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Lifting Up Lives

The John’s Island Foundation has been funding capital needs and building community relationships for 20 years

Making prints of their hands is colorful, messy fun for budding artists at Childcare Resources. New multi-purpose furniture, shelving and easels were made possible thanks to a grant from the John’s Island Foundation.

Making prints of their hands is colorful, messy fun for budding artists at Childcare Resources. New multi-purpose furniture, shelving and easels were made possible thanks to a grant from the John’s Island Foundation.

It’s been 20 years since a handful of John’s Island neighbors gathered around Ellie McCabe’s dining room table, intent on forming a foundation that would fund the capital needs of agencies serving economically disadvantaged Indian River County residents. While other charitable organizations were focused on programs and services, basic infrastructure needs were going unmet.

The philanthropic-minded founders were on a mission to change that. They consulted with an attorney, and, after dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s, filed the paperwork, hoping the newly formed John’s Island Foundation would make an impact.

And what an impact it has had!

Over the course of the past two decades, the foundation has awarded grants totaling $11 million to local nonprofits for a variety of essential items, including buildings, additions, roofs, technological equipment, vehicles and appliances of every size, make and model.

The foundation has carried out its mission effectively and quietly. There’s been no fanfare, no confetti or parade down Main Street, simply a from-the-heart response to an annual appeal from foundation members, currently numbering 500 and growing.