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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.


Karla Souza

Boca Rio Golf Club


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Tags:  Charities  Development  Fundraising  Grants  Nonprofit Philanthropy  Palm Beach County  Philanthropy 

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Notables Notices Hats Off Nonprofit Awards

Posted By Charlotte Gill, Wednesday, October 16, 2019
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​Hats Off Nonprofit Awards to Honor 113 Nominees on October 1st

Posted By Charlotte Gill, Tuesday, September 10, 2019

 Hats Off Nonprofit Awards to Honor 113 Nominees on October 1st


West Palm Beach – Nonprofits First, Inc. has announced 113 nominees, representing 90 local nonprofit organizations and community partners, who will be recognized at its third annual Hats Off Nonprofit Awards ceremony.


The event, a spirited, hat-themed cocktail reception, will take place on Tuesday, October 1, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Harriett Himmel Theatre in West Palm Beach.  Well-known local TV personalities Suzanne Boyd and Eric Roby, who host the Rise+Live morning talk show, will emcee the evening.  In keeping with supporting the nonprofit community, hors d’oeuvres will be catered by Joshua Catering from The Lord’s Place.


Awards will be given in nine categories, including awards for organizations and individuals. New this year is the Lifetime Achievement Award, honoring an individual who, over the years, has effected noteworthy change in Palm Beach County and is held in high esteem by the community. The winners in each category will be kept a secret until they are announced on stage during the ceremony.


A blue ribbon panel of 40 community leaders in the public and private sectors selected. Two live awards will also be announced at the event. Guests will be invited to vote on the People’s Choice Award, which will acknowledge the nominee receiving the most votes.  Also, judges will be scouting for creativity when selecting a winner of the Best Hat Award.


“This event sold out last year, so we encourage people to buy their tickets early,” said Jessica Cecere, CEO of Nonprofits First, which is hosting the event. “We anticipate another exciting evening of cheerful celebration for those in the business of doing good.”


Funds 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.


To view the nominees, visit To purchase tickets, go online to or call Nonprofits First at 561-214-7435.


For more than 12 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.

Tags:  Charities  Fundraising  Network  Nonprofit Philanthropy  Palm Beach County 

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Member Spotlight: NAMI Palm Beach County

Posted By Charlotte Gill, Monday, August 26, 2019

Mental health is one of the most pressing issues in Palm Beach County.

Lots of nonprofits provide direct mental health services – but few agencies focus solely on education, support, and advocacy.

One of those is National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Palm Beach County, which is our August member spotlight.

We asked Katherine Murphy, the organization’s director of programs, to tell us what NAMI Palm Beach County does and how we can all support their important mission.


Why is NAMI Palm Beach County’s work so important right now? 

Katherine Murphy: Mental health conditions affect the lives of 1 in 4 adults and 1 in 5 youth in the United States. NAMI works to reduce stigma so people feel more comfortable to connect to care and allow them to build and maintain supportive relationships in their own community.

All of NAMI’s programs and services are provided free of cost, which is important since Florida ranks near the bottom in per-capita state mental health funding. All of NAMI’s programs and services are provided by individuals with “lived experience” who can relate and offer encouragement.


What does NAMI Palm Beach County do?   

Katherine Murphy: NAMI Palm Beach County is comprised of families, friends, and individuals living with mental health conditions who are helping others facing mental health challenges. Providing educational and support services to those living with mental illness and their families is the essential function of NAMI.

Support groups for individuals and family members are offered throughout the county. A full-time Family Support Specialist helps those in need to navigate the complex system of mental health care. Education programs are offered to middle and high school students, family members, the community, and those living with a mental health condition. NAMI Palm Beach County also provides peer mentoring to youth and adults.


How can people support NAMI Palm Beach County’s work?

Katherine Murphy: Please join us at the 2019 NAMIWalks on November 2, 2019: Through NAMIWalks’ public, active display of support for people affected by mental illness, we are changing our community and ensuring that resources are available for those in need.

Come out to our Annual Luncheon on December 12, 2019:

Pledge to be StigmaFree!

Talk about it!

Discuss mental health and wellness with your community.


Be supportive of colleagues, friends, and families who have mental illness or are caregivers.

Educate yourself!

Join us for our monthly General Meetings, or invite us to do a talk for your agency.



Why does NAMI support Nonprofits First, and how has your organization benefited from Nonprofits First’s services?                     

Katherine Murphy: Nonprofits First’s Accreditation sets a respected standard, accepted by local funders, which provides an easier and more streamlined approach to grant writing.

NAMI Palm Beach County staff benefit from the quality training, including computer classes, offed by Nonprofits First.

Learn more about NAMI Palm Beach County 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:

Tags:  Membership  Mental Health  Nonprofit  Palm Beach County 

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