Donor Advised Funds
Women and Children Fund: Created in 2005 by an anonymous donor, this fund supports a charitable organization that serves low-income women and/or dependent children. Since the funds inception, the primary recipient has been Hibiscus Children’s Center.
Bud and Marjie Jordan Fund: Created in 2006, recipients of this fund include Equine Rescue & Adoption Foundation, House of Hope, Tykes & Teens, The Pine School, and the Florida State University College of Medicine Ft. Pierce Campus. Mr. Jordan is a co-founder of the Martin County Community Foundation.
Christen M. Price Memorial Fund: Established in 2011 by her parents Gary and Judie Price, this fund is in memory of Christen, who was raised in Stuart and had a passion for music and the arts. Grantees have included Hope Rural School, Corbin Scholarship Fund at The Arts Council, and Hibiscus House. A public art piece – the Dolphin Fountain at Indian Riverside Park – was underwritten in honor of their daughter.
Ray and Ellyn Stevenson Fund: Created in 2011 by Ray and Ellyn to support charitable organizations and causes of interest to them. Recipients of this fund include: Atlantic Classical Orchestra, Artists for a Cause, Council on Aging of Martin County, Elliott Museum, Fistula Foundation, Florida Oceanographic Society, Habitat for Humanity, Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, Library Foundation of Martin County, Lyric Theatre, Planned Parenthood, Safe Space, Save the Children, Temple Beit HaYam, The Nature Conservancy, UNICEF, and Volunteers in Medicine.
Hoke Hendry Fund: Created in 2012 by Barbara Hendry to support charitable organizations that are important to her and her family.
HLDA Fund: Created in 2013 by David Shenk and Alexandra Beers to support charitable causes and organizations that are important to them.
Dick Wells Memorial Fund: Created in 2014 by his wife, Dr. Blanche Wells, family and friends, this fund supports charitable organizations that encourage swimming and swimmers, in honor of Dick Wells, long time Martin County resident and world-class teacher and swim coach.
The Jonathan Swanson Project Fund: Established in 2015 by family and friends in memory of Jonathan, the project’s focus is to provide resources to raise awareness about mental health and suicide prevention.
Minnow Fund: Created in 2015 by retired educator and guidance counselor Cory Carter to support charitable organizations and causes she cares deeply about, this fund has provided scholarships at the YMCA for swimming lessons for children and adults in Martin County.
McDowell Hall Fund: Established in 2016 by Brian Foss and Dennis Fruitt, the purpose of this fund is to support charitable organizations and causes including educational and social services and religious charities in Martin County, Florida, Washington, D.C. and Miami, Florida.
Paulsen Kelly Family Fund: Established in 2016 by Marianne Paulsen and Michael Kelly to support organizations serving the underserved in Manhattan NY, Astoria NY, Queens NY, Austin TX, and Martin County FL as well as educational institutions in Texas, New York, Charlottesville VA, Memphis TN, and Louisville KY.
Cassidy Family Fund: Established in 2017 by the Cassidy family, this fund focuses on animal protection and welfare, education including early literacy and adult scholarships, and poverty and homelessness including economic self-sufficiency programs as well as other important causes to the Cassidy family.
Good Fortune Fund: Established in 2017 by an anonymous donor to support charitable causes they care deeply about.
Andrew & Robin Hunt Philanthropic Fund: Established in 2017 by Andrew and Robin Hunt for charitable purposes including but not limited to child welfare primarily youth violence prevention, educational, environmental, health- including nutrition and community garden projects and literacy.
GW Fund: Established in 1993 through a testamentary gift, this fund honors long-time Stuart resident and WWI veteran, Reidar Waaler. His widow, Gladys Waaler, has designated Martin Memorial Hospital, House of Hope, Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranch, the Samaritan House for Boys, The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, and All Saints Episcopal Church as annual beneficiaries of this fund.
Veronica A. Broome Fund: Established in 2009 through a Living Trust, this fund supports The Lighthouse for the Blind of the Palm Beaches, American Cancer Society’s Martin County Unit, The Salvation Army of Martin County, The Salvation Army of St. Lucie County, American Red Cross Martin County Chapter, Arthritis Foundation’s Mid-East Florida Branch and American Lung Association of Southeast Florida.
Beatrice M. Rais Merkle Fund: This fund was established in 2015 through a testamentary gift for charitable organizations important to Ms. Merkle, including American Cancer Society’s Florida Division, the American Heart Association, Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, the Salvation Army in Fort Pierce and St. Jude Research.
Jean E. Merrill Fund: Established in 2006 through a charitable remainder trust.
Lester & Margaret Combs Fund: Peg and Les Combs, cofounders of the Martin County Community Foundation, left this gift to the community in their estate in 2008.
Ruth W. Herslow Fund: Established in 2008 through a testamentary gift from Mrs. Herslow.
Beatrice M. Rais Merkle Community Fund: Established in 2014 through a testamentary gift from Ms. Merkle. The first grant from this fund was made in 2016 to House of Hope for the Golden Gate Enrichment Center.