Community Foundation of North Central Florida
Center for Nonprofit Excellence E-News

March 13, 2015
CNE and AFP Collaboration!
The Center for Nonprofit Excellence is now collaborating with the Association of Fundraising Professionals North Central Florida chapter. The goal of this collaboration is to provide nonprofits the resources and tools they need to be successful in their fundraising endeavors. 

Specifically, the CNE and AFP will work together to provide workshops and roundtable discussions directed at those who work in the nonprofit sector in North Central Florida. This programming will provide rich and robust dialogue for emerging leaders and seasoned officers alike. One of the goals is to build a network of colleagues in our area to strengthen and grow by learning from others. Nonprofit leaders, board members and volunteers will see the benefit of having both organizations working together to provide quality programming, enhancing professional development opportunities for leaders in our community and providing relevant information that can be used in their organizations! For more information visit our website.
Upcoming Events - Register Now!  
Healthcare & Employee Benefits 101 for Nonprofits Workshop
Doug Johnson
Johson & Fletcher Insurance 
Debby Kinman-Ford
 B'nai Israel Community Day School

Join us to hear more about the latest governmental policy changes that affect your nonprofit! There are many new facets to the Affordable Care Act and the requirements placed on small businesses. We bring you the latest information and advice on how to best respond to the changes.


But employee benefits aren't just about health care! Come learn from a seasoned expert on how to incorporate innovative ideas that cost little to no monetary investment to help breed a culture of health, productivity, creativity and overall job satisfaction in your workplace!


March 18 at 8:30am - 10:30am

Members: See benefits for ticket information

Non-members: $35 AFP Members: $30

Breakfast will be provided

Seating is Limited!

Roundtable for Development Directors

Facilitated by Jenifer Petrescu, Executive Director of B'nai Israel and current President of AFP North Central Florida 


Does it often feel like you are standing alone in the middle of a crowded event? Do you ever want to bend the ear of fellow Development Directors and how they deal with various situations? 

Now you can! Join your fellow development directors on April 1st from noon-1:00p.m. for an informal conversation about the ups and downs of development. There is no greater tool than action learning from your peers. Even if you gain a new perspective or one new idea, you will be developing a supportive, collegial relationship with your fellow colleagues.

Let's spend a hour together--share our experiences, provide feedback and lift each other up in our profession as we are all working for a strong cause!


April 1 at 12:00 pm

Free to Attend.

Lunch will be Provided 

Seating is VERY Limited! 

Register Now

Job Openings
Pace Center for Girls is looking for a Outreach Counselor Click Here to learn more about this position or visit Pace Online to apply.  

Pace Center for Girls is also seeking applicants to fill a Special Projects Coordinator position.  Click Here to learn more or visit Pace Online to apply! 

Family Promise of Gainesville, Florida Inc. is still seeking applications to fill their Executive Director position.  Click Here to learn more!  


Have a Job Opening you'd like to post?  Email us the details today! 

Featured Grants
Women's Giving Circle
The 2015 Women's Giving Circle grant cycle has begun!

We are now accepting general and impact grant applications. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Barzella Papa at the Community Foundation offices by calling (352) 367-0060.



For More Information Click Here

The mission of the Plum Creek Foundation is to provide charitable contributions to community organizations to support and improve the general welfare and quality of life in the communities where Plum Creek serves.


Grants are awarded in the following categories: Arts, Community, Education and Environment.  


The Plum Creek Foundation accepts applications on a year-round basis, with quarterly review periods.

For more information Click Here
Community Calendar
WHENSunday Mar 15, 2015 2:00 pm
WHERETower Road Branch Library
3020 SW 75th St.
GainesvilleFL 32607

The 2015 Annual Thieve's Guilde Board Meeting will be on March 15th at the Tower Road Branch of the Alachua County Library from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. This meeting is open to the public. For more information please visit us at our website

LINKThieves Guilde


WHENSaturday May 16, 2015 7:30 am
WHEREWestside Park Recreation Center
1001 N. W. 34th St.
GainesvilleFL 32605
PRICEAdults $20
Kids (under 12) $10


Walk to raise funds and awareness of Preeclampia. Funds raised go to the Preeclampsia Foundation, to fund research and education of Preeclampsia, which is a hypertensive disorder in pregnancy that kills about 75,000 women and 500,000 babies each year.  Please help us raise money to help find a cure, or a reason for this disease. 

Join us in helping save the lives of mothers and babies!

To register or donate please go to

All registered walkers receive a Promise Walk Tshirt!

For updates, please like Gainesville Promise Walk for Preeclampsia's Facebook Page
Now In Nonprofit News
A Sheriff And A Doctor Team Up To 
Map Childhood Trauma

The University of Florida's Dr. Nancy Hardt has an unusual double specialty: She's both a pathologist and an OB-GYN. For the first half of her career, she brought babies into the world. Then she switched - to doing autopsies on people after they die.


It makes perfect sense to her.


"Birth, and death. It's the life course," Hardt explains.


A few years ago, Hardt says, she learned about someresearch that changed her view of how exactly that life course - health or illness - unfolds.


The research shows that kids who have tough childhoods - because of poverty, abuse, neglect, or witnessing domestic violence, for instance - are actually more likely to be sick when they grow up. They're more likely to get diseases like asthma, diabetes and heart disease. And they tend to have shorter lives than people who haven't experienced those difficult events as kids.


"I want to prevent what I'm seeing on the autopsy table," Hardt says. "I've got to say, a lot of times, I'm standing there, going, 'I don't think this person had a very nice early childhood." 

Read More

Program Fosters Police-Youth Relationships

By: Valerie Crum 

When a small group of police officers sits down with local youth at the Gainesville Police Department's Hall of Heroes, the end goal is understanding through conversation.


As part of the Police-Youth Dialogue Program, which started in the department last year, eight to 12 police officers are selected each month to meet with Gainesville teenagers for a conversation about the relationships between police officers and minors.


The River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding, a local organization that works to resolve conflict through community building and communication, is responsible for implementing the program. RPCP Executive Director Jeffery Weisberg said the program teaches police about adolescent development and the effects of trauma.


"The goal for the young people is to build a new or stronger relationship with officers, to understand the law and the consequences of their behavior and to gain some new skills of building relationships," he said.


The program begins with a five-hour seminar where the police and teenagers are separated and asked to describe each other using words from A to Z.


From the police officers' point of view, "'C' might be crazy or 'D' might be defiant," said Gretchen Casey, director of victim services for the Office of the State Attorney in Florida's Eighth Judicial Circuit. 

Read More


Karen Thomas
Program Coordinator
Center for Nonprofit Excellence
Community Foundation of North Central Florida
3919 W. Newberry Road, Suite 3
Gainesville, Florida 32607
p. 352.367.0060 f. 352.378.1718

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In This Issue
CNE and AFP Collaborate
Upcoming Events
Job Openings
Featured Grants
Community Calendar
Nonprofit News
Nonprofit Spotlight


WellFlorida Council, the region's local 

health council and statewide consultants

 for health causes, is a nonprofit focused on building healthy communities through partnerships that improve access to healthcare, eliminate health disparities and advocate for the underserved.


Established in 1969 and based in 

Gainesville, we are one of Florida's 11 

local health councils, a network of 

nonprofit agencies that conduct regional 

health planning and implementation 

activities. Our district includes 16 counties in North Central Florida.


As consultants for health causes, we 

keep local and state health policy decision makers informed, work with community coalitions and provide services to organizations in the public, private and nonprofit sector. We provide program management services to a number of local nonprofits, state and federally funded programs and special projects. Some examples include two Healthy Start coalitions, Rural Health Partnership of North Central Florida, Ryan White CARE Program, North Central Florida Cancer Control Collaborative, North Central Florida Trauma Agency and Community Health IT.


Interesting Facts:


We provide many free resources 

to North Central Floridians through 

our various programs and projects, 



Help enrolling in insurance through 

the Marketplace:


HIV testing, condoms and education:


An online personal health record:


Resources for cancer patients and families:


 A parenting program:


Maternal and infant care:


 Health related data for North Central Florida:


 Our public awareness campaigns, marketing materials and nonprofit branding are all done in-house by our graphic design and communications department.


Our CEO and COO are adjunct lecturers at the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions.




WellFlorida has periodic openings for Board members. The WellFlorida Board is comprised of providers, consumers and purchasers of healthcare from each of the 16 counties we serve. To learn more about becoming a Board member, please contact Judi Brissette at


WellFlorida has a long history of working with interns from the universities and colleges in North Central Florida. Learn more about internship opportunities on our website.


Healthy Start of North Central Florida is looking for individuals interested in meeting the needs of pregnant women and infants to serve as Board members. Learn more by emailing Heather Hollingsworth at





Bulletin Board

LGAA is hosting a mixer on March 19th for Envision Alachua.  Click Here if you are interested in attending.  

New Graduate Program at UF!  Obtain a Graduate Certificate in Fundraising Management with a 9 credit hour program starting Fall 2015.  

The United Way of North Central Florida is hosting it's Third Annual Third Annual Spend the Day with John Spence on Friday, April 24th. 

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Sponsorship Opportunity

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