The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties hosted an intimate luncheon and discussion with Brad Hurlburt, the nonprofit’s president and CEO, on February 20 at the Capital Grille in Legacy Place. The Foundation is hosting a series of luncheons around Palm Beach and Martin counties this season designed to educate donors and supporters about the ways the organization identifies and addresses issues, and assists nonprofits in order to build stronger, healthier communities.
Guests at the luncheon shared stories about how the Community Foundation has impacted their personal lives. Charles Bender, founding director of the Place of Hope, spoke about the generosity of the Community Foundation’s donors. Through their grant making the nonprofit recently added a clubhouse at their Villages of Hope development, an independent living facility in Lake Park for emancipated foster youth and homeless youth in need. This new building has offices, classrooms and a gathering space designed to teach essential life skills. Last year, Place of Hope received a $100,000 grant from the Hans and Mary Stratmann Fund. Established in honor of the former Boca Raton residents, the Fund supports homeless women and foster youth in the community.
“Through the generosity of our donors and fundholders, the Community Foundation has a 40-year legacy of addressing the community’s most pressing needs,” said Hurlburt. “Together, we look forward to being a leading catalyst for building vibrant communities for generations to come.”
Guests at the community luncheon included Community Foundation board member Andrew Kushner; former board chair Eliot Snider; Jean Gutkin; William and Marianne Kollmer; Lee Kirsch; and La Rue and Susan Dahlberg.
The final luncheon of the season will take place on March 21 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington. For more information, visit www.yourcommunityfoundation.org.
ABOUT THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION: As one of Florida’s largest community foundations, the Community Foundation works for Palm Beach and Martin Counties in multiple ways, playing multiple roles. For donors, the Foundation offers an effective way to manage giving by providing expert philanthropic advice rooted in a deep knowledge of our community and an array of philanthropic vehicles and services. For the community, the Foundation serves as a grant maker and a civic leader and awards grants to the region’s nonprofits to help meet community needs, fulfill donors’ philanthropic wishes and strengthen the nonprofit sector. Using local knowledge, networks, influence and creativity, the Foundation brings people together to improve the community’s quality of life now and in the future. Founded in 1972, the Foundation has total assets of more than $140 million and has awarded over $100 million in grants and scholarships in Palm Beach and Martin Counties. For more information, visit www.yourcommunityfoundation.org.