The Jessie Ball duPont Fund, Florida's leading national foundation, has supported FCLF since its earliest days through equity investment and operating support. Through a unique partnership with the Archdiocese of Miami, FCLF received an early investment of $500,000 from the duPont Fund as seed capital in its early years. the duPont Fund has recently made a Program Related Investment (PRI) in FCLF, the proceeds of which will be used to finance affordable housing in Duval County.
FCLF shares the core values of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund. It maintains a peer relationship with its borrowers in an open, direct and efficient manner of communication. As an institution of social conscience, it works daily to empower and invest in low-income communities throughout Florida.
From the duPont Fund website, www.dupontfund.org:
Values. Throughout their work, the trustees and staff of the Fund strive to:
Learn with and from the people they serve.
Respect the wisdom and creativity of the organizations and communities with whom they work.
Engage in thoughtful and disciplined reflection about the decisions they make.
Maintain the highest ethical standards in all that they do.
Act with compassion, work for justice, and champion the rights of all people to share in the wealth and health of our nation.
Core Beliefs. The trustees and staff of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund believe:
A democratic society that works for all people requires the participation of a strong and organized independent sector.
Communities are stronger and healthier when:
- Public, private and philanthropic resources are invested to build the assets of the individuals, families, and neighborhoods.
- Citizens, neighborhoods and organizations work together across the boundaries that divide us.
- They are deliberate about identifying, building and using their philanthropic assets -- the time, talent and money of people.
- Citizens have both the right and the responsibility to participate fully in public debate about the distribution of resources, opportunities, and assets intended to serve the common good.