Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking


Clearwater, FL


To raise and distribute funds for the assistance of scholastically qualified Pinellas County residents who are pursuing a college-level education and who demonstrate a need for substantial financial aid.  To maintain contact with student recipients to support them in their educational pursuits.

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Mr. Britt Hart

Main Address

P.O. BOX 673

Clearwater, FL 33757 USA


Scholaships Grants Pinellas County Florida





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

1. Increase the number of individual donors contributing regularly to College Fund and identify new sources of funds, such as grants from philanthropic organizations and fundraising events.
2. Increase awareness of College Fund grant opportunities among eligible high school seniors and college students in order to increase the number of highly-qualified applicants.

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Our programs

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College Fund Grant

Where we work

Our Results

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Percentage of grant recipients graduating with a bachelor's degree.

Population(s) served

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people,


Related program

College Fund Grant

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success


Context notes

Out of the 15 students selected to receive grants in August 2015, 11 have graduated and the 4 others are expected to graduate within a year.

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

The goal of the College Fund is to provide financial assistance to enable every eligible applicant who demonstrates a significant financial need to become or remain a full time undergraduate college student in pursuit of a Bachelor's degree.

1. Apply for a grant from the Pinellas Community Foundation and other philanthropic organizations and raise additional funds from mailings to potential donors. 2. Advertise the availability of College Fund grants on scholarship search websites and contact college financial aid offices and Pinellas County High School Guidance Counselors . 3. Provide a College Fund website where donors and students can obtain more information and students can obtain an Application form. 4. Evaluate student applications for grade point average and calculated need and select eligible applicants for interviews. 5. Conduct and score interviews of selected applicants considering academic performance, financial planning, and attitude. 6. Rank order the applicants by their interview scores and award grants in that rank order until the funds available for grants are exhausted. 7. Offer mentoring to the grant recipients.

Our Board of Directors who are our all-volunteer workforce have diverse educational and experience backgrounds: five with doctorate degrees in education or engineering; nine with experience in teaching or school administration; nine with business experience, and three with federal government experience. In addition, our volunteer advisors provide needed expertise when needed in areas such as law, accounting, business administration, and recruiting.

College Fund's principal progress indicator is the number of students we are able to support with $1,000 grants each year, which is ,of course, directly related to the amount of funds we are able to raise each year.

The number of students we are supporting has grown from 38 in our fiscal year 2011 to 57 in our fiscal year 2019. Our annual funding has risen from $31,000 in fiscal year 2011 to $67,000 in fiscal year 2019.

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Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?



Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?



Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?



Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


Organizational Demographics

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Diversity Strategies

We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
We have a diversity committee in place
We have a diversity manager in place
We have a diversity plan
We use other methods to support diversity