LRJF Awarded $50,000 Matching Grant


first row: Jeff Pickering, President/CEO of IRJF, and LRJF Board members Joanne Mitchell, Susan Boyd, Marie Stiefel, LRJF President
left to right -second row: Julie Weary, Carrie Adams all LRJF Board Members
left to right -third row: Barbara Guilford, Louise Kennedy, Susan McDaniel, Jacque Jacobs. all LRJF Board members.

The Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation has been awarded a $50,000 matching grant.The Indian River Community Foundation will match contributions totaling $50,000 made by June 30, 2019. Funds will go toward the cost of relocating the poet Laura (Riding) Jackson’s historic home from the campus of the Environmental Learning Center to the Mueller Campus of Indian River State College in Vero Beach.“We are thrilled to be a recipient of this matching grant from Indian River Community Foundation, said Marie Stiefel, President of LRJF. Every dollar we raise will become two dollars toward the moving and preservation of this historic house.”

With this grant the Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation kicks off its capital campaign to save Laura’s House.The “Let’s Move It” campaign is designed to get our businesses and community involved in an effort to raise funds to literally put the 1910 Florida Cracker style home on trucks and take a 12 mile journey from its current home at Environmental Learning Center to the campus of Indian River State College in Vero Beach.

The Laura Riding Jackson house is an example of a disappearing architectural style and a symbol of a more environmentally sensitive, way of life. It serves as a good example of Florida’s historic “cracker” style of vernacular architecture. The house will be situated on approximately one acre of land between the Brackett Library and the Schumann Center, on what is currently the western end of the IRSC Mueller Campus. Guests will benefit from enhanced amenities such as ample paved parking, nearby restrooms, beautiful landscaping, lighting and security, and meeting spaces for workshops and events.

While most of the Community Foundation’s grants are awarded by clients through donor advised funds, Indian River Community Foundation’s competitive grant program is made possible through the generosity of anonymous donors to several grantmaking funds, including the Community Enrichment Fund.  These valuable resources support the Community Foundation’s mission of building a better community through donor-driven philanthropy.Visit www.ircommunityfoundation.orgto learn more.

The Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation preserves the historic home of the poet and provides a gathering place for writers by offering writers workshops, courses for both adults and children and community wide events such as an annual Poetry BBQ and monthly “Celebrate a Local Author”.Visit

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