A History of Giving

1969

PCF is established. First organizational meeting held at the Howard Johnson’s restaurant in Clearwater.

1971

Tax exemption status granted.

1974

First scholarship fund established to assist students wishing to attend University of South Florida.

1978

Public charity designation confirmed.

1980

Founder Ralph Richards dies at 86.

1984

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.

1985

Lemonopolous Fund was instituted to provide college scholarships to the children of letter carriers.

1990

PCF receives its largest gift ever: $5.6 million. Annual charitable grant recipients climb from 15 to 25.

1991

PCF receives an annual record of more than $2 million in donations including a special fund.

1992

Betsy Liedtke becomes first life member with a $10,000 donation.

1994

Competitive grants for special projects are introduced, now known as Capital Improvement and Equipment grants.

1995

Construction begins on the Performing Arts Theatre in Largo Central Park thanks to a sizable PCF endowment.

1997

PCF opens its first independent office thanks to generous support from AmSouth Bank (now Regions) and acquires its first independent telephone line and computer.

1998

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals establishes a fund.

1999

Anonymous donor establishes a fund to provide annual income to the Florida Orchestra.

2000

Construction begins on the Belleair Bluffs community center thanks to generous support from the late Dorothy B. Howard.

2001

PCF receives a new bequest of more than $2 million to support needy Pinellas companion and marine animals.

2002

Warren J. Bowman establishes a Memorial Scholarship Fund to support Pinellas County high school graduates pursuing careers in law and medicine.

2003

Tom Bruckman retires from nearly 23 years of service as PCF’s executive director. He is succeeded by Julie Scales.

2006

The Pinellas County Community Foundation shortens its name to the Pinellas Community Foundation.

2007

PCF celebrates a milestone of having awarded more than $20 million in scholarships since its founding.

2015

PCF provides grants to 65 Pinellas-based charitable organizations and support for 12 scholarship funds.

2016

Duggan Cooley named Executive Director following Julie Scales retirement.

2017

Campaign to end childhood hunger in Pinellas County begins.