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Stories of Giving | June 18, 2019

Robert Yates

Foundation fundholder Robert Yates is inspiring change through his donor-advised fund by making charitable donations towards equipping doctors in education and research.

After Robert survived a car crash that left his wife Ellen with an incurable Traumatic Brain Injury [TBI], he came to realize not enough was invested in the training of doctors on matters of the brain, and, there was “not a lot of choice” in patient care. As a result, those suffering endure irreversible disabilities that lead to a decrease in quality of life, which Robert worked tirelessly to reverse for his now late wife.

“Not everyone is in the position to donate a whole hospital wing in support of medical research, but many people can achieve the equivalent, one door or window at a time, if they stay in continual small but substantive support. Donor-advised funds, of course, are a very good vehicle for doing so … it is similar to supporting financial goals – slow and steady.” –Robert Yates

Stories of Giving | June 13, 2019

Harvey and Virginia Kimmel

Harvey and Virginia Kimmel use a strategic, impact-based approach to their charitable giving in South Palm Beach County. Watch this video to see how they're driving positive impact for our youth.


Stories of Giving | May 17, 2019

Edwin and Patricia Pedersen

The Pedersens believed in education.

Edwin and Patricia turned their passion for education into a legacy that will support Jupiter High School students’ pursuit of higher education forever.

The Edwin P. and Patricia A. Pedersen Scholarship Fund was established with the Community Foundation through a bequest in 2018.

Edwin and Patricia came from hard working Michigan farming communities and met while attending high school in the 1940s. Edwin served on Presidential Guard Duty while serving in the Army, protecting President Franklin D. Roosevelt in Washington D.C. and New York Hyde Park estate.

An opportunity in the residential and commercial building industry led Edwin and Pat to settle in Jupiter, where they have left a permanent legacy within the community.

Edwin was a charter member of the Jupiter Light Masonic Lodge and served on the Jupiter Town Council from 1964 to 1988. Community members recall many years of working alongside Edwin and his strong moral character and commitment to law.

In retirement, Edwin spent several years volunteering with kindergarten students at Jupiter Elementary School. He enjoyed working with the children. Both Pat and Edwin greatly valued education and wanted their contributions to their community to continue through their trust.

Stories of Giving | May 17, 2019

Dr. Dorothy Adams Peck

Dr. Dorothy Adams Peck fell in love with helping others at a young age.

She taught at Roosevelet, then Palm Beach High School, now Dreyfoos School of the Arts. She later became Area School District Superintendent and began doing missionary work in Africa after retirement.

Her son shared her passion for education and foreign languages. He was proficient in eight languages and a professor of Romance Languages at U.C.L.A. When he passed away, Dorothy created a scholarship fund to honor his memory and continue his legacy of educating future generations. She is an honored member of our Legacy Society.

Stories of Giving | May 17, 2019

Nancy Marshall

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.

"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." - Nancy Marshall

Stories of Giving | January 7, 2019

Victor and Jane Oristano

For the Oristanos, philanthropy is a family tradition. 

For more than fifty years, his children watched as he donated to causes he cared about and became active on the boards of various nonprofit organizations.

In 1996, Victor and his wife Jane relocated to sunny south Florida. In 2015, they established the Oristano Scholar Fund at the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, the successor to the Oristano Foundation. This year the fund awards dozens of students scholarships for tuition and books.

Victor had a long career in the newspaper and public relations businesses and served as an air officer in the U.S. Navy in World II, retiring from active duty in 1946 as Lieutenant Commander. He lives with his wife Jane in Lost Tree Village, in Palm Beach Gardens and celebrated his 100th birthday in 2015.

Stories of Giving | October 16, 2018

George Elmore

In 1953, George Elmore and his wife, Wilma, began their paving business. Two trucks, a modest loan and an emerging entrepreneurial spirit became what is today Hardrives, Inc.

With the enduring support and assistance of Wilma, the business evolved into one of the most prominent paving and contracting operations in the county. As the company grew, George became a catalytic and influential force in Palm Beach County.

Believing that you should return to the community what the community has done for you, George’s philanthropic ventures have included both time and dollars. He continues to serve on numerous boards and committees, and is on his second term on the Community Foundation board. He has several donor advised funds at the Community Foundation that support nonprofits in the areas of science, education and entrepreneurism.

Stories of Giving | September 5, 2018

Thomas Ladue McGinty

When Thomas Ladue McGinty died in 1986, he left behind his 60-year-old beach home in Ocean Ridge, $1 million, and three million shells. 

Although he was well known by experts in the field as an amateur naturalist and malacologist, it was not until after his death that the extent of his knowledge of mollusks and the enormity of his collection was revealed.

Tom and his brother Paul (who died just eight months before Tom) moved to Florida in the 1940s. Tom was appointed Chief of Police of Ocean Ridge in 1949, and worked his entire lifetime to collect and label shells and fossils from around Florida waters.

A portion of his estate established a field of interest fund at the Community Foundation to support environmental needs, organizations or projects that conserve the natural resources in and around Palm Beach County. The fund was established with $81,000 in 1988 and has grown to over $250,000 in assets today. More importantly, Tom’s fund has awarded more than $250,000 in grants over the last 25 years – giving away over two times its original value and demonstrating the power of endowment.

Stories of Giving | April 9, 2018

Lottie French Lewis

Lottie French Lewis turned her passions into an everlasting legacy thanks to a recommendation from her attorney Dan Hanley and the Community Foundation. 

Mrs. Lewis was passionate about supporting causes related to prevention and early detection of cancer, Alzheimer's disease research and providing quality education for all ambitious students.

Lottie French Lewis passed away in 2009, but her legacy lives on. By establishing an endowed fund at the Community Foundation, her wishes of supporting the community in a way that lasts forever are coming true.

Lottie outlined her plans ahead of time and her fund was structured with the flexibility to adapt and stay at the forefront of future advances. Thanks to the Lottie French Lewis Fund, her life’s passions and charitable intent are supported in a manner that will impact our community long into the future.

Stories of Giving | January 2, 2018

Jim and Valerie Stern

Jim Stern was volunteering at the Dunbar Early Learning Center in Martin County when he realized the center was receiving generous gifts from the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties. 

When he learned more, he was inspired to establish a donor advised fund with his wife Valerie at the Foundation to make sure our youth have a voice and a future.

With the help of the Community Foundation, the Sterns are changing the lives of local youth. With their donor advised fund, they make grant recommendations to charities providing vital programs and services to local children and families. They engage their own children Michael and Brooke, who help choose charities, and are being educated on the many neglected children in our community who aren’t given the opportunities they deserve.