The Jacksonville Public Education Fund Receives a $30,000 Grant from Truist for COVID-19 Relief Efforts


JACKSONVILLE, FL, APRIL 21, 2020 – The Jacksonville Public Education Fund (JPEF) today announced it received a $30,000 grant from Truist Financial Corporation to support public school teachers during the coronavirus pandemic and shift to home learning. 

The grant is part of the financial services company’s Truist Cares initiative, a $25 million philanthropic pledge announced in March to support basic needs, medical supplies and financial hardship relief due to COVID-19. JPEF will support teachers who have lost income due to the crisis and offer professional learning opportunities to teachers, as they require new skills to adapt to teaching students virtually.

“The Jacksonville Public Education Fund is so grateful to Truist for their support of public education in Duval County,” said JPEF President Rachael Tutwiler Fortune. “Our public school teachers have stepped up in a serious way for our students, so we are proud to step up alongside them in these difficult times.”

“As education has shifted to an online learning environment, the Jacksonville Public Education Fund is supporting teachers who have been impacted by COVID-19,” said Scott Keith, North Florida regional president for Truist. “We are pleased to support this effort, which aligns closely with our purpose to inspire and build better lives and communities.”


About the Jacksonville Public Education Fund

The Jacksonville Public Education Fund is a research-driven independent nonprofit organization that is working to close the opportunity gap for low-income students and students of color in Duval County. We believe public schools have made tremendous progress over the last ten years, but we cannot stop working until every student is prepared for success in college, career and life. We invest in building the capacity of school leaders, teacher leaders and parent leaders to improve school quality. For more information:


About Truist

Truist Financial Corporation is a purpose-driven financial services company committed to inspire and build better lives and communities. With 275 years of combined BB&T and SunTrust history, Truist serves approximately 12 million households with leading market share in many high-growth markets in the country. The company offers a wide range of services including retail, small business and commercial banking; asset management; capital markets; commercial real estate; corporate and institutional banking; insurance; mortgage; payments; specialized lending and wealth management. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Truist is the sixth-largest commercial bank in the U.S. with total assets of $506 billion as of March 31, 2020. Truist Bank, Member FDIC. Learn more at




Stephanie Garry Garfunkel, Jacksonville Public Education Fund


Audria Belton, Truist




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