Local Philanthropist Endows $20 Million Fund for Northeast Florida

The Community Foundation of Northeast Florida has announced a $20 million gift from former Jacksonville Jaguars co-owner Delores Barr Weaver to establish the Delores Barr Legacy Fund.

The fund will award grants to nonprofits in the region working to address major challenges. Weaver herself will continue to make annual grants through the Delores Barr Weaver Fund, which is also housed at the foundation, while allowing the new fund to grow over the next several years.

Weaver and husband Wayne Weaver have supported Northeast Florida through their philanthropy since they arrived in Jacksonville in 1994 as the Jaguars' first owners. Dolores Weaver led the Jaguars Foundation, which awarded more than $15 million in grants from its inception until the team was sold in 2012, and subsequently established the Delores Barr Weaver Fund with an initial gift of $50 million, still the largest gift ever to the community foundation. The couple's Weaver Family Foundation was converted to a fund at the foundation the same year, and they later established dedicated endowments for three-three local nonprofit organizations and introduced numerous charitable giving challenges. The couple's charitable focus includes education, behavioral health, the prevention of sexually transmitted infections, victims of domestic violence, the fragile elderly, and military veterans.

"My greatest hope is that others will join me in supporting important efforts with their charitable dollars," said Weaver. "If I can help people see what a difference their donations can make and encourage them to feel greater ownership in improving our community, then I will feel like my giving has made a difference beyond the agencies I have personally supported."