Long time St. Lucie County residents, Bruce and Bridget Abernethy, like to keep their charitable contributions local. The donations they make through their Donor Advised Fund at The Community Foundation center on children, families, and those who struggle with obtaining basic needs. They support mainly social service charities that serve St. Lucie County’s neediest, including Healthy Start of St. Lucie County, Mustard Seed Ministries, PACE Center for Girls, and St. Lucie Habitat for Humanity. They are also dedicated members and supporters of the Rotary Club of Fort Pierce.
Tom Lytle believes there are three seasons of life: learning, earning and returning. The Lytle’s had little to go on when they started to look at non-profits they might support. Through a friend, they learned The Community Foundation could provide valuable information and guidance. “They knew where the money could do the most good, so that we could give with confidence,” Tom said. The Thomas & Barbara Lytle Family Fund at The Community Foundation supports organizations focused on the causes and issues that are important to the Lytles, like veterans services and the provision of basic human needs.
Judie & Gary Price
The Prices established the ERIC Fund to honor the life of their beloved son and to support the causes of social justice he backed in his lifetime. The fund name stands for what Eric believed philanthropy could do: Elevate Residents in Crisis. The Prices wanted the fund to reflect his genuine connection with people from every walk of life. Contributions made to social service non-profits will honor Eric’s memory and his legacy. This Fund was created to welcome donors that desire to amplify their giving by pooling their charitable gifts to support organizations that provide basic needs services.
Theora (Bunny) Webb
“It is the Innovative and eclectic projects that capture my interest,” said Bunny Webb. “Contributions I make through my Donor Advised Fund at The Community Foundation center on health, education, community welfare, and arts and culture,” she added. Among Bunny’s top charities are Cleveland Clinic Martin Health where she serves on three governing boards, the Episcopal Church of the Nativity in Port St. Lucie, PACE Center for Girls, and Kids Connected by Design whose aim is to reduce the health disparities among minority babies.
As CEO of Premier Realty, the company started by her grandfather, Jessica Bohner wanted to create a large-scale corporate giving program. Working with The Community Foundation, she instituted the Premier Realty Group Charitable Giving Fund which has supported more than 35 local charities since its inception. Just a few of the charities supported are Equine Rescue, House of hope, Project LIFT, Tykes & Teens, and The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast.
Gayle & Peter Grimm
The Grimms started and seeded the Forever Fund for the Common Good because they understand that communities are dynamic and always changing. They know that no one can predict what the precise needs will be in a few years, much less fifty years from now. The Forever Charitable Giving Fund is open to other individuals, families and interested contributors that want to strategically invest charitable dollars that will be available to address future needs.
Robin & Andrew Hunt
The Hunts are actively engaged in many of the charities they support. They do their homework and look for not for profit organizations that demonstrate real impact and have a proven track record. From the start, the Hunts’ Donor Advised Fund has focused primarily on non-profits that benefit youth and show results. One of the many charities they support is the First Tee of the Treasure Coast.
Larry is leading the charge to revitalize the Lincoln Park community in Fort Pierce, where he grew up. He is committed to making sure that local children have every opportunity to thrive and succeed in both school and life. He established a Charitable Giving Fund that is open to individuals, families, and other interested contributors that want to join him in supporting Restoring the Village projects.
To learn more about the types of charitable giving funds available through The Community Foundation that can assist with Giving While Living and beyond, please contact Elizabeth Barbella, President & CEO at 772.288.3795.