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Community Investment Specialist Wanted

Posted By Josh Hirsch, Thursday, October 19, 2017

Allegany Franciscan Ministries is currently seeking a values-based individual to support its grant-making and community investment activities.

This full time professional position is based at Allegany Franciscan Ministries’ Palm Harbor Florida office, and works closely with all members of the Allegany team. The Community Investment Specialist supports the administration of all grant/community investment programs, maintaining timely and accurate grants management records (using FoundantGLM). Provides information and guidance to grant seekers and grant partners regarding Allegany, goals and priorities, and the application process, serving as initial point-of-contact for grant applicants. Consults with staff and volunteers to support and promote decision-making. Prepares grant reports. Together with all Allegany colleagues, the Community Investment Specialist is responsible to support and promote the overall mission, goals and organizational culture of Allegany Franciscan Ministries.

Allegany Franciscan Ministries is a non-profit Catholic organization inspired by the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany to improve health for those who are marginalized and underserved. A member of Trinity Health, Allegany has nine staff, and offices in Tampa Bay, West Palm Beach and Miami. Since 1998, Allegany has invested over $81 million to 1400+ organizations to improve access to health and health care. In 2014, Allegany launched the Common Good Initiative, a long-term, community-driven, place-based effort mobilizing communities towards better health and wellness.


Qualified candidates will have a Bachelor’s degree plus at least two years’ experience working in a nonprofit or grant-making setting. Important skill sets include: “delight in the details” with accurate and timely project completion; advanced skills in Microsoft Office suite, spreadsheet design, and database software packages; prefer experience with FoundantGLM; knowledge of program funding and community investment processes; ability to independently handle multiple priorities and deadlines. Must be comfortable operating in a collaborative, shared leadership environment and possess a personal presence that is characterized by honesty, integrity, and caring with the ability to inspire and motivate others to promote the mission, vision, goals, and values of Trinity Health and Allegany Franciscan Ministries.

Excellent benefits package and positive work environment. Salary range is $55,000 - $62,000. For more information, visit To request a detailed job description email

Please submit application by October 27, 2017 at:

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Hats Off to Nonprofits in Palm Beach County

Posted By Charlotte Gill, Thursday, October 5, 2017

The inaugural “Hats Off Nonprofit Awards” hosted by Nonprofits First, Inc. honored 114 nominees from Palm Beach County at the Harriet Himmel Theatre in downtown West Palm Beach. Over 300 guests were in attendance at this unique hat-themed cocktail reception to support and take their “hats off” to the nominees representing 78 charities.

A blue-ribbon panel of 28 community leaders from the public and private sectors determined the winners. Honorees in the 7 categories were not announced until the awards program, contributing to the anticipation and excitement of this celebratory event – the first ever awards program of its kind in Palm Beach County.

Seven honorees were announced by Emcee Daniel Gibson, a nonprofit professional with deep Palm Beach County roots. Presenting the awards were Nonprofits First CEO, Jessica Cecere, and Board President, Deana Pizzo (I.T. Solutions of South Florida.)

Nonprofit of the Year was awarded to MyClinic of Jupiter (Small), Best Foot Forward Foundation (Medium), and Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County (Large). Seventeen-year-old Ava Goldstone from the Miracle League of Palm Beach County was honored as the Nonprofit Volunteer of the Year. Nonprofit Professional of the Year went to Susan G. Komen South Florida Executive Director Kate Watt for her many years of work at the Urban League of Palm Beach County. Renee Layman from the Center for Child Counseling received the Nonprofit Executive of the Year Award. Three hundred and twenty Hats Off attendees voted for the People’s Choice Award, selecting Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Palm Beach County for their outstanding work.

“The Hats Off Nonprofit Awards will have lasting impact and reward the nonprofit community for their dedication to service and the business of doing good. Nonprofits are an economic driver in Palm Beach County, providing over 30,000 jobs. It’s time we give them the recognition they deserve and Nonprofits First is proud to do it,” said CEO of Nonprofits First, Jessica Cecere.

Proceeds raised from this unique event benefit Nonprofits First Education Programs and Rising Leaders. These programs focus on the professional development, leadership, and training the nonprofit community volunteers and employees need to lead and succeed.

For more than 11 years, Nonprofits First, Inc. has been the leading resource for strengthening the administrative and operational capacity of nonprofit organizations in the community. Comprised of experienced professionals, consultants and volunteers, the vision of Nonprofits First is a community in which all nonprofits achieve their highest level of success.

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Caroline Tanner - Easter Seals Florida (Rising Leaders 2017)

Posted By Josh Hirsch, Sunday, August 27, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
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Amy McKown - Area Agency on Aging (Rising Leaders 2017)

Posted By Josh Hirsch, Friday, August 25, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
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Amy McKown - Message to Future Classes (Rising Leaders 2017)

Posted By Josh Hirsch, Wednesday, August 23, 2017
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Hats Off Nonprofit Awards Nominations Announcement

Posted By Josh Hirsch, Tuesday, August 22, 2017


We would like to congratulate the 113 nominees from 77 nonprofit organizations who were nominated for a Hats Off Nonprofit Award. A special hats off to our sponsors who believe in our mission of serving the nonprofit community. 🎩

🎩 Nonprofit of the Year (Operating budget less than $500,000)
Palm Beach Philanthropy Tank
Clinics Can Help
Emergency Medical Assistance, Inc 
Family Promise of South Palm Beach County
Friends of Palm Beach
Hepzibah House
Junior League of the Palm Beaches
Live Like Jake
The Miracle League of Palm Beach County
MyClinic of Jupiter
POST Pediatric Oncology Support Team, Inc.
Spirit of Giving Network
Student ACES
Unicorn Children's Foundation
Wellington Cares
Live Fresh

🎩 Nonprofit of the Year (Operating budget $500,001-$2.49 million)
211 HelpLine
Arts Garage of Delray Beach 
Best Foot Forward Foundation
Center for Child Counseling, Inc.
Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties
CROS Ministries
El Sol, Jupiter's Neighborhood Resource Center
Forgotten Soldiers Outreach
Friends of the Mounts Botanical Garden
Genesis Community Health
Hanley Foundation
Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches & Treasure Coast, Inc.
Lake Worth West Resident Planning Group, Inc.
The Milagro Center
NAMI Palm Beach County

🎩 Nonprofit of the Year (Operating budget more than $2.5 million)
Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services
Alzheimer's Community Care
Urban League of Palm Beach County, Inc.
Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies of Palm Beach County
Place of Hope
Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County
Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida
Loggerhead Marinelife Center
South Florida Science Center and Aquarium
Office Depot Foundation
Palm Beach Habilitation Center
Boys Town South Florida
Community Partners

🎩 Nonprofit Executive of the Year
Becky Dymond, Executive Director & Counselor, Hepzibah House Inc.
Bernard "Bernie" J. Godek, Chief Executive Officer, Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County
Beth Clark, CEO, Young Singers Palm Beaches
Brad Hurlburt, President and CEO, Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties
Danielle Hartman, President and CEO, Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services
David Chirico, Founder, Networking to Help Children
Doreen Mullings, Residential Director, Jewish Residential and Family Services Inc 
Dr. Sandra Munoz, LMHC, Psy.D, Chief Executive Officer, The Children's Healing Institute
Jack Lighton, President and CEO, Loggerhead Marinelife Center
Julia Kadel, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Miracle League of Palm Beach County
Julie Swindler, Chief Executive Officer, Families First of Palm Beach County
Kate Arrizza, Chief Operating Officer, South Florida Science Center and Aquarium
Kimberly McCarten, President and CEO, The Arc of Palm Beach County
Laurie George, President and CEO, United Way of Palm Beach County
Lisa Greenwood, Chief Program Officer, Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Palm Beach County 
Lisa Johnson, Chief Executive Officer, Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida
Lorraine Marks Field, Executive Director Founder/Conductor, Florida Intergenerational Orchestra of America
Marjorie Waldo, President and CEO, Arts Garage
Marsha Martino, Executive Director, National Alliance on Mental Illness Palm Beach County
Mary Wong, President, Office Depot Foundation
Patrick J. Franklin, President & CEO, Urban League of Palm Beach County, Inc.
Rena Blades, President & Chief Executive Officer, Cultural Council of Palm Beach County
Renee Layman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Center for Child Counseling
Sharon Alexander, CEO, Unicorn Children's Foundation
Sheila Gomez, Executive Director, Catholic Charities Palm Beach
Stanton Collemer, CEO, Cancer Alliance of Help & Hope, Inc.
Suzette L. Harvey, President and CEO, Prime Time Palm Beach County, Inc.
Willie "Chris" Bentley, Jr., Founder / CEO, Live Fresh Inc
Lynne Gassant, Founder/ President, Scholar Career Coaching
Melissa DiNuzzo, Manager, Field Development, Autism Speaks Palm Beach
Cliffette Nicholls, Office Manager, Equine-Assisted Therapies of South Florida, Inc.
Gregg Francis, Chief Executive Officer, Propel Boca
Susan Diener, Executive Director, Spirit of Giving
Kate Watt, Chief Development Officer, Urban League of Palm Beach County
Paloma Prata, Director of Prevention Services, Healthy Beginnings Entry Agency, HomeSafe 
Cherish Ramkissoon, Communications Manager, United Way of Palm Beach County
Amy Mann, Communications Manager, Unicorn Children's Foundation
Katherine Gopie, Director of Professional Development, Prime Time Palm Beach County, Inc.
Sarah Turner, Director of Community Relations, Center for Childhood Counseling
Jibby Ciric & Cleveland Wester, Pocket Team Leaders - Stony Brook, Community Partners
Amy Brand, Chief Development Officer, Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County

🎩 Nonprofit Volunteer of the Year
Alene Egol, Volunteer, Dress for Success Palm Beaches
Alex Price, Volunteer, Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Palm Beach County, Inc
Arthur Adler, Former Chairman of the Boca West Foundation, Florence Fuller Child Development Centers
Ava Goldstone, Volunteer/High School Student, Miracle League Palm Beach County
Danielle H. Moore, Board Member, Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County
Ellie Hart, Volunteer, Alpert Jewish Family and Children's Service
Ellie Vogt, Volunteer, Wellington Cares
Ezra Norman, Volunteer, Hepzibah House Inc.
Gregory Fried President of Unicorn Children's Foundation Unicorn Children's Foundation
Henrietta (Henny) Santo, Professional Shopper, Dress for Success Palm Beaches
Jane Robinson, Founder, Retired, Center for Child Counseling
Kelly Wiener, Attorney at Law, Pediatric Oncology Educational Advocate, Kids Cancer Foundation, Inc.
Laura Mindell, Volunteer / Personal Shopper, Dress for Success Palm Beaches
Laura Wissa, Volunteer, Community Partners
Meghan M. Shea, Board Member and Treasurer, Spirit of Giving Network
Michael Kohner, Chair, Administrative Management and Financial Oversight Committee, Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County
Michele Poole, Auction Ladies 
Orlando Ortiz, Parent Involvement Representative, Connections Education Center of the Palm Beaches
Ricky Aiken, Volunteer Executive Director, Inner City Innovators
Sloan Arias, Peggy's Pantry Lead Volunteer, Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League
Stephanie Grant, Volunteer, Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park
Tammy Culmer, Volunteer Mentor, Take Stock in Children Palm Beach County
Tracey Godin, President, Feeling Fine Canine and Equine Rescue
Vivi Ahrenstein, Volunteer, Dress for Success Palm Beaches
Mary McMullen, Volunteer, Milagro Center
Debra Dentrich, Founder/CEO, Eat Better Live Better

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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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