Delores Barr Weaver Matching Challenge
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The Florida Ballet is thrilled to be a recipient of a 1:1 Matching Grant from the Delores Barr Weaver Fund. The grant will match funds raised up to $50,000 to support programmatic growth at The Florida Ballet.
The Florida Ballet’s mission is to enrich and inspire the cultural landscape of our community through the education and art of classical ballet. To ensure our quality education and artistry is accessible to all, community performances and outreach programs continue to play a significant role in the exposure to dance to community members regardless of financial or geographical areas.
Thanks to the generosity of Mrs. Weaver, The Delores Barr Weaver Fund will match up to $50,000 given by new donors to The Florida Ballet through December 31, 2018. These funds will help to expand community educational programs such as in-school performances, after-school enrichment classes, artist in resident opportunities, community collaborations, and overall community performance offerings.
“We are truly grateful of the support and opportunity given to our organization from Mrs. Weaver and The Delores Barr Weaver Fund. We hope to introduce The Florida Ballet and its mission to many new donors over the upcoming months. In addition, this grant will help to build awareness of our programs and how they impact over 15,000 community members annually” said Martha Lemire, The Florida Ballet Executive Director.
About the Delores Barr Weaver Fund
Delores Barr Weaver established this Fund at the Community Foundation for Northeast Florida in 2012 to provide grants to nonprofit organizations that do work she has supported over many years and to encourage others to do so as well. Mrs. Weaver has an extraordinary legacy of philanthropy, and she has provided transformative support to dozens of nonprofit organizations that uplift, enlighten, and advance our community. Her establishment of the Delores Barr Weaver Fund ($50 million) in 2012 was the largest gift in The Community Foundation’s history.
About the Community Foundation
The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, Florida’s oldest and largest community foundation, works to stimulate philanthropy to build a better community. The Foundation helps donors invest their philanthropic gifts wisely, helps nonprofits serve the region effectively, and helps people come together to make the community a better place. Now in its 54 th year, the Foundation has assets of more than $385 million and has made nearly $450 million in grants since 1964. For more information: www.jaxcf.org.
About The Florida Ballet
The Florida Ballet is a multi-faceted institution, encompassing a Conservatory Program, a Training Center offering the finest in ballet instruction and performance opportunities, and a superior outreach department that enables thousands of community members the opportunity to experience the art of dance.
In addition to our exceptional training, performances, and outreach programs, we are proud to offer over $60,000 per year in scholarships to families of children that would like to attend our facility and need financial support.