The Community Foundation for Brevard serves as a leader, catalyst, and trusted resource for philanthropic individuals and organizations to grow, expand, enhance, and sustain Brevard's quality of life. We are an independent, 501(c)3 organization and manage funds that benefit charities by protecting the investment, achieving growth, and providing a perpetual source of income.

We were formed in 1981 by community leaders, including W. G. “Doc” Strawbridge, who believed that charitable giving is an incredibly powerful way to make our local community a better place for us all.

Since then, the Foundation has strengthened communities by connecting charitably-minded people to the causes that matter most to them, and by stewarding resources as donors intended. We are organized as a 501(c)(3) public charity, allowing us to receive gifts from people who wish to maximize tax benefits while supporting nonprofit groups and charitable causes.

We are one of more than 750 community foundations in the United States enjoying rapid growth, making our field the fastest growing sector of American philanthropy. Tax-deductible gifts and bequests make up the permanent endowment of community foundations and annual income from investment of that endowment is used to match donors’ charitable interests with needs in the community through grants and scholarships. Each community foundation is governed by a Board of Directors and led by a professional staff who work closely with community agencies and offer knowledgeable insight to donors about the county’s most pressing needs.

Our mission is to serve as a trusted resource and leader for philanthropic individuals and organizations to expand, enhance, and sustain Brevard County’s quality of life.

This is your foundation of Brevard, for Brevard and offers you a very personal and respected way to contribute locally.


If you are new to philanthropy…
we are here to introduce you to proven methods for making our world a better place.

If you are experienced in philanthropy…
we are here to open doors for new opportunities and provide more powerful results to existing efforts.


Leadership Brevard Project Team

  • Danielle Mallady, Manager, Learning Development and Performance, Percepta
  • Andy Anderson, Brevard County Commissioner
  • Chris Ashley, VP Real Estate and Public Affairs, Clear Channel
  • Chris Hughes, President, Eau Gallie Electric
  • Joe Sophia, Commercial Lender, Florida Business Bank
  • Lawrence Lyman, Director of Operations, Tactical Electronics
  • Lisa deCordova, Manager, College Relations & Recruiting, Harris Corporation

Advisory Council

  • Beverly Lampley, Catholic Charities of Central Florida
  • Christine Michaels, President, Melbourne Regional Chamber of East Central Florida
  • Debbie Kelly, Community Investor Global Corporate Citizenship, Boeing
  • Elizabeth A. Lee, Director, Community Impact, United Way of Brevard
  • Ian Golden, Director of Housing and Human Services, Brevard County
  • James E. Luce, Consultant, Organization and Management Systems.
  • Janice Kershaw, Executive Director, Brevard Schools Foundation
  • John Byron, Principal, Sun State Strategy Inc.
  • Kristin L. Bakke, President, LEAD Brevard
  • Libby Donoghue, Executive Director, Brevard 211
  • Bunny Finney, Brevard Cultural Alliance
  • Melissa Byron, Executive Director, Cocoa Beach Chamber of Commerce
  • Shawna Kelsch, Chair, Brevard Healthcare Forum
  • Thomas H. Pollak, The Urban Institute, National Center for Charitable Statistics
  • Victoria Northrup, Executive Director, Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce
  • Jan Conrad, Brevard Workforce

To learn more about the Community Foundation for Brevard please visit their website at!