BOCA RATON, FL – May 10, 2017 – Members of Impact 100 Palm Beach County have voted to award KidSafe Foundation $100,000 for their “It’s Elementary! Keeping Students and Educators KidSafe Smart” project. At the 6th Annual Grand Awards celebration held on April 6th, hundreds of members listened to ten finalists and awarded five $100,000 grants that evening. KidSafe Foundation received the award for the focus area of education. The $100,000 grant will enable KidSafe to provide prevention education programs to fifteen South Palm Beach County Elementary Schools. This project includes an eight-week prevention education curriculum to fifteen hundred kindergarten and second grade students, three-thousand award winning safety books and materials to parents, and one thousand educators will be able to participate in KidSafe’s newly developed online training for sexual abuse prevention.
“KidSafe Foundation is honored to receive such a prestigious and generous grant from Impact 100 Palm Beach County,” said Sally Berenzweig, MEd, MA Cofounder & Executive Director of KidSafe Foundation. “The impact of this grant will change the lives for the better for thousands of children in South Palm Beach County.”
“Educators are often among the first adults to recognize signs of abuse and we want to be able to respond to students to ensure all of their needs are met. The KidSafe program will provide additional awareness for our teachers to stop the exploitation of children and empower students to protect themselves from unsafe situations. We appreciate this generous gift and the valuable training teachers and students are going to receive.” said Dr. Robert Avossa, Superintendent for Palm Beach County School District
“It is always our mission to provide funding to programs that positively impact our community,” said Kathy Adkins, Impact 100 Palm Beach County board member. “We are delighted that we could provide KidSafe Foundation the funding they needed to bring more educational programs to our schools to keep our children safe.”
About KidSafe Foundation
KidSafe Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to protect children by preventing child sexual abuse, bullying and internet exploitation through comprehensive education for children, parents, and professionals. For more information on KidSafe Foundation, visit http://kidsafefoundation.org.
About Impact 100 Palm Beach County
She noted that in 2017, over 60 non-profit organizations serving southern Palm Beach County applied for these grants. Impact 100 Palm Beach County is a women’s charitable organization with over 500 members committed to strengthening our community through the collective resources of its members, by awarding high-impact grants in five focus areas: arts and culture, education, environment, family and health and wellness. By donating $1,000, members of Impact 100 Palm Beach County vote to fund programs of local non-profit organizations, incorporating its philosophy of “efficient philanthropy” and its mission statement of one woman, one meeting, one vote. For more information www.impact100pbc.com
About the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties
The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties is one of Florida’s largest community foundations. The nonprofit organization has invested nearly $129 million in grants and scholarships over its 44-year history. At its core, the Community Foundation is an organization created with gifts from generous people committed to local causes. For donors, the Foundation serves as a philanthropic advisor. For the community, the Foundation serves as a grant maker and a civic leader. Through the support of its donors and fund holders, the Foundation has been able to address some of the community’s most pressing needs, including hunger, housing and education. For more information, visit www.yourcommunityfoundation.org.
Contact: Sally Berenzweig