“Sing like no one’s listening, love like you’ve never been hurt, dance like nobody’s watching, and live like it’s heaven on earth.” – Mark Twain
And I would add to the above quote, “Give until it feels good!”
I don’t need to rehash just how trying the past year was – so many suffered; so many went without spending physical time with those they love; so many went hungry; so many lost jobs; so many died. I just know that there is no shadow without light, and it is in times of need that the most inspiring acts of humanity are born. Our community is a case in point!
Each year, through careful, laborious screening and vetting of local nonprofit organizations, your Charities Foundation seeks to find programs capable of doing the greatest good with small infusions of money. We spread a wide net – last year we awarded $800,000 of your hard-earned money to 46 local nonprofit and civic organizations. That makes over $4.6 million since our inception 10 years ago. In addition, last year we funded a special impact grant to the Palm Beach Gardens Police and Fire Rescue Foundation’s Emergency Financial Assistance Fund to assist our first responders and their families in times of need.
The pandemic transformed our fundraising approach which, to that point, had relied upon in-person events to raise money. There would be no Art in the Home Tour, Monte Carlo Night, Golf Outing, or Cards and Tiles party. We proceeded with the hope that you, our community, had grown to trust The Foundation as a worthy steward of your charitable giving.
We were humbled when our community and corporate sponsors gave as never before. You gave without anything tangible as an inducement…you gave because your heart was moved. You gave selflessly. As a result, Foundation grants were able to help ease hardships for folks nearby and provide needed civic, environmental, educational and human services that wouldn’t have been possible otherwise.
We hope that in reading through this Annual Report you will feel great joy in belonging to one of the most charitable communities in Florida! Be a part of it! Please continue to support the work of BallenIsles Charities Foundation because when you give to those in need, you give even more to yourself. Help us Make a Difference!
On behalf of the Board of Directors and all our dedicated volunteers,
Mark Freeman, President