Philanthropy in the Spotlight

Organizations across South Florida have been making recent charity headlines

Image of members and guests for a great night awarding 7 $100K awards to local nonprofits. Photography by LuAnn Warner-Prokos

Impact 100 Announces Grant Winners: The Palm Beach County chapter of the initiative that calls on philanthropic women to donate $1,000 annually toward a high-impact grant pool announced its 2022 winners—seven of which received $100,000 grants. The second-largest Impact 100 chapter in the world (out of 63) distributed 10 grants overall to charitable organizations in southern Palm Beach County.

Winners of the $100,000 grants included: Young Sisters of the Palm Beach, Xcel Mentoring Network, Marine Education Initiative, Friends of Foster Children, Unicorn Children’s Foundation, Love Serving Autism, and the Soup Kitchen. Three additional nonprofits—Benzaiten Center for Creative Arts, Propel Inc., and Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League—each received $9,000 merit grants. (impact100pbc.org)

SAVE expands to Broward: An organization dedicated to protecting LGBTQ individuals against discrimination expanded its South Florida footprint. Safeguarding American Values for Everyone recently held a canvassing event to inform the community about the need for low-income housing, an issue that disproportionately impacts LGBTQ individuals and those living with HIV. Data suggests that LGBTQ youth compose upward of 40% of homeless youth in the United States.

“Our top concern is addressing quality of life for Floridians in a county that is important in making a difference at all levels of government,” said Orlando Gonzales, SAVE’s executive director. Visit save.lgbt to learn more about the organization’s initiatives.

Heart Walk Alonzo Mourning, Tony Licata (Survivor), Dr. Alexander Llanos, Andrew Koenig (Chair)

American Heart Association: The 28th annual Broward Heart Walk, chaired by Andrew Koenig (CEO of City Furniture), raised more than $1.2 million for lifesaving research. Individuals, corporate sponsors and walk teams navigated the 3-mile route around Nova Southeastern University; there also was a 1-mile route for stroke survivors.

211 Broward: The Kip Hunter Marketing “Making Real Connections” Breakfast at Global Grille at the First Baptist Church Fort Lauderdale drew more than 250 attendees. The event, presented by Alan B. Levan/NSU Broward Center of Innovation, raised nearly $50,000 for 211 Broward and honored individuals and entities that support the renowned helpline.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving: More than 1,000 walkers and runners participated in the 11th annual Walk Like MADD/MADD Dash Fort Lauderdale 5K at Huizenga Plaza. The event raised more than $250,000 to benefit education, victim support services and youth programs for MADD chapters in Broward and Palm Beach counties.

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