WEST PALM BEACH, FL (June 20, 2013) – As another school year has come to a close, the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties knows they helped make an impact on more than 35,000 Palm Beach and Martin County students this year. And, it was the Community Foundation's donors that helped make it happen.
In January, the Community Foundation invested in DonorsChoose.org and pledged to match every dollar donated that supported a Palm Beach or Martin County classroom project. After asking donors and the community to help double the impact, the Foundation’s match was quickly met and nearly $200,000 was donated to fund 383 classroom projects featured on DonorsChoose.org.
Photos and thank you notes from teachers across Palm Beach and Martin Counties filled the DonorsChoose.org website thanking the Community Foundation and their donors for supporting their classroom projects this school year. Their photos and words of gratitude tell the story of what happens when a community comes together to help them and their students.
“Thank you for helping me change the way my students learn and experience science and living things. Just imagine having a storybook come to life. They will see the cycle of a butterfly and plant right in our class! I am so excited to share this with them and you too! Please continue to follow our class growth and support the learning experiences that will make a difference in our small world of autism. You are true heroes!” With gratitude, Ms. Paramore.
”This challenge has demonstrated that our community can come together and get behind a cause,” comments Jillian C. Vukusich, Vice President of Community Investment. “We initially expected that it would take one year to meet the challenge and in just four months, the full match was met thanks to the generosity of nearly 1,200 donors.”
Vukusich adds, “This project further solidifies our belief that our community is philanthropic in every corner of the region and we look forward to announcing future opportunities to get them engaged in giving locally.”
DonorsChoose.org engages the community in the public school system by providing a simple and personal way to help our teachers. Public school teachers post classroom projects on DonorChoose.org and request supplies for their projects -- anything from new books to science materials to musical instruments. When the classroom projects reach their funding goal, DonorsChoose.org ships the project materials directly to the classroom.
To launch the match and to encourage support of the classroom projects, the Community Foundation also provided gift cards to local residents in January – bringing the total investment to $100,000. The Community Foundation’s investment was made possible by The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fund, an endowed fund of the Foundation.
About the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties
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 $94 million in grants and scholarships in Palm Beach and Martin Counties.
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