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The Community First Cares Foundation has funded ongoing and annual partnerships to work with and fund nonprofit organizations’ special projects and initiatives in our community that benefit quality of life, education, youth and our underserved populations.

Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville

The Community First Cares Foundation, in collaboration with the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, will present the 2nd annual Entrepreneur Symposium for Creatives: Every Artist is a Small Business on Saturday, August 18 at the Ritz Theater and Museum in Jacksonville's historic LaVilla neighborhood. In connection with this program, Community First has pledged $10,000 to fund 10 direct artist grants, a doubling of last year’s support.

May 1 - July 1, 2018:

Northeast Florida artists are eligible to apply for the first round of grants through the Cultural Council’s website. Five artists will be awarded grants at the August intensive.

August 18, 2018:

2018 Entrepreneur Symposium for Creatives - Every Artist is a Small Business at the Ritz Theatre and Museum from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The Ritz Theatre and Museum is located at 829 N Davis Street, Jacksonville FL 32202.

August 18 - October 18, 2018:

A second round of grants will be open for applications, with five recipients being announced during November’s Every Single Artist Lounge scheduled for Tuesday, November 13 at the Museum of Science and History.

Learn more about the 2017 Artist Grantees

Monique Burr Foundation

We are proud supporters of the Monique Burr Foundation’s Teen Safety Matters program.

Teen Safety Matters™ is a comprehensive, research-based, prevention education program that educates and empowers teens and all relevant adults with information and strategies to prevent, recognize, and respond appropriately to bullying, cyberbullying, all types of abuse, relationship abuse, sex trafficking, digital abuse, and other digital dangers. The MBF Teen Safety Matters program was developed with schools, not for schools, to make the best use of existing resources and ensure schools have effective programs that are easy to implement.

We Care

The Community First Cares Foundation and We Care have partnered for the first time to meet the ever-growing need for a community health worker in Northeast Florida. We Care’s mission is to connect the community to resources, improve patient experience, improve community health outcomes, assist patients and caregivers in navigating the healthcare system with a focus on providing a high return on investment and contributing to a more efficient healthcare system.

Community First Cares Foundation has provided financial support to fund the position in the Health and Wellness Program through 2018.


The Community First Cares Foundation made one of its largest gifts since its inception in 2013. The Foundation gave KIPP Jacksonville Schools a three-year gift for its programs, scholarships and operations. KIPP, the Knowledge is Power Program, is a non-profit network of college-preparatory, public charter schools dedicated to preparing students in educationally underserved communities for success in college and life. With the funding, KIPP Jacksonville undertook an expansion of its campus at the former Jacksonville Kennel Club on McDuff Avenue.

Jacksonville Public Education Fund

The Jacksonville Public Education Fund created PowerUP Jax as a way to elevate and celebrate Jacksonville’s best teachers. Community First Cares Foundation is the lead funder and sponsor of PowerUP Jax, launched in October 2013. Since its inception, over a hundred innovative classroom projects in subjects including STEM, English/Language Arts, Math, Music, Civic Responsibility and more, have been fully funded to make an impact in the lives of local students. Community First Cares has funded more than $30,000 of PowerUP projects.

Jacksonville Public Library Foundation

The 2016 Summer Learning program around the City’s 21 public library branches was a huge success. More than 11,980 students participated in the even reading more than 99,583 books. The original goals were 10,000 students reading 40,000 books. The goal of summer reading is to reduce the effects of the “summer slide” — students losing education ground they gained the previous school year while they’re on summer break. Community First Cares Foundation helped 1,717 local children participate in Summer Learning through the donation of $8,585. Every $5 donated helps offset the cost for one child to attend the summer programs at the neighborhood branches.

I Heart Art

Community First Credit Union members and employees have raised $9,428.06 for the YMCA of Florida’s First Coast to support the Y’s I Heart Art initiative, a program designed to collect art supplies for local children and encourage them to generate creativity through art-related enrichment activities. The Y focuses on holistically nurturing a child’s development through programs that not only teach them how to swim, play sports or eat healthier, but also inspire creativity. The annual I Heart Art drive donated art materials are used in all YMCA KidZones, before- and after-school programs as well as in local schools. Community First Credit Union has supported the Y’s efforts to offer arts enrichment activities to children across Northeast Florida for many years.

The Giving Closet Project

The Giving Closet Project opened its first, full-service clothing and supplies closet housed at Martin Luther King, Jr. FAME Academy on Jacksonville’s Northwest side. The closet, launched by a Duval County Public School teacher, serves kids and area families with items basic essentials such as shoes and clothing. The Community First Cares Foundation provided the funding to create this first of its kind closet including shelving and storage units, bins, and baskets, tables, clothing racks and hangers, shoe racks, uniform shirts, bags, signage, décor and initial marketing. Credit union volunteers also merchandized and stocked the closet for the opening in September 2017.

Grant Recipient: Monique Burr Foundation

Monique Burr Foundation Teen Safety Matters Program

A new program, MBF Teen Safety Matters™, was recently launched by the Monique Burr Foundation for Children to prevent child abuse and bullying among teen-agers. 

Exposure to the arts at an early age is critical to the cognitive, physical, and social-emotional development of children, and therefore is an important part of the curriculum in our youth programs. We are thankful for Community First Credit Union’s generous donation and continuous support that help provide local children with educational resources to discover their endless potential.

Eric Mann, President and CEO of YMCA of Florida’s First Coast

Community First Cares

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

Phone: (904) 371-8090

Email: [email protected]

Have a Special Project?

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.