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Jessie Ball duPont Fund

The Jessie Ball duPont Fund is a national foundation that makes grants to a defined universe of organizations whose eligibility is determined exclusively by Mrs. duPont's personal philanthropic decisions. An organization is eligible if it received a gift from Mrs. duPont between January 1, 1960 and December 31, 1964. Today, there are more than 300 eligible organizations.

– A Message from Sherry Magill, President, Jessie Ball duPont Fund

In 2004, the trustees of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund supported Florida State University's partnership with the LeRoy Collins Institute to study Florida's future needs and how to finance those needs. The result was a booklength study titled "Tough Choices," with voluminous data and analysis, together with a shorter executive summary of the findings.


In our judgment, the report provided a basis for thoughtful Floridians to understand the state's future challenges, and proved prescient in predicting the current state fiscal crisis.


In 2007, the Fund's trustees provided support to allow Carol Weissert and David Denslow to update "Tough Choices," the results of which are included in these publications.


We recommend these updates for your consideration, believing that "Tough Choices" delineates important future challenges facing our state and recommends strategies we should consider in planning our collective future.

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Bureau of Economic & Business Research

Founded in 1929, the Bureau of Economic and Business Research (BEBR) is an applied research center in the Warrington College of Business Administration at the University of Florida. BEBR seeks to conduct research that is both academically sound and directly relevant to public and private decision makers in Florida. Staff members publish research results in books, monographs, scholarly journals, and technical reports; make presentations at national conferences and to business, government, and civic groups throughout Florida; serve on a variety of professional and academic committees; and respond to thousands of information requests each year.

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