We believe all children deserve the opportunity to achieve their potential.


To improve educational opportunities for children in Duval County, through strategic investments that encourage and support early learning and strengthen the public educational system.

The Foundation

The Chartrand Foundation was established by the Chartrand family in 2006. It reflects our desire to give back, our belief in the dignity of all people and our commitment to social justice. Working together philanthropically also serves to strengthen and enhance our family relationships. We focus on education because we believe accessing and acquiring a quality education is the most important step individuals can take toward achieving self-expression, personal freedom and financial independence.

Core Principles

Welcome innovation and the willingness to embrace bold ideas.

Look for strong leaders who foster teamwork and collaboration.

Advocate responsibly for the issues and organizations of importance to our work.

Respect differing opinions and strategies, and strive for the humility to listen to others.

Encourage diversity and an inclusive culture in our own organization and in those with whom we work.

Seek to create a culture of trust in our relationships with grantees and with others in the community.

Demand accountability, expecting ourselves and our grantees to be good stewards of their gifts and resources.

Strive for balance in our investments and philanthropic approaches.

Chartrand Foundation Board

Gary Chartrand

Gary Chartrand is the Executive Chairman of Acosta. Acosta is a leading full-service sales and marketing agency, providing outsourced sales, merchandising, marketing and promotional services to manufacturers in the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry. The Company employs over 35,000 associates and operates 100 offices in the U.S. and Canada. He has been the pivotal force behind quadrupling the company's geographic coverage, transforming Acosta into a leading full-service sales and marketing company in the U.S. and Canada.

Gary received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the State of Florida in May 2001, and has been an extraordinary leader in his industry and his community. From 2003 to 2009 Mr. Chartrand was recognized as one of the 50 most powerful leaders in the grocery industry by Supermarket News.

Mr. Chartrand also has a passion for educating our children in Duval County. In April 2007, he led a community effort to help bring Teach for America to Jacksonville. Jacksonville was the second city in Florida to have attracted Teach for America to its community. In June of 2009 Gary and Nancy made a pledge gift to KIPP schools of Jacksonville to help bring the first KIPP school to Florida.. Because of his passion for education, coupled with his business and leadership experience Govern Rick Scott appointed Mr. Chartrand to the State Board of education in 2011.

Gary currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Chartrand Foundation and the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation, The Jacksonville Public Education Fund, He is a director and on the board of City Year and the KIPP schools in Jacksonville, FL, Gary is actively involved in raising funds for The Wounded Warrior Project headquartered in Jacksonville. He is also an enthusiastic supporter of the Catholic Charities, Guardian of Dreams Catholic schools and the Diocese of St. Augustine.

Gary is the author of Unreasonable Leadership, a business book focused on achieving extraordinary results through a dynamic leadership style. Gary and his wife Nancy are executive producers of a 90 minute feature documentary "Messenger of the Truth".

Gary is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire. He resides in Ponte Vedra Beach with his wife, Nancy. They have two children, Jeffrey and Meredith and three granddaughters.

Nancy Chartrand

Born Nancy Jane Piecuch in 1954 to first generation Polish immigrants, Frank and Jane Piecuch. Nancy's birthplace and home was Manchester, New Hampshire where her value of volunteerism took hold. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Science and teaching degree. After graduation, Nancy started a family and became a devoted mother of two children, Jeffrey and Meredith. In 1982, the family migrated to Jacksonville, Florida where they have made their home. Continuing with the values instilled in her during childhood, Nancy served on many volunteer boards including the Parent Teacher Associations at her children's schools and the family's local parish, Resurrection Church. Her devotion to the Catholic faith has inspired a deep belief in social justice. She has served the community through her support of The Ronald McDonald House, St.Vincent's Hosptial. PACE School for Girls, and Birthright,Inc. Currently Nancy sits on the foundation boards of the Diocese of St. Augustine, Florida State College of Jacksonville, The Cummer Museum, and St. Vincent's Healthcare where she is the chair the cultivation committee, the leadership advisory council for the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Ctr. for Girls, and Chairman of the Board at The Chartrand Foundation which focuses on equal educational opportunities for all. Her current residence is in Ponte Vedra Beach , Fl. with her husband Gary.

Jeff Chartrand

Jeff Chartrand is an advisor to the Jeff Chartrand Fund and The Chartrand Family Fund at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida. He currently serves on the steering committee for the LGBT Community Fund, an LGBT giving circle at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida; the steering committee for The School-Based Mental Health Initiative working to provide access to school based mental and behavioral health services in Duval County Public Schools; the steering committee for The Southern Funding Project, an initiative of Funders for LGBTQ Issues working to increase the scale and impact LGBT philanthropy in the Southeast; the Campaign Council for The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice; and the Justice and Democracy Committee for The Threshold Foundation. He currently lives in San Francisco.

Meredith Chartrand Frisch

A Jacksonville native, Meredith graduated from Florida State University in 2003, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Child Sciences. After graduation, she moved to New York City, where she taught art at a Montessori school. In 2006, Meredith moved back to Jacksonville to help to improve the lives of Jacksonville's children and work with her family to establish The Chartrand Foundation. She currently serves on the board of The Chartrand Foundation and Discovery Montessori School where she co-chairs the Development Committee. She is also a member of The Women's Giving Alliance and the LGBT Giving Circle at The Community Foundation. Additionally she enjoys her volunteer work with Community PedsCare and Wolfson Children's Hospital. While raising three young daughters with her husband Mark, she has spearheaded initiatives in Early Childhood Development through their Family Foundation. Meredith believes that children in Jacksonville can reach their full potential when they are born healthy and their early stage development is nourished, and invests her time in ensuring these outcomes are available to the greatest number of children possible.


While the Foundation does not adhere to any formal restrictions in its grantmaking, it does prefer investing in programs or initiatives that do one or more of the following:

Address the particular interests of low-income, special needs and/or off-track students and their families.

Provide a strong educational foundation through early learning (pre-natal-PreK).

Advance the social, emotional and mental health of all students, but particularly early learners.

Support continuous improvement of public education systems.

Encourage collaboration and alignment between public schools, early learning centers and community partners.

Stimulate and encourage constructive citizen engagement in the challenge of providing high-quality education for all children.

Incorporate clear goals, measurable outcomes, effective systems and methodsfor sharing lessons learned.


While the Foundation does not adhere to any formal restrictions in its grantmaking, it does prefer investing in programs or initiatives that do one or more of the following:

Awarding Grants

The Chartrand Foundation only makes negotiated grants. The Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals. While The Community Foundation handles the operational details of the Chartrand family's grantmaking, the family continues to make all decisions on where and how to invest philanthropic dollars.

All Foundation grants are advised by the Chartrand family, and awarded from The Chartrand Family Fund - a fund at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida. Neither The Community Foundation nor the Chartrand family accept unsolicited proposals. All grants awarded from the fund are negotiated.

The Chartrand Foundation shares a unique and rewarding partnership with the Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, one that enables each organization to complement the other. The Community Foundation has deep experience as a community grantmaker, and possesses strong values that respect the intent of the donor. Through this partnership we enhance our ability to work with others under The Community Foundation's umbrella. We benefit by having the flexibility to focus on our philanthropy and the ways in which it can best benefit the community, secure in the knowledge that our interests are both respected and represented.


The Chartrand Foundation engages in a negotiated grant making process. While we do not accept un-solicited proposals we always remain open and receptive to new ideas and your feedback.


The Chartrand Foundation engages in a negotiated grant making process. While we do not accept un-solicited proposals we always remain open and receptive to new ideas and your feedback.