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Press Releases

Date Press Release
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

Automotive Pioneer Jim Moran Dies at 88

Deerfield Beach, FL -- Jim Moran, automotive pioneer and founder of JM Family Enterprises, Inc., died April 24, 2007 at Hillsboro Beach, FL. He was 88.

Revered and respected as much for his philanthropic generosity as his numerous and outstanding contributions to the automotive industry, Jim Moran created a legacy built upon dedication, honesty, and hard work. A key highlight of his career, which spanned six decades, was the founding in 1968 of JM Family Enterprises, Inc., headquartered in Deerfield Beach, Florida. It stands today as an $11.1 billion diversified automotive corporation and is ranked by Forbes as the 18th largest privately held company in the country. For the past nine consecutive years, JM Family has been ranked by Fortune magazine as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in the United States. Its flagship subsidiary, Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC (SET), is the world's largest independent distributor of Toyota vehicles. Moran was active in the leadership of JM Family until his passing.

From his days in Chicago of selling soft drinks at sandlot baseball games at age seven, to coaching Little League Baseball, to building an automotive marketing empire, Jim's philosophy for success never changed: Work harder than the competition, treat people fairly, and start every day with an idea of how to do things better. He was the consummate boss, because he never saw himself as "the boss." In his mind, no one ever worked FOR him, rather they worked WITH him. He valued everyone equally regardless of position or title.

Belying his humble beginnings, Jim created and led sales and marketing organizations valued at billions of dollars. He never forgot those who helped him become successful--his business associates and his community. Jim's success in all things relates directly to his often-stated belief that "The future belongs to those who prepare for it." He prepared for his future and tried every day to help others prepare for theirs. Jim's founding values will continue to breathe magic into JM Family's culture and success. With his philosophy that "our associates are our most important asset" and his guiding principles of the three Cs--Consideration, Cooperation and Communication, Jim Moran built his legacy as an automotive pioneer and extraordinary businessman.

Jim's leadership in the automotive industry began when he borrowed $360 to purchase a Sinclair gas station in Chicago in 1939 and began selling used cars at that station just four years later. He then quickly established himself as Chicago's "Jim Moran the Courtesy Man" becoming the No. 1 Hudson dealer in the country, the first ever to advertise new and used cars on television, the No. 1 Ford dealer in the world, and in 1961 became the only automobile dealer to be featured on the cover of TIME magazine. Then in 1966 he moved to South Florida and became the largest volume Pontiac dealer for the 20 years he owned JM Pontiac in Hollywood, Florida, and began SET. His accomplishments as an extraordinary businessman were recognized world wide in 2005, when Jim was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame -- the highest place of honor in the international motor vehicle industry.

"No leader in our industry or community has ever been more accomplished, respected or beloved than Jim Moran," said Colin Brown, president and CEO of JM Family. "His humble nature and sincere concern for others, coupled with his impeccable character and unique ability to impact the automotive field in lasting, innovative ways, made him someone who will be remembered and missed for decades to come."

He generously shared his wealth and his heart with his associates and his community throughout his life. In Jim's early days in Chicago, he led many charity telethons with the likes of Bob Hope, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Danny Thomas and was always among the first to recognize a community need and respond to it. His philanthropy continued and grew when he moved to South Florida in 1966 after being diagnosed with terminal cancer. As he won his battle with cancer, Jim recognized the importance and impact on the community of Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale. Holy Cross became one of his earliest South Florida philanthropic focuses that grew as he saw the need in the community growing. In 2000 the Jim Moran Heart and Vascular Center was dedicated and in 2006 the Jim Moran Heart and Vascular Research Institute at Holy Cross Hospital was created to "prepare for the future" of South Florida. Countless individuals and nonprofit organizations have been helped by his generosity. In 1984 Jim founded the Youth Automotive Training Center, located today in Deerfield Beach, Florida, as a privately funded school that still offers basic automotive repair training, GED and academic preparation, and life skills development for at-risk young people that everyone else had given up on. There are now more than 400 YATC graduates living as successful, law abiding citizens because he gave them another chance. Jim's great success as an entrepreneur and his enlightened philanthropy were nationally recognized in 1996 when he received the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans Award. An honor given to those who have risen from humble beginnings, overcome incredible obstacles, achieved success through hard work and determination, and give back to their communities.

Jim was so committed to giving back to the community and ensuring his legacy of philanthropy beyond his life that a few years ago he created The Jim Moran Foundation with the mission of improving the quality of life for the youth and families of Florida through the support of innovative programs and opportunities that meet the ever-changing needs of the community. Through his extraordinary vision and generosity, he truly prepared for the future for so many.

Throughout his long and successful life, Jim Moran never took credit for his accomplishments. He always attributed his success to those associates who work with him, being in the right place at the right time, and being able to do something that he loved every day--selling cars. What a legacy! He will be missed by all who knew him and many who never had the opportunity.

James (Jim) Martin Moran was born August 8, 1918 in the Near North Side of Chicago to parents James and Anna. His only sibling who survived beyond infancy was his older sister, Genevieve. All three preceded Jim in death. Jim is survived by his wife, Jan; daughter and son-in-law, Arline and John McNally; daughter, Pat Moran; son and daughter-in-law, Jim Moran, Jr. and Wanda; seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. He will be remembered as a strong and successful husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, friend, entrepreneur, leader, salesman, marketer, competitor, communicator, and philanthropist.

A private ceremony will be held as well as two public "Celebration of Life Gatherings" -- one at JM Family's Corporate Headquarters in Deerfield Beach, FL and one at Southeast Toyota's Westlake Vehicle Processing facility in Jacksonville, FL. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Jim Moran Foundation, 100 Jim Moran Boulevard, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442 or to the Youth Automotive Training Center, 399 SW 3rd Avenue, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441.