Jean and David Colker shared a love for their community and a commitment to local philanthropy still felt by people all across Broward.
Early in their marriage, Jean and David made Fort Lauderdale their home. The success of their local business, Chemical Packaging Corporation, enabled them to launch the David and Jean Colker Family Foundation. And for more than 50 years, Jean and David provided generous support to foster education, serve children, support law enforcement, promote the arts and assist veterans in Broward.
After David passed in 2011, Jean carried on the commitment to local philanthropy that was such an important part of their 69 years together. Jean’s dedicated support through the years has fueled critical community services provided by United Way of Broward County and its Mission United program, Lighthouse of Broward, Hope South Florida, Kids in Distress and more.
Now, after celebrating her 100th birthday, Jean is partnering with the Community Foundation of Broward to shepherd and grow the community support that she and her husband started. Jean created an endowed charitable fund at the Community Foundation called Colker Cares for Seniors. She trusts the Community Foundation’s expert team to find innovative, impactful ways for her endowed support to make life better for seniors in Broward – for generations to come.
With the Community Foundation as their partner, Jean and David’s unwavering support for their community will never end.
“Helping people makes you feel good, and I know that the Community Foundation of Broward will be here long after I’m gone, making sure my money continues working to create a better Broward for everyone.” – Jean Colker
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.
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.
To learn more about our Community Builders and the BE BOLD Leadership Campaign, contact Vice President of Philanthropic Services Nancy Thies at firstname.lastname@example.org or 954-761-9503.