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Extended Family

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Though their roles are often misunderstood, local foster families like Mike and Starla Jenkins provide a critical link between children and their parents during times of crisis

Brains & Braun

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He’s lived with a brain tumor for nearly two decades, but it doesn’t stop this Lake Mary grad from inspiring others in the classroom, on the field, and in the community

The Hall (Still) Calls

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Every year, Seminole County enshrines new local athletic icons into its Sports Hall of Fame. The 2020 induction took place without the usual fanfare, but the honorees deserve no less of a celebration. Let’s meet this year’s worthy inductees:

Be The Change

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June’s Black Lives Matter march in Oviedo was an emotional and uplifting event. Meet the local grad who helped make it happen.

A Hearty Supply

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Now more than ever, the local nonprofit organization Hearts, Hands and Hope is filling the gaps to help feed every hungry family in Seminole County

Success in the System

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The future for foster children can seem bleak, but Altamonte Springs Police Officer William Belt proves that today doesn’t define tomorrow – and he’s determined to spread that message to local kids every way he can

History Remembered

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Her mother is celebrated in Oviedo’s new black history mural, and her family’s legacy in the community stretches back nearly 100 years. Meet Judith Dolores Smith and experience her unique perspective on Oviedo history.

Just Dance

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Local firefighter becomes an internet sensation as he dances his heart out to support his newborn son in intensive care

A Classic Reimagined

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Flamenco del Sol is scheduled to bring an encore of its dance-infused version of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to Central Florida audiences in June.

The Laureate Down the Lane

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Did you know there was a poet laureate among your many neighbors? Indeed there is, and when telling the story of such an esteemed wordsmith, what better prose to use than his very own... Lake Mary Life presents a Q&A with poet laureate and Heathrow resident Elie Fleurant

A Century of Progress

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The League of Women Voters is celebrating its centennial in 2020, and the Seminole County chapter of this iconic organization is helping the group’s century-old vision thrive

Becky's Gone Bananas

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Oviedo's Becky Martz treasures tiny works of art that most of us just throw away. Her hobby of collecting banana labels has taken her around the world and back again.

Fight & Flight

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Despite a daily battle with multiple sclerosis, this Lake Mary athlete’s invention is helping him – and others – soar

Zach's Back!

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One of Lake Mary’s most dedicated public servants is once again in the role he knows best: helping the community connect with local law enforcement

Our Neighbor Knightro

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After spending four years as the anonymous man behind the armor, Lake Mary’s Eric Topolewski reveals himself as UCF mascot Knightro as he prepares to go pro

The Bald and the Beautiful

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A lot of us had to put off haircuts for a few weeks this year. In her quest to fight pediatric cancer, this local woman is using the extra time to raise even more money before she shaves her head for the cause closest to her heart.

An Olive Branch

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The Oviedo community is coming together to help the Boys & Girls Clubs get its local programs up and running even before the new Oviedo branch is open

Postcards From The Edge... of Oviedo

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The City of Oviedo has come up with a beautifully colorful way to say, “Wish You Were Here.” Five postcards – all touting Oviedo’s name and considerable charms – are now for sale at the City’s Development Services Department.

Fish Tales

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Oops, he did it again. Local grad Adam Fisk went for another crazy ride in his kayak, courtesy of some serious sea life.

Making It Work

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A new fibers and textiles art class at Winter Springs High School is giving fashion-forward students a chance to wear creativity on their sleeves

New Guy At The Y

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With a wealth of YMCA experience and a deep commitment to community and diversity, the new director of Lake Mary’s hometown Y is ready to give its members more to love than ever

25 Years of Changing Lives

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Have you ever thought about mentoring a student? Consider being part of the Take Stock in Children program. With 25 years of success under its belt, this scholarship program helps connect deserving high-school students and adult mentors in a meaningful way.

Teacher's Puppet

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A Millennium Middle School teacher with a prestigious puppetry pedigree is preserving the art form with the help of her precocious pupils

The Littlest Sentinel

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Thanks to her tribute to those who guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, third grader Lilly Everland earns a ceremonial spot in the military’s most iconic regiment

A Super Experience

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Six talented young chefs from Winter Springs High School earned a Super Bowl weekend trip to South Florida to help make the Taste of the NFL event a succulent success

An Artist Gives Back

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Del Seaman has been a centerpiece of the local art community for 30 years. Now, he’s redoubling his efforts to make the entire community a better place.

Casselberry 101

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The City of Casselberry’s new Citizen Academy will give residents a behind-the-scenes peek at what makes the town tick – all for free!

Talent Blooms at Palm Valley Art Show

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Palm Valley, a senior residential community in Oviedo, is home to many artistic types who enjoy drawing, painting, and creating other works of art. In fact, the residents’ interest in arts and crafts is so strong that the community boasts not one, but two art clubs.

The Hearts of Hamilton

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With more than 100 years of combined education experience, these three original Hamilton Elementary teachers reflect on 35 years of history at the iconic Sanford school

"You Smell the Fuel"

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From Altamonte Springs to the skies high above the most exotic destinations in the world, this competitive skydiver reflects on his unlikely destiny to join the Army’s Golden Eagles

Double Eagle

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With a combined eight state championships in the last six years, Lake Mary is home to the two most dominant girls’ golf teams in Florida

Melissa Ray- Wins Civilian Life Saving Award

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Melissa Ray works at Jeunesse Global in Lake Mary. In 1990, she first took a CPR training class and learned mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Things have changed in the three decades since Melissa’s first CPR classes, and luckily for her coworker, Brendan Farwick, she recently participated in an updated training session offered by the Lake Mary Fire Department and taught by Inspector Torry Walker.

The (Home) Brew Crew

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If you’ve ever thought about trying your hand at homebrewing beer, don’t go it alone! The Brew Club of Seminole County welcomes you with full glasses and open arms.

A Seed Grows in Seminole

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The Mustard Seed of Central Florida has a strong and growing presence in Seminole County, providing help to families in distress and opportunities to serve for those with love to give

A Legacy of Dignity

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To honor the life of its biggest advocate, IDignity Seminole redoubles its efforts to help the disadvantaged get the essential identification they need

A League of Their Own

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From one-on-one tutoring to family reading programs and more, the Adult Literacy League and its volunteers are committed to building a more literate community

A SunRail Daycation

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Looking for a day-full of fun throughout Central Florida? Our own Georgia Rivas hops on SunRail to scope out some of the hottest spots that are just a train-ride away.

Disc Golf Fever

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Thanks to a local teen and a handful of disc-golf enthusiasts, one of the fastest growing sports in the country has arrived in Lake Mary

A New Way to Serve

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RSVP is now active in Seminole County, and it aims to match seniors and older adults with local nonprofit organizations that need their help

Kid City USA Heathrow

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When Khushboo Pundir and Nanditha Gummadapu met and created some magic with their Kid City USA early learning academy on Lake Mary Boulevard years ago, it was only the beginning.

Press Pass

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When he’s not on the basketball court at Lake Brantley High, Zack Weiss is writing about the NBA for the online news outlet League Alerts.

Do You Have Mold?

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If you live in Central Florida, the answer is yes. The ambient humidity alone creates a substantial amount of mold spores throughout our environment. We track it in on our shoes, our pets bring it in, and even the wind can push it into our homes and businesses. The real question is: Do I have a mold problem?

Book 'Em

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With a network of Little Free Libraries around town, this Sanford Police Officer is on a mission to put books in the hands of the young boys and girls he serves

Their Cups Runneth Over

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In the September/October 2018 issue of Lake Mary Life, we introduced the community to Palate Coffee Brewery, a volunteer-run coffee shop in Sanford that donates 100 percent of its profits to fight human trafficking. With the launch of a second Palate Coffee cafe in Oviedo and the opening of a safehouse for at-risk children in Guyana, it’s time to check in again with Palate founder Tina Kadolph to learn how local coffee lovers are helping women all over the world, one tasty cup at a time.

Come Fly With Me

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My family loves to travel, especially during the holidays. We also love to participate in other celebrations from cultures that differ from ours.

1st and 40

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As the UCF football team celebrates its 40th season, we meet some of the inaugural players who call Seminole County home

We've Got It Covered

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100 issues. 100 covers.100 remarkable stories that are part of our community’s rich history. To celebrate the 100th edition of Lake Mary Life, we caught up with some of the cover stars who’ve made our magazine so special. We couldn’t follow up with everyone, of course. Some have moved away, some are no longer with us, but everyone who has graced this magazine’s most prominent page will forever be part of the Lake Mary Life cover family. Join us for a family reunion of sorts as we reconnect with some of our favorite cover folks from years past.

Career Exploration

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The Oviedo Fire Explorer Program gives future first responders a front-row seat – sometimes quite literally – to the work of our community’s heroes

Triple Overtime

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The Oviedo-Winter Springs community lost a soccer luminary this year, but his family’s legacy on local fields – now three generations deep – continues to play on

Inspiration Road

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Determined to live life to the fullest, this local couple completes a cross-country adventure inspired by those living with spinal cord injuries

Kids' Court

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At the Sweetwater Oaks tennis club, a pair of ambidextrous young siblings are leading a new generation of court marshals

Big Names

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With a major Blues Festival on deck this month and a bevy of other free concerts throughout the year, the City of Casselberry has become a sought-after destination for some of the biggest musical acts in the nation

The Pages Keep Turning

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In the 16 years we’ve been publishing Lake Mary Life, so much has changed, but one thing has remained entertainingly the same: people have been predicting the death of print magazines the whole time! But as we send our 100th edition to print, we’re noticing something interesting... some of the trendiest, most media-savvy companies in the world are embracing print magazines again or for the very first time.

Take a Hike!

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As temperatures become tolerable, Seminole County’s Natural Lands Program starts calling. Our own Georgia Rivas takes us on a tour of the best hiking trails and nature spots in town.

Legal Eagles

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There’s a new law school in our community, but the young lawyers in this program are still about a decade away from taking the bar

That'll Teach You

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Local theater teachers sharpen their skills and satisfy their souls by quite literally acting the parts on stages throughout Central Florida

The Bloggiest Place on Earth

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There is certainly no shortage of theme-park blogs online. But for these three local, professional women, blogging about their park hopping adventures has not only helped their followers around the world tackle the treacherous parks, it has added a bit of magic to their own lives, too. Meet Tina, a nutritionist; Chandra, an insurance claims representative; and Samantha, a mental-health therapist. They all have one thing in common: they can’t get enough of that little guy with the big ears.

The Journey of a Lifetime

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On the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the Seminole High School Band traveled to Normandy to remember and celebrate those who risked everything to save the world Jake Burkhart’s great-grandfather was among the thousands of valiant American soldiers who stormed Omaha Beach in Normandy, France, on D-Day. The young Army soldier, Daniel Wojciek, earned a Purple Heart for leg and back injuries he sustained in the battles that followed, but he survived the carnage of World War II and made it back home.

What Is Community Policing?

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More often than not, you will hear me and members of the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office refer to our organization’s dedication to community policing. We take pride in our philosophy of engaging in community policing, something that has dated back to the 1990s. We know it helps our mission of reducing crime and the fear of crime in our county. However, we don’t always explain what community policing is and how it betters the community we live in and serve.

A Concert for the Kids

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Get ready for a star-studded evening of entertainment on August 18, all to benefit the Steinway Society and its mission to help children in need take a seat at the piano.

Our Own Olympian

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Back from the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi – with two silver medals to add to her overflowing trophy case – Sanford tennis star Brittany Tagliareni continues to inspire

How Rube!

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Ever hear of a Rube Goldberg machine? It’s an elaborate contraption that’s as fun to build as it is to use, and a team from Sanford Middle School just won the district’s very first wild and wacky Rube Goldberg Competition.

Hello Summer

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And just like that, another Florida summer is upon us, but luckily you don’t have to go very far to enjoy our beautiful Sunshine State. Here are our top picks for fun things to do in your neighborhood and around town this summer.

Boston Strong

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For this Winter Springs marathoner – who just completed her third-straight Boston Marathon – running is therapy, charity, and camaraderie all in one.

Flip the Calendar

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Oviedo’s most iconic calendar is getting a new look and some new life as The Oviedo Preservation Project hands off its signature photo calendar to the Chamber of Commerce.

Divine Timing

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From helping our youth to serving our senior citizens, a group of students at Holy Cross Lutheran Academy are following the lead of one stellar community champion

Meet Chris Anderson

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Seminole County’s new Supervisor of Elections is a former Sheriff’s Deputy and Army veteran who wants to take the mystery out of the elections process

Get Ahead of the Class!

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If you’re like most parents, you probably greet the end of summer with a mixture of emotions. However, summer will be over before you know it – which means back-to-school time is just around the corner. Are you ready?

The Hall Calls

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The 2019 class of inductees into the Seminole County Sports Hall of Fame spans decades, multiple sports, and the full spectrum of community service

The Apple of His Eye

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Oviedo high-schooler gets a surprise visit from Apple CEO Tim Cook and a prestigious scholarship to attend the company’s iconic developers conference in California.

Meet Nina Yon

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She’s the new CEO of The Sharing Center, and she brings an invaluable point of view that unites the rich and the poor

Gather Round

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As girls join the boys in their Scouting adventures, this local Scoutmaster finds herself in familiar territory – on the cutting edge of leadership

A Different Kind of Exam

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You’ve heard of a teaching hospital... But how about a schoolteacher who’s now an emergency-room physician? Meet ER doctor and former Hagerty High teacher Lindsey Elmes.

It's A Long Story

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Did you know we have a New York Times bestselling author living right in our own backyard? We do, but his journey to writing success was no quick read.

Making A Splash

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Did you know Oviedo has its own synchronized swimming team? Meet the Synchro Belles, adorable young ladies who are tackling this demanding sport with grace and gusto.

Extra Curriculars

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For these dedicated educators, being a retired teacher doesn’t mean they’ve retired from teaching. They continue to instruct and inspire, this time as volunteers in our local schools.

Flashes and Floaters and Shadows, Oh My!

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It’s Monday night. You’re watching the ball game, when suddenly you see spots in your vision. You blink several times, but the specks don’t go away. In fact, you start noticing new sparks of light and a shadow in your field of vision. Should you contact your eye care specialist?

It's A Snap!

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Taking care of someone with a developmental disability can be hard. The Special Needs Ability Program is here to help.

Changing of the Guard

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Meet Kevin Smith, Lake Mary’s new city manager, and join us in bidding a fond farewell to three great leaders who’ve served the city for more than 75 years combined.

Double Feature

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There are two great options for live theater in downtown Sanford. Here’s a preview of upcoming shows at Theater West End and the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center.

Vegans Unite

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The leader of Central Florida’s vegan movement lives right here in Sanford, and she’s helping local vegans connect with each other and the vegan-friendly restaurants around them.

Playmaker

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Daniel “Bobby” Tuttle, a homegrown talent – and the son of a Lake Mary High School baseball icon – uses his Hollywood success to help others find their best selves.

The IT Girls

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The IT Girls at Crooms Academy of Information Technology. The club helps girls in every grade at Crooms explore their potential in STEM subjects.

On-Campus Credit

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For 10 years, students at Lake Brantley High School have gotten real-world experience working at the on-campus CFE Credit Union branch, and now would-be bankers at Lake Howell High are breaking into the business, too.

A Helpful Decade

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As Helpful Hands, Inc. prepares to celebrate its 10th anniversary, we look back at what has become one of the Oviedo-Winter Springs community’s most, well, helpful charities.

Love at First Byte

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Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and it’s got us in the mood for love... with a cyber-fantastic twist. On the hunt for happily married couples who met online, we called out to our social media followers and found six adorable duos who were happy to share how they met and fell in love on the interwebs.

Challenge Accepted

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As Sanford-based Teen Challenge Orlando celebrates a major expansion, the addiction counseling organization renews its commitment to build a legacy that lasts.

A Mission of Mercy

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Dr. Pearl Burns practiced dentistry in our community for more than 30 years. In retirement – if you can call it that – Dr. Burns is traveling to the far corners of the globe to provide free care for those in need.

Their Garden Still Grows

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Altamonte Springs boasts one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in town - Spring Valley - and its upkeep is all thanks to The Spring Valley Garden Club, which recently celebrated 50 years of community, friendship, and philanthropy.