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Belle Glade teens in Philanthropy Tank finals

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03/01/2018

The contest culminates Sunday, March 11, with a reception and “Shark Tank”-style event at the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach. The PBPT organization was established by Advisors for Philanthropic Impact a couple of years ago in partnership with the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County and the Maltz Jupiter Theatre. Their intent was to help shape students’ leadership paths and, through their creative solutions, address and improve social issues in the community. The PBPT competition, in its third year, aims to challenge, empower and equip the students (who must be enrolled in grades 7-12 in Palm Beach County) to develop and execute high-impact, sustainable community betterment projects.

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Impact 100 Martin reaches goal of 100 women, $100000

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01/17/2018

Impact 100 Martin, a dynamic group of philanthropists committed to high-impact strategic grant making, is delighted to announce it has reached its membership goal of raising $100,000 from 100 women.

With the Martin County Community Foundation serving as the “wind beneath their wings,” the newly formed Impact 100 Martin came together in record time, inspiring women with the possibilities of what a motivated group of individuals can accomplish if they pool their resources and unite in their commitment to creating transformative and lasting improvements in our community.

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New program aims to inspire, educate local students about protecting the Everglades

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12/15/2017

The program, which started this year, is a hands-on water conservation program designed to educate middle and high school students in Palm Beach County. It's based on a community partnership between Mounts Botanical Garden, the Palm Beach Soil and Water District, and the Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge Center. 

"The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties funded very generously a two-year grant to support this program," she said. "The first year, which is this year, we will be working with 600 middle school students and next year, we will be following it up with 600 high school students."

Having a plan for giving is always a good idea

Release Date: 
11/13/2017

No matter if it’s $500 or $500,000 you have to give, having a personal plan for giving is always a good idea.

As you think about your own giving at the end of this year, here are three ideas to help you give for maximum effect:

  1. If you plan to give a substantial amount, talk to your financial and philanthropic advisors.Discuss what assets to give and the different giving vehicles that are available.
  2. Think about what matters most to you. Try asking yourself this question:If I could spend two weeks volunteering for any cause or nonprofit, what would it be?
  3. Get the family involved.Giving together is a great way for families to share interests and values. When children are involved in giving (and volunteering) — even at very modest levels — they learn the joy and importance of becoming contributing and involved members of their communities.
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Charitable gifts of appreciated stock – will you seize the moment?

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11/06/2017

While no one knows what the new tax code will include, we do know that the tax code currently provides incentives for making charitable gifts of marketable securities.

When you make a gift of long-term appreciated securities to a public charity, including the Community Foundation of Palm Beach and Martin Counties, you can:

  • Claim a deduction equal to the fair market value of the securities.
  • Claim a deduction of up to 30 percent of your adjusted gross income for the year.
  • Potentially avoid any capital gain income on the appreciated value of the securities.
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Fifth-graders get hands-on studying critters in state park's waters

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10/12/2017

Palm Beach County’s only state park, with 438 acres and about 2 miles of beach, is named for John D. MacArthur. The insurance magnate contributed land for the park and founded Palm Beach Gardens.

The park bearing his name received $83,489 to improve student programs and create new educational experiences. The money comes from the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties through the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fund.

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Golden Gate Center for Enrichment to start new life with community celebration Saturday

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07/27/2017

Built in 1925 as the then-new subdivision’s sales office, the Golden Gate Center has had a few lives, and now is starting another.

Last year, the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties gave a $128,362 grant.

Martin County Community Foundation President and CEO Elizabeth Barbella, who was House of Hope's CEO when the project began, said, “This has been an amazing project to be a part of. It is a glowing example of the power of true collaboration between social service agencies, government, private philanthropists, Martin County Community Foundation, the United Way and the neighborhood." 

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Legal Aid Society: Ensuring equal access to justice for all

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07/26/2017

The Legal Aid Society's main focus in 2017 is to continue securing diverse sources of funding that enable us to assist current clients, as well as preparing to respond to emerging needs in the community. We are in the process of establishing an “Investment in Justice” endowment through the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin counties, which we hope will attract potential donors beyond our dedicated core of supporters in Palm Beach County’s legal community.

A recently published study commissioned in 2016 by the Florida Bar Foundation found that each dollar in funding for legal aid organizations produced over seven dollars worth of economic impact benefiting their communities, and helped ease the burden on Florida’s court system. The Legal Aid Society is committed to continuing to bridge the “justice gap” so that low-income individuals have a voice and are able to address the critical legal issues they face that directly affect their families, homes, incomes, jobs and access to vital services.

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Guest column: Historic Golden Gate building gets new life

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06/29/2017

The center evolved through a unique collaborative partnership with House of Hope; the Martin County Commission; the Martin County Community Redevelopment Agency; Martin County Community Foundation; the United Way of Martin County; Indian River State College; the Martin County Library System; Habitat for Humanity; Project LIFT; and the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties. The opening of the center completes a plan for the facility that was originally the vision of the Golden Gate Neighborhood Advisory Committee and the Friends of Historic Golden Gate Community over a decade ago.

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Newsmakers: People in Palm Beach County business, non-profits

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04/16/2017

The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin counties has appointed Sheila Kinman as vice president for development. Kinman is responsible for connecting Community Foundation donors to philanthropic causes they care about, facilitating legacy and planned gifts and establishing charitable funds that impact our local community and nation.

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Impact 100 Palm Beach County To Award Grants

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04/07/2017

About 500 Impact 100 Palm Beach County members and guests will head to Lynn University’s Wold Performing Arts Center for the sixth annual Impact 100 Palm Beach County Grand Awards Ceremony.

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Yes, Men's Giving Circles Exist! How Guys Are Stepping Up to Give Locally

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03/31/2017

In Palm Beach, Florida, a group called Impact 100 Men Palm Beach County has united to give back to the South Palm Beach County area. This is a donor-advised fund of the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties. Most community foundations have a long list of donor-advised funds, but very few of them include men’s giving circles, which is why this particular one stands out. Meanwhile, there is also an Impact 100 Palm Beach County for women, as well.

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