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Rising Leaders Alumni Spotlight: LaToya Davenport, Boys Town South Florida

Posted By Josh Hirsch, Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Updated: Thursday, November 16, 2017

LaToya Davenport, Boys Town South Florida Director of Program Support Services, was recently honored on Legacy Magazines' 40 Under 40 list of recognized professionals. Over 200 nominations were submitted from across South Florida and 40 individuals who have made a significant impact in their professional careers and local community were chosen for the honor.

Legacy Magazine was founded in 2004 as the premier publication for South Florida's black influencers and affluences. This award recognizes leaders who are key change makers in their communities, bring new energy and advance South Florida as a center for diverse ideas and innovations.

"My nomination described my 13 years of professional work experience and contributions I've made across the state of Florida within the child welfare field, and my volunteer work with numerous community service organizations." LaToya said.

LaToya was nominated by Dr. Wesley Mills, M.D. of Mills Primary Care & Sports Medicine, a former colleague and close friend. The two served on the National Urban League Young Professionals Network Board of Directors together and their professional experience helping young professionals prompted Dr. Mills to nominate LaToya. The nominations were ultimately reviewed and honorees were chosen by the CEO of Legacy MIA Media Group, Dexter Bridgeman and the Editor in Chief, Russell Motley.

"LaToya has demonstrated tremendous growth professionally and personally over the last 13 years. She not only makes extraordinary contributions daily in her role as the Director of Program Support Services for Boys Town, but she also willingly shares her gifts, talents, keen-eye and expertise with others in her local community and throughout Florida." The nomination reads. "LaToya is always volunteering whether it's through her job's numerous community fundraising activities, mentoring youth through her sorority and the Urban League or consulting with or providing consultation services to other non-profits to ensure excellence on every level."

Davenport contributes much of her professional success to her current role as Boys Town South Florida Director of Program Support Services. During her time at Boys Town, LaToya has had many leadership opportunities including her participation in the Nonprofit First Rising Leader Program and opportunities to attend and present at various conferences.

"Boys Town has provided me with numerous leadership development opportunities," LaToya said. "This position has also allowed me to network and build professional relationships across the entire state of Florida and I am forever grateful for the opportunity to work for such an amazing organization that allows me to do work I am very passionate about."

Legacy held an award event on Friday, October 6, 2017 at the Hilton Miami Airport in Miami, Florida. The events theme was "Honoring South Florida's 2017 40 Under 40 Black Leaders of Today and Tomorrow." Some of the honorees, including LaToya, were selected to participate in a photoshoot and be featured on the front cover of the magazine.

"I am honored to be selected alongside other young and elite professional leaders in our community from CEO's and business owners to judges, lawyers, doctors, etc." Davenport said. "It was such a humbling experience to be recognized for the years of hard work and dedication I have given to my career and to my community. Our success comes not so much from what we do (our job), but how well we do it (our passion for our job)."

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Impact 100 Grant LOI Due November 9, 2017

Posted By Josh Hirsch, Monday, October 30, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Applying for an Impact 100 Grant

The Impact 100 Palm Beach County Letter of Inquiry form for 2017 grants is now open. Applications must be submitted through the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties’ online grant center which can be found at

printable copy of a sample LOI and proposal questions is available for your use. The Letter of Inquiry is available from September 11, 2017 until 5 pm on November 9, 2017.

The Grant Process
The Impact 100 PBC Grants Committee reviews Letters of Inquiry and makes recommendations on inviting submissions of full proposals to the Impact 100 PBC Board of Directors. After full proposals are received from selected applicants, they are reviewed, rated, and site visits are conducted. Based upon final recommendations of the Grants Committee, the Impact 100 PBC Board of Directors invites five (5) finalists to its annual meeting pending approval by the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties Board of Directors. At the annual meeting, one finalist representing each focus area makes a brief presentation about their high impact project.  A vote is then taken and final decision made immediately following the presentation.  That decision is final.

To determine whether you are eligible to apply for an Impact 100 grant, please review the information in the Grant and Eligibility Guidelines.

Grant Focus Areas
Impact 100 Palm Beach County has identified the following Focus Areas and will appoint committees to review grant applications in each of these categories.

  • Arts & Culture
    High impact programs or initiatives that cultivate, develop, educate and enhance culture and the arts in South Palm Beach County.
  • Education
    High impact programs or initiatives that further education or improve access to education for children and/or adults in South Palm Beach County.
  • Environment
    High impact programs or initiatives that restore, preserve, revitalize or enhance the facilities or natural resources of South Palm Beach County, including those that encourage research, public awareness, and education relating to the environment and conservation of our natural resources.
  • Family
    High impact programs or initiatives that strengthen and enhance the lives of children and families living in South Palm Beach County.
  • Health & Wellness
    High impact programs or initiatives that improve the physical and/or mental health and wellness of people living in South Palm Beach County.

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Office Space for Lease

Posted By Josh Hirsch, Friday, October 27, 2017

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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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