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Mary N. Porter was born in Pottstown, Pennsylvania where her physician father oversaw the building of the town’s first hospital. He instilled in her a strong sense of responsibility for others. “He never turned away a patient or anyone in need,” Mary once said.
When she moved to Broward Mary continued her family’s strong philanthropic tradition, volunteering wherever she could and giving generously to local causes. She supported families devastated by hurricanes, at-risk teens and the jazz music she dearly loved.
For more than a decade Mary worked with the Community Foundation to maximize the impact of her giving. When it came time to make her estate plan, she knew the Foundation would become “her eyes and ears” to faithfully fulfill her philanthropic vision. Mary’s bequest honors her family’s charitable values and ensures the Porter name will forever nourish this community and inspire others to do the same.
The Mary N. Porter Fund of the Community Foundation of Broward marks the largest gift in the Foundation’s history and will provide millions of dollars each year to causes that mattered to Mary. Thanks to Mary’s thoughtful plan, the Porter spirit of giving will live on…For Good. For Ever.

Take a look at the video of Mary's life:
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Broward County Inspiring Philanthropy over 25 years