DATE: September 13, 2016
MEDIA CONTACT: Kimberly Maroe
Public Information Manager, Broward County Commission
BROWARD COUNTY, FL - Broward Good News and Commissioner Mark Bogen honored Jim and Jan Moran and the JM Family Foundation for their decades of community service in Broward County.
Commissioner Bogen presented JM Family Foundation representative Kim Bentley with a proclamation listing the significant contributions made by Jim and Jan Moran. "This highlights a legacy of thoughtful, compassionate philanthropy," said Commissioner Bogen. "Beyond his amazing career, Jim was dedicated to giving back. Jan, his partner in life and chairman and president of The Jim Moran Foundation, shares his strong commitment of making a real difference in the lives of others."
"You all know it takes a village and I have worked closely with many of you on projects. It's an honor to be here to accept this proclamation on behalf of our CEO Colin Brown. Thank you," said Bentley.
In 1984, Jim Moran founded the Youth Automotive Training Center to provide mechanical training, academic education and life skills management to South Florida's at-risk youth.
In 1988, the JM Family Foundation gave $1 million gift to Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale. In November 2000, Jim and Jan Moran announced a $6 million Challenge gift and in 2006, announced a $26 million Challenge to assist in the development of the Jim Moran Heart and Vascular Research Institute.
Jim and Jan established the Jim Moran Children's Fund through the Community Foundation of Broward, as a part of a $1 million Challenge to the community, and, in 1995, they issued a $500,000 Challenge with the United Way of Broward County, establishing the organization's first endowment.
The Moran's also launched the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County's Capital Campaign, for which they served as General Chairpersons for more than four years beginning in 1995. This effort, one of the most successful Capital Campaigns for any Boys & Girls Clubs in the United States, raised $21.8 million. The Capital Campaign funds were used to upgrade the nine existing units and build three new Clubs, including the Jim & Jan Moran Unit in Deerfield Beach.
In 2001, the Moran's offered a significant Challenge to Nova Southeastern University (NSU) to enable the University to revolutionize the family center outreach services provided to parents and childcare workers throughout Broward County.
Longtime supporters of Women in Distress (WID), Jim and Jan Moran provided the lead gift for the organization's 1995 capital campaign when the Jim & Jan Moran Family Center opened in Fort Lauderdale. In 2009, Jan announced the Moran Challenge Grant and made a personal gift to assist with the Project SAFE Place Capital Campaign for the new Jim & Jan Moran Family Center campus in Deerfield Beach. Successful in encouraging others to give, the Challenge raised more than $1.9 million and an additional $665,062 in matching funds. In 2014, WID presented Jan with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her more than 20 years of leadership as an advocate for children and families.
The Broward Good News initiative brings good news to the public by highlighting the successes of the County, residents, small businesses, good Samaritans and other events that result in a positive outcome for Broward residents and visitors. Broward Good News recognitions take place on Tuesday during regularly scheduled Commission meetings beginning at 10:00 a.m.
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