nonprofit community financial institution, formerly known as Educational Credit Union, was founded by teachers and educators in 1935.

Community First serves more than 5,200 members in Nassau County with about $46 million in deposits at this branch. The credit union opened its Nassau County location in Yulee in 2008. This fall, the branch will move to a larger, newly-constructed outparcel at the Villages of Amelia shopping center on State Road 200/A1A.

About the Nassau Education Foundation

The Nassau Education Foundation (NEF) is a not-for-profit corporation whose purpose is to help teachers, students and Nassau County schools participate in programs that are not adequately funded by current public tax revenues. Our mission is to provide funding opportunities and support initiatives that enhance public education, recognize teachers and inspire students to excel. We work in conjunction with the Nassau County School District and is directed by a voluntary Board comprised of business, education and community leaders. Our vision is to see the community united to maximize the support for public education by providing funding that gives all students the advanced skills and knowledge needed to compete in the 21st-century economy.

About Community First Cares Foundation

The Community First Cares Foundation, founded by Community First Credit Union, is a non-profit community foundation that grants funds to improve the quality of life in North Florida.  The foundation supports activities to improve financial literacy, enhance the quality of our educational system, upgrade the health and welfare of our community and help underserved citizens. The Community First Cares Foundation makes contributions to nonprofit organizations that serve the communities on the First Coast. For more information, visit or call 904-371-8090.                                    

About Community First Credit Union of Florida

Community First Credit Union of Florida is a state-chartered credit union based in Jacksonville serving anyone who lives or works on the First Coast. Community First is one of the largest credit unions in the state, serving more than 130,000 members and with assets of $1.6 billion. Community First has 19 locations and 300 employees. A not-for-profit, Community First is a full-service financial institution offering banking, loans, mortgages and investments for consumers and businesses throughout the First Coast. For more information, visit


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Poverty is a silent epidemic in our schools, and many issues with attendance and academics are directly related to students not having clean clothes, shoes that fit, or the supplies they need to be successful in school. Students want to feel good about themselves when they come to school, and we want to help them have everything they need to learn. We could not have opened our first on-site classroom-sized Giving Closet without this funding and volunteer support.

Jennifer Smith, DCPS teacher and Founder of The Giving Closet Project.

Community First Cares

637 N Lee St. (P.O. Box 2600)
Jacksonville, FL 32232

Phone: (904) 371-8090

Email: [email protected]

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The Community First Cares Foundation supports projects that place a special emphasis on activities that improve financial literacy, enhance the quality of our educational system, upgrade the health and welfare of our community and help the underserved citizens improve their quality of life.  We offer funding to help our community partners implement these initiative right here on the First Coast.