St. Joe Community Foundation

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.

Panama City Beach Library Foundation:
STJCF granted the Panama City Beach Library Foundation $4000 to purchase new books for area children and youth.

STJCF granted the Bay Area Food Bank representative, Leah Weber, $12,500 to provide meals to three area Elementary schools backpack program 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 six 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 football 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 Founder Tiffany Shelton stands in front of food her organization donates weekly to Walton County elementary and middle school children through a backpack program she started.

"Recycling: Talking Trash" Program is one of the most popular educational programs at the E. O. Wilson Biophilia Center in Walton County, where 4th & 7th graders from 7 counties learn about recycling.

STJCF donated $9,200 that was used towards two two-year scholarships from Walton County's Take Stock In Children Program. Take Stock in Children is a not-for-profit program that provides scholarships, mentors, and hope to deserving, low-income youth in Walton County.

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 Children's Summer Reading Program. The St. Joe Community Foundation donated $2,500 towards this program.

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.

Supporting the region's heritage and culture while investing to make it even better is The St. Joe Community Foundation (STJCF) Inc.'s everyday mission. Founded by The St. Joe Company (JOE), a long-time Northwest Florida neighbor, the STJCF is a resource for bringing a variety of community-focused initiatives home to Bay and Walton counties. JOE has had ties to Northest Florida for over 85 years and is committed to preserving and protecting this unique part of Florida we call home.

The STJCF has contributed more than $18 million in grants and pledges to local groups that care about Northwest Florida like we do, making a significant impact to our region. Over time, this legacy of JOE is left to the community with a potential we are only now beginning to appreciate, and which will impact the quality of life in Northwest Florida for generations to come.

We've made a big difference in a short 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 it's contributing to a state-of-the-art hospital, helping to nurture children in the arts, or providing funding to Alzheimer's patients for their transportation needs, the STJCF is working to promote and create new partnerships and alliances that will enrich the lives of all who live in Bay and Walton counties.


View all Recent Contributions
2014 First Quarter Contributions | Walton Middle School, $1,350 | Women’s Civic Club of Panama City Beach, $1,500 | Waller Elementary School, $2,250 | Hiland Park Elementary School, $1,680 | Walton County Education Foundation, Take Stock in Children, $28,800 | Bay Arts Alliance, $5,000 | Choctawatchee Basic Alliance, $20,000 | Coastal Dune Lakes Film Documentary/WUSF, $215,000 |Tyndall Airman Service Days, $3,800 | Walton High School AFJROTC, $750 | Rotary Club of Panama City Beach, $2,500 | Man In The Sea Museum/Institute of Diving, $1,000 | US Air Force/Tyndall Golf Tournament, $5,000 | Sinfonia Gulf Coast, $30,000 | Children’s Volunteer Health Network, $10,000 | Panama City Beach Library Foundation, Inc., $4,000 | The Humane Society of the United States, $150,000