About Us

The Foundation

Mission & Vision Statements

MISSION:   To help children from low-income families in Hillsborough County succeed in school and life from day one by strategically investing in their academic and social-emotional achievement and in the leaders and organizations dedicated to supporting them.

VISION:   Every child in Hillsborough County grows up to be a successful citizen because they were ready for kindergarten, graduated from high school and had the skills and support to succeed as leaders who impact our community for good.

Why We Do What We Do

Our mission comes from a commitment first demonstrated by our Founder and passed down through the generations of our leadership to lift children and families out of cycles of poverty and disadvantage. We believe that education and enrichment have proven the way to stop cycles of despair and failure. Our goals are to prepare children to learn, create places for children and families to grow and thrive, and to strengthen the nonprofit sector and community.

How We Measure Our Impact

From the beginning, the Foundation has had a clear understanding that our relevance and value is reflected in the number of lives changed by our existence. Through ongoing evaluation, the Foundation seeks to quantify and describe the lives that have been changed over the last 65 years of investments through the Foundation. We welcome your input and stories and are grateful for the ability to continue to meet needs in our community through the generous legacy of Fred K. Conn.

Areas of Interest

  • Preschools and Schools
  • Nonprofit Social Service Organizations
  • Capacity Building – Nonprofits and Schools