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Nonprofit Nugget: Alyce Lee Stansbury, CFRE on Stewardship

Posted By Josh Hirsch, Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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Boca West Community Charitable Foundation Provided Funding for Summer Camp Programs for 1,250 Low Income Kids

Posted By Josh Hirsch, Thursday, August 3, 2017
Updated: Friday, July 28, 2017
Boca West Community Charitable Foundation, which provides grants and volunteers to 25 community non-profit programs that serve local children, has provided funds, instructors, and volunteers for a variety of 2017 summer programs.

The summer programs include a five-week tennis camp held at Boca West Country Club, a two-week golf program, also held at the Club, called Hook A Kid On Golf,

FAU TOPS (Teaching Outstanding Performers), Summer Strings at Lynn University, Camp Wewa, Camp KAVOD, which serves disabled kids and Ball Stars Youth Camp, a basketball camp run by former NBA players.

“Boca West Foundation’s camps and after school programs are fighting each day for the future of their kids against the onslaught of gangs in Palm Beach County,” Sheriff Rick Bradshaw said.

More than 200 children from the Wayne Barton Study Center, Boys & Girls Club, Caridad Center and Florence Fuller Child Development Centers (East and West campuses) attended tennis camp at Boca West Country Club’s tennis center this summer. Each child received new tennis shoes, an outfit and enjoyed lunch each day.

Hook A Kid On Golf, America’s most comprehensive national youth golf program, introduced 25 kids from the Wayne Barton Study Center and 25 kids from the Boys & Girls Club to golf. Kids from both organizations attended a weeklong golf camp at Boca West Country Club during July. Children received golf instruction from Boca West Country Club’s golf pros, a t-shirt and a hat. Lunch was provided by the club each day.

“The sneakers, socks, shirts, hats and medals will be fondly remembered by the kids (and especially the delicious food) but it was the patience, caring and kindness on the part of the Boca West Country Club staff that will make a difference in many of the children’s lives,” Arthur Adler, chairman of the Boca West Charitable Foundation, said.

Boca West Community Charitable Foundation also sponsored two music camp programs for children at risk. Because of this funding, the FAU Elementary Band was able to host 180 students from Lake Worth, Delray Beach and Canal Point and the Nat King Cole Generation Hope Summer Strings Program was able to send 200 students to spend a week with students of the Lynn University Philharmonia.

Boca West’s contribution to Camp WeWa meant that 160 Kids from the Boys & Girls Club and SOS Children Villages were able to attend sleep away camp at Camp WeWa in Apopka, Florida. Each participant received swim goggles, a sleeping bag and duffle bag. The Foundation also covered the cost of transportation for the Boys & Girls Club.

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Boys & Girls Club, Comcast Celebrate Inaugural Game on New Sports Field for Local Youth

Posted By Josh Hirsch, Monday, July 31, 2017
Updated: Friday, July 28, 2017

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County, Comcast, local elected officials and community partners gathered to celebrate an inaugural game of soccer on a brand new sports field at Florence De George Boys & Girls Club.

On April 22 during Comcast Cares Day, the company’s annual day of service, employees and their families, friends and community volunteers planted 8,680 square feet of sod on an empty dirt lot adjacent to the Club. Three months later, the sod, which was donated by the City of West Palm Beach, has grown in to grass to create a new sports field.

“We couldn’t be more excited to start using this new field. Since Comcast Cares Day, our club members, staff and myself have been patiently but eagerly waiting for it to be ready,” said Jaene Miranda, President and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County. “Thank you Comcast for this wonderful field and all of the improvements volunteers made at the club, inside and out, on Comcast Cares Day.”

West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio cut the ribbon to officially mark the opening, then Boys & Girls Club members and Comcast employees took to the field to play soccer.

“I was also here on Comcast Cares Day back in April and saw what this space used to look like. What an amazing transformation it has made from basically nothing to a wonderful space that children here at the Club will enjoy for years to come,” said Muoio. “It is truly wonderful to see how our community is positively impacted when companies like Comcast and nonprofit organizations like Boys & Girls Clubs work together.”

Comcast also brought 300 book bags for club members. The bags were donated by the Office Depot Foundation as a part of its National Backpack Program and are filled with school supplies donated by Palm Beach County Comcast employees.

“We love getting the opportunity to spend time with kids from our community through our partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs,” said Alex Price, Director of Government Affairs and Community Investment for Comcast in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast. “Today’s event was particularly unique and fulfilling because we got to see firsthand how the hard work of our volunteers on Comcast Cares Day has paid off.”

In addition, Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County received a $25,000 Comcast Foundation grant on behalf of everyone who volunteered on Comcast Cares Day.

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How did Palm Beach Gardens woman go from homeless to home store owner?

Posted By Josh Hirsch, Friday, July 28, 2017

The first time Cynthia Heathcoe saw the residences at The Lord’s Place, she was dropping off a mother and child she’d rescued from a rainy bus stop, who were in desperate need of help.

The second time she saw them, she was the one needing help.

“I get goosebumps thinking about it,” Heathcoe, 49, says, two decades after that fateful day when she arrived, with her youngest child, out of money and options, to an apartment operated by the Palm Beach County homeless organization.

Now, she sits among the gorgeous, colorful pillows and architecturally complicated chairs at Contemporary Living, the home design store she runs with husband Robert at Downtown at the Gardens. She knows that most people wouldn’t make the connection between homelessness and this polished, sophisticated woman in this rarefied space.

And that’s exactly why she’s telling her story.

“I am not your face of homelessness,” says Heathcoe, who lives in The Acreage and is now a member of the Lord’s Place board. “I sure changed my perception. Homelessness is not just somebody standing on the corner with a sign…It could happen to anyone.”

Eighteen years ago, just days before Christmas, she and her infant son moved into a one-bedroom apartment at The Lord’s Place, in the aftermath of a rocky long-term relationship and a failed business. “I had to go backwards before I went forward. Being there really helped me.”

“Cynthia epitomizes our highest hopes for our clients: that they will overcome the issues and obstacles that led to their homelessness and go on to lead a productive life and ultimately give back to others,” says Diana Stanley, CEO of The Lord’s Place. “Cynthia has done all of that and more.”

A native of Louisville, KY who grew up in New Orleans, Heathcoe says she always had a passion for design and the drive she now displays in her career, but that sometimes in her youth it translated to stubbornness. An early marriage to a man in the military ended in “a messy divorce,” but not before Heathcoe learned a thing or two about her own tenacity and capability.

“I was 18 years old, in Germany, running the Red Cross on the base as a volunteer,” she remembers. “I was the only enlisted wife, and all the rest (of the volunteers) were officers’ wives. But that didn’t stop me. I’m comfortable sitting with anyone. I was always like ‘Who are you to tell me what to do?’”

When her marriage ended, Heathcoe moved to Florida to visit her mother and never left. She met her long-term partner, with whom she had children. While “there were some wonderful things about him, at some point you know that it’s not the best relationship for you.”

Heathcoe is the mother of seven children, although one of those, a son who was part of a set of triplets, died in infancy. Her design business was something “I fell into because of that tragedy. We had nothing, so I did hand painting on donated furniture. I took it to a consignment store, and that’s how it started.”

While they were together, she and her partner started a small business together, with which she cops to “making some mistakes.” But for awhile, things were somewhat stable, which is when she came across that mother and child, “standing at a bus stop (when it was) about to storm. I did a U-turn.”

The grateful mom requested to be dropped off at The Lord’s Place, and Heathcoe admits that she didn’t know what that was at the time. During their brief chat in the car, the woman told Heathcoe that she and her husband were working different shifts so that both could take turns caring for their child. When she dropped her off, “I remember thinking ‘Oh I couldn’t imagine that happening to me.’”

But it did. Two years later, her relationship was failing and “the business didn’t pan out. I had made a lot of poor decisions.” Heathcoe had moved into her mother’s house with her children, which was not a situation she could stay in forever. Her attorney finally sat her down and sent her to the Lord’s Place.

So even though “it’s hard for me to say that I need help,” there she was, full circle, on Dec. 22, 1998, with “nothing for anyone for Christmas,” sitting in front of the place she’d dropped that mother and child off before. But now “I had no car, no job, no money…I was in a dark, dark place.”

Heathcoe says that she knew that her stay at the campus “was temporary, but I knew it wasn’t where I was supposed to be. It’s where I needed to be. I didn’t become a victim. I accepted where I was and wanted to learn from that…They didn’t judge me, but allowed me to repair myself with dignity. It’s a wonderful program.”

In the six months she spent at The Lord’s Place, Heathcoe worked two jobs, one at a daycare and the other at a children’s consignment store. Once she left, she enrolled in classes at Florida Atlantic University to become a therapist, certain she could pass on some of the help she’d been given to others.

She also met husband Robert, even though she wasn’t looking for a relationship at the time. Eventually, she knew that she’d have to tell him about her past, but “when she started to tell me her story, I said ‘What happened in the past made you the woman you are. It doesn’t matter.’”

Robert says he also got a lesson in the unexpected from meeting his now wife. He’d never wanted kids, but now he’s a step-father and grandfather. And he believed enough in Cynthia’s vision to leave his job in graphic design and “go into an industry I knew nothing about. But I said ‘Let’s do it.’”

Even after the opening of her store, Heathcoe says that she felt a hole in her life, and realized “it was service. Service was missing.” So eventually she joined the board of The Lord’s Place. “When I got the voice mail (with the request), I sat there and cried. It was such an honor.”

Remembering her Christmas at The Lord’s Place without gifts, she has started a holiday drive to collect household items for other residents who “don’t have their favorite things with them, a pillow or the things that make a house a home. I want them to have something that makes it feel like home.”

Heathcoe says that part of her personal development has been learning to accept the things that she has done right, because “it’s easy to blame yourself. You have to own the good things, too.” She says she also learned that she had to forgive, not only others “but myself for the choices I’d made.”

Reconciling that knowledge is part of what propelled her to go public with her story. Heathcoe acknowledges “the huge stigma” attached to homelessness.

“I get the opportunity to speak as a graduate of (The Lord’s Place). I’m moved that I could be an inspiration to anyone,” she says. “If I can give one person hope, it’s worth it. I don’t care about anyone else’s opinion. It’s how I feel about myself that matters.”

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CROS Ministries nears 40 years of feeding thousands

Posted By Josh Hirsch, Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Rita doesn’t look hungry. The 56-year-old Lake Worth resident has had the same job as a door attendant in Palm Beach for 10 years. She gets paid every two weeks. She lives simply in a mobile home.

And yet she rarely has enough to prevail from paycheck to paycheck by herself, so part of her monthly routine is a visit to the CROS Ministries food pantry. She counts the bag of staples she gets there — pasta, canned vegetables and such — as a blessing, not a source of shame. So do hundreds of others who visit the modest space at Our Savior Lutheran Church, near Lake Worth High School.

“I’m grateful they’re here, and it’s hard to get help,” Rita said. “And this helps.”

The pantry is one of seven CROS Ministries operates across Palm Beach and Martin counties. As the nonprofit prepares to enter its 40th year of community service, stories like Rita’s are ones it is seeing frequently. In 2016:

  • CROS pantries distributed food to 58,917 people, a population bigger than that of either Palm Beach Gardens or Lake Worth. More than one in three were children.
  • Its Caring Kitchen served 85,260 meals to the poor, homeless, elderly and disabled in Delray Beach — or an average of about 235 meals per day.
  • The CROS gleaning program, which harvests leftover food from farm fields, collected 411,140 pounds of vegetables and produce — the weight of about 150 Honda Civics. The Palm Beach County Food Bank distributed the gleanings to 100 food programs.

“Our values have always been tied into food problems, really,” said Nancy Edwards of Riviera Beach, who has been a member of the CROS board of directors and volunteered at the food pantry near her home for more than 35 years.

Ruth Mageria has been with CROS since 1998 and its director since 2014. She said the needs of the hungry in Palm Beach County have remained largely the same across those 17 years — as has the organization’s mission: filling gaps in income and the empty stomachs they create.

According to a 2017 study by Feeding South Florida, an affiliate of the national food bank Feeding America, 31 percent of the hungry in Palm Beach County do not qualify for federal nutrition programs and must rely on emergency food services such as CROS. The study also pegged the average cost of a meal in South Florida at $3.32, which works out to $69.72 per person per week. The average shortfall for hungry people in South Florida, however, is $19.61 per person per week, or $78.44 for a family of four.

“Many of (our patrons) already have jobs. The money’s just not enough. Many of them receive food stamps, but that does not carry them through the end of the month. We think of ourselves as an emergency food pantry,” Mageria said. “We think of ourselves — whether it’s our food programs, our food pantries, the hot-meal program in Delray Beach — we think of us as being constantly there so someone who’s in need of food can come in and find food.”

CROS Ministries began in 1978, when Palm Beach County’s population was less than half its present 1.3 million and Martin’s a third of its 155,000. A group of Methodist churches in Palm Beach County saw community needs — food insecurity, poverty, homelessness — and created a group to try to meet them by starting the first food pantry at Northwood United Methodist Church in West Palm Beach.

The city’s pantry has since moved to the Urban League Community Service Center on North Tamarind Avenue. Other pantries besides those in West Palm Beach and Lake Worth are in Jupiter, Riviera Beach, Delray Beach, Belle Glade and Indiantown.

Pamela Cahoon served as CROS’ director from its inception until she retired in January 2014. The organization began as Christians Reaching Out to Society, but over time has become known simply as CROS Ministries. Serving as only the organization’s second director, Mageria said her position has kept most of Cahoon’s original intentions in place — and that the conversation about hunger stays about “all of us,” rather than “the hungry” and “the fed.”

“The general public, when we think about who is hungry, we think about the person panhandling on the street because that’s who is hungry and has not eaten for days,” Mageria said. “So many times, it could be the person sitting next to me if I go to church, or it may be the child who’s on free and reduced lunch sitting next to my son in class, but when you look at him, he doesn’t look hungry.”

“When you think about food insecurity, it’s not out there. It’s really among us — we just don’t know who’s hungry. Children are one face of hunger that we don’t think about. The other face of hunger are our seniors,” she said. “Most of the people coming in don’t want to be there. But because they have children or dependents, they come in to make sure they have something to eat.”

CROS Ministries board president Rick Edlund said the sheer number of people CROS pantries have served over the years — nearly 60,000 people per year — testifies to the organization’s presence in the community as it nears its 40th year of service. He got involved five years ago after being referred by his church. He began as a volunteer, delivering lunchtime meals, and eventually spoke with Mageria about joining the board of directors.

“I go back to hunger is just such a fundamental issue. If you’re hungry, it’s hard to be a good student, hard to be a good employee, hard to look for employment and it’s hard to do much when you’re hungry,” he said. “Knowing we’re serving so many people that are hungry, it might give them the opportunity to do (more).”

Mageria said in an ideal world, she wouldn’t have a job because there were no hungry people. But in reality, organizations like CROS Ministries that have a consistent community presence are essential to curbing widespread hunger.

“The need will always be there. There will always be people coming in who are looking for food. There will always be people who are coming in that need that assistance,” she said.

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Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF) 2017-2018 Request For Proposals

Posted By Josh Hirsch, Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Contingent upon the receipt of federal funding, Volunteer Florida is pleased to announce the availability of 2017-2018 Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF) grant funding. Proposals are due August 4, 2017.

Volunteer Florida's VGF program helps organizations to more effectively recruit, manage, support and retain skills-based volunteers. Skills-based volunteering is a strategic type of volunteerism that expands the impact of community organizations by engaging professionals from all industries, matching their experience, talents and education with the needs of nonprofits.

VGF is open to public or private nonprofit organizations, including faith based and other community organizations; institutions of higher education; government entities within states or territories; labor organizations; partnerships and consortia; or Indian Tribes. The FY 2017-2018 VGF program is intended to build capacity that will result in sustainable skills-based volunteer programs. As such, organizations receiving VGF program funds for three (3) years are not eligible for FY 2017-2018 VGF funding.

To Submit a Proposal

Download the Volunteer Generation Fund RFP here.

Download the Volunteer Generation Fund budget form here.

Download the Volunteer Generation Fund sample budget form here.

Volunteer Florida requires that proposals be submitted through an on-line system called MicroEdge that can be found here.
Proposals must be submitted through the MicroEdge system no later than Friday, August 4, 2017 at 5:00pm EDT. Proposals submitted after this deadline or by any other means will not be considered for funding.

Download MicroEdge screen shots here.

Technical Assistance:
Please click HERE for a recording of the 2017-2017 VGF Technical Assistance Call.
Please click HERE to view the slides from the 2017-2018 VGF Technical Assistance Call.
Please click HERE to view the 2017-2018 VGF FAQ’s.

To ensure that this funding process is carried out in a fair and equitable manner, all questions should be submitted to

To see a list of current VGF grantees, click here.

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Children's Services Council’s Unique Grant Opportunity Encourages Great Ideas

Posted By Josh Hirsch, Friday, July 7, 2017

Original post: Children's Services Council

For a second year, Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County is releasing funds to encourage local nonprofits to be creative – to try something new, address a community need or fuel a pilot project.

This year, The Great Ideas Initiative targets nonprofits, in business for at least two consecutive years, with budgets at $1 million or less that currently do not receive funding from the Council.

Those interested in this opportunity must submit an application by Aug. 7, 2017, that shows how their Great Idea would enhance the lives of Palm Beach County’s children (prenatal – age 18) and their families.

“We continue to be amazed by the wonderful work going on in our community on behalf of children and families,” said Lisa Williams-Taylor, the Council’s CEO. “Last year’s Great Ideas Initiative resulted in some inspiring projects. We can’t wait to see what this year brings.”

In 2016, more than 130 nonprofits submitted Great Ideas applications and 24 were chosen to receive funding. For a list of those awarded funds, click here.

This year, Great Ideas grants are offered as a lump sum during a 12-month funding cycle. Funds (up to $25,000 per project) are available in the following categories:

  • Essential Services
  • Supplies/Equipment
  • Community Outreach/Engagement
  • Capacity Building

Those interested in learning more may attend an informational session either July 10 at 2 p.m. or July 11 at 10:30 a.m. at Children’s Services Council, 2300 High Ridge Rd., Boynton Beach, FL.

Please RSVP by July 6, 2017, to Jennifer Hardy by clicking here. When responding, please specify which session you will be attending and how many people from your organization will be coming.

To review the Great Ideas Initiative guidelines, or download the application, click here.

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Hats Off Nonprofit Awards on WPTV

Posted By Charlotte Gill, Wednesday, July 5, 2017

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Leadership Aspire Request for Proposals

Posted By Josh Hirsch, Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Introduction to Leadership Palm Beach County

Leadership Palm Beach County (LPBC) is a nonprofit organization designed to foster awareness of community issues and promote efficient communication and cooperation relationships between existing and emerging community leaders. The organization's mission is to identify and unite leaders from diverse backgrounds and perspectives to increase their understanding of countywide issues, improve their ability to lead effectively and engage them in working to solve problems in our community

Leadership Aspire

Leadership Aspire is a program offered by Leadership Palm Beach County (LPBC) based on a community needs assessment conducted in December 2015. This program is being provided as a service to the community to create a pipeline for leaders based on the mission of LPBC to educate and unite leaders to build a better community.

There will be quarterly 4-hour workshops presented on themes including leading with emotional intelligence, presentation skills with a focus on effective public speaking, conflict resolution, and cultural competence. Workshops need to focus on leadership training and include aspects for the individual (self-awareness/self-management), team (as a team member and team leader), and manager for the up and coming leader.

*The content themes and dates are listed on the last page of this RFP.

Submission Process

You are invited to submit a response to this request for proposal. Submit a cover page including your contact information, website, fee for service, and a link to a video of you facilitating a program if you have one. Also, rank your Aspire Session preferences after reviewing the dates and themes.
Page two of your submission should be one page describing the curriculum you would present for each of the sessions you are interested in facilitating. Your resume should be included.

Submit all information in one pdf document to Noel Martinez at no later than July 7, 2017 at noon.

Selection Process

Starting July 10, 2017 we will schedule interviews of the facilitators selected from the RFP process. Please be prepared to give a five-minute presentation on why you should be selected and the curriculum you are interested in providing. There will then be a 5-minute period scheduled for committee members to ask questions. A schedule will be created after the proposals are submitted.

Facilitators will be selected by July 21, 2017 and contacted via email.

Themes and Dates
Location: Palm Beach State College, Lake Worth Campus
Time: 8am-12pm

Learning Objectives

Session One: September 29, 2017- Leading with emotional intelligence

  • Emotional intelligence 101; what is it and how to recognize the benefits of developing your emotional intelligence
  • Understand how emotion influences motivation and behavior
  • Increase self-awareness by becoming aware of your emotions
  • Determine the connection between emotions, productivity and quality of work

Session Two: November 17, 2017- Presentation skills for leaders with a focus on effective public speaking

  • Effective speech communication for public speaking
  • How to select and organize content, establish credibility, support ideas and evaluate with reasoning, analyze audience, and structure a speech
  • Different ways to enhance a speech such as body cues, tone of voice, and visualization techniques
  • Formulating different types of speeches, and delivery

Session Three: February 23, 2018- Conflict resolution for leaders

  • Foundations of conflict
  • Resolve conflicts professionally and with integrity
  • Listening skills and conflict resolution methodologies
  • Create successful pathways to problem solving, team building, and relationship development

Session Four: April 27, 2018- Cultural competence leadership

  • Awareness of cultural identity
  • Ability to recognize difference in cultural norms
  • Develop effective techniques to adapt to those who communicate differently
  • Create a culturally competent organization

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Impact the Palm Beaches 2017 Grant Opportunities

Posted By Josh Hirsch, Friday, June 23, 2017

You're invited to the information session on NEW


Impact the Palm Beaches 
2017 Grant Opportunities  


Six sessions available!

Wednesday, July 5:  1-2:30pm

Wednesday, July 5:  3:30-5pm 

Thursday, July 6:  9-10:30am

Thursday, July 6:  1-2:30pm

Thursday, July 6:  3:30-5pm

Friday, July 7:  9-10:30am



Town of Palm Beach United Way

44 Cocoanut Row, Suite M201 

 Palm Beach


Cost: FREE


Rsvp required

Space is limited to the first 25 registrants for each session.

Call 561-655-1919 to reserve your space. 


Information Session 


Please join the Community Foundation for this free information session as we review the grant guidelines, explain the application process and answer questions about the high-impact grant from Impact the Palm Beaches.


On November 6, 2017, high-impact grants of up to $100,000 will be awarded to successful nonprofit applicants in one or more of the following focus areas: Arts & Culture; Education; Environment; Family and Health & Wellness. 


After a thorough review process, the grant recipient will be selected by majority vote of all Impact the Palm Beaches members at its Award Luncheon.


Eligible projects or programs must be implemented and serve residents of Palm Beach County (Lake Worth Road north to the Martin County line). 


To apply you must be an active 501(c)(3) for a minimum of 19 months. 


Rsvp required

Call 561-655-1919 to reserve your space. 

Space is limited to the first 25 registrants for 

each session.

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