The Douglas family found itself in the fortunate position to be able to focus on their philanthropy with a more intentional strategy, and, in 2003, Patricia Douglas had a year-end windfall from the sale of her law practice and her interest in the building the law firm occupied. They weren’t ready to make a final decision on where the money should go but needed a year-end plan.
Barbara Ann Cole wanted to honor her parents with a scholarship fund. At the same time, the University of South Florida College of Nursing was looking for ways to increase the number of nurses with doctoral degrees because a nationwide shortage of qualified nursing faculty contributes to an overall nursing shortage
David Baldwin had a soft heart for people who had a challenging life. He wanted his charitable giving to make a difference in their lives. He and his wife, Virginia, were prolific philanthropists. After her death, he continued their philanthropy for the rest of his life and beyond.
Harold Corrigan liked to quote Teddy Roosevelt: “What a man does for himself dies with him. What he does for his community lives long after he is gone.”
In 1969, Needa Spells took her idea for eliminating poverty straight to the top. She wrote to then President Richard Nixon. She told him there should be a national program for teaching children the value of saving money. That, she said, would impact the rest of their lives.