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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.