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Affiliate Spotlight: Rex Varner - BVE Strategy

Posted By Josh Hirsch, Friday, October 27, 2017

BVE Strategy provides support to nonprofit organizations through the strategic planning process in concert with Board of Directors and staff. They pride themselves on implementing those plans and ensure they include robust budget projections, implementation tools, and supporting organization charts.

At times, Rex has been an Executive on Loan during a nonprofit organization's transition. He is a tenured operations and strategic planning executive having been the COO of a foundation.

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Yesteryear Village Virtual Tour

Posted By Josh Hirsch, Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Yesteryear Village is one of Palm Beach County's most unique cultural attractions. Established in 1990, this nine-acre history park will educate you on the culture, history, and heritage of early Florida life from days gone by. Step back in time from earlier times to 1940 as you visit authentic buildings and structures and enjoy the many collections, exhibits, and artifacts on display.

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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:

We are proud to be an EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V.

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Rising Leaders Spotlight: Sean Dollard, Adopt-A-Family of the Palm Beaches

Posted By Josh Hirsch, Monday, October 9, 2017
Updated: Friday, October 27, 2017
"Rising Leaders has impacted my life in a number of ways. It's made me become a more driven and charismatic professional. The program has given me more vision on where i want to take my career. it's been an inspirational journey."

Want to be a part of the Rising Leaders Class of 2018? Complete your application by December 1st to be considered for this year's class.

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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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