The new Promise Fund makes a promise to our community for today and beyond to respond to breast health needs.
Created by Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker, Julie Fisher Cummings and Laurie Silvers, The Promise Fund was born out of a critical need to respond to the growing women’s health crisis in Florida.
Following a summer of devastating hurricanes, health safety net organizations that serve breast cancer patients and women’s preventative care in Florida experienced a decrease in support dollars as the money went instead to disaster relief efforts. Hurricane Irma’s impact on the state left communities redirecting resources to support immediate recovery needs therefore weakening our already vulnerable health resources. Many women are now at greater risk of going undiagnosed with breast cancer or not able to access free or reduce fee services.
Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico leaving it without basic needs, utilities and created catastrophic damage to infrastructure. Left with little infrastructure and facing a long-term recovery, citizens from the island are flooding the state of Florida with an estimated 400,000 Puerto Ricans expected to establish residency in our state.
The Promise Fund, which has a goal to raise 5 million dollars this year, will address the needs and challenges left in our community by the devastating storms and the already weak women’s health care system so that we can provide life-saving services to those with breast cancer.
The initial model provides resources for the South Florida region followed by additional resources for the Orlando/ I-4 corridor during phase two. The Promise Fund will focus on the following:
- Establishing a network of community-based breast health navigators working on the neighborhood level to navigate patients in high-risk communities as identified by the Komen Community Impact Report through the health continuum. Providing education, connections to free or reduced care and follow up to ensure that the patient is actively receiving necessary treatment. Community Breast Health Navigators will unite local partners and community assets forming a network of support and education to dispel myths, address cultural barriers and other challenges that keep women from seeking preventative care and diagnosis.
- Funding Health Safety Net services that support screening, diagnosis and care for breast health for those living in poverty or asset limited households as well as those without health insurance.
- Funding organizations and opportunities to reduce barriers to care such as financial support, transportation assistance and education.
- Address health equity for people of color, those in poverty and other disadvantaged groups through public policy and culturally competent programs.
If you are considering making a bequest to the Promise Fund of the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, we recommend the following language:
I hereby give, devise and bequeath _________ and No/100 dollars ($DOLLARS)... OR
I hereby give, devise and bequeath ____ percent (___%) of my total estate, determined as of the date of my death,...
...to the Promise Fund of the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, a nonprofit organization located at 700 S. Dixie Highway, Suite 200, West Palm Beach, FL, 33401.
Other Gift Options
If you would like information about other ways to give, including gifts that provide you with immediate tax deductions, income for the rest of your life and preferential treatment of capital gains taxes, click HERE or call Sheila Kinman at (561) 340-4503.
Donate directly to The Promise Fund below: