The Idalia Vision Foundation is a non-profit organization established in 1992 to provide a means by which resources can be pooled to enrich the community and ensure its future.
Idalia Vision Foundation is the community working together with the vision to preserve the history, to embrace the present and create opportunities for the future.
The Idalia Vision Foundation meets at 7:00 a.m. the second Thursday of every month at the Millie Brandon Nature Center Class Room. The Annual meeting is held in November.
The approximately 300 citizens of the Idalia community saw themselves as the solution to some area problems. At a community meeting involving all ages they made a ‘wish list’ and set priorities. Out of this beginning, a non-profit foundation was formed; in less than six months, work began on a community complex to be built for shared use with the Idalia School.
With donations, fundraisers and thousands of dollars worth of volunteer labor, the Vision Foundation spearheaded the $1.3 million community complex which included a gymnasium, fitness center, computer lab and preschool. Complimenting this facility, further projects included a state-of-the-art playground, community office space, a nature center, community daycare center and revitalization of an historic church.
Another initial project, the Scholarship and Continuing Education Grant program (in combination with the Gerber trust, individual sponsors, and community organizations) has grown each year and provides educational funding to Idalia High School seniors and alumni.
The Idalia Vision Foundation is known as the umbrella for community projects. The foundation securely holds money in the required 501(c)3 nonprofit status allowing for tax exempt fund-raisers, grants and matching gifts.