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Boca Bowl 14! In a recent interview with Doug Patton, Spirit of Giving Network Board President, shares the organization's vision, and success in launching Inaugral Boca Bowl 14. Official Charity Partner teamed with ESPN on December 23, 2014 for
In a recent online interview with Diane Biase, Principal at the Best Foot Forward Foundation, she shared some of their success and how they thrive as a result of community support. How has BFF evolved since it began?
BFF began as an agency serving 17.5 year olds and providing educational support as they prepared to age-out of the foster care system. In the past few years we have adjusted our program to include students as young as 8th graders, for two main purposes: to have the time necessary to build a relationship that will remain strong through the aging-out process and to avoid commonly seen problems typically encountered by high school students in foster care such as low GPAs and the need for credit recovery.
Spirit of Giving Network Celebrates Successful Colaboration Benefiting South Florida’s Abused and Neglected Children The Spirit of Giving Network is thrilled to announce that more children in Palm Beach and Broward counties are being better served through the mutually beneficial collaboration between 4KIDS of South Florida and The Jacob S. Zweig Foundation (In Jacob’s Shoes) connection facilitated by the nonprofit.

At a tour of SafePlace 4KIDS recently, representatives from the three nonprofits celebrated the synergy of their connection which will better serve children entering and those already navigating the government foster care system in South Florida.
Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County How have you seen the need for LC change in the 20+ years since it was founded?

In a recent interview with the Literary Coalition of Palm Beach County, here is what Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator Jeanne Heavilin had to say about the past, present and future of the organization.

The primary focus of the Literacy Coalition in 1989, when it was founded, was on adult literacy. That is always our base as we know the best way to educate children is to ensure that their parents are fluent readers. However, to meet our goal that all adults and children in Palm Beach County read well, we have realized that many diverse programs are needed to reach everyone. Also, in the past twenty years, the need to teach English literacy, in addition to basic reading skills, has increased significantly.

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Boca Bowl 14!

In a recent interview with Doug Patton, Spirit of Giving Network Board President, shares the organization's vision, and success in launching Inaugral Boca Bowl 14. Official Charity Partner teamed with ESPN on December 23, 2014 for




2014 Holiday Gift Drive

Show Your Spirit and Make a Wish Come True

It’s that time of the season to show your Spirit of Giving. The 13th Annual Holiday Gift Drive will ensure that the holiday wishes of over 4,500 local children come true. The Spirit of Giving Network, in partnership with the Junior League of Boca Raton, are working with 35 agencies to provide toys to needy children in Palm Beach County.�

The Spirit of Giving Holiday Gift Drive is the leading organization in our community granting holiday wishes to children; it is a grand community-wide project and we cannot do it without your support. This year, you can help make a child’s wish come true in the following ways:

*��� Sponsor a child by fulfilling a gift wish on a gift tag

*��� Collect new, unwrapped gifts – we will provide the collection box

*��� Make a cash or gift certificate donation and we will do the toy shopping for you

The idea of a gift drive began back in 2001 when Barb and Dick Schmidt (Founders of Spirit of Giving Network) asked their friends to bring a gift for a child to their holiday house party. The response was overwhelming and the rest is history. The Schmidt’s were compelled to continue their efforts as the needs were greater and greater each year. The enormity of the work involved with of collecting, sorting, storing and distributing gifts became so great that the Junior League of Boca Raton was asked to partner in the event seven years ago.

Last year the holiday gift drive had over 100 community sponsors including: Lynn Financial Group, Jarden Consumer Solutions, SBA Communications, The Continental Group, St. Andrews School, Pine Crest School, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton Regional Hospital, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales, Twister Gymnastics, and Cendyn. It is also important to acknowledge the Holiday Gift Drive founders: Ann Rutherford, Ann Vegso, Barbara Schmidt, Carol Gunnell, Carol Putnam, Carolyn Cunningham, Deanna Rosemurgy, Deanna Wheeler, DJ Lindsay, Jeanette Himes, Marilyn Osborne, Pat McCall, Rita Head and Susan Whelchel, they have continued to be involved in many aspects of the gift drive for the past 13 years.
All gifts and donations must be received by December 12, 2014. Drop off locations include any Boca Raton Fire Station, Junior League of Boca Raton and Mercedes-Benz of Delray. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact:
Spirit of Giving Network 561-385-0144 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



We are excited to announce that Spirit of Giving has a brand new radio show!

Wendy Friswell will host Forum for Nonprofits every
Sunday on WSBR 740 AM at 6:20am and WWNN 1470 AM at 7:30am.

Don't worry about setting your alarm.
Shows will be available at forumfornonprofits


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