'This is Home' - Community Builders Step Up For Broward

January 13, 2020

Some grow up here. They raise their families and build their careers here. Broward has always been home.

Others find their way here. They fall in love with the people and the places they find here. Broward becomes their home.

Despite different paths, they share a common bond – a commitment to give back to the place they call home.

These are the Community Builders – visionaries who create endowed charitable Funds of $1 million or more at the Community Foundation of Broward. Their philanthropy shapes a brighter future for the community they love.

The Foundation recently announced four new Community Builders, whose endowed gifts fuel innovation and create nimble resources for Broward – today and forever.

The new Community Builders are:

  • BBX Capital
  • Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz
  • Marlene Holder
  • Mildred Talkwicz

They join a growing group of Community Builders, now 36 strong, who refuse to sit on the sidelines. They use their philanthropy to make a bold impact. With their charitable Funds at the Community Foundation, they all tackle big issues to help Broward thrive forever.

“They got involved and they got engaged and they said, ‘This is home,’” Foundation President/CEO Linda B. Carter said. “They are literally building this community today, tomorrow and for generations.”

The new Community Builders include: Mildred Talkwicz, David Horvitz and Francie Bishop Good, Marlene Holder and BBX Capital.

Mildred “Millie” Talkwicz used an estate gift to create the new Mildred Talkwicz Charitable Fund, which ensures forever-support for Broward’s children, animals and more.

“She wanted to do something permanently,” said Jack Loving, attorney for Mildred Talkwicz and a former Foundation Board member. “She felt that was a good way to leave a legacy.”

Known as someone who never turned away those in need, Marlene Holder’s estate gift created the unrestricted Marlene Holder Fund for Broward to evolve with the community and tackle the biggest issues of the day.

“She wanted this money to stay local,” said Karen Spigler, attorney for Marlene Holder. “This is going to help the people in this county.”

Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz are longtime supporters of the arts who created the Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz Fund for the Arts to propel the arts forward for generations to come.

“The arts are so important, especially in difficult times,” said Francie Bishop Good, an artist and former Foundation Board member. “They bridge all humanity.  … It’s so important in our community to celebrate the arts.”

BBX Capital is the Foundation’s first corporate Community Builder. The groundbreaking BBX Capital Fund for the Arts provides support for artists, to help Broward’s vibrant arts community reach its full potential.

“We care deeply about the arts and how important the arts are to this community,” said Jarett S. Levan, President of BBX Capital and a former Foundation Board member. “We hope that we will be an example for other businesses.”

The four new Community Builders have stepped up as part of the Foundation’s BE BOLD Leadership Campaign – a growing movement to shape a brighter future for Broward.

Launched one year ago, the BE BOLD Leadership Campaign is a chance for people who love Broward to use the power of endowment to tackle our community’s biggest challenges.

Already, the BE BOLD Leadership Campaign has raised $144 million toward the $500 million goal. When fully seeded, it will empower our Fundholders to deliver nearly $3 million a month in permanent support for the issues that matter most to Broward’s future.

“We are proud of this remarkable progress and eager to reach our bold goal,” said James Donnelly, chairman of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. “Broward must have permanent, nimble resources so it will always be a vibrant place to call home.”

Jarett S. Levan, former Foundation Board member, and Dara Levan, Foundation Board member (wearing the honoree ribbons) represent BBX Capital at the 2019 Community Builders Celebration, held at the Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum. They are joined by (from left to right) Linda B. Carter, Foundation President/CEO; Jeannie Hudson, Community Builder; Steven W. Hudson, Community Builder, Foundation Board member; Cathy Donnelly, Fundholder; May Jean Wolff, Community Builder; and James Donnelly, Fundholder, Foundation Board chairman.
Contact Information

To learn how you can BE BOLD for Broward by creating a charitable Fund at the Community Foundation, contact Vice President of Philanthropic Services Nancy Thies at nthies@cfbroward.org or 954-761-9503.

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