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Welcome Tax Reform and Donor Advised Funds

While Tax Reform will create new challenges for charities and donors in the year ahead, all indications are it will make already popular DAFs an even more attractive option in 2018. Click here to check out The New York Times article calling DAFs “an ideal solution” to some of these new challenges.

Welcome ORCF Hurricane Related Grant Application Update

In response to Hurricane Irma we are currently accepting applications for our Florida Keys Hurricane Response Fund, which is open to Monroe County charities outside Ocean Reef’s gates. We are no longer accepting applications for the Community Relief Fund.
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Welcome 2017 ORCF Community Grants

Ocean Reef Community Foundation’s Community Grants Program marked the 10th Anniversary of the All Charities Weekend by awarding more than $1 million to charities outside the gate for the first time this year. Thanks to the Ocean Reef community’s generous participation, that’s five times the amount the program was able to grant off the Reef the year before the first All Charities event consolidated fundraising for Ocean Reef charities.

The Community Grants Program funds dozens of worthy charities in the areas of Education, Youth, Health & Family Services and Community at Ocean Reef and in Homestead, Florida City and the Upper Keys each spring.  Including 2017 grants, the program will have awarded more than $6.1 million since the All Charities collaboration began in 2008.  

The All Charities effort is administered by the Foundation and will also provide more than $3 million to Ocean Reef’s vital Medical and Cultural Centers, Academy, Art League, Conservation Association and ORCAT this season. The Foundation’s entire share of 2017 All Charities Auction proceeds will be distributed (combined with additional donations to the Community Grants Fund) as follows:

Grants to Homestead, Florida City and Upper Keys Charitable Projects

A Chance for Therapy (ACT4Me)- Therapy for children with neurological disorders - $18,500

Arc of South Florida

   • Van to transport special needs children – $30,000

   • Equipment for empty playground at new site - $10,000


Arsht Center for the Performing Arts -“Learning through the Arts” curriculum and live performance field trip for 5th graders in Homestead and Florida City Title I schools - $10,000

Autism Society of the Keys - iPads and software for autistic Upper Keys youth -$10,000

Branches Florida City - “Grow & Climb” teen leadership development and employment mentoring program-$25,000

Burton Memorial Methodist Church Food Pantry - Refrigerated truck usage to enable pick up of perishable donations from local grocery stores -$6,000

Camillus House - CHEER educational initiative to assist homeless children in attending school and catching up with peers-$10,000

Carrfour Supportive Housing - Academic Excellence & Youth Leadership program for formerly homeless children and teens -$17,500

Chapman Partnership - Services and educational activities for children from families transitioning from homelessness-$10,000

City Year - To expand services to Homestead’s Laura C. Saunders Elementary School and establish a complete elementary thru high school program for at risk kids the Homestead area-$30,000

Common Threads - Hands on nutrition and cooking education program at West Homestead Elementary School -$9,000

Communities in Schools Miami - "Bridges to Graduation & Beyond" drop-out prevention program at Homestead Senior High School-$20,000

Domestic Abuse Shelter - Keys prevention effort including a Teen Women’s and Men’s programs for youth from both areas-$10,000

Early Learning Coalition - Early Childhood Education Conference for Monroe County childcare providers-$7,000

Everglades Foundation - Education and outreach to increase understanding of the importance of the Florida Bay Initiative in the Keys and bolster support for the effort to combat the sea grass die off in the Florida Bay-$10,000

Faith Church of the Redlands - Rubber mulch for playground at special needs school-$5,000

Feeding South Florida

  • Food allocation for Burton Food Pantry -$6,000
  • Food allocation for Homestead Food Pantry -$15,000
  • Food allocation for St. Justin Martyr Food Pantry - $10,000
  • Summer “Backpack” weekend meals for YMCA summer campers attending with financial aid- $2,500
  • Year-round “Backpack” weekend meals for preschool children receiving subsidized child care in the Upper Keys-$25,000

Florida Impact - Expansion of Summer Breakspot Mobile Unit program providing meals and enrichment activities in Homestead-$4,150

Florida Keys Children’s Shelter - For the Essential Care Fund, which provides for emergency needs for shelter residents-$29,000

Florida Keys Foster Adoptive Parents Association - Unfunded needs for children in Foster Care in the Upper Keys-$12,000

Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition

   • Upper Keys Child Safety Equipment & Education program-$10,500

   • Expansion of Tot Time and Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders programs to Key Largo-$7,070

Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center - Toward the K-12 education and field trip program with local schools-$2,500

Good Health Clinic - Towards cost of implementing an Electronic Health Record System-$8,119

Good Hope Equestrian Training Center -“Endless Strides” 10 week therapy program for about two dozen people with disabilities-$10,000

Greater Miami Youth for Christ - Expansion of the Teen Indigenous Leaders development and employment mentoring program at Homestead sites-$30,000

Greater Miami Youth Symphony- Expansion of music lessons program into three schools in Homestead/Florida City - $8,000

Habitat for Humanity of the Upper Keys-Additional affordable home in the Mandalay project on county-donated land-$25,000 (MATCH REQUIRED)

Hospice VNA of the Florida Keys - Towards establishment of a comprehensive Palliative Care Program needed to serve 50-60 patients annually in the Upper Keys-$30,000

Jacobs Aquatic Center - Next phase of shade structure and umbrella replacement-$20,000

Johns Hopkins University (Secondary School Talent Development)- Health Career support programs for at risk kids at Homestead Senior High School-$15,000

Key Largo School

  • Summer Recreation program for up to 250 pre-K through 5th grade students - $36,000
  • AVID college readiness program college trips and teacher training-$12,836
  • Art supplies and tools for the elementary art program-$2,700
  • Transportation for the 5th grade class to participate in the Arsht Center “Learning Through the Arts” performance-$1,000

Le Jardin Community Center-Shade structure for childcare center amphitheater project-$15,000

Mexican-American Council - College & Career Readiness program including mentoring for high school juniors and college transition and enrollment assistance for seniors from families of farm workers at Homestead high schools-$21,000

Motivational Edge - Expansion of Therapeutic Arts Program to two residential treatment facilities for male juvenile offenders in Florida City-$15,000

MUJER -“Breaking the Secret Workshops” w/ University of Miami and follow up therapy for 40+ abused children-$37,500

Paramount Dance – Partial scholarships for dance instruction for children from low-income families in Homestead-$5,400

Project PetSnip – Estimated 150 spay/neuter surgeries for cats and dogs through feral cat and co-pay programs for low-income families and shelters -$12,500

ProjectArt – Expansion of ProjectArt Miami’s youth art education program to the Homestead Public Library -$15,000

Redlands Christian Migrant Association-Playground shade structures at two childcare centers-$20,000

St. Justin Martyr Preschool

   • 20 LeapPad3 preschool tablets w/ educational software-$2,000
   • Playground equipment and resurfacing-$15,000

South Florida Science Center & Aquarium - Science Passport educational program

for at-risk Title 1 elementary school students in both areas-$25,000

Star of the Sea Outreach Mission - Equipment to increase capacity and rice & beans and Farm Share produce programs-$20,000    

Start Off Smart

   •  Implementation of the national PAL Youth Directors Program in the Homestead Police Department’s Police Athletic League -$14,500

   •  Community Policing Youth Group Initiative to coordinate programs including six bimonthly annual community events with organizations serving youth to increase and encourage positive interaction, communication and collaboration between youth and law enforcement in Homestead-$17,146

   •  Two Police Academy Scholarships for local youth who commit to serving in Homestead- $15,000

Take Stock in Children - College scholarships (matched by the Florida Pre-Paid College Foundation) for Upper Keys mentor program students-$60,000

Touching Miami with Love (Homestead Site)-Summer internship and employment skills mentoring program for teens from low-income families-$15,000

United Way of the Florida Keys-Childcare expense assistance for working poor in the Upper Keys-$23,100 (MATCH REQUIRED)


YMCA of South Florida

  • Homestead Summer Learning Loss Prevention Camp scholarships-$30,000
  • Homestead After-school Program scholarships-$15,000
  • Key Largo After-school Program scholarships-$22,814
  • Key Largo Teen Development Program-$25,000

Total to Homestead, Florida City and Upper Keys Charities- $1,001,035          


Grants to Ocean Reef-based Charities

Ocean Reef Chapel Foundation - Landscaping-$10,000

Ocean Reef Volunteer Fire Department - Towards a trauma response vehicle-$15,000

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 13-4 - Maintenance of Flotilla boat-$12,000

Total to Ocean Reef-based Charities $37,000


Total On & Off Reef Grants- $1,038,335

The Ocean Reef community is invited to take part in the Community Grants effort by joining the Grants Committee on Charity Tours to investigate application projects and monitor previous grant projects.  Feedback from tour participants is a vital part of the decision making process and members are encouraged direct favorite local charities to the Foundation for application information.

To learn more about co-investment opportunities to complement partial grants and donation matching opportunities, please call 305-367-4707 or email foundation@oceanreef.com.


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Check out the 2017
All Charities Effort Report!


School Shooting Casts Shadow on Charity Tour March 2, 2018 Ocean Reef Press

Off Reef Volunteer Projects Offered February 23, 2018 Ocean Reef Press

2018 All Charities Weekend is Off the Charts! February 16, 2018 Ocean Reef Press

All Charities vs. the Hurricane? February 8, 2018 Ocean Reef Press

The Valentine's Gift that Literally Keeps Giving February 2, 2018 Ocean Reef Press

Florida Keys Hurricane Response Fund Update January 26, 2018 Ocean Reef Press

Community Relief Fund Report January 19, 2018 Ocean Reef Press

Keys Charity Tour Not Business as Usual January 12, 2018 Ocean Reef Press

Act (Right) Now to Take Advantage of 2017 Charitable Deductions December 29, 2017 Ocean Reef Press

Foundation Donation Creates Hank and Corinne Greenberg Park December 22, 2017 Ocean Reef Press

Foundation In Action December 15, 2017 Ocean Reef Press

Think Outside the Big Box on Behalf of All Charities December 15, 2017 Ocean Reef Press

Marathon & Middle Keys Irma Recovery Update December 8, 2017 Ocean Reef Press

Commercial Fishing Crucial to Keys Economy December 1, 2017 Ocean Reef Press

Neighbors Helping Neighbors November 24, 2017 Ocean Reef Press

Grateful for Teamwork, Support and Rebuilding November 17, 2017 Ocean Reef Press

Fishing Guides Navigate Irma's Wake November 17, 2017 Ocean Reef Press

Irma, The Blessing November 10, 2017 Ocean Reef Press

Beyond the Gates 'Beyond Grateful' November 3, 2017 Ocean Reef Press

Hurricane Aftermath and Generosity Both Overwhelming October 27, 2017 Ocean Reef Press

ORCF Offers Half Million Dollar Donation Match October 6, 2017 Ocean Reef Press


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