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Community Matters Winter 2012

November 29, 2012

Innovative Art Projects
Connect Communities
Art of Community in Action
Cities Connect Baby Boomers
A Legacy of Hope
Grand Opening Celebrates OneBroward Campaign


For Good Awards
February, 14, 2013
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In October 2012 the Foundation distributed $1.6 million in support of community solutions.


Mary N. Porter's estate gift of $40 million is the largest gift in the Foundation's history and will return millions to Broward.

Mary N. Porter at age 21


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Innovative Art Projects Connect


On November 27, the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of Broward has approved $470,000 in grants to nonprofits to use arts to bridge, bond and build communities in Broward.

Projects funded include those using the arts to encourage adoption of children in foster care, reduce suicides, improve neighborhood safety, and encourage those who have never donated to the arts to support them.

“These programs show the extraordinary potential of the arts to tackle community issues in innovative ways. What we’re seeing is arts provide the medium to foster connections between communities, bring individuals together, and help build a better Broward that is thriving socially, culturally and economically,” said Linda Carter, President & CEO of the Foundation.

The awarded organizations are ChildNet, City of Hollywood, Florida Initiative for Suicide Prevention, Young At Art of Broward, and YMCA (Lauderhill)-Young Men's Christian Association of Broward County.

Benefits of the Art:  The Wallace Foundation study: Gifts of the Muse: Reframing the Debate About the Benefits of the Art)
The Wallace Foundation study: Gifts of the Muse: Reframing the Debate About the Benefits of the Arts

Art of Community - IN ACTION

With the help of an Foundation's grant, the 13th Street Alliance is helping to bring residents of a Broward community isolated from within by wide cultural and economic divisions together through art.

 One element of the project was a recent "Guerrilla Art Day".  


Residents and key stakeholders, including Mayor Jack Seiler, City Manager Lee Feldman, Commissioner Charlotte Rodstrom, Chairman of the Cultural Council Deborah Kerr and Adriane Clarke from the Broward Cultural Division took part in the  project to encourage community pride and resident interaction.   


The project is a part of the Foundation's Art of Community initiative that supports big, bold, innovative civic-engagement projects that utilize the arts to address issues of public concern.    

Cities Connect Baby Boomers        
Six Broward County Mayors and City Managers signed Cities of Service Declarations at the Jan and Jim Moran Community Innovation Zone.
Six Broward County Mayors and City Managers have committed to design programs to connect retired baby boomers with opportunities to tackle key city issues as part of the Community Foundation of Broward's  Re-engage for Good: City Challenge.

Before the ceremony,  Katie Leonberger, Manager at Bloomberg Philanthropies, joined the conversation via Skype to present the tools that the cities will use to create their Re-engage for Good civic engagement plans. 

At a ceremony at the Community Foundation's offices, City of Fort Lauderdale Mayor, Jack Seiler; City of Sunrise Mayor, Michael Ryan; City of West Park Mayor, Eric Jones; City of Coral Springs Vice Mayor, Tom Powers; City of Pembroke Pines Mayor, Frank Ortis; and City of Hollywood Vice Mayor, Linda Sherwood signed the Cities of Service Declaration of Service.

“As this program shows, mayors across the country are committed to using volunteers to tackle their biggest challenges,” speaking from New York said New York City Mayor and philanthropist Michael R. Bloomberg.

“Following the success of this model in New York City and other cities across the country, Bloomberg Philanthropies is excited to support the proliferation of impact volunteering programs, which provide a significant opportunity for elected officials operating in a tight fiscal environment to mobilize citizens and make a measurable difference within their communities.”

The Cities of Service model focuses on “impact volunteering” – volunteer strategies that target community needs, use best practices, and set clear outcomes and measures to gauge progress.

Infographics we like: 


Stephen Keller created a Fund at the Community Foundation of Broward in support of The Salvation Army of Broward County Florida, with residents like Cheryl and Shawn in mind. 

When they came to The Salvation Army, 
Cheryl and her son Shawn
Cheryl was struggling with addiction, but she never lost hope.  Her road to recovery was motivated by her son, Shawn, and to regain the life they once had. 

After entering The Salvation Army program in 2011, Cheryl took  full advantage of the support provided by the program and now, drug free for two years, she lives in her own apartment with her son.
  Though Stephen Keller is gone, his Fund at the Community Foundation continues to make a difference ... For Good. For Ever.




Grand Opening Celebrates OneBroward Campaign

Community Foundation of Broward Fundholders, supporters, civic, business and community leaders came together on November 1, 2012 to celebrate the Grand Opening of the Foundation's new offices.

The celebration honored the contributors to the Foundation's OneBroward campaign and all the philanthropists the Foundation serves.

OneBroward is a $2 million campaign to support the work that brings the community together to solve problems and build a stronger Broward.  In addition to many guests, such as Jan Moran and the Miniaci family members, the following philanthropists came together to support this operating endowment campaign: The Hudson Family, Sue and Jim Acheson, David and Francie Horvitz, Arlene Pecora and Jon E. and Elaine Kurpnick."  See more photos here... 

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