The Jim Moran Foundation

OVERVIEW: This Florida-focused family organization supports education, elder care, families, and youth transitional living primarily in three local counties.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, elder care, family strengthening, youth transitional living

IP TAKE: The Moran Foundation prioritizes Floridian organizations an projects. It awards grants on a rolling basis, and accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry. Grants only focus on projects serving Broward, Palm Beach, and Duval Counties in Florida.

PROFILE: Established in 2000, the Jim Moran Foundation was founded by automotive pioneer Jim Moran. Born in 1918, Moran launched his career with the purchase of a Sinclair gas station; he served in World War II, began selling cars, and established JM Family Enterprises. However, Moran and wife Jan had already established a legacy of giving before this foundation was created. The couple made an initial contribution to start this foundation, and the JM Family and its various affiliates commit a percentage of the company’s profits, as well. The foundation invests in education, senior citizens, families, and transitional living for youths.

JMF prioritizes giving to programs that serve economically disadvantaged and at-risk area residents, as well as those with medical and developmental difficulties. In its three counties of focus, JMF provides program support, but not capital support, capacity building support, health care or medical research support, scholarships to individuals, or event sponsorships.

Grants range between $25,000 and $75,000. Past grantees include the Museum of Discovery and Science, Legal Aid Service of Broward County, Hart Felt Ministries, and AMIkids. In a recent year, the foundation gave over $15 million in total grants. Additionally, JMF offers the Jim Moran Foundation Award to acknowledge locals who give back to their community through active long-term service. In addition, Jim Moran Scholars reflects a partnership between the foundation and Florida State University to support African-American high school seniors from South Florida and North Florida. Students must prove themselves as role models, have financial challenges, and have been admitted to FSU. The foundation considers applications on a rolling basis though LOIs should be submitted online. If invited to submit a grant proposal, applicants can then submit a full application.

General questions may be directed to information@jimmoranfoundation.org or (954) 429-2112. The address is 100 Jim Moran Boulevard, Deerfield Beach, Florida 33442. Join the mailing list to learn about upcoming grant opportunities.

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