1991 The Foundation was established by community leaders with the mission of fostering public initiatives that enhance the quality of life for people living and working in the “City Beautiful”. It was first named the Greater South Florida Charitable and Educational Foundation and later changed to the Coral Gables Foundation.
1992 By the end of its second operating year, the Foundation had raised more than $200,000 and started awarding its first grants. A Coral Gables High School honor student, The Learning Experience School for Handicapped Children, Coral Gables High School, and New Theatre, Inc. were among the first to benefit from the Foundation’s efforts.
1994 In a move to both increase public awareness of the Foundation and to grow its endowment base, the Board of Directors hired its first Executive Director, Gloria Burns, on October 1st.
1995 On June 15th, the Foundation’s Board voted to change the name of the Foundation to the Coral Gables Community Foundation in order to better describe its purpose, and to distinguish it from private foundations. The Foundation’s first permanent donor advised fund was established, the Jose and Mirta Calvo Endowment Fund