New Community Builder: Louise Wemyss

BOLD Support For Broward's Animals

February 1, 2021
Louise Wemyss' dedication to helping animals continues forever thanks to the Louise Wemyss Fund For Animal Welfare at the Commnity Foundation of Broward.

Louise Wemyss often said she helped animals because they couldn’t help themselves. And throughout her life, Louise was always there for animals in need.

Her dedication began with taking in strays as a young girl growing up in Richmond, Virginia. And her commitment to animals continued as an adult with her support for animal rescue organizations. After she relocated to Fort Lauderdale and met her husband, James – an innovator in the paper industry and one-time owner of Vanity Fair Napkins – their elegant home always catered to their beloved pets.

When she passed, the Louise Wemyss Fund for Animal Welfare was created through her estate plan. Her endowed gift establishes permanent support to provide free animal spay, neutering and euthanasia services. Now the Community Foundation’s expert team will identify innovative, impactful opportunities to carry on Louise’s vision.

Thanks to Louise’s generosity and her partnership with the Community Foundation, her passion for helping animals in need will last forever.

“Louise Wemyss – beautiful, vivacious, tenacious – loved all things, especially those with four paws. From her spunky personality to her infectious smile, she will forever remain in our hearts,” said Sandi Hall, her niece.

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

Through the power of endowment these individuals, families and local organizations with their gifts fuel innovation and tackle Broward’s Issues That Matter – today and forever.

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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.

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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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