Community Foundation grants $1.6 million to nonprofits


The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties granted nearly $1.6 million to nonprofit organizations through community impact funds in 2017.

In addition, the foundation facilitated gifts of nearly $7 million to dozens of nonprofit organizations and $1.3 million in scholarships to 125 students.

“We’re here to serve as a resource and partner,” said Brad Hurlburt, president and CEO of the Community Foundation. “Our funding priorities for this year’s competitive grants included endowment building for our local nonprofit organizations and protecting and preserving the local environment. We also supported Achieve Palm Beach County, a collective impact initiative focused on enhancing the education system in Palm Beach County with other community partners.”

The competitive grant cycle opened last fall and the process included full proposals; site visits; committee evaluations and scoring; and final recommendations to the Community Foundation board in May.

For more information on the grants program, or about establishing a charitable fund at the Community Foundation, go online to

Pictured above: Representing non-profits who were awarded Community Foundation grants are, top row from left: Danica Sanborn, Sandoway House; Kate Kerr, Nature Conservancy; Charlotte Ottomane, Friends of Mounts Botanical Garden. Bottom row from left: Cheryl Houghtelin, Friends of MacArthur State Beach Park; Cara Abbott, Institute for Regional Conservation; Rich Brochu, Florida Fishing Academy; Kate Arrizza, South Florida Science Center and Aquarium; Deborah Johnson, Everglades Foundation. Photo by Tracey Benson Photography

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