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January 27, 2021

Grow Financial Foundation: 2020 Recap and a Look Ahead for 2021

The Grow Financial Foundation has been doing incredible work this year, with a focus on supporting frontline workers and a continued emphasis on addressing food insecurity. In total last year, they donated almost $60,000 to support the efforts of 32 wonderful organizations serving the greater Tampa Bay area and the Columbia and Charleston areas of South Carolina. Thank you to everyone who donated, participated or otherwise supported the efforts of the Grow Financial Foundation in 2020. As we round the end of January 2021, we want to share highlights from a recent initiative that took place at the end of last year and present some exciting news and information for the upcoming year.

Sharing holiday joy at Quest, Inc.

Over the December holidays, the Grow Financial Foundation was proud to support Quest, Inc., which seeks to empower individuals with disabilities to achieve their goals. Donations included wish list items for many individuals, with the purpose to make their holiday season joyous and memorable.

“Thank you so much for making the holidays so special for those we serve. We cannot thank you and your co-workers enough for the joy you brought to our residents. They had fun parties and amazing gifts,” Bob Krouse, Senior Director of Philanthropy Tampa Region, Quest, Inc, said. For more joy, check out the video that recaps Quest’s holiday event.

Introducing Cynthia Whiting-Burton

We’d like to take this opportunity to announce the Grow Financial Foundation’s newest board member, Cynthia Whiting-Burton. With an extensive background of philanthropic efforts that includes involvement with Metropolitan Ministries, Clothes To Kids and the Safety Harbor Chamber, Cynthia will bring a great perspective to her new position on the board.

“I look forward to serving as a member of the Grow Financial Foundation and sharing ideas about how we can serve our members, local communities, businesses and different organizations,” Whiting-Burton said. Her passion for serving the local community is sure to contribute positively to the goals of the Grow Financial Foundation.

Looking at the year ahead

The Grow Financial Foundation seeks to inspire people to choose kindness, even when it is not the easiest thing to do (especially when it is not the easiest thing to do). It requires courage to choose to go outside of your comfort zone, your own immediate needs and your own perspective to extend kindness to others. That’s why for this year, the Grow Financial Foundation’s new theme is “Kindness is courageous.”

For the upcoming year, they have several exciting initiatives planned to continue serving the community, including support for Autism Awareness Month and Financial Literacy Month during March and April. We’ve heard they have lots more in store, from charitable contributions to educational resources, webinars and more. Be sure to keep an eye on our social media for the latest announcements regarding upcoming opportunities sponsored by the Grow Financial Foundation. We’re excited to see great things in 2021!


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