Millie’s Bold Impact

New Support from the Mildred Talkwicz Charitable Fund

December 2, 2020
Mildred "Millie" Talkwicz, shown with her dog Stasia, is one of the Community Foundation of Broward's Community Builders - visionary philanthropists who create endowed charitable Funds of $1 million or more.

Medical care for beloved pets of struggling families that otherwise couldn’t afford the treatment.

Hospice support so more local residents can spend their last days in peace and comfort.

Access to breakthrough treatments for children facing cancer.

Mildred “Millie” Talkwicz’s legacy of bold, life-changing philanthropy reaches all across Broward, thanks to her charitable Fund at the Community Foundation of Broward.

Millie’s estate gift last year to the Community Foundation created the Mildred Talkwicz Charitable Fund – an endowed Fund that ensures forever-support for issues that mattered most to Millie.

Help for children, animals and more is made possible by Millie’s generosity and foresight. And Millie is one of our Community Builders – 37 visionaries who have created endowed Funds of $1 million or more to shape a brighter future for Broward.

The first wave of support from Millie’s Fund started this fall, with nearly $500,000 in total grants for:

  • Humane Society of Broward County to provide heartworm treatment and low-cost spay/neuter services through the Surrender Prevention program.
  • Trustbridge Hospice Foundation to provide hospice care to individuals and emotional and spiritual support for their loved ones in the Charity Care Program.
  • St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to support patients from Florida and their families.

“We are profoundly grateful for the Mildred Talkwicz Charitable Fund’s support of the Trustbridge Charity Care Program. This gift ensures that lack of financial resources are not a barrier to receiving exceptional hospice care and compassion during a family’s greatest time of need, in Broward County,” said Valerie Vitale, Executive Director, Broward County for the Trustbridge Hospice Foundation.

In the midst of a pandemic – when front-line nonprofits need more resources to deliver critical community services – Millie’s charitable Fund fuels solutions to some of Broward’s biggest challenges.

“During the past year Humane Society of Broward County, like others, has seen its budget negatively impacted because of the pandemic.  We have not had the ability to conduct fundraising events or continue with some of our low-cost fee for service programs,” said Christopher Agostino, President/CEO of the Humane Society of Broward County. “The philanthropic support HSBC has received from the Funds held at the Community Foundation of Broward – especially now – will provide us with the means to continue, without interruption, our role in the community.”

This is just the beginning of the bold, local impact Millie’s charitable Fund will create. Because Millie created an endowed Fund – able to grow through investment – her legacy of support for the community she loved and the issues she cared about will last forever.

More About Millie

Millie and her husband Jack were pioneers of the car wash industry in Florida. As their first location in Panama City took off, they expanded across the state. When they moved their company headquarters to South Florida, Broward became their home.

Millie loved Broward and her connection to the community grew deeper after Jack passed and their business was sold. She dedicated her time and resources to the local causes she cared about most – children and animals. Millie’s estate gift to the Community Foundation ensures that her ability to give back and help others will never end.

Learn More

To learn how you can make a life-changing difference with an endowed charitable Fund at the Community Foundation of Broward, contact Vice President of Philanthropic Services Nancy Thies at or 954-761-9503.

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