Community Matters Magazine, Fall 2020

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FALL 2020



BOLD Changes,

Bright Future


Local Philanthropy Tackles Pandemic


Fostering Equality In Broward


New Era Begins At Community Foundation

About this issue: Philanthropy Shapes A Brighter Future For Broward T

he colorful sunrise bursting off the cover of this magazine symbolizes the bright days ahead for Broward. Yes, this is a time of dramatic change for our community. • The coronavirus pandemic has turned wearing masks, distance learning and food giveaways into our new normal. Unemployment has skyrocketed. • Protests – in Broward and across the country – take aim at the disease of racism that has plagued us for far too long. And this is also a time of leadership change at the Community Foundation of Broward. After 23 years of dedicated service to Broward, Linda B. Carter in August passed the torch to our new President/ CEO, Jennifer O’Flannery Anderson, Ph.D. Yet amid these seismic shifts in our community, philanthropy through the Community Foundation keeps stepping up to tackle Broward’s biggest challenges.

Each new day brings fresh examples of our Fundholders’ BOLD impact. During this pandemic, their visionary support makes it possible to provide: face masks for front-line workers, help for students struggling with distance learning, refuge for domestic violence survivors, new ways to engage isolated seniors and much, much more. And as our nation grapples with racial injustice, the Community Foundation is building new collaborations and exploring new strategies to foster equality and create lasting change in Broward. The pages of this magazine offer a peek at how the Foundation’s leadership and the BOLD support of our Fundholders tackle the issues that matter most to Broward. Broward’s future remains bright, thanks to the power of local philanthropy.




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PAGE 10 CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE UPDATE Innovative philanthropy empowers Broward residents to face the pandemic.

PAGE 18 BOLD ECONOMIC SOLUTIONS How the BE BOLD Leadership Campaign can fuel solutions that get Broward back to work. Community Foundation support enables Harvest Drive, Inc. to pack hundreds of bags full of nonperishable food to help residents during the coronavirus crisis.


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BIG CHALLENGES. BOLD LEADERSHIP. Teaming Up For A Smooth Transition At The Community Foundation Of Broward L

inda B. Carter never imagined what was in store for Broward when, back in December, she announced plans to retire in 2020 as Community Foundation of Broward President/CEO.

continued the search for the right person to build on Linda’s legacy – someone ready to lead a bold new era at the Community Foundation.

The new year brought a devastating health crisis. Economic collapse. Protests over racial injustice.

As it turns out, the Board’s nationwide search revealed that the leader best suited to take the helm already called Broward home.

These daunting challenges made 2020 so much more than just a farewell tour for Linda. After 23 years of dedicated service to Broward, the community she loved needed her more than ever.

Jennifer O’Flannery Anderson, Ph.D., – formerly of Nova Southeastern University, Florida Atlantic University and United Way of Broward County – brings more than two decades of leadership experience in Broward to the Community Foundation’s top post.

So instead of enjoying goodbye celebrations and packing for post-retirement trips, Linda focused on leading the Community Foundation’s pandemic response. Under Linda’s direction, the Community Foundation found innovative ways – through grant flexibility, emergency “Jennifer is an grants, new collaborations and more – to outstanding leader, an deliver critical relief where it could create the innovative executive greatest impact. And as the national wave of protests – along with tear gas and rubber bullets – spread to downtown Fort Lauderdale, Linda called for all sectors of our community to work together to tackle injustice. That has prompted the Community Foundation to look for new strategies for local philanthropy to fuel opportunities for all residents to succeed. Amid these trying times, the Community Foundation’s dedicated Board of Directors

and a real champion for Broward. I am confident that she will help the Community Foundation create an even greater impact on this community we all call home.”

- Linda B. Carter

Jennifer’s track record of leading community engagement, fundraising and donor stewardship, combined with her deep Broward ties, enabled her to hit the ground running when she started as President/CEO on Aug. 17. Over the summer, Jennifer and Linda teamed up for strategy sessions to ensure a smooth transition during these times of big changes – changes that are transforming both the Community Foundation and the community that we serve. Together, these dynamic, innovative leaders are making sure that the Community Foundation’s bold work doesn’t skip a beat.


BOLD NEW ERA Jennifer O’Flannery Anderson, Ph.D. Dynamic Leadership Experience Jennifer comes to the Community Foundation from Nova Southeastern University, where she served as Vice President of Advancement and Community Relations since 2013. At NSU she created strategies to raise NSU’s profile, engage the community and grow philanthropic support.

This is a pivotal moment for our community and the Community Foundation will lead the way to help shape a brighter future.

I am honored and thrilled to accept this role. It is the opportunity of a lifetime to combine my work experiences with my love for Broward to guide an innovative organization that creates bold, lasting impact.”

Before NSU, Jennifer served as Vice President of Community Engagement at Florida Atlantic University and Executive Director of the FAU Foundation. Also, Jennifer was the first female President and CEO of United Way of Broward County. ‍

Groundbreaking Philanthropic Results Jennifer helped lead NSU’s first capital campaign, which raised $267 million in philanthropic giving. That is the largest capital campaign ever done in Broward County.

With an outstanding network of community, industry, business and political connections, Jennifer is ideally suited to guide the Community Foundation’s BE BOLD Leadership Campaign – our ambitious push to grow endowed resources that target Broward’s Issues That Matter.

Dedicated Community Involvement Jennifer’s extensive community service includes helping to lead local nonprofits and vital community organizations such as the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, PACE Center for Girls, Funding Arts Broward, Forum Club of the Palm Beaches, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, CareerSource Broward, and the Royal Dames of Cancer Research.

Rooted in Broward Jennifer has lived in Fort Lauderdale for more than 21 years with her husband, Peter, and their two rescue dogs, Annie and Pearl.

“I am following in the footsteps of giants. I am excited and ready to go.” - Jennifer O’Flannery Anderson

- Jennifer O’Flannery Anderson


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Linda B. Carter

Lasting Impact at the Foundation

Champion for Broward

Linda became President/CEO in 1997 and has shaped the Community Foundation into a local philanthropy champion that provides leadership and builds permanent resources to tackle Broward’s biggest challenges – today and for generations to come. • The Foundation ranks among the top 100 community foundations nationwide. • The Foundation became the first in Florida to receive accreditation on the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations – standards we continue to meet. • The Foundation includes a seasoned team of highly skilled professionals and a high-performing Board of Directors. • The Foundation’s assets – the philanthropic muscle used to create community impact – have grown from about $20 million to more than $200 million. • The Foundation’s grantmaking has reached $12 million annually to support innovative solutions that make Broward better.

Major Community Foundation milestones during Linda’s tenure include: • Decreased HIV/AIDS infection rates among newborns. As the first private funder in Broward, we led the charge on HIV/AIDS prevention education and for more than two decades have helped increase awareness, testing and prevention. • Initiated foster care reform in Broward. The Foundation helped form public/private partnerships to create a safety-net for young people who age out of foster care – connecting them to education, housing, jobs, transportation and life coaching. • Galvanized the community to reauthorize the Children’s Services Council. Its passage produces $60 million annually for children’s issues. • Broward’s graduation rates rise from 77% to now 86% due in part to our School is Cool work, which focuses on helping struggling middle school students improve their attendance, behavior and course performance. ‍

Leads By Example

Linda does more than talk about the need to invest in Broward’s future. Linda is both a Fundholder and a Legacy Society member at the Community Foundation. Through the power of endowment, her bold impact for the community she loves will never end.

The Community Foundation of Broward has proven that the power of philanthropy can deliver solutions to Broward’s biggest challenges.

I have loved being a part of this important work to connect people who care to causes that matter.” - Linda Carter

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Finding a

BETTER WAY FOR As our country cries out for social justice, the power of lo-

The Community Foundation will not sit on the sidelines during these critical times, when there is a renewed national outcry against inequality and injustice.

- Sheri Brown, Vice President of Community Impact, Community Foundation of Broward

cal philanthropy is already at work to help Broward residents overcome bias and hatred. ‍ Charitable Funds at the Community Foundation of Broward through the years have supported many dynamic efforts to foster understanding and encourage new thinking. Here are two examples, working through schools and tapping into the power of the arts: • “NO PLACE FOR HATE” The Anti-Defamation League helps schools develop activities to celebrate diversity and foster harmony, while challenging name-calling, prejudice and bigotry. This year, about 9,000 students at 10 Broward schools will have the chance to participate in activities that encourage inclusion and help overcome bias. And as distance learning continues during the pandemic, the program is incorporating more online activities. • ART PREVAILS PROJECT

Through dance and music aimed at Broward’s youth, performers in “The Happening – A Theatrical Mixtape” used the power of the arts to strike back at community violence and racial injustice. The 2018 theatrical performance included spoken-word, dance, hip-hop and more to encourage unity and understanding in a community often divided by anger and distrust. The Art Prevails Project also worked to break down divides in Broward through “Art of the City Block Parties,” which in 2019 brought artists and vendors to events that helped unite and inspire diverse communities.

Community Foundation of Broward Vice President Sheri Brown (middle row on the left) helps lead an online discussion about overcoming unconscious bias in local philanthropy.

Opportunities like these to foster new thinking are key to finding solutions to racial injustice. But much more is needed to overcome the racism that has plagued our community, and our country, for too long. Solutions to the far-reaching effects of racial injustice won’t happen overnight. All sectors of our community must play a part and we know local philanthropy has the power to create real change.


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RWARD Performers in “The Happening – A Theatrical Mixtape” use dance, music, spoken-word and more to help Broward’s youth learn ways to face community violence and racial injustice.

“The Community Foundation will not sit on the sidelines during these critical times, when there is a renewed national outcry against inequality and injustice. We are taking part in local and national conversations to help find answers,” said Sheri Brown, the Foundation’s Vice President of Community Impact. “We are committed to learning more, building new collaborations and supporting bold solutions that bring real change.” One of these new collaborations started this summer when Sheri helped lead an online video conference for the Association of Fundraising Professionals about how to overcome “unconscious bias” in local giving. Representatives from the Urban League of Broward County, Pride Center of Equality Park, the Aspen Leadership Group and more joined the Community Foundation to explore ways to break through attitudes and stereotypes that can affect decisions about deploying charitable dollars.

The “No Place For Hate” program teaches middle school students to celebrate diversity.

Support for the “No Place For Hate” program this year comes from the NCCJ Kresge Challenge Fund at the Community Foundation.

This is just one example of a much larger, ongoing conversation. The Community Foundation is reaching out and listening to residents, our Fundholders, nonprofits and other local leaders about the renewed push for social justice. We are doing extensive research about what works and the challenges ahead. We are developing new strategies for local philanthropy to build a more vibrant community, where everyone has an opportunity to succeed. Answers won’t come easy, but the Community Foundation is no stranger to working where it’s hard. For the past 36 years our Fundholders have helped bridge economic, health, education and wealth gaps in our community. Now more than ever, we are committed to shaping a bold way forward for Broward.

“Art of the City” block parties bring artists and vendors to neighborhood events that unite and inspire.

Support for the Art Prevails Project came from the following Funds at the Community Foundation: Fonda and H. Wayne Huizenga Jr. Family Trust Fund, Gary J. Scotto Fund, Mary and Alex Mackenzie Community Impact Fund, Harold Rosenberg Fund for Children’s Education, David and Francie Horvitz Family Fund, R.J. and Nancy Purdy Fund, and the Helen and Frank Stoykov Charitable Endowment Fund


BOLD Prog Coronavirus Response Update

Help for today. And solutions for what lies ahead. What makes the Community Foundation of Broward unique is we don’t just show up during times of crisis. With the power of endowment, our Fundholders fuel both immediate and long-term support to tackle Broward’s biggest challenges. So, when the coronavirus crisis hit, we were ready to respond. Already, the Community Foundation has provided more than $3 million in immediate crisis response, through grant flexibility, emergency grants, collaborations and other crucial support. Thanks to our Fundholders, these critical resources help feed people in need, stabilize families facing homelessness, engage isolated seniors, provide online counseling to residents in crisis and much, much more. In addition, the Community Foundation has already invested an initial $2 million to fuel long-term solutions to the pandemic’s effects on Broward’s Issues That Matter – 10 big challenges that affect us all. The next few pages offer a peek at just a few of the ways that bold, local philanthropy is helping to lead Broward’s crisis recovery. Thanks to our Fundholders, the Community Foundation is just getting started.

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Coronavirus Response Update

Feeding Residents In Need An emergency grant from the Community Foundation has helped Harvest Drive, Inc. deliver bags of food to about 800 struggling Broward residents. This is just one of about a dozen Community Foundation-supported efforts to get food, masks and household essentials to families affected by job loss, isolated seniors, the sick and other residents in crisis.

gress Support from the Community Foundation of Broward enables the 2-1-1 Broward helpline to answer more calls from residents during the pandemic. Coronavirus Response Update

Answering The Call Support For 2-1-1 Broward Connects Residents To Relief

As the coronavirus crisis hit, the phones started ringing off the hook at the 2-1-1 Broward helpline. Thousands of calls poured into the 24/7 helpline from Broward residents desperate for answers. Many callers were looking for food distributions. For help paying the rent. For mental health counseling. Even for help preventing suicide. Yet, with 2-1-1 Broward’s 92 percent spike in calls at the onset of the pandemic, this vital community lifeline struggled to keep up with the demand. So, the Community Foundation of Broward reached out to 2-1-1 Broward to identify strategies to connect more people to critical community services and crisis support. And to fuel solutions, the Community Foundation provided an $86,000 emergency grant to boost the call-response capacity. Now this infusion of support has enabled 2-1-1 Broward to add two staff members to tackle the growing volume of calls. The grant also supports technology improvements – such as texting and chat capabilities – that empower 2-1-1 Broward to connect more residents to more help.

“2-1-1 Broward is seeing an increase in mental health, emergency food and financial assistance related calls, in addition to an increase in overall call volume,” said Sheila Smith, President/CEO of 2-1-1 Broward. “This grant will help meet the urgent needs of Broward residents who are struggling with the negative health and economic effects of the coronavirus.” Philanthropists with endowed charitable Funds at the Community Foundation make it possible to deliver this crucial crisis relief to 2-1-1 Broward as well as many other nonprofits on the front lines of the coronavirus response in Broward. And, as the lingering effects of this health and economic crisis continue to unfold, endowed Funds at the Community Foundation will make sure 2-1-1 Broward and other critical community services are always there to answer the call. Support for the emergency grant to 2-1-1 Broward came from the following Funds at the Community Foundation: • • • • •

Kearns Family Foundation Fund David and Francie Horvitz Family Fund August Urbanek Family Fund Mary N. Porter Community Impact Fund Discretionary Community Fund 11

Coronavirus Response Update

Breaking Through Senior Isolation Quarantines are much more than an inconvenience for Broward seniors who live alone. The isolation can fuel depression. Lead to malnutrition. Even worsen dementia.

from the Community Foundation of Broward’s groundbreaking collaboration with the Jewish Federation of Broward County, United Way of Broward County and The Frederick A. Deluca Foundation.

So, when the coronavirus temporarily closed their doors, the team at the Daniel D. Cantor Senior Center in Sunrise switched from serving meals to having them delivered.

Over the summer, our innovative partnership produced $606,728 for nine grants to provide seniors home visits, help to combat depression, access to arts programs, transportation and more. This furthers the Dignity in Aging Funding Collaborative’s push for a greater safety net of services for seniors in Broward, which has Florida’s fastest growing population of people over 85.

With the center’s regulars – most near 90 years old – cut off from bingo, movies, dancing and other activities, the Cantor team took to the phones to check on their wellbeing. To help them get their medicine. Just to give them someone to talk to.

“This place keeps them alive. This is their lifeline.” - Sevim Randall

senior center volunteer

And when the Daniel D. Cantor Senior Center this summer was one of the first local senior facilities to re-open, they created new safety measures – taking temperatures at the door, requiring masks, seating everyone at least six feet from each other and more – that have become a model for other centers to follow. “This place keeps them alive,” said Sevim Randall, a Visitors to the Daniel D. Cantor Senior Center in Sunrise answer health questions, wear volunteer at the masks and have their temperatures checked to avoid the spread of coronavirus. senior center. “This is their lifeline. This is where they find people. This is where they have community.” Thanks to the power of local philanthropy, more places like the Daniel D. Cantor Senior Center are getting an infusion of support to help some of Broward’s most vulnerable residents face this crisis. Lifelines to break through senior isolation are reaching out all across Broward, supported by new Dignity in Aging grants 12 Community Matters | Fall 2020

The collaboration started in 2018, when the partnership helped produce a landmark study entitled, “The Silver Tsunami: Is Broward Ready?” The report identified challenges such as high medical costs, limited housing options, unaffordable home care, the dangers of senior isolation and long waiting lists for help. These challenges have grown worse during the coronavirus crisis. With our Fundholders’ bold support, more Broward seniors will get help to live life to the fullest – during this crisis and beyond.

Support for the Daniel D. Cantor Senior Center came from the following Funds at the Community Foundation: • • • •

Jan Moran Unrestricted Fund Lucille Harris Mann Fund Mary N. Porter Community Impact Fund Discretionary Community Fund

Online classes for students targeted for extra help include new social-emotional learning techniques, in addition to the usual academics. Students get help with setting goals, time management and organization. They catch up on missed assignments and talk about stresses in their life. It helps them overcome outside problems and focus on learning.

Research shows that middle school is a pivot point where students who fall behind can end up in a downward spiral that leads to dropping out – a risk made worse by the coronavirus closing schools. The Community Foundation of Broward’s latest School Is Cool grant enables schools to provide outreach, tutoring and more to help students overcome pandemic-related setbacks.

Coronavirus Response Update

Back To (Online) School Helping Students Overcome Distance Learning Hurdles

A pandemic that temporarily closed Broward schools didn’t shut the door on groundbreaking help for students. Thanks to a dynamic partnership between the Community Foundation of Broward and Broward County Public Schools, important work continues to keep low-achieving middle school students engaged and learning – even when classes moved online. This innovative collaboration to reimagine middle school education has helped 10 local schools tackle new challenges that have emerged for students during the coronavirus crisis. For example: • New community liaisons have increased outreach to the families of students at risk of falling further behind during distance learning. They help get loaner laptops to students. They work to improve internet connectivity for students in households with limited online access. They also connect struggling families to free meal distributions.

This school year, more help for at-risk middle school students is coming from a new $1 million School Is Cool grant from the Community Foundation. This is the third phase of a $3 million Community Foundation commitment, matched by the school district, for an ambitious effort to reimagine middle school education – with the goal of boosting Broward’s high school graduation rate. The partnership in 2018 launched a three-year pilot program to help the lowest performing students at 10 middle schools. More teacher training and hiring community liaisons are among the new strategies to help these at-risk students achieve success. Through year two, the program has already shown positive results in student behavior and course performance. During this school year, the new grant helps participating schools provide intense tutoring and mentoring to help students catch up from coronavirusrelated setbacks. The grant also enables more teacher training. And because learning should never stop, there’s flexibility for schools to try new things. They can take what they learned from distance learning last spring and incorporate online tools in new ways to engage students.

Support for School is Cool has been provided by the following Funds at the Community Foundation: Mary and Alex Mackenzie Community Impact Fund, Mary N. Porter Community Impact Fund, The Allen Family Fund for Children, Broward’s Tribute to Children Fund, The Sherman “Red” Crise and Evelyn R. Crise Memorial Fund, The Huizenga Fund for Children, James and Lynn LaBate Family Fund, Lawrence A. Sanders Fund to Promote Literacy, Jim Moran Children’s Fund, Sheriff Nick Navarro Fund I, Robert O. Powell Family Fund, Margaret and Cato Roach Tribute Fund, Patricia Lee Rutherford Fund for Children, Sun Sentinel Literacy Fund, Charles and Ruth Taylor Fund, Anna Bloeser Fund, Donald C. Grobmyer Fund, David and Francie Horvitz Family Fund, Edwin A. and Jane N. Huston Fund, Herschell and Margo Lewis Fund, Jan Moran Unrestricted Fund, Norman R. and Ruth Rales Fund, Kathleen Kinney Slappey Fund, LaVere G. and Mabel R. White Fund, The Rumbaugh Fund, Jack Belt Memorial Fund, Vista Healthplan Children’s Health Fund, Fred and Mary Ruffner Fund, William G. Roy, Sr. Fund, Frank D. and Anita M. Butler Endowment Fund, Community Impact Fund and Margaret Garrison via Discretionary Community Fund. 13

Coronavirus Response Update

5,000 Ways To Face The Coronavirus Philanthropy Partnership Fuels Face Shield Production With South Florida at the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, masks and other protective equipment are needed more than ever. Now locally made face shields will help protect more Broward residents from the coronavirus, thanks to the power of local philanthropy. A $19,367 emergency response grant from the Community Foundation of Broward enables Florida Atlantic University to produce 5,000 face shields for first responders, front-line workers and more. FAU in March started manufacturing hygienic, ecofriendly face shields at the university’s Fabrication Laboratory on the Fort Lauderdale campus. With the new grant, FAU can buy four new 3D printers along with supplies necessary to ramp up production. It’s a “game changer,” project leader Jeff Huber said. “This new equipment will mean many more face shields going to those who need them, not to mention serving the school and its students for years to come,”said Huber, interim director of FAU’s School of Architecture. This infusion of support for face shield production is a result of the Community Foundation’s dynamic collaboration with The Humana Foundation to deliver crisis relief where it’s needed most in Broward. When The Humana Foundation needed a Broward expert to help them make the greatest impact with their local investment in coronavirus relief, they turned to the Community Foundation. The Community Foundation used its deep community knowledge and philanthropic expertise to identify where The Humana Foundation’s $250,000 gift could make the biggest difference. FAU’s face shield production is one of 12 new projects the Community Foundation identified to receive emergency grants from The Humana Foundation’s

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Emergency support produces face shields for front-line workers in Broward.

Florida Atlantic University is producing 5,000 face shields for first responders, front-

gift. All across Broward, this support provides: food for struggling families, financial assistance for the unemployed, household supplies for isolated seniors, masks low-income children will need when they return to the classroom and much, much more. “The ripple effects from the pandemic represent urgent issues that need immediate attention,” said Sandra Muvdi, President/CEO of Jessica June Children’s Cancer Foundation, Inc., which received an $18,000 grant to help the families of children with cancer deal with the financial hardships of the pandemic. “We appreciate the Community Foundation of Broward’s coronavirus grant and the support of The Humana Foundation to serve the needs of the most vulnerable in our community.”

-line workers and more thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation of Broward.

See Local Philanthropy Tackle The Coronavirus Crisis Our newest video gives you an inside look at how philanthropy through the Community Foundation targets Broward’s greatest challenges during the coronavirus crisis. Food for residents in need. Outreach to isolated seniors. Help to avoid homelessness. To see this and more, visit: 15

Coronavirus Response Update

Support For Domestic Violence Victims During Crisis Staying home to avoid infection isn’t a safe option for all Broward residents during the coronavirus crisis. What happens to women and children who are stuck in an abusive home during this pandemic? What happens when job loss adds stress to an already volatile situation – and also limits the ability to afford to leave? As the far-reaching effects of the coronavirus continue to unfold, the Women In Distress domestic violence shelter is getting more calls for help – calls from women who need a safe place to make a fresh start. “Survivors and people in domestic abuse situations are trapped all the time, but particularly during this pandemic, they may not even be able to make a phone call safely,” said Mary Riedel, President and CEO of Women In Distress. “As we continue to return to a ‘new normal’ of life, we expect to see the “I ran away need for our services increase.”

from an abusive husband and had

nowhere to turn. Women In Distress gave me an

Thanks to emergency support from the Community Foundation of Broward, Women In Distress has resources to help more survivors of domestic abuse during this crisis.

opportunity to be social again and find myself. … I’m currently in college and truly believe with Women In Distress on my side, as I prepare to graduate in less than a year, I have a bright future ahead of me.”

With a new $100,000 Community Foundation grant, Women In Distress can house more people – keeping them safe from abuse and helping them avoid homelessness. The grant enables Women In Distress to provide more counseling for survivors. And as job loss and economic pressures grow, this emergency support will help provide financial assistance to cover basic needs.

“Support from the Community Foundation of Broward ensures we are able to continue to provide critical services to families as the need grows in the weeks, and months, ahead,” Riedel said. The new support for Women in Distress is an example of emergency response grants the Community Foundation has provided to help local residents in dire need. This critical, immediate relief is made possible by visionary local philanthropists with endowed charitable Funds at the 16 Community Matters | Fall 2020


A sculpture at Women In Distress of Broward County welcomes survivors of domestic violence to a safe place where they can get a fresh start.

Community Foundation. Thanks to ongoing support from our Fundholders, Women in Distress will be there to provide refuge and a fresh start. *Name changed to protect privacy.

Support for the emergency grant to Women In Distress came from the following Funds at the Community Foundation of Broward: • Kearns Family Foundation Fund • August Urbanek Family Fund • Marlene Holder Fund for Broward • Bank of America Unrestricted Fund • Community Impact Fund • Discretionary Community Fund

Coronavirus Response Update

Always There For Broward

August Urbanek’s Visionary Philanthropy Tackles Coronavirus August Urbanek made sure he would always be there for Broward – especially when his community needed him the most.

most impact, in Augie’s name. For example, his Fund: •

“Augie,” as he was known to his loved ones, used his success as a developer to help make life better in Broward. His philanthropy provided after-school tutoring in low-income neighborhoods. Vocational training to help people find careers. Counseling for families in crisis. Emergency shelter for the homeless. And support for the arts to inspire and unite the community he loved.

Provides a lifeline to residents at risk of getting pushed into homelessness because of lost jobs or reduced wages during the crisis. Low-income residents affected by the coronavirus can receive one-time assistance to pay rent, mortgages or other housing fees to avoid eviction.

• Creates care packages of food, toiletries, grocery store gift cards and more delivered to isolated seniors, the disabled, the recently unemployed and other residents struggling to get by during the crisis.

August Urbanek and his wife Melba.

But Augie didn’t stop there. He knew disasters would threaten Broward, long after he was gone. He wanted a way to help his community, come what may. So, Augie turned to the Community Foundation of Broward to make it happen. In 2005, he created the August Urbanek Family Fund – an endowed charitable Fund at the Community Foundation dedicated to local disaster relief. Now, eight years after Augie died, his Fund at the Community Foundation is providing $150,000 of critical emergency support to help Broward residents face the coronavirus. The Community Foundation’s philanthropy team has done the legwork, on Augie’s behalf, to identify Broward residents’ most pressing needs during this crisis. They have developed strategies to target support from his Fund where it can create the

• Helps people who lost their health insurance during the coronavirus crisis continue to receive the mental health services they need to thrive. These are just a few examples of Augie’s bold impact during this crisis. Through the power of endowment and collaboration with the Community Foundation, Augie continues his legacy of always being there for Broward.

First Virtual ‘Food For Thought’ Explores Broward’s Jobs Crisis Where are jobs going during this economic tailspin? And how do we get people back to work? The Community Foundation of Broward assembled local experts to explore the troubling state of Broward employment during our first-ever virtual Food For Thought gathering. To see a video of this unique online experience, visit: 17

Fueling Broward’s Economic Recovery

BE BOLD Leadership Campaign The economic repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic hit Broward hard. Local unemployment skyrocketed from about 4 percent to as much as 16 percent. And lost jobs created real hardship, evidenced by a flood of calls to the 2-1-1- Broward helpline. Through July, 20,000 callers sought financial assistance or help getting food during the pandemic. Yet, just as the coronavirus crisis knocked our community down, the power of local philanthropy has jumped into action to help struggling residents get back up on their feet. Thanks to our visionary Fundholders, the Community Foundation of Broward has already deployed more than $3 million in immediate crisis response. Food for people in need, rent and mortgage assistance to keep families in their homes, outreach to isolated seniors, online counseling for people in crisis – these are just a few examples of our Fundholders’ bold impact during one of our community’s greatest challenges. This strategic infusion of critical resources – provided through the Community Foundation’s emergency grants, grant flexibility and innovative collaborations – has helped the most vulnerable in our community bounce back. But we can’t afford to stop there. The economic effects of this crisis are still unfolding. Rebuilding Broward’s tourism and service industries will take several years. Many jobs just aren’t coming back, so more 18 Community Matters | Fall 2020

Broward residents will have to explore new career paths and seek additional education and training. With bold leadership and targeted investments, the Community Foundation will help Broward residents face these economic challenges. We can do it with support for Economic Independence – philanthropy that empowers hardworking residents to overcome hardship and become self-sufficient. Now more than ever, Broward needs this crucial support for job training, affordable housing, emergency expenses and other strategies identified by the Community Foundation to shape brighter futures. Endowed charitable Funds fuel these long-term solutions that help residents move from struggling to thriving. That’s why our BE BOLD Leadership Campaign is crucial to Broward’s future. Launched two years before the pandemic, the BE BOLD Leadership Campaign fuels innovation, inspires new thinking and seeks to raise $500 million in endowed support to tackle Broward’s biggest challenges. The pandemic makes all of Broward’s big challenges more daunting. The BE BOLD Leadership Campaign is our chance to invest in solutions to today’s challenges, as well as whatever lies ahead. This bold movement is an opportunity to determine the type of community we pass to future generations.

To learn how you can create BOLD impact with an endowed charitable Fund or through your estate plan, visit or call 954-761-9503.

Lesley’s endowed charitable Funds provide the critical support Broward needs, during times of crisis and beyond: LESLEY MITCHELL JONES FUND FOR THE AGING AND ELDERLY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION of BROWARD



Lesley Mitchell Jones Community Foundation of Broward Legacy Society Member

“I locked in my legacy” “I needed a partner to help me make the most of my charitable giving – both today and through my will, so I can continue making a difference after I’m gone. The Community Foundation’s expert team helped me do it by creating three endowed charitable Funds, in my name. Now I can have an impact on my community right away. And when I’m gone, my remaining assets will pour into my endowed Funds to change lives in this community I love. Now I have peace of mind knowing that the Community Foundation will ‘mind the store’ on my behalf to ensure the organizations and issues I care about are supported forever. I can’t imagine a smarter, more impactful way to create a brighter future for Broward. It feels good to BE BOLD!” Read more about Lesley’s Legacy at To lock in your legacy today, contact Jennifer Powers, Philanthropic Services Manager, at 954-761-9503 x113 or email 154 Legacy Legacy Society Society members members $288 million in estate gift gift promises promises 473 named charitable Funds Funds 36 community impact impact 35 years of bold community 19

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