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Nonprofit Financial Management Network Provides Opportunities to Collaborate With Financial Peers

Posted By Charlotte Gill, Monday, November 25, 2019

Nonprofit Financial Management Network Provides Opportunities to Collaborate With Peers

 

In 2016, financial leaders at The Arc of Palm Beach County, Community Partners of South Florida, The Lord’s Place, Nonprofits First, and Palm Beach Habilitation Center came together to establish a resource for nonprofit financial managers to collaborate and learn from one another.

 

“The Nonprofit Financial Management Network (NFNM) has created an opportunity to bring our nonprofit financial leaders together to learn, share ideas, and network with their peers in Palm Beach County. Without a doubt, we are creating a valuable resource for our nonprofit community,” says Toby Douthwright, Chief Operating Officer at The Lord’s Place.

 

Opportunities to participate in the NFMN include quarterly trainings, roundtables, and networking events. At a recent training held at Community Partners of South Florida, Keefe and McCullough CPA’s and Trusted Advisors presented to 45 financial professionals on Cost Allocations for Nonprofits. In early November, the group gathered for networking at the West Palm Beach Brewery and Wine Vault. Among those gathered were representatives from Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of PBC, Hanley Foundation, Loggerhead Marinelife Center, First Republic Bank, Adopt A Family of the Palm Beaches, Community Partners of South Florida, The Lord’s Place, The Arc of Palm Beach County, 211 Palm Beach/Treasure Coast, Holyfield & Thomas, Palm Beach Habilitation, and Nonprofits First.

 

Gregory Demetriades, Chief Financial Officer of Community Partners of South Florida says, “we created the network to serve as a resource to the financial managers of the Palm Beach County nonprofit world, regardless of organizational focus or purpose.  We felt that, unlike other senior positions in nonprofit organizations, our profession lacked the recognition of the industry and cohesiveness of an organized support group. The group brings relevant and important issues to the table and engages the individuals that needed it the most – our nonprofit financial peers.”

 

For more information or questions regarding the Nonprofit Financial Management Network, contact Delferine Spooner at Dspooner@nonprofitsfirst.org or 561-214-7435.

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Lois Kwasman Community Impact Grant Given by Executive Women of the Palm Beaches Foundation

Posted By Charlotte Gill, Monday, November 25, 2019

Executive Women of the Palm Beaches Foundation 

Present the 2019 Kwasman Grant & Honor Scholarship Recipients at 

Annual Fall Luncheon 

Making a Difference in the Lives of Girls & Women in our Community 


Palm Beach County, FL- (November 4, 2019) Executive Women of the Palm Beaches Foundation (EWPBF) hosted their annual Fall Luncheon on October 29, 2019 at the West Palm Beach Marriott. Over 100 members of EWPBF and guests attended this exciting event that honored their 2019 scholarship recipients and announced the winner of the 2019-2020 Lois Kwasman Community Impact Grant. Frances Fisher served as Honorary Chair of the luncheon.


EWPBF’s Kwasman Grant is a $20,000 grant awarded over two years to local non-profit organizations whose programs are designed to assist girls and young women ages eight to 24 in Palm Beach County who lack hope or need help in developing life skills.  These programs focus on helping participants gain self-confidence and become resourceful and self-sufficient, thus positioning them for a successful life.  


The EWPBF 2019 Kwasman Grant winner was Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Palm Beach County and its Caps & Cribs Teen Mom Mentor Program.  This one-on-one mentor program supports the educational, life, career and parenting goals of teen mothers in Palm Beach County. Volunteer mentors are matched with pregnant or parenting teens in high schools to provide guidance, inspiration and real-life experience in a trusting environment, with the goal of empowering these young women to stay in school, develop post-secondary education goals and become independent, self-sufficient mothers.


Best Foot Forward, an agency that offers programs promoting academic success to foster care youth was given the second half of the grant they were awarded in 2018.


The two other finalists included: Student ACEs - Women ACES (Attitude, Confidence, Embrace, Support); and YWCA of Palm Beach County - Youth Empowerment (Y-Girls/Y-Teens/Just-US Girls). 


The 2019-2020 Kwasman Grant Nominations included: Adopt-A-Family of the Palm Beaches; Alliance for Eating Disorders; Alliance of Woman Executives (AWE); Families First; Girl Scouts of SE Florida; Girls 2 Women; Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of PBC; Holy Ground; Open Door - Breaking Family Cycles; Pace Center for Girls; Path to College; Philanthropy Tank; Place of Hope; Quantum House; Speak Up for Kids; Student ACES; Talented Teen Club; Women Empowering Women in Recovery; Women's Foundation of Florida; and YWCA. 


The Lois Kwasman Program for Community Impact was established in 2004 in memory of EWPBF board member Lois Cohn Kwasman.  The Kwasman Program provides EWPBF with an avenue to make an impact in our community, through grants designed to support efforts that assist the under-served, needy or less fortunate.  


To date, EWPBF has awarded over $330,000 through the Lois Kwasman Program for Community Impact. 


This year thanks to the support of EWPBF sponsors, partners and donors, the Foundation was responsible for 20 scholarships totaling $39,500.  The 2019 scholarship recipients include: Tonya Allegretti, Jessica Bailey, Julia Breslow, Jessica Caplin, Ivonne Castro, Floren Cernemus, Anne Phoebee Francois, Christal Grant, Alondra Maria Hernandez, Morgan Hirchert, Victoria Magaldi, Loren Mosley, Maria Pedro, Holly Rand, Marie Sintulaire, Dayana Torres, Gina Vallarella, Marianna Vallejo, and Lanika Vernice. 


Luncheon sponsors included: Frances Fisher, Florida Atlantic University, Keiser University, Palm Beach Atlantic University and Palm Beach State College. 


About: Executive Women of the Palm Beaches Foundation (EWPBF)

Executive Women of the Palm Beaches Foundation, Inc. was founded by senior professional and executive women in Palm Beach County, Florida, to support and advance women in business and community leadership. Today, EWPBF’s membership includes leaders in arts & culture, banking, business, construction, education, finance, government, healthcare, law, marketing, non-profit management, publishing, real estate, utilities, and many other business endeavors in Palm Beach County. For more than 35 years, the foundation has contributed to growing the status of and opportunities for girls and women in Palm Beach County. The organization has awarded more than 200 scholarships to deserving young women and over 40 significant grants to local nonprofit programs. EWPBF is dedicated to inspiring women personally and professionally for the betterment of business and the community. 

For more information about the Executive Women of the Palm Beaches Foundation, please visit www.ewpb.org.



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20 PBC Nonprofit Professionals Begin Leadership Program

Posted By Charlotte Gill, Tuesday, November 19, 2019

(WEST PALM BEACH, FL) November, 19, 2019 – Twenty Palm Beach County nonprofit professionals have been accepted into the Rising Leaders program presented by Nonprofits First. The nonprofit leadership program is a competitive 6-month program that prepares nonprofit program managers to transform into the sector’s new generation of top leaders.

 

Rising Leaders Class of 2020

Schiller Ambroise, Community Partners of South Florida

Altagracia Andre, Center for Family Services of Palm Beach County

Amanda Canete, Compass LGBTQ Community Center

Blanca Cartagena, Lake Worth West Resident Planning Group

Jennifer Crane, Community Partners of South Florida

Ericka Estime, City of West Palm Beach, Department of Housing & Community Development

Nancy Finn, CHSFL/BRIDGES at West Palm Beach

Christopher Gay, Palm Beach County School District

Richard Haines, Urban League of Palm Beach County

Natashia Harris. The Lord's Place

Lashaundra Highsmith, Palm Beach County Food Bank

Susan LaRocca, The Lord’s Place

Ana Lopez, Community Partners of South Florida

Wynsome McLean, Community Partners of South Florida

Matthew Meek, Easterseals Florida

Kemba Pinkston, Children's Home Society of Florida

Brian Rowe, CROS Ministries

Jonathan Taylor, Police Athletic League of West Palm Beach

Robbriannia Weekley-Johnson, YWCA of Palm Beach County

Javaris Yarns, Children's Home Society of Florida

 

Participants will acquire a deeper understanding of their own leadership styles while gaining hands-on experience in strategies for leading their programs and organization to a high level of impact and success.

 

The Rising Leaders experience fosters interaction, discovery, dialogue, and servant leadership as participants increase skills to lead the nonprofit field. Alumni of the program transfer skills directly to their current roles and many go on to serve in executive level positions in the nonprofit sector.  Nonprofit organizations are a major economic force in Palm Beach County, employing nearly 30,000 people with total annual wages of almost $1.2 billion in Palm Beach County alone (see Florida Nonprofit Alliance’s website for more eye-opening info about the nonprofit sector in the Sunshine State).

 

The class members were nominated by their managers and selected for their leadership qualities, passion for their missions, and eagerness to learn new skills. They will meet as a group for one full day each month, from November to June, engaging in topics such as new models of leadership, driving social change, public speaking, and critical thinking and decision-making. They will also conduct an extracurricular small group project designed to assist a local charitable or civic organization.

 

“Rising Leaders is the next generation of leadership in the nonprofit sector, succession planning at its best,” said Jessica Cecere, CEO of Nonprofits First.

 

Rising Leaders has graduated over 325 nonprofit leaders since the program launched in 2005.

 

 

NONPROFITS FIRST, INC.

Nonprofits First is a membership organization focused on enhancing the nonprofit community’s effectiveness, efficiency, and ultimately impact.  The vision of Nonprofits First is a community in which nonprofit organizations achieve their highest level of community impact. Nonprofits First strengthens the nonprofit sector through accreditation, leadership development, education, and management support services.  For more information, visit www.nonprofitsfirst.org

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Jack the Bike Man, Inc., Names Executive Director Michelle R. H. Phillips to Take the Handlebars of the Growing Nonprofit

Posted By Charlotte Gill, Monday, November 18, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 23, 2019
 
JACK THE BIKE MAN, INC. CHILDREN’S BICYCLE CHARITY NAMES EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MICHELLE R. H. PHILLIPS TO TAKE THE HANDLEBARS OF THE GROWING NONPROFIT
 
WEST PALM BEACH, FL. Boris Zhadanovskiy, President of the Board of Directors of Jack the Bike Man, Inc. and Wheels of Hope Programs wishes to announce the appointment of Michelle R. H. Phillips as Executive Director of the nonprofit devoted to strengthening the community through bicycle education and safety.
 
Phillips, a second generation native to the City of West Palm Beach, avid community advocate, AmeriCorps VISTA alumni and the Vice President the Directors of Volunteer Services (DOVS) of Palm Beach County. She has been an active member of many community service programs like the American Red Cross, the March of Dimes and the Briana Marie Cox Foundation.

 

“All of us at Jack the Bike Man see an opportunity to educate the community on how transportation via the bicycle addresses poverty related issues and promotes a healthier lifestyle while encouraging a community synergy for youth and adults who live below the poverty level. We are thrilled to have Phillips lead us in this exciting stage of growth,” Jack Hairston said. “I’m really excited about Jack the Bike Man’s next step and I can’t wait to see where we can go.”

 

Phillips’s hiring comes as Jack the Bike Man implements a plan of strategic growth in grant programs, development and outreach, building on the successes of the non for profit.

 

“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead the Jack the Bike Man team. The organization’s vision is to provide hope to the less fortunate through support, training, and access to bicycles. Bicycles have played a big role in my life and I look forward to being a part of the effort to bring Jack the Bike Man to the next level, making a positive difference for both the day to day operations and for the children and adults who we are serving throughout the year,” Phillips said.

 

Phillips holds a great passion for people and joins the organization after a seven year tenure with the Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County, based in West Palm Beach, Florida.

 

About the foundation: Jack the Bike Man, Inc. and the Wheels of Hope programs are a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving bicycle education and safety programs in the community.
 
The organization has raised more than $3 million since 2007, purchases thousands of bike parts for the refurbishment of the hundreds of donated bicycles each quarter, trains just as many volunteers who help to restore the bicycles so, children living at or below the poverty level may have the healthy option of owning a bicycle. Samuel “Jack” Hairston, started the non for profit in 1999 when he was inspired to help a youth who was falling off of a broken bicycle. Jack the Bike Man, Inc. affirms Jack’s ongoing passion to create a community of healthy active individuals by providing access to bicycles. http://www.jackthebikeman.org 

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October Member Spotlight: CHAMP

Posted By Charlotte Gill, Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, October 30, 2019

 

There are many nonprofits in Palm Beach County serving the needs of intellectually disabled children and adults.

 

A new agency called CHAMP is one of them, but it focuses on something a little different: Giving differently-abled people with autism, down syndrome, and other diagnoses a paycheck instead of a disability check.

 

It’s a mission that Brett Carpenter of CHAMP is passionate about.

 

The CHAMP founder shares his family's journey as part of our October member profile.

 

 

It was June 2000 when our family doctor uttered the words that changed the course of our lives: “Mr. and Mrs. Carpenter your son Reese has autism.” Those words started a journey for my wife and I, and 21 years later, we have learned from family, educators, and therapists how to help our son be the best “Reese” he can be.

 

So when I had a chance to pay it forward, I took it.

After 38 years of working at a large South Florida company, I retired and started a non-profit called Children’s Health And Mentor Program (CHAMP).  Our mission is simple. Provide FREE recreational activities for youth and young adults with intellectual disabilities. 

CHAMP serves people with Autism, Down Syndrome, and Cerebral Palsy to name a few. Through recreational activities, CHAMP will help them improve their social skills and help them reach their full potential, which can include employment. CHAMP’s vision is to replace a disability check with a paycheck.

CHAMP welcomes those with any intellectual disability, or should I say “different ability.”

 

Some Background

 

Today, one in 58 children will be diagnosed with autism – up from around one in 150 when Reese was born. Autism is becoming more prevalent and having larger impacts in our community.

 

When our children hit age 22, they "age out" of school and there are no formal services for them. In the intellectual disability community, this is known as "THE CLIFF," meaning the services drop off. 

 

As a father of a 21-year-old son with autism, I understand what the challenges have been for my family and we are now facing "THE CLIFF" ourselves.  

 

My hope is to serve youth/young adults before and after "THE CLIFF."

 

Seven Great Trips

Since our inception in March 2019, CHAMP has had seven events: teaching about flying drones, bowling with Special Olympians, a Hawaiian-themed dance, paddle boarding, a croquet lesson, a fishing trip on the Intracoastal, and a trip to Miami on the Brightline Train to visit the Science Museum.

 

“The one I feel most passionate about is the Brightline Train trip to Miami to see the Frost Science Museum on October 12,” said Brett.

CHAMP took 20 youth/young adults and 25 parents/caregivers as chaperones, traveled on the Brightline Railway, and then met seven VIVINT employee volunteers at the Miami Brightline Station. Later on, all of us visited the museum’s planetarium show and the multiple levels of aquariums.

 

All these activities were very visible and enjoyable by all.

 

What wasn’t visible is that there were a variety of teachable moments that occurred and the group didn’t realize they were learning. Learning while having fun is the hallmark of CHAMP’s program.

 

Visit WWW.MYYCHAMP.COM to learn more about what we do and to see the pictures and associated descriptions in the EVENT PICTURES section. If you know of a family that could benefit from FREE recreational activities for those with intellectual disabilities, please share this article and visit the website.


If you know a great story about a local nonprofit, please share it with Charlotte Gill, Nonprofits First’s director of development and business strategies, at cgill@nonprofitsfirst.org



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