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Press Releases

Date Press Release
5/31/2017 Excitement builds as $100 million Moran gift comes to life at FSU
2/17/2017 Mary Riedel honored with The Jim Moran Foundation Award
1/17/2017 Early Childhood Literacy Program to Serve Broward Title I Schools
1/13/2017 The Jim Moran Foundation Invests in Resolving the Wait Times for Children Needing Mentors
12/2/2016 The Jim Moran Foundation Continues its Partnership with Communities In Schools
9/12/2016 St. Vincent’s Creates New Housing Outreach Program for Senior Citizens
8/25/2016 The Jim Moran Foundation awards Goodwill’s innovative A-STEP program a grant creating a pathway to education and job opportunities for area’s underserved
8/9/2016 The Jim Moran Foundation Provides Grant for JFS’ Meals on Wheels Program
2/22/2016 Broward Meals On Wheels Awarded Grant From The Jim Moran Foundation
12/18/2015 Florida State University Receives $100M to Create The Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship - Largest Gift in FSU History; One of the Largest Private Gifts to a FL Public University
11/9/2015 Dan and Jacquie Shorter Honored with The Jim Moran Foundation Award
10/30/2015 The Jim Moran Foundation Helps Families Raising Loved One's Children
9/10/2015 4KIDS Receives Grant from The Jim Moran Foundation
7/15/2015 Paxon Grad Honored as North Florida Youth Achiever and Awarded FSU Scholarship by The Jim Moran Foundation
3/12/2015 Fantasy Theatre Factory Awarded Grant by The Jim Moran Foundation
1/13/2015 Covenant House Florida Receives $220,000 Grant from The Jim Moran Foundation
10/30/2014 UF Receives $1 Million to Boost Skills of Florida's Early Learning Educators
10/28/2014 Frances Esposito Honored with The Jim Moran Foundation Award
10/27/2014 Faulk Center For Counseling Receives Grant from The Jim Moran Foundation for Schools Preventive Counseling Program
9/22/2014 Learning For Success Receives $25,000 Grant From The Jim Moran Foundation
9/2/2014 Two Nonprofits Supporting Seniors and Caregivers Each Receive $96,000; Grants Celebrate Jim Moran's Birthday
5/14/2014 2014 Robert E. Lee Grad Named North Florida Youth Achiever by The Jim Moran Foundation and Awarded FSU Scholarship
4/14/2014 Junior Achievement of North Florida Receives $47,500 Grant from The Jim Moran Foundation
2/11/2014 Hispanic Unity Receives $1.6 Million for Center for Working Families Program
11/12/2013 Julie Price Honored with The Jim Moran Foundation Award
10/1/2013 The Jim Moran Foundation Awards Grant For Schools Preventive Counseling Program
8/28/2013 211's Sunshine Daily Phone Call for Elders Program Will Shine Brighter Thanks to The Jim Moran Foundation
8/26/2013 Two Nonprofits Serving the Hungry Each Receive $95,000; Grants Celebrate Jim Moran's Birthday
8/2/2013 Farmworker Coordinating Council receives grant from The Jim Moran Foundation to help increase the education levels of farm workers' children
7/16/2013 2013 Stanton Grad Named North Florida Youth Achiever by The Jim Moran Foundation and Awarded FSU Scholarship
4/15/2013 Library Unveils New Lifeline for Teens Who Need Homework Help
1/28/2013 The Jim Moran Foundation Awards $55,786 Grant to Enhance the 2-1-1 Broward Senior Touchline Program
12/4/2012 Boys Girls & Clubs Of Broward County Are Now Open On Saturday
11/15/2012 Farmworker Children's Council Founder Donna Marie Goray Honored with The Jim Moran Foundation Award
11/7/2012 The Jim Moran Foundation Funds New Job Training Initiative at Boca Helping Hands
10/17/2012 Learning for Success Receives $12,000 Grant from The Jim Moran Foundation
9/26/2012 The Jim Moran Foundation Donates Half a Million Dollars
9/25/2012 LifeNet4Families Awarded $70,000 Grant and $50,000 Fundraising Challenge from The Jim Moran Foundation
8/15/2012 Big Brothers Big Sisters Receives $188,000; Two Grants Honor Jim Moran's Birthday
7/26/2012 Oasis Awarded $80,000 Grant from The Jim Moran Foundation
7/17/2012 The Jim Moran Foundation Names Stanton High School Grad as North Florida Youth Achiever; Awards FSU Scholarship
7/16/2012 HANDYs LIFE Extended TIL Program Receives $85,000 Grant From The Jim Moran Foundation
4/23/2012 FAU Receives $102,500 Grant from The Jim Moran Foundation for Education Program
3/14/2012 Homework Center @ Your City Library!
12/12/2011 Henderson Behavioral Health Receives Grant from The Jim Moran Foundation for Youth "Aging Out" of Foster Care
11/29/2011 The Jim Moran Foundation Awards $250,000 Multi-Year Grant to Broward Partnership for the Homeless
10/31/2011 Family Advocate Nanci Thomas Honored with The Jim Moran Foundation Award
10/3/2011 The Jim Moran Foundation Awards Multi-Year Grant
8/15/2011 Children's Home Society of Florida Receives $186,000
6/28/2011 The Jim Moran Foundation Announces North Florida Youth Achiever; Awards Four-Year FSU Scholarship
4/5/2011 The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship at The Florida State University receives $4.25 million to embark on The Entrepreneurial University
2/11/2011 Feeding South Florida Receives $200,000 Grant From The Jim Moran Foundation at 3rd Annual Community Breakfast
11/15/2010 BSO School Resource Deputy Victor Thompson Receives The Jim Moran Foundation Award and $25,000 Grant to Charity
11/9/2010 The Jim Moran Foundation Uplifts ARC Broward Senior Day Program
10/14/2010 Jim Moran Foundation Supports Seniors with Multi-Year Grant
9/15/2010 The Jim Moran Foundation Awards $92,000 to Communities In Schools of Jacksonville
8/24/2010 The Jim Moran Foundation Awards $92,000 Grant to The Starting Place
7/20/2010 The Sanctuary on 8th Street Receives Three-Year Grant from The Jim Moran Foundation
7/19/2010 Women In Distress of Broward County, Inc. Receives $300,000 Multi-Year Grant from The Jim Moran Foundation
6/17/2010 The Jim Moran Foundation Awards North Florida African-American Youth Achiever with Four-Year FSU Scholarship
5/19/2010 The Jim Moran Foundation Awards $130,000 Grant To The Achievement Centers
10/14/2009 The Jim Moran Foundation Awards Feeding South Florida $50,000 Grant Following Warehouse Fire
8/19/2009 The Jim Moran Foundation Awards Two $91,000 Grants to North and South Florida Nonprofits
7/6/2009 The Jim Moran Foundation Announces Recipient of North Florida African-American Youth Achiever Award
5/12/2009 The Jim Moran Foundation Supports Local Food Banks Through United Way of Broward County's Project Lifeline
11/11/2008 Advocate for Family Safety Shandra Dawkins Honored With The Jim Moran Foundation Award
10/23/2008 The Jim Moran Foundation Awards $80,000 to Florida Non-Profits
7/3/2008 The Jim Moran Foundation Awards Grant to Broward Homebound
6/5/2008 Daily Bread Food Bank to Receive up to $100,000 Donation from The Jim Moran Foundation and Community Match Challenge Grant Funds Will Establish New Food Program Benefiting 173 Broward Nonprofits
6/4/2008 The Jim Moran Foundation Awards College Scholarship 2008 North Florida African-American Youth Achiever Award Presented
12/7/2007 Michaelle (Mickey) Valbrun-Pope Honored With The Jim Moran Foundation Award
7/30/2007 The Jim Moran Foundation Awards College Scholarship 2007 North Florida African-American Youth Achiever Award Presented
4/24/2007 Automotive Pioneer Jim Moran Dies at 88
11/16/2006 David and Kay Hughes Receive The Jim Moran Foundation Award
3/30/2006 Broward County Foster Grandparents Continue to Impact Children with Donation from The Jim Moran Foundation to Senior Volunteer Services
12/1/2005 The Jim Moran Foundation Award Presented to Bob and Myra Weaver
10/6/2005 Youth in Need Have New Lease on Life With Donation From The Jim Moran Foundation to HANDY
6/30/2005 Delray Beach Public Library To Open New Teen Cyber Center With Grant From The Jim Moran Foundation
6/21/2005 Women In Distress and The Jim Moran Foundation Partner to Help Teens in Violent Relationships
10/26/2004 Community Foundation of Broward and The Jim Moran Foundation Tackle National Foster Care Issue on Local Scale Through Novel Pilot Program
10/22/2004 The Jim Moran Foundation Award Presented to Childcare Pioneer Irma Hunter Wesley
10/14/2004 Irma Hunter Wesley to Receive The Jim Moran Foundation Jim Moran Honors Child Advocate for Community Service
2/3/2004 The Jim Moran Foundation Awards 2003 Year-End Grants
12/15/2003 Fran Payne Designates $25,000 Grant to Help Low-Income Children Jim Moran Honors Child Advocate for Community Service
8/12/2003 The Jim Moran Foundation awards third annual grants
7/22/2003 FSU Beckons 2003 South Florida Jim Moran Foundation Scholarship Recipient
1/31/2003 The Jim Moran Foundation awards second annual grants

Excitement builds as $100 million Moran gift comes to life at FSU


The renovation of the FSU Jim Moran Building is at its halfway point. The 20,000 square foot building will be the headquarters for the Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship and the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship in downtown Tallahassee. It aims to become the go-to resource for government leaders, trade associations, nonprofits and entrepreneurs.

Media contact: Dave Heller, dheller@fsu.edu

A year and a half after Jan Moran and The Jim Moran Foundation gifted a record $100 million to Florida State University, the support already is transforming the university and creating opportunities for students and business owners for generations to come. 

The gift’s positive impact is gaining momentum across campus and beyond. The 22-year-old Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship has expanded its reach around Florida as a lifeline for small business owners; the new Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship has accepted its first class of students and will start teaching courses this fall; and the headquarters for this nationally unique model of entrepreneurial education is taking shape in downtown Tallahassee.

The renovation of the FSU Jim Moran Building — future home to both programs — should be done by the end of the year. On a recent morning, a worker in an aerial lift bucket leaned into an oversized hammer drill and bored holes in concrete walls that will support an east-facing bank of windows.

From this vantage point inside the headquarters, those windows will frame a view of the morning sun rising over the Jim Moran Building. It’s a new day for the longtime goals of a visionary business owner who dreamed of making entrepreneurial education more accessible not just at FSU, but across the nation.

“That’s the original vision Jim Moran had in 1995 when he formed the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship,” said Randy Blass, the program’s executive director. “This entrepreneurial training needed to be at no cost to business owners. He believed there should not be a price barrier to gaining access to expertise.”

Susan Fiorito, director of FSU’s Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship, said she can feel a buzz of excitement.

“Everyone is thrilled,” said Fiorito, an entrepreneur herself who once owned retail stores in Atlanta. “The students are excited. They view it as a wonderful opportunity. We’re very lucky to be the beneficiary of such extraordinary generosity from Jan Moran and The Jim Moran Foundation.”

Automotive legend and philanthropist Jim Moran, who died in 2007 at the age of 88, dedicated his energy and focus to building greater opportunity for business owners. In 1995, Moran’s $1 million gift to Florida State made that happen with the help of Melvin Stith, dean of the FSU College of Business at that time, who successfully launched the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship.

Twenty years later in December 2015, Jan Moran announced the $100 million gift to FSU to establish the Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship and bring to life her husband’s dream for entrepreneurial education.

“Jim believed, ‘The future belongs to those who prepare for it,’” she said. “When the Jim Moran Institute was created in 1995, it made him so happy and he said then, ‘It’s exciting and satisfying to know that we can help the next generation of entrepreneurs start preparing now.’”

That preparation is underway at FSU and across Florida.

The Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship has enrolled 80 undergraduates in its first class. The students will earn a bachelor’s degree in either commercial or social entrepreneurship. The FSU Panama City campus offers the major in commercial entrepreneurship.

A team of dozens of stakeholders has created the curriculum, including FSU’s entrepreneurs in residence, faculty with applicable expertise and people from the community. Most exciting, Fiorito believes, is the interdisciplinary nature of the program.

“There is no other contribution that has affected the whole university, all 42,000 students,” Fiorito said. “This gift can touch the lives of every student. To have the opportunity to start a business, enter entrepreneurship competitions, get direction and mentorship from successful entrepreneurs and work with global education — that’s big.”

The gift has awarded grants to 13 student businesses; expanded prize money for the “InNOLEvation Challenge,” a competition for student-run businesses; increased the number of students who can travel expense-free to entrepreneurship conferences and competitions; and helped student entrepreneurs succeed.

The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship in the College of Business also celebrated significant results in the past year and a half. It opened permanent offices in Fort Lauderdale and Jacksonville and both have full-time staff leading programs. Next, the program is considering expanding to the Tampa-St. Petersburg area.

Plans have been completed to move the annual Business and Leadership Conference from South Florida to Orlando next year to make it centrally located and more accessible to a broader statewide and national audience.

The gift has bolstered the vital work of the “Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans” as well. The camp teaches veterans with disabilities how to develop or improve businesses. A second similar program shows caregivers of veterans with disabilities how to run a small business out of their home so they can generate income for their family and have flexibility to care for their loved one. Both are special priorities for Blass, a veteran, and Jan Moran.

“It’s easy to get fired up about these programs because it’s not a common story,” Blass said. “It’s a wonderful example of what philanthropy can accomplish, especially when it has a strategic sense of how it’s structured and what it aims to accomplish.”

College of Business Dean Michael Hartline said the Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship and Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship have become Florida’s preeminent sources of education and training for entrepreneurs.

“The transformative power of the $100 million gift from Jan Moran and The Jim Moran Foundation has pushed Florida State to the forefront of entrepreneurial education and further expanded the entrepreneurial ecosystem throughout the state of Florida and the nation,” he said.

Fiorito said the gift will help instill a confident, can-do mindset among participants.

“We want every student to graduate from Florida State University with the skills to be able to figure out how to solve problems rather than responding, ‘That’s not my job. Let someone else solve it,’” Fiorito said. “Entrepreneurial thinking focuses on persistence and figuring out ways to solve problems. That’s what we want, and that’s what Jan Moran and The Jim Moran Foundation are making possible through their gift.”

About the Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship
In December 2015, Florida State University announced the creation of the nation’s largest interdisciplinary, degree-granting school of entrepreneurship, the Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship, as part of a major gift from Jan Moran and The Jim Moran Foundation. Students will participate in traditional case study learning along with innovative hands-on application and experiences. Students accepted in the inaugural 2017-2018 class will graduate with a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in entrepreneurship.

About the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship
The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship cultivates, trains and inspires entrepreneurial leaders through world-class executive education, applied training, public recognition and leading-edge research.

Jim Moran was an automotive pioneer and an entrepreneur at heart, who at the age of seven, sold soda pop at sandlot baseball diamonds in Chicago. With a career that spanned more than six decades, he built an amazing chronicle of achievements in the automobile industry.

His vision for the Jim Moran Institute was to provide opportunities that would help others become more successful business owners. A 1995 contribution from Jim and Jan Moran and JM Family Enterprises established the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship at the Florida State University College of Business. Since 2011, further enhancements to the Jim Moran Institute and its outreach have been made possible by Jan Moran and The Jim Moran Foundation.

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