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Background/History

      In 2011, during the recession, after recognizing unmet needs in the communities of North Lake and Sumter County, a group of volunteers, all affected in some way by loss, decided it was time to do something to facilitate the efforts of people who wanted to make a difference to the many unmet needs in our communities, through charitable contributions.  The vision was a community foundation, because it offered the best tax advantages for the donor and allowed the donor to give how, when and where.  The result was the establishment of Sumter Sunshine Community Foundation, in respect for the common heritage and history of our counties (aka Sunshine Community Foundation)

       Sunshine Community Foundation brightens lives now and forever though funds that support youth, elderly, family, animals and more.  With the mission is to grow philanthropic assets, build capacity for nonprofits, increase the quality of life which strengthens the economy.  The Foundation serves as a pool of charitable funds for our community. Through the long-term investment of capital contributed by individuals, organizations, and businesses, the Foundation makes grants to charitable organizations and programs to enhance the quality of life of the community.

      Contributions to the Foundation and established funds have come from individuals, businesses, and organizations. These funds produce income for grants to support a wide range of charitable activities.  Sunshine Community Foundation is able positively affect these factors by establishing funds to enrich cultural arts, education, scholarships, special needs, veteran services, animal welfare, health and human services, environment, elder care, housing, disaster relief and ministerial work, family support programs, ensuring a better future for our children.   

      The Foundation serves as a pool of charitable funds for our community. Through the long-term investment of capital contributed by individuals, organizations, and businesses, the Foundation makes grants to charitable organizations and programs to enhance the quality of life of the community.   Contributions to the Foundation and established funds have come from individuals, businesses, and organizations. These funds produce income for grants to support a wide range of charitable activities.

 

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