Our History

  • In 1995, members of the Tallahassee Regional Estate Planning Council explored the possibility of establishing a community foundation to serve a portion of the North Florida region.


  • In 1997, through the dedication and support of a group of business leaders, the Community Foundation of North Florida was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) and received its first gift. 

  • In 1998, a volunteer Board of Directors representing a cross-section of community leaders was established.

  • In 1999, the Community Foundation hired its first full time employee, Joy Watkins and launched the Legacy Society to honor those who entrusted the Foundation with a bequest or planned gift.

  • In 2000, with the help of a challenge grant from the Knight Foundation and matching funds from 30 Founding Members, the Foundation was able to open an office and employ additional staff.

  • In 2019, long-time President & CEO, Joy Watkins, announced her retirement and the search for her successor began. The board of directors selected Katrina Rolle as the new President & CEO of the Community Foundation. 


  • In 2020, the Foundation embarked on upon a new strategic plan for charting the next era of community impact.​