FCADV Foundation sets $25 million goal to support survivors and certified domestic violence centers



Status Update Announced at 2nd Annual Event Hosted by Jeb and Columba Bush

TALLAHASSE, Fla.---- The Florida Coalition Against Violence (FCADV) Foundation announced their goal to raise $25 million in private funding during the next 10 years to ensure consistent provision of emergency life saving services and shelter to domestic violence victims and their children while reducing dependence on government resources.

Florida is leading the nation with this unique approach, according to Tiffany Carr, President/CEO of the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, “As a national leader, we hope to create the blueprint for a financial model that can be replicated throughout the country.” Domestic violence victims and their children deserve to know that safety, shelter and resources are always available regardless of economic downturns or a shift in the political climate.

During the 2nd Annual Door to Hope event hosted by former Governor Jeb and Columba Bush at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, the FCADV Foundation provided an update on their progress which included their first bequest, multi-year financial commitments from corporations and individuals, and the donation of property.  Kathleen Shanahan, CEO of Uretek Holdings, Inc. was honored for her unyielding commitment and dedication to ending domestic violence in Florida’s communities. “For the past thirteen years, Ms. Shanahan served as a probono advisor to FCADV and contributed thousands of hours to securing resources for domestic violence survivors and their children.  There is no other person more deserving of the Foundation’s “Key to Hope” award, said Carr.

“Federal, state, and local funding should continue to be an important resource, but it is incumbent upon the private sector to be a key partner in sustaining services to domestic violence survivors and their children,” said FCADV Foundation Board Chair Lorna Taylor. “Government revenues and funding are susceptible to changes in the economy and political leadership, and these factors should not weaken our ability to provide shelter and services to one of our most vulnerable populations.”

            Florida’s 42 certified domestic violence centers provide the first line of defense for achieving safety and independence for domestic violence survivors and their children. “During my time as First Lady of Florida, I visited domestic violence shelters throughout the state and spent significant time with women and children who fled their homes with nothing but the clothes on their backs,” said Former First Lady Columba Bush. “Domestic violence remains one of the most critical issues impacting our families and our children, and we all must take action to help end domestic violence in our communities.”

The former governor and first lady congratulated Verizon and Allstate, as the major sponsors of the Door To Hope event, and recognized their longstanding support of domestic violence education and prevention efforts in Florida and throughout the country. Carr added, “We are fortunate to have outstanding corporate citizens such as Verizon, Allstate and others to sustain this cause and create this critical endowment.”  


Event hosts include:

Hosts:                              Governor Jeb and Columba Bush
Signature Co-Host:          Verizon 
Diamond Co-Host:           Allstate
Premier Co-Hosts:           Premier Eye Care
                                        Senator Denise Grimsley

Representative Jose Oliva
Representative Matt Hudson
AT&T Florida
Baptist Health South Florida
Brown & Brown Insurance
Miguel Fernandez
Health Management Associates, Inc.
Kitson & Partners
The Krizner Group
Sayfie Law Firm
Tiffany Carr & Patrick Howard
Dr. Jay Dutton & Dr. Paul Schilling


Special Recognition:       
Florida Blue
Carlton Fields Law Firm
DLA Piper/ Mike Bedke, Esq.
Duke Energy
Mayesh Wholesale Florist
Parrish Designs
Southern Wine & Spirits
Strategic Benefits Group, LLC
The Victory Group
Walt Disney Parks & Resorts