11 to Save Fund Created to Provide Support for Some of Florida’s Most Endangered Historic Places
The Florida Trust provided initial seed funding for the 11 to Save Fund, which will also be the target of the organization’s #GivingTuesday giving campaign
Tallahassee, Fla, Nov. 12, 2021 – The Florida Trust for Historic Preservation Board of Directors announced today the creation of the 11 to Save Fund and provided an initial seed donation of $5,000 to begin financial support for some of the most threatened historic resources throughout the state.
“We believe that everyone can be a part of saving Florida’s historic places,” Florida Trust Board President Jenny Wolfe said. “The 11 to Save Fund further demonstrates that. Anyone can nominate a historic place to the 11 to Save, and anyone can donate funds to help us protect and preserve these locations into the future. Preservation is about community, and we are excited to provide our community with another tool to help make preservation happen.”
The 11 to Save program was designed to increase the public’s awareness of endangered historic resources and to encourage public engagement in identifying and saving these important pieces of Florida’s history. The program works to empower local communities and preservation groups in their efforts to preserve Florida’s rich history. Inclusion on the 11 to Save is a starting point for the Florida Trust’s advocacy and education efforts and is intended to be part of a collaborative effort to identify custom solutions for each property.
The 11 to Save Fund will provide tangible and targeted assistance to 11 to Save properties throughout the state. Working closely with the 11 to Save ambassador for each property to determine needs, funds can be utilized for actions like helping to stabilize a historic building, funding historic markers, supporting community engagement activities and providing financial assistance for grant writers or other communication needs.
“The 11 to Save Fund is a response to the needs we’ve seen in our 11 to Save program and reflects our desire to further the support and assistance we provide,” said Ennis Davis, Florida Trust 11 to Save Committee Chair. “We are excited to be able to do more to preserve these historic resources, which are really showcases for how historic preservation can be a part of building stronger, healthier communities throughout the state.”
Each year, the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation announces its 11 to Save program as part of its annual conference, Preservation on Main Street. The 2022 11 to Save will be announced in July of 2022. Nominations for the program are available year round, and anyone can share their concerns for historic places by submitting the form at FLoridaTrust.org.
More details about the 11 to Save Fund are being developed. Donations are currently being accepted for the fund, which will begin dispersing funds in 2022. Donations may be made online, by calling the Florida Trust office at (850) 224-8128 or sending a check to the Florida Trust at 906 E Park Ave in Tallahassee, Fla. 32301.
The 11 to Save Fund will be the focus of the upcoming #GivingTuesday event on November 30, a global day dedicated to giving back, which will give Florida Trust friends, members and supporters an opportunity to contribute to the fund.