See Local Philanthropy Through The Community Foundation Tackle The Coronavirus Crisis
Our newest video gives you an inside look at how philanthropy through the Community Foundation targets Broward's greatest challenges during the coronavirus crisis.
Click here to see how support from our dedicated Fundholders provides food for local residents in need, outreach to isolated seniors, assistance to stabilize families facing homelessness and much, much more.
This is only the beginning. Endowed giving can fuel the long-term solutions Broward needs to tackle the lingering effects of this crisis.
Community Foundation's First Virtual 'Food For Thought' Explores Answers To Broward’s Jobs Crisis
Where are Broward’s jobs going during this economic tailspin? And how do we get people back to work?
The Community Foundation of Broward explored the troubling state of local employment during our first-ever virtual Food For Thought gathering.
A Food For Thought is an exclusive opportunity for our Fundholders and Legacy Society members to learn about Broward’s big issues and see the bold impact of local philanthropy. To stay safe during the pandemic, our latest Food For Thought took place through an online video conference.
Click here to learn more about this interactive online experience that featured expert panelists who shared insights about the ongoing jobs crisis and discussed startling local challenges.
New Support Helps Senior Center Break Through Isolation In Broward
For Broward seniors who live alone, isolation can fuel depression. Lead to malnutrition. Even worsen dementia.
So, when the coronavirus quarantine temporarily closed their doors, the team at the Daniel D. Cantor Senior Center in Sunrise switched from serving meals to having them delivered. With the center’s regulars cut off from bingo, movies and other activities, the Cantor team took to the phones to check on their well-being. To help them get their medicine. Just to give them someone to talk to.
And when the Daniel D. Cantor Senior Center this summer was one of the first local senior facilities to re-open, they created new safety measures – taking temperatures at the door, requiring masks, seating everyone at least six-feet from each other and more – that have become a model for other centers to follow.
Click here to learn how, thanks to the power of local philanthropy, more places like the Daniel D. Cantor Senior Center are getting an infusion of support to help some of Broward’s most vulnerable residents face this crisis.
Community Foundation Of Broward Fundholders Help Fuel A $1 billion Nationwide Coronavirus Response
We are proud to share that Fundholders at the Community Foundation of Broward are part of a nationwide philanthropy movement that so far has mobilized more than $1 billion to tackle the coronavirus crisis.
The recent findings, provided by the Community Foundation Public Awareness Initiative, show how philanthropists across the country are turning to their local community foundations to help them make a bold impact during this pandemic.
Click here to learn how, thanks to our Fundholders, the Community Foundation of Broward has already provided more than $4 million for immediate support as well as long-term strategies to help Broward residents overcome the lingering effects of this crisis.
New Face Shields Will Guard Against The Coronavirus in Broward
With South Florida becoming the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, masks and other protective equipment are needed more than ever.
Now new locally made face shields will help protect more Broward residents from the coronavirus, thanks to support from the Community Foundation of Broward.
Click here to learn how an emergency response grant from the Community Foundation enables Florida Atlantic University to produce 5,000 face shields for first responders, front-line workers and more.
New ‘Dignity In Aging’ Grants Help Broward Seniors Overcome Isolation During Pandemic
Staying home to avoid the coronavirus threatens to leave Broward seniors feeling isolated and depressed.
But now new “Dignity In Aging” grants are helping Broward’s seniors stay active and connected to their community during the pandemic – thanks to the power of local philanthropy.
Click here to learn more about how the Community Foundation is part of a groundbreaking collaboration that provides seniors home visits, help to combat depression, access to arts programs, transportation and much, much more.
Community Foundation Collaboration With The Humana Foundation Fuels $250,000 In New Coronavirus Relief
Ever since the coronavirus crisis began, the Community Foundation’s philanthropy experts have been reaching out, researching and assessing to identify the hardest hit areas and the most significant challenges in Broward. They have been connecting with nonprofits on the front lines and community leaders to identify the best ways for local philanthropy to help struggling Broward residents.
So, when The Humana Foundation needed a Broward expert to help them make the greatest impact with their local coronavirus relief, they knew the Community Foundation was the perfect partner. Now The Humana Foundation has entrusted the Community Foundation’s deep community knowledge and philanthropic expertise to help them figure how where their $250,000 gift can make the biggest difference in Broward.
Click here to learn how this collaboration between the Community Foundation and The Humana Foundation will deliver more coronavirus relief where it’s needed most in Broward.
Virtual Town Halls Celebrate Pride Month And Foster ‘Wellness’ During Crisis
At a time when the coronavirus further separates and isolates residents, we are finding new ways to help bridge divides in Broward.
So to celebrate Pride Month in the midst of a pandemic, the Community Foundation of Broward has supported a series of virtual town hall meetings to foster healing and understanding – at a safe social distance.
Click here to learn how a grant from the Community Foundation enabled South Florida PBS to create this new online opportunity for the LGBTQ community and their neighbors to interact, share experiences and talk about issues that affect us all.
Pandemic Can’t Stop Julie’s 100th Birthday Celebration
When a pandemic cancelled family plans for Julie Cabezas’ 100th birthday party, the ALLIES Program helped make sure Julie and her loved ones could still celebrate the momentous occasion – at a safe social distance.
Thanks to ALLIES, Julie was able to enjoy a parade of well-wishers, led by a fire truck, during a drive-by birthday party.
Click here to see the parade and learn more about the ALLIES Program, which provides outreach and assistance to help seniors remain vibrant, active and connected to their community. It is made possible by support from a dynamic collaboration between the Community Foundation of Broward, the Jewish Federation of Broward County and United Way of Broward County.
Community Foundation Helps Struggling Students Get Back On Track During Coronavirus
The pandemic that closed Broward schools couldn’t shut the door on groundbreaking help for struggling middle school students.
Thanks to a dynamic partnership between the Community Foundation of Broward and Broward County Public Schools, important work continues to keep low-achieving students engaged and learning – even as classes have moved online.
In fact, this innovative collaboration to reimagine middle school education has helped 10 local schools tackle new challenges that have emerged for students during the coronavirus crisis.
Click here to learn how a new $1 million grant from the Community Foundation launches the next phase of this exciting program, which is an extension of our longstanding commitment to boost graduation rates in Broward.
Community Foundation Partnership Helps Broward Create Coronavirus Relief Priorities
How do you decide who benefits from federal emergency relief during this crisis when so many Broward residents are in dire need?
The Community Foundation of Broward is using the power of collaboration to help steer millions of dollars in aid where it’s needed the most.
As Broward County considers how to use $340 million in federal aid for local crisis relief, the Community Foundation has teamed with the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance to help recommend ways to create maximum community impact.
Click here to learn how the Community Foundation and the Alliance brought together representatives from more than 40 local nonprofits and community institutions for an online video conference to discuss potential uses for the relief money.
August Urbanek’s Legacy Helps Broward Face The Coronavirus
August Urbanek wanted to make sure he could be there for Broward when his community needed him the most – even long after he was gone.
So August turned to the Community Foundation of Broward to make it happen. In 2005, he created the August Urbanek Family Fund – an endowed charitable Fund at the Community Foundation dedicated to local disaster relief.
Now August’s Fund is helping Broward face a challenge he couldn’t have imagined.
Click here to learn how August’s visionary collaboration with the Community Foundation enables his Fund to provide critical emergency support to help Broward residents face the coronavirus.
Community Foundation Provides More Support To Help Domestic Violence Survivors During Coronavirus Crisis
What happens to women and children who have been stuck in an abusive home during the coronavirus quarantine? What happens when job loss limits escape options – while adding stress to an already volatile situation?
As the far-reaching effects of the coronavirus continue to unfold, the Women In Distress domestic violence shelter is getting more calls for help.
Click here to learn how an emergency grant from the Community Foundation of Broward is helping survivors of domestic abuse find safety and a fresh start during this unprecedented crisis.
Emergency Aid Helps Broward Residents Face Coronavirus Hardships
Low-income families – already struggling to get by in one of the country’s costliest housing markets – don’t have the savings to endure layoffs amid a crisis that has shuttered businesses.
The pandemic that threatens their lives could also push them into homelessness.
Click here to learn how, thanks to new crisis relief from the Community Foundation of Broward, families in dire need are getting a hand up to help them move closer to achieving Economic Independence – one of the Issues That Matter most to Broward’s residents, which the Foundation has long supported.
Bold Leadership, Bold Resources Vital To Broward’s Recovery
A bold new movement to shape a brighter future for Broward started long before a devastating pandemic reached our shores.
Since 2018, the Community Foundation of Broward’s BE BOLD Leadership Campaign has fueled innovation and inspired new thinking. Through the power of endowment, the BE BOLD Leadership Campaign continues to create permanent resources to tackle Broward’s biggest challenges.
Click here to learn why two of Broward’s most dedicated philanthropists say the BE BOLD Leadership Campaign – which they have both stepped up to support – is now more important than ever.
How Brent Hagey’s Fund at the Community Foundation Fund Provides Mental Health Support During Crisis
As the coronavirus virus began to threaten lives and livelihoods in Broward, Brent Hagey wanted to do more to help people in crisis – and he wanted to act fast.
Brent knew just how to make it happen. As a Fundholder at the Community Foundation of Broward, Brent already had the Foundation’s local philanthropy experts ready to help him make a bold impact – just when his community needed it the most.
Click here to learn how rapid-response grants from Brent’s charitable Fund at the Community Foundation have been going to nonprofits on the front lines of the crisis – providing much-needed support for mental health services and other vital relief.
Emergency Grant Supports Food Bank, More Mental Health Services To Help Broward Residents Face Crisis
Food to help families facing layoffs and other coronavirus-related economic hardships.
Counseling – by phone and computer – to help people who lost their health insurance cope during a time of crisis.
Click here to learn how Parent’s Information & Resource Center, known as PIRC, is able to provide this emergency food along with vital mental health services, thanks to help from the Community Foundation of Broward.
Emergency Grant Helps 2-1-1 Broward Answer The Call For Struggling Residents
The 2-1-1 Broward helpline is ringing off the hook as Broward residents struggle to survive the health and economic effects of the coronavirus. This 24/7 helpline has become a lifeline – connecting people to vital community services and crisis support during their moment of need.
As the coronavirus crisis unfolded, the Community Foundation of Broward reached out to 2-1-1 Broward and learned that this critical community resource was unable to keep up with increased demand.
Click here to learn how the Community Foundation has responded with an emergency grant that enables 2-1-1 Broward to meet the growing call volume from thousands of Broward residents.
Professional Advisors Council Stays Connected Amid Crisis
A pandemic couldn’t stop the Community Foundation of Broward’s Professional Advisors Council from a chance to learn more ways to make a bold impact for their clients.
The council is an elite group of attorneys, accountants and financial advisors who have referred clients who create charitable Funds at the Community Foundation. And on May 13 the council held its first ever virtual meeting.
Click here to learn more about how this invitation-only video conference helped council members learn the latest about the Community Foundation’s coronavirus response as well as the estate planning effects of the new SECURE Act.
New Help For Struggling Families To Stay in Homes
In a community where about half of our workforce was already living paycheck to paycheck, the coronavirus crisis has pushed many Broward families to the brink of economic despair.
That includes about 40 percent of the 500 homeowners served by Habitat for Humanity of Broward who have been furloughed, laid off or had their wages cut due to the coronavirus. Now they find themselves unable to pay the mortgage on the home they’ve worked for their entire lives.
But help is coming, thanks to an emergency grant from the Community Foundation of Broward.
Click here to learn how with this infusion of support, Habitat for Humanity will be able to offer much-needed counseling, mortgage relief and emergency assistance to families impacted by the crisis.
Kearns Family's Collaboration With Community Foundation Fuels Coronavirus Relief
The Kearns family steps up during times of crisis.
They do it with philanthropy that provides a hand up, so struggling people can become self-sufficient.
It’s a family legacy of philanthropy that Dick and Ginnie Kearns cemented through the creation of the endowed Kearns Family Foundation Fund at the Community Foundation.
Click here to learn how their Fund is stepping up in a big way to help Broward’s most vulnerable residents face the coronavirus crisis.
Community Foundation Boosts Support To Help Broward Residents Face Coronavirus Crisis
Food deliveries to isolated seniors. Rent assistance for families struggling after layoffs. Help to connect more Broward residents to crisis response services.
These are examples of the bold impact coming from the Community Foundation of Broward’s latest action to tackle the coronavirus crisis.
Click here to learn more about the Community Foundation’s new wave of support, which includes $500,000 in grants for seven projects that target the dire needs of some of Broward’s most vulnerable residents.
Broward Nonprofits Deliver Dynamic Online Services During Stay-At-Home Orders
When the coronavirus threatened to close the curtain on an arts program that breaks through senior isolation, the Slow Burn Theatre Company decided the show must go on.
So the Fort Lauderdale-based theatre group launched its online Elder Arts Workshops. These engaging videos are a fill-in for preshow workshops that were cancelled, along with the shows, by coronavirus stay-at-home orders.
Slow Burn Theatre Company’s new website videos are just one example of how local nonprofits are finding innovative ways to provide online services that help Broward residents face the local effects of the coronavirus.
Click here to learn how more nonprofit groups are able to pivot and provide dynamic online services thanks to help from Fundholders at the Community Foundation of Broward.
Statewide Survey Shows Need For More Local Philanthropy To Face Coronavirus Crisis
Insights from a newly released statewide survey show that nonprofits on the front line of Florida’s coronavirus response are struggling.
Almost 80 percent of the more than 1,400 nonprofits surveyed across Florida say they have already experienced a negative financial impact because of the coronavirus.
And as more nonprofits have to cancel fundraisers and deal with a dip in donations during these uncertain times, that imperils their ability to feed struggling families, engage isolated seniors and provide a host of other services needed now more than ever.
Click here to learn how the results of this survey confirm many of the concerns we are hearing and what the Community Foundation of Broward is doing to respond.
Door-To-Door Care Packages Fuel Economic Independence During Coronavirus Crisis
Care packages delivered in hard-hit Fort Lauderdale neighborhoods are just one example of how nonprofit groups are springing into action to help people who need it the most during this crisis.
Food, toiletries, cloth masks and grocery store gift cards are among the much-needed supplies included in these care packages. This immediate relief is being delivered to people recently laid off from their jobs, people who are ill, the disabled, elderly residents isolated from vital community services and others struggling to adapt to life under lingering stay-at-home orders.
Click here to learn how this collaboration between H.O.M.E.S., Inc. and the Central City Alliance – with support from the Community Foundation of Broward and donations from community partners – helps residents who may miss out on help from other local agencies.
Community Foundation President/CEO Discusses Coronavirus Impacts With WLRN Public Radio
WLRN’s Sundial program recently gathered a panel representing community foundations across South Florida that are looking for ways to help nonprofits survive during this time of crisis.
The panel featured Linda Carter, President/CEO of the Community Foundation of Broward, who discussed the innovative ways nonprofits are continuing to provide services She also shared how endowed charitable Funds at the Community Foundation have made it possible to provide support quickly to local nonprofits most in need.
Click here to listen to the interview and learn more about more local philanthropy can help sustain nonprofits that face canceled fundraisers and increased demand for services
Community Foundation Provides Grant Flexibility To Help Nonprofits Face The Coronavirus
As the coronavirus threatened to make life harder for Broward residents who already struggled to get by, the FLITE Center sprang into action.
This innovative nonprofit – dedicated to helping Broward’s young adults transition from foster care to life on their own – has launched an emergency pantry stocked with food, baby supplies, toilet paper and other much-needed essentials for day-to-day living.
The FLITE Center’s new pantry is just one example of how the Community Foundation’s new grant flexibility is helping nonprofits across Broward adapt and respond to the coronavirus crisis.
Click here to learn more about how nonprofits on the front lines of this crisis are finding innovative ways to respond – and why they need more local philanthropy to continue.
Answers To Questions About The Estate Planning Surge
As the number of people infected by the coronavirus continues to grow, lawyers in Broward and across the country are seeing a huge increase in requests to prepare wills and update estate plans.
Estate attorney and Community Foundation Board Member Kurt Zimmerman is helping clients navigate this renewed interest in estate planning.
Click here to learn more about his insights regarding the importance of estate planning and how to leave a positive legacy.
How Lesley Mitchell Jones' Philanthropy Will Support Broward During Times Of Crisis And Beyond
Lesley Mitchell Jones of Fort Lauderdale is among more than 150 forward-thinkers in our Legacy Society who use their estate plans to help define Broward’s future.
She chose to partner with the Community Foundation to help organize her giving today – and ensure her estate continues making a difference for the community long after she’s gone.
Click here to learn why she trusts the Community Foundation to help her make a bold impact, during times of crisis and beyond.
Innovative Collaboration Delivers Coronavirus Relief Answers For Nonprofits
With local nonprofits facing an uncertain future, the Community Foundation of Broward used the power of collaboration to deliver fast answers to important questions about new federal coronavirus relief opportunities.
It happened quickly too. Just days after the $2 trillion CARES Act was signed into law, the Community Foundation joined forces with the region’s other major philanthropic organizations for an exclusive webcast. It connected local nonprofits to financial experts who could help them navigate complicated rules for getting federal loans to fill budget shortfalls and keep people employed.
More than 1,000 people participated in the first-of-its-kind webinar, sponsored by the Community Foundation of Broward, The Miami Foundation, The Jewish Federation of Broward County, United Way of Broward County and United Way of Miami-Dade.
Click here to learn more about the ongoing help from this dynamic collaboration.
How An Endowed Charitable Fund, Created A Decade Ago, Is Tackling Coronavirus Response
Mary Mackenzie didn’t know the coronavirus was coming when she established her unrestricted endowed charitable Fund at the Community Foundation of Broward more than a decade ago.
Mary did know she wanted to create a bold and lasting impact for the community she loved. She wanted her philanthropy to fuel solutions to Broward’s biggest needs of the day – as well as the unknown challenges that would come our way.
So, Mary created her endowed Mary and Alex Mackenzie Community Impact Fund with no restrictions – able to evolve with Broward. She didn’t keep her Fund narrowly focused to one issue because she knew the community’s needs would change over time. She wanted her Fund to help make a difference, come what may.
Click here to learn how today, when Broward needs local philanthropy more than ever, Mary’s Fund is at the forefront of the local response to the coronavirus.
CARES Act Helps Broward Philanthropists Respond To The Coronavirus
“What can I do? How can I help?”
We are hearing from Community Foundation of Broward Fundholders and other concerned residents who want to do more to help the community they love during this unprecedented crisis. Now is the perfect time to step up and BE BOLD to ensure Broward has the philanthropic muscle it needs to survive this uncertain time and thrive in the future.
And the new CARES Act presents an extraordinary opportunity, this year only, for you to amplify your philanthropy.
Click here to learn how this new federal coronavirus relief law features tax incentives that make 2020 an ideal time for more charitable giving – just when our community needs it the most.
Community Foundation Announces Coronavirus Response To The Issues That Matter
This is the time to BE BOLD for Broward and the Community Foundation of Broward is providing more than $3.5 million in support to help current grantees and nonprofits with Foundation endowments tackle coronavirus-related relief efforts in our community.
These resources – to sustain and grow much-needed community services – are being made available through modifications to existing Community Foundation grants and changes to our annual distributions from endowments. Endowed charitable Funds, established by local philanthropists who give through the Community Foundation, are fueling this short-term relief.
We are also working to identify additional endowed resources to enable the Foundation to strategically address Broward’s long-term recovery and the wide-ranging effects of the coronavirus crisis, which could linger for years. Our long-term strategy will focus on Broward’s Issues That Matter. They are Broward’s 10 biggest challenges, which have long been a priority for our Fundholders and have grown even more daunting due to the coronavirus.
Click here to learn more about the Foundation’s multipart response.
Community Foundation Answers About Coronavirus Response And Helpful Contact Information
At the Community Foundation of Broward, we are doing our part to help slow the spread of coronavirus to reduce the risk to our staff and our stakeholders. For everyone’s safety, we have closed our office and our staff is working remotely.
Even though we’re not in the office, our expert team is available and ready to serve our Fundholders, Legacy Society Members, Professional Advisors and Nonprofit organizations.
Click here to for answers to many of the questions we have received since the health crisis began. Also included is the direct contact information for members of our expert team who can provide further assistance. All calls and email will receive a response within 24 hours during the business week.
You can reach the Community Foundation of Broward at firstname.lastname@example.org and 954-761-9503.