Category: 2017 Competition

Pine Crest Upper School student Ava Goldstone ‘18 has earned a Palm Beach Philanthropy Tank grant.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (March 9, 2017) – More than 350 parents, students, local business leaders and supporters attended the second annual Palm Beach Philanthropy Tank event last night at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre.

2016 winner Sigi Macias joins Philanthropist-Investor Bill Meyer and Co-Founder Evan Deoul on WPTV NewsChannel 5

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Finalists will pitch their ideas during a live event to a panel of four philanthropists, and they are eligible to receive up to $15,000 to implement their vision and 12 months of one-to-one mentoring.

The finalists were set to gather Feb. 5 for an initial meeting with the philanthropist-investors at Palm Beach Atlantic University and will have a month to prepare for the live event March 8 at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre.

Teams will participate in workshops in which they will receive coaching and professional support to craft and deliver a winning presentation.

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A new program partnering middle school students from the Palm Beach Day Academy with after-school students at the YMCA teaches important lessons to all of those involved, organizers say.

Younger students enrolled the West Palm Beach after-school program get help with homework and reading comprehension, while older students enrolled in the island school learn about the importance of giving back, said Cynthia Sulzberger, who helped create the program and has a daughter at the Day Academy.

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After an overwhelming response from Palm Beach County students eager to participate in this year’s event, Palm Beach Philanthropy Tank has announced that its submission review process is now complete, and nine innovative and socially impactful solutions have been selected to be presented by young philanthropists at the second Palm Beach Philanthropy Tank. This “Shark Tank”-style competition for students enrolled in grades 7-12 in Palm Beach County empowers and equips students to develop and execute high-impact and sustainable community betterment projects. The finalists will “pitch” their ideas during a live event to a panel of four local philanthropists, and they are eligible to receive up to $15,000 and 12 months of one-to-one mentoring.

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Julie Fisher Cummings, William Meyer, Christine Stiller and Avy Stein will partner with student Philanthropy Tank winners to operate their community betterment projects as ongoing enterprises making meaningful, sustained positive impact in Palm Beach County.

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The 2016-2017 Palm Beach Philanthropy Tank is now underway and accepting applications.