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MCCF Announces Frances Langford Grant Finalists

The Martin County Community Foundation narrowed its nonprofit list for funding from the Frances Langford Fund for Martin County.

MCCF narrows list for Frances Langford Fund

“Martin County is blessed to have so many strong charitable organizations working to enrich the community,” said Elizabeth Barbella, the president of the Martin County Community Foundation.

The Martin County Community Foundation is one step closer to distributing grants through funds from the recently established Frances Langford Fund for Martin County.

Nonprofit expert, Brian Foss, joins Martin County Community Foundation Board

“It is an honor to join the Martin County Community Foundation, which is known for its track record and respected leadership,” – Brian Foss

The Martin County Community Foundation welcomed a noted nonprofit expert and author, Brian Foss, to its seven-member board of directors, its executive director announced December 1, 2016.

Announcing MCCF’s Newest Committee Members

Martin County Community Foundation would like to welcome its newest committee members, Bonney Johnson and Kate Freihofer.

Bonney brings 29 years of experience to the Grants Committee. Kate’s 20-year career as a Financial Analyst will lend itself to her role on the Investment Committee. We are excited to have them both on board and look forward to their impact.


Philanthropist Carrie Morgridge Talks Giving & Philanthropy

liz_9464-13“I am looking for the people who are problem solvers and have a positive approach; the ones who say, ‘Yes, we can do that. Yes, we can figure that out. Yes, that is possible.’ Those are the people I want to work with.” – Carrie Morgridge

Elizabeth Barbella, Executive Director of the Martin County Community Foundation, interviewed Carrie Morgridge, Vice President of the Morgridge Family Foundation, at Sailfish Point Club on December 1st. Carrie gave a candid inside look at her journey as a philanthropist during an informal interview that was the first in a Conversation Series with noted philanthropists the Foundation will host in 2017.

How The Martin County Community Foundation Is Working To Benefit Local Nonprofits, Thanks To A Generous Gift

After nearly three decades of cultivating the growth of charitable causes, the Martin County Community Foundation is ready to “make it rain” for a select few non-profits.

You’re wealthy. Fabulously wealthy. With more money than you can possibly spend. But, you don’t want to spend it all. You want to give some of it away. A lot of it, in fact.

Not to just anyone, however. To an organization whose mission you admire, whose efforts remain relevant and bold, yet attainable, and whose history demonstrates solvency and reliability. Whether quietly or to carry forward your legacy, you want to give big. But responsibly and with purpose. It’s what you truly believe is right. And you’re in the blessed position to do so.

Elizabeth Barbella Announces October Event for Area Non-Profits

It has been 11 years since beloved entertainer and philanthropist Frances Langford passed away. Her memory and legacy remain strong as our community continues to benefit from her vision and generosity through the Langford Fund for Martin County, the newest named fund under the direction of the Martin County Community Foundation. Elizabeth Barbella, MCCF Executive Director,  will welcome all Martin County non-profit CEO’s, Executive and Development Directors to a coffee reception at 10 a.m. on October 14 at the Dolphin Bar in Jensen Beach to introduce The  Langford Fund and to present guidelines for the 2017 grant applications. The Martin County Community Foundation was recently honored to receive $7.7 million from the Langford Trust to provide funding in perpetuity to organizations and causes most dear to Ms. Langford, who gave $26 million, directly to Martin County charities in the decade after her passing.

Von Aldenbruck and Stevenson Join Martin County Community Foundation Board

Adding their in-depth knowledge of the impact of community service to the premier private funding agency for non-profits in Martin County, Gytha Von Aldenbruck and Ellyn Stevenson have joined the board of directors for the Martin County Community Foundation. Von Aldenbruck and Stevenson join the Community Foundation’s 28-year history of inspiring and facilitating informed philanthropy to transform lives through thoughtful, innovative and effective giving.

“These two leaders have given back through their smart fiscal and programmatic efforts and dedicated volunteerism,” said Elizabeth Barbella, the executive director of the Martin County Community Foundation. “We are honored to have them join us on the board.” Von Aldenbruck, a resident of the Treasure Coast for 40 years, was a former First Vice President of Morgan Stanley, where she was recognized as a member of the prestigious Director’s Club. She is widely known for her fundraising efforts in Martin County, most notably on behalf of Treasure Coast Hospice and Alzheimer’s Community Care. She is a devoted volunteer who facilitates grief support groups and is an advocate for Memory Bridge, which brings hope and human connection to those afflicted with dementia.

Stevenson moved to Stuart in 1992, after a career in medical social work in South Carolina, where she established a groundbreaking statewide program for victims of sexual assault. As the Director of Stevenson Asset Management, she is managing partner of limited liability companies in Florida, Georgia and Colorado. She is a former board chair of Planned Parenthood of South Florida and the Treasure Coast.

Von Aldenbruck and Stevenson join Chair Kenneth A. Norman, Vice Chair Nancy B. Crowder-McCoy, Treasurer Joe Paskoski, and Bridget Baratta, Michael A. Kelly and W. Scott Wade as board members. Similar to the 750 community foundations throughout the nation, the Martin County Community Foundation is a tax-exempt, public charity that works closely with individuals, families and businesses helping them reach their philanthropic goals though funds aimed at long-term change and benefits to society.

Celebrity Philanthropist’s Legacy Continues With $7.7 Million To Local Community Foundation

Trustees overseeing the remaining funds of the Frances Langford Foundation today announced plans to continue the local celebrity philanthropist’s legacy through the Martin County Community Foundation.

More than $7 million remains from the funds once established by Frances Langford, the famous singer and movie star who once made Jensen Beach her home. John Turner, the board president of the Frances Langford Foundation, said the Martin County Community Foundation was chosen for its fiscal responsibility and long-standing dedication to the betterment of Martin County residents.

“Frances Langford would be proud to be partnering with the stewards of the Martin County Community Foundation,” Turner said. “They can be trusted to carry on her good work.” Since Ms. Langford passed away in 2005, her foundation has awarded more than $26 million to112 organizations and programs throughout Martin County. As of Thursday, the new Frances Langford Fund for Martin County will be one of more than 35 charitable funds managed by the Martin County Community Foundation.

Established in 1988, the Martin County Community Foundation facilitates a wide range of philanthropic gifts, based on the interests of the individual donors and the needs of the community. “We’ve helped many people leave a legacy in Martin County, whatever their philanthropic goals are” said Elizabeth Barbella, executive director of the foundation.

“While Ms. Langford’s legacy is already quite vast, it is our ambition to expand herreach even further.” Ms. Langford, whose fame came from staring in more than 30 films, four radio shows and three television shows before moving to Jensen Beach, donated land for parks and preservation, as well as supported charities such as the Boys and Girls Club, Florida Oceanographic Society and Martin Health Systems. It was her donation that founded the United Way of Martin County’s Alexis de Tocqueville Society for those who give $10,000 or more.

Funding guidelines for the new Frances Langford Fund for Martin County will be announced Oct. 6.