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Our History

The BallenIsles Charities Foundation was established in 2011 with the goal of Making a Difference to local not-for-profit organizations in areas surrounding our residential community located in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. The launch of the Foundation underscored a commitment to those civic and tax exempt organizations that make such a difference, not only to our own residents, but to so many of our neighbors in the surrounding cities, towns and communities. Our donors recognized that by working together they could make a significant positive impact providing financial and in-kind support in these areas: Civic, Health & Human Services, Environment, and Education. In our first seven years, the BallenIsles Charities Foundation, Inc. has awarded over $2,300,000 to 62 local area organizations.

BallenIsles is highly regarded as a unique, private residential golf and tennis community with a distinguished history and home to some of the world’s top professional athletes. Located in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, BallenIsles was originally the home of the PGA National Club from 1964-1973. It played a major role in golf history as it was the home of PGA of America, and, its golf courses were used for many major tournaments, including the PGA Championship and PGA Seniors’ Championship. In 1973, the Club was renamed JDM Country Club and remained so until 1988. At that time, the Club’s name was changed to BallenIsles Country Club with a multi-year plan to develop a private country club community. With over 1300 acres of magnificent landscaping, 3 golf courses, 22 tennis courts and a state of the art Fitness Center and Spa, BallenIsles is currently home to over 1,500 families with more than half of the residents residing year round in Florida. To learn more about BallenIsles, please go to either our Country Club website at ( or our Community Association website at (