Join a Team

Boys & Girls Club

Boys & Girls Club

Although you may not be planning this far ahead, please give some thought to 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 grant for capital needs from the Foundation. The purpose of the visit is to evaluate the request and report to the Foundation Board how much of the grant, if any, should be given. You meet the principals of the charity and see firsthand what they do and who benefits from their work. It only takes a couple of hours for each visit. The John’s Island Foundation provides for only capital needs of charitable agencies in Indian River County and complements the work of the John’s Island Community Service League and United Way who provide funding for operations.

For example in 2010, The Boys & Girls Club donated a small house in Vero to Big Brothers Big Sisters. It became known as the “Little House” and is being used for one-on-one tutoring of over 500 children a year (4 to 18 years old). Their teachers have referred them because they lack pre-kindergarten readiness skills or have other academic or psychological problems. Since 2011, the John’s Island Foundation has contributed over $50,000 to this renovation, which is now complete.

Review Process In Full Swing

Childcare Child

Childcare Resources

This month we are reviewing requests from 26 non-profit organizations in Indian River County totaling $800,532 to fund their various capital projects. Since we don’t have the funds to support all these requests, we will need to make some hard choices this month. A final determination on funding decisions will be announced by the board on March 18th.

One example of the type of capital funding requests we receive is from Childcare Resources of Indian River. This agency was established in 1994 to support economically disadvantaged families in our county who work full-time, go to school full-time, or a combination of both. These families make too much to qualify for state or federally supported childcare programs (earning about $30,000 to $40,000 for a family of 3, for example). Childcare Resources’ goal is to provide quality child care and preparation for kindergarten and beyond.

Last year, we provided Childcare Resources with $50,000 to build a classroom for two-year-olds in their new Education Center, where the agency currently leases 3,800 square feet of space in the former Doctors’ Clinic at 2300 Fifth Avenue in Vero Beach. This year, they have requested $35,794 to furnish the classroom and stock it with age appropriate learning materials. The above photo represents an existing classroom of older children at the Center.

We would like to continue helping the local charities we feel are well-run and providing needed services in our county. Please consider making an additional donation this year to John’s Island foundation.

twenty-six organizations are requesting funding

Site Review Team

Site Review Team

This year there are twenty-six non-profit organizations from Indian River County requesting funding from the John’s Island Foundation totaling $800,532. 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 ten teams consisting of a Captain and three to four team members. This year’s Captains are: Judy Anglada, Jerry Babicka, Carol Critchell, Charlie Dill, Rob Elliott, Lou Hoynes, Jim Poole, Bill Sayler, Jim Smith and Steve Trooboff. In order to get a complete understanding of how each non-profit serves the needing population of 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.

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 $21,339 for new flooring in their center; the Gifford Youth Achievement Center has requested $50,000 for hurricane shutters, a PowerPoint projector and a Smart Board; the Homeless Family Center needs $16,990 for a replacement air conditioner and a generator; and, the Education Foundation has asked for $35,695 for computers for the Wabasso School. Last year, they were awarded funds to purchase seven Smart Tables, which are wonderful learning tools for those children who are struggling in the classroom.

If you haven’t already supported the Foundation, it isn’t too late to contribute to make a lasting difference in our community.

A great group of returning officers and directors


2015 – 2016 Officers and Directors

John’s Island Foundation (JIF) has begun its 16th year of philanthropy with a great group of returning officers and directors pictured left. Back row, left to right: Jay Anglada, Jim Poole, Art Scutro, Carole Parks, Jerry Sheehan, Dottie Currie, Julie Parker, Don Dussing and Mark Earle. Front row, Left to right: Ken Wessel, Jim Johnson, Mary Jane Somers.


Consider Joining A Site Review Team


Volunteer Ambulance Squad

Ten teams made up of JIF board members and volunteers from the John’s Island community are now visiting 26 agencies to evaluate their requests of more than $800,000 to fund various capital projects. Some of the requests include: classroom furniture, and equipment, passenger vehicles and trucks, sports and fitness equipment, kitchen renovation and building repairs. The JIF teams have the difficult but very interesting job of sorting through all the legitimate requests for aid to identify those projects most deserving of our help. Along the way, team members gain first-hand knowledge of the needs of our surrounding communities. Please consider volunteering for one of these teams next year.

Two Unique Charitable Funders


Restoration House

The John’s Island Foundation is unique in that we provide funding to charitable agencies in Indian River County specifically for their capital needs: housing, cars and trucks, air conditioning, farm equipment, etc. We do not compete with the good work of the John’s Island Community Service League; instead, we complement their providing operating funds for many of the same agencies.

One of the agencies supported by the John’s Island Foundation is Restoration House. We provided funds for a van to transport clients to and from their facility. Clients come to Restoration House, broken, addicted, with no income and no hope.  When they leave, the men and women are able to return to their roles as parents (caring for their own children), they are employed and have budgeted and saved money, they have satisfied their judicial obligations, and they return to the community as productive citizens.

Leadership Circle

leadership-circleBeginning this year, The John’s Island Foundation has established a new category for giving designated 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 celebrate this elite group at an exclusive cocktail party.

2015 2016 Officers Announced

The John’s Island Foundation is proud to announce new officers for the 2015/16 season. Each of these board members brings substantial experience and proven commitment to the Executive Committee.

Jim Johnson, President
Jim Poole, Vice President
Ken Wessel, Development Chairman
Carole Parks, Secretary
Art Scutro, Treasurer
Jay Anglada, Grants Chairman

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

Since 1999, the John’s Island Foundation has given over $8.4 million for the capital needs of charitable agencies in Indian River County. This year we have 26 agencies requesting funding which totals over $800,000. These requests include: renovations on two group homes for the ARC of IRC; a complete kitchen renovation for Restoration Ministries women’s shelter; and, a commercial air conditioning unit for the Homeless Family 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 revenues from parties or benefits. Please consider supporting the Foundation through which many well vetted and deserving agencies are served.