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Mary N. Porter Legacy Fund for Capital Projects

The Mary N. Porter Capital Projects RFP will be released on June 5, 2017. Please check back then for more information.


About the Mary N. Porter Legacy Fund for Capital Projects

Supporting Capital Projects

Mary N. Porter
Mary Porter was a philanthropist and humanitarian who lived in Broward.  She believed that giving back is a part of who we are as a people.  Mary’s giving spanned the range of all issues in Broward including the arts, animal welfare, health and human services and more.  She enjoyed investing in community solutions and was excited to be a part of a community of active givers.  Mary worked with the Community Foundation in her philanthropy during her lifetime and wanted us to be the stewards of her giving after she was gone. 
One of three Funds created in the fall of 2012 from her estate, the Mary N. Porter Legacy Fund at the Community Foundation of Broward is designed to support capital projects including new construction, renovations and other major capital initiatives to improve the quality of services in Broward.  This is the first Fund of this kind in Broward, specifically addressing the capital needs of our community. 


May 28, 2013: 

Mary N. Porter Legacy Fund Awards $1.6 Million in Capital Grants 

Fort Lauderdale, FLA -- The Broward Center for the Performing Arts has received a $1 million grant from the Mary N. Porter Legacy Fund of the Community Foundation to aid in a 36,500 sq. ft. campus expansion that will integrate new technologies and increase education, dining and entertainment facilities.  The grant creates a permanent legacy for the Porter name and generates a $1 million match.

After reviewing more than 26 applications, totaling $11.6 million the  Foundation's Board also approved a $500,000 grant to the Urban League of Broward County to create a high-tech learning hub for minority populations. 

The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival received a third grant of $150,000 for a new cinema to support emerging artists and educators in downtown Hollywood.  Each project will bear Mary's name. 

See the Sun-Sentinel coverage of this story here and a video of Mary's life and legacy here.  

If you have questions, please contact Sheri Brown at 954.761.9503 ext. 103

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