Preserving the Past  |  Investing in the Future

Supporting Children’s Education

The Lastinger Family Foundation bestowed its inaugural grant to the University of Florida’s College of Education and has supported a wide variety of enrichment initiatives ever since, recognizing that education is a critically important foundation for a meaningful and productive life.


University of Florida Lastinger Center for Learning

The University of Florida Lastinger Center for Learning

The University of Florida’s College of Education is committed to preparing exemplary teachers who will not only guide their own students, but also collaborate with other educators to solve critical problems within their schools and their educational communities. In 1998, the Lastinger Family Foundation’s grant and a state match empowered the institution to create the Lastinger Center for Learning. This center enabled UF scholars to embed themselves in primarily urban, high-poverty schools and develop enhanced teaching practices and programs designed to boost student achievement. The center continues to inspire innovations in education and is increasingly recognized as a leader in the teacher quality movement.


The First Light Maritime Society

First Light Maritime Society Educational Outreach

The First Light Maritime Society supports the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program and the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum in providing educational opportunities to the community. The Lastinger Family Foundation’s gift to this organization funded an informative maritime history exhibit as well as an interactive learning station at the St. Augustine Lighthouse.



Eckerd Grant for Mentoring:

Eckerd is one of the largest privately funded nonprofit youth and family service organizations in the United States. It offers a wide range of behavioral health, juvenile justice and child welfare services to help those who have faced an assortment of problems find a path to a “second chance.” The Lastinger Family Foundation’s grant to this organization gave children with incarcerated parents the opportunity to make the most of their own lives through a life-changing mentoring program.