St. Joe Community Foundation

The E. O. Wilson Biophilia Center recently received a $20,000 grant from The St. Joe Community Foundation (Foundation) to assist Bay County students with transportation costs to the Center in the 2015/2016 school year. Pictured receiving the grant, from left to right, is School Board Member Steve Moss, Paul Arthur, President/Director of Nokuse Education, Inc., Janet Greeno, Executive Director of the Foundation, Katie McCurdy, K-12 Science Instructional Specialist and Bay County School Superintendent, William Husfelt.

The Emerald Coast Science Center (ECSC), Fort Walton Beach, was recently awarded a grant of $12,960.00 to help K-5th grade students at West DeFuniak Elementary with their science classes. The ECSC has helped raise student’s science tests scores in the past 2 years. Pictured from left to right is Nichole Clark, Director of Education and teacher at ECSC, Janet Greeno, Executive Director of the Foundation and Diane Fraser, Executive Director at ECSC.

A local Panama City school for adults with developmental disabilities recently received funding for a new passenger van. The St. Joe Community Foundation granted Pyramid, Inc., $25,000 to help purchase the van that will transport students to events, as the school focuses on visual and performing arts. Pictured accepting the check are students that attend Pyramid, Inc., as well as Janet Greeno, Executive Director of The St. Joe Community Foundation and Beverly Nield, who assisted with obtaining the van for Pyramid, Inc.

Safe Connections, with an office located on College Avenue in DeFuniak Springs, is a court resource that provides a safety for children when their families are experiencing instability or other unsafe behaviors. A $10,000 check was recently received by Safe Connections Executive Director, Sharon Rogers, on the right. Presenting the check is Janet Greeno, Executive Director of the The St. Joe Community Foundation. Safe Connections also has offices in Crestview, Shalimar and Fort Walton Beach.

A $15,000 grant was provided by The St. Joe Community Foundation to sponsor the production of “The Nutcracker” by The Northwest Florida Ballet with live music by Sinfonia Gulf Coast at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. The Foundation is a proud supporter of the arts in our communities for the past 15 years. Accepting the check is Northwest Florida Ballet’s Artistic Director Todd Allen with Janet Greeno, Executive Director of Foundation, and the many students that attend The Northwest Florida Ballet. Photo taken by Jennifer Boles Photography.

The American Red Cross Women’s Expo – The Foundation is a proud sponsor of the Expo held in May, 2015, in Panama City, of which our funding helped to support and educate those in our Bay and Walton communities about the safety of having a smoke detector in homes. Pictured are area volunteers.

Walton High School Quarterback Club – The Foundation granted funding for new safety and workout equipment for the Walton High School Football Team, including new EvoShield protective shirts for new team members. Principal Hughes, Coach Stevens, Executive Director Janet Greeno and some of the football team are pictured accepting the Foundation’s check. Go Braves!

South Walton High School’s Robotic Team recently received funding for new robotic equipment to compete in the next area robotic competition. Accepting the check is Teacher Frank Schwandt, Janet Greeno, and Principal Dr. Alexis Tibbetts as well as many robotics team members. Go Team!

The Paxton School Baseball team received funding to assist with training and equipment needs. Pictured is Coach Nate Moore accepting the check with Principal Cindy Neale, Janet Greeno, Ex. Director of the Foundation, Assistant Coach Chris Davenport, Softball Coach Jeff Bradley as well as many excited Bobcat baseball team members.

Run for your life, the Zombie’s are coming! On October 31, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a Zombie Run and the Foundation is a proud community partner in funding this event. Accepting the check at the Sheriff’s Office in the photo are left to right Lori Maddox, Sarah Biernacki, Janet Greeno, Ex. Director of the Foundation, Chari Rivers and Maggie Heelan.

Helping those struggling with hunger is what the Bay Area Food Bank has been doing for Northwest Florida for many years. The St. Joe Community Foundation is partnering with Bay Area Food Bank and granted $12,000 toward 16 mobile food pantries to be distributed to help those needing food in Bay and Walton Counties. Accepting the check is, from left to right, Colleen McMahon, Bay Area Food Bank External Relations Manager, Janet Greeno, Executive Director of the Foundation, and Bay Area Food Bank Board Member Stephen Rhodes.

Candy Nowling, Director of The Matrix Community Center, held a “Jail and Bail” funding drive for the DeFuniak Springs nonprofit in April, 2015 and The St. Joe Community Foundation was happy to provide a $1,000 grant, provided by Janet Greeno, Executive Director of the Foundation. The Matrix Community Center offers area residents assistance with clothing, food, shelter, and other services for those less fortunate in the community.

Summercamp is a fun place to go, full of fun activities and excitement. This year 11 severely disabled youth in Walton and Bay Counties will attend summercamp, operated by the Rotary Youth Camp of North Florida. Working with the DeFuniak Springs Rotary Club, The St. Joe Community Foundation provided a grant of $8,500 to send these 11 youth to the Rotary Youth Camp of North Florida for 1 week this summer. Accepting the grant is Joyce Dove, Rotary Youth Club Camp Director and Rotary member Chuck Lawson.

The Walton High School Language Arts Department received a grant for $13,500 for new mini laptops for students. Accepting the grant at the Walton County School Board meeting is Language Arts Teacher Tracy Nick with Janet Greeno, Executive Director of the Foundation.

ROTC Cadet Nick Van Eycken received a $2,000 Scholarship from Janet Greeno, Executive Director of the Foundation, at the Eglin Air Force Association ceremony. Pictured on either side is Major General Mike Kostelnik, Chairman of the Aerospace Education Foundation, and general speaker CMSgt USAF Retired Roy Taylor. The Foundation granted the Eglin Air Force Education Association with a $5,000 grant to area graduating ROTC cadets.

The Bay County School Board honored area businesses that assisted in funding the Bay County High School’s Academic Fairs in Science, Engineering and Math. The Foundation provided a $2,500 grant. Pictured are the business recipients and Bay County School board members.

In honor of the 2015 graduates at Rutherford High School, The St. Joe Community Foundation funded a $500 grant toward Project Graduation to help keep our graduates safe the evening of their Graduation. Accepting the funding from left to right is Rutherford High Principal Roy Pilson, Janet Greeno, Executive Director of the Foundation, and Beverly Barron, Project Graduation Chair.

The South Walton Community Council (SWCC) produces a trail map for Walton County residents and visitors, and the Foundation is a proud sponsor of this organization. The Foundation granted $1,500 as a sponsor, and accepting the check is from left to right, SWCC President Kelley Mossburg, SWCC members Matthew Jones, Emily Gibson, Janet Greeno, Executive Director of the Foundation, Alan Ficarra, Mark Flynn and Leigh Moore.

Relay for Life is a volunteer organization dedicated to raising funds to help fight cancer. The St. Joe Community Foundation provided a $5,000 sponsorship this year to the American Cancer Society’s annual North of the Bay event held at Freeport High School, Freeport, Florida. Pictured is Janet Greeno, Executive Director of the Foundation, with Michelle Wright and a Relay for Life volunteer.

The Destin Wine Charity Auction Foundation has a yearly auction to raise funding for area nonprofits. Pictured is Janet Greeno, Executive Director of the St. Joe Community Foundation, with John Russell, Destin Wine Charity Auction Foundation President, accepting the $10,000 donation.

Poetry can be happy or sad, lift your spirits, or inform others how you feel. The Jinks Middle School Literacy Coach, Tracey Sirmans, is pictured with Janet Greeno, Executive Director of the Foundation, and Britt Smith, Principal of Jinks Middle School, accepting a grant for $300 toward the school’s yearly “Night of H.O.P.E”, highlighting the student’s poetry accomplishments.

Girls, Inc., is a nonprofit organization that inspires young girls to be strong, smart and bold. The St. Joe Community Foundation recently assisted in funding a remodeled multi-purpose room at the Girls, Inc. building with a grant of $10,000. Pictured is Executive Director Niki Kelly accepting the grant with Janet Greeno, Executive Director of the Foundation, at the celebration of the upgraded multi-purpose room.

Lynn Haven Rotary recently held their 9th Annual Golf Tournament benefitting the St. Andrew Bay Center, a local nonprofit agency that assists adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. The Foundation provided a $1,000 grant and pictured are some of the St. Andrew Bay Center’s students, board members, employees and golf participants accepting the check.

Artificial reefs are an important component in our oceans that assist in producing and enhancing the marine environment. The St. Joe Community Foundation is proud to be a partner with Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association (MBARA) and funded $25,000 toward their newest reefs off Mexico Beach. Pictured from left to right is Janet Greeno, Executive Director of the Foundation, Bob Cox, President of the MBARA and his wife Carol Cox.

In 2014, the Foundation provided a $5,000 grant to the Air Force Association's Eglin Chapter for Junior Reserve Officer's scholarships at any Walton County High School. From Left to right in the photo is the AFJROTC program director at Walton High School, Lt. Col. Alan Gardner, Cadet Colonel Nick VanEycken received a $2,000 STEM scholarship, Janet Greeno, Executive Director of the Foundation, and Cadet Colonel Allen Lane received a $3,000 general scholarship.

The Foundation recently sponsored a ROTC Drill Meet with a $700.00 donation for awards for the cadets who participated. Pictured with the check are the AFJROTC program director at Walton High School, Lt. Col. Alan Gardner, High School Senior Cadet Colonel Nick VanEycken, Janet Greeno, Executive Director for the Foundation, and High School Senior Cadet Colonel Allen Lane.

A $50,000 grant was funded to AMIkids Panama City Marine Institute to assist with educational programming for the teens that attend this very special school in Bay County. From left to right is Board Member Norm Gulkis, Ron Boyce, Executive Director at AMIkids, Student Michael Wilkerson, Foundation Executive Director Janet Greeno, Students Josh Graf, Alyssa Davidson and Samantha Johnson and Board Member Dr. Richard Bruhn.

Sinfonia Gulf Coast (SGC) recently received a $25,000 grant for the 2015-2016 season, as they provide a wonderful mix of music education to our area youth. Pictured left to right is Michael Sherwood (SGC Board member), Phyllis Hasty (Link Up Host), Deb Finlayson (SGC Education Committee), Liz Aylor (SGC Education Coordinator), Demetrius Fuller (SGC Music & Artistic Director), Foundation Executive Director Janet Greeno, Kate Kelley (SGC Board Member & Musician), SGC Board Members Jeff Landreth and Jeff Dannelly.

The St. Joe Community Foundation (Foundation) recently granted to Early Learning Coalition of Okaloosa and Walton Counties for $5,000 to assist in covering Walton County parent’s childcare costs, which help parents return to work and be more productive in our society. Pictured accepting the check are Connie Watson, Executive Assistant to the Early Learning Coalition, Past Chair Jill Warren, Chair President Beth Brant, Janet Greeno, Executive Director for the Foundation, and Gloria Mayo, Executive Director of the Early Learning Coalition of Okaloosa and Walton Counties.

The Foundation granted Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) $3,000 to help produce “A Dickens Christmas”. ECTC members Chris Ogle, Scott Galloway, and Nathanael Fisher received the check presented by Foundation members Janet Greeno and Ken Borick.

The Foundation recently granted $10,000 to the Salvation Army’s Domestic Violence Shelter in Panama City. Accepting the funding is from left to right, Floyd Skinner, Salvation Army Board member, Tanya Jones, Regional Development Director, Kimberly Garbett, Executive Director of the Domestic Violence Shelter, Janet Greeno and Major Caleb Prieto, Pastor and Corps Officer.

The Foundation sponsored the Bay County Library Foundation’s 16th Annual BooksAlive 2015 event with a $10,000 donation. Pictured is Bettina Mead, BooksAlive Director, Janet Greeno, and Sandra Pierce, Head of Youth Services for the Bay County Public Library.

Cub Scout Pack 323, Panama City Beach, was excited with funding for their Pinewood Derby timer. Pictured are the cub scouts and their leaders accepting their check.

$5,000 Gold Sponsorship for Relay for Life funded to the American Cancer Society for Bay County presented to Eastside Representative, with Donna Bell, News Director of WJHG, Janet Greeno and Dee Hayhurst, American Cancer Society Sr. Representative

The St. Joe Community Foundation granted $6,000 to the NWFL Guardian ad Litem program for Walton County children in the court appointment program. Pictured are Charles Nelson, Treasurer, Chuck Schuster, Program Director, Janet Greeno, Executive Director and Bill Streitz, President.

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Walton County Sheriff teamed up to sponsor a Zombie Fun Run benefitting Juvenile Diabetes in Walton County. Pictured above is Walton County’s Sheriff Mike Atkinson, Janet Greeno, and Captain Chari Rivers, Walton County Sheriff’s office, receiving a sponsorship check for $2,000.

Bay Audubon Society President Mary Jo Capra and Member Richard Ingram accepting a $3,500 funding for the Audubon’s 2015 Film Series at J. R. Arnold High School

Girl Scout Council members Peggy McLane, Gretchen Erickson, Raslean Allen, Tami Valdez and Irene Field accepting a $20,000 check for upgrades to Girl Scout Camp Kolomoki in DeFuniak Springs

Rutherford High Principal, Coy Pilson, Junior Varsity Girls Basketball Team and Head Coach Janna Mount accepting $4,100 in funding for new uniforms and equipment

Foundation granted $13,500 to Bay County Schools for 4th and 7th graders transportation costs to attend E. O. Wilson Biophilia Center. Pictured is School Board member Jerry Register, Janet Greeno, STJCF, Deputy Superintendent Sandra Davis, and Katie McCurdy, K-12 Science Instructional Specialist.

Granted $10,000 for new robotic software to Breakfast Point Academy at recent Bay County School Board Meeting. Pictured is School Board member Jerry Register, Breakfast Point Principal Keri Weatherly, Janet Greeno, STJCF, and Superintendent Bill Husfelt.

Check Presentation to Children in Crisis to assist Walton County children that are abused or neglected. Pictured are Ken Hair, President and CEO, Janet Greeno, STJCF, and Allie Noah, Development Director.

West DeFuniak Elementary’s (WDE) Assistant Prin. Rodney Free, Janet Greeno, Tammy Cosson, a WDE teacher, and Jamie LaFoilette from Emerald Coast Science Center pose for receiving funds for WDE students Science lessons funded by the Foundation.

Nokuse Plantation Biologist with an adult gopher tortoise being received at Nokuse Plantation, due to a grant funded by the STJCF for $150,000 to bring this keystone species to North Florida to thrive.

Nokuse Plantation Biologist showing how to tell the age of a gopher tortoise. The STJCF granted the Humane Society of the United States, and in conjunction with Florida Fish and Wildlife and Nokuse Plantation, funded $150,000 to bring the tortoises from South and Central Florida to the Nokuse Plantation to thrive.

Klothes for Kids Program, 2014, provides new and gently used school clothes to area children. The Foundation provided a $2,500 grant for their clothes drive. Pictured are the 2014 sponsors from Clear Channel- Krista Barker, Panama City Rescue Mission- Amanda Bawn and Thurman Chambers, Central Credit Union of Florida- Lakiktha Thompson, Jacqueline, News Herald and Janet Greeno – STJCF.

Principal Jeff Infinger and Teacher Leigh Glenn receive funding for the 1st year of a Robotics Academy at Emerald Coast Middle School.

President Mark Douglass and Treasurer Kim Kirby accept STJCF funding to bring live performances of Walton Folklore to area in July by Grit and Grace performers.

STJCF funded $5,000 to Beach Care Services for emergency dental expenses for uninsured beach area

A 5th grade student from Hutchison Beach Elementary School enjoys her experience in Washington, D.C. STJCF sponsored an essay contest for the school and the winners were awarded with a free trip to Washington, D.C.

The STJCF granted $4,000 to the Panama City Beach Library Foundation for the purchase of new children and young adults books. The check presentation was coordinated with the Babies and Books program.

STJCF granted the Bay Area Food Bank representative, Leah Weber, $12,500 to provide meals to three area Elementary schools backpack programs for hungry children. Waller Elementary, Mossy Head Elementary and Southport Elementary children will benefit from this donation for the next year.

Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance of Northwest Florida Marine Scientist, Alison McDowell, receives $20,000 from STJCF to teach hands-on educational classes to Walton County 6th graders on the Coastal Dune Lake Water Monitoring Program.

STJCF granted funding to four non-profits as part of Tyndall Air Force Base's Service Days. The air men are painting the interior of the Panama City Boys and Girls Club on their service day afternoon.

As part of Tyndall Air Force Base's Community Service Days, funds donated from the St. Joe Community Foundation were used towards the construction of a community garden in Mexico Beach.

STJCF donated $28,800 towards Walton County Education Foundation’s Take Stock in Children Program. The donation will assist 6 Walton County students with a 2-year College scholarship.

STJCF received very thoughtful Thank You cards from 3rd grade students at Mossy Creek Elementary. STJCF purchased 700 peripole recorders for 3rd graders in Six Walton County elementary schools. In conjunction with the Sinfonia of the Gulf Coast, the peripoles will allow these students to perform a concert with New York City’s Carnege Hall Symphony Orchestra in May. Thank you Mossy Creek Elementary Third Graders for these nice cards!

A $10,000 donation from STJCF to Sinfonia Gulf Coast contributed to the funding of live orchestra performances for students of Bay and Walton Counties.

The St. Joe Community Foundation donated $5,000 to the South Walton Youth Football League for the purchase of new protective helmets.

The St. Joe Community Foundation donated $5,000 to the Anchorage Children’s Home of Bay County. The grant was used towards beds and linens at the Sibling Foster Group Home in Panama City Beach.

Early Learning Coalition of Okaloosa and Walton Counties used a $5,000 grant from STJCF toward subsidized childcare for economically challenged working parents in Walton County.

The St. Joe Community Foundation provided a $25,000 grant to The Academy of Science and Discovery Center of Northwest Florida. A Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)-based preschool, the grant allowed the preschool to double in size, growing from serving 22 students to 54 students.

The St. Joe Community Foundation sponsored the Walton County Area Chamber of Commerce Breakfast on Education in August, 2013.

The STJCF donated $5,000 to the Gulf Coast Advocacy Center to assist abused and neglected children in Bay County. Proceeds of the donation were used to purchase over 40 Halloween costumes for children they serve.

Members of the South Walton Youth Football Program show off new football helmets that a $5,000 STJCF contribution to the Taylor Haugen Foundation was used towards.

STJCF donated $2,500 to the Rotary Club of Panama City Beach to be a sponsor at the group’s Grills Gone Wild event. Grills Gone Wild is the Rotary Club’s signature fundraiser that raises funds for local charitable organizations in Bay County.

STJCF has funded over 21 scholarships in the Take Stock in Children program for Bay County students. Take Stock In Children offers students college scholarships, caring volunteer mentors and hope for a better life.

Thanks to the STJCF's $5,000 donation to the Taylor Haugen Foundation, Emerald Coast Middle and South Walton High School students received rib protecting gear for their football uniforms.

Food for Thought received a $10,000 grant in 2013 to continue with a backpack food program for Bay Elementary, Butler Elementary and Emerald Coast Middle School students.

The STJCF granted the E. O. Wilson Biophilia Center $115,000 in support of the Recycling “Talking Trash” program at the center. It is one of the most popular programs and teaches the visiting 4th and 7th graders about recycling in their community.

The STJCF awarded a $2,500 grant to the Panama City Beach Library Foundation in support of the 2013 Reading and Art Programs for Children and their families.

A representative from Zoo World displays a hedgehog as part of the Panama City Beach Library’s 2013 Children’s Summer Program, funded in part by a $2,500 grant from STJCF for children’s summer programs.

STJCF presented a $300,000 donation to the Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf to assist in the hospital's mission to provide compassionate, high-quality healthcare to the people of Gulf and Franklin Counties. To date, STJCF has donated more than $3.8 million to Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf.

Nurture children. Protect the environment. Build healthier communities. Preserve our quality of life.

At The St. Joe Community Foundation, Inc. (Foundation) we consider our grants to area nonprofits as investments, not charity or obligations. Supporting the region’s heritage and culture, while investing in education, healthcare, cultural arts and the environment, helps to make Northwest Florida even better, and is the Foundation’s everyday mission.

Founded by The St. Joe Company (JOE), a long-time Northwest Florida neighbor, the Foundation is a resource for bringing a variety of community-focused initiatives home to Bay and Walton Counties. The Foundation is committed to preserving and protecting this unique part of Florida we call home.

The Foundation has contributed more than $18 Million in grants and pledges to local nonprofits that care about Northwest Florida like we do. Over time, these Foundation grants will continue to impact the quality of life in Northwest Florida for generations to come.

We have made a big difference in a short amount of time. Our grants attest to our commitment to expand educational opportunities, improve healthcare, to conserve natural and historic places and to increase cultural arts offerings. Whether its contributing to an educational scholarship fund, supporting the area artificial reefs for increased marine life, funding a 211 Information and Referral line or donating new library books, the Foundation is working to promote and create new partnerships and alliances that will enrich the lives of all who live and work in Bay and Walton Counties.

We invite you to explore the Foundation website and view our recent contributions, meet our Board of Trustees, and find out more about the Foundation, its mission, and how the Foundation may help you.

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Barbara Bush Literacy for Family Literacy, Walton County, $20,000.00 | Cancer Freeze, Walton County, $4,000.00 | Floriopolis, Bay County, $7,500.00 | Gulf Coast State College Foundation, Bay County, $5,000.00 | Bay County Public Library Foundation, Bay County, $10,000.00 | Acton Up with Downs, Bay County, $1,000.00 | West DeFuniak Elementary, Walton County, $8,000.00 | Emerald Coast Middle School, Walton County, $10,000.00 | Walton County School District, Walton County, $4,200.00 | Holy Nativity Episcopal School, Bay County, $60,000.00 | Seacoast Collegiate High School, Walton County, $10,000.00 | Rosemary Beach Foundation, Walton County, $2,500.00 | Bay County Audubon Society, Bay County, $3,476.50 Seaside Neighborhood School, Walton County, $10,000.00 | Bay Education Foundation, Bay County, $2,500.00 | Paxton School Baseball Team, Walton County, $10,000.00 | Walton County Sheriff’s Office, Walton County, $3,000.00 | Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center, Walton County, $23,439.00 | Air Force Association, Eglin Chapter Education Foundation, Walton County, $7,500.00 | Walton County Sheriff’s Office Zombie Run, Walton County, $5,000.00 | Northwest Florida Ballet, Walton County, $15,000.00 | Safe Connections, Walton County, $10,000.00 | The Matrix Community Outreach Center, Walton County, $3,000.00 | Panama City Rescue Mission, Bay County, $10,000.00 | Emerald Coast Science Center, Walton County, $12,960.00 | Walton County Education Foundation, Walton County, $7,500.00 | E. O. Wilson Biophilia Center, Walton County, $20,000.00 | Walton Quarterback Club, Walton County, $10,000.00 | Bay County School District, Bay County, $20,271.40 The Martin Theatre, Bay County, $3,000.00 | Bozeman Baseball Booster Club, Bay County, $3,000.00 | Florida State University Foundation, Bay County, $60,000.00 | Sacred Heart Hospital Foundation, Walton County, $300,000.00 | C.O.P.E Center, Walton County, $15,000.00 | J. R. Arnold High School, Bay County, $10,000.00 | Bay Area Food Bank, Bay and Walton Counties, $12,000.00 | Taylor Haugen Foundation, Walton County, $5,000.00 | Historic St. Andrew Church, Bay County, $3,800.00 | Healthy Start Coalition, Bay County, $2,000.00 | Junior Achievement of Northwest Florida, Bay County, $3,500.00 | American Red Cross, Bay County, $2,500.00 |