New Community Builders: Anita and Ralph Byer

Fostering Opportunity, Independence and Tolerance in Broward

November 1, 2022

Anita and Ralph Byer share a belief that the blessings of success come with an obligation to help others. They put their belief into action with philanthropy that supports opportunities to make life better in Broward for those who have been less fortunate.

Ralph, a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, and Anita, CEO and Principal Shareholder of Setnor Byer Insurance and Risk, have long prioritized getting involved and giving back to help the community where they've built their successes and raised their children, Stephanie and Gregory. Ralph and Anita's dedicated leadership and support for Legal Aid Services of Broward County, JAFCO, the Museum of Discovery and Science and the Sheriff's Foundation Fund to support fallen heroes are examples of how their philanthropy transforms lives in Broward.

JAFCO, which helps children who have faced abuse, disabilities or other challenges, holds a special place in their hearts. Anita and Ralph cherish the memories from their

time spent as foster parents to two boys in need of a home, which allowed them to extend their charitable instincts to the giving of their heart and time. They remain committed to championing JAFCO and other nonprofit organizations that provide critical support for children who need love, hope, opportunity and a safe place to explore their world.

Now, Anita and Ralph are partnering with the Community Foundation of Broward to amplify their impact for the community they love. By creating the endowed Setnor Byer Family Charitable Fund, the Byers have established a permanent, sustainable source of support for local at-risk youth, fallen heroes, civic and cultural education for the young and other causes that provide services to help foster opportunity, independence and tolerance for the marginalized.

With the Community Foundation's expert team to find innovative ways to fulfill the mission of their fund, Anita and Ralph are confident that their efforts and successes will create maximum opportunity and a lasting difference for those who need it most.

“With one chance at a lifetime, and having had an abundance of good fortune, we can think of no better way to express our gratitude for our successes than to ensure that our efforts continue to help fund the causes that we so dearly believe in,” – Anita Byer

Anita and Ralph Byer are new Community Builders for the Community Foundation of Broward.

More About Our Community Builders

Community Builders are BOLD leaders who partner with the Community Foundation to establish endowed charitable Funds of $1 million or more to shape a brighter future for the community they love.

Through the power of endowment, the gifts from these individuals, families and local organizations fuel innovation and tackle Broward’s biggest issues today and forever.

Click here to learn more about all of our Community Builders.

How To Become A Community Builder

Thanks to the momentum of our BE BOLD Leadership Campaign, more visionary local philanthropists are stepping up to join the ranks of our Community Builders.

The BE BOLD Leadership Campaign sparks innovation, inspires new thinking and uses the power of endowment to create permanent resources that tackle Broward’s big challenges. With a one-time gift or a pledge to build your support over time, you can create an endowed charitable Fund and become a Community Builder who shapes a brighter future for Broward.

Click here to learn more about the BE BOLD Leadership Campaign.

Learn More

To learn more about our Community Builders and the BE BOLD Leadership Campaign, contact Vice President of Philanthropic Services Nancy Thies at or 954-761-9503.

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