Community Foundation of Tampa Bay 

Community Foundation Connection 
Fall, 2011
Thursday, September 1, 2011 - Grant Applications Due 
Thursday, October 6, 2011 - WEDU Estate Planning Seminar
WEDU Berkman Family Broadcast Center, Tampa
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 -  National Philanthropy Day, Tampa 
Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - National Philanthropy Day, Pasco County
The Big Cat challenge! Big Cat Rescue 2nd challenge grant check

Congratulations to Big Cat Rescue for achieving their second challenge grant goal!

Simba knew it was dinnertime at Big Cat Rescue.  The Asian spotted leopard paced back and forth waiting for each large morsel of raw meat to be given to him by his handler, while we watched with more than a little awe and respect.


With over 100 cats on fifty-five acres in Hillsborough County, Carole and Howard Baskin, CEO and Board President of the agency, are very aware of the increasing cost of meat, the main staple of their feline guests.


"Meat prices have risen dramatically in the past few years," says Howard. "We now spend over $250,000 per year on food. And when we take in a young cat, we may be making a twenty year commitment to feed that cat."
Simba big cat rescue
Dinnertime for Simba!
Several years ago the Baskins opened an endowment with the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, and have since launched not one, but two challenge grants.  Each time, Big Cat Rescue achieved their challenge grant goal in record time. 


Dave Fischer, president and CEO of the Community Foundation presented the second challenge grant check to the Baskins with praise for their diligence in raising the funds so quickly. "That's what endowments are all about. Our motto is For Good. For Ever. The money stays here and the earnings go back to Big Cat Rescue," says Fischer. "This is a really good thing that you're doing for the cats."


For more information about agency endowments and the challenge grant program, contact the Community Foundation at 813.282.1975.


Watch the video of this story and meet Simba and some of his companions at Big Cat Rescue!

Flying high for science and education
Donors soar at MOSI 


Dick and Francine Dobkin are self-professed kids at heart, with a shared passion for education and philanthropy. So the three-story Ropes Course at the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in Tampa was the perfect opportunity for a grant from their Community Foundation of Tampa Bay Donor Advised Fund.

Wide shot Mosi ropes course 

"We've been involved at MOSI for probably about twenty years," Dick explains. "Education's very important to us, kids are very important, and this is a great facility to combine education, kids and fun. So it was a natural place for us to want to be supportive." 

Francine Dobkin on MOSI ropes course
Francine Dobkin, Adventurer!

 The course offers three levels of challenging adventure for all ages. MOSI President Wit Ostrenko says the course reflects the intention of the museum. "That's the kind of thing that the science center really does, bringing families together to do family quality things."


For more information about Donor Advised Funds, contact Denise O'Brien, VP Donor Relations at 813.282.1975 x105 or


Watch the video of this story for a ropes course experience!


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Welcome to our newest trustees!

Linda and Susan2The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay is pleased to announce Linda Saul-Sena and Susan Beaven as its newest board members.


"Linda and Susan are truly dedicated members of this community," said Board Chair Gene Marshall. "Their vast experience and track records of caring for the citizens of Tampa Bay, as well as their passions for helping the nonprofit agencies in our community are strong assets for the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay."


See the full listing of our Board of Trustees here.
Honoring the Legacy Society 


The Legacy Society luncheon is our way of paying tribute to those who have left a gift to the Foundation in their estate plans. Sometimes it can be hard to visualize just how important these gifts are to the community. Our hope is that, through the sharing of stories and visions for a better tomorrow, these  donors understand why we are so grateful and how important they are.   

Legacy Society Luncheon 2010

2010 Legacy Society Luncheon
Pictured L to R: Kathleen Rehl, George Baxter, Shirley Solomon

Their honorary membership in the Legacy Society is our way of expressing our gratitude for their personal commitment to creating a brighter future for the Tampa Bay area.  Their legacy is not just something they leave behind - it's something they create while living, too.


The event will be at the Tampa Yacht Club on Tuesday Oct 25th, from 11:30am to 1:00pm.  Legacy members, donors and special Community Foundation guests should look for their invitations in mid-September.

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WEDU WEDU Estate Planning Continuing Education Seminar 

Thursday, October 6, 2011


7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 


WEDU / Berkman Family Broadcast Center

Hough Family Foundation Studios

1300 North Boulevard, Tampa 33607

Registration Fee $75 

Continental Breakfast Included

Three CE Credits


For more information, please contact Claire O'Connor, Senior Vice President of Development, at or 813.254.9338 ext. 2230.


Register online here.


The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, Inc.  meets all requirements specified by the Florida Solicitation of Contributions Act.   A copy of our official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling 800.435.7352 within the state.  Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state. One hundred percent (100%) of each contribution is received by the Community Foundation. Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services number SC-00793.

In This Issue
The Big Cat challenge!
Donors soar at MOSI
Welcome new trustees
2011 Legacy Society Luncheon
WEDU Estate Planning Seminar
Sun City Center grant makes headlines
Women, men and social media
The Observer News article
Community Foundation of Greater Sun City Center impacts sixty-eight families


The Community Foundation of Greater Sun City Center gave a $6,000 grant to the St. Anne Conference in March. The Conference matched this grant, and the impact is helping dozens of families meet living necessities such as shelter, food, and water.
Read the full article in The Observer News
Women, men, and social media  

Women prefer supporting youth-related causes, while men prefer supporting global-warming groups.


These are just two indicators in an online survey completed by 2,000 Americans and prepared by Georgetown University. 


The study also found that clicking "like" for a cause on Facebook may lead to "cause fatigue."


Read the full  article here.