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Give Local Putnam, Flagler and Volusia Day: Tuesday, May 6th!

United Way of Volusia-Flagler Counties will be participating in the Give Local Putnam, Flagler and Volusia Day on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. This event is part of the national Give Local America campaign that will be encouraging MILLIONS to Give Local online on that day. Locally, United Way is one of 47 local nonprofits that will be participating.


This is event is being brought to us locally by the Community Foundation of East Central Florida. Get more details.

Why participate in Give Local Day?
Make History! Over 100 local community foundations will be participating in the hopes of making this the largest national day of giving, ever!
Help Raise Money for United Way! The Community Foundation of East Central Florida has arranged for reduced credit card processing fees on that day, match donation opportunities, monetary “prizes” for organizations and much more!
Help Raise Awareness for United Way! Locally events will be happening throughout our communities and media will be sure to cover a lot of them!
Help others learn about United Way and what we’re doing in YOUR local community to change lives!

Ways to Participate!
This day is filled with ways to Give Local and Live United!

GIVE on May 6th!
Giving is quick and easy online at

Advocate: Spread the word about this ONE Day!
Tell your friends! Tell your co-workers! Tell that guy you just met in line at the Publix deli!
Follow us on Facebook and then be sure to LIKE and share posts about Give Local!
Follow us on Twitter be sure to Favorite and ReTweet!
Take an #unselfie (a picture of yourself) and say why you support United Way – make sure to include the hashtags: #unselfie #GiveLocalAmerica #LiveUnitedFL
Email your friends and tell them about GiveLocal and why they should support United Way! Sample email can be found at:

Take a Test Drive to Give!
Thanks to Daytona AutoMall we have a unique opportunity to make even more on Give Local Day! On May 6, from 8am to 8pm visitors to the AutoMall will have the opportunity to test drive vehicles from any of the 9 dealerships. Each test driver will then be able to select their charity of choice and the AutoMall will make a $15 donation to that organization!

Charitable Lead Trusts

David Remey

by Guest Columnist David Remey

If you have a desire to give yearly to the Community Foundation, instead of deferring that gift to sometime in the future, then a charitable lead trust (CLT) may be an option for you.
A CLT is a type of irrevocable trust that provides income to the charity now, for a specified period of years, with a remainder interest passing back to the donor, or to a family or other non-charitable beneficiary, at the termination of the trust.  Generally, the gift to your heirs may be given with a reduced estate value that could lower your potential estate tax bill.
With a CLT, if the income in the trust is not sufficient to make the required annual payment to the charitable beneficiary, then principal must be distributed to make up the difference.  There is no minimum or maxi

mum payout percentage.  The term of a charitable lead trust can be either for the life of an individual (or individuals), or for a term of years.  The trust may also be structured with a combination of these, including both lives and a term of years.  A CLT may either be created during the lifetime of the donor (intervivos) or at the donor’s death (a testamentary trust). Continue reading ‘Charitable Lead Trusts’

Community Foundation Presents College Scholarships

The Community Foundation of Volusia & Flagler recently presented college scholarships to seven seniors graduating from area high schools, courtesy of the foundation’s Sarah T. Fillingame Trust and its Scholarship Committee.  Co-chaired by foundation board members, Ali Kargar (ICI Homes) and Anand Jobalia (Venetian Bay Properties), this committee administers education trusts created by local philanthropists who have a specific interest in helping qualified students in need of financial assistance.

Profile of a Young Role Model
One of the several award recipients, Tia McDonald of Edgewater, typifies the good citizenship of the Fillingame honorees selected this year.  Since her days as a very young student in elementary school, Tia has been an energetic volunteer in her community.  She has raised tens of thousands of dollars for various charities, mainly focusing on children with special needs.  Her inspiration for her life-long commitment to serving others may very well be the many challenges she has faced in her own personal family life.

Among many hardships, Tia has courageously overcome the loss of their home to fire 10 years ago, the death of her brother at the age of 19, and the loss of her father to Leukemia.  Choosing to help those less fortunate, Tia nevertheless found time and motivation in her school career to single-handedly spearhead a project to purchase a van with a wheelchair lift for a child seriously hurt in a car accident.  She founded a cheerleading squad for the Police Athletic League, and also founded the Shining Stars Pageant for special needs children.  Her fundraising endeavors have benefited the homeless, the hungry, the families of fallen soldiers who served in Iraq, and many other initiatives that demonstrate Tia’s enormous capacity for faith, compassion, and leadership.

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Food Brings Hope receives award from Florida Department of Education

Food Brings Hope’s End-of-Year Awards Program, held on May 2, 2011, was an afternoon for honoring students that held a surprise for founder Forough B. Hosseini.  The program was held at Daytona International Speedway with a keynote address by DISC President, Joie Chitwood.  Hundreds of students attended the event where student awards for attendance, achievement, and citizenship were presented by Mrs. Hosseini.
But unknown to Mrs. Hosseini, State Commissioner of Education, Eric J. Smith had a surprise presentation of his own in mind for the FBH founder.  Near the end of the program, the proceedings were put on ‘pause’ to read a framed letter rushed from the State Capitol, which reads in part as follows:

Dear Forough:
It is my privilege to inform you that your school district selected Food Brings Hope to receive the Commissioner’s Business Recognition Award at the twenty-fourth annual awards ceremony.
Each year, the Florida Education Foundation and Florida Dept. of Education recognize those businesses throughout the state that have shown an outstanding commitment to improving education by partnering with schools in their communities.  Your efforts have been noticed, and it will be our pleasure to honor you at this statewide event.
Congratulations on being selected for your exceptional education partnership program.  Your community service is essential to helping us improve the quality of education and making Florida a state of educational distinction.
Dr. Eric J. Smith

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In The News: EDGE

From the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

Local’s vision: Endowment for United Way

By ANNE GEGGIS, Staff Writer                                                                                                   April 11, 2011
A retired DeLand auto dealer has a dream — a $10 million dream — that the local United Way one day will be able to say every penny contributed goes directly to support services that nurture children and improve lives.

Ten million dollars is what it would take to create an endowment to generate enough in interest to pay all the administrative costs of the United Way of Volusia and Flagler Counties. It’s a gift that Ed Lacey of DeLand argues would keep giving in perpetuity.

“We are looking for people who want to make legacy-type gifts that will continue to make a difference after they pass away,” said Lacey, who started on his goal last year.

So far, the effort has raised $300,000. In the coming quarter, the group is going to launch a fundraising website.

“I truly think we can get this done,” Lacey said.

The overall drop in employment in the Volusia/Flagler area means fewer employees filling out those annual campaign pledge forms, according to Ray Salazar, president of the United Way of Volusia and Flagler counties.

The amount raised by the annual campaign has dropped in recent years so that the United Way’s fixed administrative costs consume a greater percentage of campaign fund-raising. This year, 16 percent of the campaign funds have gone to administrative costs, or about $400,000 of the $2.7 million raised, up from 12 percent in administrative costs a few years ago.

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Former United Way executive creates The Founders’ Circle

From Community Foundation’s Newsletter: Connections – Fall 2010

John DiCesare

In 1983, community leaders and prominent volunteers came together with the fundamental desire  “to make Volusia and Flagler Counties a better place to live” and created the Community Foundation of Volusia & Flagler, a division of our local United Way.  At the time, DiCesare was United Way’s president.  He saw the need to create a permanent endowment fund whereby income would forever perpetuate the support of local philanthropy and create a lasting legacy of caring for its donors.

“We encouraged our United Way leadership to make commitments in their gift planning for the future, and that’s how the Foundation started,” said DiCesare.  “We partnered with volunteers who had a wealth of knowledge and experience to form the fund and establish appropriate operating procedures.”  John retired from United Way in 1997, but continued to be active in the community with local agencies such as the Boys & Girls Club, Crimestoppers, and the Rotary Club of Daytona Beach.

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