A History of Giving
PCF is established. First organizational meeting held at the Howard Johnson’s restaurant in Clearwater.
Tax exemption status granted.
First scholarship fund established to assist students wishing to attend University of South Florida.
Public charity designation confirmed.
Founder Ralph Richards dies at 86.
Membership program initiated allowing PCF to accept gifts of all sizes.
A 10-year scholarship fund assists 10 students with annual tuition for St. Petersburg Junior College Clearwater.
Lemonopolous Fund was instituted to provide college scholarships to the children of letter carriers.
PCF receives its largest gift ever: $5.6 million. Annual charitable grant recipients climb from 15 to 25.
PCF receives an annual record of more than $2 million in donations including a special fund.
Betsy Liedtke becomes first life member with a $10,000 donation.
Competitive grants for special projects are introduced, now known as Capital Improvement and Equipment grants.
Construction begins on the Performing Arts Theatre in Largo Central Park thanks to a sizable PCF endowment.
PCF opens its first independent office thanks to generous support from AmSouth Bank (now Regions) and acquires its first independent telephone line and computer.
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals establishes a fund.
Anonymous donor establishes a fund to provide annual income to the Florida Orchestra.
Construction begins on the Belleair Bluffs community center thanks to generous support from the late Dorothy B. Howard.
PCF receives a new bequest of more than $2 million to support needy Pinellas companion and marine animals.
Warren J. Bowman establishes a Memorial Scholarship Fund to support Pinellas County high school graduates pursuing careers in law and medicine.
Tom Bruckman retires from nearly 23 years of service as PCF’s executive director. He is succeeded by Julie Scales.
The Pinellas County Community Foundation shortens its name to the Pinellas Community Foundation.
PCF celebrates a milestone of having awarded more than $20 million in scholarships since its founding.
PCF provides grants to 65 Pinellas-based charitable organizations and support for 12 scholarship funds.
Duggan Cooley named CEO following Julie Scales’ retirement.
Campaign to end childhood hunger in Pinellas County begins.