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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

The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship at The Florida State University receives $4.25 million to embark on The Entrepreneurial University

A generous gift from Jan Moran and The Jim Moran Foundation marks the beginning of FSU's 'entrepreneurship culture'

from left, Caryn Beck-Dudley, dean of the FSU College of Business; Melanie Burgess, executive director of The Jim Moran Foundation; Jan Moran; Tom Jennings, vice president for University Advancement at Florida State; and FSU President Eric J. Barron.  The photo on the wall is of Jim Moran.


Tallahassee, Fla. - Longtime Florida State University supporters have made a $4.25 million gift that will expand the international reach of The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship based in the College of Business.

FSU President Eric J. Barron and Caryn L. Beck-Dudley, dean of the College of Business, were in South Florida on Monday, April 4, to personally thank donors Jan Moran and The Jim Moran Foundation for their lead donations to establish "The Entrepreneurial University." The gift agreement was signed at The Jim Moran Foundation's headquarters in Deerfield Beach, FL.

The infusion of money - $850,000 a year for five years - will build on The Jim Moran Institute's mission of cultivating, training and inspiring entrepreneurial leaders. New, more extensive initiatives are planned, including an annual national small business and entrepreneurship conference that will launch in 2012;  a prestigious Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers National Conference, to be hosted by The Jim Moran Institute in the near future; and the addition of an associate director of outreach who will support programs that serve minority entrepreneurs and business owners, at no charge, in the South Florida area.

Continuing the generous giving of the late automotive industry legend Jim Moran and the company he founded, JM Family Enterprises, Inc., his wife, Jan Moran and The Jim Moran Foundation have pledged their largest gifts yet, placing them among FSU's top donors.  Nearly $5 million has been given previously.

"When my husband created The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship in 1995, it was his vision that its services would extend far beyond the walls of FSU's campus," said Jan Moran.  "Since then, thousands of entrepreneurs and small business owners have been served - all at no charge. The intention of this new gift is to continue supporting The Jim Moran Institute's reach beyond Tallahassee with programs that will have a defining impact and further enhance and promote its prominence and excellence in the study and support of entrepreneurs."

"I am excited that The Jim Moran Institute will now take a leadership role in FSU's transformation into 'The Entrepreneurial University,' said Moran. "I know Jim would be very proud of what has been accomplished and the influence that The Jim Moran Institute will have in the success and future of local and global entrepreneurs creating new jobs and opportunities in our communities."

Since it was established in 1995, The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship has been providing services and resources to entrepreneurs and business owners across the state, researching entrepreneurship and providing students - from elementary school through the doctoral level - with the chance to learn about and experience entrepreneurship.

Now, The Jim Moran Institute is leading Florida State's transformation to an entrepreneurial culture, promoting learning for students that will constantly push innovation and creativity forward. Through programs that are launched as a result of FSU's "The Entrepreneurial University" initiative, students will be immersed in an idea-generating environment across all disciplines that will result in the creation of new jobs for Florida and beyond.

"This is an exciting time at Florida State," said Dr. Tim R. Holcomb, executive director of The Jim Moran Institute and the university's Jim Moran Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship. "With the enthusiastic support of Jan Moran, JM Family Enterprises, Inc. and The Jim Moran Foundation, The Jim Moran Institute has significantly expanded its programs over the past two years and has built on the prominent leadership role that it plays in the entrepreneurial community."

"The new programs will enable us to better help business leaders, entrepreneurs and students achieve their dream of entrepreneurial success," Holcomb said. "This work not only sets the groundwork for us to extend our reach to a more diverse group of entrepreneurial leaders, but also sets Florida State on a course to transform the university culture to one that fosters innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship - an initiative that speaks to the legacy of Jim Moran."

"The Entrepreneurial University" initiative recognizes the shift in national and state trends from big business to smaller firms - 98.2 percent of U.S. businesses have fewer than 100 employees. In Florida, 99.7 percent of businesses have fewer than 100 employees; however, those businesses provide 82.4 percent of the state's 8.47 million jobs.

Guided by Jim Morans philosophy -- "The future belongs to those who prepare for it" -- The Jim Moran Institute has expanded its programs over the past 24 months. The recently opened Student Business Incubator, for example, provides office space and resources that can support up to eight early-stage, student--ed ventures and connects enterprising students from across Florida State's campus with mentors from faculty and the business community. The Jim Moran Institute's Chempreneur® Technology Commercialization program exposes students to different aspects of technology commercialization, giving them first-hand experience in the development of commercial products from research discoveries.

Other expanded programs include a Youth Entrepreneurship Development program that reached more than 1,650 elementary- and high- school students last year, and the highly acclaimed Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities that has trained and supported more than 300 veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Jim Moran Institute also offers an undergraduate degree in entrepreneurship and certificate programs in entrepreneurship for business and non-business majors.

"The programs at The Jim Moran Institute are unique," said Eric J. Barron, the president of Florida State. "These programs enable students to delve into their creativity and their passions, and combine them with the rigorous business education they are receiving to realize their dream careers. Through the generosity of Jan Moran and The Jim Moran Foundation, and the eagerness of the university to pursue a more entrepreneurial culture, these programs will be able to transform the way all of our students learn and the way we operate as a university."

About The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship

The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship  was established in 1995 through generous donations from automotive industry legend Jim Moran, his wife Jan, and JM Family Enterprises, Inc. and was supplemented with a major grant from the State of Florida to create a fully funded endowment. Its mission is to cultivate, train and inspire entrepreneurial leaders in the community through world-class education, leading-edge research and applied training, intensive consulting assistance and mentorship to entrepreneurs and business owners at no charge, and public recognition. The staff of entrepreneurship professionals, academic scholars, and staff foster the entrepreneurial spirit by helping to organize, expand and promote the knowledge and practice of entrepreneurship in such a way as to facilitate new business and to further the goals of established businesses. The Jim Moran Institute's faculty and staff provide students, faculty, aspiring entrepreneurs, and business owners the tools and expertise necessary to develop strategies that establish and sustain advantages for businesses in today's competitive marketplace and to creatively pursue new opportunities and innovations involving the startup of new business ventures. Through degree and certificate programs in entrepreneurship, outreach programs that reach across Florida and throughout the world, and complementary activities such as half-day workshops and a speaker series, The Jim Moran Institute currently serves more than 1,000 undergraduates and about 200 businesses each year.

About The Jim Moran Foundation

Founded by automotive pioneer Jim Moran, the mission of The Jim Moran Foundation is to improve 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. The Foundation has invested more than $20 million in education, elder care, family strengthening, after school and youth transitional living initiatives since its inception in 2000 with efforts currently focused in Broward, Palm Beach and Duval counties. Through a long-term Grant Agreement, The Foundation's significant funders are JM Family Enterprises Inc., and its subsidiaries, including Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC. It is located at 100 Jim Moran Blvd., Deerfield Beach, Fla. 33442. To learn more, visit www.jimmoranfoundation.org or call (954) 429-2122.