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May 2, 2016 | Press Releases

#EdythBushGoodWorks

In November 2015, the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation received the Outstanding Foundation Award from both the local and International Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). To celebrate, the Foundation launched its GoodWorks initiative, highlighting the “Good Works” of the Central Florida nonprofit sector, its leaders and volunteers. The initiative runs from November 2015 – October 2016. April marked the midway point – the ideal occasion for an update on #EdythBushGoodWorks.

Components of the initiative include featuring #EdythBushGoodWorks on social media and the web, providing grants to further the efforts of nonprofit organizations and sponsoring unique educational programming for the business and nonprofit communities.

Regular “GoodWorks Spotlights” feature the achievements of the Foundation’s grantees through posts on social media. Whether highlighting an event, introducing a new organization to the community or recognizing achievement, non-profit organizations benefit from exposure to the Foundation’s social media audience.

Monthly surprise GoodWorks Grants have become highly anticipated in the non-profit sector. The GoodWorks “Prize Patrol” has bestowed six grants to unsuspecting non-profit organizations since the program’s inception. These $5,000 gifts have benefitted Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens, Winter Park Day Nursery, Every Kid Outreach, Christian HELP, Canine Companions for Independence and the Central Florida Zoo to date. While the element of surprise is tougher to achieve as the program progresses, the recipients are no less thrilled with the unexpected funds. The “Prize Patrol” has afforded Foundation staff an additional opportunity to engage with its grantees, put much-needed funds into the non-profit sector and has fostered the desire to do “Good Works” throughout the community. The topical social media posts featuring GoodWorks Spotlights and the GoodWorks “Prize Patrol” have garnered more than 20,000 impressions on Facebook alone.

Programming is a significant part of the GoodWorks initiative. Events for the private and public sectors have helped to promote the Foundation’s mission and have benefitted the non-profit sector as a whole. In January, Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation sponsored the Florida launch of Carl Zinsmeister’s Almanac of American Philanthropy. The author made a presentation to the non-profit community in addition to a separate event for funders. The Foundation partnered with the Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership to host an evening of discussion about the importance of private funders to the non-profit community and how they directly impact the quality of life in Central Florida.

The Foundation also sponsored the two part series entitled “Ideas for Good”. This “think tank”  event first brought together Board Chairs from Central Florida’s non-profit community to discuss challenges facing the sector. The next night we hosted the Executive Directors from local nonprofit organization to discuss their current needs, short term wants, and future hopes for the sector.   This truly innovative program was led by Flight of Ideas founder Bob Kodzis and hosted at Workscapes, Inc. The Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership partnered with the Foundation to sponsor the event.

As the GoodWorks initiative reaches its mid-way point, The Foundation continues to recognize non-profit organizations and community leaders that are doing “Good Works.” Be on the lookout for the “Prize Patrol” and if you see someone doing “Good Works,” tell us about it, using the hash tag #EdythBushGoodWorks.

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