St. Joe Community Foundation

In 2014, the Foundation provided a $5,000 grant to the Air Force Association's Eglin Chapter for Junior Reserve Officer's scholarships at any Walton County High School. From Left to right in the photo is the AFJROTC program director at Walton High School, Lt. Col. Alan Gardner, Cadet Colonel Nick VanEycken received a $2,000 STEM scholarship, Janet Greeno, Executive Director of the Foundation, and Cadet Colonel Allen Lane received a $3,000 general scholarship.

The Foundation recently sponsored a ROTC Drill Meet with a $700.00 donation for awards for the cadets who participated. Pictured with the check are the AFJROTC program director at Walton High School, Lt. Col. Alan Gardner, High School Senior Cadet Colonel Nick VanEycken, Janet Greeno, Executive Director for the Foundation, and High School Senior Cadet Colonel Allen Lane.

A $50,000 grant was funded to AMIkids Panama City Marine Institute to assist with educational programming for the teens that attend this very special school in Bay County. From left to right is Board Member Norm Gulkis, Ron Boyce, Executive Director at AMIkids, Student Michael Wilkerson, Foundation Executive Director Janet Greeno, Students Josh Graf, Alyssa Davidson and Samantha Johnson and Board Member Dr. Richard Bruhn.

The Foundation granted $10,000 to the 2015 Destin Wine Charity Auction Foundation with a stipulation that funding go to the Boys and Girls Club of DeFuniak Springs. Pictured is Janet Greeno, Executive Director of the St. Joe Community Foundation and accepting the grant John Russell, President of the Destin Wine Charity Auction Foundation.

Sinfonia Gulf Coast (SGC) recently received a $25,000 grant for the 2015-2016 season, as they provide a wonderful mix of music education to our area youth. Pictured left to right is Michael Sherwood (SGC Board member), Phyllis Hasty (Link Up Host), Deb Finlayson (SGC Education Committee), Liz Aylor (SGC Education Coordinator), Demetrius Fuller (SGC Music & Artistic Director), Foundation Executive Director Janet Greeno, Kate Kelley (SGC Board Member & Musician), SGC Board Members Jeff Landreth and Jeff Dannelly.

The St. Joe Community Foundation (Foundation) recently granted to Early Learning Coalition of Okaloosa and Walton Counties for $5,000 to assist in covering Walton County parent’s childcare costs, which help parents return to work and be more productive in our society. Pictured accepting the check are Connie Watson, Executive Assistant to the Early Learning Coalition, Past Chair Jill Warren, Chair President Beth Brant, Janet Greeno, Executive Director for the Foundation, and Gloria Mayo, Executive Director of the Early Learning Coalition of Okaloosa and Walton Counties.

The Foundation granted Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) $3,000 to help produce “A Dickens Christmas”. ECTC members Chris Ogle, Scott Galloway, and Nathanael Fisher received the check presented by Foundation members Janet Greeno and Ken Borick.

The Foundation recently granted $10,000 to the Salvation Army’s Domestic Violence Shelter in Panama City. Accepting the funding is from left to right, Floyd Skinner, Salvation Army Board member, Tanya Jones, Regional Development Director, Kimberly Garbett, Executive Director of the Domestic Violence Shelter, Janet Greeno and Major Caleb Prieto, Pastor and Corps Officer.

The Foundation sponsored the Bay County Library Foundation’s 16th Annual BooksAlive 2015 event with a $10,000 donation. Pictured is Bettina Mead, BooksAlive Director, Janet Greeno, and Sandra Pierce, Head of Youth Services for the Bay County Public Library.

Cub Scout Pack 323, Panama City Beach, was excited with funding for their Pinewood Derby timer. Pictured are the cub scouts and their leaders accepting their check.

$5,000 Gold Sponsorship for Relay for Life funded to the American Cancer Society for Bay County presented to Eastside Representative, with Donna Bell, News Director of WJHG, Janet Greeno and Dee Hayhurst, American Cancer Society Sr. Representative

The St. Joe Community Foundation granted $6,000 to the NWFL Guardian ad Litem program for Walton County children in the court appointment program. Pictured are Charles Nelson, Treasurer, Chuck Schuster, Program Director, Janet Greeno, Executive Director and Bill Streitz, President.

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Walton County Sheriff teamed up to sponsor a Zombie Fun Run benefitting Juvenile Diabetes in Walton County. Pictured above is Walton County’s Sheriff Mike Atkinson, Janet Greeno, and Captain Chari Rivers, Walton County Sheriff’s office, receiving a sponsorship check for $2,000.

Bay Audubon Society President Mary Jo Capra and Member Richard Ingram accepting a $3,500 funding for the Audubon’s 2015 Film Series at J. R. Arnold High School

Girl Scout Council members Peggy McLane, Gretchen Erickson, Raslean Allen, Tami Valdez and Irene Field accepting a $20,000 check for upgrades to Girl Scout Camp Kolomoki in DeFuniak Springs

Rutherford High Principal, Coy Pilson, Junior Varsity Girls Basketball Team and Head Coach Janna Mount accepting $4,100 in funding for new uniforms and equipment

Foundation granted $13,500 to Bay County Schools for 4th and 7th graders transportation costs to attend E. O. Wilson Biophilia Center. Pictured is School Board member Jerry Register, Janet Greeno, STJCF, Deputy Superintendent Sandra Davis, and Katie McCurdy, K-12 Science Instructional Specialist.

Granted $10,000 for new robotic software to Breakfast Point Academy at recent Bay County School Board Meeting. Pictured is School Board member Jerry Register, Breakfast Point Principal Keri Weatherly, Janet Greeno, STJCF, and Superintendent Bill Husfelt.

Check Presentation to Children in Crisis to assist Walton County children that are abused or neglected. Pictured are Ken Hair, President and CEO, Janet Greeno, STJCF, and Allie Noah, Development Director.

West DeFuniak Elementary’s (WDE) Assistant Prin. Rodney Free, Janet Greeno, Tammy Cosson, a WDE teacher, and Jamie LaFoilette from Emerald Coast Science Center pose for receiving funds for WDE students Science lessons funded by the Foundation.

Nokuse Plantation Biologist with an adult gopher tortoise being received at Nokuse Plantation, due to a grant funded by the STJCF for $150,000 to bring this keystone species to North Florida to thrive.

Nokuse Plantation Biologist showing how to tell the age of a gopher tortoise. The STJCF granted the Humane Society of the United States, and in conjunction with Florida Fish and Wildlife and Nokuse Plantation, funded $150,000 to bring the tortoises from South and Central Florida to the Nokuse Plantation to thrive.

Klothes for Kids Program, 2014, provides new and gently used school clothes to area children. The Foundation provided a $2,500 grant for their clothes drive. Pictured are the 2014 sponsors from Clear Channel- Krista Barker, Panama City Rescue Mission- Amanda Bawn and Thurman Chambers, Central Credit Union of Florida- Lakiktha Thompson, Jacqueline, News Herald and Janet Greeno – STJCF.

Principal Jeff Infinger and Teacher Leigh Glenn receive funding for the 1st year of a Robotics Academy at Emerald Coast Middle School.

President Mark Douglass and Treasurer Kim Kirby accept STJCF funding to bring live performances of Walton Folklore to area in July by Grit and Grace performers.

STJCF funded $5,000 to Beach Care Services for emergency dental expenses for uninsured beach area

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.

The STJCF granted $4,000 to the Panama City Beach Library Foundation for the purchase of new children and young adults books. The check presentation was coordinated with the Babies and Books program.

STJCF granted the Bay Area Food Bank representative, Leah Weber, $12,500 to provide meals to three area Elementary schools backpack programs 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 6 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 protective 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 received a $10,000 grant in 2013 to continue with a backpack food program for Bay Elementary, Butler Elementary and Emerald Coast Middle School students.

The STJCF granted the E. O. Wilson Biophilia Center $115,000 in support of the Recycling “Talking Trash” program at the center. It is one of the most popular programs and teaches the visiting 4th and 7th graders about recycling in their community.

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 2013 Children’s Summer Program, funded in part by a $2,500 grant from STJCF for children’s summer programs.

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.


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South Walton Artificial Reef Association, Walton County $ 25,000.00 | AMIkids Panama City Marine Institute, Bay County $ 50,000.00 | Girls, Inc., Bay County $ 10,000.00 | Sinfonia Gulf Coast, Walton County $ 25,000.00 | Pyramid, Bay County $ 25,000.00 | Destin Wine Charity Auction Foundation, Walton County $ 10,000.00 | Paxton Dixie Youth Baseball, Inc., Walton County $ 9,275.80 | Rotary Club of Panama City Beach, Bay County $ 1,000.00 | Walton High School AFJROTC, Walton County $ 700.00 | The Matrix Community Outreach Center, Walton County $ 1,000.00 | Special Olympics, Walton County $ 1,000.00 | Rotary Youth Camp of North Florida, Walton and Bay Counties $ 8,500.00 | Rutherford High School, Bay County $ 500.00 | Lynn Haven Rotary Club, Bay County $ 1,000.00 | Breakfast Point Academy, Bay County $ 3,000.00 | South Walton High School, Walton County $ 2,500.00 | Muscular Dystrophy Association, Bay and Walton Counties $ 8,500.00 | Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association, Bay County $ 25,000.00 | Grit & Grace Folk Life Production, Walton County $ 3,000.00 | South Walton Community Council, Walton County $ 1,500.00 | Bay County Library Foundation, Bay County 10,000.00 | Food4Kids, Inc., Bay County 3,000.00 | Walton County School District, Walton County 4,000.00 | Advocates for Children, Bay County 2,000.00 | American Cancer Society, Bay County 5,000.00 | American Cancer Society, Walton County 5,000.00 | Salvation Army, Bay County 10,000.00 | Early Learning Coalition of Okaloosa and Walton County, Walton County 5,000.00 | Bay Education Foundation, Bay County 2,500.00 | University of South Florida Foundation, Walton County 53,750.00 | Haney Education Foundation, Bay County 5,000.00 | Walton High School, Walton County 13,500.00 | Hidle House, Bay County 15,000.00 | Bay County Library Foundation, BooksAlive2015 Premiere Sponsor, $10,000 | Food4Kidz, Food Angel Project in Panama City Beach, $3,000 | Walton County School District, 3rd Graders Soprano Halo Recorders, $4,000 Advocates for Children in Bay County, Guardian ad Litem Program, $2,000 | American Cancer Society, Gold Sponsorship for Relay for Life, Walton County, $5,000 | American Cancer Society, Gold Sponsorship for Relay for Life, Bay County, $5,000 Salvation Army, Domestic Violence Shelter in Panama City, $10,000 | Early Learning Coalition of Walton & Okaloosa Counties, Childcare and School Readiness, $5,000 |Bay County Schools Academic Fairs- Science & Engineering, Math and History, $2,500 | Haney Education Foundation in Bay County, Funding local student scholarships, $5,000 | Walton High School, Language Arts Department equipment, $13,500 | Anchorage Children’s Home for Teens, Hidle House upgrades, $15,000 | Rutherford High Girls Basketball Booster, Bay County: Sponsorship of Girls Basketball team uniforms and equipment $ 4,100.00 | Walton County Sheriff’s Zombie Jail Break, Walton County : Sponsorship of 5K to benefit Juvenile Diabetes 2,000.00 | Girl Scouts Council of the Florida Panhandle, Walton County: Fund improvements at Camp Kolomoki, DeFuniak Springs 20,000.00 | Bay County Audubon Society, Bay County: Sponsor of 2015 film series 3,500.00 | Boys & Girls Club of Emerald Coast, Walton County : Funding exercise equipment for DeFuniak Springs club 15,000.00 | Walton County Athletic League, Walton County : Sponsoring new playground equipment at Harbeson Field 5,000.00 | The Science & Discovery Center, Bay County : Sponsoring “Science After the Bell” for Bay Base students 25,000.00 | Seaside School Half Marathon, Walton County : Sponsor of Half Marathon and 5K run in February, 2015 10,000.00 | Northwest Florida Ballet, Okaloosa County : Funding The Nutcracker Ballet at Mattie Kelly Art Center 10,000.00 | Northwest Florida Guardian ad Litem, Walton County : Funding for the 146 children in Walton for shoes, school supplies, food, school sporting events, and clothes 6,000.00 | Wildlife Foundation of Florida, Walton County : Sponsorship of Walton county youth programs 3,000.00 | Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center, Bay County : Funding their general fund 5,000.00 | Emerald Coast Theatre Company, Walton County : Sponsorship of “A Dickens Christmas” play, December, 2014 3,000.00| Rosemary Beach Foundation, Music in Pictures, Walton County : Sponsorship of Music in Pictures Art Program in 2014/2015 School year for all Walton County students 2,500.00 | Covenant Hospice, Bay Medical, Bay County : Funding of Palliative Care Center and Hospice Inpatient support 2,500.00 | Panama City POPS Orchestra, Bay County, Sponsorship of the 2014/2015 Season and 40th Anniversary of Music of ABBA, $30,000 | Rotary Club Youth Camp of North Florida, sponsored 8 Bay/Walton children to attend camp, $8,500 | Emerald Coast Science Center, sponsored Action Packed Science classes to West DeFuniak Elementary, $13,000 | Children in Crises, Inc., sponsored Sugar Sands Charity Golf Classic, $5,000 | Air Force Association, Eglin Chapter, funding scholarships for Walton ROTC programs, $5,000 | Blue Thunder Band Booster Club, JR Arnold High School, sponsored fence banner , $300 | Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, sponsor at October conference, $1,000 | Breakfast Point Academy, funding of Robotics software for middle school classes, $10,000 | Taylor Haugen Foundation, Savor the Season Sponsorship - $5,000; Florida State University Foundation; College of Applied Studies -$60,000, Sacred Heart Foundation, Emerald Coast and Gulf Coast Hospitals - $300,000; Morale, Welfare and Recreation, Navy Support Activity, Independence Day Celebration- $1,000; Hutchison Beach Elementary, E. O. Wilson Biophilia Center Bus Trip - $1041; Emerald Coast Middle School, Robotics Academy - $8,742; Cub Scout Pack 323, New Pinewood Derby Timer - $390; Grit & Grace, Inc., Walton Folk Life Productions - $3,000; Beach Care Services, Emergency Dental Account - $5,000; Children’s Gulf Coast Advocacy, Sponsorship of Boating and Outdoor Expo - $2,500; American Red Cross, Panhandle Chapter, Women’s Expo - $1,500; Discovery Robotics Innovators, Gulf Coast State College, Robotics Summer Camp - $3,000; Klothes for Kids, Panama City Rescue Mission - $2,500