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Downtown Jacksonville Our Assets and Opportunities

November 13, 2017

This report is focused on the heart of Downtown: Jacksonville's Northbank from the Prime Osborne Convention Center to the Stadium, from the St. Johns River to State Street.We did not include Brooklyn and the Southbank –two areas that are sometimes included in definitions of "downtown." Neither of those areas faces the level of development challenges that confront the heart of downtown.The report draws on data from a number of resources:Duval County Property Appraiser's records as of August 2017;Duval County property value data from 2017 preliminary tax roll;JEA;Duval County Tax Collector;Walker Parking Consultants Study.In addition, the study author made extensive on-site validation of property conditions.The report uses multiple measures to quantify downtown. Downtown Acres:An acre is a standard unit of measure equal to 4,840 square yards. An acre is about ¾ the size of an NFL football field.Downtown Parcels:A parcel is the unit by which properties are valued. It is a highly variable unit of measure. A parcel can be a piece of land of any size that is either "improved" (meaning it has structures on it or it has a designated use, such as a park) or vacant (meaning it has no structures nor any designated use). A parcel also can be a building of any size, even an entire city block, i.e. City Hall; or it can be a single residential or office condo unit within a building.Downtown Buildings:Though highly variable as a unit of measure, buildings are more familiar to most readers than "parcels."

Saving Energy, Saving Money & Growing for the Future

February 1, 2017

For the last eight years, the Jessie Ball duPont Fund has been on a mission to help colleges and universities reduce the amount of energy that is consumed on campus. Using a combination of research, educational convenings and grantmaking, the Fund has urged college presidents, administrators, faculty and students to track and monitor energy use, to develop institutional plans to manage energy use and to invest in retrofits that increase energy efficiency. Results to date are impressive and encouraging: Twenty-nine small, independent, liberal arts colleges and universities have taken steps to lower energy use and reduce energy bills. The eight schools that have been the most aggressive in their commitment to reducing energy consumption are on track to save more $2.8 million by 2021 (see chart) –more than four times the amount the Fund invested in their efforts.

Jacksonville Block by Block: Our Homes, Our Neighborhoods, Our Opportunities

October 1, 2015

This study is based on what The Reinvestment Fund calls a "Market Value Analysis" -- a tool designed to help private markets, government officials and philanthropy identify and comprehend the various elements of local real estate markets.By using the analysis, public sector officials, non-profits/philanthropy and private market actors can more precisely craft intervention strategies in weak markets and support sustainable growth in stronger market segments.The Market Value Analysis looks at communities at the Census block group level to discover the variations of housing market health, stability and opportunity in neighborhoods. It is based fundamentally on local administrative data sources.The analysis focuses on residential real estate because neighborhoods are -- first and foremost -- places where people live. The analysis then overlays other elements -- transportation, jobs, etc. -- to provide a more complete picture. The analysis is done at the Census block group level because even within discreet neighborhoods there can be significant variation. By identifying pockets of opportunity or concern early, communities can effectively "draft" on market forces or act before problems expand.

How We Live, Where We Live: Jessie Ball duPont Fund 2014 Annual Report

July 6, 2015

Jessie Ball duPont Fund 2014 Annual Report.

The Importance of Place: Jessie Ball duPont 2013 Annual Report

July 6, 2014

Jessie Ball duPont Fund Annual Report 2013.

Fulfilling the Vision of Jessie Ball duPont: 2012 Annual Report

May 20, 2013

This annual report details the activities of the Jessie Ball duPont fund, including:Mission & ValuesLetter from President & Chair2012 Highlights2012 GrantmakingCelebration of 35 YearsTrustees and Staff

State of the Sector

October 7, 2012

In 2005, the Jessie Ball duPont Fund and the then-young Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida asked a fundamental question: how many nonprofits operate in our community and what do they do? When the answer was not readily available, the two organizations launched a research project - The State of The Sector - that continues today and has captured 13 years of data on more than 1,500 nonprofits in the five counties of Northeast Florida.

Creating Order From Chaos: Roles for Philanthropy in Disaster Planning and Response

April 30, 2012

Based on the fund's experiences after the 2011 tornadoes in Alabama, offers a framework for preparing for and responding to disasters. Lists funding and support opportunities through planning and preparation, first response, and recovery and rebuilding.

Proposed Medicaid Long-Term Care Changes Raise Host of Questions About Impact

January 18, 2012

Outlines proposed changes to Florida's Medicaid Long-Term Care program, possible consequences, and implementation challenges such as limited time and resources, program features that may not transfer easily, and the need for strong independent oversight.

Deploying New Strategies In Pursuit of the Mission Of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund

October 27, 2011

Simply put, Program Related Investments -PRIs -are investments by a charitable foundation at below-market rates to support organizations that are addressing social or community concerns. PRIs often take the form of loans, promissory notes or equity investments. They are like grants in that they support organizations and activities that are in furtherance of the foundation's mission. They are different from grants in that they must be repaid. PRIs offer advantages both to the foundation making the PRI and to the organization that receives capital from the PRI. From the foundation's perspective, PRIs provide a vehicle for deeper, more lasting and more focused investment in a particular issue or a particular place.Grants tend to be awarded in smaller amounts and for shorter periods of time; consequently, they tend to focus on activities and issues that can be addressed in the short term. Capital made available through a PRI, in contrast, may be lent in much larger amounts over a much longer period of time, allowing recipient organizations to address more complex undertakings.Some foundations fund PRIs from their grants budgets. The Jessie Ball duPont Fund, however, like many other foundations, is funding its PRIs from its endowment, making the PRI investments a true complement to the foundation's grantmaking, and broadening the potential reach of the Fund's philanthropy.

Jessie Ball duPont Fund: 2010 Annual Report

October 18, 2011

Jessie Ball duPont Fund 2010 Annual Report: expanding access and creating opportunity by investing in people, organizations, and communities that were important to Jessie Ball DuPont.