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Stories of Giving | November 6, 2017

Elizabeth and Marion Muller

Elizabeth and Marion Muller* inherited their family foundation set up by their loving parents, Emily and Patrick. 

These siblings decided to transfer the family foundation assets to the Community Foundation for simpler grantmaking. They set up donor advised funds to benefit their charitable passions including special education for the visually impaired.

*Donors names have been changed upon request.

Stories of Giving | July 19, 2017

Bobbie and Ted Trimble

Our relationship with Martin County started when local philanthropists Barbara “Bobbie” Briggs Trimble and her husband, Edward “Ted” C. Trimble, established the Briggs-Trimble Family Charitable Fund in 1989 at the Community Foundation to assist their favorite Martin County organizations.

In 1991, the “Palm Beach County Community Foundation” expanded to accommodate Martin County and became the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties. Now, 21 nonprofit organizations receive checks each year due to the Trimble’s fund. The Trimbles also endowed two scholarship funds with the Foundation to benefit Martin County students.

Stories of Giving | January 2, 2017

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fund

Committed to building a more just, verdant and peaceful world.

John Donald and Catherine Teresa MacArthur were quiet philanthropists in their lifetime, giving primarily to organizations in cities where they lived: Chicago and Palm Beach.

When John died of cancer on January 6, 1978, he was one of the three wealthiest men in America. The MacArthur Foundation assumed his assets, estimated at $1 billion.

In 2004, The MacArthur Foundation entrusted the Community Foundation through the establishment of a $20 million endowment, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fund at the Community Foundation. The endowment was created to address needs in the areas of arts and culture, education, the environment, and community revitalization.

Since 2005, millions in grants have been awarded ($7.2 million). The MacArthur Foundation has also awarded an additional $5 million to the Community Foundation for our affordable housing initiative, bringing the total investment in the Community Foundation over the years to more than $27 million.

Stories of Giving | January 2, 2017

Mary and Robert Pew Education Fund

The Mary and Robert Pew Education Fund is making a difference at a time when public education is in need of support more than ever. Only 71% of students in Palm Beach County graduate compared to the state average of 75%.

While Martin County boasts the state’s second highest graduation rate of nearly 92%, schools in both counties are providing free and reduced lunches to a growing number of children. Nearly 25% of children in Martin County qualify for free or reduced-price school lunches – in Palm Beach County, the number climbs to nearly 50%.

Robert and the late Mary Pew of North Palm Beach, Florida and Grand Rapids, Michigan established the Mary and Robert Pew Public Education Fund to positively impact the lives of economically disadvantaged children through developing, testing and implementing new strategies for learning in classrooms, schools and neighborhoods and to support educational enrichment programs unavailable as part of the regular curriculum.

Believing that is skilled teachers and principal leadership that makes the most critical difference in improving academic achievement for each and every student, the Fund works with teachers, principals and administrators who have the vision, expertise and commitment to increase student achievement in high-poverty public schools.

The majority of the Fund’s work is targeted at elementary schools that serve student populations in which 85% or more qualify for free or reduced-rate lunches.

More than $25 million in grants has been awarded from the fund since its inception, impacting thousands of students, teachers and administrators.

The Community Foundation administers the fund and is proud to support the Mary and Robert Pew Education Fund in its important work.

Stories of Giving | November 1, 2016

Hans and Mary Stratmann

Hans and Mary Stratmann cared about our local women and children, especially families struggling with homelessness. 

They left a bequest in their will to help women get the help they need. They trusted the Community Foundation. And we make sure their passions live on.