Date ArticleType
7/6/2016 Press Release
CASA Receives $150,000 Grant from The Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg


The Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg CASA (Community Action Stops Abuse)
Randall H. Russell, ACSW President & CEO Shandra L Riffey, Executive Director
(727) 865-4650; (727) 710-4850 cell 727-895-4912 x109
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CASA Receives $150,000 Grant from The Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg

CASA will expand and enhance its capacity as a non-profit organization serving domestic violence (DV) survivors by developing a successful social enterprise business to help provide survivors with marketable employment skills and work experience to gain long-term, full-time employment. This project was funded through an investment from the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg.


The complete press release can be found online at


Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg Announces Inaugural Grants
The new Foundation for southern Pinellas County – 19 new grant awards

St. Petersburg, FL – The Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg awarded $3.9 million in grants to 19 local organizations, a component of a multi-prong, multi-year, multi-focused strategy to improve health outcomes for the population of Pinellas County south of Ulmerton Road and East of Seminole Boulevard. These are the first grants made by the Foundation, which was formed as a result of the sale of the former nonprofit Bayfront Medical Center, now Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, to continue Bayfront’s charitable health purposes in the community.

“We are extremely proud of the array of funded partners in our inaugural grant year and excited about the opportunity to work together over the coming months to achieve success. We received more than 200 outstanding ideas from the community, made many difficult preliminary choices to select 47 of those proponents to submit applications for funding, and used 5 national expert reviewers to evaluate the grants submitted. Based on this review, which included insight – and instruction – gained from numerous community listening sessions, staff has moved the following grants forward to funding,” announced Chair of the Board of Trustees Steve Dupré. “The Board is very pleased with the blind process utilized in the grant decision making protocol that was premised on expert external review as well as the staff’s due diligence and not the relationships among the applicants, the staff, or the Board,” Dupré concluded.

“The community’s collective wisdom has guided the Foundation’s inaugural year through formal listening sessions with residents, nonprofit providers, data review of existing knowledge, and more than 150 individual meetings to truly hear history, opportunities, and challenges. The Foundation has prioritized listening, fairness, transparency, collaboration, and inclusiveness,” said Randall H. Russell, President & CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg. “Our visionary work based on the direction set forth by our community seeks transformative outcomes to bring health equity to an overall improved set of outcomes for southern Pinellas County.”
The $3.9 million in awards will begin as early as July 1, 2016 and all awards will be granted with the understanding these are 12-month activities only with projected end dates of June 30, 2017. While multi-year grants may be awarded in the future, one year grants made operational and programmatic sense for the Foundation’s inaugural year as it continues to listen to the community.

Agency Name
CASA – Community Action Stops Abuse

Basic Purpose
CASA will focus its efforts on the social and economic factors that impact population health. The goal of their proposed project is to conduct an assessment of program participant training and employment needs; to conduct market research to determine the feasibility and viability of a social enterprise, and to develop a business plan for a sustainable social enterprise. Three potential social entrepreneur businesses/services addressing CASA’s priorities of helping domestic violence victims gain employability skills while building a new revenue stream to support CASA services will be identified during this project.

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The Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg's mission is to improve the health and well-being of our community through initiatives that create sustainable, effective improvements to quality of life. We are strategic investors deploying resources creatively and collaboratively. Our primary areas of focus are grant making, convening, policy, advocacy and strategic communications.


CASA, Community Action Stops Abuse, has been providing lifesaving services to women, men, and children living with domestic violence since 1977. For more than 35 years, the community has relied on CASA to provide a safe refuge, crisis intervention, advocacy, prevention, professional training, outreach, and community education to end domestic violence and bring hope, independence and peace to families in southern Pinellas County.

CASA’s vision is a community without domestic violence so that home is a safe place. CASA’s mission is to raise our voices against violence through advocacy, empowerment and social change.
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