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Community Foundation

About The Community Foundation

The LifeSouth Community Foundation inspires the next generation of blood donors through education initiatives. We educate K-12 students about the science of blood and the community responsibility of donating and provide support to schools which host blood drives. The Foundation also awards scholarships to high school students who demonstrate outstanding advocacy for blood donation. We create the next Donation Generation!

The LifeSouth Community Foundation was created in 2011 to raise awareness about the need for blood donation in the communities we serve.

Foundation Initiatives

Donation Generation K-12 Curriculum

This curriculum educates school-aged children on the science behind donation through hands-on interactive elements as well as the social responsibility of donation.

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LifeSouth 5K and Party in the Plaza

Our annual 5K & Fun Run in Gainesville, Florida that raises awareness for the need for blood donation.

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High School Grant & Scholarship Program

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Kids Marathons

The goal of the Kids Marathon is to promote good health and physical fitness by giving kids the opportunity to run or walk an entire 26.2 miles, just like marathoners.

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LifeSouth’s Youth Grant Program

LifeSouth’s Youth Grant Program supports non-profit youth organizations in the community by providing reimbursement to those programs that host blood drives and recruit blood donors. The program helps educate youth about the importance of blood donation and provide lifesaving blood components to patients in the community.

Youth group holding blood type signs

Board of Directors

Kimberly E. Kinsell

President & CEO

LifeSouth Community Blood Centers, Inc.
Gainesville, Florida

Gary Brooks


BBI Construction Management
Gainesville, Florida

Ronald Spitznagel, EdD


Consultant and Expert Witness
Gainesville, Florida

JD Pettyjohn


LifeSouth Community Blood Centers
Gainesville, Florida

Rodney Ford

Tampa, Florida

Kevin Maddox

Homewood City Schools
Homewood, Alabama

David Wagner

Folds & Walker, LLC
Gainesville, Florida

Bruce Stechmiller

St. Augustine, Florida

Dr. Katherine Laurenzano

Malcom Randall VA Hospital
Jonesville, Florida

Thomas Kennedy

Citrus County School Board
Beverly Hills, Florida