Be Part Of The Process

Site Review Team

Although you may not be planning that far ahead, please give some thought to contributing a small amount of your time and talents by joining one of the John’s Island Foundation’s Site Review teams next year. In January, each team usually visits three charitable agencies in Indian River County who have requested a Foundation grant to meet their capital needs. This year we have scheduled team visits to twenty-eight of these agencies. The purpose of each visit is to evaluate the request and to report to the Foundation Board how much of the grant, if any, should be given. As a team member, you met the principals of the charity and see first-hand what they do and who benefits from their work. It only takes a couple of hours for each visit and past site team members have found the experience to be enlightening and rewarding. The John’s Island Foundation provides only for capital needs of charitable agencies in Indian River County and compliments the work of the John’s Island Community Service League and United Way who provide funding for operations. If you would like to join a site review team please please visit the contact page.

Transforming Learning for Students at the wabasso school

This month we are reviewing requests from 27 non-profit organizations in Indian River County, totaling more than $850,00 to fund their various capital projects. Since we don’t have the funds to support all these requests, we will need to make some difficult choices. A final determination on funding decisions will be announced by the Board at the end of March.

Wabasso students using the iPads provided by the JIF grant.

One example of the type of capital funding requests we receive is from the Education Foundation for the Wabasso School. This school is a special education center serving students aged 5-22. The mission of the school is to help children and young adults reach their maximum potential for independent living and academic achievement. Most of the students are developmentally disabled and have no or very limited ability to speak. John’s Island Foundation was asked to provide funds for iPads loaded with communication applications to enable the non-verbal students to communicate during class time. These individual mobile devices can transform learning for the students and also allow them to communicate outside school with family and people in their community.

We would like to continue helping local non-profit organizations which we feel are well run and are providing needed services in our county. Please consider making a donation this year to the John’s Island Foundation. Please go the the donation page for a convenient way to charge your contribution to your John’s Island Club account or simply call Jennifer Jones at 772-234-0992.

Unique in its Mission to Provide Grants for Capital Improvement of Deserving Charities

This year there are twenty-seven non-profit organizations from Indian River County requesting funding from the John’s Island Foundation totaling $840,165. These requests are for a variety of capital needs and improvements. According to Jay Anglada, Grant Review Chair, site review teams are in the process of conducting comprehensive agency visits, determining which organizations will receive funding. There are nine teams consisting of a Captain and three to four team members. This year’s Captains are: Carol Critchell, Don Dussing, Rob Elliott, John Hessian, Lou Hoynes, Don Kittel, Julie Parker, Bill Saylor and Steve Trooboff. In order to get a complete understanding of how each non-profit serves the neediest of our population within our community, they will meet and visit with the leadership of the assigned organization and thoroughly review the appropriateness of each request in detail. Once completed, the teams will then present their recommendations to the John’s Island Foundation Board. If you would be interested in joining a site review team next year, please contact Jay Anglada or Jennifer Jones, Executive Director, at 772-234-0992.

The John’s Island Foundation is unique in its mission to provide grants for capital improvement of deserving charities here in Indian River County. This financial support complements other funders like the John’s Island Community Service League and the United Way who provide operating dollars to many of the same non-profits. For example, this year the Alzheimer & Parkinson Association has requested $12,539 for new computers and software programs to be used by the clients during their activities; the Samaritan Center has asked for $44,750 for bedbug resistant bedroom furniture and bedding; Treasure Coast Community Health needs $50,000 for a large SUV with towing capabilities; and, Epic Mission has asked for $28,000 for electrical upgrades to their buildings and a UTV vehicle.

If you haven’t already supported the Foundation, it isn’t too late to contribute to make a lasting difference in our community. Please go the the donation page for a convenient way to charge your contribution to your John’s Island Club account or simply call Jennifer Jones at 772-234-0992.

The John’s Island Foundation Begins A
New Year Of Philanthropy

The John’s Island Foundation (JIF) has begun its 17th year of philanthropy under the direction of our directors pictured above. Front row, left to right: Ken Wessel, Carole Parks, Julie Parker, Mary Jane Somers, Jay Anglada. Back Row, left to right: Don Dussing, Art Scutro, Jim Johnson, Jim Smith and Bill Sayler. Not shown: Jim Poole

We are thankful for the many generous donors who make it possible to achieve the Foundation’s mission which is to make capital grants to non-profit organizations who serve the disadvantaged. To evaluate the agency needs and abilities, 9 site review teams made up of 36 John’s Island community members are now engaged in visiting and evaluating 25 agencies such as the Alzheimer/Parkinson Association, the Education Foundation and the Source. Need based requests for this year total more than $800,000 for capital items such as computer equipment, classroom furniture, cooking equipment, passenger vans and trucks, and building repairs. Capital grants address the infrastructure required to enable organizations to assist the individuals they serve. Our nine teams have the responsibility of evaluating the requests and presenting their recommendations to the JIF Board for action. Those who have served on site teams have graciously given their time and talents while experiencing the good feeling that comes from helping others. Please consider volunteering for one of these teams next year. call Jennifer Jones, Executive Director, at 772-234-0992.

We look forward to thanking all our current donors at our Annual Donor Reception which will be held on Monday, January 30th at 6pm in the JI Golf Club. This reception is totally funded by our generous sponsors: The Hill Group, John’s Island Real Estate, The Law Offices of John E. Moore III, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Audi of Melbourne, Northern Trust and Vero Insurance

We Would Like To Express Our Gratitude.

As the holiday season gets underway, The John’s Island Foundation would like to express our gratitude to all the donors in our community who have made our work possible. On December first, Foundation President Jim Johnson and his wife Sandy hosted a reception for Leadership Circle donors (those whose gifts were $5,000 or more). On January 30th, the Annual Donor Reception will be held at the Golf Club starting at 6pm. The reception is funded by our generous sponsors to date: The Hill Group; The Law Offices of John E. Moore, III; and Mercedes Benz, Porsche, Audi of Melbourne. All current donors (those who have contributed between 6/1/15 and 12/31/16 will be invited to attend.

This past year we have been able to award more than $550,000 to fund capital projects for 21 charitable agencies in Indian River County.
One of the agencies supported by the John’s Island Foundation is The Learning Alliance This agency was established in 2012 with the goal of having most third graders in Indian River County reading on grade level. JIF was able to contribute $50,000 to buy educational equipment and books for their resource library and pre-kindergarten learning program.

Thank you all for supporting John’s Island Foundation. We hope that you will consider joining one of our site review teams in the coming year to learn more about the needs of our local community.

Wabasso School Speak Up Program

iPad Dedication November 2016

2016 2017 Officers Announced

The John’s Island Foundation is proud to announce the officers for the 2016-2017 season. Each of these board members brings substantial experience and proven commitment to the Executive Committee.

Jim Johnson, President
Jim Poole, Vice President
Art Scutro, Treasurer
Carole Parks, Secretary
Ken Wessel, Development & Marketing Chairman
Jay Anglada, Grant Review Chairman

Many thanks to the preceding officers for their hard work and accomplishments over the past three years.

Since 1999, the John’s Island Foundation has given over $9.2 million for the capital needs of charitable agencies in Indian River County. This year we have 25 agencies requesting funding which totals over $800,000. These requests include: Tables, chairs, office furniture and building renovations for Crossover Mission; transforming a traditional classroom into a learning lab at the Wabasso School for the Education Foundation; and, Bedbug resistant bedroom furniture and bedding for the Samaritan Center.

The John’s Island Foundation is unique. We raise funds solely through your donations. We do not sell tickets for events, nor do we raise revenue from parties or benefits. Please consider supporting the Foundation through which many well vetted and deserving agencies are served.

The John’s Island Foundation has established the Leadership Circle, which gives special recognition to donors who have shown extraordinary generosity over the previous 12 months:


Leadership Circle Platinum with a gift of $15,000 or over

Leadership Circle Gold with a minimum gift of $10,000

Leadership Circle Silver with a minimum gift of $5,000

The Foundation will recognize the Leadership Circle members in our annual report and celebrates this elite group at an exclusive cocktail party.

a generous outpouring of support!

The past fiscal year again proved the generosity of the members of the John’s Island Community.  The John’s Island Foundation received $733, 975 in contributions from 558 donors, compared with $686,600 from 546 donors the previous year. This represents a 6.9% increase in donations. To those who donated last year, please accept our most sincere thanks.

During the 2015-2016 review year, we awarded twenty eight capital grants to non-profit organizations who provide essential services  to those who live in Indian River County.  Some of the items we funded were new flooring for a senior center, a complete kitchen and food pantry renovation for a homeless shelter, 3-D software w/printer and a 12 passenger van for an afterschool youth program which will provide transportation to students to and from the program who need it.

We are entering in our eighteenth year and since our inception have granted over $9.2 million to more than 83 separate  nonprofits serving Indian River County.  Our success in making a difference in people’s lives is due to the generous outpouring of support from people like you throughout the John’s Island community.