The Story behind PBPT

Recently an article was published in an academic newlsetter, CapShare, and it tells the story of what led up to the creation of Palm Beach Philanthropy Tank. For those who love a great story with a happy ending, here it is: CAPShare Newsletter.

Finalists Announced!

fireworksWe are so excited to announce that nine finalists have been selected to present their ideas to our four philanthropists on March 17, 2016. Palm Beach County public and private school students grades 7th through 12th submitted their community betterment ideas in December 2015. Winners will be awarded up to $15,000 from a $100,000 pool of funds personally contributed by four philanthropists. William Meyer, Eric Becker, Julier Fisher Cummings, and Danielle Hickox Moore also committed a year’s worth of mentoring to help the students execute their winning solutions.

The finals event will begin at 5:00 p.m. and take place at the Harriet Himmel Theater in downtown West Palm Beach. The finalists, the number in their team, their grade and school, plus their program follow:

  • Sage Albert (2; 10/Dreyfoos School of the Arts)teaching swimming at the Y to special needs children
  • Meredith Anderson(15; 8/Rosarian Academy) leading the school team to eliminate homelessness for Palm Beach County youth
  • Madeline Caruso (1; 7/The Benjamin School) pairing senior citizens with older animals for companionship and care
  • Daniel Clein (1; 10/Wellington Community High School) providing Lego kits to hospitalized children to help normalize their lives and entertain them during an extended hospital stay
  • Jaslyn Dominique (1; 12/Royal Palm Beach Community High School) filling backpacks with supplies for underprivileged youth
  • Caitlen Macias (6; 12/Grandview Preparatory School) presenting curriculum to women empowerment club to raise awareness of women’s issues
  • Krishna Madala (2; 9/Atlantic Community High School) pairing senior citizens with teens for companionship and mentoring
  • Je’Cynthia Nonar (1; 10/Glades Central High School) developing a teen summit for the Belle Glade area to encourage youth community leadership
  • Sabrina Tesalona (1; 10/St. Andrews School)creating a rental shoe program for underprivileged students who need shoes in order to go to school

Please join us for this fun event. Admission is free, you just need to RSVP to More details can be found in this press release: Press Release_PBPT Finalists Announcement.

Palm Beach Philanthropy Tank Press Release

All 4 Philanthropists

How exciting to have William Meyer, Julie Fisher Cummings, Eric Becker, and Danielle H. Moore commit to Palm Beach Philanthropy Tank as philanthropists and investors in our Palm Beach County students! Students grades 7-12 can apply now and propose solutions to Palm Beach County social problems, and winners will earn up to $15,000 in program funding and mentoring from their philanthropist-investor for 12 months following the award.

PBPT Press Release

Palm Beach Philanthropy Tank Launches!

Advisors for Philanthropic Impact (API) is excited about co-producing Palm Beach Philanthropy Tank with the Community Foundation of Palm Beach and Martin Counties and the Education Foundation of Palm Beach. The challenge launched today for Palm Beach County students grades 7-12. The application deadline is December 15, 2015.

Read the Palm Beach Daily News article

Connecting Generations Through Philanthropy

Most wealth holders agree that passing on their values is at least as important as passing on their valuables. In one study, members of the greatest generation and boomer generation were asked to rank the following sources of family wealth in order of importance:

  1. Family history, traditions, life stories, shared values
  2. Instructions and wishes to be fulfilled
  3. Personal possessions of emotional value
  4. Financial assets

Both generations overwhelmingly agreed that financial assets were the least important

Read the full article

New course teaches students about charitable giving

Palm Beach Daily News – February 24, 2014
Reading, writing and ’rithmetic are so old school.

Today’s schools are focusing on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) programs and other high-tech fields.

Tomorrow’s educational domain might even include philanthropy education. Already, two private schools in Palm Beach County — Oxford Academy of the Palm Beaches and The Benjamin School — are incorporating philanthropy into their curricula.


Students take ‘GIVING BACK’ journey

From the Jupiter Courier – May 8, 2014

The concept of charity beginning at home has come much closer to reality for a number of Jupiter area eleventh-graders.

It’s all part of what’s called the Main Street Philanthropy program, a pilot course headed up by local professionals devoting their off duty time and encouraging young people to learn more about charitable giving with a hands-on approach.