With philanthropy as a cornerstone of Jim Moran's personal and business philosophy, Jim wanted to provide for a continuation of his giving back to the community into perpetuity. After many years of discussing the concept of a Foundation, in 2000, it began to take shape. Working with JM Family and a group of advisors, the groundwork for The Jim Moran Foundation and its funding began.
During the initial Board retreat, the Founding Board members had the opportunity to discuss with Jim Moran the reasoning behind his decision to create The Foundation and his philanthropic philosophies. With this insight, the following Mission Statement was developed and subsequently adopted by the Board of Directors:
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 Archives were established to collect, preserve and display property to tell the story of the life of Jim Moran. In February 2001, JM Family assigned to The Foundation all property or memorabilia of any nature or kind which JM Family owns that Jim Moran wrote, produced, designed, collected or received related to the life of Jim Moran.
The Mission Statement of the Archives approved by The Foundation's Board of Directors in October 2001:
Our mission is to preserve and share the story of Jim Moran, the organizations he created, his vision, his philosophies and his philanthropic contributions, through the identification, collection and cataloguing of memorabilia and other property (both physical and intellectual) of historical significance. Furthermore, we will create an environment that will provide for the proper display and protection of items related to the lifetime achievements of this extraordinary man.