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Girls Leadership Institute & STEM Academy

Posted By Josh Hirsch, Saturday, August 6, 2016
Updated: Saturday, August 6, 2016

The Women's Foundation of Palm Beach County is excited to host our seventh annual Girls Leadership Institute and STEM Academy on Saturday, September 17, 2016. 

This year the program will be held at Keiser University's Flagship Campus in West Palm Beach. The program is aimed at empowering girls to be leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. The program will provide unique workshops for middle and high school girls including hands-on projects in the STEM fields. Girls will also develop business and marketing plans to bring their STEM group projects to the community. Finally, the program will encourage and develop leadership skills and the girls will learn to hone their skills and realize their potential.

Nominations are due August 31.

Learn more and nominate a girl today.

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Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties Launches New Endowment Challenge for All Nonprofits

Posted By Josh Hirsch, Wednesday, August 3, 2016

The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties is excited to introduce a special opportunity to nonprofit organizations in Palm Beach and Martin Counties – the Forever Nonprofit Endowment Challenge.

The Forever Nonprofit Endowment Challenge will encourage up to fourteen 501(c)(3) organizations in Palm Beach and Martin Counties to establish a permanent endowment with the Community Foundation. The Community Foundation will invest $350,000 into this initiative from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fund, matching up to $25,000 per organization.

This Challenge grant piggybacks on the success of last year’s challenge from the Foundation, the Forever Arts and Culture Endowment Challenge. Last year’s challenge, exclusively for arts and culture organizations, awarded ten nonprofits with matching grants of $25,000 each to establish a permanent endowed fund at the Community Foundation. Read about last year’s success here and here.

The Community Foundation will administer the Forever Nonprofit Endowment Challenge. Organizations that demonstrate institutional readiness, financial stability, and fundraising maturity are encouraged to participate. The ten winners of last year’s arts and culture challenge grant and current nonprofit endowment fundholders at the Community Foundation will not be eligible.

“The initial arts and culture endowment challenge was so successful we wanted to give other nonprofit organizations the chance to endow their future,” said Bradley Hurlburt, President and CEO of Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties. “Permanent endowment provides a reliable source of income in perpetuity that an organization can count on for its charitable work. Funds also grow over time with additional gifts from multiple donors. Our nonprofit endowment fundholders are the exemplars of sustainability, forward thinking and long-term commitment to our community.”

Interested nonprofit organizations within Palm Beach and Martin counties are invited to submit a proposal to be considered for the challenge program. Organizations with commitment to building long-term sustainability through endowment building will be given priority. LOI proposal submissions will be accepted from September 6 – October 28, 2016. The Community Foundation will invite select candidates to submit full proposals between November 16 – December 21, 2016. Awards will be announced on January 13, 2017.

The following information sessions are opportunities for an agency’s Board of Directors and executive staff to learn more about how a nonprofit endowment fund at the Community Foundation operates as well as the proposal requirements.

Monday, August 29, 2016 / 4pm - 5:30pm
Community Room
Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties
700 South Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach, FL

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 / 10am – 11:30am
Community Room
Martin County Children’s Services Council
101 SE Central Pkwy
Stuart, FL

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 / 10am – 11:30am
Vegso Community Resource Center
261 NW 13
th Street
Boca Raton, FL

For more information and a list of local agencies that have an endowment with the Community Foundation, visit www.yourcommunityfoundation.org.

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ABOUT THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION: The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties is one of Florida’s largest community foundations. The nonprofit organization has provided more than $128 million in grants and scholarships over its 44-year history. At its core, the Community Foundation is an organization created with gifts from generous people committed to local causes. For donors, the Foundation serves as a philanthropic advisor. For the community, the Foundation serves as a grant maker and a civic leader. Through the support of its donors and fund holders, the Foundation has been able to address some of the community’s most pressing needs, including hunger, housing and education.

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Leadership Palm Beach County Announces 2016 Leadership Engage Class Members

Posted By Josh Hirsch, Monday, August 1, 2016

Leadership Palm Beach County (LPBC) has selected 51 leaders for its 2017 Leadership Engage Program which offers participants a powerful new network and a transformative learning experience to make Palm Beach County a better place.

Starting in August, the participants, who come from diverse industries and backgrounds, will gain a deeper understanding of their own leadership styles as well as understand the ways in which they can be effective contributors to making significant improvements in the community.

The class members were selected for their leadership and service in their professional and civic lives. They will meet as a group for one full-day each month, from September to May, and travel on a bus to all parts of the county as they explore program topics such as agriculture, education, public safety, and healthcare. They will also break up into smaller groups to do community engagement projects aimed at tackling challenges facing the region.

“Most of our Leadership Engage participants are already involved in their community, but as they start the program, they will quickly discover how much more they can do to further their civic and business commitments,” said Dr. Courtney Curatolo, LPBC Chief Executive Officer. “Leadership Engage brings together the right individuals and enables them to see our community with fresh perspective and awareness.”

Leadership Engage is the flagship program for LPBC which unites leaders to improve Palm Beach County and deepens their civic commitment and awareness of diverse issues and industries.

Leadership Palm Beach County Class of 2017

David Aiken Cemex   Alexis Andres Sugar Cane League
Angelique Allen Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce   Aurora Arthay Palm Beach Library System
 Josephy Anderson JD Anderson Construction, Inc.   Michelle Borenstein Gardens Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery Center
Stacey Brandt Jupiter Medical Center   Denise Mariani Mariani Marketing & Events
Janice Brunson Valley National Bank    Lauren McClellan J Morton Planning & Landscape Architecture
Carolyn Burgess Palm Beach County   Ashley Mock Floyd Consulting
David Christiansen School District of Palm Beach County   Sydnee Newman Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, LLC
Doug Clevenger Sabadell Bank   Charlee Nolan The Palm Beach Post
Clay Clifton The Palm Beach Post
Tammy O'Rourke

Glidden Spina & Partners

Matt Constantine Adopt-A-Family of the Palm Beaches   Helen Ott CareerSource Palm Beach County
Jim Cordeiro Palm Beach County Convention Center   Mark A. Parks, Jr. City of West Palm Beach
Karin Daly Cancer Treatment Centers of America   Jan Phillips

The Lord's Place, Inc.

Jason Davis Palm Beach COunty   Willie Puz Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County
Sophia E. Eccleston Florida Power & Light   Kimberly Randolph CBIZ MHM, LLC
Dawn Ennis Daszkal Bolton, LLP   Matt Roberts Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of FL
Juan Carlos Fanjul United Way of Palm Beach County   Trevor Rosecrans Caulfield & Wheeler, Inc.
Mae Ferguson Ideabar/The Palm Beach Post   Eric Royal Royal's Inc.
Dale Finn Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.   Chris Snyder American Cancer Society
Trey Fogg Fifth Third Bank   Valerie Staggs Ryan William's Agency/Pandora's Kids
Kent Frazer  Akerman   Brandy Stephenson O'Donnell Agency
Josh Hirsch Nonprofits First   Sally Still Ward Damon
Ilan Kaufer Florida Power & Light   Cory C. Strolla, Esq. Law Offices of Cory Strolla, P.A.
Kim Kerry Gunster   Paul Ward Future Shapers Florida, LLC
Bijan Khoshnood Internews   Lisa Williams-Taylor Children's Services Council


Leadership Palm Beach County, Inc., is an educational 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization designed to foster awareness of community issues and promote efficient communication and cooperative relationships between existing and emerging community leaders. LPBC’s stated mission is to educate and unite leaders to build a better community. Initiated in 1983 through a collaborative effort of the local Chambers of Commerce, LPBC has prepared more than 1,500 graduates for enhanced community leadership roles. 

 

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Partnership with Williams Grant Writing Offers New Grant Writing Services

Posted By Josh Hirsch, Thursday, July 28, 2016
Updated: Monday, August 1, 2016

Williams Grant Writing, LLC (WGW) is a female- owned family business based in South Florida. Started in 2003, WGW consists of a small team of experienced grant writers and researchers. WGW exists to impact our world by providing amazing organizations with the freedom and resources to do the great work they do: we help those who make the world a better place. WGW consists of a small team who work together to produce quality grant proposals and reports, research new grant opportunities, and help nonprofits meet their grant-getting potential by reducing the time an already over-taxed staff might spend on grant-related activities, all in a friendly and efficient manner.

As part of the new Partnership Program with Williams Grant Writing (WGW), they guarantee that Clients will receive grant funds greater than the cost of the program, and, if not, will provide a service credit equal to the cost of the 12-month partnership not covered by awarded funds.

Throughout WGW's experience of writing private foundation, large organizational, State/City/County governmental, and even – yes! – dreaded Federal grants, they've managed to keep their rates lower than other experienced grant writers in order to encourage clients to use the grant process as an ongoing funding tool which helps increase chances of getting grant funding. This new 12-Month Partnership Program is designed precisely to that end.

The 12-Month Partnership Program requires a commitment of 12 months, payable monthly as a flat rate. Nonprofits First members will receive a 10% discount on this program and all other services! 

If accepted into the program, Partners receive:

• Ongoing RESEARCH;
• VERIFICATION of published funding guidelines directly with the funder;
• The WRITING of one Private Foundation proposal per month for 12 months (upgrades to more complicated writing categories – Large Organizational, Governmental, and Federal – are available at a DEEP DISCOUNT);
• and of course, the Guarantee that more funds will be awarded than spent on WGW service fees (contact for details; rules do apply) 

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Nonprofits First Earns the Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar

Posted By Josh Hirsch, Friday, July 22, 2016

Nonprofits First earned the Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar, the world’s largest source of nonprofit information. By sharing these metrics, we’re helping the sector move beyond simplistic financial ratios to assess nonprofit progress. We chose to display quantitative metrics such as 87 accredited nonprofit organizations, 38 nonprofit organizations participating in Nonprofits First managed capacity-building program, and 543 users receiving technical support services in 2015, to represent how hard Nonprofits First is working toward achieving our mission.

We’re proud to use GuideStar Platinum to share our full and complete story with the world. To reach the Platinum level, we added extensive information to our Nonprofit Profile: basic contact and organizational information; in-depth financial information; quantitative information about goals, strategies, and progress toward our mission.

We encourage other nonprofits to take advantage of GuideStar Platinum to share key metrics with the world and highlight the changes you’re making. Updating is free. To learn more about GuideStar Platinum, click here, or go to guidestar.org/platinum. To learn more about GuideStar, watch their short video.

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