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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

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

TALLAHASSEE, FL.— Florida State University announced today the largest gift in its history — $100 million — from Jan Moran and The Jim Moran Foundation to honor the late Jim Moran and create the nation's largest public interdisciplinary, degree-granting school of entrepreneurship. 

The Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship will stand alone, offering and greatly expanding the entrepreneurship courses currently taught in the College of Business and make them available to all FSU students.

The announcement followed a meeting of the FSU Board of Trustees, which unanimously approved the name of the new school.

"Gifts of this magnitude have an enormous impact on a university and change the landscape for generations to come," said Chair Ed Burr. "The Florida State University Board of Trustees is thrilled to approve the naming of this new school, and the entire FSU family is deeply grateful to Jan Moran and The Jim Moran Foundation for their support of entrepreneurial education."

FSU President John Thrasher called the gift "transformational" and said entrepreneurial education in Florida and across the country will never be the same.

A significant portion of the gift, he said, will continue to fund the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship, which has a long, 20-year history of serving entrepreneurs and small businesses throughout Florida. The Jim Moran Institute will remain administratively in the FSU College of Business and continue its extensive outreach mission to help bridge real-world entrepreneurship practice with entrepreneurship education provided through the new school.

"At Florida State, we are focusing hard on graduate success," Thrasher said. "The Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship and the Jim Moran Institute, in conjunction with Florida State University, will become the focal point for collegiate entrepreneurial education and the lifeline for training and assistance to entrepreneurs, small businesses and non-profits. The continuation of Jim Moran's generosity is an investment in our students, our businesses and our state." 

"In 1995, when my husband, Jim Moran, and Dr. Melvin Stith (then Dean of the FSU College of Business) established the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship, the term 'entrepreneurship' was not commonly used," said Jan Moran. 

"Jim believed 'The future belongs to those who prepare for it,' " she said. "With this gift, we forever secure the legacy of Jim Moran and his passion for supporting entrepreneurism so that current and future generations will have the knowledge and skills they need to be successful. I'm excited about the positive impact that the Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship will have on the student entrepreneurs as they embark on their lifelong entrepreneurial journey, creating and growing successful businesses and creating jobs throughout Florida and beyond.

"I am also pleased that the Jim Moran Institute will now be able to continue the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities programs and establish them as an ongoing veteran service component," Jan said.

Jim Moran's legacy of giving to Florida State continues with this $100 million gift from Jan Moran and The Jim Moran Foundation, which when added to previous gifts, including $2.5 million from JM Family Enterprises, Inc., a company founded by Jim Moran, brings their total donations to Florida State to more than $109 million.

"FSU is proud to partner with The Jim Moran Foundation and Jan Moran to create the largest truly entrepreneurial school in America," said Tom Jennings, vice president for Advancement and President of the FSU Foundation. "We are grateful to Jan Moran and The Jim Moran Foundation for their vision, their commitment to quality, and their support of entrepreneurship at FSU and beyond. Our students and the thousands of individuals they will influence and serve during their careers will benefit from this incredibly generous gift."

"Virtually every profession demands a certain level of entrepreneurial thinking, but very few students actually gain entrepreneurial training and experience before they graduate from college," said Michael D. Hartline, interim dean of the College of Business.

"Florida State is changing that. Because of the vision and generosity of Jim and Jan Moran and The Jim Moran Foundation, Florida State students will have the unique ability to study and practice entrepreneurship from a valuable perspective in the arts, sciences, humanities, education, communication, law, medicine and, of course, business."

Florida State currently offers an undergraduate major and minor in entrepreneurship, with both housed in the College of Business. The demand for these programs is very strong and growing, Hartline said. Simultaneously, as a part of its Entrepreneurial University Initiative, FSU also has embedded 28 entrepreneurs-in-residence (EIRs) across campus in 12 of its 16 colleges.

"Now, by establishing the new school, the university takes a bold step in ensuring the longevity of entrepreneurship by unifying all such efforts on campus," Hartline said.

The Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship will reside under Provost Sally McRorie and operate much like a college. The school's director and other staff members will be housed in a building in downtown Tallahassee, very close to the state capitol, local businesses, and statewide associations. The Jim Moran Institute also will relocate to the same building. The prime location will ensure that the Jim Moran name is front-and-center with respect to entrepreneurship around the state. The school is expected to become the go-to resource for government leaders, trade associations, entrepreneurs, non-profits and small businesses on a national level. 

A faculty director, appointed by the provost, will lead the Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship. The undergraduate entrepreneurship programs currently housed in the College of Business will be moved to the school, which will award both the Bachelor of Science degree and Bachelor of Arts degree in Entrepreneurship, along with a redesigned, interdisciplinary minor. The School will be organized across five major focal areas that will offer academic majors under the B.S. and B.A. degrees in: Arts and Humanities, STEM, Business, Allied Health, and Applied disciplines such as law, education, criminology, social work and others.

The official launch date of the school is scheduled for Aug. 8, 2018 — which would have been the 100th birthday of Jim Moran. Between now and then, FSU faculty members and the entrepreneurs-in-residence will work to create the interdisciplinary curriculum.

The university anticipates a phased approach to the development of the school leading up to 2018. It is expected that the number of entrepreneurship majors and minors will grow dramatically and that the program will admit several hundred majors by the third year.

Thrasher said FSU looks forward to grand opening day with excitement and gratitude.

"We are ready to build on the legacy of Jim Moran to create a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem throughout the state of Florida, the region and the nation."