United Way of Northeast Florida
Contact: Sarah Henderson
Director, Marketing and Communications
September 8, 2018 10:00 a.m.
The first gift of its kind to United Way of Northeast Florida
Jacksonville, Fla. (Sept. 6, 2018) – United Way of Northeast Florida announced a $1 million gift from Delores Barr Weaver to United Way’s endowment.
The gift, from the Delores Barr Weaver Fund at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, is the first $1 million endowment gift in United Way of Northeast Florida’s 94-year history.
“Delores is a game changer and forward thinker who continues to lead the way with this gift,” said Michelle Braun, president and CEO of United Way of Northeast Florida. “She understands how critical endowments are to the longevity of organizations like United Way and the more than 70 partners we support. We are so thankful for her generosity.”
Delores Barr Weaver and her husband, Wayne, first donated to United Way in 1995, when they came to Jacksonville as the owners of the newest NFL franchise, the Jacksonville Jaguars. Along with their generous financial investments, Delores Barr Weaver gives freely of her time and energy to United Way in serving in many leadership roles, including service as a board trustee.
In recognition of her support and leadership, the board elected Delores Barr Weaver to become the first trustee emeritus in 2005.
In 1996, 1997 and 2011, Delores and Wayne Weaver served as United Way’s Alexis de Tocqueville Society co-chairs, leading the organization’s highest level donors and most respected philanthropic leaders committed to funding strategic solutions to solve our community’s toughest challenges.
Delores Barr Weaver was also recognized in 1996 with a special Tocqueville
Society award, sharing that “all of us working together are stronger than any one of us alone.”