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Mission, Vision  & History


The mission of the Community Foundation of Broward is to provide leadership on community solutions, and foster philanthropy that connects people who care with causes that matter.


We envision a community where people feel connected and are actively engaged to make Broward better.


Our values describe how we interact with others and shape the way that we get things done.

The Community Foundation of Broward must:
  • Lead boldly
  • Bring out the best
  • Unite the community


The small group shown here understood the power of inspiring philanthropy in our community. Led by Libby Deinhardt and her husband Jack, they founded the Community Foundation of Broward with the vision that people in our community could transform lives.

This group knew that when thoughtful people came together with the Community Foundation, philanthropy would be more strategic, nonprofits would move in new directions and solutions to emerging needs would be discovered. They held a collective vision of donors being more inspired about philanthropy forever.

See the video below where Jack Deinhardt talks about how it all began:


  • Community Foundation of Broward founded by Libby and Jack Deinhardt.
  • Libby Deinhardt serves as full time volunteer Executive Director
  • Board of Directors formed
  • Ambassador Circle established to offset operating expenses
  • Number of Funds grows to 50, with assets of $2.5 million
  • Total grants exceed $22,000


  • Community Foundation takes leadership role in HIV/AIDS prevention education. Receives $1 million matching grants program through National AIDS Fund
  • Receives first bequest of $1.5 million
  • Charles Stewart Mott Foundation awards $100,000 grant for administrative endowment
  • Foundation’s first hurricane relief effort
  • Libby Deinhardt retires after nine years
  • Jan Crocker appointed Foundation’s first salaried President
  • Foundation’s leadership role on state of Broward’s children recognized through two grants from Ford Foundation
  • 10th anniversary in new downtown location
  • $3 million agency endowment established by Museum of Science and Discovery
  • Grants of more than $3 million awarded in first 10 years
  • Assets of $11 million


  • Foundation creates Nonprofit Resource Center
  • First annual scholarship luncheon
  • Name change from Broward Community Foundation to Community Foundation of Broward
  • Unique Lives & Experiences lecture series held with global celebrities. Proceeds create Women’s Fund at the Foundation
  • Foundation selected by The Kresge Foundation as one of six community foundations in the nation to participate in $11 million endowment challenge
  • $37 million in assets
  • More than $2 million in grants awarded in 2000


  • Foundation moves to expanded offices
  • Dedication of Deinhardt Community Room
  • Foundation launches national Strategic Technology Planning program in Broward
  • National partnership introduces Merrill Lynch Community Charitable Fund
  • Professional Advisors Committee established
  • First Legacy Luncheon held
  • Foundation leads capacity building for nonprofits, tackles national foster care issue and launches civic engagement initiative
  • Partnership formed with the Kresge Foundation - exceeds goal by $1 million, results in $4 million in restricted dollars to benefit the community in perpetuity and $9 million for the endowments of 18 organizations
  • 20th anniversary: Two decades…Countless Generations of Service – assets of $46 million and over $22 million in grants
  • First community foundation to be deemed in full compliance with Council on Foundations National Standards in Florida
  • Receive grant from Atlantic Philanthropies to study civic engagement among baby boomers – Re-engage for Good
  • Set record of $5 million in grants awarded in a single year


  • Celebrated a record in annual gifts, $17 million contributed in one year, bringing total assets to $90 million
  • Integrated technology deeper into our business operations with the launch of a new website and PhilNet: Philanthropy Network for Broward, internet-based software that allows our donors to easily find meaningful projects in the community
  • Launched Re-engage for Good, our initiative to develop ways to engage the 200,000 baby boomers in Broward who will be at retirement age by 2010
  • Invited the 70th member to join the Professional Advisors Council, a group of dedicated attorneys and financial professionals who work closely with the Community Foundation and their clients
  • Celebrated our 25th Anniversary and $45 million in total grants awarded to transform lives in our community
  • Established The Deinhardt Society in honor of Libby and Jack Deinhardt, our founders, to support our community leadership work
  • Selected as one of an elite group of community foundations to be part of CFLeads, a ground-breaking program on the importance of community leadership
2011 - 2012 
  • Decreased HIV/AIDS infection rates among newborns by increasing testing rates of women in childbearing years
  • Created a partnership with the United Way of Broward County and the Jewish Federation of Broward to work collaboratively in disaster relief
  • Assets broke the $100 million barrier for the first time in our history
  • Announced For Good Awards winners to demonstrate what is possible in the second half of life
  • Put back $50 million in community solutions since establishment in 1984
  • Announced largest transitional grant in our history of $300,000 to create a sustainable HIV/AIDS prevention lead agency
  • Launched Art of Community Challenge to birth new civic engagement projects that use the arts to bridge, build and bond communities
  • Moved to a larger location on Las Olas to accommodate growth and create a town square for community solutions
  • Completed $2 M OneBroward operating endowment campaign
  • Received a historic $43 million gift from the estate of Mary N. Porter
  • Announced a total of $1.2 million in matching School is Cool Initiative grants to support projects co-created by nonprofits and school principals for the first time in County history, with an aim to raise graduation rates to 90%, by focusing on middle school success
2013 - Present
  • Welcomed our 32nd Community Builder 
  • Partnered with Broward County to celebrate 100th Centennial 
  • Celebrated 34th anniversary 
  • Grew annual grantmaking to more than $10 million in 2018
  • Total grantmaking since inception topped the $100 million mark
  • Total assets reached $197 million in 2018
  • Foundation named to the Top 100 Community Foundations by asset size from 2013-2018
  • Launched 10 Issues that Matter, Broward's most critical community challenges and the focus of the Foundation's grantmaking over a five-year period
  • Awarded largest grant to a single entity in 2018, a $3 million 3-year matching commitment to Broward Schools to boost high school graduation rates by focusing on middle school success. 

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