The Kanji Family Foundation supports organizations that excel at helping those in need while promoting self-reliance and personal responsibility. By developing partnerships with qualified education, healthcare, and religious organizations in our community, each grant will have a significant impact in our community.
We prioritize all of our grants into four major areas: Education, Religious Focus, Healthcare, and, Family and Well-Being. Below are some examples of current grants to local organizations for each of these areas of philanthropic focus. These organizations were selected for their outstanding ability to execute their mission in service to this community in a fiscally responsible way.
AdventHealth is the largest non-profit healthcare system that operates 50 facilities in 9 states. It is the 2nd largest health care provider in Florida and 15th in the country, servicing more than five million patients annually. The AdventHealth Tampa Pediatric Care Center is the only provider of critical-care services for children in north Hillsborough and east Pasco counties.
The Advent team identified an urgent need to provide “low-profile car seats” for toddlers and young children with casts, splits, etc. A standard car seat does not accommodate extra room for this patient population, meaning the parents of these patients are responsible for purchasing this equipment. Knowing the low-income patient population that Advent Health serves, this can be a stressful financial burden for those families.
The Kanji Family Foundation made a 5 year commitment with AdventHealth Tampa’s pediatric program to provide qualifying patients free car seats. In the first 11 months, this commitment has positively impacted 98 families.
Founded in 1968, Hillsborough Community College is currently the fifth largest community college in Florida’s State College System, serving more than 42,000 students each year at its five campuses, three centers and online platform. HCC offers more than 200 academic options including the Hospitality & Tourism Management Program.
The Kanji Family Foundation has established a scholarship in honor of the late Ron Alicandro, a long-time leader in the Tampa Bay hospitality industry. The Scholarship is to be awarded to a student enrolled in the two-year Hospitality and Tourism Management Program at the Dale Mabry Campus of Hillsborough Community College and will cover all tuition costs toward earning a Degree in the HCC Hospitality and Tourism Management Program.
The Tampa Bay Hospitality Alliance (TBHA) is a partnership between the Hillsborough County Hotel/Motel Association and Pinellas Chapter of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. Through their founding event, for 29 years ExTravelganza has provided a path for students to achieve their educational goals by providing scholarships in Hospitality and Culinary Studies. The Kanji Family Foundation “Best of the Best” Scholarship Award has been established as a special bonus to be given to the most outstanding student among the current year’s Alliance Scholarship recipients. It is a distinct way of acknowledging the winner’s extraordinary accomplishments and “over and above” dedication to excellence in hospitality.
Starting Right Now (SRN) is a Tampa Bay organization that works to end homelessness for youth by providing one-on-one mentoring, a stable home, assisting with employment opportunities, teaching financial literacy/life skills and promoting educational achievement. SRN intervenes with a uniquely holistic approach. Each student has access to health insurance, food stamps, banking (financial literacy) and a network of support. We work with each student to propel them to the military, vocational training or higher education. SRN intercedes at a critical juncture, breaking the generational cycle of poverty.
The Kanji Family Foundation is honored to support SRN and its inspiring founder Vicki Sokolik whose hard work and 100% commitment to our next generation is the key to our future.