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Press Releases

Date Press Release
12/22/2020 The Jim Moran Foundations Awards $500,000 Grant to Ability Housing
12/1/2020 The Jim Moran Foundation Awards Local Theatre $30K
6/1/2020 House of Hope Receives $30,000 Grant from The Jim Moran Foundation
3/30/2020 The Arc Jacksonville receives $100,000 emergency response grant from The Jim Moran Foundation
3/27/2020 The Jim Moran Foundation and United Way of Broward County grant COVID-19 Emergency Funds to FLITE Center to help those affected by the pandemic
11/1/2019 Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship Becomes Florida State University’s Newest College
10/29/2019 Hope Haven Advocacy Program helps special needs children with grant from The Jim Moran Foundation
8/2/2019 Hunger Fight Receives a Two-Year Grant Totaling $244,816 from The Jim Moran Foundation
7/22/2019 Junior Achievement of North Florida receives $120,800 grant from The Jim Moran Foundation
5/14/2019 Sandoway Discovery Center Receives $90,000 Education and Animal Care Grant From The Jim Moran Foundation
5/8/2019 LaunchCode Brings its Free Coding & Job Placement Opportunity to Broward
12/27/2018 Bringing Books to Children Program Celebrates 10th Anniversary; Fantasy Theatre Factory and The Jim Moran Foundation Partner to Promote Literacy in Broward Schools
10/25/2018 South Florida Institute On Aging Announces Major Grant from The Jim Moran Foundation to Support Caregiving and Respite Programs
7/11/2018 Big Brothers Big Sisters School to Work Student Receives Scholarship
1/26/2018 Jacksonville Humane Society Brings Back Reading to Pets Program with Support of The Jim Moran Foundation
1/19/2018 Grant Offers Students a Passport to Education
11/7/2017 The Children’s Healing Institute Receives $35,000 Grant from The Jim Moran Foundation for Parent Aide Program
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
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

The Jim Moran Foundation Awards Local Theatre $30K

Grant will allow Fantasy Theatre Factory to avoid staff cuts and enable it to continue providing programming to young audiences in Broward County

Fort Lauderdale, Florida — Fantasy Theatre Factory (FTF) is honored to announce that The Jim Moran Foundation has provided a $30,000 grant for general operating support to FTF for the 2020-21 season.

These funds are to support FTF organizationally while its innovative programming, Bringing Books to Children, has paused as a result of the pandemic. Through that flagship program supported by The Foundation for the past decade, FTF presents live, theatrical productions at Title I Schools in Broward County, then distributes free program-related books to all children in attendance. The shows and books are free, and for many of the children served, the books are their first personal book to call their own. Last year, FTF distributed more than 4,900 books to underserved children in Broward County. FTF plans to revive this program once conditions improve sufficiently enough to allow for in-person performances at schools again.

"We dont anticipate being able to perform our shows live, in schools, for several more months at least,” said FTF Executive Artistic Director Larry Fields. “Even if schools return to regular classroom instruction over the next few weeks, we don’t anticipate schools allowing outside groups onto their campuses for some time. We therefore weren’t certain if or how we would be able to partner with The Jim Moran Foundation this year."

"We are extremely grateful to The Foundation for its continued support and generosity, even though we won’t be able to carry out this important program the same way this year,” continued Fields. “This funding will have a real and immediate impact on us as an arts organization.”

The grant funds allow FTF to keep a staff position — the company had to cut two members of its 10-member staff earlier in the summer — and it will allow the company to continue to expand and develop its virtual theatrical programming for young audiences, including Title I schools in Broward, said Fields.

Like many industries in Florida, the live-theatre industry has been deeply affected by COVID-19, which, since mid-March, has forced the closure of most public venues. Theatres have had to close their doors to the public, cease their touring shows, furlough or cut their staffs and, in anticipation of opening again eventually, invest in facility improvements that have depleted their capital budgets.

At the same time, added Fields, many theatre companies, including FTF, have switched to virtual programming — transferring their shows to video recordings and streaming them online — which has forced them to reassess their season offerings and to learn about videography and video-editing, the latter of which is extremely labor-intensive and time-consuming.  

“The past six months have been challenging for live theatre companies,” said Fields. “Not only have we lost considerable revenue, but we’ve had to venture into whole new areas of expertise and whole new business models for us. Even if we’ve managed to stay afloat financially, what we haven’t spent in our usual production costs we’ve spent in new equipment costs, time, and effort in learning a whole new art form (film).”

FTF sincerely thanks The Jim Moran Foundation for “being there for us in a time of need,” concluded Fields. “We are continually amazed by the legacy of good to come from The Jim Moran Foundation. Although Mr. Moran left us in 2007, he’s still coming to the rescue in 2020 with his amazing Foundation. On behalf of all the children we serve each season, and the staff positions saved as a result of this grant, we say ‘Thank you!’”

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 $165 million in education, elder care, family strengthening, 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. To learn more, visit www.jimmoranfoundation.org or call (954) 429-2122.

About Fantasy Theatre Factory

Fantasy Theatre Factory has been serving Florida since 1982. In addition to being the managing operator of the brand-new Sandrell Rivers Theatre, FTF also performs in rural and inner-city schools, theatres, parks, hospitals, community centers and more across the entire state of Florida. Fantasy Theatre Factory presents more than 500 Florida programs reaching over 150,000 people each year. Fantasy Theatre Factory’s mission is to make more quality theatre programs available to more people of all cultures and backgrounds. FTF also provides skilled circus performers for all types of events as well as theatre workshops for young audiences, both typical and individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities.

Fantasy Theatre Factory is headed by Executive Artistic Director, Larry Fields, who has served with the company since 2006. FTF was founded by Edward Allen and Mimi Schultz. Fantasy Theatre Factory programs are award-winning— FTF has won the Miami-Dade Arts Educator of the Year Award, the 2013 Excellence in Direct Service to Children Award from the Miami-Dade Children’s Trust, 2018 Remy Award for Outstanding Contribution to Children’s Theatre, 2019 Remy Pioneer Award, December 2019 Hero in the Arts- Key Biscayne Magazine, among many others.

Contact: Rommel Arellan-Marinas, Associate Artistic Director
Phone: 305-284-8800, Ext. 467
Email: rommel@ftfshows.com