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Member Spotlight: West Palm Beach Library Foundation

Posted By Charlotte Gill, Monday, December 16, 2019

The Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach provides free quality programs, services and resources that serve more than 750,000 people each year.

 

It’s a huge operation that’s supported by our member West Palm Beach Library Foundation, which raises funds for the library.

 

As our December member spotlight, Nonprofits First asked the Foundation’s Executive Director Tami R. Lesser to explain why the library is known as a center of learning and inspiration that enriches the entire community.

 

Explain why the foundation exists.

 

Tami R. Lesser: The West Palm Beach Library Foundation (WPBLF) was created to raise funds for the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach to provide free quality programs, services and resources that serve more than 750,000 people each year and enrich and strengthen our diverse community.

 

Private gifts from individuals, foundations, and the corporate arena create public libraries that are world-class institutions.

 

We are fortunate to have the Mandel Public Library, a community building institution offering unlimited possibility. The Mandel Public Library is a vibrant place where diverse members of the community can gather, grow, learn, and live more productive lives.

 

 What impact do the library programs have in the community?

 

Tami R. Lesser: The West Palm Beach Public Library’s KidSpace programs, workshops, Storytimes, special events and services have a lasting impact for more than 38,000 children and teens who participate and on their families.  The Let’s Read program involves reading to children in preschool through second grade. Teachers have seen a difference in their students reading comprehension skills and test scores. The Homework Center for children and teens has certified teachers, librarians and volunteers to help students with assignments or a project.  The summer academy provides free programs, services and a healthy lunch every day all summer to prevent summer slide. The library offers a myriad of health and art classes to promote healthy choices, exercise, art and creativity that attract hundreds of people every day. 

 

Some of the other services the library provides are:

 

  • Lending books, eBooks, movies, music cd’s, downloadable music, movies and audiobooks, magazines, audiobooks on cd, and other information formats.
  • Professional assistance with research, computer use, job hunting, use of e-government services, and utilizing library collections and the internet to get valid.
  • Aiding young adults 16 – 25 years old that are struggling with completing high school, securing employment or gaining the skills to become successful citizens.
  • Computers for patrons, many of whom have no other access to the internet, that helps bridge the "digital divide" and allow them to apply for jobs, utilize government services, and learn.
  • A wide variety of library programs:  Career-Readiness Classes, Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, Latin Cardio, Computer Classes, Book Clubs, Art Classes, Job Hunting Classes and many more. 
  • Homework Help, Dog Tales, Coding Classes, Storytime’s, Ballet, Karate, Cooking and Summer Reading programs and classes.
  • Access to a vast array of online commercial databases and magazine articles (not available on the internet to non-library card holders), as well as specialized library informational websites.

 

 

How can the community support your work?

 

Tami R. Lesser: Support of the West Palm Beach Library Foundation is an investment in the entire community.

 

Your gift benefits children, teens, adults, and seniors from all walks of life, whose lives are enriched every day at the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach. Our public library is a community builder and a safe space for children, teens and adults to learn, grow, explore and be inspired. Individuals and businesses can contribute gifts of any size to support the free programs and services and can donate event sponsorships for our main event “Food for Thought 2020.”

 

We also have naming opportunities that range from a $2,000 name plate to a $2.5 million gift to name the Children’s Library. It’s a meaningful way to offer recognition or to honor or memorialize a loved one. The Library Foundation relies on the generosity of our community members, foundations and businesses to support our beloved library and ensure that it will continue to be a center of learning and inspiration that enriches the entire community.

 

Why is the WPBLF a member of Nonprofits First?

 

Tami R. Lesser: WPBLF became a member of Nonprofits first to connect and engage with our colleagues and other organizations in the nonprofit community. We hope to learn and benefit from the many educational opportunities provided by Nonprofits First. We also want to find additional opportunities for the Mandel Public Library to partner with other nonprofits to bring more of the wonderful library programs out into the community and expand access to the library for the benefit of the community.

 

 Learn more about the West Palm Beach Library Foundation here.

 

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. Her email is: cgill@nonprofitsfirst.org

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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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Boca Rio Foundation RFP Opens

Posted By Charlotte Gill, Friday, October 25, 2019

Boca Rio Foundation Now Accepting Grant Proposals.

Download the guidelines and application here.

The deadline for proposals is January, 10th 2020.

CONTACT:

Karla Souza

Boca Rio Golf Club

561-482-3300

receptionist@bocariogolfclub.com

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Notables Notices Hats Off Nonprofit Awards

Posted By Charlotte Gill, Wednesday, October 16, 2019
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Sold-Out Hats Off Nonprofit Awards Celebrate 113 Nominees and 9 Award Recipients

Posted By Charlotte Gill, Monday, October 7, 2019

West Palm Beach, FL - The third annual “Hats Off Nonprofit Awards” hosted by Nonprofits First, Inc. honored 113 nominees representing 90 local nonprofit organizations and community partners from Palm Beach County at the Harriet Himmel Theatre in downtown West Palm Beach. Over 400 guests were in attendance at this unique hat-themed cocktail reception to support and take their “hats off” to the nominees.

 

A blue-ribbon panel of 45 community leaders from the public and private sectors determined the winners. Honorees in the nine categories were not announced until the awards program, contributing to the anticipation and excitement of this celebratory event that kicks off the event season in Palm Beach County.

 

Nine honorees were announced by Emcees Suzanne Boyd and Eric Roby. Presenting the awards were Nonprofits First CEO, Jessica Cecere, and Board President, Deana Pizzo (I.T. Solutions of South Florida.)

 

A special honor was bestowed upon John Foley of Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County in recognition of his work assisting the nonprofit sector and the community with legal expertise. Nonprofit of the Year was awarded to Forgotten Soldiers Outreach (Small), CROS Ministries (Medium), and The Arc of Palm Beach County (Large). The Lifetime Achievement Award went to Tenna Wiles for her work with the Palm Beach Medical Society. Theresa Lepore was honored as the Nonprofit Volunteer of the Year for her work with YWCA of Palm Beach County. Nonprofit Professional of the Year went to Center for Child Counseling’s Lauren Scirrotto. Travis Suit from Piper’s Angels Foundation received the Nonprofit Executive of the Year Award. Nonprofit MVP went to Wilbert Jean-Baptiste of Digital Vibez. The Community Collaborators Award recognized Best Foot Forward Foundation, ChildNet, and AT&T for their partnership.

 

Four hundred attendees voted on the 2019 Nonprofit People’s Choice Award leading to another proud moment for Piper’s Angels Foundation. Valerie Staggs, a Nonprofit Executive of the Year nominee from Pandora’s Kids, won the Best Hat Award for her hand-made Pandora’s Box hat.

 

“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. These programs focus on the professional development, leadership, and training the nonprofit community volunteers and employees need to lead and succeed.

 

Since 2005, 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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