2016 Winners

The biggest winner is our community. Many Palm Beach Philanthropy Tank initiatives live on beyond the initial funding and mentoring 12-month period. These initiatives are alive and thriving in the community. The change is real and sustained.


Pitch: Pairing senior citizens with teens for companionship and mentoring.

Amount Awarded: $12,000

Since the Tank: Café has assisted an elderly woman in Belle Glade by painting her house, fixing her computer and making frequent visits to provide companionship. They have also filed paperwork to start a chapter at one school and are in the process of starting up four other chapters at various schools.

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Pitch: An organization committed to promoting equality for all through education of the individual person so that they may become more conscientious members of society, and promote and participate in creating positive change.

Amount Awarded: $9,500

Since the Tank: E+E has been busy since the finals event. In their mission to promote discussions of equality and feminism, E+E has initiated projects to engage students and community members alike. The team has:

  • Held events at Grandview Preparatory School in order to educate their peers
  • Released a promotional video to raise awareness for their mission and promote their book contest
  • Received more than two dozen submissions for their book contest and are currently exploring publishing options Over time, E+E hopes to educate younger girls that they too are just as qualified, powerful, and worthy as their male counterparts.

Glocalizers follow me on instagram

Pitch: Build cost-effective homes out of recycled cargo shipping containers to help end youth homelessness.

Amount Awarded: $18,000

Since the Tank: This group of middle schoolers continues to pursue their goal of building cost-effective homes out of recycled shipping containers to help combat homelessness. Over the last year, The Glocalizers have:

  • Built a partnership with The Lord’s Place
  • Begun plans for developing prototypes for their tetra-village
  • Performed at the Homeless Coalition Luncheon
  • Met with Armando Fana, Housing Director of West Palm Beach, to find land to build on

Go for Green

Pitch: Develop a program to teach swimming lessons at the YMCA to teens and children regardless of their ability.

Amount Awarded: $12,000

Since the Tank: This dedicated group of six young ladies have reached out to more students than ever before. In just one year, their go-getter attitude has also helped them:

  • Provide more than 950 swim lessons
  • Serve over 150 children
  • Expand the program to the Boynton Beach YMCA & the Peter Blum YMCA of Boca Raton

My Fair Ladies follow me on instagram

Pitch: Proposed a program to help fill backpacks with supplies for underprivileged youth.

Amount Awarded: $11,000

Since the Tank: In just one year, the team behind My Fair Ladies has impacted the lives of 2,781 peers and community members with their projects to empower women and students to perform their best. The ladies have:

  • Hosted 2,120 students at Royal Palm Beach High School’s Women’s Empowerment Week
  • Donated a total of 173 backpacks filled with supplies and hygiene items to students from local elementary, middle and high schools
  • Found strength in partnerships with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, the Women’s Foundation, the Rotary Club, and local churches
  • Recruited 71 young ladiesto continue the growth of their program All remain committed to making a difference in their community as well as in their newly acquired sister club school.

Gift to Succeed

Pitch: Connect with the Palm Beach County School District to devise and implement a way in which children are able to attend school without having to worry about if they have the correct necessities.

Amount Awarded: $7,500

Since the Tank: Sabrina has helped more than 380 students at Pahokee Elementary School. Sabrina has:

  • Organized a shopping day for students to pick out shoes, socks, underwear and a toy
  • Recruited 35 other dedicated students to her school club in order to grow and sustain the project for years to come

The Glades Teen Summit follow me on facebook

Pitch: A program that would break down the barriers between the local community and law enforcement with a secondary goal of teen employability.

Amount Awarded: $15,000

Since the Tank: Je’Cynthia has taken her community to new heights. Over the last year, Je’Cynthia has:

  • Fulfilled her dream of hosting a summit for 300 Glades area teens to discuss themes of education and employment
  • Fostered partnerships with 40 different non-profit organizations
  • Been crowned Youth of the Year by the Boys & Girls Club of Palm Beach CountyJe’Cynthia has built a network of like-minded Glades area youth who plan to continue her mission of community improvement.

Seniors for Seniors

Pitch: Pairing senior citizens with older animals for companionship and care.

Amount Awarded: $12,000

Since the Tank: Seniors for Seniors is working on getting a website up and running in addition to finding and recruiting dogs to be used in the program.

Bricks Busting Boredom follow me on facebook follow me on instagram follow me on twitter

Pitch: Provide Legos for children on oncology floors in children’s hospitals.

Amount awarded: $12,000

Since the Tank: Now an official 501(c) nonprofit organization, is expanding its reach to include children’s hospitals across the state of Florida. Daniel and his team have:

  • Donated more than 250 pounds of upcycled Legosand more than 50 boxes of new Legos to Palms West Children’s Hospital
  • Received over 1,000 pounds of Legosto be donated to the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital thanks to a partnership with The Gardens Mall for the Lego Takeover! event. The mall donated all of the Legos used over the three-week event to Bricks Busting Boredom and held a Lego drive, encouraging patrons to donate new boxes of Legos to his program
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