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Top 99 Grantmakers in Palm Beach County

Posted By Charlotte Gill, Thursday, July 18, 2019

As a Funding Information Network partner, Nonprofits First subscribes to The Foundation Center – a database of over 140,000 grantmakers. Does your nonprofit have strong relationships with your granting partners? Are you connected to foundations that align with your nonprofit’s mission and vision? There is always work to be done in this area - that's why it's called development!

Grant-seeking is a process and building relationships with funders takes time and effort. On average nonprofits in the United States receive about 16% of their overall funding from Foundations - with a majority (70%) of revenue coming from individual donors. (Source: Giving USA) Grants are small but important piece of a diversified revenue stream. 

Here are the top grantmakers based in Palm Beach County that fund programs in Palm Beach County: (Source: Foundation Center)

1.       Community Foundation For Palm Beach And Martin Counties

2.       Quantum Foundation

3.       E. M. Lynn Foundation

4.       The Bay Branch Foundation

5.       Lost Tree Village Charitable Foundation

6.       Lattner Family Foundation, Inc.

7.       C. Olsen 1990 Private Foundation

8.       Frank J. Lewis Foundation, Inc.

9.       Lawrence A. Sanders Foundation, Inc.

10.   Walter & Adi Blum Foundation, Inc.

11.   The Celia L. And Victor W. Farris Foundation

12.   Sidney Kohl Family Foundation

13.   Palm Health Foundation, Inc.

14.   Libra Foundation, Inc.

15.   J.M. Rubin Foundation, Inc.

16.   The William H. Pitt Foundation, Inc.

17.   HE Hill Foundation

18.   P. J. Callahan Foundation Inc.

19.   Raymond Zimmerman Family Foundation

20.   C. Kenneth And Laura Baxter Foundation, Inc.

21.   The David Minkin Foundation

22.   United Way Of Palm Beach County

23.   Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Foundation, Inc.

24.   The Fortin Foundation Of Florida, Inc.

25.   R. A. Ritter Foundation

26.   Halperin Foundation Inc.

27.   Scaife Family Foundation

28.   Mestal Foundation, Inc.

29.   Marcy And Leona Chanin Foundation, Inc.

30.   Lawrence J. & Florence A. Degeorge Charitable Trust

31.   Forrest C. & Frances H. Lattner Foundation

32.   Kristine Olsen Private Foundation

33.   Michael & Annie Falk Foundation

34.   Eleanor Patterson Reeves Foundation, Inc.

35.   The Geo Group Foundation, Inc.

36.   The John F. Scarpa Foundation

37.   Harvey And Phyllis Sandler Foundation, Inc.

38.   The Raymond L. Golden Family Foundation, Inc.

39.   J. Ira And Nicki Harris Family Foundation, Inc.

40.   The Mary Alice Fortin Foundation

41.   The Liman Foundation, Inc.

42.   Sun Capital Partners Foundation

43.   Nextera Energy Foundation, Inc.

44.   Sandelman Foundation

45.   The Azeez Foundation

46.   The Edward & Lucille Kimmel Foundation, Inc.

47.   Denise And William Meyer Foundation

48.   Edward T. Bedford Foundation

49.   Kessler Family Foundation

50.   R. Cathleen Cox Mcfarlane Charitable Foundation, Inc.

51.   The Pechter Family Foundation

52.   Mark And Mary Freitas Frietas Foundation

53.   McNulty Charitable Foundation, Inc.

54.   Johnson Scholarship Foundation

55.   Jewish Federation Of Palm Beach County

56.   The Gertrude E. Skelly Charitable Foundation

57.   Hufty Foundation

58.   Harcourt M. And Virginia W. Sylvester Foundation, Inc.

59.   Mildred & Abner Levine Family Foundation

60.   Marshall And Vera Lea Rinker Foundation, Inc.

61.   The Selma And Irving Ettenberg Foundation

62.   Richard L. & Lois S. Werner Family Foundation

63.   The Stiles-Nicholson Foundation

64.   The Joan B. And Richard L. Barovick Family Foundation

65.   The Rothschild Family Foundation Inc.

66.   The Nancy Brinker Charitable Foundation

67.   Richard S. Johnson Family Foundation

68.   Kanders Foundation, Inc.

69.   The Bruce E. And Robbi S. Toll Foundation

70.   Daelansa Foundation

71.   Alan H. & Harriet L. Miller Foundation, Inc.

72.   Gubelmann Family Foundation, Inc.

73.   Sam W. Klein Charitable Foundation Inc.

74.   Gary Peters Family Foundation, Inc.

75.   The Isenberg Family Charitable Trust

76.   The Connors Foundation, Inc.

77.   James Held & Kenn Karakul Charitable Foundation Inc.

78.   Samuel C. Cantor Charitable Trust

79.   Jerome & Anne C. Fisher Charitable Foundation

80.   Norman Shulevitz Foundation, Inc.

81.   Cornelia T. Bailey Charitable Trust

82.   Whitehall Foundation, Inc.

83.   Eda And Cliff Viner Family Foundation, Inc.

84.   Garvy Family Foundation, Inc.

85.   The Marvin H. Davidson Foundation, Inc.

86.   The Thomas C. Quick Charitable Trust Dated December 29, 1986

87.   Make A Difference Foundation Inc.

88.   Sidney And Jacqueline Wolgin Foundation, Inc.

89.   The Annette & Jack Friedland Charitable Foundation Inc.

90.   The W. Bradford Ingalls Charitable Foundation

91.   The Stanton Family Foundation

92.   J.C. Foundation

93.   Kate Obstgarten Private Foundation

94.   Louis & Anne Green Family Foundation

95.   The Steven E. Bernstein Family Foundation Inc.

96.   Levitetz Family Foundation, Inc

97.   Donald A. Burns Foundation Inc.

98.   Alice Busch Gronewaldt Foundation Inc.

99.   Richard And Peggy Greenfield Foundation


To reserve the Grant Research Center at Nonprofits First, call 561-214-7435.

Tags:  Charities  Fundraising  GrantsGiving USA 2018  Nonprofit Philanthropy 

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Nonprofits First Brings Two Groups Together to Provide Students With Computers

Posted By Charlotte Gill, Monday, June 24, 2019

Krissy Webb was in a bind.


She runs a nonprofit, Student ACES (ACE), that helps high school athletes become better people through character education programs. Her organization was building a new academic, health and wellness center in the Glades -- thanks to a building donation from Bank of America -- and the center needed computers for the students.


Where could ACE get dozens of computers – ideally for free?


The solution came when Krissy spoke with Jessica Cecere, CEO of Nonprofits First, who suggested Krissy contact Adrian Abedon, the brainchild behind DinoTech Foundation, which refurbishes computers for disadvantaged students.


Krissy talked to Adrian, a high school student in Boca Raton, and just like that ACE had desktop and laptop computers for their students.


“Next thing you know, my car is filled with computers and there will be hundreds of high school students who will have the opportunity to use computers for their academic growth,” Krissy said.


It was an ideal collaboration between two local nonprofit organizations, and Nonprofits First made the connection.


“I had reached out to Jessica to see if she knew of anyone who was getting rid of computers and boom -- Adrian and I are connected and these students will now have an incredible computer lab,” Krissy said.


Krissy added: “Nonprofits First is always my go-to for advice and connections, they are the experts and are always there to support growth and capacity of Student ACES. We have been members for four years and they are an incredible-resource in our community. Jessica and team are always there to assist.”


Learn more about Student ACES here.


Learn more about DinoTech Foundation here

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Tags:  Collaborations  Membership  Nonprofit  Storytelling 

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Congratulations Rising Leaders Class of 2019!

Posted By Charlotte Gill, Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Twenty-two emerging leaders from nonprofits across Palm Beach County graduated from the Nonprofits First Rising Leaders program on Friday, June 14, 2019. Rising Leaders is the only local training of its kind, transforming emerging talent into the sector’s new generation of top leaders. Throughout the six-month experience, participants develop their leadership style in a supportive peer environment.

The group completed five service learning projects for the following organizations: Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida, Dress for Success Palm Beaches, Easter Seals Florida, the Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness, and El Sol, Jupiter’s Neighborhood Resource Center.

Congratulations Class of 2019!                              

C'jon Armstead, Quantum Foundation

Hallie Balbuena, Children's Home Society of Florida

Melinda Becker, Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League

Jose Catana Morales, Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League

Michelle Davis, Boys Town South Florida

Donna Denney, United Way of Palm Beach County

Crystal Dole, The Lord's Place Joshua Thrift Store

Trinea Freeman Martin, Area Agency on Aging

Saidy Garzon, Lake Worth West Resident Planning Group

Claudia Harrison, Compass, Inc.

Shakiyla Hart, The Lord's Place

Claudia Herrera, Center for Family Services of Palm Beach County

Alexis Howard, CAN Community Health

Jaime Joshi, Community Partners

Dolores Korf, Community Partners

Jacqueline Medina, Pine Ridge Holistic Living Center

Kayla Morton, Nonprofits First

Rose Newbold, Prime Time Palm Beach County

Leandra Silfa, Adopt-A-Family

Iris Soto, Families First of Palm Beach County

Odessa Walker, Housing Partnership, Inc dba Community Partners

Krissy Webb, Student ACES

Tags:  Leadership  Professional Development  Rising Leaders 

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Member Spotlight: The Guatemalan-Maya Center and Achieve

Posted By Charlotte Gill, Tuesday, May 28, 2019

The recent Great Give was a boon for The Guatemalan-Maya Center (accredited nonprofit organization and member), which brought in nearly $40,000 during the one-day fundraising event.


The organization worked with the marketing company Achieve (our affiliate member) in raising the money through social media, e-blasts, and a string of volunteers.


How did they do it?


We asked Erica Linguanti, Achieve’s director of marketing, to explain their strategies for the campaign – and describe how similar strategies can help other nonprofits in various fundraising efforts.


It’s our May Member spotlight.



1) How did Achieve help The Guatemalan-Maya Center raise $38,787 during the Great Give?


Erica Linguanti: We developed a multi-channel campaign strategy to help The Guatemalan-Maya Center meet their goal of raising $30,000 to expand their after school program. Here are some of the key tactics we used to support our overall strategy:


1. Identified a clear/realistic fundraising goal. In the case of The Guatemalan-Maya Center, instead of simply having a monetary goal, we equated the goal to the impact: “Help 30 kids succeed in school this year.”


2. Updated their website to be mobile responsive and implemented a new donation platform for pre and post donations. It was important that their donation tool was both mobile friendly and trackable through Facebook conversion tracking.


3. Developed an email messaging strategy to leverage storytelling before, during, and after the Great Give to encourage support.


4. Utilized both paid and organic social media to generate awareness and garner donations. Paid social advertising was especially critical because it allowed us to leverage a variety of retargeting tactics to best reach our key audiences. To really succeed on social you can’t rely on a few organic posts anymore. On Facebook, typically only about 1-3% of your followers will ever organically see your content - and it usually takes at least 5-7 messaging “touch points” before a user will ever consider taking action. For better or worse, Facebook (and Instagram) have become very pay-to-play platforms making your organic social strategy only as effective as your paid social strategy (and vice versa).


5. Created phone scripts volunteers could use to reach out to past donors and encourage participation in the Great Give. Sometimes accomplishing fundraising goals takes a village, so we wanted to setup volunteers for success!


2) Was there anything during the Great Give event that didn’t go as planned?


Erica Linguanti: Initially we were unable to secure a donor match - which was a key tactic in our overall strategy. After this setback, we pivoted to a new messaging strategy. Then, a little over one week before the Great Give, our plans changed again after a $5,000 donor match was secured. While we were thrilled to have a match to help incentivize donors, the last-minute match meant we needed to change our messaging strategy again. With any type of marketing campaign, it’s important to remain flexible! 


3) What advice would you give other nonprofits about raising money during the Great Give or other events?


Erica Linguanti: The biggest pieces of advice I would give to other nonprofits looking to raise money during the Great Give (or other pinnacle events) would be to:


1. Start early! #GivingTuesday is coming in November. Ideally, you should be planning your strategy no later than July/August.


2. Keep your goal(s) simple and tangible. It also helps to humanize your ask by attaching money to actual impact. For example, with The Guatemalan-Maya Center, our goal was to “Help 30 kids succeed in school this year” vs. “Help us raise $30,000.”


3. Leverage paid social media advertising to extend your digital reach and get in front of new audiences.


4. Remember that for “day of giving” events - it’s not just about the amount of money raised. Giving days are great opportunities to bring in new donors for your organization that you can cultivate over time (and hopefully turn into loyal donors).


Learn more about The Guatemalan-Maya Center here.


Learn more about Achieve here.


If your nonprofit has a great story to tell, contact Charlotte Gill at Nonprofits First: 561-910-3891 or

Tags:  Affiliate Consultant  Charitable Giving  Charities  Collaborations  Fundraising  Membership  Nonprofit  Nonprofit Philanthropy 

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Member Spotlight: Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens

Posted By Charlotte Gill, Monday, April 29, 2019

It’s a two-acre tropical sanctuary in the heart of West Palm Beach – the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens is a historic home featuring larger-than-life monumental sculptures, works of art, and collection of rare palms and cycads.


The lush green jungle-like setting was perfect for Nonprofit First’s Spring Mix, Mingle, and Member Networking on April 11 in the natural, unmanicured preserve just off Flagler Drive and Intercoastal Waterway.


For our April member spotlight, let us take you on a tour of Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens (our new member).



The first thing you need to know about Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens is the basics about its namesake.


Ann Norton was a sculptress who arrived in the Palm Beach area in 1942, at age 37, to teach sculpturing at the Norton Gallery and School of Art founded by Ralph Norton, who she later married in 1948. She went on to become a nationally recognized artist who created nine large-scale sculptures as tall as 28 feet at her home at 253 Barcelona Road in the historic El Cid neighborhood, as well as about 100 smaller sculptures in wood, stone and bronze.


Her works in bronze, stone and wood are displayed throughout the gardens. In particular, her northern cedar wooden structures were inspired by material often used by the Indians of the Northwest for their totem poles. She noted in an article in the New York Times in 1978: “I use everything – the cracks in the wood, the knots, and the gnarls. I like my work to flow together with nature.”


Ann Norton’s artistic vision was shaped by Cubism, Art Deco style, and the architecture and sculptures of Romanesque and Gothic churches that she studied on her trips to Europe and elsewhere. Her Seven Beings sculptures, featuring Mayan influences in the faces and some Navajo Indian, stand attentive and watchful, each facing a different direction.


The other thing you need to know about Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens is its impact on the community.


A conservationist, Ann Norton spent her life not only building a home for her art, but also a sanctuary for living beings. Each year, about 20,000 people visit Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens – which she established as a non-profit foundation in 1977 – including 5,000 low-income students for educational programming. The organization is devoted to exhibiting works of other artists, while preserving Ann Norton’s studio and displaying her monumental sculptures in a preserve where a notable collection of rare palms is continually being developed.

As a recognition for her contributions to the arts and the community, Ann Norton was inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame this year. And, around the same time, Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens were acceptance into the Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.


Ann Norton died in 1982, but her legacy lives on in her historic home, artist studio and rare palm gardens which were left for the enjoyment and education of the community. 


We hope you visit – enjoy!


Learn more about Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens here.


If your nonprofit has a great story to tell, contact Charlotte Gill at Nonprofits First: 561-910-3891 or

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