The Jim Moran Foundation

OVERVIEW: This Florida-focused family outfit supports education, elder care, family strengthening, and youth transitional living primarily in three local counties. Unsolicited letters of inquiry are accepted.

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

IP TAKE: This is an accessible funder that’s very involved in local Florida communities. Better yet, grants are awarded throughout the year with no deadlines to keep track of.

PROFILE: The Jim Moran Foundation was established in 2000 by automotive pioneer Jim Moran. Moran was born in 1918, and later 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. Read more about his story here. Moran and wife Jan established a long legacy of giving before this foundation was put in place. 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.

JMF is dedicated to youth and family in Florida. Over the years, it has invested over $90 million in education, youth transitional living, family strengthening, and elder care. Today, the foundation focuses on the Florida counties of Broward, Palm Beach, and Duval.

JMF favors 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 have gone to the Museum of Discovery and Science, Legal Aid Service of Broward County, Hart Felt Ministries, and AMIkids. These grants were between $25,000 and $75,000 each. In a recent year, the foundation gave over $15 million in total grants. Additionally, JMF gives out the Jim Moran Foundation Award to acknowledge local people who give back to their community through long-term active service and commitment. Jim Moran Scholars is a partnership with Florida State University supporting African-American high school seniors from South Florida and North Florida who prove themselves as role models, have financial challenges, and have been admitted to FSU.

The grant application process involves submitting a letter of inquiry and then, upon receiving an invitation, a full application. The initial letter of inquiry should be submitted online. Site visits are common, and there are no application deadlines because grants are awarded year-round. 

Jan Moran is the founding director, chairman, and president of the foundation. There are seven other members of the board of directors, including Melanie Burgess, who is also executive director.

General questions can 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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