Nancy Marshall has planted tens of thousands of memories.
A passionate philanthropist and active Foundation fundholder, Nancy loves educating children about the importance of sustainability and natural resources. Called one of Palm Beach’s “most elegant tree huggers,” Nancy champions causes from the swampy Everglades to the classroom to the sugar cane fields in Belle Glade.
This love for natural preservation runs deep in the Marshall family. Nancy was married to the late John Marshall for nearly 30 years.
The renowned, passionate biologist, writer and lecturer Arthur R. Marshall was John’s uncle.
John and Nancy’s environmental passion became tangible through the Arthur R. Marshall Jr. Foundation for the Everglades – focused on preservation and educating both children and adults to protect our local environment.
When the Arthur R. Marshall Jr. Foundation for the Everglades closed its doors in 2016, the organization’s programs were adopted by the Everglades Foundation, a nonprofit with an aligned mission. Nancy ensured that the programs would receive support in perpetuity by creating two designated endowed funds held at the Community Foundation, leaving a legacy of environmental education for generations to come.
“Nancy is one of the most remarkable ladies I’ve ever met,” says her former board member, Bernadette Shalhoub.
I've seen what a difference it makes when children become involved in the environment," Nancy said. "We take kids out to the refuge who have never seen an alligator, never seen the birds we have here. They've spent their lives indoors. You can sometimes watch a sullen, withdrawn child wake up when they reconnect with nature."