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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
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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

Hispanic Unity Receives $1.6 Million for Center for Working Families Program

Hollywood, Florida - Hispanic Unity of Florida (HUF), a South Florida-based community organization announced today a grant of more than $1 million from The Jim Moran Foundation to fund the Center for Working Families (CWF) program over the next three years. The organization also announced a $555,000 grant from United Way of Broward County for the same program, also for a three-year period.

The Center for Working Families is a new approach to help low-income families reach financial stability and move up the economic ladder. Successfully pioneered by the Annie E. Casey Foundation in other cities, the program was launched by Hispanic Unity in January 2011. It is now supported by other major local and national funders. The CWF offers an innovative framework for how families can increase their earnings and income ("Earn It"), reduce their financial transaction costs ("Keep It"), and build wealth for themselves and their communities ("Grow It"). The objective of this concept is to remove barriers for participants in achieving financial well-being and success.

An initial research study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation (2010) states that "clients who receive high-intensity bundled services are 5 times more likely to achieve a major economic outcome than clients who receive non-bundled assistance."  HUF partnered with the Urban League of Broward County and both organizations started the program, the first of its kind in Broward County, at the same time.

The Jim Moran Foundation along with the United Way of Broward County and the Children's Services Council of Broward County provided the initial seed money to launch CWF at Hispanic Unity.

What makes the program unique - and powerful - is the bundling of services which are delivered intensely over a long period of time. HUF clients participate in the program until they have reached their goals. A team of program specialists including Career Coaches, Employment and Income Specialists and Financial Coaches work with clients in group settings and in one-on-one sessions.

In its first three years after the launch, the program has impressive results. By the end of year three, 601 participants had participated in the program. In 2013, 51% of the program participants had secured a job, 100% of the participants had attended financial literacy training and one-on-one meetings with a Financial Coach. 71% of the participants had reactivated or started savings programs. And more than 60 of the participants had purchased assets - a car or a home.

"My husband, Jim, understood that in order to succeed in life, you had to work hard - but he also knew you needed the right opportunities and, sometimes, a helping hand along the way," said Jan Moran, chairman and president, The Jim Moran Foundation. "For more than a decade, The Foundation has partnered with Hispanic Unity because of their mission, heart and commitment to the families they serve. Through this second multi-year grant to support the Center for Working Families, we are continuing Jim's legacy by helping individuals and families prepare for brighter futures."

The real impact of the program is its ability to transform the lives of the participants.

CWF client, Fiordaliza Fernandez-Urena came to HUF, sometimes on foot, after walking for more than an hour with the youngest of her two children. She was a single mother with a small toddler, a preschool-age child, living with her sister and cleaning homes to survive. She relied on the bus or others for transportation and without childcare there was little she could do to jump start her career. She had dreams, but they were on hold. After participating in CWF her life changed completely. She joined the program and began to save. HUF helped her secure child care - one of the biggest obstacles our clients face - for her two children. She learned how to search for a job and how to be effective at interviews.

Today she is employed as a data clerk coordinator at an automotive group and in September registered at Broward College to begin her Dental Assistant Degree. Fiordaliza is joyful, "no words can express what I feel when I realize that little by little, I am meeting all my goals and putting everything in its place..." A life transformed.

"United Way of Broward County's focus for the past five years has been on finding Pathways to Prosperity. We are interested in funding projects that allow the clients served to earn, keep and grow assets. So when Hispanic Unity of Florida approached us to fund Center for Working Families we knew it was a perfect fit. We were the first funders to come aboard and have just recommitted to three more years. The work in this area is critical to Broward County's continued economic success" said, Kathleen Cannon, President & CEO of United Way of Broward County.

What's next for this program? Hispanic Unity is currently in discussions with a funder to launch a Vocational Training Program focused on Customer Service Skills in the Retail and Hospitality Industries. HUF would provide the full National Professional Certification in Customer Service curriculum and training to those individuals seeking employment.

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 $45 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.

About United Way of Broward County

United Way of Broward County is a volunteer driven, community-based, non-profit organization servicing Broward County for 75 years. United Way of Broward County mission is to focus and unite the entire community to create significant lasting change in the impact areas of Education, Income and Health, the building blocks for a better life, which positively impacts peoples lives. United Way of Broward County is the catalyst for change and convener of partnerships that unite the hearts, minds, and resources within the Broward community. For more information, visit www.UnitedWayBroward.org.

About Hispanic Unity of Florida

Hispanic Unity was founded 32 years ago by community leaders to ease the acculturation transition for newcomers from other nations. Today this nonprofit provides assistance through 19 programs, in three languages, to Browards diverse community.  Hispanic Unity remains the countys largest agency dedicated to the immigrant population, providing them with the tools they need to build a new life. In 2013, the agency served 20,000+ clients, from toddlers to adults.  The agency offers assistance at eight Broward County sites in addition to 18 FREE Tax Preparation sites and 11 Citizenship Preparation sites. Its mission is: Empowering Hispanics and other members of the community to become self-sufficient civically engaged and to lead productive lives.

For more information visit us at: www.hispanicunity.org or call 954-964-8884 ext. 216

HUFs programs and services are made possible by the following Annual Empowerment Partners:

Aetna, A.D. Henderson Foundation, Ana G. Méndez University System, American Express,  AutoNation,  Bank of America,  BBi, Chase, Childrens Services Council of Broward County, Citrix,  CITI, City of Hollywood/CDBG Funds, Cleveland Clinic, Comcast, Comerica,  Coventry, Florida Blue, Ken Brown & Elizabeth Sanjuan, Herb Block Foundation,  Internal Revenue Services, JM Family Enterprises and SE Toyota Distributors  LLC, Kenny and Sandy Tate, JP Morgan,  MasTec, Memorial Healthcare System, Montero Law Center, NALEO Educational Fund, National Council of La Raza (NCLR), Nova Southeastern University, PNC Foundation,  Publix, Sun-Sentinel Childrens Fund,  School Board of Broward County, Publix, Target,   Renaissance Executive Forums, The Jim Moran Foundation, The TK Foundation, Tripp Scott, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), United Way of Broward County,  Wells Fargo, W.K. Kellogg Foundation and WSVN.