The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties hosted its Founder’s Luncheon on Tuesday, May 7 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts’ Eunice and Julian Cohen Pavilion. Nearly 500 board members, donors and fund holders, local nonprofit organizations, corporate sponsors and community leaders attended the luncheon, which highlighted key findings from the 2018 On The Table Community Impact Report, and included updates on the Foundation’s priority initiatives including: community revitalization, positive youth development and educational attainment.
“This year, we were honored to celebrate the profound impact our new initiatives and fund holders have on our community,” said Bradley Hurlburt, president and CEO, Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties. “With over 4,000 participants, we were thrilled to share the results of our first-ever On The Table initiative - which found that housing, economic development and poverty are some of the most pressing issues in need of community resources. We look forward to continuing the conversation with residents on these issues and more for the second iteration of On The Table in November.”
Keynote speaker, Carol R. Naughton, President of Purpose Built Communities, discussed how to transform neighborhoods and shared a case study on revitalization efforts in the Atlanta-metro area. A founding staff member of Purpose Built Communities, Naughton shared the vital components for holistic community revitalization, including investments, improvements and partnerships in economic, health and social conditions.
The Community Foundation has partnered with Purpose Built Communities to support the Rise Initiative, a project working to revitalize a historic neighborhood at the north end of West Palm Beach.
The Founder’s Luncheon founding sponsors were Northern Trust, Rybovich, and Lovelight Foundation/Julie and Peter Cummings Family Fund/Marjorie S. Fisher Fund. Community sponsors included Sherry and Tom Barrat, FPL, Palm Beach Illustrated, PNC Bank, South Florida PBS, Seacoast Bank, Templeton & Company, and WLRN.
For more information about the Community Foundation, visit www.yourcommunityfoundation.org or call 561- 659-6800.
Photos by Tracey Benson Photography.
About the Community Foundation
The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties is one of Florida’s largest community foundations. The nonprofit organization has provided more than $150 million in grants and scholarships over its 46-year history. At its core, the Community Foundation is an organization created with gifts from generous people committed to local causes. For donors, the Foundation serves as a philanthropic advisor. For the community, the Foundation serves as a grantmaker and a civic leader. Through the support of its donors and fund holders, the Foundation has been able to address some of the community’s most pressing needs, including hunger, housing and education.