New Community Builder: Judith Ann Linnell

Boldly Creating A More Vibrant Broward

May 21, 2021
Support from Judith Ann Linnell’s endowed charitable Fund at the Community Foundation of Broward helps children in need as well as the arts, civic engagement and education in Broward.

Judith Linnell loved living in a vibrant community where she could be close to the sea. She was a longtime member of the Coral Ridge Yacht Club and an active participant in the club’s “Anc’Hers” women’s group. As a dedicated supporter of the Navy League in Fort Lauderdale, Judith championed our nation’s seafaring traditions.

Because she cared for her community, Judith prioritized giving back and getting involved in Broward. Whether dancing at glittery fundraisers, taking museum tours or soaking in a night of opera music, Judith enjoyed participating in charitable events that helped lift up the place she called home.

Judith, who died in 2009, took her giving a step further with an estate gift that created the Judith Ann Linnell Foundation. Support from her private foundation helped the arts, civic engagement and education in Broward and also created opportunities for children in need. When her private foundation neared its sunset, Judith’s trustees teamed with the Community Foundation of Broward to continue her legacy of shaping a brighter future for Broward.

Through this collaboration, assets from Judith’s private foundation have created the endowed Judith Ann Linnell Foundation Fund at the Community Foundation.

As Broward’s local philanthropy expert, the Community Foundation is uniquely positioned to ensure Judith’s support for her community makes the greatest impact possible. The Community Foundation shepherds and grows Judith’s endowed Fund. Our expert team’s ability to foster collaborations and find dynamic grant opportunities enables Judith’s support for children, education and civic engagement in Broward to continue forever.

Thanks to the power of endowment, Judith’s BOLD impact for Broward will never end.

“Judith loved living in Fort Lauderdale and supporting causes that make this a more vibrant community. She would be thrilled to know that her charitable Fund at the Community Foundation is changing lives today and will continue to help Broward forever.” – Jim LaBate, former trustee for Judith’s private foundation and former Community Foundation Board Chair

More About Our Community Builders

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.

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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